Thursday, January 24, 2013

Simplicity 1693

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Pattern Description: 
Pullover top with bias neck finish and back button with loop closure.  Elastic waist.  The pattern is Simplicity 1693 View A

Pattern Sizing: 4-6-8-10-12  I made a size 10 which is my typical size in Simplicity

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like this pattern a lot.  I think the shape of the sleeves and body is great.  Enough ease to be an easy wear but fitted enough to not feel shapeless.

Fabric Used: I used a silk/cotton blend by Marc Jacobs.  Its a bit sheer, like voile. It should be lovely to wear in the heat.  The pattern calls for 1 3/8 but I only had 1 1/8 and it was workable (60” wide)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the back seam and instead inserted a narrow placket.  I also used the fabric scraps to make my own bias tapes for the neckline, sleeve elastic casing, waist casing, and binding to finish the sleeve seam.  Because it is pretty sheer I chose to finish all the raw edges inside with either french seams or bias tape.  I also did a very narrow rolled hem on the bottom because I didn’t want to sacrifice any length.  I shortened the sleeves by about an inch to accomodate not having enough fabric but then narrowed the sleeve hem allowance to make up half that.  Probably ended up being 1/2” short in the sleeves. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I really like this blouse.  I would add a couple of inches to the length and 1.5” to the sleeves if I made it again.  I want to make another with a Peter Pan collar (view D). 

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Knitting Break

I knit something!  Gasp.  I haven’t had a knitting project in years.  I stopped knitting during the fall of 2009 and only finished outstanding projects and made a single neck wrap for my sister in law.  My friend Alli had a few questions about a project she had started in 2010.  The pattern can be found here.  Well, in 2012 it came to my attention that she had neglected to finish it as projects sometimes go and I asked if I could.  I frogged the start and used the yarn she had purchased, which was absolutely lovely.  I have no idea what it is except it is a soft lovely wool.  It may even be the suggested yarn from The Fibre Co, Canopy Worsted.  It knit up slower than I anticipated with all the lacey work and made me really want a new addi lace needle set (again, long standing wish list item).  I used a 32” circular addi turbo needle in a size 6 to make gauge.  I cast on the beginning of the month and blocked it yesterday.  I mixed up my pattern while knitting watching a kid play soccer and had to put it down for a week before I had the heart to frog back several inches and fix it.  I think the length, though it is measuring spot on to the pattern scarf, is a little long.  Perhaps I’ll get a picture of it sometime on it’s intended owner.  
I have been working through Easter dress plans and while I had originally thought I would do something quick and less dressy than usual.  But now I'm a few weeks into the brainstorming process and I’m acquiring silk shantung, batiste, silk embroidery, shell buttons and lots of piping.  I’m planning on making an out of print pattern from Vogue with the smocking, short sleeves, and embroidered aprons.  Oh, and I’ll have to size it up for Bird since it doesn’t come in her size exactly.  It will serious time extensive so we’ll see how things go.  I think Easter is looming close. 

I have a shirt in process now. The material is this lovely silk/cottton blend by Marc Jacobs.  I bought mine at Yellow Bird but noticed they have it at Farmhouse Fabrics too.  I love it.  The shirt is simple and should be finished today sometime. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Girls & I

We recently had some family pictures taken, on a bit of a whim, while we were in Las Vegas.  My girls and I are all wearing pretty recent items.  


Friday, January 11, 2013

Simplicity 2181

I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for some time but I’m not great with knits and I had a lot of other holiday sewing so it was easy to put off.  The pattern is Simplicity 2181.
It went together well.  I missed a couple of markings while cutting out (probably because I was trying to cut out in the few minutes before I needed to go get my kids from school).  As it turned out, those markings would have been helpful.  I think the instructions are well written and easy to follow.  I don’t really understand why the v neck is open so low in the center front seam but with all center gathering you don’t notice at all so I’m trying not to think about something that needn’t be pondered about.

It is tricky to get a real sense for the sizing until you slip the band through the front piece at the end.I cut out a size 10—my typical size.  It is a little tight in the bust seam.  I’m not sure design-wise if that seam is hitting my chest in the proper place either but once again, I’m trying not to analyze it further.  Especially since there isn’t an allowance in the pattern for adjusting the length above that seam.  I found the hem line to be wonky.  It had a significant dip in the front which caused it to look more maternity than I would like (aiming for no maternity factor).  You can see it in the first two pictures more because I picked out my hem and brought the hem straighter for the last picture. 

My material is a end of bolt remnant from Yellow Bird Fabrics.  Its a rayon single jersey.  I’m not sure about the color.  I’m pretty sure from a distance I’ll look like I’m naked because it seems awfully close the the same color as me.  It was $7.50 for the 1.5 yards though and because I don’t have confidence in my knit skills yet, I figured I likely wouldn’t be wearing it anyway.  It’s a bonus that I mostly like my shirt.

Overall fun sew.  I’m proud of my recent knit projects.  Even though I feel much more comfortable with knit, I am reminded that I’m quite amateur.  I think this sew could be under a couple hours for a lot of people.  It took me well over double that.  I do love the sleeves and neckband.  I’d like to try this in a print and add a band to the bottom hem to clean it up and add some weight.

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Now I would like to sew this new McCalls (6703) pattern soon.  Feels similar.