Diana Wrap Dress

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This is my newest creation a gorgeous wrap dress in cornflower blue jersey. I was a pattern tester for the curvy version of the Diana Wrap Dress from Wardrobe By Me.  I am so pleased with how it came out. I made no changes to the pattern, this is a straight size 16. Pretty great fit, don’t you think! I used a cotton/poly jersey with 4 way stretch. The original pattern came in size 0-16 and the new curvy version comes in 14-24.

Conclusion, this is a great pattern!! I’ve already got several other versions planned. If you would like the pattern, it’s on sale this week at Wardrobe By Me,using this codeRMD2AL27L8JZ, thank you to Christina!

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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!

Little White Dress

Little White Dress
Thought I might join the Little White Dress Contest over at pattern review.  Here’s my inspiration board.
As a challenge to myself and to save money I am going to use as many stash fabrics as I can this year and sew with free patterns online.  I want so show that sewing doesn’t have to be expensive and showcase some of the awesome patterns that are available for free on the internet.

2014 Little White Dress (Jan 16 - Feb 15)

Summer Dress to Sew

Summer Dress to Sew

Dress
$5.99 – simplicity.com

Layered dress
$53 – modcloth.com

Totally inspired by that gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana number as seen at Cannes.  I found this similar but more versatile dress from modcloth.  I need a  yellow summer dress.  🙂  Well need is a strong word.  I found some gorgeous eyelet at Joann’s, 100% cotton lawn with nice embroidery.
Fabric is in the washer, can’t wait to get started.  I will be using Simp. 2579, vew b for the most part, possibly swapping in the midriff band from Simp. 2876 view b.  We’ll see if I can make them fit together.  Can’t wait to wear it!

Planning

For my next project I will be making a pencil skirt in a floral cotton sateen.  I was inspired by this skirt from JCrew.

Also I saw my fabric over at this blog, made into this great skirt (scroll down to April 15th for the post), also an inspiration.

I will be using M5375 now OOP.  I will need to do some major alterations to the pattern though.  I will ommit the front fly and  pockets as well as the back pockets and belt loops.  I will be lengthening the skirt and adding a kick pleat as well as changing it to have a back zip.   I have made this skirt before and I really like the fit of the waistband and hips so its a TNT (tried and true)  this will be the 4th time I have made this skirt, each time I vary the details so they hardly look alike. You can see one version that I made last year here.