4.3.16

Maternity knit dress

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted and I thought I'd break the silence. I've been quite busy as you can see growing a little one inside. Prior to that I decided to take a step back from sewing to focus on school and because I had such a hectic time early last year sewing my life away. I took on a job that was probably too challenging even though I enjoyed it. The time and effort I poured into it really sucked at my spirit and love for sewing. I am slowly but surely sewing and finding that joy again.

So here I am showing of my baby bump in a woven lace printed dress with a significant amount of stretch. This was the second maternity dress I made to accommodate my growth. Here I used McCall's M6886 with about 6" extra added just below the waistline if the pattern to be gathered at the side. It was a quick and easy make and the beauty is really found in the fabric.

The photo was by a friend EJ.

Thanks for reading, God bless!

15.6.15

Tribal print jumpsuit

Hey all,

I trust all is well with you and yours! Today I just want to show you a recent stitch of a jumpsuit I made and my new hairstyle :) I got to wear this make to an evening recital of one of the loveliest friends of mine. 


This jumpsuit is made from one of the current McCall's patterns released earlier this year. The pattern is M7133 and is one of the Melissa Watson patterns for Palmer/ Pletsch. It' is described as a mock wrap front, wide legged jumpsuit, and is labeled Easy. 

As soon as I saw the pattern I put it down as one to purchase as the breezy and classy look captivated me. I quite like the design of it and it really reminded me of something my mother would have worn in her youth; she was a dresser, still is! I absolutely love the flowy nature of the design and the comfortable fit.

 I found this great rayon print at a local store and it is the most perfect fabric for the design mostly because of the weight and flow of the fabric. It was a bit shifty in the cutting process but wasn't too bad when putting it all together. I stitched up the pattern in a size 10 to the top and graded to 12 at the waist and hips.


 My adjustments:

The pattern comes with these great adjustment lines for a better fit. Normally I curve the waistline at the back and remove about 3/4 inch towards the centre. This pattern had a low placement line so I simple folded at the line to get rid of the excess that would normally give me puckering in the back. I also folded in about half inch at the back neckline for my back curvature.   


 For the pant legs I added 3 inches at the hem to accommodate my longer legs as I am 5'11" tall.

After sewing, but before inserting the zipper, I  removed about an inch from the center back seams at the waist and then graded up and down from there. I realised there was a bit too much extra at the waist and opted to move it from the back rather than the sides. Looking at the photos though I'm seeing a slight ripple across the front so I might have brought it in a we bit too much.  





The back pants legs  pattern piece has a nice curved seam at the derriere and gives a quite flattering look amid the 3 yards of fabric. 


For the armhole edges I made some biased binding and finished it that way instead of using the turned in and under hem as described by the pattern instructions. Binding is always better for curved seams. 





The only real problem I had was going to the toilet as is normally the issue with rompers and jumpers. I almost could not get my zipper back up and my hook and eye fixed, haha. Other than that I really love my jumpsuit and I fully recommend this pattern for creating a breezy onesie that can be made into an elegantly casual or dressy piece.

Thanks for stropping by and God bless!

26.4.15

Birthday dress

Hey guys,
So this year my birthday came and went with much less celebration as last year but I am very happy to celebrate life nonetheless. I am so over the moon and appreciative to God for keeping me going in these tough times worldwide. My heart breaks when I read news with what's happening with the refugees and those in search of a better life, even earthquakes and calamity; I cannot help and be thankful that my situation is better. It hurts when I think that I sit here all happy sewing while others are suffering; I am a deep down humanitarian. God knows I would jump on a plane go to the troubled places and try to save the world but I know I need to think of other ways I can help.....but I digress.

Today I am showing you my birthday dress. I made this dress in this amazing fabric for the little start-up I sew for called Benecaribe. This is one of the many designs that I did the pattern drafting and stitching for. It's a simple racer-back dress in a short length. There is not much trouble in stitching this dress up except for doing the edges at the neckline and armhole.


The fabric is so lovely! This dress is a simple style and it's definitely all about displaying this fabric. It really goes well with my skin tone and I quite like the pattern as well. It reminds me of the radioactivity symbol whereas my husband sees faces....haha


To do the edges I used self made bias binding strips about 1 1/4 inch wide. I first stitched it to the dress right sides together then folded it in half and stitched flat a little way in from the seam edge at the front. It looks great as a finish to sleeveless garments and it's seen a whole lot in ready to wear garments. I think most of the time special machines or machine feet are used to do this though so it's a little challenging to do it with the straight stitch foot/ machine. I'm not sure if there is a special name for this method.



Birthday smile :)


Thanks for stopping by, take care!