McCalls 7261 Take II

Hiiii Everyone !

I'm back with another McCalls 7261 activewear outfit.

I am totally loving this pattern and as I'd mentioned in my previous post (here), it is an easy sew.  Although there are several pattern pieces that make up this set... its goes together effortlessly.

For this make, I used the same versions as the first one, but for fabric, I used large scraps from previous garments that I'd made.  Floral print is leftover from a dress and has two-way stretch.  The charteuse is leftover from a skirt and is a lightweight double knit, again with this fabric I used more of the stretch width wise.  The third remnant is a purple thin knit that I've used to line a skirt and it only has one-way stretch, yet again used the stretch width wise.

 This pattern is perfect for using up large scraps.  Seriously, its a great way to purge your scrap box...lol.

With this one, the only tweaking I had to do was take deeper seams for the leggings for a closer fit.  Top was a good fit in that I didn't have to make any changes to shoulder/bust area like the first one.  However, using scraps meant I had to do a center back seam.  The neckband went in like flynnn no issues !!  Thinking the lack of tweaking may be due to the minimal stretch factor of the fabrics. So you know I will be dumpster diving in my remnant box to make another one...lol.  I had a lil piece of fabric left to make cuffs... I literally used every piece of scrap... major score.

With activewear... there are no rules... color galore is just what I need to keep my workout interesting.

Ahhhhh...  my favorite end of a workout .... meditating.

Until then,
Have a Great Week !!!


McCalls 7261

Hello Everyone !!!    As evident from my blogging.... I haven’t sewn anything for a minute. Honestly, I just couldn’t think of what to sew next.  I knew I needed to fill that proverbial hole in my wardrobe, but just wasn’t seeing it.  With that … my sewing mojo went totally AWOL, made an appearance for a minute then snuck off again….lol  

Fast forward, all was not lost, I was inspired by several friends that also workout and sew.  Over at the Sew Much Talent Group on Facebook, there is a monthly challenge and one of them was activewear.  Myra of Simple Inspiration hosted the challenge and after watching her periscopes on activewear… low & behold, who did I find crawling back… my sewing mojo.

In comes, McCalls 7261, my new pattern love. This pattern includes pullover tops with princess seams. Version A has a neckband, wherein Version B is a lapped collar and both Versions A & B have a shaped hemline & cuffs. Version C has a hood, front band, top stitched pockets & cuffs. For the bottom, the legs are tapered, yoke waist with contrasting panels.

If we're friends on Facebook / Instagram you know I try to get in my workouts and post several times throughout the week.  I can’t say I love working out, its just a necessary evil and need to stay consistent to maintain my current size and, also keep some of my ailments at bay.  So to stay motivated & consistent, sewing up activewear is just what my wardrobe needed… that’s where the hole in my wardrobe was hiding..lol

Had the perfect fabric for this project, black/white stretch fabric that I’d purchased from the now defunct Chic Fabrics a few years ago. For the contrasting parts, I used leftover remnant of a black lightweight double knit from Fulton Fabrics.

I sewed Versions A – top and E – bottom.  The top & bottom consist of 14 pieces… yikes !!  But, Let me tellllll you, this pattern is an easy sew, yes there are a lot of pieces, but it went together effortlessly. 

To determine the best size, checked the pattern measurements for the size 14 and thereafter, flat measured the pattern pieces and realized I could’ve used a smaller size.  However, I went ahead with the size 14 because that was the smallest size for that pattern and knowing I would need negative ease, I would remove any excess as needed.  Basted the top and tried it on and as I suspected needed to remove some excess from the shoulders & bust area.  Back to the sewing machine and removed an additional 1/4” from the front/back seams, yielding a better fit. 

Majority of the garment was constructed on my serger and triple stitched the hemline which I trued up (opting out of the shaped hemline) as well as the neckband. I did have an issue with the neckband, it was a lil wonky and went back in and following the seam lines of the raglan sleeve darted up that neckline at each seam point… done.  For the sleeves, folded to the inside and stretched the fabric as I straight stitched.

Again, to determine sizing, for the bottom I laid the pieces on my table and pinned fronts parts together, then flat measured, which was awkward.  Decided… Heck this and pulled out one of my rtw leggings to aid me in determining best tweaking since I was married to the pattern size 14.  After using my leggings against the pattern pieces, determined that I would need to take deeper seams.  Went straight for the gusto and serged the front panels together, as well as the back panels.  However, I basted the inner/outer seams, tried it on & there was excess.  No problem… serged those seams removing an additional ¼”.  Attached the yoke band and hemmed the bottom.. donedot.com. 

After giving this outfit a run…  had to go back in and remove some more excess.  Since the length was long, cut the existing hem and did a new hem .. easy & painless.  My favorite workouts are the elliptical and power hooping.  Thankfully, I had the menfolk pimp out my cutting desk with wheels, move it out of the way and get my hooping on in my sewing room.  The elliptical is in another room... yes I fit it in where I can get it in...lol

Another outing with my activewear and of course, our fur baby photo bombed the pics…. Oh well… lol

Love the end result and have worn this several times since making it… need to finish the second one which needs the yoga band attached.

Until then,
Have an Awesome Weekend


Crochet Top Down Sweater

Happy Thursday All!!.. Hoping Everyone had an Awesome New Year and looking forward to more fun in 2017.

I haven't sewn many garments in the last month or sew, however, I have been crocheting of late. With winter upon us... I thought now is a great time to get a hooking ... crocheting.

I used my Ooowee Sweater pattern that I created back in 2011... Thanks to my dear friend Andrea of Knit-Knac who encouraged me to takes notes, work up the pattern several times and go forth.  Since then, I've made a dozen or so sweater variations of this pattern.   (The pattern can also be found on the right side bar at the bottom).

However, I have a knack of deviating from the pattern instructions and did the same this time.  I modified the pattern just a lil to create initially a tunic, but didn't really care for the length.

I decided to shorten it for a pullover sweater with a ribbed band.  Using the steeking method, I reinforced where I wanted to cut, by double machine stitching around the circumference of the sweater 11" down from front neckline.  Thereafter, checked to make sure all the crochet loops were secured in the machine stitch.  

Crocheted a 3" ribbed band for the bottom, whip stitched the ribbed band together, pinned to raw edge of sweater and whip stitched to the bottom of the sweater.  

Totally happy now and the sweater works well with my flipper skirt...

 as well as my jeans while out and about with my daughter

... love it with my inverted pleated skirt that I wore for a hot minute to meet up with a friend.

Loved the sweater & skirt ensemble so much... decided to wear it to work.... yeah I played the heck out of this sweater...lol

Until then, 
Have a Great Week !


OOTD w/ New Look 6697

Happy Tuesday All and hoping everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season.  How many of you have finished your holiday shopping.   If you have, I am so jealous because I have yet to start...lol.  I know I should be focusing on my holiday shopping, but my attention has been drawn to my closet.

One of my favorite wardrobe things to do is play in my closet.  I have a large collection of garments and there are times when certain items lose their rotation status.  Yes, my garments have rotation status ...lol.  It happens when certain garments are no longer as appealing as when I first made them or purchased them and they are then relegated to the back of the closet.

I try to do it every season and don't like to call it a purge, but reassessing my wardrobe.  Basically re-evaluating what stays, gets refashion or donated.... okkkaaay its purging...lol.  Luckily, I very rarely have to donate a lot of stuff, because I try to stay consistent with reassessing my wardrobe.

In comes New Look 6697 made a lil over 2 years ago & posted about here.

I love a grab & go dress and NL 6697 is one of them and for a short while served its purpose until it lost its appeal.  After reassessing, I came to the conclusion that the dress was too long and no longer flattering.  So what does a gal do.... hack off some of the length... bamdotcomdotdone.

Well it wasn't that fast... I had to unpick the casing in the back underside, snip the elastic, then pull the elastic a smidge tighter, stitch and close up the casing... thenIwasdonedotcom.

 old pic of the back casing

This dress has been renewed and back in rotation.  I have yet to pair it with any other color blazer ... I mainly stayed with taupe.  

Now that I mentioned it.... mmmm thinking...  I need to find another color blazer to optimize its potential...lol

Until then,
Have a Great Day !


TBT w/ McCalls 7121

I love a pattern that constantly keeps going and McCalls 7121 is it.  A great pattern that allows one to play with different fabrics and go against the grain.  Love it when I can grab a dress and go without a fuss, pair it with a blazer, vest or cardigan.

December 2016

August 2015

Until then,
Have a Great Week  !!