Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tunic! It's All About the Flutter!

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 Open Front - Flutter Tunic!



I've had this Vogue Pattern #9305 for a few years, but never felt like I had just the right fabric for it.

Then along came this beautiful gifted fabric from Minerva.com and I knew it would work! The fabric is Diamond Dobby and is textured polyester suiting.

I love the silver-grey color and the tiny diamond shapes that are woven into the fabric.  It gives it a kind of monochromatic vibe!


I love this open front - flutter tunic...but I certainly won't be wearing it without leggings!


Who says we can't wear leggings after a "certain" age?  

They work perfectly with this tunic, and I didn't think the included pants would be flattering with it.

Sew...leggings it is!


As always, I hacked the pattern.  😉  I reduced the height of the neckline - high necklines are just not flattering on me. I shortened the sleeves by 5 inches (yes...5 inches) and lengthened the side split by about 3 inches...even with leggings, it was a bit too high -  so down it came! 

I also added a bit of shaping to the waist area.  The pattern called for a back zipper, but after lowering the neckline, I was able to eliminate it.

I chose to use fusible stay tape versus stay stitching the neckline.  After fusing the tape to the wrong side of the neckline, I serged it with a 3/8" finish using a 3-thread set-up.  The curve was then clipped and turned under and top-stitched. 


I also used the same technique for the hem.  





This dress is quite versatile...easy to wear...dress it up or down.  Flats or heels both look great with it! Wear jeans instead of leggings...or be bold and leave the leggings and jeans at home! 

It would also be a really nice swim suit cover up! Try a knit or a woven with some stretch. Use a solid or a bright or subtle print.  I'll be using a bright print knit for my next one. Yes! I'll make it again!  


How would you style this tunic?




Sunday, March 28, 2021

It's the Sleeves for Me

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Sleeve Replacement!


My client asked me if I could "patch" the sleeves on his leather jacket. I told him I'd take a look at it.

When I saw it, I told him 2 things:

1. It was not leather - it was faux leather (really vinyl)

2. The sleeves needed to be replaced entirely!

He gave me creative license - and I was able to find this cool faux leather. I liked it so much that I bought enough for another project for myself!

I removed the sleeves by accessing the interior through this opening. The jacket is a size small - so even though the other sleeve lining did not have this same access, I created one with my seam ripper to make the process easier.

After removing the sleeves, I carefully traced around them onto the fabric. I'd considered

making a paper pattern, then realized I wouldn't need or use it again.

So on with the tracing I went!

The sleeve is a 2 piece curved sleeve. The curve had been edge stitched, but I decided to top-stitch it. I'm so glad that I did, because the results added a great looking detail!


I used my roller presser foot, a 80/12 Schmetz needle and a 2.8 stitch length. Because the fabric is a lightweight faux leather, there was no need to use a leather needle.

After sewing the sleeves together, I added them to the jacket. Using the clips was great - pins would have left holes in the faux leather. 

Remember, I was working through those lining opening, so I had to do a bit of twists and turns to attach them.





I then pulled the sleeves through the opening and 
sewed the cuff and lining together...more twists and turns. Then I pressed them with a presscloth and my clapper.




After the jacket was complete...and after triple 
checking my work, I closed the lining openings with edge stitching.


I dropped the jacket off and loved seeing the smile on my customer's face.

He noticed the topstitching first!

He owns a hair salon and showed the jacket off to his wife and a few of his clients!

 There was some serious ohhhing and ahhhing going on!

Happy customers make me happy!


What kind of alterations or repairs have you done? Let me know in the comments!




Monday, February 22, 2021

Floral Blazer

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This lovely stretch cotton twill that was gifted to me by Minerva was perfect for this blazer!


I used view C of Simplicity 1421.  Of course I made a few hacks! 😊



I added a border to the pockets to coordinate with the black facings and collar using black stretch twill. 

I also eliminated  the buttons on the sleeves.  Been there, done that!  LOL!

I made my own bias tape for the Hong Kong finish - using a pretty print from my stash.




I love princess seams and these didn't disappoint.
  I love the shaping on this jacket!
 This is my 2nd time using this pattern, so it has become one of my TNTs! 

I always use my buttonhole kit after stitching buttonholes.  I makes for a nice, clean cut! 

I will be wearing this jacket year round...with jeans and skirts.


Of course I added my label - to the facing!



Do you have a favorite jacket pattern...or two? 

Do you love princess seams?


Do you have a favorite jacket pattern...or two? Do you love princess seams? 

Let me know in the comments!



 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Tote Bag with Fabric from Minerva

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 Another Minerva Make!


I wanted to make a tote bag with my latest self-drafted pattern.  This cotton canvas print was perfect! I used a red and white polka dot polyester lining from my stash.


The construction was pretty straight forward...including the print matching!  I fused Fusible Pellon Flex Foam to the lining pieces.  

I used a 7' zipper to make the welt pocket on the front of the bag. The same red lining was used for the welt pocket. 



I then decided to add a back pocket to the back of the back of the bag with fabric from my stash.  And of course I added interior pockets.



I basted the back pocket before attaching the handles. 
I used black 1" light weight poly propylene webbing for the handles.



I'm pretty happy with the "boxing" on each side of the bag,  I created darts to get this effect.  I wasn't sure if it would work, so I did a quick draft before cutting this fabric.  
Yaaay! It worked!


The top zipper is an 18" jacket zipper...because that's what I prefer to use in my tote bags! 😉


Overall I'm very happy with the fabric and the finished bag!








Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Minerva ITY Knit - Wrap Dress

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Once again I've used fabric that was gifted to me from Minerva.com in exchange for a blog post!

This ITY knit is the perfect fabric for a wrap dress...which I've never made or worn before. 
I love the print!




I chose McCall's 6884 - view C - which has been in my stash for quite a while. 


  I was never sure how this style would look on me. But once I tried it on and made a few adjustments, I loved it SEW much that I didn't want to take it off!

Adjustments were interesting! 
Because I'd never made or worn this style of dress, I wasn't sure where to start. 

In the end, I really only needed to reduce the width of the under panel.  I gradually cut it until I'd removed about 3 inches. Of course I had to try it on each time until I was happy with it. This took a while, but it was worth it.  

I'm wearing a camisole underneath so that I'd be covered - if I happened to bend over.
I'm very happy with the outcome and the fit! 


I'm wearing my Mom's pearls with it.  I think she'd love the look as much as I do!

Most of the construction was done on my serger.  All hemming was completed on my sewing machine.


As always, with ITY knits...I used a fusible knit stay tape on the shoulders, neckline, hem and sleeves.  It stabilizes those areas, which extend the life of the garments.


I used a narrow (lightening bolt or wobble) stitch to hem the sleeves and bottom of the dress.



The pattern doesn't call for it, but I added a snap to the inside to ensure that the inside panel doesn't fall below the outside...I wanted to keep the hem even...even when I'm moving.



This is now one of my favorite dresses!  
I will definitely make it again...and I'll stick to using knits for it.

 

Tunic! It's All About the Flutter!

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