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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Outfits # 52, 53 and 54. Easy Summer

Outfits #52, 53 and 54. 
Hello everyone! It's been an incredible sewing week. I just completed three tops and three matching skirts. And I couldn't be happier. The patterns I used are tried and true. They are simple to make and easy to wear. The materials for the tops as well as the lining came from Bedford Fabrics in Fall River. The skirt materials are from JoAnn's fabrics and believe it or not it's summer upholstery material. It holds up really well and I so love the patterns and vibrant colors of these fabrics. I plan to use these outfits for everyday wear. I like to look nice even when I'm in my back yard. Let's face it, these are the days of our lives. Everyday matters. Why not look our best. As I wear the other outfits, I will add  a couple of picture to this post. Overall, the look is the same, It's the combination of the vibrant colors that are so refreshing. Well that’s it for now, have a great weekend and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. See you all soon! Debora  

Outfit #1 - I love the slit in the front. It's easy to walk, considering I take some pretty long steps. 

Here again you can see that the skirt is completely lined which makes for nice show and great finish as you move in the skirt. 

 I did all the cutting first and then created an assembly line.  I learned this as a child working along side my mother. It had been years since I've done this. Boy did this feel empowering. 

Outfit #2 -  Same everything just different fabrics. 

I used an invisible zipper instead of the hook and eye deal. It's quicker and creates a cleaner line in the back neck.

Here you can see the contrast of the materials. I truly love this. I hope to experiment more with this. 

Instead of a waistband, I simple placed a binding around the waist. It's soft and lose. Easy to breath, especially n the hot summer days. 

Outfit #3 -  Love, love this skirt print. Something about birds and nature. Just so sweet. 

Of course I added pockets to the pattern. I used  a combination of two patterns. On of which is dress pattern. I didn't want a back seam to take away from the print. And the other pattern is a skirt pattern used for basic dart fitting. 

Here's why I love this print so much. 

This is the pattern I used for the tops. I made a few changes in the sewing which made it more efficient for the production. Remember, I actually created an assembly line.

The back I sewed up straight, pressed and opened up the seam to place invisible zipper. 

On the sleeves, I made my own biased binding, 3" wide and sewed it on wrong side by stretching it and flipping it to right side for final top stitch. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dress # 51- Come Sail Away

Dress # 51- Come Sail Away 
This dress took me two weeks to complete. Not that it was difficult, but I certainly am. I made the top twice. I was not pleased with the first one. I made it using a blue cotton with a square neck and I just didn’t feel comfortable in it. So, I just tossed it and made a new one using the same sail boat print material. The material is from JoAnn’s fabrics from their local interest cotton fabrics collection. How could I not have a dress with this beautiful nautical print. After all, New Bedford is a beautiful seafaring city. A seaport rich in history and culture with a very promising future.

 Back to the dress, It’s from Simplicity pattern  1537 from their Amazing Fit collection. I’ve used it several times and each time I’m just as pleased with the fit and feel of this pattern. A sure winner. This time, I did however line the entire top with canvas material with another final layer of blue cotton. The foundation gives the dress a very rich look. I hope to continue experimenting using more canvas in future dresses. I love to keep trying new ways of sewing. It’s very exciting for me. I seem to enjoy a continual challenge. I also like to have things to wear that I can have the pleasure of saying “I made it myself.”  Well, I hope your inspired to create something of your own soon. It’s such a great feeling. Even when your not fully satisfied with something, it’s always in your power to change it, adjust it or start all over again. The process is always exciting and even powerful. Well that’s it for now, have a great weekend everyone and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dress # 50 - Wildflower Meadow - two piece dress.

Dress # 50 - Wildflower Meadow - two piece dress.
This dress once again is from Butterick B5918 pattern. This is the third time around using the same pattern. This time, I used the left front of the pattern on the right as well. I wanted an easy loose fit. I haven’t been happy with the way the pattern is designed with pleats on the front right. It doesn’t line up well on the body. Or at least, not on mine. I added my own ties and band cut on the bias to close off the front. On the back, I lowered the “V” neck and added ties to hold the back neck together.  The fabric, which I purchased at JoAnn’s is transparent and very difficult to work with. But, I managed. I made a matching top bias slip using McCall’s pattern M6790. I added this perfect matching lace to the hemline which I found at Bedford Fabrics.   For the skirt, I used  again B5918 pattern and added pockets and slits on both sides. I add lace and pockets to all my outfits now. I love the comfort and security that  pockets offer and the old world feminine feel of lace in the underlining’s.   The skirt is self lined with an invisible zipper on the back.  I thought it went well with the loose top. Overall, I’m happy with the outfit.  Seeing it’s such a wildflower pattern, most likely I will wear it to a night festival where a summer’s evening breeze is filled with lots of warm friendly people. I hope this post  inspires you to create and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Have a great weekend everyone! Debora