Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fall Sewing, Renfew #1

"The Heavens declare the Glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world."

Psalm 19:1-6

      Hey all! Just finished my first sewing project of the Fall! I was hoping to have a pair of leggings to wear with this top, but the fabric I chose didn't have enough stretch so I could barely get them on, lol! Hopefully I'll have a pair soon! I have some leather-looking stretch fabric in my stash. The last fabric I used was a leather-look scuba knit, but not nearly enough stretch. It was more like a woven. Bah. I got leather on the brain, ha.

      The last Renfrew I made was a maternity version (I used a combination of the Renfrew and another pattern that was a maternity top). I disliked the seam in the cowl neck so I tried to cut out the pattern piece in such a way that I eliminated that seam. I folded the tissue as shown and just flipped over the pattern piece.

      I cut a straight size 6, but should have graded to a 0 in the hips. Sewaholic patterns are designed for the "Pear-Shaped" woman, which I am not, lol. I probably could have cut an 8 in the shoulders:p Ah well, a 6 works.

          I will definitely sew up this pattern again. Probably at least twice more this Fall/Winter. The fabric I used is a soft rayon/polyester knit. Its so cozy and warm. My only beef with it is it gets worn-looking a little more quickly than I'd like. I picked up a few different prints of this fabric last year, as it was in the previous years collection, then in the clearance section. Hard to resist those $2.99/m cuts!;) Til next time!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Vogue 1314, Tropical Edition;)

"The man said,
            “This is now bone of my bones,
            And flesh of my flesh;
            She shall be called Woman,
            Because she was taken out of Man.”
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."

Genesis 2:23-24


With the stunning bride, April:)

     Hello friends!:) Here is my latest version of Vogue 1314. I made a strapless version with a matching shrug (also a modified jacket pattern). I kinda made it up as I went but I'll show what I did so perhaps it may help someone in the future:)


      This McCalls was my fourth attempt at a shrug, lol. I tried a Burda pattern, a Simplicity pattern and a DIY from Pinterest but none of those were what I was looking for. I used view A here and modified it the best I could. Actually the Burda pattern probably would've worked if my fabric has sufficient 4 way stretch but it didn't. Good thing I started this project early, lol!

    I cut straight across about an inch above the bottom of the armhole when I cut out my lining and fashion fabric. After constructing the main dress and lining, I basted them at the top, wrong sides together, then applied 1" elastic on the inside (I only had button hole elastic, lol)  by zigzagging on the edge (like how its applied to swimwear).


    I also sewed a second row of stitching close to the bottom of the elastic.


  I then turned the elastic under twice and sewed in the ditch of the side seams.

    I added swimwear cups to the lining so I didn't have to worry about a bra!:)

    I tacked the turned elastic to the lining at the centre front and centre back, to keep it from flipping out.

      I applied clear silicone calking (yes, calking!:) directly onto the inside of the dress. I applied a small area at a time, letting it dry in between. The calking I used was flexible (maybe most is, not sure!), so it stretched with my dress, helping it stay up.


 In hindsight, I should have cut a shorter length of elastic. I was afraid of creating an unsightly back bulge so didn't cut it short enough!:p I did have a roll-on adhesive called "fashion aid" which I ended up using. I wore a strapless RTW dress for my sisters wedding that had silicone tape. I tried googling tutorials for help but nothing came up, except a tip from a Threads Magazine reader. I just had to wing it!

     When worn the dress was taught enough to stat turned under (with the tacked sides, centre front & back).

     Some more photos...bye for now!:)

Regular & modified versions!:)

Me & my sister:)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Floral Vogue and a Mccalls Dud:p

"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

   Hebrews 13:1-3


    Hey y'all:) I hope everyone had a great summer! I'm a little sad to see it end but am looking forward to some Fall sewing and a bit cooler weather. Its been so humid here, ugh.

    I have a couple projects to show you today. One good, another, not so much! I haven't really shared many sewing fails. I usually only blog about the sewing projects I'm pleased with but I felt like I was setting some kind of record this summer with my string of them, lol!


Mccalls 6744


      *Sigh*, I wanted this pattern to work for me but it just...didn't! :( I wouldn't necessarily "not recommend it" (on PR), since there have been sooo many amazing versions. I chose the skirt from view B instead of the spliced skirt from view C. In hindsight, it probably would have been more flattering. I didn't really care for the fit of the top on me anyway though.

      I already cut up the dress, I'm determined to use this great fabric for something else!:)

      Now this latest version of my beloved Vogue 1314 is pretty darn flattering I think;) I also will be blogging about another version I made for a wedding this summer. It was strapless with a matching shrug, so it'll take a bit longer to write about. Stay tuned!:)

Baby Jon is almost 6 months:)

      I've made this pattern several times so I didn't change much. I trimmed about 1/4 inch from the neckline of the lining fabric to account for the "turn of cloth". I find it lies better after the neckband is sewn on.


     I've also been using regular 1/4 inch elastic instead of clear elastic for gathering the side seams. The instructions call for basting/gathering method but many on PR have recommended using elastic. When I was pregnant first time I noticed many maternity tops used regular elastic for gathering so I just started using that instead.
   Well, thats all for now. I will hopefully get to blog about my other version in the next couple days:)

Friday, 5 August 2016

More Summer Tops:) Encore NL 6216

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

John 15:13

       Hello friends!:) I made some more tops recently and finally getting around to blogging about them. Its nice to have an easy go-to project to get some "instant sewing gratification". Not exactly "instant" for myself, but close to it! I'm always in awe of my fellow seamstresses who can crank out a project in an afternoon or evening. Don't I wish I were that efficient! These two tops were relatively quick. I made a mistake this time around making them a bit too fitted though. I had to cut off a few inches and make hem bands which ended up being two inches in depth. I like the hem band better than steam a seam, which I've used on my past two tops. 

     Both fabrics are cotton knits from Fabricville. Pretty easy to work with and pressed well. 

    Well, that's it for now. I'm currently working on a dress for a friend who is getting married next month:) I have a few more projects to blog about but still need photos! Til next time!:)

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Canada Day 2016 & new top:)

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Official French and its English translation:

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
O Canada!
Land of our forefathers,
Thy brow is wreathed with glorious garlands of flowers.
As is thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic
Of the most brilliant exploits.
Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights.
Will protect our homes and our rights.

           Hello all:) I hope my fellow Canadians all had a great Canada Day yesterday!:) I spent some quality time with my family and so thankful to live in this great country! The more I see what's going on in the world, the more grateful I am for Canada and the values we uphold. I'm very thankful for our Canadian Armed Forces and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. 

     I only recently looked up the lyrics of the original French National Anthem. "..ready to carry the cross".  More importantly, I'm thankful for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross for our sins, paying the penalty Himself.

"Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."  

1 Corinthians 1:22-24


          This is another New Look top, 6216. It's fast becoming a staple of mine! I've worn my last version at least a dozen times already and I have two more planned. The pattern is pretty simple. I made the neck band a bit shorter by folding out a 1/2" from the centre of the pattern piece (the neckband of my last top didn't lie quite flat enough, so I knew I needed to make an adjustment for any future tops). I used steam a seam on the hem again just because I was in a hurry to finish it so I could wear it yesterday.

**Tip for marking the hem fast. I sewed a basting stitch along the bottom (so basically sewed the top closed and pressed open the seam, removed the basting, and placed steam a seam along the crease. Proceeded as usual.

      I have enough fabric left over to make a hem band if I decide to add one. I laid one of my better fitting RTW tops over this one as a guide for how much to take in the side to make it a bit more shapely yet still relaxed. The fabric is a cotton knit (I think!) in red, white & beige. The colours seem appropriately patriotic (flag is red & white, land is beige:). Next year I think I'll make a "flag dress". I have some ideas floating around in my head...;)


       I'd like to extend a happy Independence Day to my American friends, which is coming up on Monday! :) Til next time!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Vogue 8825:)

   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.

Matthew 16:13-20

   Hello all:)  This new dress from Vogue is one of the few projects I started while still pregnant. I was wanting to make this pattern for a while now and finally got around to it. I'll probably wear it more in the fall as the long sleeves make it a bit too warm for the summer. One member on Patternreview.com cut her sleeves around elbow length and I quite liked how it looked. I do like the sleeves as-is though, so I'll likely just leave them be.


            Overall I like this pattern. The sleeves don't seem quite as dramatic as on the envelope artwork though. My pattern was missing a neck piece. I may have thrown it out by mistake back when I cut out the pieces. I just "winged it" but I'm tempted to buy another pattern if the mood strikes me to make up another! Other reviewers said the wrist cuffs were loose, so I cut the smallest size. I also cut off a little over 3" of the hem since I'm only 5' 2".

      Next up is a few more tops. I love my recent New Look top so much that I'd like to make some more. Dresses are fun but tops are certainly more practical at the moment!:)

Til next time!:)