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4/14/2014

Butterick 5882

The glorious Butterick 5882! I can finally add my version to the Blogosphere. As always the last one on the train. But that's okay. Gives me lots and lots of inspiration to look at all the versions before I start my own. I actually bought this pattern long time ago when it was on sale at Hancock Fabrics for $2.99. Who doesn't love a bargain!

The fabric is Kaufman Essex Linen Blend La Femme. I knew immediately that I wanted this dress in this color combination, and I love the result. I am wearing a petticoat in this picture. The skirt really needs a petticoat, otherwise it just hangs there all sad.







A little droopy looking skirt without the petticoat.






Detail of the shelf folding. It is easier than it looks. There was some confusion about how Gertie meant the straps to be folded. I've seen some versions where the straps are folded differently (including Gertie's own version), but I stuck to the original design.



The bodice is lined with Polyester Crepe Back Satin. Leftover from my Colette Truffle Dress.



 The seam allowances are finished with rayon seam binding in cream. The boning has cotton casing and is sewn to the lining, as seen here.



 And here some action shots:








Pattern Description:
Lined dress has bias shoulder straps extending into band, bias pleated bra with stay, princess seams, close-fitting, boned bodice, inside belt, and back zipper.
 
Pattern Sizing:
4 - 20
 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes
 
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very clear step by step instructions. I had no problems. Inserting the boning was no problem.
 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the bust shelf style, and the swishy skirt
 
Fabric Used:
Kaufman Essex Linen Blend La Femme
Polyester Crepe back satin for lining of bodice
Metal wire boning with cotton casing
 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a straight size 10 without any fitting alterations. I didn't line the skirt.
 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again, and recommend it, provided one likes the style.
 
Conclusion: 
I love my new dress and have worn it already. It is very comfortable.

4/03/2014

Projects in the making

I have tons of dresses to blog about, but no decent picture without a sunburned face. While I am waiting for my face to have a somewhat normal color again I will share a couple of projects I am working on right now.

This is my first paper piecing project. It is very confusing at times. But I think I got the hang of it now. It will be a pillow for one of my nephews. Four more to go, with other pictures of course.



This is what it will look like in the end, I hope.



I used to do quite a lot of cross stitching when I was like 13, and I always thought I would like to do it again. This is a really nice project for that, since it is spread out over a year it doesn't feel overwhelming to do besides all my other sewing projects.

I am using a Q-Snap frame and have to say it is so much nicer than the normal round embroidery hoops.



This one is a surprise! More on it later.



3/20/2014

Work in Progress - Butterick 5882

A little preview about my current work in progress. Butterick 5882.

 I always seem to be very late with these popular patterns that everybody seems to make as soon as they are released. This is a very beautiful pattern and I will write a review as soon as the dress is finished.

For now just a quick view. I am very happy about how the pleats turned out. I have to take a break with the dress, because I don't have the boning for the bodice yet.



The dress pinned to my dress form. The bodice and skirt are not yet sewn together. 



 Another project I am very looking forward to is the Multitasker Tote by Anna Maria Horner. The pattern and some beautiful fabric for it are on their way to me. I also have another Coco dress cut out. Hope to finish it over the weekend.


3/18/2014

More Coco dresses

I made two more Coco dresses. And a fourth one is already cut out. 
The complete review of my first Coco Dress is here.

I got a bit of a sunburn there. The New Mexico sun is unforgiving. I swear I am using sunscreen. But my face isn't important here. Look at the dresses!




This is the perfectly adjusted version. The first version with the 3/4 sleeves is a size too big. 
For this one I cut a size 2 and cut out the armholes bigger. For that adjustment I usually just chop off a bit from the lower edge of the armhole after cutting out the pattern pieces. In this case I cut off 1/2. The size two sleeves still fit with a bit of stretching.  



 For this one I forgot to adjust the armholes and it is a bit snug around the shoulders and arms. What's with  armhole sizes anyway? Does everybody else have spaghetti arms?



Both fabrics are from Girlcharlee.com






Just a reminder to always wear sunscreen!



3/14/2014

Sol Hoodie by Jamie Christina

Another finished knit project. It seems I have sewn only knit stuff the last couple of weeks. This is the Sol Hoodie pattern by Jamie Christina. I got it for my birthday last year and finally had a chance to print it out and make it. It is always so warm here in New Mexico and the winter is quite short, that I didn't feel like making something with long sleeves in the summer. But finally! 

This is the third pattern I made from Jamie Christina and so far I love them all. No alterations. They fit right away. My first pattern was the Abbey Coat. I will share the third project soon.

The fabric is an interlock knit from Fabric.com. The ribbon is by Anna Maria Horner.



I love the pink contrast to the red. In the instructions it says to add the ribbon before inserting the zipper. But that would mean part of the ribbon would be gone in the seam allowance. With this pretty (and expensive) ribbon I didn't want that. I added the ribbon after inserting the zipper. I just topstitched it on the hood and the front. But before adding the hood to the neckline.



I lined the hood with black flannel that I snapped up from my sisters stash :) Lining is optional.



 Here is an inside out view. I didn't serge the seam allowances. Since this knit doesn't fray I got a bit lazy finishing the seams.

 


Here is a close up of the finishing of the seam where the hood is attached. I had a little bit trouble with this one since the fabric is quite thick. I ended up using rayon seam binding to finish it. Doesn't look all that pretty. 



Pattern Description:
A zip up hoodie sewing pattern with features such as: cuffs with thumb openings, and fabric bands outlining the zipper and hood.

Pattern Sizing:
XS - XXL
I made a size XS

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow. Lots of pictures and helpful tips for sewing with knit fabrics.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The only thing I didn't like is that according to the directions parts of the ribbon would be in the seam allowance of the zipper. I changed that by sewing the ribbon on after inserting the zipper.

Fabric Used:
Cotton Interlock from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As mentioned above, I topstitched the ribbon in place after inserting the zipper. That way the whole ribbon shows.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I highly recommend this pattern, if wearing a hoodie is your style that is. Very well drafted easy pattern.

Conclusion:
I love my hoodie and I will sew it again. Maybe a version without the zipper, as sweater.