A White Hot Tank From Hot Patterns!

I made this “tank” from a cotton eyelet material that’s pretty lightweight. I put tank in quotes because it’s not what you would typically think of as a tank top. This pattern is for woven material so it’s an interesting take on that style of top. There are variations on the bottom of the tank so for this, I chose the flounce.

Now the problem is that because the fabric is thin combined with the way the top is constructed, I did not like the look of having a partial facing showing through the front and back.

So, rather than take it apart and start over, I just extended the facings.

I did this for both front and back which solved the problem. I might add that this wouldn’t be necessary with a heavier (not see-thru) fabric. I also raised the neckline on this (as I usually do).

But this is a comfortable, versatile top that can be worn into early Fall depending on your fabric choice (and location). In the pictures above I’m wearing the top with these jeans I made a few months ago (best jeans ever!).

That’s all for now.


Simplicity Tunic 4149

I made this a few weeks ago and it is so comfortable, easy to wear and easy to make (a great combo, don’t you think). I made View C with some very minor (decorative) changes.

I didn’t do the rows of decorative top stitching that the pattern calls for with this view. I did do one row of the top stitch because that helps to hold down the facing and neck band on the inside. I didn’t need to make any other changes to the pattern. I cut a size 16 for this. 

I really like that this pattern has different sleeve options as well (it also comes with pants, skirt and scarf patterns). This is a quick, easy project to put together. 

This is probably the last of my summer sewing (I really didn’t do as much as I thought I might this year). I have already started to purchase some Fall patterns so I need to get to work on those plans!

Until next time…

Vogue 8997

I LOVE this dress! It’s feminine without being frilly or fussy. It’s also surprisingly easy to make. This is one of those patterns that I bought because I really liked the style, but then put off actually making. I thought it would be far more complicated than it was. 

I used a linen blend fabric (washable) that I’ve had for a while and a solid purple lining. The only change I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2″. After making the muslin, I decided that that would be a more comfortable neckline for me personally. Originally, the front and back neck are (I believe) about the same depth.

This is not only a great summer dress pattern, but has enough variations (including long sleeves) that it can be made all year.

Until next time…  Happy sewing!

Easy Spring/Summer Shirtdress…McCall’s 6885

I made another dress for warm weather. This time I used M6885 which is a shirtdress with a front band/placket. This pattern is for woven material and has a variety of sleeve and style options. Frankly, I wanted to make a shirtdress and this one was much easier than some of my other patterns because it only has the four buttons in front, rather than several going down to the hem. With that being said, this is a pull-over style dress. 

I made View C, which they say to use cording as your belt. I like it unbelted, but you can certainly use what you like for the belt. 

I didn’t make any changes to this pattern. The material I used is a cotton shirting so it washes well and is lightweight (great for hot, humid summer days).

Now, on to the next project (once I figure out what that will be). Happy sewing…

Simplicity 1421 Blazer – Done!

I decided to enter the sew along started by “thatblackchic”. I didn’t find out about it until it was about to start and I didn’t have the pattern, so I was playing catch-up from the start. Actually, I was just behind from the start. I had the blouse to finish first (see my previous post). Anyway, I got it all together and got the blazer made in about 3 days. I think that is a record for me.

I had seen this pattern before and liked it. It’s basically a structured/tailored unlined blazer. 

I like the tailored look for blazers anyway, and unlined is crucial here (it’s heading to about 90 degrees F today so it’s HOT!). I don’t want anything that’s going to add extra heat to me. 

So to keep it cool, I chose a blue and white striped seersucker from G Street Fabrics. It washes great and is easy to work with. And because the stripes are thin and small, I didn’t even bother matching and there was no problem with that. I just made sure to keep the pattern pieces straight when cutting.

I used my tailor’s clapper to set the crease in the lapel. As you can see, I went with matching blue binding rather than white. I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern and love the way it looks. I did not add shoulder pads, which is an option for this pattern.

It’s very comfortable and I recommend this pattern to anyone willing to give it a try!

Now, it’s time to clean up the sewing room because it’s a mess after two quick back-to-back projects!

Kwik Sew Peplum

I finished this the other day. It is Kwik Sew 4112 – a double peplum top. The pattern sizes for this run from XS to XL. I made this in medium. I combined View B which has the neck I want with View A, which is just a regular sleeveless top. I didn’t want to add the sleeve flange which is part of View B. I also added piping around the waist seam just to break up the pattern of the fabric a bit. 

I always like the things with princess seams since it’s a more flattering fit for me. This is a pretty simple top to make. It took me longer to get the piping in the way I wanted than anything else, so next time, I’ll probably just leave that out. 

Even though the fabric stores around here are getting in their Fall material now, I still have more summer sewing I want to get done! After all, it’s only the second full day of summer here in the mid-Atlantic region, so we have a lot of very hot, very humid weather to get through.

Happy sewing everyone!

Simplicity 1616 skirt

This summer is all about easy to sew, easy to wear clothes for me. I don’t want to fuss to have to wear something (or make something). So, the latest thing I’ve made is this skirt from Simplicity.

The pattern is for woven or stretch knit fabrics. I used a woven fabric. I made View D with some changes. I shortened the skirt by about 14″. I also eliminated the slit. It’s a full skirt, so a slit really wouldn’t be needed anyway.
In addition, I did “stitch-in-the-ditch” to secure the elastic. The pattern says that the elastic should “float” in the casing. I didn’t want that, so I did secure it. 

I used a cotton that I bought at Hobby Lobby to make this. So, more easy, breezy sewing for summer to come!

Maybe my last summer project…

I made McCall’s 6747. I really liked the easy, relaxed style for summer especially. I made this in View B. When I bought the pattern, the only size available at the store was a large. I didn’t think it would be a problem since the measurements are compatible to mine. I should have gotten a medium. What I ended up doing was cutting the side seams down to about a medium (or smaller) once I tried it on. I removed about an inch from each side. This was easy enough to do, but I think it’s just easier to buy the right size from the beginning. I also took in the back seam about 3/4″. I re-sized the sleeves to fit really well. I should have cut the neck band down more, though, because I think it’s not supposed to fit as loose at the neck as it does. Live and learn.

With all that being said, I do like the fit and feel of the dress. I show it with a belt since I just wanted a more fitted feel, but it can be worn with or without a belt.

So now I think it’s time for me to start working on some early Fall projects. I do have big plans, but we’ll see how much I can get done.

Easy summer dress

I finished McCall’s 5974 the other day. It’s a very easy to make, knit dress that should be great for travel or just a day out. This is a Palmer/Pletsch pattern so there’s a lot of information about getting the fit you want included in the pattern instructions. I made the basic View A which has short sleeves. This only took a couple of days to put together (which is pretty quick for me). I could have done it in a day if I had worked on it all day. I used a stretch jersey knit (one of the recommended fabrics) which meant that I did not need to include the zipper in the back. I can pull this dress over my head so that made it even easier to make. If I were to make this again I would make the V-neck next time and probably try a solid color.

Simplicity 2174

It’s been a while, but I’m still here! I had some other things I was working on that I didn’t post (pants fitting alterations) that I finally got done. But this is the latest new project. It’s an “Amazing Fit” dress by Simplicity. I made View A which is the one featured on the pattern cover. I really like the fit of the dress. I didn’t have to make any alterations to the pattern. The pattern has options for A, B,C, and D cup sizes so anyone should be able to find the right fit. There is also a lot of fitting and sizing help in the pattern instructions if you need it. This is actually a pretty easy pattern to put together. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I used a light-weight cotton/linen-like fabric which is perfect for a hot, humid summer day. I’m not sure if I would make this again just because I wouldn’t want another dress the same style as this. But there are a couple of other options in the pattern. Anyway, I’m happy with the way this turned out.