Saturday, November 16, 2013

McCalls 6607---again

When I picked out fabric for the first of this pattern I went ahead and picked for the second as well.
I like this easy pattern a lot. It is not only easy to make but is stylish and easy to wear for all ages. The fabric is a cotton jersey. it was not particularly easy to sew. The edges roll but with only 3 pattern pieces it makes it easier.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Islander Jacket in Pink Twill

This is a repeat of the Islander jacket. This time I tried to pretty much follow the video lessons and the actual construction went smoother. This fabric is a stretch twill which made it more difficult to get a nice pressed edge for the topstitching. The fabric also frayed making the welt pockets difficult and not as nice of a finish as I would have liked.
I do highly recommend the Sew Better Sew Faster class at Craftsy. There are great tips and Janet Pray is a great instructor.
I did a narrow shoulder alteration this time and shortened the sleeves by about 1 1/2 inches.

McCalls 6607


I had seen this pattern reviewed on Pattern Review and immediately liked it. The photo on the pattern looks like the length is to about mid thigh and I wanted mine to come to just above the knee for church. I lengthened by 3 inches and ended up too long so then I shortened the tunic/dress by about 4 inches. I like the length now. The fabric is a ponte knit from Joann's.

I had about 2/3 yards fabric left so I made an infinity scarf from it.

This is an altered version of New Look 6232. I have used this pattern several times for button down shirts. I wanted to make a shirtdress and the pattern that I had used before are now too large so I decided to give this a try and I think it was pretty successful. I used the shirtdress pattern and laid on top of the shirt pattern to get the length and for the width through the hips.  The fabric is a feather wale corduroy from stash.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Islander Jacket

After a friend on a sewing forum made one of these jackets I decided I had to try it. It is from one of the Craftsy classes. I received an email for a discount on a class and went for it.

I looked for fabric and couldn't find what I wanted locally. We have very little choice here for supplies but I still love my town.

One day I was in the extra bedroom and looked in the dresser drawer for something-- usually just store quilts in the dressers in that room. I found an old twin size duvet and curtain that I had made years ago. It had been so long that I had even forgotten about making it. I knew right away that would be used for a wearable (hopefully) muslin of this jacket. So that is the story of the fabric for this jacket.

This Craftsy class has video lessons with instructor Janet Pray. Janet gives very good instruction on how to sew without using a pins. While I had difficulty with making this jacket it was no fault of the instructions. Just my lack of using the instructions.