4/21/2015

New Look 6351

New Look 6351:  Misses' separates pattern includes 3/4 sleeve knit V-neck top, jacket, and pull-on pants and skirt with drawstring waist. 


I made Version B, size 14.





Last fall I was inspired by several inspirations pics using navy plaid fabric and knew it was something I could use in my wardrobe.  Luckily I was able to score some linen blend navy plaid fabric from Fulton Fabric.  Unfortunately, the fabric was not suitable for winter and kindly waited for spring.  






In come New Look 6351 pant pattern.  I used my loft rtw pants to gauge fit and the only adjustments I made was raise the crotch length and remove 1/8" from the waist to just below the hip.  The first go round was a breeze and was totally stoked and marveled at how well the pants held up to a 12 hr day.  Another remake was mandatory.

The second time around wasn't as fast, due to the plaid matching and lining.  I cut each piece single cut ... tedious.. but so worth it.

I really like the side seam pockets, which is a large square, folded in half and sewed each raw end to the front and back edges of the pant.  The pattern also offer back pockets that I omitted from this garment.





Once all the seams were serged, I constructed the lining with a stretch silk and basted to the waist line of the pant.




The waist band was interfaced on both sides and attached to the waist.  Folded to the inside and serged the waist band to the pant waist leaving small openings at each side seam.  Inserted the 1" non-roll elastic to just the back.  Tried on wrong side out and adjusted the elastic until I received desired fit at the back.






Secured the elastic with a vertical stitch and proceeded with stitching down the seam allowance of the waist band.



This pattern is just what I needed, simple and no frills.  I have a collection of tailored pants and just wanted to sew simple and no frills pant.




I paired the pant with a wal.mart navy tank top and a teal s.ears blazer.




Perfect marriage of plaid, jacket and tank, which made my 12 hour day enjoyable.



Until then,
Have a Great Week.

4/16/2015

Invested with ...

Simplicity 1266: Misses' vest with side panels, side front seam pockets and ribbon closure. 



Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow: Easy to follow instructions

What I liked particularly about the pattern: My initial like was the ribbon closure.

Design changes:  After basting the garment together, I found the ribbon detail a lil too kitschy for my style and opted for button/buttonholes.  Discarded the front
fabric pieces and went back to the drawing board. With  S1266 front panel pattern pieces in hand, I used B5958 vest pattern front to help true up S1266.  The off-center button placement was inspired by these blazers. 



Pattern alterations: There was excess fabric in the back and added back waist darts (1/4" at the widest part of the darts) for a closer fit as well as darts at the back neckline.  Also omitted the pockets. The garment was fully lined with a stretch silk that I purchased years ago for a dress.




Would you sew it again? This is worth making again.  For version 2.0 I would go down a size and do a round back adjustment.


  


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 Mccalls 6654Semi-fitted or loose-fitting skirts have elasticized waistband and narrow hem.


 

Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow:The instructions are beyond easy.

What I liked particularly about the pattern: The simplicity of the skirt

Design changes:  I used a woven fabric instead of the suggested knit fabric.


Pattern alterations: Cut the back for a center back seam.  Added 1/2" to each piece, inserted back zipper, back slit and made a 4" waist band, interfaced and folded to the inside and fully lined.  My first woven make, I added 1" to front and back, and ended up having to put in front & back darts.  This time around with 1/2" increase, darts were not necessary.

Would you sew it again? This pattern is a true tnt.

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Mccalls 6796Close-fitting, pullover tops have collar variations and narrow hem.


Fabric:  print ity knit
What I liked particularly about the pattern: Initially purchased it for the split cowl neck version, then for the turtleneck version.

Design changes: This pattern went from a split cowl neck. then opted for a turtleneck to  wanting a simple long sleeve tee.

Pattern alterations:  Modifications For this particular top I removed an additional 1/4" from the front neckline.

Would you sew it again? Since modifying the pattern, I have made several tops from it.  So its a definite remake.


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New Look 6351:  Misses' separates pattern includes 3/4 sleeve knit V-neck top, jacket, and pull-on pants and skirt with drawstring waist.





Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions were easy.

What I liked particularly about the pattern:  I wanted a simple pair of pant without all the fly front, zipper & zipper shield fuss.


Design changes:  I used my rtw pant to help with the crotch length.  Added elastic only to the back waist band and flat front.

Pattern alterations: Cut a 14, and after comparing to my rtw pant and thankfully I had not cut the crotch line, went with the 12 crotch line and removed 1/8" from the side seams starting at the waist to just below the hips, merging back into the existing stitch line.








Would you sew it again? Oh this pattern is going to get a serious work out.... 



Can I tell you........ I looooooooooooove the pant, they held up well to my 12 hr day.  Honestly, I marveled all day at how well they fit and will be making more.


Until then,

Have a Great Week.

4/09/2015

TBT w/ Simplicity 4025

Although Spring is here, I must admit the temps are cooler than normal.  However, it makes for a great way to wear a few of my mediumweight coats that some times get a wear or two during the fall, then put away just as quick, because the colder temps settled in earlier than usual.

Simplicity 4025 paired with a faux shearling fabric was perfect. This fabric is what I like to call baby sherpa.  Its thinner and softer than the standard faux shearling/sherpa, but perfect for temps in the high 30s to mid 40s.



                                              Then 2012                           Now 2015








Until then,
Have a Great Week.

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