Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Dior Inspiration from Fall 2019 Collection - Bucket Hats for Everyone!

 

 


Today, I'm sharing a little Dior inspiration.  These photos are from the Dior Fall Ready To Wear Collection 2019, posted on the Vogue Fashion website.  Every model is wearing a bucket hat, from casual to evening.  Most are adorned with a veil.  I hope you like the section of the collection.

 









 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Hat Challenge - Inspiration and Pattern Review Vogue V7784

 



I decided to participate in Carol's September Hat Challenge.  It was an opportunity to get one more thing off my sewing to do list.  You see, I'd plan to make a Dior inspired hat months ago when I saw an ad in a fashion magazine.  Carol's challenge was all I needed to get moving on it.  


 

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and my mask making, I've been going through bin after bin of fabric searching for cottons to use for masks.  In my search, I reacquainted myself with all the beautiful remnants I have stored away for the perfect accessory project.  I pulled several pieces from the bins and tossed them into the washer to freshen them up.  I chose to use this lovely brocade from Vogue Fabrics and a medium weight black faille from Mood Fabrics for the hat;  Remnant lining from a coat that I made last year and a 1" gross grain ribbon leftover from a skirt project.  That's a lot of leftover pieces.  Good thing is I've documented my sewing journey on this blog and in journals to help me keep track of all the wonderful sewing experiences that I've had over the years.  


 

For my project, I used a Patricia Underwood Vogue pattern, (V7784).  It's OOP, but you can find a copy on Etsy or Ebay.

There are seven lined hats of various shapes and sizes. I used view D.  The brim on the pictured hat appears to be stiffer than my brim.  But overall the design and look of the hat is the same.  Next hat, I'll interface the entire hat for a stiffer finish.  

The instructions were easy to follow and there weren't any confusing steps.  I did make a few changes though.  After stitching the under and upper brims together, I under stitched the outer edge for a polished finish.  Then I proceeded with channel stitching the brim.  Because the back brim is smaller than the front, I decreased the distance of the stitching beginning at three inches before the center back and three inches after the center back.  Also, I contrasted the under brim with the back faille because there wasn't enough of the brocade to make two brims.

I bought this pattern almost two decades ago.  Simply, I liked the design/style of the hats and knew one day I would make them for myself or for someone.  Luckily, this pattern was perfect for the inspired Dior hat.  My favorite part of this view is the detailing on the crown and the channel stitching on the brim. 







This was the first but not the last hat.  I already have remnants ready to go for the second one.  A dear friend was over yesterday and she loved the hat.  My DD wants to take my new hat!  So, already I need to make at least two more of this view alone.  ;-)

 

I do recommend this pattern to others.  Especially, those who want to use up some of their short yardages and who may consider this as a gift item.  It's easy to sew and the instructions are simple. The end results is a beautiful hat custom made to your desire.

Happy Sewing!

C



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Fall Is In The Air - Sewing Plans Blue and Red Wardrobe Capsule 2020

 


 Fall is in the air and it time for me to start planning what I want to sew in the upcoming months.  To continue my general wardrobe capsule planning, the next color theme is blue and red.  My planning strategy was born out of the fabric colors in my collections.  I have several yardages of blue and red tones. 

Above is a picture of my color palette fan, the same palette that I use to purchase fabric, to show you some of the blue and red tones that will be appearing on my blog this fall. The overall palette fan has limited shades of blue and red.  I'll also include darker shades of blue and red, like black navy and maroon.  These two colors will be the principle  shade of the garments that I will make.  

 

I'm not done with the Green Wardrobe Capsule.  There is more to come.  My plan was to include two more garments with the first segment, but I decided to start the new capsule for fall.  



 Moving from the infamous UFO bind to the sewing table, is a silk crepe blouse, McCall M6512, that I started at least six years ago. It's been cut and bagged all this time. I hope it still fits. ;-)

 

 

Another project is my McCall M6041 jacket that I started a started sewing a few weeks ago.  These are just a few things I hope to make during the fall months ahead.  

 

Parting Shot:  One of my favorite restaurants, Francesca's on Taylor Street, near downtown Chicago, is permanently closed after many, many years of service.  This was the gathering place for me and my dear co-workers and friends.  We celebrated birthdays, Christmas, Fridays, pay days, etc. at this wonderful place.




 Happy Sewing!

C


 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New Look N6594 in Review - Green Wardrobe Capsule PTIV

 



Finally, I posting about the fourth garment in my Green Wardrobe Capsule. It's been three weeks since the last post. My goal was to post a "Notes on a Pattern" next. But because I was "distracted" by so many other things, I never got a chance to post it. So today I decided to go ahead and post a complete pattern review of NL6594 instead. 

This dress took more time than I expected. My adjustments were a little off. Not making a muslin before hand caused a little set back. I ended up making the bodice twice. Thank God I had enough leftover fabric to do so. 

Anyway, this fourth garment completes the first segment of my Green Wardrobe Capsule. Here is the review. 

 


The pattern description is so unbelievably vague.  My description - Dresses with fitted bodice, front midriff,  and slightly flared skirt; side zipper. The dress comes with multiple length and sleeve variations.  It is available in sizes 8 to 20.  I made view C with shorten skirt and 16 with modifications. 

I used a beautiful kelly green tencel twill from Mood. The fabric is super smooth and easy to work with.   It's also very fluid and light on the body.  

My dress does look like the dress on the envelope.  But I expected it to be a little more flared.  As usual, I did make a few changes for fit and construction.  Those changes didn't change the overall silhouette of the dress.

First, I made several fit adjustments to the tissue pattern.  Those changes include:

  • FBA, little tuck along the neckline for a better fit along the bust area.
  • Swayback
  • Prominent shoulder blades, which produced a little dart in the shoulder seam
  • Length of skirt between view B and view C
  • No darts in the back skirt

 





After making the changes, I really needed to make a muslin.  Because there were areas where I needed to do a little more tweaking.  These changes weren't identified until after I almost completed the bodice.  You can image I didn't want to pluck all of those seam apart.  I decided to cut a whole new bodice, which in my mind took less time to do then taking the first one apart.

Last thought on that:  Make a muslin.

 


Construction changes:  

  • Instead of tacking down the facing to the dress,  I machine stitched in the ditch at the front gathered bodice and along the shoulder darts.
  • For the hem, I just serged the raw edges of the sleeves and hem, turned and stitched.
Close to the end of completing this dress I was ready to be finished.  I felt like I spent too much time on a very simple dress.

 



 

The instructions provided with the pattern easy, simple and typical.  Nothing confusing in them. 

There are a few things that I like about the style of this pattern:

  • The design and style of the front bodice.  This is a style that I'm fond of.  Partly, because of my body type, inverted triangle.  I think a more fitted "V" bodice looks best on me.  Sometimes I over compensate, which was the case of the initial bodice.  I think I almost got it right.
  • I also like the a-line skirt.  But it doesn't exactly work for me in this dress.  I think a fuller skirt would look much better.

 



I don't think I really have any serious dislikes. There is one thing I don't like; and that is, side zippers.  I prefer back or front closures.  One of my goals with making this dress was to fit a likeable bodice that I can interchange with other skirt designs.  This one I'll make again. 

A nice little dress that I recommend to others.  It is not a difficult dress to make I'd rate it average.  My dress is good. But I will tweak the bodice just a little more.  Then I make it again with a fuller skirt.  

This completes my review of my fourth garment of my Green Wardrobe Capsule.  I wanted to make one more dress for the summer season.  But, Fall is upon us.  So, I will start a new capsule:  Blues and Reds.  More on that later.

Happy Sewing!

C

 









Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WIP - Garment 4 - Green Wardrobe Capsule - New Look NL6594

 

 

Hi everyone,

I'm working on my fourth installment of my Green Wardrobe Capsule, New Look NL6594 . I made the pattern adjustment months ago.  And cut the dress out last week.  The same day severe storms hit the Chicago land area.  Major damage throughout the city and surrounding southern suburban resulting in hundreds of fallen trees and power lines.  My power outage lasted from Monday afternoon until Thursday evening.  Sadly, many are still without power.

 

Veterans' Park in South Holland

 

I hope to write my next post in a few days.  It will be a "Notes on a Pattern" post. With a follow up post of my finished dress.  Sewing for myself has been a challenge lately because I'm still making masks, caps, head wraps and bonnets.  My goal this month and the next is to finish the my green wardrobe capsule and to start a new capsule.  One that will coordinate with some of the green garments that I've already made.

Anyway, I wanted to drop in give a little update.   I hope everyone is well and staying safe during this pandemic.

 

Happy Sewing!

C

 


Monday, July 27, 2020

Sewing For My Sweet Pea - Simplicity S1803




While looking at fabric options for a sundress for me, guess what happened?  My Sweet Pea enters my sewing room and sees all my possible fabric sections

Conversation:

Sweet Pea - What's up?
Me - Planning my next projects for summer.
Sweet Pea - Oh this is pretty.  Can I get a dress please?
Me - Well, okay.  You sure you want this fabric?
Sweet Pea - Oh yes.
Me - Okay then.  What style would you like?
Sweet Pea - Anything, Mama.  You pick.  Thanks.

Sweet Pea leaves the room.  Me feel like what just happened?  I wanted that fabric for me.  Lol




Anyway, Sweet Pea got a new dress in the middle of me planning a new dress for myself.  Got to appreciate a daughter who allows her mother to pick, choose, and sew clothes for her.

I made it easy on myself.  I selected a pattern that I've used before. Yet again. Lol  Simplicity S1803




For this version, I used a different bodice and sleeve style.  I also lengthen the dress by a few inches.  Unlike before, I kept it simple using the instructions, no beading or tulle.  Just a simple sundress

The fabric is a stretch cotton twill that I ordered from Mood Fabrics several years ago.   This color is not available any longer, but Mood does have a similar print on a white background available, 307111.

Needless to say, she likes it.  What not to like?  Anyway, I made her two matching masks out of the leftover remnants.

So that's it for now.  Short and sweet.

Parting Shots:  Beautiful flowers in Veterans Memorial Park.  This is one of our favorite places to take pictures of my handmade treasures.




Happy Sewing!
C



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Second Installment - Green Wardrobe Capsule S8601 and S8389





It's so nice to be able to post my second installment of my green wardrobe capsule.  This set was actually a UFO that I planned to make in 2018 but never got around to it.  Better late than never.  I can always use another summery outfit for social outings or vacation.  For right now though, it's perfect for a stroll in the park on a warm July day.


This set is made using to separate patterns.  I've used both patterns before: S8601 and S8389.  And I'm already planning to make the pants again.  The initial reviews for the patterns are list below:




For this set I used a beautiful rayon challis from FabricMart Fabrics.  It was easy to sew and press.   Lately, I'm drawn to floaty, fluid fabrics.  I really didn't try to match up the print to look continuous over all the sections of the garment.  It wasn't important to me for this project.  The print is busy enough for me to not care.

Since the covid-19 outbreak, I decided to sew at least one UFO per month. This set was the winner for July.  Luckily it fits in with my Green Wardrobe Capsule project.  The construction was fast.  I happily finished both pieces last Saturday night.   And today that I was able to take a pictures of me wearing it.

I was well pleased when I finished it and almost immediately started listing my likes, which are:



  • The color/print of the fabric.  It's also a nice quality of rayon challis.  It feel like a soft cotton.
  • Front tie of the top

  • The flounce of the sleeve.  This was the first time that I sewed this sleeves.  It has four parts:  front and back sleeve; front and back flounce.


  • The waistband on the pants is perfect.  I love the front panel (non-elastic) with the rest of it elasticized. 
  • The inset pockets and the full pant leg.
Showing the top untied.  I prefer it tied.

I can see multiple versions of the top and pants in my wardrobe in the months to come.  I need (I mean) I want more of these easy wearing coordinates.

Note on construction/fit .  There could be a little more room across the upper back on the top.  It's not too small, I would like some more ease.  That is a easy fix for me.



Both patterns are easy to sew and look great together.  I'd recommend them to all level sewists. 

Happy Sewing!
C

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