Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mccalls 7047...Showcasing

Showcasing McCall's 7047 dress in lace fabric.This time, I will not be going into the pattern review details as I have reviewed the pattern here and here . Hope you can give this lovely pattern a space in your stash this holiday season, you will not be disappointed :) ....... I wore the dress to my office holiday dinner this past weekend!!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Leftover fabrics....

Self drafted 6 gore pencil skirt from  McCall's 6886 dress  and McCall's 7198 pants leftovers fabrics. What not to love? I am loving  the simplicity, comfort and the fabric combination of this skirt.
The skirt was lined with tricot knit, used 1.5 inches wide non-roll elastic for the waist (no waist casing), interfaced and finished the hem, less than 2 hours later viola.... a flattering skirt was made.

 Silly me

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Friday, November 13, 2015

McCall's 7198.......Pants

Yes another easy and simple McCall's pattern, an elasticized waist pant pattern and a great sewjo booster. This pant is so comfy that have worn it 3 times since I made it about 2 weeks ago.
See below for a complete pattern review.

Gross-grain hem finish
Fabric: Stretch Crepe from my local Fabricland . This fabric has some weight to it which makes it perfect for our Alberta cold temp.

Pattern Description: Close fitting, below waist shorts and pants have elasticized waist and stitched hems

Pattern Sizing: E5- 14-to 22. I cut size 16 of view D

 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow: I didn't follow the instruction, I actually didn't need it for this simple pants.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Here are few I made;
1. Lengthen by 2.5"
2. Lengthened back crotch by making a  1.5"wedge
3. Made 1" wedge on the back center waist and graded to nothing on the side
4. Shortened the front crotch by 2.5"
5. Added 1.5" gross grain to finish the hem because the finished length was too short even with additional 2.5"but I like how this turns out because the grain gave the pants some weight on the hem

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love  the  style, fit and comfort of the the pants

Would you recommend it to others? Yes if you love simple,quick and stylish pants this is a go to pant pattern.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mccall's 6886...

What not to love?  The pattern, the style, number of pattern pieces or  design simplicity?
I spent approximately 2-1/2 hours making this beautiful dress, including pattern alterations, cutting and sewing. I am trying to gradually getting back to sewing and blogging so I will be starting with this little number so help me God....Please see pattern review below.

Fabric: Stripe Ponte from my local Fabricland.

Pattern Description: Close fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations and stitched hems

Pattern Sizing: E5- 14 to 22. I started with size 14  and graded to 16 from hip down, but I should have cut 12  and graded to 14 because the pattern runs a little big IMO.I had to remove at least 1" each from both sides.

Were the instructions easy to follow:  They should be easy I guess but I didn't use them

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made few alterations;
1. Cut view D and lengthened by 1"
2. I did 1" sway back
3. Added 2" to sleeve hem

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Only dislike is the extra fabric in the back even with the swayback adjustment, but not a deal breaker at all, I still love the dress. Next time I will cut 2 back pieces, instead of on-fold and insert exposed zipper.....
All in all great pattern and great wardrobe builder

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