Monday, September 22, 2014

Modern Vintage Smocked Square Yoke "Lee" by Children's Corner

"Lee" by Children's Corner

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Size 1 "Lee" by Children's Corner

"Lee" from Children's Corner
I wanted a retro feel for the dress, so I used the sleeve from "Hillary" by Children's Corner.
size 1 for a shop display
Self designed smocking plate
Changed the back sash to a 1" knot tie, instead of the thicker sash with a bow tie.

"To die for" Praline Honey from Art Gallery Fabrics
This is a voile print that sews like silk.  The drape and feel is a dream!!!
The fabric can be found at CJ's Quilt Shop.
Collar is white cotton with brown petite piping.

Sleeve from "Hillary" by Children's Corner

Smocking detail

Back View

Hope you like it!  Hope to find a few new smockers!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Girl's Style, New Look 6297 & McCall's M6499

McCall's M6499 and New Look 6297

One young girl at my house is "into" picking her own style.  She "shops" through my fabric and patterns.  She found this Simplicity 1622 pattern and wanted it for herself.  Not phased by the fact it was for a more "mature" lady, she dug through fabric to find her dream dress.

The girl's pick for a new dress.

Mom's pick for the top
Mom's pick for the dress

Thankfully, I found a girl's top and dress pattern to use for this wonderful idea.  

McCall's M6499
View B without elastic at the waist.
Done is polyester chiffon butterflies.
There is no fit factor in this top, but my daughter loves it.

New Look 6297
View D
Purple bamboo knit.
So glad I have a top to go over this dress.  The tank top sleeves are a little large or it could be the stretch in the bamboo knit.
I used clear elastic at the waist and serged the top, bottom, and clear elastic together in the seam.
Used fold over elastic on the neck and armholes.
Coverstitched the hem.
Fits and hangs great!!

Sleeves on McCall's M6499
Front view of McCall's M6499


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ready for Fall with New Look 6301

New Look 6301

New Look 6301, View A

Brown organic cotton jersey
Can't remember if I got it from or High Fashion Fabrics.
Tends to want to stick to itself........

Easy to follow directions.  
Used knit stay tapes on the neckline.
Changed the neckline edging to a narrow strip and then topstitched down the edging.
Used clear elastic serged to the waist seam.  
See the following pictures:
Serged clear elastic to waist seam

Front neckline topstitched

Fitting Notes:

The belt is TOO SHORT!  It needs a few more inches.
I needed a FBA adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment, and a little extra width on my left side.

Luckily, this pattern has a few darts in the side seam.  So all those "gaps" were rotated to the darts in the side seams.  I had gaps in the neckline, armhole area, and under the bust.  

One area I should have taken a little more care in fitting is the back side/armhole seam.  With a generous slope in the right shoulder, I end up with wrinkles under the arms.  I missed a few this time......

FBA for New Look 6301
FBA for New Look 6301

Great dress!!!!  
The neckline on so many crossover tops is too low, but this one has enough coverage.  
The few darts help in FBA's.  
Add a few inches to the belt and you have a great fall dress!
New Look 6301

See the short belt and the wrinkles near the arms......

Love it!!!  New Look 6301

Got a new excuse to sew fall clothes!  Lost a few pounds and nothing fits!!!!