Friday, April 22, 2016

Girl Charlee Knit Love

Simplicity 8052 with Henna print by Girl Charlee
The side benefit from teaching teens to sew, is ordering "in style" fabrics.  My teens go crazy over just about anything I order from Girl Charlee.  So when this henna print came in for a project, I just had to use a little.  It is so soft and feels like a great pair of PJ's.  

Simplicity 8052, view D 
Since this is a pattern made for wovens, I went down a size and used a size small.  
I did alter for my shoulder slope.

Henna print from Girl Charlee

Construction Notes:
Since I used a knit, I went down a size and also added clear elastic to the shoulder seam and high waist seam.  The elastic helps the knit keep its shape during the day.  I did my normal "wonky" shoulder slope adjustment and I am delighted with my comfy tunic top.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Easy to Sew, Easy to Fit, Simplicity 1622

 The statement, "Easy to Sew, Easy to Fit," should not be said in the same sentence.  When a pattern has three pieces to it that happen to be almost square boxes, I have BIG doubts on the fit.  But I had this cute rayon fabric and trim that didn't need to get cut up into small pieces, so I chose to "fit" the square boxes.  
Simplicity 1622

Simplicity 1622, View D

Black and white rayon crepe from Helen Enox in Oklahoma City (very see through)
Black fringe trim from Helen Enox.

I usually cut a 14 and do a FBA.  Being lazy, I cut a 16 to allow for the full bust.  I wish I had stuck with my normal size.  This was just a little too big.  You can see right through the top, so it doesn't give that "big" look overall (except in the pictures).

My big problem with square box pattern pieces is that I have sloping shoulders and don't resemble a box at all.  So, I adjusted the shoulder slope.  DRASTICALLY changed the shoulder slope.  See my last picture and you will be amazed.  

I left the sleeves as they came and only altered the shoulder slope.  The fringe was added to the bottom of the shirt.

This is the first square box pattern that fits.  Shoulder slope is the answer for me.

A little too big.
Back view on a windy day.

Yes, I cut an almost 3" wedge out of the back right shoulder, 1" off the left back shoulder, and a little chunk off the front.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Dress 2016, Simplicity 8065

When my daughter started designing an Easter dress last week, I hopped into action and made it in a few days.  At twelve, I never know how many more request I will get.

Simplicity 8065

Simplicity 8065, View B

Rayon woven pink and cream dot
cream lace from
cream lining fabric

Construction details:
I made a "by the pattern" size 12.  Pleasantly surprised that we have grown and can fill it in width.  I might have wished to add an inch in length, because she will only grow taller.

The lace overlay was serged together and then sewn as one with the dress.  The zipper was hand-picked due to the bulk of the lace. The lining was added and sewn to the dress at the neckline.  

So after the sweet dress was made, she got a call to be on the kid's praise team for Easter Sunday and so she wears black leggings and a bright t-shirt.  

He is Risen.


My girl is wonderful, she isn't fazed by the almost 2,000 people behind me.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ensemble by Simplicity, 1072 & 8016

Simplicity 1072 & 8016

Top, Simplicity 8016
Skirt, Simplicity 1072

Top - Coral lace knit from Fabric Mart
Skirt - Floral black ponte from Girl Charlee
Scarf - Black ruffle from Ruffle Fabrics

Construction details:
Skirt - Very easy.  Serge the side seams and coverstitch the hem.  Waistband has enclosed elastic.
Top - Did a ton of fit alterations on this top.  The fabric loves to stick to the cami underneath and create all sorts of pull lines.  
Scarf - Twelve inch piece of black ruffle fabric sewn together length-wise and then sew the ends together.  10 minute project.

This is a comfy and easy to wear ensemble. Love it!