Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vogue in Green


The Fashion Show for which I sewed 100 items !!! and which my Sewing Group helped me put on was a huge success. We made a whopping $1200 dollars, $1000 of it going to charity, the rest I kept for my expenses. I'll sort through my photos and show you some of the items next time.

Today, I'm showing you the muslin (but very wearable ) of V9240




You may have seen my first version here.  This green version was made to test adding a bust dart to the pattern. After I found that to work well ,I put this one aside until it was time to wear summer clothes.






The sizing description for this pattern was fitted so I cut a size larger and that worked well for me.

The fabric is ponte knit from my stash but bought at Fabricville.. I had smaller quantity of the prints and because I cut the back piece all in one instead of the way the pattern showed,


,  I had to do this at the back hem .




And it doesn't look too bad, I think. I added that little wedge for added interest ????





I had a hard time to get these pics done. I think I need a new camera. Most of them were blurred for some reason. These were the only ones that weren't.



I'm every bit as tired as I look in these photos. I battled mosquitoes half the night ! Ugh !!!!  

Come back later and I'll post some of the things I made for my fashion show. They were all easy makes but very popular  !

First though I'm off to Quebec City with my sister for a few days . Yeah !

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

A New Dress at Last

Blogging has taken a backseat to my charity sewing of late. I'm very busy sewing up a storm for my Summer Fashion Show / Sale so not much sewing for me . However , I did manage to eek out a new dress  that was suppose to be for Mother's Day.

Isn't it pretty !






The fabric is a stretch cotton sateen from Fabricville and the pattern is Diane's Wrap Dress by Silhouette Patterns.





 After watching Peggy'S Webcast of April.3rd , I was inspired to make my second dress using that pattern.

Since I had already made the pattern but in a knit,I cut this dress by adding 1/4" to the seam allowances and that worked out fine I think I achieved a really good fit. Thanks Peggy !

Now for the details  The only changes I made to the pattern happened by accident. I didn't have enough fabric to cut whole sleeves but I did mange to cut them in half. That gave me the idea to join them together with zippers and voila ! Aren't they so cute ?




I tried a zipper closure instead of the ties but I didn't like the result. I didn't like the ties either so I got the idea of using these buckles from my stash and I think that added just the contrast that this print needed. What do you think ?


On the inside , I used a frig-a-ma-jig  cut from a belt or something and that worked really well as well.

Oh . I changed the collar. I cut away the faux band that is part of the pattern and made it a couple of inches longer for this look.



It's a beautiful day here in the Maritimes and we haven't had many of those this spring so outdoor shots seemed the  way to go.



 I think this is the perfect church dress. I feel very prim and proper in it. Lol.

I have another dress to show you soon as well as some of my Fashion Show creations so do stop by again ! Have a great week  . I wish you fine weather.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Little Girl Dresses

I just got back from Ottawa where My son Jeff and my daughter Tamara both live. Jeff is the father of two dear little girls. You may remember Riley because I featured her several times in posts when she was a baby ,




She stole my heart big time right from the start and although I love her little sister Poppy dearly ,Riley and I are particularly close..Riley is always devastated when I leave for home or when she leaves here to go to her home. It's heartbreaking and I'm still sad after a week of being back.

I always make my little girls dresses when I go to Ottawa . This time, I made them slopers with My Surefit Designs Children's kits . Then I used those slopers to check the fit of this McCall's pattern that I used for my first GD Jessica when she was little.


I changed that design and this is what I ended up with.





The fabric is a beautiful cotton knit from Fabricville.I  bought a piece of coordinating stripe and used a green stripe for the neck and sleeve trim.





I decided on maxi dresses and the little girls loved them. Riley said the exact same thing Jessica said about this dress ,10 years ago.. " I feel like a princess ! "

My little cuties in their Nana made dresses.




Isn't Poppy photogenic !!




Poppy didn't want anything to do with special poses !!

I've been very busy sewing for my Fashion Show which takes place this Thursday. I've made 80 pieces and will chose the best to show you afterward. I still haven't finished my Mother's Day dress ! Lol. I really want it finished by next Sunday.

Sorry to be so sporadic in my blogging but please don't give up on me . i will be back as soon as i get the Charity sewing out of my system.




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Three Classics


I love navy blue ! Anyone who follows my blog probably has figured that out by now because most of what I make is navy blue. Plus, it's such a classic colour and I do love classic pieces. Today, I'm going to show you three.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Vancouver to help my grand-daughter, Jessica move her stuff home for the summer. She goes to Simon Fraser University there. I wanted to travel with only a carry on and of course planned my travel wardrobe around navy blue.

My outerwear piece for my trip was a cape I copied from one  my friend Ruth owns and it became one of the projects my Winter Sewing Group decided to tackle this year.. Here is my version



The fabric is a two sided coating fabric but I chose not to make it reversible. Here is a second way to wear it. This photo was taken before I added the buttons.

                                                   

                                The trim is a medium weight cotton knit that I used as a faux bias trim . I cut strips of fabric, sewed it to the edges, wrapped it it around and stitched in the ditch. I trimmed away excess fabric from the inside and voila,it looks like bias trim! My closures are a combination of wooden buttons and snaps.


Here is a look at the inside and how the trim looks. This treatment would not be for a perfectionist but for this project, I'm satisfied with how it looks.



All other edges of my cape were simply serged.

I only had 1.25 meters of this fabric and was unable to completely match the back plaid as you can see in this photo. It was the end of the bolt so .....



A peek at my Hong Kong finished seams. I used a rust plaid taffeta from my stash.






I managed to get a photo of one time I wore my cape but not in Vancouver, unfortunately.






For my trip, I made another sailor look boat neck top using Burda 6988. The fabric for this one is the same as for the dress I posted about a couple of weeks ago. I used the mini stripe side as you can see. 


To make it a little more special, I used the chain stitch on my cover stitch machine 





Then I made culottes using Butterick 4861, now OOP     and scuba knit fabric. I wanted pockets but instead of the inseam ones from the pattern, I decided on large patch pockets sewn across the side seams. I like this look very much. 





Although I hoped the cape would look well with these two pieces, in the end I realized they weren't meant to be together and I packed this sweater made last March . I provided extra warmth for the chilly weather we experienced in Vancouver.





The sun is finally shining here today and it's finally time for spring clothes! Si I'm going to put this sweater away but the culottes and top are just right for today's temperature soI'll leave them on.
I'm in tyhe process of making a cotton sateen wrap dress. I should have it ready by next week so
please come take a look.


Have a great week . 









Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kacy's Wrap by Silhouette Patterns

First, today, I want to answer a question asked by Suzanne and  Dharma   about how I took away bulk from the front of last week's cardi. The pattern was Simplicity 2603. If you look here Ladies, it will take you to a picture on my Flicker Photo site. Read the comment below it and it will show you what I did. I hope it's clear, but if it isn't , please let me know.

I don't know if you know about Peggy Sagers' new video series called Let's Sew. She puts them out every Thursday night , They are free and so inspiring. I can't say enough about Peggy's generosity for making her webcasts every other Monday night and now these videos, ( 30 so far ), available free to the public. I know they've helped her grow her Silhouette Patterns business, but still, she gives out a lot of free information. I don't always agree with the way she dismisses other people's methods but I do appreciate her creativity in these videos/webcasts.

Her  Lets Sew video # 26 was about this pattern. #112







I don't own that pattern because I've stopped shopping online in the states because of the state of our Canadian dollar . It's just too expensive!  but I tried to interpret the style by using a Silhouette Pattern that I do own ...the Sweater Set  #195 and here is what I came up with.




My biggest challenge was that I didn't know how far to extend the front. I guesstimated and here is what I ended up with. I added 20" to center front but it's a little too much although I love how it turned out. I just can't do the other looks that Peggy talks about in her video.









You hang the lower part around your neck to form the shawl around your shoulders and this is what the back looks like.


Here is another way of wearing the top  which is quite lovely . The front extension looks like a scarf in this look.As you see in this pic. I made 3/4 sleeves for my version.



The fabric has to be drapey and preferably a knit. Mine is a fairly lightweight poly/lycra that fits the bill very nicely. Don't you love the colours in this print ?



Don't I look like a butterfly ?


This is the scarf look version.


I couldn't resist showing this one and BTW, it would be better if your fabric wasn't white on the wrong side like mine because if you move too much the wrong side shows.

This was a lot of fun to make and I'm working on a summer version now..I've had many comlpiments on this one and I hope I've inspired you to check out Peggy's videos and to try one of these.

I hope you had time to sew this weekend. Please stop by again to see what I come up with.

A sewing friend,


Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Two Sided \knit Duo

  When I go to a fabric store , I have a really hard time to resist a two sided fabric. Then I can never decide what to make . I always feel that I must use both sides or make a reversible garment.

This past fall Fabricville had this lovely two sided knit . It came in red or black and each was backed by a mini black and white stripe. I bought both colour ways knowing I would make a boat neck top with the striped side and a waterfall cardi in either the red or black. I also wanted to use some of my fabric to make Four Way wraps for my sale. The dilemma this time was which to use for the cardi, red or black ??

Here's what I decided in the end.



For the cardi, I used S2603 , now OOP.


However, I cut I cut away about 6" from the collar and front to minimize the amount and length of the "fall". I love the result and it's not as cumbersome as others I've made in the past. 

Here's the top




I'll wear that top to death because it's my favorite style of all times. I used what I consider to be my Burda  sloper, 6988. I pretty well get a perfect fit with this pattern. This time I scooped the neckline ever so slightly in both the front and back so the boat neck is not quite as severe as in other things I've made in the past .
burda style Umschlag Cover Fertigschnitte

I decided to make a wrap for myself to wear with the top out of the red. I'll use the rest of the yardage for a future fund raiser. By the time I posted this, someone had persuaded me to sell her the above wrap so no photo of me wearing it !



I finally made myself  get pics taken today . It's so hard to decide to do this so I took pics of several outfits including last week's post.




The reason for this pose was my hubby , making fun of me because I was taking theses pics myself and I said I was doing a photo shoot. .


Well that's the end of winter stuff for sure. I have some really fun things to show you next time so be sure to come back for a visit.

Thanks to all who left comments last week . They were really appreciated.

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