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


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!

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!


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