Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Faux Wrap Dress with Pleats Butterick 5950

I love wrap dresses, but they take a large amount of fabric which I don't always have.  So, when I saw this Butterick pattern, 5950, with a faux wrap bodice and pleated skirt, the first thing I did was look at the yardage requirements.  It takes just 2 yards!
I had  2 yards of a very pretty blue floral ITY knit in my stash that I thought would be perfect for it. This was a mystery bundle fabric from  I LOVE their mystery bundles.  I think this piece alone was worth the $15. 
Notice the pleating at the waist.  It looks like it might be tricky, but the pattern piece was actually quite clear, and it went together very quickly.
Here's the back.  The skirt has a center back seam, but could just as easily been placed on the fold.
The pattern calls for a zipper to insert in the left side, and elastic to be inserted in the waist.  I skipped both steps and I think it works just fine.
I did my usual lengthening of the skirt by 2 inches, but that was the only alteration I needed this time.  I'm VERY happy with the fit.

This pattern also has a cowl neck bodice option, which I think I will try as well.   Here's the line drawings for the pattern:
This pattern packs a lot of bang for the buck.  I haven't seen too many reviews of it yet, but I think that is a real winner that should work for many types of figures.   Can't wait to make another one!   Let me know if you try this pattern and what you think.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

McCall's 6889 Easy Spring Dress

After a looooong winter, with even snow just last week, Spring has finally sprung around here in Illinois! I wanted to make something quick and daffodilly like to get in the Spring mood. 

This dress is McCall's 6889- designed for knits. Here is the line drawing so you can see all of the different possibilities with this one. 

I recently purchased a pale yellow Supplex knit from Fabric Mart.  This is supposed to be for athletic wear, but it had a really nice drape, and I had 2 yards- just enough for View A of this dress.  I really would like to try View C as well with the interesting neckline.  There are lots of seams in this design, which make it ideal for a solid fabric. 

The pattern calls for a zipper, but that would be overkill.  It pulls over the head with ease, so I just left the zipper out.  It also calls for a facing- again- that would be more work for not a lot of payoff.  So, I just turned under the raw edge of the neckline and topstitched.

I only had enough fabric to make the shorter length, which should be fine for when the weather warms up.  I found that the dress as sewn was originally a little shapeless.  I went back in and made the seam allowances wider around the waist area to give it a slightly more fitted look.
I really think that just about anyone can wear this style.  It may just take some tweaking to get the fit that you'd like.  I like styling it with a jacket to break up the full length of one color.  The denim jacket also adds a little hard edge to an otherwise very soft feminine style. 

I highly recommend this one!  In fact, I'm looking at my stash right now to pick out another fabric for it. 

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Retro 70's Culotte Jumper pattern

I've been going through boxes of sewing stuff from my Mom's house, and in one of them I found this great pattern, Butterick 5139 from the mid 70's by designer Gil Aimbez:

I had a ton of jumpsuit type patterns, and culotte type patterns, but this one was the only one to combine both of these great 70's fashion genres!  Then as I went through another box, I found this:
I must have been about 13 or 14 when I made it.   Boy, was this a pain to put on.  I don't remember wearing it, but then again, there are a lot of 70's fashion moments that I've chosen to forget!  This is corduroy- another 70's love of mine. 
Look closely, and you can see the quilting detail on the bib part.  If only I can find a photo of me with my Farah Fawcett hairstyle, this memory would be complete!  Aw, I am so pining away for the good old days right now.  Does anyone else remember this one?

Happy Sewing!


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