Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Quick Sew with Kwik Sew 3740

Aloha Friends,

This last quarter of school has been so busy!  This weekend I was involved with a play (8.5 hours on Saturday), but I managed to get a little sewing in today.  I didn't have time to make anything too complicated, but living here, you don't often need "complicated".

I used Kwik Sew 3740 to make a simple black tank with a contrasting neckline.  The contrasting neckline picks up the light coral in the skirt.  Both fabrics in the top are cotton  jersey with a bit of spandex.  I simply turned the armholes in 1/2" and top stitched with my coverstitch machine to finish them off.  I cut 3 inches off the length of the top before I hemmed it with a 1 1/4" fold; also with my coverstitch machine.

The tank top was made to coordinate with the chevron stripe cotton/spandex knit skirt, which I made with a simple a-line shaped skirt panel.  This skirt panel came from Vogue7879 (Oop).  I used the front skirt piece for both the front and the back of my skirt.  Then I added a self-fabric waistband.  It is a simple pull-on knit skirt.  Both pieces are appropriate for work, regarding the width of the shoulder straps and the length of the skirt.

And here is the finished look:
  Side and Back Views:

I already knew the tank top would fit great, since I have made it before.  Knit skirts are pretty easy to fit, so low stress there too!  Yay, I have a new outfit for Monday.  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by and for your comments on the last post!

PS: Sewsincere, Thank you for asking if I trimmed 1/2" off the back neckline of the dress in the previous post.  I did end up taking a wedge out of the back neckline that equaled ~1/2", and I tapered back into the center back seam about 6" down.  I had forgotten to mention that.  Hope that helps.

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Look A6125 Modified

Aloha Everyone!

My latest project is a modified version of New Look A6125.  This is a pattern for a short flowing dress that is fairly fitted at the top and then flares out into a trapeze shape.  The dress is designed to be fully lined and has bust darts for shaping.  It is also designed to have a center, back, invisible zipper.  However, I changed several things.  The printed finished bust is 37" on the size 10, and I knew that would be too much room for me so the first thing I did was trim 1/2" off the center front fold line.  Most New Look patterns are too wide in the neck for me, so I didn't expect this to be a problem at the neck opening.

Next, I added 3" to the length so that I could create a high-low hemline.  Instead of lining the dress, I cut out strips of bias binding and finished the armholes and neckline by stitching with a 1/4" seam, then under stitching, then turning to the inside and stitching again.  Here is the finished look.  I am very happy with how nicely the fabric behaved and how clean the finishes came out.  The fabric is a medium weight rayon.  Once again, this fabric came from Costco and was a large sarong.  I just loved the print and color combination.  The other thing I changed about this pattern was that I did not add a center back zipper.  It was unnecessary.  The dress easily slips over my head.

And here is the finished look!
I love how swingy the dress feels.  I know I will get a lot of wear out of this.  And because the neckline is high in the back, it is great for hiding racerback bra straps too.

That is all for now.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Using up the skirt fabric stash!

Aloha Online Ohana!

I made a simple skirt with fabric purchased at Kaimuki Dry Goods, on Oahu, a couple of years ago.  The pattern is  New Look 6899, view D.  I cut an additional 2 1/2 inches off the length before I hemmed it.  This skirt has a wide curved waistband and an invisible zipper on the left side seam.  There is not a lot to say about the pattern; simple and straightforward.  The fabric has lots of colors for mixing and matching.  I believe it is some kind of medium-weight polyester.  It does not ravel very easily and has a nice drape.  I was happy to be able to squeeze a little bit of sewing in this weekend!  How about you?

Just the skirt….

Tomorrow I celebrate Easter.  I am so thankful  
He is Risen!  This shot was taken at Baldwin Beach tonight.  It could not have been a more beautiful evening.  Enjoy!  And have a blessed week!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Springy Little Number

Aloha Dear Readers,

Pink is still on the brain even after working with the previous post's fabric!  And by the way, thank you for your thoughts on the skirt.  I am looking forward to wearing it in the upcoming work week.

So...I had a bubble-gum pink and white striped knit in my stash, and I paired it with a nice quality white, rayon/spandex, ponte knit.  The two together create a swingy and springy little number using Kwik Sew 2159 (Out of Print), view A for the skirt and New Look 6899, view A for the top.

For the top, I carefully matched the stripes at the top of the sleeves and along the center back seam.  I also tried to match the stripes at the side, at least from the waist down.  Above the waist, it is difficult to do because extra fabric on the front is eased into the back to make a provision for the bust line.
This photo was taken after construction and before I washed the top (I did prewash my fabric).  After I washed and dried the top, the neckline shrank a bit and now does not pull away from my chest.  

The only alteration I made was to take in about an inch along the center back seam from the waist up.  There was too much room in the chest and neckline with the original size 10 pattern.  
The skirt has six panels.  I didn't have quite enough fabric to cut one of the panels, so one panel has a horizontal seam.  I positioned this as my back panel.  Thankfully, it doesn't bother me, and I'll always be able to tell the back from the front now!  Also, I lengthened the skirt by 2".
And here is the complete outfit.  I love how swingy the skirt is and how cheerful the colors are.  This skirt will be a useful wardrobe staple as it will mix and match with many tops.

On a non-sewing note,  my Spring Break was so refreshing.  I have been wanting to hike a trail called the Pali Trail here on Maui, and I accomplished that yesterday.  Below are a few pictures from the amazing, 5 mile, 1600 foot climb.  This is part of the road that travelers used to take to get from Wailuku to Lahaina way back when!

Maalaea Harbor

You can see cane burning going on in the valley.

Windmills looking down the mountain, but there are still more looking up the mountain!

 Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bubblegum Elephant Ear - Gorgeous!

Bubblegum Elephant Ear, you say?!

Yep, that is what this fabric reminds me of.  I found it at Gorgeous Fabrics at least a year or two ago.  I think it is a burnout cotton with texture.  The colors are navy blue and bubblegum pink.  Here is a close-up.  Can you see the area where it is see-through?

I used New Look 6872, View B in a size 10.  I changed the finished circumference of the waist so that it would sit higher, at my natural waist.  I basically layered two skirts.  The underskirt is a white, permanent press, 100% cotton, muslin.  I finished the fashion fabric with french seams and used my serger to finish the cotton underlining.
Check out that narrow hem at the bottom of the fashion fabric!  I first stitched a line 3/8" from the bottom edge.  Then I pressed the fabric up on that stitching line.  Then I stitched again very close to the first line of stitching.  Then I trimmed the fabric to within an 1/8" or so of the stitched line.  Then I turned and pressed it up and stitched one final time to end up with this very narrow hem.  But, as you can see, I took the easy way out on my muslin and serged the hem!
I inserted an invisible zipper on the side and hand stitched the facing on the inside of the waistband.  I made the underskirt about 3 inches shorter than the overskirt so that it would be see through for a little contrast at the bottom.  This skirt took longer to make than I had anticipated, but it was definitely worth it! 

Here is the final look.  I happened to have a perfectly matching rtw, navy blue, muscle, tank top in my closet, and I am very happy with how the two compliment one another.  I do think this skirt would look nice with a white collared blouse and a pink cardigan as well to dress it up a bit.   
 Thank you for your thoughts on the last post!  And thanks for stopping by.  Aloha!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another styleARC Laura Dress!

Aloha Everyone!

I've created another Laura dress using an ITY knit I purchased from Fabric Mart quite a while ago.  Velosewer, who writes "How Good is That", kindly hand carried the pattern to me all the way from Australia when we met up in Oahu a couple of years ago.  Thanks again Velosewer!  I've always loved the print in this knit and wasn't sure for the longest time how I wanted to use it.  Today I was inspired to use the dark black flowers on the arms and yokes and the magenta tulip flower part of the print for the main body of the dress.  I'm so happy with the results.
I didn't alter a thing with the pattern.  The length of the dress and the seams are just as the pattern specified.  I am wearing RTW leggings.
Here is a close-up of the top of the dress.

There is a center back seam in the body of the dress.  All the seams are sewn with a 1/4" seam allowance.  The neck is finished with a self fabric neck binding.  My sleeves and hem were finished with my coverstitch machine.  My first version of this pattern is here, and I still love it!  This is a super easy, super comfortable dress.  You should give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week!

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Trio of Bibs

A Trio of Bibs….

For a newborn boy…