Sewing

My finished sewing projects and plans including sewing pattern reviews.

Simplicity 1106- A fun, flowery blouse

I’ve worn this blouse a few times already so I think it’s about time that I write a post about it. I actually made this blouse back in 2017. It took me awhile to wear it because it was one of those pieces that really frustrated me. Not because of the pattern but because of the fabric. The fabric I chose was a crepe de chine. I purchased it from Fabric.com.

Although I typically don’t have too much of a hard time sewing with this type of fabric, I did this time and mostly with the sleeves and the hem. The fabric kept unraveling and was very difficult to work with because it called for a narrow hem for both the sleeves and the hem. It was one of those pieces that I had to put on “time out” until I was ready to finish it. I have a time out basket for all my unfinished items and that’s where it ended up for a few months. When I put it in the “time out” basket, all I had left to finish was the hem. Once I was ready, I tackled that narrow hem and I was happy with the end result.

McCalls 1106

What I like about this blouse is the style of the sleeves and the length of the blouse. I especially like the back. It adds a nice little touch.

Simplicity 1106

Look at that back!

I made another blouse by hacking the pattern so it doesn’t have the peek a boo back, but that one has been in the time out basket since 2017. I think it’s time to take it out of time out and tackle that narrow hem at the bottom.

Otherwise, the pattern is easy to follow. For this blouse, I chose view D. I didn’t make a contrasting yoke back and sleeve and instead used the same fabric for the whole blouse. I chose crepe de chine for my fabric but other suggestions include challis, lightweight linen types, silky types, jersey and crepe back satin (for the contrasting pieces).

I also made view B. It didn’t turn out too well and I think this is mostly because of the fabric I chose for the contrasting piece. For the main piece, I used a light brown challis and for the contrasting piece, I used a crepe de chine. The two together did not flow well. I ended up removing the contrasting piece. So now it is in the time out basket. I’ll tackle that blouse again once I find a good matching contrasting piece to go with the light brown challis. Perhaps another lightweight challis fabric.

So all in all, I have made 3 items using this pattern, but only one that I actually wear. I would definitely recommend this pattern especially since there are 4 styles that you can make with one pattern.

Simplicity 1106 pattern

Happy Sewing!!!

Another McCalls 7405

I made another McCalls 7405! This one was for my aunt. She saw the dress that I made and requested that I make one for her. Here is my dress (click the link below for a review of this pattern):

McCall’s M7405 Pattern Review

And here is hers:

I must admit that it took me a couple years to make it. She picked out the fabric and I held onto it for the longest time because I took a break from sewing. This summer, I decided to get back into sewing again. I dusted off my sewing machine and this was my first project this year.

My aunt has worn her dress a few times already. We work in the same office so I got to see her in it. She looked great! She told me that she gets compliments every time she wears it. I am happy to hear that.

I am also happy that it got me back into sewing. I’ve already made a few items so far. My initial goal was to make clothes for work as well as a new outfit each time I have a new fun event coming up. I have done that but my sewing is still trial and error so that plan hasn’t really worked out. I end up not wearing the outfit. But it’s o.k. I am learning and I feel that I am getting better at my sewing skills. I take my time now and I don’t rush. I don’t cut corners and I notice it makes a difference. I’ve also purchased a serger and that makes all the difference! I love having nice, neat seams. I was actually using french seams to finish my seams. In fact, the dress that I made for my aunt has french seams. But I like the overlocked seams from the serger much more. If you don’t have a serger yet, I highly recommend getting one!

Now, back to sewing! Happy Sunday!

Lessons learned using the Butterick B5789 pattern

The Butterick B5789 is a fast and easy pattern with 5 different views for a draped vest or jacket. It can be sewn sleeveless or with long sleeves.

I used the Butterick B5789 pattern to sew a winter jacket. Because I sewed it in the winter of 2018, I had a chance to wear it a few times. I chose view D which has a draped front and long sleeves. The fabric I chose was a heavyweight stretchy cotton. Because it was a heavyweight material, it kept me quite warm. I used a brooch to pin at the top to keep it closed rather than sewing a button. Truth is, I still need to learn how to sew a button and a button hole on a sewing machine.

The lesson that I learned from this sewing pattern is to follow the directions very carefully regarding what fabric material to use. I used a heavyweight cotton that did not drape very well. The pattern called for a lightweight two way jersey material.

This jacket can also be worn open which showcases it’s draped front. Because I chose a heavyweight stretchy cotton material, it did not look very good worn open. Now I understand why this pattern calls for a two way jersey material. Even though I used a heavyweight material rather than a lightweight material, the end result was not too bad and I was still able to wear it.

Being that I am fairly new at sewing (I’ve only been sewing for 3 years now), the biggest  lesson that I learned from this sewing project is to use the correct fabric for the pattern.  Especially for a beginner, this is important. I’ve learned this lesson many, many times. I sewed many nice dresses using the wrong fabric, which is really unfortunate because I could be wearing those dresses had I chosen the right fabric for the job. I know that learning to sew is all trial and error. Those errors are welcomed because it is helping me learn and grow in sewing.

All in all, this pattern was a simple pattern to use. It was labeled fast and easy and I agree with that. Now that I have learned my lesson on choosing the right fabric, I will plan to sew the sleeveless draped vest for the summer season using a lightweight two way jersey fabric. The sleeveless vest will make a great cover up to wear with a tank top or summer dress.