Completed: Simplicity 2444/McCall6833 Mashup

Ever have a pattern that you like part of, but not the whole thing?  That’s the story of this dress.

Bubbles dress

A few months ago I decided to sew McCall 6833.  But after three failed muslins, I gave up on the bodice.  It just wasn’t working for me.

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However, I liked the skirt.  I also noticed that in addition to the pleated skirt you see on the envelope, the pattern came with pieces for a 1/4 circle skirt lining that looked promising to use on its own.  And so I filed it away in the “to use later” pile and moved on.

I recently came back to the pattern and decided to give it a try with the bodice of Simplicity 2444, which is one of my favorites.  I used the M6833 skirt lining pieces, and I think it worked out really well.  I get the ‘fit and flair’ silhouette that I like, but the skirt is not overly full, and doesn’t blow up in the wind.

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Luckily I didn’t have to make any adjustments to make the skirt piece fit the bodice, the patterns matched up well.  I did lengthen the skirt by a few inches.  Because it was a lining pattern, it was pretty short as drafted.

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The fabric is stretch cotton sateen that I bought from Mood Fabrics in L.A.  I think I’ve said it before, but this is one of my favorite types of fabrics to sew and wear.  I like the body it gives this skirt. I tried to take care with the pattern placement over the front bodice, and I think the back matching looks pretty good.

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Here are some flat shots.

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The bodice darts get lost in the pattern, but they are there.

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bubbles dress

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~The armholes are finished with bias tape, and top stitched down.~

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~I did a small rolled hem so I didn’t have to hand stitch, or struggle to ease in a deeper hem.~

On the last night I was sewing this dress, the power to my house was scheduled to be shut off because the utility company was doing some line work.  I really wanted to wear the dress to work the next day, so it was a race against the clock to finish. I got it done just in time.  But wow, I don’t really like sewing under pressure. It was nice to know I can sew faster, but I think I’ll stick to my usual slow pace. 🙂

bubbles dress

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Completed: Simplicity 1541and McCall 6988

Over the holidays, we met up with my sister for a ski trip.  I also brought along my sewing machine, a handful of patterns, and some muslin so I could work on fitting a few things to her. Since I mostly sew only for myself, it was a good challenge to try fitting someone else.

When I got home, I set to work on a couple of the final garments. First I sewed this skirt:
Simplicity 0503

It’s Simplicity 1541. It’s one of the AmazingFit patterns, and I like that includes options for ‘slim/average’ and ‘curvy.’
Simplicity 0503
Simplicity 0503

The front has princess seams and the back is darted. I sewed the ‘curvy’ version, so the back has two darts.  This one fit really well out of the envelope.  The only change I made was to taper the side seams a little bit below the hip level.
Simplicity 0503

The fabric is a medium weight cotton that I purchased from Michael Levine a while back. (I’ve also made myself a dress out of this, and will blog that soon.)  It’s lined with cream Bemberg rayon.

Simplicity 0503

I followed the zipper/lining method from this free Craftsy course.  It worked perfectly and the zipper and lining was sewn completely by machine.
Simplicity 0503

Next I sewed this dress:

McCall 6988

Please ignore the tight fit on my dress form.  It will fit her with more ease than shown here.  I just didn’t bother adjusting my form down to her measurements.

McCall 6988

The pattern is McCall 6988. This pattern has multiple cup sizes, which was helpful.

McCall 6988

I modified the pattern by raising the armholes slightly, reducing the sleeve cap ease, and sewing the sleeves in flat.  I also lengthened the sleeves, per my sister’s preference.
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And I redrafted the facings. As drafted, the facing goes down around the armholes, but I found that added too much bulk. So I went with a neck facing only.
McCall 6988
McCall 6988

The main fabric is a ponte that I ordered online somewhere (I think FabricMart), and I got the lace from Metro Textile when I was in NYC. I purchased these months apart, and just got lucky that they matched so well!

McCall 6988

It was my sister’s idea to add lace to the yoke. I love how it turned out, and want to make one for myself.

McCall 6988

Long distance sewing is a little stressful because there’s not a chance to fit as you sew the final garment.  These are off in the mail now, and hopefully everything works out!

Completed: OAL Dress and Cardigan!

I’ve knitted a lot of things and sewn a lot of things, but it wasn’t until the AOL (Outfit Along) that I did both at the same time with the intention of making a coordinating outfit. Why I’ve never done this before, I don’t know. Probably because knitting takes me so much longer than sewing.  But I’m so glad Lauren and Andi had this idea, it’s been a fun project.

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First, let’s talk about the dress.  I used the “official” OAL pattern, which is Simplicity 1803.  I sewed view B.  I had a little trouble with the fit on the bodice of this dress.  I made a muslin, but when I tried on the dress in my fashion fabric it turned out too big.  Unfortunately I had already finished the armholes at that point, so I had to do a bit of unpicking before I could take in the side seams.  It all worked out, but it was frustrating.

OAL 2014

If I’m being honest, I don’t really like the bodice of this dress.  I don’t like the seam that runs down the center front, and I’m not a huge fan of the shape of the neckline on me.  But I do like the skirt.  It’s gathered, without being too gathered.

OAL 2014

The fabric is rayon challis (I know, I sew with this a lot – it’s my favorite summer fabric).  I underlined the bodice with cotton lawn, but didn’t line the skirt.  Because the fabric is a little sheer, I made a white half slip out of Bemberg rayon (not pictured).

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Here’s few flat shots.  You can’t see the front seam because the fabric is so busy, but it’s there.

OAL Dress

The invisible zipper blends into this print really well too.
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Inside front:
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Inside back.
OAL Dress
OAL Dress

I finished the armholes with bias tape made from a scrap of Bemberg.
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Next, there’s the cardigan.  This is the Myrna pattern by Andi Satterlund.  I enjoyed knitting this, and found the pattern was easy to follow.  I knitted the size small, without any modifications.

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The sleeves turned out a smidge too tight around my biceps, I’ll just blame that on the pull-up bar we built in the garage.   😉
OAL 2014

If I knit this pattern again, I think I’d leave out the keyhole.  It’s cute, but close up mine looks sloppier than I’d like.
OAL 2014

The yarn I used is Malabrigo worsted, and the color is Ravelry Red.  This was my first time using this yarn, and it was a delight to knit with.
OAL 2014
OAL 2014

I’m a little bummed about the buttonband.  There was a portion of the yarn that was much lighter than the rest, and it ended up right along the edge of the top buttonband.  I may go back and reknit it.  It won’t take that long, but buttonbands are the least enjoyable part of knitting for me.  That, and weaving in ends.

Myrna
Myrna

Anyway, despite my pointing out a couple of insignificant flaws, I really do like this outfit!  It was fun to make both pieces, and I think I will try to coordinate my knitting with my sewing more often in the future.
OAL 2014