Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of Summer, Simplicity 3750

Simplicity 3750

Simplicity 3750 Line Drawings

Fitted!!! Simplicity 3750

Simplicity 3750, View E

Rayon challis print from Vogue Fabrics

1.  Lined the straps to give a clean finish to the inside edge.
2.  Used bias strip to finish armhole.
3.  Attached the belt to the side seams.  There was TOO much stress on the belt at the side seam pivot point if the belt was free hanging.

Fitting Details:
If you notice on the pattern cover, it shows six views and states them as easy.
Well, it is easy to sew, but fitting........

Follow the pictures:

Muslin made as stated on pattern (with a few seams inside out.)

Lots of wrinkles on the back.

Side view shows an issue.

So, I did a FBA on the pattern.  

Yes, I got extra in the bust!  But there is extra all over!!!

Geting better on the back.

There aren't very many places to find details on doing a FBA on a gathered front bodice.  So, in my zeal to have more room, I got LOTS of room.  From there, I took in a little of that extra and found I still had a little extra in the front.

Almost there.

Think I had a little issue of two cottons sticking in the back and my 12 year old photographer didn't let me know.

So, here are the changes to my pattern.  

Back pieces

Front Skirt.

Front Bodice 

So, see what I got after all that work!!!

A perfect top!!!

Got rid of the armhole gaps, fitted the shoulder seam, and have enough bust room!

No wrinkles or weird things going on back here.

Side seams straight and under bust seam straight!!!!

If you follow my sewing much, you know I have a tween daughter.  Her wardrobe has been handmade almost all her life.  She now demands a say in the design process.  After a few trips to High Fashion Fabrics in downtown Houston, she has started a new "visual" method of offering design help.  She drapes a dress form in her new fashions.  (This is how High Fashion displays their gorgeous fabrics.)  

She is asking this be my next project!

A 10 year olds dream dress.
She is happy with her work!

Off to fall sewing I go........

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Another and Better Go With Kwik Sew 3869

Kwik Sew 3869 blouse

Intensely studying fit will eventually pay dividends.  I just got paid!

Kwik Sew 3869 made before the fit journey.
Notice:  Armhole too large.
Front overall length too long.
Princess side pieces too narrow and front piece too wide.  Resulting in bust point of top not over real bust point.
The back was not in any better shape.

Paisley print from Blend (I think???)
White pique from my stash for collar.

Kwik Sew 3869, View A

Very easy to follow directions.  No problems in construction.

Added length in the back.
Took out length in the front.
Added width the the side panels.
Took out width in the front panel.
Added fabric to the armhole. 
Full bust adjustment to the princess seam.
Redrew the shoulder slopes.

Now I can play tennis in this top and it doesn't pull or move!!!!
Sweet Victory!!!

Back view of Kwik Sew 3869  (with right very sloping shoulder)

Comfy fit!

Ready to go, paired with my duct tape sloper skirt!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to Blogging with Grainline's Scout woven t-shirt

 This season of life has been especially chaotic.  I am glad to be home and looking at a predictable schedule for the school year.  Been sewing and teaching sewing all summer, just haven't updated my blog.
Grainline's Scout woven t-shirt

Grainline's Scout woven t-shirt.

I think it is a polyester gauze from Helen Enox Fabrics in Oklahoma City.  Beautiful fabric, but ravels like crazy!

Very easy top to put together.  My fabric frayed. so the bias neckline was a trial to put together.  

Sloping shoulder adjustment at shoulder and underarm.  Forward rotating shoulder made me add a little fabric to the front of the sleeve.

Grainline's Scout woven t-shirt (pattern front)
Side view of Scout
Side View of Scout

Front view of Scout

A few of my recent adventures:
The aftermath of jeeping, canoeing, and hiking in Alaska.  Even my Cannon camera didn't survive this adventure.  

Ziplining in Alaska

Beautiful, but cold Skagway, Alaska.