Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Slow progress

Yesterday was first day back to work after my staycation.  It is amazing what accumulates in one's mailbox and inbox!!  Worked late to catch up leaving my energy low for nothing but fixing a quick dinner of leftovers and a few other chores.

I have cut out the right front piece of the skirt pattern.  I will say that I thought the fabric may ravel a lot but the weave is a tighter weave than I thought thus the fabric did not ravel as much.  The left piece is is now pinned to fabric ready for cutting.  Even though the pattern has only three pieces, there is lining fabric to cut as well.

Still have not taken photos of recent fabric arrival; hopefully soon.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Next up- a skirt!

This is an idea for the skirt I plan to make.  I actually saw a similar skirt in an earlier Nordstrom catalog; I thought I had scanned the page from it but I am not finding the photo scan or the catalog.  This is close enough.

The pattern is Vogue 8928.
I plan to make View C/D.  The wrap portion is a little too open for me, so I added to the front edge of the under portion of the skirt.  If I was young and had legs like the model then maybe; maybe not.  I am going for the angled wrap look not the sexy blonde look.

The fabric is a purchase from Vogue Fabrics in 2013.  This is labeled as suiting fabric in a warm rose color.  I also purchased two knit fabrics with this suiting fabric.  One knit is a ruffle knit in the same color; the other knit is very light weight floral print with the flowers being a warm rose color on an off-white background.  If I use the lighter knit it will require a knit lining.
I have the perfect lining fabric in stash for this skirt.  I acquired this last year from a donation to our local ASG chapter; I purchased three lining pieces and have used one in an earlier skirt pattern that did not turn out as expected.
The one in the middle goes very well with the fabric, though in this photo it looks like a different color.  I am not sure of the content, did not do a burn test.  It feels like Bemberg rayon.

The pattern adjustments have been made after pin fitting.  I hope to cut it out tomorrow.  I discovered some kind of "oil" leak with my car and may have to spend time at the car dealers after my much awaited mani/pedi tomorrow morning.

More fabric arrived earlier this week and will share with you in an upcoming post. 

Happy Easter

For those who celebrate this religious holiday, I wish you a Happy Easter. 
I am preparing a nice dinner for DH and I, our celebration will just be the two of us.  No time to travel to be with family elsewhere.


I took some photos late Friday evening, so forgive the hair and makeup.  But this is about the dress anyway.  When I took these photos I had not hemmed the sleeves or dress, that is now complete and used my Coverstitch machine to do both.

I think M6886 is a perfect dress to showcase the fabric.  I truly enjoyed working with this scuba knit fabric and do plan to purchase more in the future.  As posted previously I purchased this from EmmaOneSock.

Without further ado:

Front view

Back view

The front has bust darts and I added vertical darts to the back due to fabric pooling and my narrow upper back.  Here  are side views that shows how back is more fitted with the back darts.
Left side view

Right side view

I am happy that I got the design on the sleeve to be the same on both sides.  And one final shot:

Now that this pattern is adjusted for fit I plan to make another one in the future.

One thing that I did also is I used bias binding tape at the neckline.  For this view it called for turning under 5/8 inch and then stitching this down.  The bias tape gave some stability and ease to coverstitch the neckline.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Staycation sewing

Yesterday was a very productive sewing day, not so much yet today.  The dress is almost complete.  I need to finish the neckline, hem the sleeves and dress--then done.

I am not one of those lucky sewist who made this dress without a lot of fitting and adjusting.  I made 1.5 FBA and kept the dart.  I trimmed the shoulder length by 3/8 using a technique from Sandra Betzina.  I made my usual forward shoulder adjustment as well as 5/8 high round back adjustment.

I sewed the front and back shoulders together and then basted the side seams for fitting.  I had a lot of pulling in the back waist area right above my hips.  I have a narrow upper back area right above the waist line.  My front has a little pouch.  This always creates some fitting issues with dresses without darts.

To fix the pooling, I printed out a back bodice pattern using Pattern Master Boutique that had a vertical back dart.  I laid the pattern piece over the back fabric and marked two darts aligning the center back of the pattern with the center dress back.  This helped tremendously.

I then ended up taking deeper side seams (about an inch)  from below the waist to the bottom of the dress.  I am pleased with all of these adjustments and hope to share photos soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dress is cut out

First let me say, I love, love, love "scuba knit".  This was a great fabric to layout and cut. 

Because of the design on the fabric, it was important to me to make sure that I got the focal point I wanted of the design centered for the front and back.  I thus laid out the fabric as a single layer and cut one side of the front and back then flipped it over aligning with pin markings I made.  I think I held my breath through this part of the process.

Here is a view of the front of the dress
And the back view
I also cut the sleeves identical, did not take photos of those. 

I am ready to sew this up.  I had to add a dart to the front; I just could not figure out how to get around this.  More updates to follow.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ASG Meeting

Last evening I attended our local ASG meeting; I have not been able to attend this year as I would like and it was great to be among such talented sewists.  Our guild celebrated its 20th anniversary.  The founder and most all of the past presidents plus current one spoke to the group about its history and growth.

Of course we had sew and tell.  I wore and presented my recently sewn McCall's blouse.
I saw on Pattern Review this morning the winners of the fitted blouse contest; though I was not a winner it was fun to participate in a contest.  The blouse is a winner for me as it has passed the "wearability" factor as well as the washing, drying, no ironing test.  I do see me making some more blouses, not this one for now, as I do have some other lovely fabrics in stash that have aged enough to become something besides just fabric.

I had a great time talking with my sitting partner last night.  It was fun for both of us to learn how much we love shoes and don't really need more but ........  We also seem to be patternaholics as well.

Weekend sewing plans are to make the McCall's knit dress mentioned in an earlier post.  I have pin fitted the pattern and need to make a FBA-no surprise there.  I made the usual forward shoulder, upper round and horizontal tuck for upper chest and upper back.  Still need to make the swayback adjustment.  For the FBA, I really need to figure what technique I want to use so that I can eliminate the resulting dart.

Off to get ready for work.  I am wearing my Butterick dress with front ruffles today.
We have a special employees luncheon today and I am making a presentation of an award to one of my staff.  I have not worn this since late fall; this is one of my favorite dress patterns.

Updates later.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Weekend update at Casa Danvillegirl!

Yesterday was family day for us.  Our niece, her DH and her DD and DS came to Roanoke for the Color Run.  It is a huge event touting this as the Happiest Run.  There were over 5000 runners who run a 5k course in Salem, VA.  As the runners reach each kilometer there are people there throwing a powder paint on the runner.  At the end of the course they are in all colors of the rainbow.

Following the event we went to downtown area and had lunch, then walked around the farmer's market and visited some of the boutiques and other shops.  It was nice to spend time with family.

I decided last night that the "scuba" knit fabric will be made into a dress using this pattern:
I plan to make the view that the model is wearing.

I washed the fabric today.  Some pattern adjustments have been made, my usual forward shoulder, front and back horizontal tuck above armhole notches for the petite adjustment, and high round back adjustment.  I have not yet made the swayback adjustment.  Of late I am finding that the back length on almost all of my patterns are requiring an adjustment other than the swayback so decided I will pin fit the pattern to made a decision about back length as well.

That is the extent of my sewing for this weekend.  I have some vacay and holiday time coming up in two weeks and hope to get in some additional sewing time then. Hope you had a nice weekend of sewing.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Next up-a dress

I want to make a dress and have several patterns in mind.  I decided that I want to use fabric purchased earlier this year from EOS-a neoprene knit also called scuba knit.
I visited a website last night that showed some lovely color print dresses from this type knit.  I would love to find some colors also; I wear a lot of black so this will get some wear.  Next I need to make final pattern decision.  More later.


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