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?

Pink McCall’s 6793 Anthropologie copy

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Turns out I sew pink garments all the time! I’m entering this blouse into the sew-along on Project Sewn.
Well, I started this blouse back when I was following Seamstress Erin Bow Blouse Sew Along. It was going to be blouse number 2 in a list of 3 ideas I had. What a dreamer I am! I did not get 3 tops done that month, and then Christmas steamrolled over me and my big plans fell by the wayside. I did get to pattern test Seamstress Erin’s Presidio Purse, though. That was a blast! Continue reading

McCall’s 6754 peplum top

McCalls6754aSure, I’ve known this peplum thing is a trend. I’ve seen it. I’ve noticed. But I did not think it applied to me for 2 reasons: 1) All peplum tops I’d seen were very dressy tailored tops and not appropriate for my lifestyle 2) I don’t care for highwaisted items. They feel funny and I attempt to pull them down to my belly button. Continue reading

Peacock Chiffon Dress for Project Sewn

peacock dress1For once, I can say that I’m so thrilled with how this turned out. I created this! I felt very Project Runway (except I made it for Project Sewn) while I worked. There was a hard deadline– my little brother’s wedding. I had to fly to Texas for it, so I would be away from my sewing machine (does anyone else get filled with dread when they contemplate that?). I actually sewed the zipper in and slid it off the machine to hop in the car and leave for the airport. I even hand finished the hook and eye while waiting for my flight. And actually, since my flight ended up being VERY delayed, my hook and eye is very well done, if I do say so myself. Continue reading

If Jackie O. wore chevron velour

DchevronshirtD 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