Monday, July 21, 2014

Pink Petaled Dreams

Pink petaled dreams to elate….

Updating the Pajama Wardrobe with Simplicity 2061 (Significantly Modified)

Rose Fabric: "Love" by Amy Butler - sourced locally
Pink Herringbone is 100% Cotton - sourced locally
Blue Ribbon - from my stash

Let the sun set….No more to wait! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Burda 7652 View A

Aloha Dear Readers,

I have completed another Burda 7652 skirt, but this time I made view A.  You can see the first version of this skirt here, which is the longer skirt in view B, along with the technical drawing.

Again, I cut a size 10 and made no alterations except to only take up a one half inch seam on the sides instead of a 5/8 inch seam.  I inserted an invisible zipper.  This fabric came from a medium-weight cotton sarong that I purchased at Costco for $14.99 plus tax.  You never know where you might find good fabric!  Here is the finished skirt along with some close-up detail shots.

Side Front Pocket

Skirt Front with Pockets, 6 Pleats and Placket
Center Front Split

Invisible Zipper
That's all for now.  We are having a wet Sunday today as the remnants of former tropical cyclone Wali pass over the islands.  How's your weather been this weekend?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Look 6470 Top and Skirt

Aloha Again,

Thank you for your thoughts on the last couple of outfits.  Today I finished both a top and skirt from New Look 6470.  I made the top from View C and the skirt from View E.  I wasn't too sure about the style of the skirt, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like it, and because it has an elastic waistband it is very comfortable.
As is my norm, I cut a size 10 for both pieces.  I followed the directions for the skirt and did not modify anything regarding fit.  The finished hip width for a size 10, just for reference, is 37 inches.  The pattern suggests that you use pretty much any type of fabric that has a nice drape whether knit or woven.  I have used an ITY knit from FFC.  The colors are purple, black and white.   The only method of construction that I changed was to use 1" wide elastic at the top instead of 1/2" wide.  I also did not make a casing but instead sewed the elastic to the top of the skirt, turned it down one turn, and used my coverstitch machine to topstitch it in place.  This is how I finish nearly all of my elastic waist clothing.

This back shot shows how nicely the fabric flows in a breeze.

For the top I used a premium quality white rayon/lycra knit.  I cannot remember where I got it.  I made some modifications to the pattern in that I finished the neckline and armholes with self-fabric instead of making a narrow hem.  For the neckline I cut a front band that was 8" shorter than the total neckline.  Good thing I did this, because it helped to gather the neckline so that it is more snug against my chest.

For the armholes I cut a self-fabric binding.  Before I bound the armholes, I cut them by 5/8" all the way around (to make up for the fact that I was supposed to make a narrow hem).  The binding was cut about 2" shorter than the armhole openings.   I used a 1/4" seam.  This rayon is very stretchy and doesn't have a lot of recoil.  Therefore the edges really did need to be gathered in a bit with the shorter binding.  I am mostly happy with the top, but I will shorten the neckline in the future because it is a little bit lower than I prefer.  I will be wearing this with a camisole.  I do like the gathering detail at the shoulders and along the side front.
 In the end, I love this outfit.  I will make at least one more version of this pattern before it is all said and done.  I am especially anxious to make another knit top with a shortened neckline.  I like that the shoulders are wide, even though this is a sleeveless top.

Thanks for stopping by!  Aloha! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

styleARC Riva Raglan T-Shirt

Aloha Dear Readers,

Last year when I met Maria, she kindly brought with her some styleArc patterns I had ordered.  I have finally gotten to my second pattern, but I have heavily modified it.  Not because the fit was off, no the fit was great!  I just wanted more of a "tough" look to pair with the skirt fabric from Kaimuki Dry Goods.  You might remember this fabric from when I met Kyle in Oahu last year also!

The pattern is one of styleArc's beginner's patterns, and it is named the Riva Raglan T-Shirt.  I really should have taken a picture of the t-shirt before I started to modify it, but trust me, it looks just like the pattern picture.  It has a very modest neckline.  This was the first change I made.  I expanded the neckline out by about 1 inch all the way around.  My serger was having some tension issues, so the neckline is slightly rippled.  I could have also cut the neckline binding a little shorter to avoid the ripple as well.  Next time!  The neckline binding was narrowed by about 3/8"and lengthened about 4".  Next, I cut and hemmed the sleeves so that they resembled more of a "muscle" t-shirt.  
I ordered a size 8 in this pattern and it fit with a little bit more ease than I wanted so I went back and took in every seam by another 1/4".  So instead of sewing with a 1/4" seam allowance I took up a 1/2" seam allowance.  The final thing I did was to change the hemline.  I made a shirt tail hem.  This t-shirt is paired with a very simple 2 piece skirt.  You've seen this type of skirt quite a bit on my blog.  It is so easy to make and only requires one yard of fabric and enough elastic to fit your waist.  You could probably get away with 3/4 of a yard, depending on how short you want it.  This is just a fun casual look for summer or weekends!

Thanks for stopping by.  
Now who is going to open the concession stand so I can get a hot dog….or two?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Looky Looky What I Found!

This is definitely becoming a skirt before the school year starts!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Another Burda 8281

Aloha Friends,

I have another Burda 8281 skirt to share with you.  It is amazing how much faster it goes when you immediately make another version of the same pattern.  For this Burda skirt I used a quilting cotton that I picked up on one of my travels to Oregon.  The selvage reads: E. Young. Women's Business copyright M&S Textiles Australia.  I love the print.  When I purchased this fabric I knew I would be making a skirt out of it.  I did not buy enough to match the print along the back or side seams, but I am not bothered by that since it is a "busy" print.  I like the layout on the front, and for the front piece I did not cut it on the bias so that I could have this particular layout.  The back pieces are cut on the bias, the skirt is fully lined, and it features an invisible zipper, just like the one in the previous post.  I do need to run to town to pick up some more hooks and eyes this morning.  I will add those to the waistband later today to complete the skirt. This is such a perfect pattern for cool, cotton, summery, skirts!

Enjoy the Day!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Catching Up and Burda 8281

Aloha Friends,

The month of June flew by.  I decided to take on a big home redecoration project.  I painted with bright blues and a light sandy brown.  I made new curtains for the kitchen and new placemats for the dining room table.  I recovered the dining room chairs and began painting all the trim white, except in the kitchen.  I am nearly finished, and my home feels so much better.  I like the bright colors for now.  The carpet has also been replaced with a laminate wood floor.  There are still a few things left to do, but I feel like I can start sewing clothes now.  Yay!

 Burda 8281

Burda 8281 is a pattern for fitted skirts cut on the bias.  I made View B with an aloha print fabric, and I love it!  I have seriously been absorbed with all things ocean, including snorkeling to take pictures of the turtles and fish.  I am enjoying the sea like never before in all my time spent in Maui.  Ah….but I digress.  Back to Burda 8281….after a few turtle pics!

As I mentioned, I made View B and cut a straight size 10.  The only adjustment I made was in straightening out the curve on the hips.  The lower skirt band is also cut on the bias, and the pattern includes lining pieces.  There are two shaping darts on the back, and I inserted an invisible zipper instead of inserting a regular zipper in the center back.  Here is the finished skirt along with some detail shots.  

Light Muslin Lining
Invisible Zipper
Back Darts and inside of Invisible Zipper

The whole skirt is made out of cotton which makes it so comfortable.  I also love that this pattern includes lining pieces.  My skirt feels so well made.  I know I will wear it a lot.  I will be concentrating on skirts for a bit as this is required work attire for my position.  Thankfully I love to wear skirts, and this one I will be making again for sure!