Monday, 17 July 2017

Tribal Print McCalls:)

"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth."

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all-the testimony that was given at just the right time."

1 Timothy 2:1-5

     Happy Monday all!:) My latest McCalls 6886 is a wearable muslin in a cotton knit that I started for my American Flag Dress. P.S. I  was picked as one of the three winners in the random draw! Yay! I received a free pattern from Dressy Talk Patterns!:)

I used this particular fabric because it had a horizontal print. I quickly sewed it together using a basting stitch to check the fit and then set is aside until my flag dress was done.

 I initially intended to dye it since I thought the white & black was a little boring. I've worn it so much already though & the print is really growing on me! I love the fit of it (perfect length & not too tight, I think I must have used a slightly smaller seam allowance). I did a sway-back adjustment using Nancy Zieman's "slide & pivot" method. I'm already planning another version in a daisy print (bought it at the same time as this black and white tribal print (or aztec print??). I'm going to adjust it a tiny more to make it fit even better at the lower back.

My sewing machine pendant Dan bought for me for Mother's Day last year:)

  I wish I would have taken more care to ensure the print lined up on the sides, lol. I was mostly concerned that the stripes on my Flag Dress would line up alright on the sides & they did!:) Overall I love this dress!:) Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

2017 Flags of the World Dress Project:)/McCalls 6886 Pattern Hack Challenge

"May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!"

-Psalm 72:8

   Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!! Some lovely sewing Vloggers decided to host a "Flags of the world dress project" this year! You could pick your own countries flag, or choose whichever flag you wanted! I've made a Canada Day dress before, so I thought it would be fun to do an American flag theme this year! I am so excited about this project!! I actually joined Instagram so I could participate, lol:) Lots of modelling pics, then some progress photos at the bottom!:)

These ladies all co-hosted this challenge! 
(Renata) Running N Style
Akram's Ideas
Judith Dee's World
(Bianca) Vintage On Tap

   The fabrics are all french terry from Fabricville. Stars are also french terry.

    I figured the easiest way for me to go about this was sewing strips of red & white together first, then cutting the top and bottoms separately.

I used a rotary cutter (fresh blade makes such a difference!). Making marks along the sides and taping the pattern pieces to both fabric and pattern was a big help.

  I used a 1" wide strip cut 15% less the neckline circumference (half red, half navy blue), butted the ends together and used steam a seam on the back (thin white knit underneath) to reduce bulk). Sewn like a typical facing. I topstitched with a double-needle. I used thread to match the different shades of the neckline. I kept the same navy bobbin thread.

  For the stars, I used Heat n Bond "Stretch". Quite a new product, there wasn't much online that I could find! I cut a loose-leaf size sheet of heat n bond to a piece of paper to put through the printer (maybe it wasn't necessary but I didn't want to take any chances:).  Not sure if this was the best way to add stars (similar star fabric was none to be found in store). I hope they hold up for a while:D

My husband Dan, was a big help in laying out the stars! <3 He always takes my blog photos too:)

    I tried to be as accurate as possible in cutting & matched the sides as best I could. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!:) I used the same pattern pieces, flipped, for the navy blue fabric.

Well, thats it for today!!:) I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Independence Day!

God Bless America! :) <3