Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Blue Lace Sheath

I was invited to a Summer evening wedding by a friend and wanted a new dress to wear to the occasion. I've always like the classic sheath dress and settled on New Look 6540 for the pattern. 

I opted for the sleeveless version with the lace overlay. I got this beautiful blue cottony lace from Joann Fabrics. Instead of constructing this with the lace as an overlay, I underlined with a blue broadcloth and treated the two fabrics as one. My lace did not have a border scallop, so hemmed the two fabrics as one. 

I cut one size smaller than recommended by the pattern. I graded out by 1/4 inch on each side along my abdomen and hips which is where I carry my extra weight. 

This was a breeze to make. I had no issues with construction. 

I 'm happy with the finished dress. I felt a little like Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry at first, but was reassured that it wasn't over the top. Lol!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wide Legged Pants and a Scout Tee

I've been loving the wide leg pant look that has been all over Instagram lately. My wardrobe has been in need of new slacks for work and I knew I wanted to add some wide legs to my repertoire. 

There are many patterns out there. I went with Simplicity 8605. The pattern features the wide leg pants or capris with an optional tie belt. I used a rayon/poly/lycra fabric from Joann's. I spent about $15 on fabric. 

These were extremely easy to make. My favorite pant length is ankle. Because I am petite, I went with the cropped length, knowing that they would end up at the right spot. Other than that, I made no changes. 

I wore them for the first time today as pictured to work. I felt a little out of my element because they are so wide but they were well received and I had several compliments. And they are hella comfortable! Seriously, I never want to take them off! I've got another version planned in a tropical linen print, and am considering a pair made out of gray suiting.

Next up is the Grainline Studios Scout Tee pattern. OMG peeps, why have I waited so long? I think this was their first pattern out, what, like 6 years ago?!?! What can I say? I was waiting for the 90th review on PR to come out to convince me to make it already. 

I won't bore you with all the nitty gritty as you can go read for yourself. All I will say is that I made the size according to the pattern recommendations. I did make a slight large bicep adjustment. Apparently that's the PC way to say fat upper arms. It sewed up quickly. I've made 2 so far. This one is pictured in a rayon print from Joann's. Spent about $10-15 on this one. The heat in Phoenix right now is brutal. It is nice to have a breathable, breezy top that floats away from the body. Will definitely be making more.