Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lace Skirt for the Tween, Simplicity 1675

Lace Skirt
My daughter's new wardrobe staples:
shrug jackets

Endless variations of these three items make us happy.

So, Simplicity 1675 has been the "go to" skirt pattern.

Simplicity 1675 redrafted to one length at about knee length.

Hot pink lace (non stretch)
Hot pink rayon knit for the lining.

Sewed up the side seams.
Joined at the waist with a basting stitch.
Added elastic waistband using my coverstitch machine.
Did not hem the bottom.  The lace and knit don't ravel.  
Very fast project.

Monday, May 12, 2014

McCall's M6827

McCall's M6827 in Vogue Fabrics knit

McCall's M6827, View C for the body
View A for the sleeve

Polyester Knit Floral from Vogue Fabrics

The top was easy to construct.  For the sleeves, I machine basted the sleeve front to the back.  Then, added clear elastic with another basting stitch.  To put the sleeve together for good, I serged over the elastic and basting stitches.  All hems were coverstitched and the neckline is fold-over elastic.

M6827 View A gathered sleeve

I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my kids.  I got a fancy new camera lens that I had to try, so I  took this picture of my sewing room yesterday.  My latest leg of my "fitting journey" has been drafting a moulage and sloper from Kenneth King's CD books.  They are WONDERFUL!  The sleeve draft was the best fitting sleeve I have ever made.  The moulage and sloper reflect my lop-sided body.    I will report and show more later.......

My sewing room explosion after drafting Kenneth King moulages and slopers.  Paper and muslin were everywhere!  My scissors kept disappearing along with the rulers!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

American Girl Molly Dresses

My local SAGA chapter has an American Girl Molly to raffle during the summer.  So, I made our sweet doll a few 1940s dresses.  

Patriotic 1940's Dress. Pattern by Keepers Dolly Duds Designs.

The above dress was made from the "Forties Fashion" pattern (view B).  
Wonderful pattern directions and fit on the American Girl doll!

Nancy Drew Sleuth Dress by Dollhouse Designs

Sleuth Dress pattern needed about 1/2" to 3/4" of length on the back waistband.  
(Just a note to those who want to sew up this cute dress!)

All fabric was quilting cotton from my stash.

If you want a chance to win this doll, let me know.  We will be selling tickets in August.  I have seen some of the dresses for this doll.  She has a wonderful wardrobe!