Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aqua Lace Love, M6827

Aqua Lace top for my tween

McCall's M6827, View B
Drafted to a girls size 10 (Pattern only goes to size 8)

Aqua lace from LA Fashion District (Can't remember the vendor) 
Aqua foldover elastic from LA Fashion District
Cost from Houston to LA Fashion District=$$$$$$

Construction Notes
All seams done on the serger. 
Hem done on the coverstitch machine.
Total construction time = 20 minutes until I hit the fold over elastic.
All those bumps in the lace were a beast to smooth out and make look pretty with the fold over elastic.  Third try was a charm.

This top was designed by my sweet daughter.  She LOVES it!  Today was her first day of Latin class and she saved this top for the special occasion.  This sewing mama is so proud to have a handmade top reserved for the first day of class.  We might survive the teen years and still be happy about the handmade clothes.  There is hope............

A pic with the dog.

The whole outfit look.  Love the longer hemline in the back.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

My almost 4th of July Dress, New Look 6096

Even the best sewing plans can get derailed by time constraints.  I decided to sew up a new 4th of July dress on July 2nd.  All would have gone well, if packing a family of six for a two week vacation was not also on the to-do list.  I finished the dress after the trip, but it still works for the heat wave in Texas.  

New Look 6096 & Voile border print from Fabric Mart

New Look 6096, Short skirt and peasant top combination

Navy voile from Fabric Mart
Navy Cotton/poly broadcloth for lining from my stash

Changes to Construction:
The voile was beautiful and sheer.  Too sheer for my tastes.  The whole dress is lined with a navy broadcloth.  Elastic was used around the neck, arms, and waist between the fashion fabric and lining. I added a FBA to the front bodice.  

This was an easy dress to make and a comfortable dress to wear.  

Love that I used a border print.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Lekala 4352, Summer Linen Dress

Lekala 4352 in fuchsia linen

This is my "wow" dress for the summer.  
Wow - I finished it.
Wow - I did it.
Wow - It fits.
Wow - I wore it for a special dinner with my husband's company.

The outdoor photos were shot at the St. Regis Monarch Bay Hotel in sunny Southern California.  My pint sized photographer was a little grumpy after a day of travel and his desire to stay on a very comfortable bed.  Mom twisted his arm and got a few photos, but the dress back and some details were not photographed.

My Pinterest board for Sewing Inspiration is full of items I would love to sew.  Sadly, most will never find their way to my sewing room.  This black dress with an interesting neckline did make it to the sewing room.  Let me tell you about it......

Modcloth dress I pinned on Pinterest and fell in love with.

Line drawing for Lekala 4352

Lekala 4352
Lekala is a new Russian pattern company.  You input your measurements and they email you a PDF pattern to fit.  I was very skeptical of this whole idea, but figured I would fit it once I had all the pattern pieces.  Well, I was shocked when the whole dress fit.  I did add a little fabric to the left bust line, because I am a little thicker on the left side and it showed in the muslin I made. Also, my shoulder slope was tweaked just a little, but I didn't make any other changes.

Red line shows how much I added to the left side bust line.
Dress muslin

A few notes on the pattern.......
1.  This is not a beginner pattern.
2.  Essentially there are no directions.  The few that are printed are very difficult to decipher the English/Russian translation.
3.  Pattern has no seam allowances.
4.  Pattern pieces do not have common US pattern markings.  A squiggly line was for gathering the neckline.
5.  Not all pattern pieces are marked with names.  You figure out which is the front and back pattern pieces and the top and bottom.  
6. No fabric yardage is listed.  Thankfully, I have an 1/8 yd left after this dress.

Fuchsia linen with a beautiful drape from my stash.  I wish I could remember where I got this fabric because I would love to have it in every color.  
White silk organza for the interlining.
Fuchsia rayon lining.

Dress Construction:
1.  The neckline is unique so I tried to follow the directions in the pattern, but went on my own when I couldn't figure out which piece went where.  Making a muslin sure helped.  I worked out all the construction details.  
2.  I used silk organza as the interlining using the old fashioned hand basting method after wax marking the pattern onto my organza.  This makes the dress hang beautifully.  
3.  All the seams were hand basted before machine sewing.  All seam allowances are one inch and sewn to the organza.
4.  After finishing, I realized the floppy part of the neckline was very difficult to keep in one position. So, I added a broach to keep it from rearranging itself.

Very happy with this well fitting dress.

Yes,  it was a difficult dress, but SOOOOO worth it.  A marriage of the perfect fabric, perfect interlining and pattern design.  A few more Lekala patterns are hiding in my sewing room and I can't wait to tackle them.  

The dress fit so well and looked so good, I wore it to a very fancy dinner.  My husband was a top agent in 2014 for Nationwide Insurance and we ate at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach this summer.  I felt a little sneaky wearing my handmade dress with the Executive Staff of the company.  No one knew I made my dress.........except me.

Front collar details.

More front collar details.
My husband and I at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach.  We ate dinner with my husband's company's executive staff and no one knew I wore a handmade dress.  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tween Dress Magic. McCall's M7079

Tween dress winner, McCall's M7079

McCall's M7079, View F

Red tye dye rayon knit from High Fashion Fabrics
Denim knit from Helen Enox Fabrics (This is great fabric.  Mostly used for leggings, but it hangs on the skirt like a million bucks.)

Construction and Changes
I love this pattern and it fits well.  I self-lined the bodice.  Added clear elastic to the waistline where the denim knit and tye dye meet.  Under stitched the neckline.  

Back view

One happy tween.