2/11/18

New Look 6351 Racer Stripe Pant

There is something to be said about surfing the internet.... Inspiration is in full abundance.

Sometimes, I overwhelm myself with the overload of inspiration that I come across.  I have to calm myself, because if I had my way, all that inspires me would have me burning the midnight oil churning out all types of garments and crafty projects.

So I refocused on the most important thing that I wanted to add to my wardrobe.  Rather, additional pieces, more fun pants, which I talked about here.

Totally was inspired when I watched Johanna's vlog about her lastest workout wear.  Then when I flipped over to my feedly, Psyche of Economy of Style popped up and BAM !!  ... and there it was again, double inspiration of racer stripe pants.

Immediately, thought of the partially constructed New Look 6351, navy stretch corduroy hanging and patiently waiting to be finished.




Joann's Navy Sportswear Stretch Corduroy - 55"


Before diving into the partially constructed stretch cord, I did make a quick run to Joann's for a pant pattern with a racer stripe, but of course, I wasn't lucky.  After scoring some other patterns just because, left and while driving home, it hit me.. youtube university!

Surfed through Youtube and came across Sofia Clara's video ... Diy dressy track pants.

With my partially constructed pant, bias tape and stretch heat n' bond, I was ready to make some money moves... I mean sewing moves..lol

After sewing up the side seams of the pant, fused the stretch heat n' bond to the bias trim, positioned along side seams ironed and stitched.








Completed constructing the pant and added my favorite waist comforter.. elastic


Finally hemmed the pants and happppppy... donedotcomdotnetdotorgdotfinito.





This was a great twist to my pant making and it definitely added pop to existing pieces.


 Of course, being the recidivist that I am, my mind is churning on how to use some leftover floral stretch corduroy for a racer stripe...mmmm

Until then,
Have an Awesome Sunday !



1/23/18

Simplicity 1849 to the Max

Hellllo!...

I'm going to jump right into this post before I become seduced by sleepitis.   Just ate and trying to stay upright till my food digest... my eating life.

Call me a recidivist, I am notorious for repeatedly sewing up the same pattern.  When a pattern yields a silhouette that is flattering and works well with a variety of my existing garments, I become a repeat offender.

Simplicity 1849 is that pattern that has me strung out and running plum fool.


Simplicity 1849 and I met for the first time back in 2012 and instantly fell in love. Selected as my topper for Faye's Sewing Adventure's Top Sew-Along



After a few years with this pattern, I can work it up in under 2 hours.  I remember when I first made it and after looking at the instructions with it calling for front/back facings, I was like... no we will not be going that route.  Thereby using less fabric and taking less time which I believe averaged to 3-4 hours per top back then.


One thing that would've eaten up more fabric than I likely had or didn't want to waste was the front facing, which was almost a full facing.  Totally did not need the additional layer.  


When it comes to certain garments, I try to be mindful of what will work for my shape and work for the long haul.  I'm from the ol' school of be wise when building a wardrobe, select pieces that will yield timelessness.


Don't get me wrong, every now and again, I will add a trendy piece to my wardrobe.  However, over the years, I find they fall short of longevity. So I keep on the straight and narrow path of simple and timeless.


Even modified it for a dress.  However, only to refashion it to a top a year or two later.






Seriously, this top is so flattering and would work well on many body shapes.  The twist detail, is a great way to minimize that problem area, well at least my problem area.


What I love about this top is that it works so well with various bottoms.  


One would think having created numerous version of  this for the last 5 years, I would get the overlay placed correctly on the right side.  This is one instance and maybe 2 others that I got it right....lol


Again, this pattern has come into play for 2018 and recently sewed up this grey one. The fabric is from Botani Trim, NYC  and also purchased a burgundy colorway too.  On this version instead of just serging the sleeve and folding to the inside, used leftover scraps and made knit cuffs.



Then, lo n behold, I was browsing Doctor T Designs and came upon this lil beauty... BurdaStyle Twist Top for workout wear.  I was like shutthefrontdoor.... no way.


My mind started churning and knew that I had to have that top.  Thought about it, slept on it and bam... Simplicity 1849 was the key.  All I needed to do was trace/resize/cut S1849 twist pattern piece and a garment was borne. 




Of course, it wasn't that easy, I resized/traced/cut that piece twice, before I got it right.


Used a ltwt. sweater knit that I scored at Save-a-thon a year ago.  I like to call it my galatic top.  It paired well with an old loft wrap skirt and was perfect for New York's mild temps today.



True to what I am... the recidivist... I am currently working up another burda inspired top in this hot chilli red printed knit.  It's a leftover from a dress I made.

If one hasn't noticed, I have come to love explosive colors and prints in my wardrobe. 

 Oh, before I forget, This pattern works up quick and easy as a scoop neck tee.  Just omit the overlays and presto, a quick tee.  I've made several from this pattern.

In closing, if you've thought about this style, but wasn't sure, I hope that I gave you a hint of what a punch this pattern packs.

Until then,
Have a Great Evening !










1/17/18

Fast Fashion & Sewing

Happy Wednesday!!! Figured while my sesame garlic wings are roasting, I'd post about my fast fashion & Sewing.

Despite the fact that I sew, I love to shop, yes, I love to browse through a store and window shop to see whats whats.  During my early days, I'd buy a boatload of rtw pieces and then have buyers remorse,  Why... because what I ended up lugging home was not worth the fast fashion thirst.  It wasn't about the quality of the garment, but the fact that the garment did not quench my thirst a/k/a it did not fit into my wardrobe routine.

What is a wardrobe routine you say?  It's certain colors or style lines that I gravitate to time and time again.  Of course, I would purchase something with the thought that this new and improved silhouette would be the bees-knees among my wardrobe routine.  However, once I'd get home and anxiously try on the garment, it became "what-the-hell-was-I-thinking".  My go-to wardrobe routine are simple silhouettes that pair well with me-mades, rtw pieces or pairs well with my suits.

Hand crocheted sweater with a loft skirt $9.88,
 then worn again with a $9.99 dress barn microsuede skirt

Walmart tank top paired with a me-made blazer & slacks, jacket worn with rtw loft slacks and all me made ensemble.



Fast forward and the last couple of years I've matured shopping wise.  I now shop with a plan and only shop with a certain criteria in place, fit, color, minor adjustments, versatile & price.  Of course, like most sewistas, while browsing a store the mind-mantra is I can make that.  However, I am of the mind I ain't, yes I said ain't in the mood for sewing e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g., if  a rtw garment fits my criteria it's going home with me.  Mostly, I shop for blazers/jackets, but have branched out to skirts, tops and sometimes slacks.  Dresses are a rarity, but having a daughter that loves to shop and find it in her heart and soul to buy for me, she has been successful in the dress department.

Dress compliments of my daughter + love the print + fit +  $3.99 = priceless.


rtw tahari blazer + walmart tank top + and ellen tracey pencil pants = $43.00 outfit

 As for tailored garments, I have acquired a collection of suits that have stood the test of time and still going strong.  So I focus on rtw orphan pieces that I can pair with some of my me-mades and tailored orphan pieces like pants, blazers and skirts.


Butterick 6065 paired with rtw loft slacks + somebody's jeans = priceless

What really heighten my purchasing power is when I pair a rtw with a me-made... its like boom.com... this purchase was so worth it.

New Look 6351, paired with a refashioned $25.00 tahari blazer  + $1.68 walmart tank top = a match made in heaven





Of course, there is an instance or two that I luck upon or my daughter lucks upon rtw garments or two that just flows together effortlessly.

Mandee bomber jacket $6.99 purchased in 2016 + $3.50 roll back walmart velvet lace tank top + a $3.99 faux leather skirt compliments of my daugher = perfect OOTD.




Before I end this random post, I've heard the common words ... how can you shop rtw... most items don't fit well.  Well let me tell you, sometimes that's the case for me too.  However, I again, have a criteria in place.  I've learned that I am not just one size, i.e. when I buy a blazer, I take into consideration the silhouette.  If its a princess cut blazer, I go up a size,  and if it's a full cut blazer, I go down a size.  With those parameters in place I luck upon a near perfect fit that may only require minor adjustments.  Those minor adjustments will not take the time it would take to sew from scratch.  Most times I may need to just shorten the sleeves on a blazer/jacket or pant or skirt.

With that my friends is my fast fashion, sewing & tonight's dinner...


Sesame garlic roasted wings with oven baked broccoli florets tossed w/ roasted garlic & herb seasoning/olive oil.


Until then,
Have a Great Week!







1/13/18

New Look 6351 Pant Palooza

Hello.. Hello... Helllllo... its the weekend !!!!.  Has anyone noticed there is a hint of day light still hanging around at 5:00pm.  I noticed it this week and loving it.

Also, with the weekend at my fingerstips time to sew up another make of my favorite pattern New Look 6351.


For years, I followed the rules of always wear a printed top with dark bottoms.  As well as avoided wearing something bright or printed on my lower half for fear of it being unflattering.  After 30+ years in corporate dress code, a few years ago, decided it's my time. Having followed the rules long enough, decided I needed to add some unexpected pizazz to my collection of standard tailored pants.

In come New Look 6351, offering the comfort elastic waistband and a straight silhouette to jump start that unexpected pant pizazz.


This pattern has been my go-to since 2015 and after modifying the fit from a pair of rtw pant, it has been nonstop. 


Soft grey poly-cotton


Purple Plaid poly-cotton


Tartan plaid poly-linen fabric





Dark grey suiting with a vest from the same fabric.




Lt blue stretch denim 



This pair of pants has stretch silk lining and feels so good against my skin. I only had 2 cuts of stretch silk fabric, used that up and must buy more. My other pants I used 2 way knit for the lining in absence of the stretch silk. 

Love the ease of construction and of course the elastic waistband. The pocket is cool too, it's just a large square that is attached to front and back of pant from waist. Then folded to inside when sewing the side seams together and pocket bottom sewn together.  Also, I modified the waistband by opting out of a pull string, doubled the height of the waistband and use 1.5 or 2" elastic.


Fast forward and still going strong with NL6351 into 2018.  Currently on the sewing table is a navy stretch corduroy.  I'd lucked up on Joann's holiday door buster and purchased 14 cuts of fabric for pant making.

Cranberry red microsuede, from Joanns and looooooooooooove this fabric, it washed/dried and sewed up beautifully and unlined.


Beige microsuede



Plaid rayon and must say this fabric is soooooo thin. After initially just serging the seams, the serged stitches frayed from the seams.  I was beside myself, ended up straight stitching the seams,  serged and stitched down seam allowance. For the crotch I triple stitched and fully lined.  Yes, overkill, but I was dayuummm if I was going to let this be a wadder.

Floral stretch corduroy that washed and dried nicely with minimal ironing.  Sewed up very nicely.

Plaid acrylic and love the way it handled after pretreating & sewing it.   However, after a 8 hr day of wear, it has some tiny pilling going-on.

After making several in woven, I wanted a few in knit and being the lazy sewista that I am, I decided I would gamble with using the same size 14 for both woven and knits.  The difference comes in when I sew them, I use a 5/8" seam allowance for the 4 way knit w/ 2 back waist darts and 3/8" seam allowance for the woven. There are some instances wherein with certain 2 way knits with minimal stretch I will go with a 1/2" seam allowance. For the crotch on all fabrics I go with a 3/8" seam, after an earlier version did not comfortably afford sitting ease.  There's not much else I can say to convince you that this pattern is a winner.

My plan for this year is to sew the other versions of NL 6351 and hoping they too will become TnTs.



Until then,
Have A Great Weekend!