Simplicity 8379 – Side Draped Dress

I’m at the time in my life where simple sewing projects are necessary.   I made this cute little dress at the end of last summer and only got to wear it once didn’t get a chance to photograph it.

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I love how versatile this dress can both in how you choose to style it or the fabric you choose to use.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  This knit dress has only one main pattern piece making it super easy to sew and perfect for beginners. Sized for everyone—includes cutting lines for sizes XXS to XXL all in one. With easy-to-follow instructions, anyone from beginner to expert can enjoy making a variety of these for the summer. The pull-on dress is sleeveless with a round neckline. Use a knit fabric with a lot of drape to complement the side-draping detail on this dress.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes XXS-XXL in one envelope

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy, super quick pattern with only one main pattern piece.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like the side drape, it adds loads of interest to an otherwise basic tank dress.

Fabric Used:  I used an ITY Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the hem by two inches, it looked short on the model and I didn’t want to chance it. Good thing, it’s just at the knee

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I can see a few more of these in my future, it’s just too easy not to sew it again.

Conclusion:  It’s a cute, quick pattern my only dislike is the super short length but that’s an easy fix.

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New Look 6529 – The Black Tunic

I’m still mourning the loss of Hancock Fabrics.  In all of my years, I have never lived in a place where I don’t have at least one fabric store in town and I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that.  With the nearest fabric store being at least a half hour away, as we’re traveling around for various band competitions or basketball tournaments, I drop into any JoAnn’s that I see to catch pattern sales or pick up notions.  On one such trip, I saw a bin full of loudly patterned leggings.  I’d been planning to make myself a few pairs but at $8 I figured why not.

Because the leggings are so busy I knew I’d need a solid, tunic length top to pair with it.    Thankfully, I always have black ponte knit on hand as I always order lengths of it when Fabric Mart has it on sale at different points throughout the year.   Black is notoriously hard to photograph but I gave it a shot.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Women’s Knit Tunics and Leggings

Pattern Sizing: XS-S-M-L-XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? I go with yes, I the hood comes together at the front and crosses over in a V shape. I always have trouble sewing those as instructed and have to hand baste them in and then machine stitch no matter what the instructions say so I’m guessing that’s just user error rather than a problem with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the length of the tunic in the pattern, makes it just perfect to wear with leggings and be covered. I especially like the uneven hem, making the tunic longer in the back to give excellent coverage in the back but a little interest to the hemline.

Fabric Used: I used a ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics that I had in my stash. I always buy a bunch of this in black when they have it on sale for my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations or design changes. I don’t typically sew a lot of New Look patterns because I don’t find them particularly plus-size or busty-girl friendly but I was able to sew this puppy right out of the envelope. I noticed another reviewer stated that the front pocket was upside down and it is a different shape than most similar type pockets but after looking at the line drawings, the diagrams on the instructions and the envelope picture, I figured I’d just place it as instructed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan to sew this again and I will also sew it as a set with leggings.  Check out Anita’s great combo Here

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern for casual wear with lots of options. It works up quickly (f you don’t keep stopping for days at a time). It’s beginner friendly and I will definitely be sewing it again.

McCalls 7688 – Ruffled Sweatshirt

Hi loves!!! I’m alive. LOL I have been crazy busy between work, AAU basketball for one son and band for the other. HOLD UP – why didn’t you guys tell me that band life is INSANE. Besides all of the practice, the performance schedule is rigorous, like almost weekly and between reporting at the school sometimes as early as 4:00am, wait times, etc. the performance days are usually 10-12 hours, and the WEEKLY FEES gee whiz! But my little guy is AMAZEBALLS and I’ll do anything I can to keep a smile on that face.

Anyway, I digress.  I love this sweatshirt and I can’t wait to make more.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Loose fitting tops and dresses have sleeve variations. A, B, D: Sleeve and hem bands. C: Hood, hem band, pocket, sleeve casings with purchased ties. E: Sleeve bands, front casing with purchased ties.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? YES!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions for this were super easy, however, like most of the folks that I know who’ve made it, I attached the flounces with the raw edges under the flounce rather than on top of the flounce as instructed. I get the look they were going for and my daughter actually has a sweatshirt with that very look but it would need to be a bit gathered to look right, plus my fabric was just too thick for that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I’m in love with anything that fits my beloved athleisure aesthetic. It’s functional and frilly all at the same time.

Fabric Used:  I used a sweatshirt fleece from Denver Fabric. This must have been some type of “premium” sweatshirt fleece because it was super thick. When wearing it, I kept thinking I had on a jacket because it was super cozy, I’m thinking of adding inseam pockets to a future version.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b> I didn’t make any design changes but I did make a 1″ pivot and slide FBA that I won’t make when I make this again. This pattern is really oversized which I do like but I will probably size down for my next one. I also added two inches to the hem which I did because I’m often sitting in bleachers somewhere and I wanted to avoid constantly checking to be sure I’m not flashing someone and it worked perfectly.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to sew this and other views of this pattern, so much so, that I bought two copies of the pattern.

Conclusion:  This is a great, stylish sweatshirt pattern with lots of options. It works up quickly (even though it took me a month but that’s a story for another time). I’d recommend this to sewers of all levels.

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I gave up fighting the wind and trying to get the flounces to lay flat during the photos.

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Love the way the wind is hitting the ruffles.

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A view from the back.

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When people don’t let you know they are still taking your picture. LOL

They’re Here!

As you may know, a little while back I started a new Facebook Sewing group The SEWciety by Kelly H where you can show off your beautiful garments, ask sewing questions, get great sewing tips, participate in Sew Alongs and be a part of a wonderful world wide community of pretty dope people.  Well now we also have group swag  which you can find at The SEWciety Swag Shoppe where you can find The SEWciety T-Shirts and Mugs to purchase. The shirts come in a variety of colors just click through in the shoppe to see which colors suit your fancy.

There’s nothing worse than buying a t-shirt that you can’t fit so I’ve worked hard to source shirts that come in extended sizes for my curvier lovlies. The v-neck shirts are available in sizes XS-2X and the round neck shirts are available in sizes S-5X! New items will be added to The Shoppe from time to time so if there’s something you’d like to see added,(i.e., long sleeve tees, more colors, etc.) feel free to email me and let me know. SUPER EXCITED!

My Swing Dress turned Tunic S8383

I thought this pattern was so cute when it came out, specifically View D.  I’d envisioned it as a cute, casual black run around town dress for  the summer.  Seeing all of the cute versions online convinced me to take the plunge.  This really is a super easy sew even though it took me a couple of weeks with all of my starts and stops.

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Now let me call your attention to the length of the dress on the model but hey, models are tall right?  Me? not so much but I went ahead and added two inches to the length anyway just to be safe.  I made this dress as we were headed out for a weekend get away and of course I finished it just in time to pack it.  I threw it in the suitcase and was ready to go.  Imagine my surprise when I put the dress on and baby, it was not thick thigh ready, let alone safe for bending over.  I was sure I’d be arrested if a gust of wind came through.  Luckily I always overpack come prepared so I just wore something else that day.  I didn’t want to let this cutie go to waste thought so I wore it as a tunic and it works.  I do still want the dress I envisioned so I will eventually make it again but for now, I’m happy.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Knit Trapeze Dress with Neckline and Sleeve Variations

Pattern Sizing: Size 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy and it was a very quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved how quickly the dress came together. I’m always short on time so I love simple sews. What I did not like is how short this dress is drafted. I’m only 5’4″ and I added two inches to the dress and it was still so short I wasn’t comfortable wearing it as a dress so I wore it as a tunic over jeans.

Fabric Used:  I used a ponte knit from fabricmartfabrics.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only design change I made was to omit the zipper, with the knit fabric I really didn’t need it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?:  I think I might sew it again eventually but I’d add at least 6 inches to it so that I can actually wear it as a dress.

Conclusion:  This is a quick and easy sew, great for beginners but be sure to do a length check with the tissue before cutting your fabric.

Simplicity 1506 – The Graduate

I’ve made this vest before for my older son when he too was in the fifth grade.  This is my go to vest pattern because it is simple enough but also has nice details that make it special.

Here’s my youngest son Tyler who is getting ready to go to middle school.  I knew it was coming but I have to tell you I just was not prepared.

I actually ended up being pretty sick on the day of his graduation so I didn’t take these pictures, in fact I was in bed under the covers by then but it looks like he needed no direction. 


Here’s a close up of ensemble.  

 THE REVIEW: 

Pattern Description: Husky boy’s and big and tall men’s vest pattern includes button down and zippered vest with pockets. Button down vest has adjustable back buckle. Also includes neck-tie and bow tie with back closure.

Pattern Sizing: Boys S-L Mens 1XL-5XL. I made the boys medium.  

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great and pretty standard for a lined vest. I used a different pattern for the bow tie.  There’s a great free one here: http://seekatesew.com/bow-tie-pattern/

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the vest is fully lined and the front is interfaced. It gave the vest a very nice finish. I also liked that they had the boys and men’s sizes in the same envelope.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is sized for husky but although my son is not husky but I’ve used it before so I just made a muslin to ensure fit. I only made one minor change and used the fashion fabric to both line the vest as well as for the back of the vest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is now my go to vest pattern so if  my boys have a need for a vest, I would surely use this pattern again.

M7573 Sew Along

I’m so intrigued by this top but I’ve had even less time to sew lately than usual.  Between the boys and their special events and requests they’ve been keeping me pretty busy.  I have a few trips and events of my own coming up and really need to get a few pieces together.  When things get really tight like this I fall back on my fail proof 15 minutes a day method to get things done.  Anyone else finding it hard to find time to sew? You want to sew along with me while I make this top?  If you want to sew along, leave a comment below with your blog address and I’ll stop on by to see how you’re doing.  Starting on Friday, I’ll post on my daily progress on my instagram @kellyhpsyd.  Let’s see just how much you really can get done in 15 minutes a day.