Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Silk Top, New Look 6009

I bought three pieces of silk fabric when my husband and I visited London this past September.  I just couldn't resist visiting the fabric stores near the theater district to take a look and see what I just couldn't leave behind.  This fabric had the a wonderful abstract pattern and I loved the colors!

I bought only 1.5 meters so that I could make a short sleeved top out of it.  I found New Look 6009 and thought that view A would be perfect.  I bravely cut into the expensive fabric today and I will post pictures as I work on the top.

Knit Dresses from McCall's 5974

I purchased McCall's dress pattern M5974 based on the many positive reviews I saw on  It is a Palmer/Pletsch dress for knit fabrics.  It is my habit to not a buy a pattern unless I like more than one view and this pattern was no exception.  I had purchased two pieces of ITY Jersey that I wanted to make into dresses.  I chose to make the View B with the scoop neck and long sleeves out of the brownpaisley fabric and the mock wrap V-neck out of the blue and aqua abstract print.

I made both dresses in size 12.  The only modifications I made were to shorten the sleeves by 2" and the length by 4".  I serged the seams and used a cover stitch machine to finish the sleeve hems.  The trickiest parts on both dresses were the neck lines.  I wanted to make sure that the v-neck did not gape and that the scoop neck would lie smoothly without distortion.  I bought iron tapes, bias for the scoop neck and straight grain for the v-neck.  I carefully laid the fabric on the pattern and then fused the tape onto the dress fabric with the edge lined up with the seam line.  I then used the tip of the iron to adhere the tape to the dress making sure that the fabric was the same shape as the pattern as a I moved along.  I then double folded the seam allowance and stitched in place.

I found this method allowed the neck edges to be very stable and easy to sew in place without distortion or stretching and both dresses lie smooth when worn.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In the Beginning

I am beginning this blog to share my love of creating with like minded people.  I will be posting some of my creations and let you in on the creative process.  I will also let you know what has inspired a particular project or what I was thinking when I began.

I have been sewing, knitting and crocheting for many years and I hope that you will find some of my projects interesting.