7/07/2012

Random Sewing

Hello Everyone and hoping all had a great July 4th.  I had an enjoyable day and feasted on my sister's grilling, but will admit later in the day, the fireworks had me jumping-out-of-my-skin and retreated to my sewing room, windows closed & AC on blast.  Being in a college town and near a coliseum, one can imagine the abundance of fireworks... seriously nerve wracking for me.  The family enjoyed it though, especially being able to enjoy the sky fireworks from the backyard.

On the sewing front and over the last week and up to this weekend I have been doing some random sewing.  Sewing with no real plan, just sewing whatever grabbed my fancy.  First up...

McCalls 6559: Close fitting, unlined jacket in 2 lengths with front extending into single layer tie.  Pullover dress with various views.




After reading various pattern reviews with great results, I decided to join in on the instant gratification and did View C.  The instructions were easy to follow, with 2 pieces I couldn't go wrong, using a poly-lycra knit that I'd purchased from Silk Roads Fabrics. When I tissue fit the dress I initially thought the neckline was perfect, but once it was constructed I had cleavageville and ended up taking 1" in the shoulder seams.  The pattern runs big and could stand removing another 1/4"+ from the side seams.  All of the seams were serged as well as the neckline, armholes & hemline, folded to the wrong side and final stitched.  End result.... instant gratification, comfortable and perfect for warm weather.



Again influenced by the various posts on peplum tops, found Butterick 5709 in my pattern stash.

Description: Pullover tops with elasticized waist, sleeve & neckline variations with a centered  pleat .  Did View A.



The first one, used an embroidered cotton blend, did 3/4" FBA.  However, I had to turn around and remove too much ease from the side seams as well as some of the volume from the peplum skirt.. Opted out of the elastic waist and casing and instead just sewed the peplum skirt to the bodice.  I made bias trim for the neckline and sleeve hem, but after sewing on the trim for the neckline, wasn't too thrilled about the end result and serged the sleeve hems & the hemline, folded to the inside & final stitched instead.  Although I like the extended sleeve I wasn't too happy that the sleeve edges has a lil flip going on.  



The second take, I used a printed poly that I purchased from Fulton Fabrics last year.  This one is my favorite and left a tad bit of volume in the peplum skirt.  The center pleat on the peplum skirt is lost in a sea of print but, up close & personal its a cute detail. Used the same finishing as the first one. This top is so cute and will definitely make it again.



Last of my random sewing is McCalls 6109:  Mid-knee length sleeveless dresses with midriff and pocket variations.
I did version A using a printed(teal/blk/cream) cotton lycra/poly knit from Jay's Fabrics.  I didn't follow the instructions wherein it has one sew up the side seams prior to attaching the midriff bands and skirt. Leaving the side seams open and proceeding with attaching midriff band to the bodice then attaching skirt to midriff, sewing up the side seams was a beautiful thing.  Ooops almost forgot... omitted the pockets too.




However, looking at the pic, I could've raised the armhole some more.  The drape neck is cut low, but with a full slip adorned with sexy lace at the bodice will definitely solve cleavageville.  Warning, the skirt requires a lot of gathering, but prior to cutting the fabric I modified the skirt by removing 2" from the front & back skirt pieces for a total of 4"... wowzer. The dress will be perfect for work and looking forward to making it again with a lil more tweaking... (raising the armholes possibly 1/4" more).  




Off to think about what fabric to use for my second take on McCalls 6109.... until then

Have a Great Weekend.

20 comments:

Karine said...

Nice. I will get that first McCall, I have a jersey that I was thinking of turning into a long t-shirt dress.

Myra said...

Wow someone has been really busy! Great pieces, what a nice collection to add to your wardrobe!

Kelley said...

All your dresses are lovely. You've obviously been super busy in the sewing room!

Irene said...

Such productivity! Amazing! The results are all quite wonderful.

Patty said...

Wow, you have been busy! I love what you did with 6109! Looks like I'll be buying that pattern soon. Also, I have the tank dress pattern, it is on my sewing table ready to be cut out soon. I was wondering if you made a FBA?

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Well haven't you been busy!?! All of the pieces are so pretty but I really love your black 'n white dress. Taking the extra width out of the skirt has really upped it's wow factor! Great job!

Rosie said...

You have been a very busy bee! While all the pieces are lovely, I must admit that my favorite is the black and white dress. Well done (again)!

BTW - did you have to do an FBA on the maxi dress?

Faye Lewis said...

Your randomness is gorgeous! Gotta catch up!

Sheila said...

Thanks ladies.

Patty & Rosie, I did a 3/4" FBA on maxi and the dress. However for the knit dresses, I think a 1/2" would have been a better option. Found there to be too much ease in the torso area. Also on my second take of the maxi, I raised the neckline an 1".

Still new to doing FBAs and thinking I may need to go down one more size to eliminate the excess ease that keeps cropping up at the torso.... again I think.

Opal said...

Nice wardrobe pieces. Love the black & white dress.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Super cute garments. You've been beyond busy!

RhondaBuss said...

Looks like you're trying to stay cool, cool and cute!! Great new pieces.

toy said...

Looks great sheila, you will love your new maxi, its the perfect thing for this crazy summer heat we are having

Victoria said...

You have been sewing up a storm! Love those 2 maxi dresses and your other garments!

alethia said...

Hello, you have been a busy bee. My favorites are the maxi dresses especially the yellow and black and the printed peplum blouse

Sheila said...

Thanks Ladies.

I must admit the maxis are okay being that they are house & local shopping bound garments. My least favoeite is the white top. Tried it on again today and the neckline and extended sleeves are annoying & ill fitting, so its headed for trashville. My favorite is the pribted top & dress, so my random sewing yield 4 good garments.

Lori said...

Fabulous garments, you have been so busy.

GodsgirlT said...

Oh my Sheila....I love ALL of these projects. Cute stuff!

Candice said...

Faulous, fabulous, fabulous! I love all the garments!

Sister said...

Added that first McCall to my wish list at PR - just what I was looking for!

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