Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Faux Wrap Dress

I am always late to the pattern party. This New Look pattern was one of the Best of 2009 patterns on Pattern Review, and there are pages and pages of reviews to back it up! Well, after 8 years I figured I should see what all the fuss was about... 8 years ago. What can I say? Just say no to peer pressure!

The pattern is New Look 6429. I am positive it is OOP, as I see New Look has now recycled the pattern number for use on a newer design. This is a faux wrap dress with collar and sleeve variations. I used an uber soft black and white space dyed jersey that I picked up while on a trip to San Francisco. 

The pattern was super easy to sew. I did not make any size or design changes. I usually make one size smaller than recommended on all the Big Four patterns, but 2 sizes smaller for knit patterns as I find there's a little too much ease. I only did the one size smaller this time and although it's not huge, it could have been a little more fitted.

Overall, I am happy with this dress. It's great for my work-wear collection. I can now lay this pattern to rest. It's a great make but I don't see needing another one of these. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Running Skort

Hello, long time no see!  We have moved states, started new jobs, and new daily routines with the kids. It's been difficult to sew regularly, but I'm trying to get back to it. My other ambition, aside from sewing, is running. I'm not very good at it but always trying to get better! I've wanted some cute running skorts for quite some time. 


I used Jalie 2796 Multi-Sport Skort pattern. For my first skort, I used some remnant spandex from previous projects. I cheated and used ITY for the accent- but wanted to be able to get some animal print in. 

These were quick and easy to sew. I used my serger for the seams. I used a wide zigzag stitch for the hem. My photos don't capture the cute details but these have a side pocket which was able to fit my smart phone. I love the wide waistband. These are comfortable and didn't shift or ride up anywhere while I ran. They are short- but not too short. The length of the shorts was long enough to protect from thigh chaffing but nice and short to keep cool in the hot Summer heat. 

I have a couple of really cute spandex prints in my stash that I will be using to make more of these up! Until next time...