Sunday, May 01, 2016

Craftsy Sewing Kit: Style Arc Gorgeous Gore Skirt

I discovered Craftsy sewing kits a few months and ago, and purchased a few (when they have been on sale) and so far I've been very pleased with the fabric quality. 

This is one of those kits: The Style Arc Gorgeous Gore Skirt. Honestly I purchased the kit because I'm secretly addicted to Style Arc patterns and this Craftsy kit included a printed multi-size copy of the pattern. Sold!  
This kit was described as having  1-1/2 yards for the skirt sized 4-18.  There was closer to 1-3/4 yards, which was good as I was able to match the design at the seams (and the edges were cut a bit jagged.)  

Because the pattern on the fabric had a large repeat I wasn't able to recreate the Craftsy skirt exactly. But close enough!  The knit skirt consists of six identical flared panels sewn to a yoke. I stitched all the seams using my serger.  The waist is finished with 1/2"elastic. 

 I wasn't sure which size to sew, and next time I'll go down a size.  I plan on shortening my next one also so it will hit just about my knee. I know my daughter will want one, so another reason I'm pleased the pattern is multi-sized. 

Since the skirt only takes 1-1/2 yards of fabric I plan on sewing more for summer wear.
By the way, the pattern can be purchased directly from Style Arc, or as a PDF pattern from their Etsy shop. (No affiliation, just a fan.)

I'm wearing the Style Arc Gorgeous Gore skirt with a knit top from The Loft, a denim jacket from Maurices, wedge lace up shoes from DSW, and a necklace from a consignment shop.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Butterick 4989 - Cascading Front Vest

This cascading front duster vest came to be when I purchased fabric online without reading the description clearly.  
When the fabric arrived and I discovered it was semi-sheer I knew it wouldn't work for my original plans. However, I had been thinking of sewing a long cascading front vest after trying one on in a boutique just a few weeks earlier.  I managed to save myself about $60 by sewing my own.

I used Butterick 4989, copyright 2007, which recently went out of print.
The vest consists of two pattern pieces, with the back cut on the fold.

After stitching the shoulder and side seams, the armhole is finished with bias tape.  I used this cotton/lycra jersey bindin
g purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics.   
I also finished all the edges with the knit binding.
Nothing more to add about the construction. The pattern is labeled "Very Easy" for a reason.

Since the little one accompanied me on this photo shoot I'll end this post with the pics that include her.
 She's obviously much more interested in exploring her surroundings that in having her photo taken.
Apparently I think if I point to the camera she'll look in that direction. While it looks like it worked, I'm pretty sure my hubby said something to get her attention.

By the way, the striped top I'm wearing is from the Burda September 2011 issue, tunic 108 blogged about here

And now back to the vest.  I sewed it this past January and have only worn it once,  but I expect this will get a lot of wear over the spring and summer months.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Style Arc Maddison Top - Times Two

The Style Arc Maddison Top is a raglan sleeve top has a slight trapeze shape, a wide hem, three-quarter length sleeves with a stitch on cuff and round neckline finished with a narrow binding.

I found this interesting patterned stripe ponte knit locally at SR Harris. I wanted to use it for a dress but there was less than two yards left on the bolt. I purchased what was left and decided to test the fit of this Maddison Top.
The top went together quickly with sewing time about an hour.  As with other Style Arc patterns I've sewn, the pieces fit together perfectly. I was so pleased with the top that I quickly stitched a second one using a lighter weight black ponte knit leftover from the Sewing Workshop Euraka Skirt Craftsy kit. (I wish I knew where they purchased the fabric as it is wonderful!)

You can see from the pictures how the fabric choice changes the look of this top. I sewed the exact same size and hemmed each identical. The stripe is the heavier knit and the black is the lighter weight.
I added lace trim to the bottom of the black top as I like that detail when I see it on tops in boutiques. To do so, I placed the lace on the wrong side of the top about 2-1/2" from the bottom edge.
Next, I turned the hem up and stitched it in place, per the instructions. The lace hangs freely below the hemline.
I thought I could wear it with the Style Arc Taylor Knit Skirts that I've sewn, but the proportion is a little off, so pants it is!

Here's the patterned striped version.  Front view:
Back view: 
I found the tops a little boxier than I expected. I did an FBA, but in retrospect I probably could have made a smaller one as there seemed to be plenty of ease. I did take each side seams about an inch.

I purchased a navy and white stripe knit and plan on stitching another Style Arc Maddison Top soon! Pin It

Monday, February 15, 2016

Butterick 6169 Linen Blend Moto Jacket

This moto jacket is a sewing project I began in Nov. 2015 and completed in about six weeks.  Not due to the difficulty of the pattern, but because of the multitude of other things taking place in my life severely limited my sewing time.

I've been meaning to sew a moto jacket ever since the Style Arc Ziggi sew-long (two years ago!) but never made time to do so. When reviews started showing up for the Lisette Moto Jacket (Butterick 6169) I decided to give that one a try.   I'm glad I did!  I really like this jacket and enjoyed the sewing process.

The gray metallic/linen/poly blend was purchased last year at my local Hancock Fabrics store. I wasn't 100% sure what I would make with it and am glad I waited as it was the perfect amount of fabric to test the fit of this pattern. Maybe a metallic/linen/poly blend wasn't the best choice due the propensity to wrinkle, but other than that I do like how it turned out. 

I made a small (1/2") FBA and lengthened the jacket by 2" (only because I had a 20" zipper on hand instead of the 18" the pattern called for).  When I sew this again I'll keep the length and lower the bust point slightly. I did forget to lower the pockets when I added length and I have to remember to do that next time.  I found the fit a bit boxier than I anticipated and will make some adjustments for that next time also. 

Inside Construction
That pocket pattern piece looked pretty small so I cut it larger. 
I used Pro-Weft interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply also adding a strip along the hemline.
I added a sleeve head using cotton batting I had on hand. I had a 1/4" shoulder pad in my stash as I always browse the sewing/craft supplies when I visit Tuesday Morning.
An inside pop of color was created by using a silky print fabric I purchased online a few years ago. When it arrived it had multiple wrinkles that would not release no matter what I did!  However it worked great for lining this jacket.  See the color in the pockets?
Before I began sewing the jacket, a quick search revealed Lisette's sew-along for this jacket, including instructions on bagging the lining. I hadn't bagged a lining in years and found the online instructions helpful. No matter how often I bag a lining I have to take my time as it seems counter-intuitive to me. However, if you follow the instructions it will work!

The Jacket
I found the pattern easy to sew with pattern pieces matching nicely.  Without my time restraints I imagine I could have completed this in a weekend.

I won't wear it zipped closed as that's a not a good look on my bodytype.
 And one more look at that fun lining!
The Lisette Moto Jacket, Butterick 6169, is one that I will sew again.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Simplicity 1014: Drapey Tunic, Drapey Cowl

About a year ago, while browsing fashions at a local boutique, I spotted a basic black tunic with a cowl and sleeve bands in a contrasting fabric.  I was intrigued enough to try it on. While the price ($59) was not unreasonable, it was more than I wanted to spend. Especially when I realized how simple the construction was.

Oh darn, that meant I had to go fabric shopping...

Off I went to my favorite fabric stores. I purchased black ITY knit from Hancock Fabrics and a mesh print from SR Harris Fabrics and promptly set about recreating the tunic.

Just kidding.

Life got in the way, as it frequently does, and the fabric sat for a few months.  Lucky for me because during that time Simplicity came out with a tunic with a large cowl and contrast sleeve bands eerily similar to the tunic I wanted to recreate. Whoop! I  didn't even have to think about what pattern to use.
I sewed the tunic the end of summer 2015.  I photographed it the end of December 2015.  I'm blogging about it mid-January 2016. 

Like I said. Life got in the way. 

The pattern, Simplicity 1014,  features a large cowl that can be worn four ways.  In theory anyway.
If you're curious, here is the link to Simplicity's YouTube video showing the four ways.  

There is no way I could wear this cowl on my head. Unless I held my neck at a certain angle. And didn't move any facial muscles. And stood frozen like a statue.

But it kinda made for a cute photo when I tried.
I didn't add the neckline tie as I likely won't wear the cowl all the way down exposing my shoulders. This is as close as I got while we were taking photos. I may be smiling but it was cold out that day and I wasn't exposing any more skin than necessary!
The pattern review:
First of all, it was a quick sew. Which seems to be my sewing theme this past year.

I didn't make any alterations to the pattern, just cut it out and stitched it together. I cut and sewed my usual size and found the tunic has quite a bit of ease.
The sleeves are sewn in the round since the sleeve band is added to the lower edge of the sleeve after the sleeve seams are sewn.

The cowl is the last piece added. You're instructed to pin the cowl to the neck edge of the right side of the tunic and stitch twice. First in a 5/8" seam, and again 1/4" away from the first stitching. I was afraid that seam might show (it doesn't) so I stitched the cowl to the tunic using a French seam.

The pattern sheet includes instruction for a lettuce edge hem as an option.

All in all I like the tunic. This one turned out as I envisioned and I'll likely sew another. Pin It


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