Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Sewing Plans

I'm trying to be good and work my way through my vast pile of half-sewn garments, but I'm just not too excited about them at the moment.  So I did the worst thing possible, and ordered some more fabric!  I actually have plans for all of them, which is better than a typical fabric purchase, where I'm just attracted to pretty and don't have any ideas.  These might change when I get my hands on the actual fabric, but I figured I have a better chance of succeeding if I write it all down, so here goes:

This is a fun quilted double-knit, that I'm envisioning as some kind of mini-dress/tunic.  My inspiration picture below is from Sundance, but I'm thinking the Inari tee dress is a great pattern for it, with possibly a few sleeve adjustments.  I was initially thinking of doing the cables vertically, but I'm not sure, what's your vote?

This magenta fabric is a beautiful cotton/silk blend that I already purchased a month or so ago from Mood, and it has great texture.  I'm thinking a structured 3/4-sleeve blouse, something along the lines of cropping this Burda dress pattern which I just got, pictured below.


I love a good stripe, and this woven fabric is no exception, which I purchased at the same time as the magenta above.  I'm wavering on what I want to make with it, but I definitely want to make something.  I'm thinking either another top like the magenta one above, maybe doing the dress version, or even something wild and crazy like the cowl sweater below?  I just got that pattern as well, and it's intended for knits, but I think it would work with a woven, because it's a pretty relaxed fit.


I have big plans for this knit floral - a matching set!   I'm going to make a mini-skirt based on my self-drafted pattern, and a vest/sleeveless top similar to the one below (probably with a squared hem).  I just got a coral button-down that should match perfectly, and I'm excited about all the mix-and-match possibilities for this one.


This red floral is a silk jersey, that will be perfect for an easy shift dress, but now that I've gotten to the end of my list, there are several dresses on there already.  Although, I am a huge fan of dresses with tights and boots in the colder weather,  so who knows.  I could just do a simple tee, or something with a little more interest, like the shirt below.  OK, so I don't have a plan at all with this one, but I just really like it, and will hopefully make something with it!

So there we have it - nothing too complicated, but all theoretically very wearable!  I guess it is less of a sewing plan as opposed to just some random thoughts, but at least I'm getting there.  Any thoughts to help me firm up my plans?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Wild Top

I usually try to mix up my posts a bit, but I've been pretty productive on the sewing side the past few weeks, so here's another me made garment!  You may recall my failed Rosie Top from early this year, which did indeed end up on the Goodwill pile.  I still really liked the cheetah print twill fabric though, so I bought it again at JoAnn's, and tried another style.  This was a bit of a cobbled together pattern, but overall, it worked in the end.


I started with the Burdastyle cropped top pattern I used to make my African wax print top, with a few modifications.  I lengthened it a bit more than the last time, and sewed the back up, as well as took in the sides a bit, based on how my previous version fit.  It stalled on the back burner for a while because my serger has been acting up and I wasn't able to serge the edge of the sleeve pieces.  I decided instead to just leave off the sleeves, and I like the way it turned out quite a bit.  I finished both the neckline and the armholes with bias tape.  

It's not the most flattering shape ever, but I think it's fun and is comfy.  I really like the unusually shaped darts, which give some shape, but not in a fitted way.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Shorts in Time for Fall

Due to the foibles of American Airlines, we ended up spending a day at home before taking off on our vacation to Guatemala, and since I had already taken the vacation day, I spent most of the day up in my sewing room, making a pair of shorts.  

The pattern is the free City Gym Shorts from Purl Bee.  I have been thinking about making these for quite a while now, but didn't have coordinating fabric for the bias tape.  I had bought a couple of fat quarters from JoAnn's a little while ago, hoping one of them would match, and I like how the patterns look together.  The only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen them about an inch.  They do look like pajama pants, but I've worn them in public

The main fabric was from the remnant bin, but is some kind of slightly textured cotton.  

It was a quick sew, with the most time-consuming piece making the bias tape (using this tutorial), and then oh so carefully pinning it on and sewing it.  I'll definitely be making these again!

Little girl dress #3?

So I've been stuck in this little girl dress phase for a little while now, as seen here and here, but I actually used a pattern without modifying it at all, and surprise, surprise, it came out pretty well!  I think the waist is about an inch or two too low, and I wouldn't put the pockets in if I redid it, as they add a bit too much bulk, but overall, I'm happy with this dress.  I even wore it out in public!


The pattern is the Malvarosa Dress from Pauline Alice, which is a basic shape, a drop-waist dress, but with some interesting details, like the structured cap sleeves and pockets.  I used a polka-dotted seersuckerish-like fabric, that was lightweight, but worked well with the structure of the dress,  I think.

It was a quick and straight-forward sew, with the only piece that made me think a bit was the pockets, as one side of the lining is part of the top piece.  I also didn't think to edge stitch the pocket linings until after I had attached the skirt to the top, and it was still possible to do so, but not quite as neat.  Due to the weight of the gathered skirt, edge-stitching didn't end up making that much of a difference.

I don't remember what size I ended up sewing, but I think I might size it down one size next time I sew it up, skip the pockets, and shorten the top piece by 1" or 2".  I'm also contemplating during a shirt version, as I think the shaping is really nice.

Overall, great pattern!