Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Monthly Stitch: Miss Bossy

I've joined The Monthly Stitch. This month we let the other members choose what we will make.
The idea is to search your pattern stash and choose three patterns that have been hanging around for a long time. My only problem is, I got rid of most of my patterns about 10 years ago when I thought I wasn't going to sew any more. Darn! So my choices are from newer patterns I haven't used yet.
First up is this cute blouse pattern by Butterick 5786. I want to make a swimsuit cover up with the material in the picture. Top B with a pocket and fold down collar. Isn't this material just so cute!

Next is this cute Simplicity pattern 1668. Top B in a beautiful sateen floral print. Looks like a comfy top I could just throw on and still look stylish.
Last, Simplicity pattern 1783. Yes another top. In a very sheer silky chiffon. This material is very thin and slippery. Could be a good challenge.
It's winter here and all I can think about is summer and sunshine. Making summer clothes in the winter just makes me feel better.
Now it's you turn. Please vote for the patter I should make in March for "The Monthly Stitch, Miss Bossy.

You be Missy Bossy and choose what I will sew next.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Little White Dress finished

My notes:
Pattern McCalls 6699 $10.77 sale
Material main 
Zipper $3.29 sale

Inspiration: Little White Dress contest on Pattern Review, and RTW Fasters. I just got back from Hawaii and a little white dress is just what I need.
Earlier this month I made a wonderful beaded dress using McCalls 6699, more fitted than what I wanted for my LWD, but with a few changes it worked out just fine.
I found a beautiful embroidered cotton material at Joann's on sale.
I did didn't quite follow the laundry instruction. I put it in the dryer, cause I know I'll forget to line dry and throw it in the dryer and that's the kind of dress I want.

The changes I made to the pattern are: I gathered the bodice and skirt instead of using the darts, I also added about 4 inches to the side front of the skirt and 2 inches to both back sides. I also flared out the bottom of the skirt. Added lined the skirt.
One of the things I like best about this pattern is the pockets.
I loved the cut work/eyelet on the bottom of my inspiration dresses, with the embroidery on my material I thought I could cut the edge of my dress around that embroidery. I did a couple tests and found the the stitching was very secure for cutting. However the stitching didn't connect everywhere. So I found some white embroidery thread and did a chain stitch between the flowers.
I also used Fray check all along the embroidery where I cut it out. When it dried you can't see it.
Bottom/hem of skirt
Plain dress
Daytime accessories.

Nighttime accessories.