McCall’s 7348 – Floral Hankerchief Hem Dress

IMG_1334Have I told you how much I’m loving the new look of McCall’s Learn to Sew for Fun pattern line!  These are not your beginner patterns of old. They are actually some very cute styles, and best of all the work up super quick which is just what I need right now if I have any hope of staying in the sewing game with my busy schedule between my business, helping my husband with his business, my three littles and my super hectic schedule. I know some sewists get hyped about challenging techniques and that’s great, but sewing is my refuge from all of the challenges in my daily life so easy peasy it is for me.

I decided to make View C but shorten the sleeves for summer. This dress can literally be cut and sewn in an evening.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Flared pullover dresses (close-fitting through bust) have neck band, round neckline, hemline variations, and narrow hem. A, B: Short sleeves. B, C, D: Wrong side shows on hemline. B, D: High-low hem. C: Three-quarter length sleeves. D, E: Sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing: 4-26

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, I just made my dress with short sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy as it is from the learn to sew series for beginners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: With the limited time that I have to sew, I love how quickly the dress came together and I like that they use a band to finish the neck rather than the fold over method usually used on beginner patterns.

Fabric Used: An ITY floral print from Fabric Mart Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations other than shortening the sleeves for the view I made.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will likely make this again but I have some others I want to get to first.

Conclusion:  I love this pattern, stylish, easy and very versatile. I’ve already worn it with sandals and chucks.

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Camo Print Simplicity 2054

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It’s been a long while since I have been able to sit down at my machine and boy have I missed it.  I’m still really busy but I really wanted to make a new dress to wear for my birthday weekend so I tried to find something simple that I could make pop with my camo print ponte knit fabric.  This is actually my second cut of this fabric which seems totally justified since camo is apparently my new favorite print so any time I see camo ponte, I snatch up a yard or 6.

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Pattern Review

Pattern Description:  Misses’ knit dresses and cowl – collar sewing pattern,

Pattern Sizing: 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 are super easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  No dislikes about the pattern.

Fabric Used:  Ponte Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I’m 5’4″ and the dress comes just at or slightly above the knee. I like my dresses to hit slightly below the knee so I added two inches to the hem. I didn’t do it this time, but next time I will shorten the top portion of the sleeve as this dress has confirmed what I have previously suspected and that is that my arms are short so the opening in the sleeve hits about 1″-1.5″ lower than intended.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I will definitely be sewing this dress again probably in a sweatshirt fleece for a causal run around town dress.

Conclusion:  A cute simple dress with a pop of design style from one of my favorite designers.

McCalls 6886 – My new TNT dress pattern

Wow! I knew I’d been away for awhile but didn’t realize for just how long.  I’m sure it’s partially because I’ve worn and sewn some pieces that I thought would be great for the blog but sadly have just not had time to photograph.  I have been working like crazy over the past few months and by the time I get home it’s pretty dark.  I used to take my photos in the house but since I started taking them outside I try to avoid the in-house pics as much as possible.  Anyway . . . the temps around here are warming up and since I knew the hottest day of the week was coming up, I decided to make a new dress, but it had to be quick.  This McCalls pattern definitely fit the bill.  This dress is simple and cute and the pattern offers lots of options for length, neckline and sleeve length so you can have lots of fun with it.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. E and F: neck bands.
Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super, I didn’t need them though because the dress is just that easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the dress but I love the ease of putting it together only 3 easy pieces for this version

Fabric Used: I used an ITY for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made View C beause I love the open neckline but made it with short sleeves. I also pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Pronto!

Conclusion: This is a great looking and easy dress to make. It has multiple lengths and neckline options so you can make many versions of this dress and have them all look different.

DIY Mimi G Leather Skirt

There’s a whole lotta sexy going on.

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OMG, OMG, OMG you guys!  This skirt is EVERY. SINGLE. THING. I really didn’t want to take it off.  The skirt is made from Mimi’s latest tutorial and it was sooooo worth the wait.  This woman is a GENIOUS.  The skirt is a mixed material pencil skirt that has overlapping panels in the back which end in a beautiful pointed “tail” and the front has a slightly curved hem.  Somehow Mimi is able to take that level of detail and explain it so simply that a novice could not only make this skirt, but actually draft a custom pattern for the skirt.  Just genious I tell you.  This skirt is so easy to make that I actually drafted the pattern twice and made the skirt twice in the same day.

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Pattern Description:  Mixed material pencil skirt with curved front hem, cross-over back panels and shaped hem.

Pattern Sizing: Pattern is custom drafted

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Amazingly so.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the shaped hemlines and the way that the skirt curves around the body in the body. It is uber SEXY. There is nothing to dislike about. The skirt looks great and feels so good to wear and the possibilities for what you can do with this skirt are endless.

Fabric Used: I used a faux leather for the front and ponte knit for the back.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations necessary as the pattern is custom drafted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my new favorite skirt and I will most definitely be making this again and again.

Conclusion:  Another hit from Mimi G.  Please, please try this one, I promise you you will not regret it.

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DIY Maxi Dress S1358

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I actually started making this dress in August to wear to a birthday party but of course, as usual, I ran out of time and ended up wearing something else.  I had packed the  pieces away for next year as the weather was starting to change and I’m actually excited about Fall fashion this year.  THAT was before this heat wave hit.  The temperature has been in the high 90’s low 100’s and it’s expected to last all week.  I thought that was a great opportunity to finish up this dress.  I love UFO’s (unfinished objects) because you can jump right in and start sewing and the project is almost instantly complete.

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This  fabric is dreamy.  I bought a bunch of it a couple of years ago as a Trendy Knit from Fabric Mart.  It’s a cotton lycra and it drapes beautifully, move well,  breathes so it’s cool and it literally feels like you are walking around in your pajamas.  I liked the fabric so much that after my initial order, I actually went back and ordered a print that I wasn’t super fond of  just so I could actually make lounge wear.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this racer back detail.  It adds  little sex appeal to the dress but it’s also modest enough to still be bra friendly.

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 The Review

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Dresses with Neckline Variations

Pattern Sizing: This is a multi-sized pattern with sizes XXS-XXL all in one envelope.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy including how to attach the neck and armscye bands.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how easy it comes together, I love that the neck and armscye is finished with a band rather just folder over and stitched I like the modest racerback so that it is still bra friendly and I’m really digging the front split.

Fabric Used: A trendy knit from Fabric Mart it feels like cotton lycra

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make any alterations or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though it’s October, I finished this dress because we’re having a bit of a heat spell this week but I will definitely be making many of these for Spring and Summer 15. I would definitely recommend this as one to try.

Conclusion:  I love this dress, I wanted this pattern because I wanted a go to casual maxi that I could use as base for my warm weather wardrobe, this pattern definitely fits the bill.

DIY M6400 – Metallic Blue and Distressed Denim

I made this top sometime ago, in fact TWO YEARS ago and never wore it because I didn’t like the way it fit.  I’d actually planned to give it to my sister when she came to visit but didn’t remember where I had put it.  Lucky me.  While going through one of my fabric bins looking for something else, I happened upon this and decided to try it again.  SCORE!

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I decided to go with more casual styling but wanted to show how with just the change of a shoe, the outfit can go from casual to dressy casual in a flash.

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I got these jeans from Forever 21 and I love them.  I’ve been trying to find new places to buy jeans and so far I’ve had good luck with these.  Yes,  I have on two watches because I was trying to decide which one and didn’t realize I had kept them both on until after we’d take all the pictures.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ TOPS: Close Fitting (doesn’t that just say it all).

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? Didn’t even use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a super quick make.  I actually cut it and sewed it before work one morning but of course didn’t get to wear it.

Fabric Used: A metallic knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I am quite busty so I made the XXL which is supposedly a size 24-26 AND added about an inch to the side seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not.So.Much. Other people have had success with it and it is cute so give it a try.

Conclusion: This is a cute top that works up quickly BUT, it seems rather odd that a top of this style would be drafted as “close fitting”. Additionally, I don’t think it’s drafted true to size as it seems to run kind of small.

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DIY Oversized Knit Tunic M6929

Hey!  So by now you know that I recently went to New York.  I am notoriously cold natured and am always worrying about getting stuck somewhere and  being cold.  So as I prepared for my trip, I was thinking about what I could wear on the airplane to keep me warm.  Of course I needed to go looking for new patterns because I don’t have enough *blank stare* and I ran across McCall’s 6929.  I made view A even though I think that view is meant to actually be a shirt and  sized up so it would be over sized and long enough to wear with leggings.  I also liked it better because it had the cowl versus the V-neck which would let in too much air.

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I LOVE this thing, like no really love it but it is the single most confusing piece of something I have ever sewn.  With only two darts and three seams, it’s not the sewing that’s the issue is the weird alien like pattern pieces, not knowing which way is up and trying to make sure you’re sewing the pieces together in the right place.  I tried to figure it out by reading the instructions but eventually I just gave up and followed the pictures.  It didn’t make it any easier that I was using ponte knit which looks the same on both sides but even with that I was literally able to sew this up and walk out the house wearing it an hour later.

 Pattern Review 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, TUNICS AND BELT: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics (cut on crosswise grain) sleeve openings and narrow hem. Note: sleeve openings are slightly to the back. B: buttonholes for self belt. A and B: draped front, and raised, gathered back neckline. C and D: shaped front hemline, wrong side shows.

Pattern Sizing: Combinations: 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?

Were the instructions easy to follow?  The actual instructions were super simple, however the construction was a challenge because these are the oddest pattern pieces ever. Once you figure out what’s what, it goes really quickly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the style and how depending on the fabric chose it can be clothing or outerwear.

Fabric Used: Ponte Knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes necessary

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am absolutely going to make this again, and again. I would definitely recommend it

Conclusion:  A great transition piece for Fall and great for beginners.

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