Sunday, September 28, 2008

I remember how to sew!

First of all.... Paul Newman... How very sad. That man had it all going on. He will be missed by so many.

On a happier note... Over the last week, I sewed three items! Woo hoo! And I've already worn all three. Double woo hoo!

The first is a simple raglan sleeve top. I like this style top for bumming around on a Saturday, running errands, cleaning the house, etc. I thought I had bought this pattern based on someone's recommendation although there are no reviews of it at PR so I don't really know who else made it! The details:

New Look 6734, View B, Size 10
Fabric - black and white stretchy knit (bought in the dinosaur era, have no idea where or fabric content)
Modifications - Lengthened it by 2-3 " and will probably add additional 2" next time. I intended to make the sleeves full length rather than 3/4 but I miscalculated and they were going to be approx. 1" too short. So I made them 3/4 anyway. I will probably make the sleeves a little wider next time. They are skin tight.
Outcome - I love this simple top. Nothing exciting but comfortable and looks good.

Next up is a knit dress. Oh so comfy!

Simplicity 3678, View C, Size 8 bodice tapering to Size 10 skirt.
Fabric - slinky knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (purchased about a year ago), "Meet Me in Marakkesh Jersey "; Dang this stuff is slippery to work with!!
Modifications - none
Outcome - LOVE this dress. It is a very flattering style. Wore it to a work reception last week and received lots of compliments. I love the shirred bodice. Very cute. I will definitely make this one again in a solid - probably as a jumper.

Finally, a basic top. When I got this one done, I was showing it to my oldest daughter to get her opinion and she said, "That looks nice. Just as good as all the other red tops you have made." And then she pointed to three red tops I had hanging to dry. LOL. Oh well... guess I like red.

Simplicity 4095, View A, Made smallest size 10 which was too big for my small busted figure.
Fabric - red poly knit from stash - kinda icky feeling to be honest.
Modifications - The bodice was too big when I basted it together. I had to pull it in by at least an inch on either side.
Outcome - Cute style but I don't LOVE love it due to the fabric. I would prefer it to be a little longer. I wore it last night with low rise jeans and I was worried about midriff reveal all night. LOL! I might try it again although I think I have other similar styles that perhaps I can make work better.

Next up is shirt dress, Butterick 5030 (view E) in the black/red/white fabric:


Audrey said...

Red Rocks! It is my favorite color. Love the knit dress, much cuter made up than I would have thought from the pattern picture. Looking forward to seeing the shirtdress. I have the pattern but have not made it yet, cause of concern about the depth of the "V" neck.

Daisy said...

I like all of your garments; my favorite is the dress. The raglan sleeve top looks really nice on you.

gaylen said...

Well when your mojo returns it really Returns! Great job on the sewing and instant wearing. Who cares if you have 17 red tops as long as they all get worn.

Love the dress - would love to see some more modeled pics. g

Ande said...

Argh! Super knit sewer! I envy you! I am so not knit equipped! I love all your stuff you made! And red is fabulous! I have a few red items in the hopper too! Way to go!

toy said...

cute dress, I love this style and the raglan t shirt is a great pattern

Lori said...

Yea, great garments and all three in one week. When you remember how to sew, you really remember!! I always have to lengthen the garments, too. I am surprised how short some of these tops are.

Summerset said...

Great job! Knits are a great way to get back into sewing. I love the dress - of course I'm a bit biased as I have 3 garments made from the same fabric! The red is cute, too, but again probably biased because red is my favorite color, too.

Lindsay T said...

Wow, girl, you've been busy! Great job on it all.

Cathy said...

What's wrong with red!? A working girl needs red. But my fav of the three is the knit dress.

Jknits said...

At least you know what you like! Good job getting back to the sewing - how gratifying it must be.