8/23/12

Knock Knock... anyone there

Hello.. hello....

Well, I'm hoping all are enjoying the last days of summer and the recent comfortable temps.  The high 70s to low 80 temps are a reprieve from the oppressive heat & humidity we had in New York.  It was totally draining me.. literally sucking the life out me.  If you don't know me... let me tell you I am not a fan of hot weather and if I have to be outside, I can be found scaling along shady streets like a stalker or tree hugging like a nature fiend..lol.


On the sewing front, there's been some sewing going on, but nothing major, mainly refashioning more suit jackets, blouses & pants.  Now that those are out of the way, I've turned my attention to some real sewing and enjoyed sewing my all time favorite... a wrap dress using my rtw wrap dress pattern and two skirts.


The fabric for the dress was purchased from 35th Street Fabrics, NYC, during a funfilled weekend with friends, which is a flower-lace illusion cotton/spandex knit. 



One would think after making so many wrap dresses...

I would tire of them... ummm nope. 

The construction was painless & quick (it should be after making so many right....lol).  Attached the back skirt to the bodice back, same for the front pieces & serged, serged facing/ties starting at the center back in one swoop, basted in sleeves, check fit and serged sleeves to armhole, serged skirt edges, hem & sleeve hems then folded to inside and final stitched.  Done....

Ok... let me back up what was time consuming was the ties, When attaching the facing/ties, I fold the wrong side together, mark the center of the strip, attach to the center back of neckline, serge and stop at the bodice seam, from there I fold in the raw edges 1/4", iron steam-a- seam between the fold,  and final stitch, which meant taking it slow. It made a great sewing day... though.


I wore it yesterday and it was soooo comfortable.
(wondering what was I thinking about at that moment...mmmm)


I need some skirts and made two McCalls 3830

M3830
Used a blue tweedy-linen that I'd purchased a year ago from Fulton Fabric, Bklyn, NY,  Too ensure the linen would not become distorted, I used fusible interfacing and fully lined the skirt. Machine stitched the zipper in, hand stitched the lining to the waistband, same for the lining to the zipper tape and hand stitched the hem.   The hand sewing was right on time, got to watch a few lifetime movies.




  
The top is  Simplicity It's So Easy 1849, which I made back in April and have since refashioned to short sleeves. I love this top, and will definitely be making more, especially for the fall/winter seasons.
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For this skirt which I paired with another refashioned Simplicity 1849, used a printed stretch cotton, that I'd purchased during PR Philly



and fully lined as well



I could use a few more skirts and hope to work on them this weekend.

 Well now that my sewing mojo is grooving... off to check out blogs that I have missed.

Until then Have a Great Day. 









20 comments:

MAD14kt said...

Alright Sheila Baby working those garments! OK I get that I miss Brooklyn so please stop reminding me of Fulton Street Fabrics (teardrop, teardrop) LOL :)

Victoria said...

Love this dress! The fabric is gorgeous:)

Positively Necie said...

Love the additions to your wardrobe. I was on a wrap dress kick a couple of summers ago and considering going on one right now. LOL!

alethia said...

Girl, the dress is pretty and I love the bold colors on the skirt.

Aminat said...

Beautiful dress, you are really rocking the wraps.... Love the skirt and top combo

Sister said...

Ooh, I really love that last skirt! Nice lining work too.

SEWN said...

The fabric for the last skirt just slayed me. I love it!!! Great to have you back.

Sheila said...

Thanks ladies for the beautiful compliments.

@ Monica, can't help mentioning fulton fabrics... oops mentioned it sgain..lol. So much of my fabric stash is from there.
Actually need to pinch myself everytime I look at the tweedy linen. Paid only $2.50/yd & purchased just 1-1/2 yd. Once I got home decided I could do with more, only to return the next day and the whole darn bolt was gone.

Lori said...

Everything looks so great. I agree the last skirt is great fabric.

Adrienne said...

Great stuff! I love that last skirt!

Cherie said...

I love the additions to your wardrobe. The dress is so sophisticated, love the pseudo lace! Skirts are lovely, nice combo with the pink knot top. I love looking at your work!

velosewer said...

You really know how to put fabrics together. I still love wrap dresses too. They are so flattering and adaptable. Your collection look great.

Sheila said...

Thanks Lori, Adrienne & Velosewer.

@ Veloswer, despite buying different styles of dress patterns, I continue to return to the wrap dress.

Rosie said...

Sheila - another great wrap dress. The skirt is lovely and you are keeping busy!

Mary Sarah said...

Love your new dress. I need to make one. I love you new skirt and top too!

Myra said...

Gorgeous dress, top and skirt Sheila!!! I have to see if I can find that top pattern, I really like it!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Hello Sheila, you are just amazing ! So many projects per post ! You're just a super-fast seamstress. Noooo, I wouldn't be tired of wrap dresses either. I love them, their classics and go under any jacket, sweater, shawl... Love the wrap top also and the print of the skirt. You had me cracking up about walking and searching for shade. Funny !

Adelaide B said...

Those skirts are cute, but I LOVE that dress. I'm not sure I could carry off a wrap dress, but it looks great on you!

Sheila said...

Thanks Ladies.

@ Cherie: Thank you and love the term psuedo lace.

@ Myra: The pattern can be found at Walmart, if not, let me know if you can't, I should be able to get one for you.

@ Carolyn: I wouldn't call myself a fast sewer, the project are simple and can be done in a day. LoL, I am not a sun loving woman, give me a cloudy day any time.

@ Adelaide, you can definitly pull off a wrap dress. That's what makes them so classic, they work with various body types.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I think you should keep right on making that wrap dress because it looks amazing on you and you pick the best fabrics to make it in! Love the new skirts, too.