Monday, July 24, 2017

Polka dots and stripes - one more PatternReview Claire wrap dress

I really enjoyed sewing and wearing my maxi Claire dress. I never done a wrap dress before that and I loved the many features on this pattern and the fact that is supposed to work with both knits and wovens.

I did my 1st one in woven and I liked the body of pull of the dress. I've seen quite a few reviews in knit and it sits nicely for the bodice but the skirt don't have the same feel. I just love a fuller skirt.
   I got confident with the pattern and while organizing some of my fabrics I got my hands on this pieces of navy and white stripes and polka dots that I bought thinking of some summer dresses for Eva. I only had 1 meter each so it would not be enough for me for a contrast version of the dress... I really wanted to play with those stripes and loved the coordination between my pieces so I decided to create a skirt + top look of this dress.
   I cut a collar from the polka dots piece but it looked to busy so I decided to finish it without a collar. I almost leaved it sleeveless but I like to have a bit of a sleeve. I tried contrast sleeves and it looked bad. My stripes at the armhole were in 3 different directions so impossible to mach them all. all I could o in the end was some sort of faulty V in the front - not that bad considering my other options.
   I didn't have enough polka dots fabric for the full skirt so the last part of the under lap is a different fabric same shades - just the dots a different size so it might not look so terrible if a sudden breeze come over.
  I am really proud I finished my inside a little nicer this time. I followed the instructions and sewn the back seam on the collar just the upper layer and then pin the other layer with my fabric turned so all the seams trapped inside it and then had sewn the front under collar to the previous seam. I also turned the edges of my front band facings before securing them down. looks a lot nicer then leaved them just serged there.
The stiffer fabric doesn't seam so different for the bodice in term of comfort. The only noticeable difference is in the sleeves. They are a bit tight on certain moves. I don't mind much but a larger one might have been better here.
    I looked so many times at those skinny girls that can wear their shirt tucked in a skirt or pants. I like the look but if I do that I look 2 sized up and I hate it. This is the closes I can get to that. The ties a bit above the waist and the lack of extra bulk from this being just 1 garment not 2 helps.
I haven't bought any new fabric yet and with the 2 Claire dress and 3 3/4 leggings for Eva my debt for this year is 141. Impossible of course but keeping score anyway.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My first wrap dress ever - #107 Claire from PatternReview

Claire wrap dress pr
I never had a wrap dress. I don't even know why. I stated admire some on PaternReview and even bought a McCall's pattern with good reviews but still haven't even got close to make one until I've seen the new Claire pattern. I haven't knew anything about it being cooked up so it was a real surprise seeing it and I knew it is time to finally make my wrap dress. The tailored details in the collar, the back yoke and the front band spoke to me.
It was then a big questing settling on a fabric. Nothing seamed right. I was really tempted to do a knit one but I wanted something more sharp. Then I wanted fabric that would have it all - amazing print, drape and body ... ha ha.. so weeks got by and i was stated to think my dress will not come soon after all... Until I've seen this fabric in the store and thought it would make an amazing maxi dress Vogue 9253 style. I almost bought the pattern but as nice as I've seen it look on other people I didn't think it would work for me. Then I have this bright idea: What if I make my Claire as a maxi dress - then I wouldn't need as much drape and all would work out great.
   I was lucky I had bought enough fabric - 3,5 m so I didn't had to worry much about it - ofc I could always go and buy a new cut since the store is close and it was a new bolt. I've added 40 cm length so I can wear it without hills. I would have loved a longer version for hills as well but then I got worry I would not wear it or tip in it.
    It got together easy and the sew along on PR forum really helped but i also had the bright idea to use an entire roll of piping on the dress so It took some time to get it together. 
My ties are really long , a little over 2 m I think and piping and turning them took some patience there ..
But over all I am really happy with my dress. I wore it over the weekend and I felt really pretty in it:
Claire wrap dress pr
Claire wrap dress pr
Claire wrap dress pr 
Claire wrap dress pr
Claire wrap dress pr

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Silky flowers top - McCall's 7542

There was on item left for me to take photos of from my sewing weekend with my cousin. My new version of McCall's 7542, this summer hit:
It is again view D with the only change to the pattern being the sleeve flounce lining in royal blue batiste.
     The fabric is quite interesting. I bought 2 meters and it had 2 flowers borders then 1 row of light blue on each side and again flowers in the middle. I bought it that weekend at a depot just outside town and the price i payed suggested it is rayon. But it sure looks and feels like silk so I wander if the young boy at that stand who didn't seemed the regular seller there didn't made a mistake and confused the bolt. There were no labels or tags there so you just had to deal with opinions and touching the fabrics..
   I made a mess of the fabric trying different pattern placements but I still think I have enough of it to make a dress for Eva.
And now some 2 other skipped projects...
A jumpsuit for Eva with 3/4 legs in bird print single jersey with pink ribbing. I wanted her to have a really comfortable version but it lost its sharp look in this fabric:
 And a complete failure - Lekala 5619 muslin:
I was hopping this will be the bodice for an evening dress but the fit was disastrous - way to large everywhere - especially my bust and no matter how much I tried I could not fit the sleeves to match the hole so I left it sleeveless in the end thinking maybe it would have some use around the house but I don't think so..
Some desperate attempt to force the sleeve fit but it was hanging horrible. From their photo I understand that the extra length get sewn as sleeve seam but it sure not look like their sleeve on me:
 Since last I counted 7 items finished - 3 here - the dress and tee from mccalls 7538 for me  and 2 left over tops for Eva and 1 new fabric bought - I almost resisted that one but is a lovely flower print that I think would make a great summer dress and I hope to be the next I cut so debt down to 146 to sew this year -  ha ha...