Sunday, May 28, 2017

McCall 7575 - The First Edition

The sun was shining and the sky was bright and clear.  Perfect afternoon to get pictures of my new McCall's shirt.   I called this post "The First Edition" because I can see myself using this pattern over and over again.  The shirt went together smoothly.  No problems or issues.

This is one of the new patterns released this year.  It's described as:  semi-fitted shirts have back yoke, collar, sleeve, hem and length variations. Sizes 8 to 24.  I used size 16 with modifications. The sewing rate is easy.  Yes, it was pretty easy.   I was able to finished it in about four hours.

This is a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, which makes the alterations easier as the adjustment cutting lines are already drawn on the pattern.  I made several adjustments.  The first is the FBA, which is posted here.
My other changes/alterations are:
  • lengthen the sleeves by 1 inch.
  • The vertical darts on the front and back were deeper
  • The lengthen of the shoulder is too long; so I trimmed about 1/2 inch away.
  • After sewing the bust darts, I trimmed them to 5/8" and serged the edges. 
  • Swayback adjustment as usual.
  • After I finished the shirt, I noticed the neck is slightly too large.  The 14 neckline is a much better fit.
  • I used two fabrics:  The left front and the lower sleeves are white, while the rest of the shirt is a striped cotton blend I bought in Philadelphia several years ago. This was the only design change from View B.  The white shirting fabric is from Mood.  It is a stretch cotton.

That's it for changes and alterations.

The finished shirts looks a little boxier than the drawing.  But it looks like the shirt that the model is wearing.  It is less "semi-fitted" than I expected.

There are no difficult or confusing instructions.  Typical.

My likes:
  • Views B and D.  I loved the use of the stripe fabric of view B.  The length and shape of view D.
  • Fit instructions by Palmer/Pletsch is always helpful.
  • The two piece sleeve and the yoke.
No real dislikes.

I will definitely make this again.  And I recommend it to others.  This is a winner.  I'm happy with the results and will get a lot of wear out of this shirt.

In closing, please go to Rhonda's blog to check out my interview with her.  The link is here. I'm a "Material Witness on May 19, 2017".

Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tutorial: Lowering The Dart After Making A Full Bust Adjustment on McCall 7575

This post is to illustrate how to do a FBA on a regular one piece front pattern for a shirt.  Last week I purchased McCall 7575 Palmer Pletsch pattern because of the style lines.  The illustration shows a "fit and flare" silhouette.  Secondly, the use of the striped fabric is appealing to me.  The front band and the cuffs are cut on the bias.  I wouldn't have thought to do that for fear of the fabric stretching.  Thirdly, the sleeve is a two piece sleeve, more commonly seen in jackets.  

Anyway, I wanted to share the process of doing a FBA and lowering a dart with a slight rotation. This first picture shows the pattern envelope over the front with the FBA.

Step 1 - Slash the pattern along lines 1, 2, and 3.  Then spread the appropriate amount based on your measurement.  If the width needed is more than an inch, consider using the second leg of line 1 to create a "Y" as illustrated below.  Fill the areas with tissue paper and tape to hold the adjustment in place.  I typical don't redraw the vertical waist dart until I test to see where the dart should be placed.  In this case I may make two darts instead of one.

Step 2 - Once that is done, test to see where the bust dart falls by placing the tissue pattern against your body.  Determine how much you need to move the dart.  On the cutting table, draw three lines around the dart.  Then cut along those lines.

Step 3 -  Move the dart to the appropriate location on the front shirt.  This step will leave an opening in the tissue pattern. Before taping the dart in place, determine how you want the dart to be formed and place.  I chose to slightly rotate the dart with the outer edge rotated slightly downward.

Step 5 -  Fill the open space with tissue paper and tape in place.  Next, true up the outer edge along the side.

Step 6 -  Cut away the excess tissue paper. Now you are ready to tissue fit or make a muslin.

Happy Fitting!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

McCall 7445 Pants and Vogue 8747 Shirt

Finally, I'm posting photos of me in my new pants made using McCall 7445.  I posted way back in March (tee hee) on my fitting and sewing of these pants.  Now, that I have tweaked the pattern I'm moving this gem to my TNT basket for easy hands on access.

All of my changes are indicated in the first post.  But I'd like to state again that you may need to stitch of the vertical line of the pocket to eliminate any gapping in the tummy area.  Also, I re-enforced the pocket opening to reduce any stretching.  These pants are made of a stretch woven polyester blend, which I love.

I'm wearing my wearable muslin of Vogue 8747, View D.  I love this blouse and will be making it again very soon.  It's a winner.  This pattern has been review over and over again on blogs as well as on Patternreview.  One of best things about it is that there are separate pattern pieces for cups sizes A through D.  This made the fit process easier.

My changes were minimal:

  • I made a small adjustment in the bust area by increasing the length of the front band by 1/2".
  • On the front I added about 1" or so in the gathered area.  
  • For the side front, I added about 1/2" width in the bust area.
  • I made my usual sway back adjustment on the back and side back pieces.
  • Lengthen the sleeve by 1".
  • The neckline was slightly larger the than the length of the collar stand.  So I ease in the difference.
  • Also, I interfaced the upper and lower front band, collar, and collar stand.

The list seems long, but the changes were really minimal. Overall, the shirt is well drafted.  The fit in the arm, chest, and neck areas is great.  At least for me.

I used a polyester blend that I purchased years ago from a local store.  I think Vogue, but I'm not sure.
I didn't tag it. :-(  It was easy to work with sewing wise, but difficult to press.  I'm pleased with how this shirt turned out.  Now I'm ready to make more.

These striped pants are my kick off point for adding more stripe garment to my wardrobe.  More to come on stripes and button down shirts.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Diane von Furstenberg Stripes

Morning everyone,

Today's post is all about stripe fashionable inspiration.  I viewed one of Diane von Furstenberg 2017 collections and found a few striped garments.  So here goes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Resurfacing ..,

My goodness, I been totaling neglecting my blog.  I've been Facebooking, Instagramming, and sewing; but no blogging :-(

I've missed it..,  as blogging helps catalog and organize my sewing projects as well as sharing my sewing experiences with you.

Anyway, today I want to talk a little about one of my goals for 2017 sewing.  BTW my goal list is a work in progress.   Just so you know and the list is growing.  My wardrobe is in need of some stripes.  During my mini spring wardrobe purge, I noticed I don't have very many striped garments. Next, I went to my sewing room and pull out several yardages of striped fabrics; then ordered a few more from Mood's online store.

Now that I have the goods on the cutting table, I need to decide what to make.  Of course, I need more help, right?  After searches the web and my pattern collection tons of ideas are dancing in my head.  Some I will post.  But, I know for sure, there are some button down shirts in my very near future.  Pictured above are half of my striped fabrics.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hearts on Hearts - Mood Playful Jersey Knit Kwik Sew K4028

Worn with Simplicity faux leather leggings S1372

Today I'd like to showcase a lovely light weight jersey knit, Charcoal Hearts Poly Jersey Gray/White Hearts.  The print is exactly as it's name states.   It's perfect for a fun, funky top or a cute little summer wrap dress.  The hand is smooth and soft, the drape has a little more body than what you'd expect in a light-weight.

I can't take credit for picking this one. It's quick and easy to sew and looks great.  My daughter asked for it and those Kwik Sew Knit Top K4028, View B.  This was an extremely easy sewing project.  I was done in less than an hour.  Super easy.  The top is a great wardrobe builder.  My daughter already says she can use about two or three more of these.

Both of us only have likes for it.   Kwik Sew describes the tops as:  close fitting, pullover tops have scoop necklines, extended shoulder seams and stitched hems.  View A has cowl collar, shoulders extend into cap sleeves.  View B has draped collar and long sleeves.

The top does look like the drawing.

For modesty I brought the front neckline up about 2 inches and reduced the length of the cowl by a few inches as well.  I used between sizes small and medium.  I always happy when my DD is happy with something that I've sewn for her.

This is a very easy top that can be made by all level sewist.  As for the fabric the online photo does not do it justice.  It's a basic jersey knit with a great funky print.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

More "Notes on a Pattern" - McCall 7542

Last week I was able to finish my first top using M7542.  I bought the pattern for the sleeves to mix and match with other top and dresses.

I wasn't crazy about the bodice because of the high neckline and the boxy silhouette.   But after making this view, I think the style looks okay on me.  This one is for my sister.  She'll model it and a pair of Ginger Jeans I made for one of our club challenges.  I couldn't help trying it on just to see if it looked okay on me.  Well.., it not bad at all with the exception of  the "too tight" across the bust area. 
M7542 - The dart is undetectable with this fabric.

This project provided an opportunity to see how well the top fits me.

Observations -
  •  The center back is slightly curved.  It is concaved in the lower back.
  • The small shoulder darts do not really add much room across the back.  I did notice that the length of the should seam is sport on, though.
  • Using C cup.  It fits like a glove.  No ease at all.  So the D cup will probably solve the problem.
  • Length is a little short, which is how it comes across on the envelope.
  • Neckline fit beautifully.
  • Sewing.  It comes together with no problems.  Nothing difficult or confusing in the instruction.
Likes -

Simply the sleeves.  Still planning to make every view.  More photos coming with me wearing a finished top.

Fabric -

This mesh fabric is from JoAnn's, Nicole Miller.  Cute..,

That's all for now. 




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