7/20/10

What I've Been Wearing, Meet-Up & a Prelude

Butterick 5235 finally has a skirt to match which I made in June and finally wore it.  The skirt is from McCalls 3830: Misses skirts in 5 Lengths. 



The fabric is poly/cotton and did version D, the knee length. The skirt has front and back darts and back zipper. I noticed after baste stitching that it had as I like to call hip air pockets and with my narrow hips I had to remove excess fabric from there. Outside of that the skirt is instant gratification.... well not that instant., I added a lining and added 3 rows of decorative stitching for interest.



(Pardon the wrinkles this is after 12 hours of wear)

 (Its the end of the day and boy am I tired)


On the weekend I love wearing New Look 6774: Misses Design Your Look Dress, which is a sleeveless dress with bodice and skirt variations.




Seriously it has become my uniform - its so comfortable and works well for wearing around the house, hanging around the backyard, or for quick runs to the grocery store.  It all started during the Memorial day weekend and I wanted to wear something comfortable and came across this dress while digging in my closest.  I remembered that the straps were constantly falling off my shoulders and without a second thought cut them off.... presto a strapless maxi dress.  This pattern has been worked 3 times now and itching to do another one.
 
The dress is simple enough that you don't really need the instructions and opted out of the back zipper.  Instead I used elastic for the bodice as well as the skirt part for ease and its easy to slip into and take off.  I used a blue floral poly/cotton and love the fact that I can throw it in the machine lay it flat to dry and with no ironing just throw it on.



I had the awesome pleasure of meeting and spending time with Carolyn, Omega & Alethia,  I met them at Metro Textiles and it was instant smiles, hugs, chatting and a shindig of fabric caressing, laughter and ooohing and awwing over Omega's and Alethia's fabric piles...talk about a mother load of gorgeous fabrics.  Of course, we all know how much of an enabler Carolyn is and together with Alethia & Omega they convinced me to buy 2 yards of luscious silk...lol.  True to her words Carolyn parted with minimal fabric damage, I couldn't believe my eyes.  Carolyn took us to Daytona Braids & Trimmings  and from there the 3 of us then stopped at Chic Fabric, I quickly noticed that they had a large array of wool & wool/blend suiting and made a mental note to check them out the next time I'm in the area.  Instead of proceeding on to Parons, we detoured to Juniors because our stomachs were talking louder than our want for more fabric...lol.  The funny thing is that I am a New Yorker and didn't know there was a Junior's in Times Square..smh.  The food and conversation was Awesome and enjoyed myself immensely. 



It was super hot that day and wore a tank top with pants.  The tank top is from McCalls 5978: Misses Cardigans and Top using fabric I'd purchased from Kashi back in November.


  The fabric is a metallic/poly/viscose knit.  I worked up several tanks from that pattern without any problems, but this time had issues with wonky armholes and ended up having to fold the armhole edges in again and straight stitch.  Thank goodness that worked, for a minute I thought I had a wadder.   Kashi immediately recognized the fabric when I arrive... now that's a man... who knows is stuff when he sees it...lol


My fabric haul from MetroTextiles and to think I totally behaved myself...lol



From Left to Right: Printed brown & beige knit / N.blue & red floral cotton stretch / the softest brown & beige cotton I've ever purchased / Silk in beige / Green & black & cream knit / Colbalt blue & black & white cotton stretch and Printed peach & cream knit, 2 of the prints I quickly grabbed up after seeing them on Opal's blog...hehe

I immediately had to sew a garment from that fabric haul and worked up Butterick 5147: Misses Jacket, Top, Dress and Skirts.. I just had to, I love that pattern... seriously, this dress is a prelude to the B5147 Sew Along.  



This is my fourth dress ( Dress 1, Dress 2, & Dress 3) from this pattern and my second time using a knit... I think...lol.  I did my usual adjustment for the knit fabric by removing an inch and deepened my darts for a closer fit.... this dress is sooo me... 

Did I say I looooove this dress

34 comments:

Omega said...

Sheila, you are too much. You already have a dress out of fabric you just got. I've got to rev up my engines, LOL. As always cute, cute, cute. I had so much fun, I'm still in la, la land. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to have another NYC fabric excursion.

toy said...

beautiful dress, love your new fabrics

Uma Preve said...

All your dresses are so nice! Good choice!

SEWING SHAY said...

Gurl you are too much, that dress is laying just right - love the fabric!

Melodye said...

Girl, you are sharp! I love everything you bought and made.

Melodye said...

If you're still interested in the applique scissors, let me know. mbrayfive four@comcast.net

Michelle said...

How nice to get to meet other sewers/bloggers! The dresses are fantastic, as are the new fabrics!

Handmade said...

WOW - lots and lots and lots of WOW!!!!

Opal said...

I am jealous... How come I wasn't invited to this meet up?? lol... Wow, I just love your fabric haul. The green/black/beige knit and the blue/black fabric caught my eye. I didnt notice this when I stopped by last week. I may have to take a run up to metro during lunch to get a few yards of these. Your dress looks amazing and its such a nice fit on you. I love that fabric so gorgeous.

Angela said...

Oh my! Everything you make is so wonderful and suited to you and your lifestyle... I just love it!

Lori said...

Everything is fantastic. Great job.

Cennetta said...

Ms. Sheila you have certainly made some lovely pieces. The brown and beige dress is sophisticated chic and you look confident and ready.

I noticed that several of my sewing cyber friends are meeting in NY at Kashi or Metro Textile. And I wished I was there. What fun. Maybe one day soon.

Happy Sewing!
C

Victoria said...

Everything you made in this post is just Fabulous!!!! I love your fabric load!!! You're right, the brown & tan dress is lovely!

Tanya said...

You're going to make me come to NY. Love the dress, did you make the belt? Can't wait to see what your fabric haul becomes, I know it will be something stunning.

Carol said...

I adore this dress! You make the simplest of garments look so stylish and chic. I really like your styling.

gwensews said...

Your garments are totally gorgeous. Your suit is so professional looking, and will take you most anywhere you need to go. Your maxi dress looks like it wants to go to a pool party. And your brown/beige print dress is fab!

Shari said...

Great dress! Love your new fabrics.

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

All of it is fabulous. Love the details and love the last dress's print. I can see why you love it!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I cant believe you've made the dress up already! It is lovely on you and can't wait to see what you are going to make for the sew-along.

Mary Sarah said...

I love your new dress and the haul of fabric. I also love you weekend dress. It looks great! I know you all had a blast! What a great day!

Alice said...

Oh goodness, I REALLY like your suit. It looks wonderful on you - so stylish.

And your long dress is WOW!

I like all your stuff...

Alice said...

I forgot to say: that dress in the bottom photo...it's FABULOUS!

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

I've got to go to New York! All that lovely fabric. Your dress is beautiful.

MAD14kt said...

Lovely dress and fabric!

Rosy said...

Yes, I say too: I likeeeee this dress! Cute!
How nice to get to meet other sewers/bloggers! I´m jealous! LOL

Sheila said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments.

I would love for all of you to come to NY and enjoy a day of Pure Fabric Bliss and Awesome conversation... seriously.

@Omega: When I got home and pulled out the fabric to photograph it... at that point I knew I had to use that print for a B5147 dress...lol

@ Opal: ooops, the excitement of meeting Omega, Carolyn & Alethia is no excuse for not calling you... sorry dear.

@ Tanya: The belt is from the Loft, its a super long belt to create a double belt. While at Virgo Fabric, I was lucky to get my hands on 2 yds of black faux leather in 1/2" width and plan to make one like the brown one.

Dana said...

The clothes, the people, the fabric - all fantastic!

karen said...

Beautiful dress.... If mine from the sew-a-long looks half as good, I'll be thrilled... Love the rest of the fabrics you bought also...

Adrienne said...

Beautiful fabrics! Love what you've been sewing!!

Alice said...

Sheila, thank you for your comments.

I will visit your blog again. I think you have great style!

Sister said...

So awesome - love the stitching on the bottom of the skirt! Your fabrics are fabulous - how do you have time to be so productive???

robin said...

Your B5147 is FANTASTIC. Love it. And I'm excited about going to Metro Textiles on 8/28 for fabric shopping - are you going to meet up with us??

sewabeginner said...

I love your new skirt and how you embellished it. And your latest version of B5147 is awesome -- great print. Your neckline looks different than mine, higher, and your shoulder straps look wider. Did you change the neckline of the pattern?

Sheila said...

Thanks again for the lovely compliments.

@ Sew Beginner: the only alterations I made were removing about 1/2" from each side seam and center back seam and also since the dress was too long for my 5'3" frame I removed several inches from the bottom.