Monday, May 8, 2017

Royal blue and white dress - McCall's 7538

I needed a dress for the weekend that just passed. I could have probably bought one but that would not have been fun. And finding a dress to buy it's still time consuming. I just realized close to the deadline that I will only have a few hours in one afternoon and maybe small chunks later in the week but not much more then that so I needed something that would not be very time consuming and hard to sew or fit.
    I have spend quite some time browsing fabric and patterns  I had trying to come up with a plan and then another quick trip to the fabric store and coming home empty handed witch is a rare thing for me. But the only fabrics I liked were really really expensive - like 5-10 x my usual purchases and I was still unsure what pattern would work with those so I decided to make my huge stash work.
   I had this royal blue fabric for more then 5 years. It had a discreet shine and nice stretch and I always envisioned it as an elegant outfit. But I didn't had much of it - I think only 1.5m so most of the pasterns I had in mind would not have worked out. On the pat minute I decided to go with  McCall's 7538:
It was the last pattern on my sewing table and I just did a simple tee muslin to check it out. I wanted to go with only solid fabric and let the fit and flow of the dress to make the dress but I was not able to do it. The color blocking was just calling for me and I could not resist the temptation for a little drama. I liked the texture of a recent white fabric I bought and I thought that adding a little white to the dress would help transition to white accessories and would go nice together.
   Doing all the wait pieces in white seemed a bit to much and extreme so I did my own fabric for those pieces by sewing together 3 stripes of fabric - 2 white and one blue. I went for even stripes but now I think even like this is still a bit to much white and having made the blue stripe twice the width of the white ones might have been better. But to late for that...
   Even if the weather warmed up here is still cold at night so I went for the long sleeve - view A and simple upper front - view C and the flared skirt option - View B & D.
  It might not have been the best dress at the party or the best dress I could make but it really felt good to have it made it myself in the short time frame I had for it. I also loved the skirt for dancing.
I have managed to take some quick photos this morning with the T-shirt I made 1st. I really love it all but the print defect on the fabric.


2 new items , with the tee,  and 2 new fabrics so -86 items sewed this year.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Red peplum - lekala 4177

The summer is warm weather is closer every day and I managed to do a bit of sewing. I loved loved Eva's gold dress so I decided to redo the pattern just a bit longer ( it turned out to long though). I also loved her red set from last summer so I used the left over fabric to make a new dress and pants for the jacket. Here is the outfit from last summer that is a bit short now but still to cute not to use.
 It looks a bit to big for now but she is growing so fast so I hope it will look better on her soon as I don't feel I should modify it:
The pants pattern is the lower part of the recent jumper I made her. I liked the big bottom narrow legs and I wandered how it would look as a separate piece:
Without the red jacket they are not much - I don't think i'll do another soon -  but I love the suit look.
As it seems to become the usual my items come last. I tried a peplum top from the fabric left from Eva's dresses. I know I am a little late with peplum now but I always loved the feminine look of those and I could no wear it before because of the baby bump that make me look horrible. So now that most of the bump is finally go ( even if my waist will never have the old measurement again ...) I felt I could finally try it. The pattern is Lekala 4177:
I am not big on cap sleeves so I just did a normal one. I also used contrast neck band ( a bit to tight :( for my light-medium weight knit fabric) :
And because I ended up really liking it I made another one in solid red ponte knit with long sleeves. And I'm really liking this one as well:
 4 items that would have got my debt down to 40 but I just bought 6 new printed summer denims online and 2 fabrics on local stores and 14 quilting cottons that have to arrive today so my debt is up to 84 - that's ridiculous. That's no way I have any chance of clearing this debt but I will keep score just to see how much I can stray from it. I really need a new system to keep my fabric in check.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A new polka dots jumpsuit for summer for Eva - Ottobre 3/2015 #14

After finding a new favorite pattern in Ottobre 3/2015 #15 dress I felt I should try the sibling pattern #14 as well that features pants  instead of the ruffles creating a jumpsuit rather then a dress. I thought it would be fun to wear in the summer and easier for a toddler to look neat at the playground.
The top pattern pieces are the same but it has simpler sleeves that I used for the dress actually and tried the puff sleeves for this one. The pants are quite roomy at the but and you don't see all the diaper details in it.
  I think I really like the large pants. And I am really tempted to sew just the pants from this next with a separate top.The pants pleats are really cute as well and now looking at the design photo I realize I done them wrong. They are still cute but I wish I would have done them like the picture!!!
   What I don't like is the way this is dressed and undressed. I don't like the whole body having to go through the neck opening. I was really nervous about that and I put elastic inside the back strap to make it more stable. the good news is that she fit inside without much trouble but I still hate it.
  Pockets are really a nice feature and Eva Loves them.
   I also like the fabric that is a comfortable single jersey with white polka dots. I also think the color is good on Eva. I just recently read about cold and warm color persons and I think Eva looks better in cold ones so the gold and yellow I just sewed for her may have not been the best choice...
 While I like the silhouette when she stands I don't think it looks as good when she sits. The top seem to run up and not cute...
Only one item this time so debt down to 41... At least I resisted the urge to buy more and that was really really hard.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Completing the sudoku wardrobe for my daughter

Eva's wardrobe is really a tradition by now for me. So I could not miss it this year. I started in a totally different direction with navy and white to go with jeans but early in march I remembered about her yellow shoes that she received last year as a gift from my sister but were way to big for her then and found the gold fabric in store. Everything took a totally different direction from there. The rest of fabrics are all from stash. It felt good to finally put them to use.
   The top tunic is my favorite piece - the fabric the design everything - love it. It is our new favorite pattern so you will probably  see many of it soon enough: - Ottobre 03/2015 #15 Lionella jersey dress:
It is none in a quite unusual fabric that i have no idea what it is but it very very light and soft to the touch witch is also unusual in sparkly fabric and to top all then great stretch and decent recovery.

The leggings are made layering the dress fabric with black stretch lace. Ottobre 04/2013 #16 Diamonds leggings:
My next favorite piece is the polka dots shirt - Ottobre 03/2015 #8 Zebra run shirt:
The street print dress is made mostly to go with her brother t-shirt. It features a mush fuller shirt and small hem ruffle. I just with I didn't went for contrast sleeves. Ottobre 04/2013 #14 Princess Castle tunic:
The last dress it is a bit to big and large for her. I've made variations of this pattern more the 10 times and yet somehow I managed to be off. But as the dress is also to large and to long I'll just leave it like that so she can grow into it. Ottobre 01/2016 #05 Pocahontas jersey top:
For this one I made her a matching sun hat and 3/4 leggings:
From the same pattern as the hat I tried to make her 2 simple black hats: 1 in jersey and 1 in spandex covered with lace:

I also made her 3 sets of matching leggings tunics since we had 1 set last year that was so so very much liked and used:

15 items bringing my debt down to 42... now if I could hold on buying new fabrics for a little while... But with the warm weather it is hard to resist new temptations. We will see...