Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Little Black Dress (Burda 6988 ) and V1569 by Sandra Betzina

I'm excited to show my two makes of the week. As promised last week, I'll show you Sandra Betzina's V1569

and my finally made little black dress, Burda 6988

I'll start with the tunic. Here is my version but I have so many versions swimming around in my head I can't stand it !

The fabric is a medium weight textured knit in the middle and rayon ponte de Roma for the sides and collar. Great collar ,BTW !

I omitted the tabs that are suppose to join the front to the back. Instead I made these leather and toggle closures to add a little more interesting design detail.

This is a really easy make and would work just as well with woven fabrics. 
It's a slimming style and works well with jeggings.

I just celebrated my 70 th birthday and I wanted a special but simple dress for the occasion that would be easy and comfortable to wear. What better choice than a little black dress !

Here is my LBD at last .

I made view B but dropped the waist about an inch because when I tried this one before, there was something wrong with the proportions and I think the inch made the difference. Otherwise this pattern fits me right out of the envelope with only an upper rounded back adjustment needed.

I decided against a zipper because my fabric has plenty of stretch.I changed the neckline from a boatneck to a scoop neck .

I prefer 3/4 sleeves and although I tried the long sleeves first, they just didn't look as good on me as this length.

My husband helped me to decide on the length, thus just below the knee.

The fabric is a beautiful rayon ponte de Roma bought at Fabricville of course. It feels so silky and  luxurious against the skin. I love it.

I think my dress, because of it's simple lines ,will stay in style for years to come.
I'm really happy with it.

That's all for now . I'm starting to feel the call of my Spring Fashion Show and I'm wanting to experiment and try out ideas so that's probably whet I'll have for you next time. Thanks again for stopping by ! 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Butterick 6393 and 5354

The Groundhog didn't see his shadow here ! I so hope it means a short winter !

Today, I'm showing you two Butterick pattern garments.

I've been sewing for myself to replace everyday tops and also trying out patterns that aren't too challenging to suggest to my sewers. I have nine  ladies this year and it's quite a challenge to get to everyone when they are all making different things . I'm trying to steer them     toward a couple of choices. Butterick 6393 is one of them and most of them want to make it.Yeah !!

This is a really cute topper and can I say ,very slimming. I wore this one Thursday and the ladies noticed that and they are quite enthusiastic about making their own.

I left out the sleeve ruffle and lengthened the sleeve about 3 "

It's a very simple pattern to sew and would be great for beginners. There are no facings . The edges are all turned under and top stitched At the neckline the collar is turned under and tacked at the back seam. It just took me a couple of hours from start to finish.

My fabric is a light to medium sweater knit bought at Fabricville. and has a moderate two way stretch. I bought this one in all three colours that were available (green and brown in addition to this red )

I've worn this one four times this week !! This is definitely going to be in my Spring Fashion Show in May !

My next Butterick garment is an OOP pattern , B5354.

This top is just different enough to  not look like a t shirt but can be worn as one.
The only change I made was to add an inch to the side seams and then blouson it by adding elastic at the hemline. I cut it a little longer than ViewD but not as long as View B.

The fabric is a beautiful silky rayon jersey bought at Fabricville. I love the plum colour and the neckline in this one!

This week I'm working on Sandra Betzina's V1569. It will be another possible project for  my sewing Group as well as a possible item for my next  Fashion Show.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week.