McCall’s 7889-Learning to make a button placket

I’ve been sewing since 2015 but I’ve never made a button placket. I’m working on that right now and I’m quite nervous about it. My first sewing project ever actually involved a zipper, darts and pleats. That’s a lot to do for a beginner and I did a pretty good job. But something about the button placket really scares me.

When I saw McCall’s 7889, I knew that this shirtdress would be motivating enough for me to face the button placket. I am working on View D which has a tie collar.

This project has caused me to start procrastinating. To battle that, I now do about 30 minutes to an hour a day of planned sewing. I plan what I will work on for the day. On Monday, I worked on the hem and one button placket (one side). On Sunday, I worked on putting the bias binding on the arms. Yesterday, I worked on the other button placket and started the tie for the collar. Today, I plan to finish the dress by completing the tie and doing the buttons. I think I will practice making button holes first.

The button placket was actually not so hard to make. It was actually fun to see it come together. I had to interface the strips, stitch them onto the dress, stitch the upper and lower part of the strip and turn it out. It looks really neat and clean. Now for the buttons and button holes.

Speaking of procrastination, another thing that has caused procrastination in my sewing is that I can’t wear anything that I am making right now. I’m mostly making dresses and I don’t feel like wearing dresses at home. So I think this will be the last dress that I will make for now. I will start working on lounge wear. I have a few patterns I can use and there are lots of free patterns I can download. I don’t usually work with PDF patterns because I prefer the paper patterns but there’s always room for change. I don’t have any fabric to make my loungewear, so I guess I’ll have to do some fabric shopping 🙂 (that perked me right up).

Happy Sewing!

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Hi, I’m a sewing pattern addict …

I went to Joann recently to get some buttons. I didn’t get any buttons but I saw that they had McCall’s and Butterick patterns on sale for $1.99. I missed the last sale because I’m a lazy pandemic shopper, but scored today for my procrastination!

There weren’t many patterns left in the drawers because I think they’re trying to clear out the older patterns to make way for the Spring collections, but I managed to get a few that I’m really excited about. I also got to pick a free item with my purchase. I chose a cute, foxy reusable shopping bag.

I recently purchased 15 McCall’s patterns from their website in early January. They were on sale for $3.99. I didn’t mind spending that much since I didn’t know when the next Joann pattern sale would be (it happened that there was a sale the following week). Also, I’m a lazy pandemic shopper and it’s easier to click and have it delivered rather than look through the big catalog on the table and open all the drawers in hopes that my desired pattern and size is in there.

My pattern haul from the website

Now I need to buy a bigger bin for my patterns. There goes my New Year’s resolution to use up my fabric and pattern stash before buying a new stash!

Do what makes you happy ❤


My “Dreaming of Hawaii” Dress

I recently finished this dress. I call it my “Dreaming of Hawaii” dress since it has roses and hibiscus flowers all over it. Maybe one day I can wear it there 🌷🌺😍

Oh Hawaii…

This is Simplicity 8910. A loose pullover dress with lots of pleats in the front, back and sleeves. There is also bias binding around the collar and the pockets.

I used this pattern before back in 2019 when I got my mojo back to sew. I took a long break for over a year and this was one of my first projects back.

My 2019 make didn’t turn out. As I was cutting out the fabric for the pattern, I discovered why. I had cut a few pattern pieces the wrong size! Luckily, I discovered it before I cut out the fabric for this dress and I was able to fix the issue with a little bit of tracing paper and a ruler. I also cut out a smaller size and it fits perfectly.

Happy Sewing!