Tuesday, August 5, 2014

McCalls 6793 2 Different Ways

Hi all! So I've been sewing like mad, finishing some honeymoon clothes and a bridesmaid dress. My sewing room floor is littered with thousands of little threads and there's loose pattern pieces all over the place...sometime I'll clean it.

Here's one of my favorite patterns 2 different ways: McCalls 6793. I totally love secretary blouses with a tie. I just finished the yellow swiss dot top, but the flowered one I had done months ago.

The dotted swiss I bought up at Osgood's in West Springfield (which is definitely a voyage, so material I buy there I tend to hold on to longer as it feels more precious). The antique-y flowered fabric is a chiffon from Joann's. 

It's a simple construction with 4 main pattern pieces, front, back, sleeve and collar/tie.  

I don't think I've ever seen some polka dot fabric and turned it down...hopefully within the next week I'll get around to writing about my wedding dress..also dotted swiss!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lady Skater Dress

Sometimes a super simple project is all you need to boost your confidence and refresh your love of the craft.  While nothing is more satisfying than when you've been working on endless seams and hems and everything match up perfectly, it was nice to plow through this dress start to finish in about 2 hours. I used the beloved Lady Skater Dress and have plans to make many many more!

I used a super stretchy knit from my favorite fabric store, serged all the seams together and used my new cover stitch machine to hem the skirt. Elastic around the waist keeps it from stretching out.

Thank you Ryan for being so patient and taking all these pictures! It was his birthday, you know!

Woohoo! Windy day 
This pattern is so versatile, and a blank canvas for plenty of alterations and embellishments that I'm sure it'll become a staple in my pattern collection :)