Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Butterick 5610 , A Summer Top

I loved this pattern   Butterick 5610 as soon as I saw it. Despite a busy week, I managed to cut it out and sew it in a fairly short amount of time.


The fabric is a cotton /lycra with striations. The lace is a poly/lycra blend. I had to line the yoke with self fabric so the lace wouldn't show bra straps.

The pleating was somewhat of a challenge. I wasn't sure about the part of the directions that stated "make inner pleat" was for. I ignored it and ended up with a total of six pleats which is what shows on the pattern drawing.

My fabric was very stretchy and I found the corners of the yoke a challenge to pair with the lower bodice. It all worked out in the end.

I decided to do the elasticized hem. I really like this top. It's not a great look for a busty lady, but I don't care. I'll enjoy wearing this in hot muggy weather this summer.

Stay tuned for two lace dresses,one dating back to 1966, and the one I've just finished for a special event.

Hope you've found time to sew.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

New Look 6000, A Great Pattern

I made this dress for a function I was attending last night. I love it. And the pattern  New Look 6000, is a gem,IMO.

I achieved a good fit with only a small FBA and a sway back adjustment. The pattern envelope calls for a  woven  fabric but I used a rayon lycra knit. I cut  a size 12  to which I sometimes have to add extra wide seam allowance at the sides but I didn't need it for this one.

The dress is close fitting and flattering, but for a woven, I would most likely need the extra at those side seams

t.I made View B minus the collar.

You can just see the side darting which I love.

I lowered the neckline just a smidgen.

I made a little cardi-like topper to wear with it.

Isn't it cute? I copied it from RTW. To see how I made it, go to Diana's Sewing Lessons for  a brief   "How to". The fabric for this one is a  very light viscose knit.

My husband really liked this dress and so do I.

Next up is the same pattern in navy lace for an event we are attending at the end of the month.

I hope you found time to sew this weekend!  More later from

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Casual Outfit for Tamara

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 I just got back from Ottawa so you know  I made something for DD to take to her!

 Tamara recently told me she has plenty of work clothes but not enough casual stuff. I think the outfit I made for her fits the bill. Here it is.

For the jean jacket I used my favorite OOP Burda pattern  (8905) which I've made many times before. If you have this pattern you should try it.It's a real gem.

For the skirt I used another favorite pattern, New Look 6300also OOP

The fabric is a stretch cotton denim which is a nice chambray colour .For top stitching, I used Gutterman Heavy Duty Polyester thread in colour 865 and I loved the effect.

Now about this shirt!

I know! Wow! Really?

In the 80's I made DD a purple shirt with parrots on it that she wore till the millennium! I finally had to insist it had to go.

 I found this cotton  at Fabricville a few years ago and planned to make her a new parrot shirt as a joke. It was quick to make and brought  a smile to Tamara's face. She said however that she wouldn't wear it with the suit! I can't imagine why!!!

I used the print for the facings etc. because this is suppose to be a fun, casual Friday kind of outfit.

I forgot to take a photo of  DD wearing her new outfit so I'll leave you with a buttoned up view of it..

I hope you found time to sew this weekend!
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