Friday, July 8, 2016

Simplicity 2444

 I have been out of sorts lately, busy with summer, family gatherings, cook out's, you know everything but sewing.  I have been watching Mad Men on Netflix. I remembered, that I purchased a piece of fabric years ago that, at the time, it reminded me of something Betty Draper would wear.

I always go to pattern review once I decied on a pattern, to see what issues if any, my fellow sewers had with the pattern. No one mentioned the wide, neckline.
First of all I had to figure out how to do an FBA with this pattern. I always have to do an FBA and address gaping necklines lines.   I knew the neck line would be huge. But I loved that is was sort of boat neck.


I did my muslin fit and found the neck line was not only huge, but the center back waist of the bodice dropped like I had on a tuxedo. In order to fix this, I shortened it about an inch in the center and graded down to the sides. I reduced the neckline by an inch on the bodice front and back. I also graded that down so, that I didn't lose any room for the girls. I must have cut size a 20. My motto is make it larger you can always take in but you cant take it out.

Bodice Back

So here is the finished product. I haven't sewed cotton fabric in so long, I almost forgot how to use my serger. I am really loving this pattern right now. I can think of four different fabric choices in my stash, that I can use. But on to the next pattern. (I HOPE)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pattern Review Pants Contest

So I entered this contest thinking, I would make 2 or 3 pair pants. NOT! I made one pair carpi pants that took me a minute to make because of the Gaping in the back. We all know what that is right? Its when you put on a pair jeans and you want to put 2 darts in the waist because you have so much extra fabric in the middle.
Take a look at this, I always add an inch in the back seam and grade down the sides. I also take out 1/2 inch. The pattern I used for the contest was suppose to be easy. I didn't do a muslin, which I should have. At least I had something to enter the contest.
If you dont have this book in your collection its a must.
This was a stretch cotton so I could have made them tighter. I figure when they are washed they will tighten up. Not very pleased with these. One thing for sure these will not be a REDO!!!!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fab Find

I have been looking for nightstands for our bedroom since we got back from Paris. The night stands we had matched our bedroom suite but they have always been too small. Only a few items would fit with the lamp.  I have always loved the height. Now a days you don't have to have matching pieces. I had my eye on some mirrored night stands, but hubby was not on board with it for our bedroom. He said they were not practical, for everyday use. I didn't want to admit it but he was right.

I happen to go to Rooms to go outlet and found theses drawers that were supposed to sit on the dresser. I got them for 30.00 each.

I have had them for a few months and I just could not figure out how to them work so that they would not look like I put them together. I wanted them to be the same height of our old ones. They also needed utility. HELP, I needed an inspiration piece.

One day I was looking through House Beautiful and found this bathroom vanity and there it was, this is how I would make it work. I also liked the color of the other inspiration, however my headboard it's kinda goldish, I knew I wanted a metallic but not silver.

You can't tell by this picture,  I used Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint. The color is called Gilt Bronze.We love them! Hubby was very patient with me watching me order legs, buying wood, and changing my mind when he was cutting for me. This gives us utility with the baskets and also a place to put our laptops/tablets and magazines.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

McCall's 6957 30 minute dress

So I had this fabric purchased form Fine Fabric. I am always looking for something to make that will not take forever (as I get bored quickly). This dress really fit the bill.
There was no facing of the neck line you turn it with a 5/8 seam.
After I altered and cut the pattern (I used view B), it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
I wore the dresses with tails back in the 70's. This one style that I simply cannot wear again, and platforms too. I don't have a single pair.


2016 Pants Contest