Completed Spring Wardrobe

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Dress above is Simplicity 3678.

This post is overdue, but I completed my spring wardrobe.  I made 4 tops, 3 skirts a dress, jeans and a cardigan. The wardrobe is mix and match, so it’s very versatile. 20160331_103020-1

My Breton top with a knit pencil skirt.

Patterns:

Top- Simplicity 8054

Skirt- Simplicity 1072

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A denim skirt with lace top.

Patterns:

Top- Gertie’s Portrait Neck Blouse

Skirt – New Look 6030

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Self drafted blue dolman with self drafted jeans.20160331_110511-1

A silk tank and floral skirt.

Patterns:

Tank- Cali Faye

Skirt – Itch to Stitch

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Cardigan and dress.

Patterns:

Dress-Simplicity 3678

Cardigan- Swoon Patterns

With these 10 pieces I can create something like 34 outfits. I am pleased with how these came out and excited that it is warm enough to wear them now! I entered these pieces in the wardrobe contest on pattern review. I didn’t win but I feel like a winner since I have this lovely new wardrobe! Thanks for stopping by to read about my sewing adventures.

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Self Drafted Boyfriend Jeans and Breton Top

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So my first outfit is done from my spring wardrobe.  I’m feeling pretty accomplished, its so nice to finish these garments and they fit and flatter me. So Win!

The top is Simplicity 8054 that I added a yoke to.  The yoke is made from separate pieces of white jersey.

Top Details:

  • Fabric from PurpleSeamstress on Facebook- cotton jersey, check her out she has great deals!!
  • Hemmed with double needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin, gives a nice stretchy hem that looks good!
  • finished on my new serger! (yay, I just love how professional that makes my garments feel!)
  • Lengthened the pattern by 3″ but cut some away

Jeans Details

  • These are version 1.0, I plan to make more, still tweaking the fit
  • I used several pairs of RTW jeans I had as reference to draft these and my measurements
  • Drafting is hard!!
  • They are a little too large in the waist, I will take the next pair in at center back and side seams and cut a smaller waistband and possibly taper the legs a bit
  • Denim stretches a lot when its worn, something one must account for when drafting
  • This is 11 oz. non-stretch denim from Joann’s Fabric
  • I used Coats and Clark denim topstitching thread and a Top stitch needle size 16, and  I broke two!  It hard to sew through multi layers of thick denim!
  • I used regular polyester thread in my bobbin
  • They have rivets and a self designed leather patch on the back for authenticity
  • I hope to develop this into a multi-size pattern and to digitize it, an eventually make it available for sale!

I will be entering this in the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest as well as several other items.  You can check that out here. My entry is not up yet as I am still sewing my garments, but it will be up by the end of the month when the contest ends.  I have sewn 4 tops 1 bottom and 1 dress so far.  That leaves 4 more items to make.  Its going to be a sew-a-thon to get it one next week!

I’ve got lots more spring sewing planned, you can check out my planning board here on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.  Hope you are sewing fun things too!

 

 

 

Spring Soduko 1

Spring Soduko 1

 

This is my planing board for #wardrobeinaweek.  This is the brainchild of Becca Duvale from Free Notion.  You can read more about it here.  The idea is to choose several quick and easy pieces that can mix and match and sew them up in just a week.  I doubt I will finish in a week but I plan to work as quickly as I can. It will probably be about two weeks for me. Its a good way to get a little push to complete your sewing projects and to make sure that they go together, giving you maximum options for getting dressed each day.  I have already cut out all the tops and finished sewing two of them. The denim skirt is from my winter wardrobe and will carry over nicely.  I’m off to cut cardigans and sew them up!

Blue Green Knit Dress

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So I finished my dress and got a chance to wear it yesterday. I am pleased with it but may tweak it a little before I consider it done. I had fun sewing this on my new serger. Woah,  I should have bought one years ago, what a huge time saver. It makes sewing knits soo much easier. I only used my regular machine for the hems and the basted gathering stitches.

The pattern is M 9116 which is a reissue  of Butterick 5870. Here’s a shot of the pattern envelope 20160130_145845

I made view A.

Pattern notes

Sewed a size 12 with a FBA.

I lengthen the front and back bodice by 1″, I think I may serge this off as the waistline seems a little low on me.

I used the straight hem skirt from view B, omitting the high low of view A

Sewed the hems using a twin needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin which helps keep them stretchy.

Conclusion

I love it. If I make it again I might raise the neckline, it’s a little low.

Side view

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Back view

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Turquoise Bethouia

 

 

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Well I finished the Bethouia top from El Pulls.  I used a turquoise french terry knit from Joanns Fabric.

Pattern notes

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Dressform

No changes made, sewed a straight size 48.

Love:

The color

It’s comfy

Don’t Love:

Maybe not the best shape for my body type, it’s big and loose and therefore not very flattering.

The pattern pages, tons of paper. The sleeve is plotted in such a way that it wastes gobs of paper.

Overall a decent pattern, I think it would be better on me in a thinner fabric, like a rayon jersey.

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Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

 

So I am trying to work some of my current me-made garments into a fall-winter wardrobe.  I made this suduko to create several mix and match outfits (btw- these are all rtw garments, they are just visual representatives of the items I want to make or have made).  I got this idea from the lovely blog  Free Notion.  I have been reading through her posts on planning a capsule wardrobe.  This suduko is my result.  I have made the Liola Natalie, the self drafted gingham top,  the NL 6030 as well as the NL 6395.  I a currently working on the Bethouia.  Up next, jeans! I’ve got  three pairs in that plan.  The skinny Jaime Jeans, the Birkin Flares and a self drafted boyfriend jean.  Whew, thats a lot of jean sewing! Wish me luck.
The shoes, sweaters and accessories are items I already own, I used what I have to make this work.  I don’t feel up to making my own sweaters just yet,  and handmade shoes, well maybe someday.  I like the concept! I know others have learned to make their own shoes, its something to consider:)

Black Lace Peasant Top

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I have managed to finish my holiday top, just after the holidays, lol!

I started it just before Christmas but the hustle and bustle left no time for sewing. Nevertheless,  I am happy to have finished it. I know I will wear this simple breezy top often, so I’m not too upset I missed my holiday deadline.

So the pattern is NL 6395 with some alterations-

  • Lower the front yoke 2.5 inches, and conversely raised the lower bodice 2.5 inches. I wanted a deeper yoke to showcase this great lace
  • I cut a size 14 for the yoke and sleeves but I cut a size 22 for the lower bodice, I wanted lots more gathers! I ended up taking it in about an inch at the waist, curving the side seams a bit
  • I cut a yoke in the back to match the front, and made the lower back fuller, to match the front
  • I cut 5 inches off the sleeves to make 3/4 sleeves
  • I used FOE to finish the neck and yoke opening, cutting off the SA and omitting the facing
  • I sewed two ribbons to tie the blouse in front instead of a button

The fabrics used were a black, one-way stretch lace from Joann’s Fabrics and a cotton/rayon crinkle gauze from Factory Fabrics in Portland. The fabric is pretty sheer so I will need to wear a cami underneath it, unlike y poor dress form you can see her bra.  Don’t worry I won’t be so scandalous, Ha!

I stay stiched the lace to keep it from stretching as the cotton/rayon was a woven. I didn’t have any problems combing a knit and a woven in this top.

Overall I am pleased with my finished garment, I can’t wait to wear it.

Happy New Year!