A Lacy Staple Dress

Lacey-Staple-Dress3 The April Rhodes Staple Dress is not my most exciting make of all time, but the pattern is a great blank canvas for a fun fabric choice. In this case I used a unique lacy striped fabric I had been saving for ages. It is a sheer weave without much stretch that worked great for this shape, but does require a slip. Continue reading

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Just a swingin’ people tank

McCalls6751dTurns out I have a ton of the “people” fabric left over from my Suzy pants. Sometimes pants patterns call for double the length of your leg, so I bought 2.5 yards. But what I have figured out in my vast pant making experience (3 pair!) is that if the apparel fabric is 60″ wide I can always get both pant legs on one width of fabric and I will only need 1.25 – 1.5 yards (making pants very economical, no?).

McCalls6751aSo I have a bunch of this great fabric sitting around. What to do with it? It had to be something light and breezy. So I used McCall’s 6751 to make this easy tank top. It features a hi-lo hem (no, I’m not sick of the hi-lo hem yet! More to come!) and a cute little box pleat detail at the back neckline that is impossible to see on my busy people fabric, but makes the back float down and out nicely.

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Do you see the people? Look carefully!

I didn’t read the directions for this simple tank, so I can’t give a thorough review. I like the fit of the neckline and armhole very much. I might use that for other pattern modifications, actually.

McCalls6751gDuring construction I tried it on and it looked huge! I know what you are thinking – “What? A McCall’s pattern is too big? And why are you surprised, Helena?” The A-line shape was so exaggerated I looked like a tent. I thought I was going to have to do some major alterations on it, like take it in several inches on each side, and that would, of course, mess up the hemline curve, which was my favorite part of the otherwise pretty plain tank.

McCalls6751bBut instead of all that, I just chopped it off! I love the proportion so much now! I don’t know if I will wear it without a layer under it, but if the tank under it is slim it preserves the impression of a crop top without actually showing my tummy. Who knows, maybe we will have a super hot day here and I’ll wear it without something underneath…if I do, I will most certainly not take a picture and post it on the internet!

McCalls6751fI had so much extra fabric that I could make bias tape to finish my neckline and armholes. I love that finish and I wanted to make sure it stayed light and easy.  Then I just turned up the bottom hem twice.

MCalls6751hPlease note the awesome painted “H” background we found at a school in Bellevue. I wish I could do all my photos in front of my own signature monogram! Hmm… maybe I should paint one of these on the side of my house?

Dive into the Cosi Swimsuit Blog Tour!

Cosi Swimsuit3 copyI’m thrilled to be part of the Cosi Swimsuit tour for Suz of SewPony.

There are going to be 20 bloggers on this tour because this swimsuit pattern has endless possibilities! There are no less than 7 views included with this baby! That is a lot of options.

I could only make 3 views my little old self, but I am confident after seeing everyone else’s interpretations I am going to need to make more. Oh dear!Cosi Swimsuit6

My favorite part of the Cosi Swimsuit is the panel options, giving me the opportunity to mix different fabrics, which is one of my favorite things to do. Evidence here, here, here, and here. Continue reading