Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Renfrew Top....and the Jury is Still Out

This is my second Renfrew that I was going to add to my Renfrew Mini Capsule, but I don't think it made the cut.  There is something about the color that irritates me, I know its just a color, but it just does.  When I was cutting it out, I thought it was going to be the right fit...ie pattern and material, but it was not cohesive.  If that is clear as mud, but I'm sure you may understand.  Plus this top was cut out the exact same size as the others, and the material is the same as one of my other Renfrews, but its a little snug, so another strike.  Then strike three, I was going to pair it up with a black bottom, however it reminded me of Halloween or a Charlie Brown outfit. 

Not a total loss, I'll keep it for a shirt to wear around the house!  As a mock up for the skirt (Simplicity  1364) I matched with my first Renfrew, I made the shorts just to see how the fit was in the waist and hips.  For the shorts I choose a Navy Blue French Terry, and it kinda of goes with
the top as something just to wear around the house.   Who am I kidding I know I won't wear the top and it will sit in my drawer, so donation it will be.

I apologize in advance, for the pictures.  It was a cleaning day, and I didn't feel like having pictures taken, so this is as good as it gets. 

 Finally my remake of the Simplicity 1062, which I wrote a entry or two back.  I just did a self draft by folding the top in half, and cut along the sides, and decided to leave the high/low hem.  I trimmed the arm openings with the same red material.  I'm glad this was a save, because I adore this fabric.  Wish I would have bought more....so this was a good save. 
I know this isn't the most exciting to read about, and many don't even take time to write about flops, but they happens.  This is mainly for my tracking of my progress, and for me to look back and see my flops.  It gives me a new appreciation when I do have a successful make. 

So what is up next....I working on another top for Ms. Faye's top sewalong, and also to serve as my Make a Garment a Month hosted by Ms. Sarah Liz.  

Mc Calls 7356 view A

As always thank you for taking time to stop by!

Friday, April 21, 2017

First Renfrew Mini Capsule

Well after completing my 5 Renfrew tops it was time to make the separate I wanted to pair with it.  Keeping in mind that I wanted a small summer capsule that I could mix and match with all 5 Renfrew tops. 

I decided that I wanted to go with a maxi skirt, but I wanted something that was not full.  After combing through my stash of patterns, I decided to go with Simplicity 1367 https://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/65601.  This was a slim skirt with what I think looks like a yoga waist band that folds over, and has a slide slit.  There is not much to making this skirt, it went together with no hiccups.  The only alterations I  had to make was of course cutting serval inches off for my height of 5'.   For me the waist band was a little to thick, so I will make a smaller waist band. Simplicity patterns, the size fits me pretty well without to many alterations like McCalls, and Butterick. 

I think this will get a lot of wear, to mix with my other Renfrews.  This was the first maxi skirt I have worn since I was 10 years old.  Always thought since I was only 5' they would make me look dumpy, but I think this turned out ok. 
 Trying to copy like Angelina Jolie's famous pose.    The slit was just the right length on this skirt.
Prior to this skirt I did a short muslin form this pattern to gauge the waist band and to possibly pair with one of my Renfrew that I almost tossed.  Will be writing about that next...my almost disaster but turned around. 

Well as always thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5 Renfrews and 1 Laundry Day Tee

Finally back since my "lead fingers" from accidently deleting some of my past posts trying to see if I could move them.  Its all good, actually I feel like this is a fresh start on my journey from where I am now and where I'll be.   So this will be a new chapter so lets get started.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to get on the Sewaholic Renfrew  band wagon.  I completed just not one but 5 Renfrews as a part of a mini mix and match collection I'm working on.  For each Renfrew, I will be making a companion piece to go with the collection, and will post them as I go. 

Also I have decided to join in with Ms. Faye's top sew along, and to join you can find more info here:  http://fayessewingadventure.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2017-04-11T18:48:00-04:00&max-results=7.   I tried to figure out how to add the button, however gave up since I was tech challenged.  I go back and figure it out later. 

So here are my 5 Renfrews: 

 I am quite please with this pattern.  There were not adjustments for this pattern, unlike when I use a pattern from the Big 4.  The shirt calls for a band around the bottom, but I omitted it.  This will be my go to pattern when I want a pull over knit top or tee shirt.  I will be making the cowl neck option in the winter.  This pattern comes highly recommended, and glad I finally got on the "Renfrew band wagon"


In between sewing my Renfrews, I needed a breather, so I cut out a Laundry Day Tee.  I made on during the winter in black, but it did not photograph very good so here is a better picture.  This is a very good quick sew if you need to get back in the sewing mojo or just want a cute little tee dress.  The Laundry Day Tee (LDT) is from Love Notions and can be found here :  https://www.lovenotions.com/product/laundry-day-tee-xs-xxxl    Now you can get this pattern for no cost if you join Love Notions facebook page, as there is a code pinned on their main page.  On thing to be aware of if you down load pattern there are 2 different armcycles.  The original is for smaller arms, and the updated one is for larger.  I first down loaded the original and worked for me. 

The pattern comes in a tee and tunic length (as well as different sleeve lengths), since I wanted a dress I added 4 inches.   There were not additional adjustments made, which is always a win win for me. I'll be making a few more of these, they are so easy to wear just throw one on and a cute little pair of flats and you are ready to do.
 And what is trying to get a picture without my photo bomer granddog.  The weird face if from him coming by and licking my hand and taking off.  Never a dull moment with that dog.
Up next will be my first companion pieces for one of my Renfrews, another top for Ms. Faye's top sewalong, or a remake on this lovely top Simplicity 1062: 


As always thank-you for stopping by and until later!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

OOPS

NO what did I do????

I was trying to arrange my posts, and I accidently hit the delete button............NO 

Hoping there is a way to get my posts back.  Checking with Bloglovin...lets hope I can retrieve
what my two left thumbs deleted.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Common Courtsey

Just going to put this out there as we all have blogs for different reasons, and enjoy visitors.  I started mine solely to just track my personal journey back to sewing.  We all have different styles, views and personalities, and thats what I love about readings others blogs, as well as inspiration!

Enjoy visitors, comments, can can even take constructive criticism.  Why I welcome someone telling me that my outfit looks like clown clothes.  But what I can't accept is when someone attacks someone personally.  My style right now while its not couture, its my style and fits my life.  There is a reason why I approve comments before they are  posted, and this is the reason.  So with that said....please when visiting someone's blog....common courtsey....IF you can't say something nice..don't say nothing at all.

Sorry for the small rant...but just had to put this out there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kwik Sew K4169.....A New Go To Pattern

I have a new go to pattern Kwik Sew 4169, will it did not begin that way.  My first version was not so much a flop but with all the alterations, I got somewhat discouraged.  I cut the size out according to my size, and knew this would be a muslin, however I wanted a wearable muslin.  Well things don't usually turn out the way you want in construction, and sometimes its back to the drawing board.  My first version was way to big around the arm hole, and I had to take it up quite a bit, plus the waist line was way lower than what the picture showed.  I went back and forth, and I just decided to finish it, and be done.  So here is my first version, and its going to be finding a new home.  The waist does not sit at my waist like the pattern shows.  Very discouraged but...........

 Back to square one.  I cut out a smaller size, and the fitting was perfect.  The waist line is where it needs to me, and not the arm holes fit perfect, plus I did not need to take in the sides any.  So here is my new version, and I am very pleased.
 Its hard to see the details with this print, but trust me the waist line is correct.
 This is the perfect dress for Texas fall....one day its hot and the next there is a nip in the air.  So many different ways to pair it up.
 Getting geared up for Fall sewing and up next is Simplicity 1693.  There are different versions of this pull over top, I choose the basic neck line with the 3/4 sleeves.  On this pattern I did not have to make any alterations, I cut the size out per my measurments, and it was a perfect fit.  I have noticed Simplicity patterns are true to size at least for me.
 This is going to be another go to pattern, and I highly recommend it.
 Well I was back in New Orleans and I had to stop at one of my favorite fabric store.  It is always such a treat to stop there, and hard to spend to much money.  I'm on a budget, and so told myself I would only buy fabric that I did not have  or anything similar.
 I walked out with this beauty.  Thinking about making a wrap top out of it.  Any other suggestions are welcome.
I always enjoy visiting with Mr. Herbert, the owner he is full of so much history.  He told me a little tibbit....that is you use a tablespoon of white vinegar in the pre wash...it will keep the fabric from fading.  Will be trying this out when I prewash....have you heard about this before?  

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Polka Dot Saltspring

So this is my very first Saltspring sundress and was so excited to get started.  This year I decided to not  purchase anymore patterns or fabric and to shop my stashes both fabric and pattern.  For my fabric stash I decided to use up my fabric that I had the longest.  Quirkey I know, but I've got a system. 

With the hot humid Texas spring upon us, I decided to pull out Sewaholic Saltspring pattern and pair it up with a jersey knit black and white polka dot fabric. The Sewaholic Saltspring dress is a fully lined bodice, elastic waste dress with a flared skirt with spaghetti straps Before I cut the pattern out I decided to look at Pattern Review to if the pattern ran large, ect.  I did see that some had omitted the zipper to due the blouseness of the pattern.  I decided to cut out my normal size pattern, however had to down size as I was sewing the pattern.  Omitting the zipper was something I also did since this had plenty of ease in the patterni itself.  Something else I decided not to put in this dress was the pockets.  Since I'm only 5' tall and this pattern had a semi-full skirt, I did not want any bulk arount my waste/hips. 


 The dress can be made as a maxi too.
 The spaghetti straps measured 26 1/2 inches long.  For me that was a bit long so I cut off 9 inches and that was perfect.
 Over all I'm quite satisfied with how the dress turned out.  I think I'm going to take in the bodice about 1 inch on each side.  For me it just feels a little big under the arms and on the sides. 
 Fullness of the skirt, purfect.  I'm not a fan of full skirts, so this works for me.
Over all I'm pleased with this dress, and am sure I'll be wearing it alot.  With the classic black and white polka dots, I can see me wearing my pearls with this.

Thats all I have for now....let me know what you think.