03 September 2016

August Round Up

Mic check.  Is this thing on?

Some sewing...no blogging...blah blah blah.  Y'all know the story. =)   

I was actually quite productive in August - having sewn five, YES FIVE, garments.  Wut!  Since I'm way behind on blogging, I'll just give the highlights of each piece.

Burda 6769 (skirt)

Taking a cue from Nakisha's version, I cut a 16 front, 18 back, and did not make a full seat adjustment Because my denim is fairly stretchy, I probably could have gotten away with a straight 16.  Sewing was straightforward - until it was time to sew the back vent.  Burda ranks supreme on word salads and the diagram didn't help much because the pattern piece doesn't clearly define what is meant by the 'right side' line.  I just winged it; I think it looks okay.

 Pardon the wrinkles.  I washed the skirt, but didn't iron it.

If I make the skirt again, I'll make a horizontal tuck of about an inch to shorten the front crotch areaI've noticed that Burda bottoms are always too long in this area for me.

Here is a not-too-clear-or-particularly-helpful picture of me wearing the skirt on a boat.  The angled side seam is kind of weird, but I love the pegged hem.  The skirt is comfortable, but there is definitely room for improvement in fit.

New Look 6648 (knit top)

I've made this top more times than I can count.  I cut my usual size 16 and added an inch to the front and back neckline.  As drafted, the neckline is really wide, so adding the extra height helps to close it up a bit.

Kwik 3693 (knit cardigan)

This cardigan is part of my first group of patterns for fall sewing.  I find that if I want to "sew with a plan," I work best when I focus on no more than five or six pieces.  After that, I get bored with the colors and need to find something new.

I traced a medium in the shoulders/neckline and a large everywhere else.  I shortened the sleeves ## inches.  I did not make a muslin.  I probably should have shortened it all around as the length on the dress form looks longer than that on the model.  I'll probably always wear it belted.

Simplicity 1321 (skirt)

This is one of two skirts for my fall sewing plan.  I've had this pattern in the stash for a while and decided to sew it when I saw this pattern review.  Her outfit is simple, yet very stylish. While I didn't make mine in a colorful wool, I definitely plan to do so later.

I cut a straight size 16 and made a 1" full seat adjustment.  The skirt was too tight, so I sewed 3/8" seam allowances on all seams - except seam containing the invisible zipper.  I had already installed it before realizing that the skirt was too small.

I finished the waist with petersham and lined with black Ambiance Bemberg as usual.

The fabric is a lightweight bouclé and is hanging weirdly here.  It didn't look as bad when I tried it on.

I haven't decided on what buttons to use.  I'll probably use the one on the one on the left for the sheer fact that I have exactly two of these in the stash.  I have three of the one on the right and would feel weird with having one random button left. 

Ugh those seams!  I swear I pressed them.  Must be the polyester.

New Look 6053 (skirt)

The second skirt is a new favorite.  This pattern is super simple with only two pattern pieces (four if you include the facings). 

Again this is a straight size 16 with 1" full seat adjustment.  I didn't include the facings,  finished the waist with petersham, and inserted a lining.  The fabric is also polyester bouclé.

I have a love-to-hate relationship with polyester.  It can be terribly hot and sticky and pill horribly, but it's washable.  As I usually am covered in chalk by the end of the day, I need more clothes that I can toss in the washer.  

Upcoming Sewing Plans 

To finish up this mini wardrobe plan, I hope to make these:

 Simplicity 1072 (knit top with sequined front panel)

 Simplicity 2599 (sleeveless tank with three-tiered ruffled front)

 McCall's 6654 (double knit skirt)

 New Look 6301 (knit dress)

Because I know I can put off things that are challenging, I started working on the knit sequined top first.  I have never sewn with sequined fabric before and was intimidated by all the prep work.  Most info I found on sewing sequined fabric suggested removing the sequins from the seam allowance first and sewing as normal.

Yeah.  Well.

There are 5,974,842 sequins less than 1/8" in diameter in the seam allowance.  I tried to pick out some sequins on a scrap piece of fabric and nearly lost my mind.  I took the same scrap to my sewing machine and sewed very slowly using the sharpest needle I had, a straight stitch, and then a small zigzag stitch.  And you know what?  It worked.  I didn't break any needles and no sequins came flying out from under the presser foot.
Picking all those sequins?  So not happening. 

If I work really hard (read:  at all), I can finish the top today and post pictures tomorrow.  t's also the last weekend of freedom before...dun dun dun...school starts.  So I might chillax and watch Netflix.  =)

Until next time, peace!






  1. Thanks for the update! I really like all of the skirts you made, especially the one in denim. I think the back vent looks good. Also, I really like seeing what you are working on next. The fabrics you have chosen look great! Good luck!

  2. What a lovely collection, L! I love reading your blog and was wondering about you. So glad to hear that you were sewing all these! Love your plan for the next round.

    I finally started sewing again this summer and made a lovely shift dress. For now, I'll probably make another dress or two to get the most out of the pattern that fits. Excited!

  3. I'm glad you've got your mojo back - what a great collection of garments, real classic chic. Love them. I've got the Burda skirt pattern too, and wondered about that seam that comes to the front as well. Love the plans as well.

  4. I love all the updates! I especially am in love with that denim skirt, so cute! I just ordered a McCall's skirt, that is for denim fabrics, but may have to check out this Burda one also. Also, I look forward for seeing your sequined top;it looks like it's going to be awesome!

  5. Thanks for reminding me of that McCalls pencil skirt--I want to make a few knit pencil skirts sometime! The ruffled tank is on my list too--I had attempted it many years ago but with double knit fabric and felt I looked like a clown. When Anne and I raided your closet last year, I saw your ruffled tank made from a floral cotton and was like, OMG, *this* is how it's supposed to look!

    I like your denim skirt too--another one that is on my list!

    In one of the PR classes I took, Sarah Veblen showed how she serges sequined fabrics without removing the sequins. I don't think I would try that!! I'm looking forward to seeing your top. I still don't have the coordinating fabric for my aqua sequined fabric ha ha ha.

  6. love them all especially that striped cardi and skirt combo

  7. You have been quite productive! It seems like you will get a lot of wear out of all of these pieces. Love the striped cardigan.

  8. Wow you have been busy with great skirts, tops and cadigan. Then you have gorgeous pieces in the planning.

  9. Your skirts are really cute. You know you can sew up some cute things.


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