If I am truly honest with myself, what I wear on a daily basis is mostly jeans and some sort of knit top. Sometimes those jeans are in different colors or even corduroy, but it is all in a similar family. Likewise, I tend to grab tops that are comfy and cozy for our Pacific Northwest weather. I also work from home, so things can get very casual and stay that way ALL DAY. Sometimes I wear a nice sweater or (on the fanciest, shmanciest of days) a blouse and jacket, but mostly it is a variation on a t-shirt/cardigan theme. Continue reading
D needed a black or white shirt to go with many of her colorful skirts that are currently not getting worn, but I didn’t want to buy a boring t-shirt. So when I saw this cute chevron velour I snapped it up. I bought a lot so I could also make something for my older daughter with this cozy stuff.
This pattern, McCall’s 6786, is so perfectly my style. I love a Jackie O collar! I bought it in both my girl’s sizes because I could see so many possibilities. The collar is supposed to be cut on the bias, which would be fun to try. It was not a good idea for this fabric choice, though. It made me dizzy. Continue reading
What compelled me to make this dress?
I am obsessed with this gathered shoulder detail. I have acquired several patterns that incorporate it. Then I was whipped into a further frenzy by this post by Paunnet. I actually made this dress almost 2 months ago and have been wearing the heck out of it.
I grabbed this fabric from Fabric.com without a moment’s hesitation. It is cotton lawn, perfect for a summer dress (but a bit sheer). I have seen this fabric used by another blogger since I purchased it, so I know I am not the only one who thought ”Mine!” when they spied it.
The pattern is McCall’s 6711. It also has a cute skirt AND blazer included so I think this is a very worthwhile pattern.
The yoke is self-lined, but I didn’t have enough to self-line the front bodice and I certainly didn’t want to have to wear a cami under it. So, in the middle of the project and desperate to move forward, I lined it with a nice quilting cotton that matched pretty well. Ruinous choice! The cotton has more body than the lawn and it seriously hindered the blousy effect of the bodice. I should have used lining fabric for the lining! Duh! I didn’t line the back bodice and it hangs nicely.
What I learned
- Consider how the lining will affect the drape of the piece.
- Take care to eliminate bulk around the waist. It will make it more flattering and therefore more comfortable to wear.
- Pin the bodice pieces carefully and accurately to see if the neckline lies in the right place.
This is my first attempt at piping and I didn’t realize I have a piping foot, my Bernina actually came with one! So I was using my zipper foot and trying to keep the cord close inside the fold. It is not perfect, but I was delighted to make my own piping. What piping freedom! Continue reading