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Blue Suit Cut Out

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Now that longer jackets have come back, I thought I might sew one. This suit is cut out using New Look #6007. The fabric is like a faille, with wavy lines in it. It has a light sheen, with a slightly bumpy texture, and a soft hand. It is a very light blue that sort of glows like white does sometimes.

I have had this pattern a long time, and I have used this skirt alot. I cut out the skirt using view E, but I made it shorter, to knee length. The jacket is cut out to view B with long sleeves and patch pockets.

 The jacket is suppose to be unlined, and worn buttoned without a blouse. However, I cut out a lining for it, (white and gray stripes) and I thought I might leave the buttons off and belt it instead. 

I will need a blouse to go with it. I was intrigued with Angie's(of post about what tops to wear under jackets, and her other post about adding structure to oversized styles. There was also an interesting technique in the June/July 2013 issue of Threads magazine about using an existing pattern to make a twist top. So, there are many options to think about. I have a lovely sheer that is turquoise with white polka dots that I think would go with the blue suit.

Pocket Skirt

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (2)

I've had this idea for awhile to make some skirts with interesting pockets. Last weekend, I was in the mood to sew and had a remnant of fabric that could make a fast summer skirt. I was using a fav pattern, so I wanted to change things up a bit.

I own a pair of jeans that have the style of pockets that I wanted. I put tissue paper over the pocket and traced it. I added seam allowances and cut the new pattern out. Then, I put the pocket pattern over the skirt pattern and traced the shape of the side seam.

I used white top stitching to get a summer look.

The pocket pattern was made, the skirt cut out, and most of the sewing done on Friday evening. After lunch on Saturday the seams were finished and the hem sewed. I wore the skirt Saturday afternoon.

I thought about adding the belt loops from the jeans too, but I was wanting a fast project and decided to keep it simple.

The Perfect White Shirtdress Update

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The work on my dress is going along smoothly. All that is left to do is the finishing work.

I am really looking forward to wearing this one, It has been in the planning for months now. I even sketched the dress several different ways "using" different dress patterns, but always white with brown buttons and a leather belt.

The directions of the pattern suggested using a tailors ham to fill in the dress when marking the placement of the chest pockets. Sounds like a good idea, only I do not own one. I just used a folded pillow case and molded it into the right shape and used it instead. I was suprised but it really did work.

McCall's #M6433

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This dress pattern has an interesting neckline that starts as a V and is squared off at the end. It also has tucks at the shoulders and stitched pleats on the left side of the skirt. The A line skirt is in three lengths with short sleeves, or it can be left sleeveless. 

With three interesting details, I have wanted this pattern for a while. So when I saw it was on sale, I grabbed it. 

View C is a maxi dress, but it is views A and B that really caught my eye. With the short sleeves and the A line skirt that has asymmetrical pleats, view B reminds me of a 1940's dress. Or I could use the flounce sleeve from my New Look #6808 top pattern and make it a 1940's summer frock.

The Perfect White Shirtdress

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This dress is cut from McCall's M5847, view A. I am going with the sleeveless. I think it will look more modern that way. Plus, my fabric is a little on the stiff side, so less is more in this case. The overall length of the dress is closer to view C.

My dress will not be a true white. The fabric is a cream color with a white on white print. The pattern has flowers and flourishes, it looks like old wallpaper. It's a design you might expect in a jacquard, but it is printed on. The fabric feels like a stiff sheet. I would guess it is a cotton or maybe a blend. 

Today, I cut out the interfacing, transfered the pattern markings, and did the staystitching. I was taught to trim off 1/8 to 1/4 inch all the way around the cut out interfacing pieces before I iron them to the fabric. I know it makes the interfacing easier to iron on to the fabric pieces. I wonder if it was just my family, or if other sewers do this too.

I also made topstitching samples to decide what color thread to use. I am going with the lighter gold color. As you can see, I need another spool.


McCall's #M5847

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This pattern is for a button-down, princess seam shirtdress in three lengths and with four sleeve variations. It also has optional chest pockets and self-belt.

I picked this pattern because I wanted to make a white shirtdress for summer. I pinned a dress from Lands' End recently and I commented "the perfect white shirt dress". That's why I was tickled when I bought this pattern, which is almost an exact match and saw that it said, "the perfect shirtdress" on the front of the envelope.

I have fabric and buttons. I just have to decide if I want sleeves or not and if I want contrasting top stitching.  


Posted on January 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I did something that I never do. I sewed my whole dress, or at least the main pieces, with a basting stitch. I made so many changes to my pattern that I thought it would be a good idea to have a practice run. 

I made my usual alterations for fit, but I also wanted sleeves to make it a winter dress. I used Simplcity #A6184 for my dress. This pattern is for a sleeveless dress, however the arm openings only had a 3/8 inch seam allowance, and the shoulders were cut narrow. So I could not just stick sleeves in there.


I used the sleeves from a different dress pattern (New Look #6067). I also used the bodice piece from the New Look pattern to draw in the new sleeve openings and adjust the shoulders of the Simplicity pattern. I traced the appropriate parts onto tissue paper, and then cut them out and taped them on the first pattern. Ready to accept sleeves!

I am really glad I basted this dress together. I had darts in the wrong places and fitting issues. But I am happy to say the sleeves worked.

I took it all apart, adjusted the fit, and found out where I went wrong with the darts. I sewed it back together using a regular stitch and ironing it as I went.

This dress is a wearable, muslin of sorts. After I took apart the basting and figured it all out, I altered the pattern and cut out another dress. 

We will see how the two dresses turn out.