Friday, August 9, 2019

StyleArc Harmony to + cigarette pants

This summer I ripped one pair of RTW pants and made a new one using the old as pattern. I was quite pleased with the result and determined to do more. So I have made 2 more pairs. I kept thinking what top would be best with this pants and had a few favorites in past patterns but in the end decided to try a new one - Style arc harmony top:

The first version I did as actual pattern. It was not bad but the neckline is a bit too high and the dart also should hit a bit lower for me. The pants are in a stretchy fabric this time so I took them in a bit in the upper part and used silk for pockets lining. It was a real pain to work with it but feel like it worth it every time I put my hand in the pocket and get a nice feeling there.
I was very happy I managed to finish this combo in time to submit it for Pattern Review Match Your Shoes Contest. I only managed to get phone photos on the last day of the contest with my son behind camera as I was on a family trip that week but I was happy I finally managed to submit something and felt a bit like my old self.
The pockets are along the entire waistline in the front and I think I like them very much like this. More stable , less gapping. I used french seam for them and added pocket facings after. 
The second pair of pants done in a vivid neon salmon color with waffle texture is a bit larger as the fabric was more stiff and no stretch. They feel quite great. The top is a floral cotton batiste. Very very light fabric. Maybe a bit too light for this top. I did it very slightly larger and fixed the neckline and the dart. The neckline and the ruffles on the sleeves are finished with self bias fabric. Love this finishing. Both tops are longer then the pattern.
And some small eye candies in the end. My daughter sow some hair bands with bows in the store she really liked but the fabric from with they were made was really crappy so I promised her I will make some better myself.  For two weeks she kept asking when will I make her bows so here they are. Really cute. I have so many fabrics I should make more.
The pink pants fabric is from this summer. I only did one "fabric shopping trip" and bought 5 or 6 fabric and happy to say that 3 of them are already sewn. The other 3 fabrics ( the blues ) are from last summer crop. Feels like my stash is going just a little bit down but I still have so many fabric ... I need to find some way to donate some and be a bit more picky when I buy!

Long sleeved dresses for my daughter - from earlier this year


The first half of this year I have done very little sewing and being so little I didn't made posts of the new makes so I will put them all here - 3 long sleeved dresses for my daughter for winter / spring.

Tow of them are based on  Ottobre  3/2018 #10 - totally love the front and back ruffles and added sleeves from other patterns.
This one is in a rayon fabric . Love the print and slight texture:
The second one is a polka dot jersey:
The last one is a glitter jersey she picket from my stash and insisted I should make something for her. She went to a few acting workshops for kids and somehow she was determined to dress up for those so she keeps asking me to make dresses :
From the jersey fabric of the polka dots dress I also made a Vogue 8634

Friday, July 19, 2019

Trying to get back to sewing - brocade pants

Long time no sew ... A lot of people asked how did I sew so many items with so many other things going on in my life. I always thought is my desire and love for sewing that kept me going but taking a small break I understand a new detail. Sewing constantly keeps you in shape. Warmed up. After a small break even easy projects seem impossible to start let alone finish... My son started school last fall and I wanted to spend a little more time with the kids, do more projects with them, teach them how to read, paint with them... I also did quite a bit of work in our country backyard painting the kids wook house , the fence and anything that I could get my hands on. I don't have a talent for drawing but that didn't stopped me :))
I terribly missed sewing though. We had a few free days  free at the end of last month with the kids being away on vacation with the grandparents and I knew I just have to get something done. I went shopping for fabric, not that I needed any but usually buying new fabric always gets me into sewing mood ... On of the fabrics I picked was this beautiful pink brocade and I decided I wanted a fancy pair of pants. I usually buy my pants but the one in the stores are so boring.. I had quite a bit of experimenting with pants patterns from style arc last summer/fall and I was getting close to making some I really love but this time decided to take another route. I ripped out one of my favorite RTW pair: - you can see some pictures with it here
It was not so hard to rip them. They were really worn out :)
I cut them one night after a long day working in the backyard installing a new ground pool for kids return and managed to sew them in small sessions over the next 2 days.

I had a lot of reserves over this but the fabric is really nice and all their imperfections are easy to hide with a longer top as are most of mine. And I am pleased to say that I wore them a lot since then and love them so much I will try to make at least one or 2 more pairs as I have so many pants fabrics stashed over the years...
   The day I had to do the finishing touches I was alone with Eva so I made a deal with her. If she will allow me to hem my pants I would make a doll dress for one of her dolls.
Here is what I did for her very quick and dirty... this doll was usually headless thrown somewhere in a box. Since she had a new dress Eva got her in her bag for two weeks or so and took her everywhere with her. that made me think that maybe I should start sew more doll clothes.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Top and cardigan to match my new boots

I Think there is no secret that I love things that are a bit different. That makes you feel unique. So I was very happy when I got a new pair of boots last fall. Just love them:
Yellow is not exactly my color but I love the print and the bright colors and the pairing with teal green. I have a pair of dark green jeans that work great with them, I have a Butterick 6492 that also works great and my winter fluffy coat has green/yellow/cream, but still not many things in my wardrobe work with them. so I decided I need a few additions.
   I first did a Style Arc Madeleine top that I had 2 muslins and some alterations done at the end of the summer and never actually got to make it and thought it would be great pattern for a solid:
I added sleeves to the pattern and tweak it a bit to better fit me.
    And I also had a teal-green tweed that matched the boots so nicely and decided to make a quick mccalls 6844 cardigan to wear at work when I get cold:
I went with the same changes as in the navy scalloped version - minus the scallops.
Here is the result:
I also did a quick set for Eva using the ruffles dress pattern:
Sewing 158 - Shopping 141.