Saturday, April 22, 2017

Butterick 5446 Done and My Completed SG Wardrobe

With the completion of my black sheath dress, all of the sewing for my SG Wardrobe is done:


I love everything that I made.  As a matter of fact, even if I just finished the black sheath dress, I've already worn it three times.  Twice, I paired it with an Ann Taylor jacket, and once, I wore it as a standalone, with no over:

 

I used a wool gabardine and know that I am going to wear this dress a lot!

I used long out of print Butterick 5446, which I found on eBay or Etsy around a year or two ago:



What I really like about this pattern is that it has front princess seams, a neckline that isn't too low, and can be made either with or without sleeves.

What would have made me like it even better is if it had back princess seams, too.  Instead, it has back darts.  Not my fave, but it's alright.

This is a TNT for me and I always sew it with these adjustments:
1. raised the waist
2. pinched out a little at the neckline and armholes to prevent gaping
3. lowered the neckline by around 1 1/2 inches because it was a little too high for my taste
4. shortened the length to fit me
5. pegged it a little at the hemline
6. I cut a size 6 at the neckline, shoulders and armholes, then cut the side seams at the size 12.  This gave me a lot of wiggle room and before sewing, I pin fit it to my size.
 
For this one, I also underlined to give it a little more body.

I like this dress a lot.  And I absolutely love all of the pieces of my SG wardrobe.  I know I'll be wearing everything in it a lot!  Thanks to Karen for coming up with 'wardrobe building friendly' rules!  YAY Karen!!!

Aloha,
Summer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Losing Weight with Portion Control

I just hopped on the scale a few days ago and saw that I had lost a total of 10 pounds.  At the beginning, I was 135 pounds and I am now 125.  Pardon me for gushing, but I am over the moon.  It was really hard getting past the 5 pounds lost mark.  I lost those 5 pounds on my own, and when I saw that I had stalled, I enlisted the NutriSystem 5 day meal packs that are sold at Walmart to help get me un-stalled.  The breakfast and lunches are sweet, and the dinners are mostly pasta dishes.  They tasted ok and they did get the pounds off.

What I learned from this is portion control.  The Nutri System portions are small and I got used to it.  I think that is what got the pounds off.

When I got down to 125, I stopped NutriSystem and started eating my own food.  I'm carefully watching my portions, and so far so good.  I am maintaining my weight.  I even squeezed in a chicken sandwich and chocolate shake from McDonald's yesterday and didn't gain a pound. 

I now believe that it's all about portions.

The REALLY great news is that I now fit in a RTW dress that I was just about to get rid of.  I've cleaned out my closet several times, but each time I cleaned it out, I could not bring myself to toss this dress.  This time, I made up my mind that it was outta here!  It's junior size 7 and it was my fave dress when it fit me.  At 135, I was bulging out of this dress and could barely zip it.  I just tried it on for what I thought was one last time, and SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!  It fits me perfectly again.

Happy Camper here!

Aloha,
Summer

 

   

Monday, April 17, 2017

Butterick 5988 - Black Sleeveless Top with Neck Gathers and Waist Tucks

I love the fitted and flared silhouette and am always on the lookout for patterns like that.  I've had Butterick 5988 in my stash for around a year, and Faye's sew along inspired me to finally sew it: 






Here's the pattern:



I love the gathered neckline and tucked waist.  Just love those design elements! 

For this top, I used a monochromatic striped woven that is soft and drapey.  It's perfect for this style.

I am an intermediate level sewer, and I find that neck bindings are not the easiest thing to sew.  The hang up is usually figuring out how to sew it at the back opening.  I sewed mine this way:

1.  Folded the binding in half, and to have a finished end, I tucked in around 1/4 inch at each end:




2. And then I sewed it:









I did it that way to give the center back part of the binding finished ends.  After sewing the binding to the top (see pic above), I folded it over and pinned it to conceal the raw neckline edges, then stitched in the ditch from the right side to finish it.  The binding ends up being quite narrow, as it's folded over once when it is attached to the top, then is folded over again and stitched in the ditch down for the final finish.  I used a top weight fabric and because of all of that folding, I don't think this would work with fabric that is thicker:





After that was done, but before the sides were sewn together, I attached the zipper and did a quick machine stitched hem. 

I love my new top!!!

Aloha,
Summer

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Butterick 5894 - My Bargainista Fashionista Dress Is Yet To Be Sewn

I had planned to make my Bargainista Fashionista dress yesterday, 4/15/17, but life happened.  My other half needed me, so I didn't get a chance to even start on that dress.  I chose an Ellen Tracy Dress that sells for $128 at Nordstroms:




I chose this dress because I love fitted and flared dresses, and this one has the added bonus of having  unique double princess seams.  I've never had a dress with double princess seams before and wanted to see what it was all about:




I chose a knit fabric in the same colorway.  I don't know how this fabric will handle or wear, but it came through the pre-wash and dry with flying colors.  So, I'm willing to try it:






Luckily, I have Butterick 5894 in my stash, which matches the Ellen Tracy dress very closely.  The only change I'll have to make is to the neckline, which will be relatively easy:



I need to sew a pair of pants and some tops first, but I'll be sewing this Bargainista Fashionista dress in the very near future.

I am almost finished with my square necked and underlined wool gabardine sheath dress.  All I have left is the hand sewing.  It never ceases to amaze me that my sheaths never photograph well on a hanger.  They always look so shapeless!  But when on, they look great:





Aloha,
Summer


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vogue 2989 - Red Skirt for My SG Wardrobe

I just finished sewing a Vogue 2989 red skirt:









This is my second one.  I just love the style of this skirt.  When on, it looks like a fitted skirt, but the pleats give this a lot of room to walk in, climb stairs, etc, and makes it feel like a flared skirt. 

Except for shortening it a little, I didn't make any changes to the pattern.

With this skirt, my SG is one step closer to completion:


I'm working on the black sheath dress for my wardrobe right now.

Aloha,
Summer

Monday, April 10, 2017

Faye's Tops That Pop Sew Along!

Faye is having a Tops that Pop Sew Along, and I am all in!



I don't know what style or styles I'll be sewing, yet, but I'm going to try to sew one of them in a Pantone color:



Aloha,
Summer

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Simplicity 2116 Morphed with Ruffles from Simplicity 2599 in Red

I made a ruffled tank by morphing the Simplicity 2116 tank with the ruffles from Simplicity 2599:







I used an ITY knit and didn't make any adjustments to the patterns.  Simplicity 2559 is for wovens, but the ruffles worked perfectly with my knit.

My new top is actually part of a twinset, but I will definitely be wearing the pieces as separates:




I'll wear the top with several basic pencil skirts that I made earlier:









Up next is another red top that is already cut out that I am planning to sew today - I'm' making the sleeveless version:





Aloha,
Summer

Simplicity 1229 Waterfall Cardi in Red

I am really feeling the color red right now.  I absolutely love it!  Since I'm getting set for Me Made May, I made a red waterfall cardi that I am sure I will get a lot of wear out of.  I don't have very many "me made" clothes, but I do have a lot of black and white which go with red perfectly.  When I don't have anything made by me to wear, I'll be able to throw this on:





I used Simplicity's It's So Easy 1229 for the cardi:





I've made this twice before, once in green and once in navy:





I used ITY knits for all of them.

The pattern is a re-issue of OOP Simplicity 2603, which I don't have but which is still available online at places like Ebay and Etsy:




2603 has both long and short versions, while my It's So Easy pattern only has the long version.  I would not look good in the long version.  Because I'm not very tall, it would overwhelm me.  I definitely wanted the short version, so I took it upon myself to shorten it.  I simply folded the length out:





When I sewed this, I stabilized the neckline and shoulders with cotton twill tape. 

I also sewed the cuffs on by attaching one side to the sleeve, then turning a hem and stitch-in-the-ditching it down.  I love the finished look of this.

I sewed everything else completely as is.

I would say this was easy to sew, but a beginner might have to practice sewing the front to the back because the front includes a part that is sewn to the back neckline.  The instructions are good, but a muslin might be in order for those who have never sewn something like this before.   

I still really like this style and will definitely be making more in different colors.

Aloha,
Summer


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sudoko to SG

I just decided on the changes I'm making to my Sudoko wardrobe to transform it into an SG wardrobe: 


I took out several Sudoko pieces and added 4 new styles.  Keeping within the SG 8 pattern limit is DIFFICULT!!!  With the changes, I need to finish a cold shoulder top, a simple cardi and 2 simple sundresses.  These are all styles that I really like and would wear often!  I especially can't wait to make those sundresses!  I've been wanting to sew them since I got that OOP pattern around a year ago.   

See ya later!
Summer

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sudoko Wardrobe to SG Wardrobe

I finished my 10 piece Sudoko Wardrobe sewing on time, but didn't complete all of the reviews, so I didn't enter the contest.  But I don't mind, as I love what I made!  It is me!

And I think with a few changes, I'll be able to conform this wardrobe to the rules of the SG Wardrobe contest.

Here's my wardrobe (except for the fitted blouse, which I didn't take of pic of and can't right now because it's in the wash):

1. This Butterick 6331 Lisette unlined trench is da bomb!  It's perfect for warm weather areas that sometimes get a little cool, like when it hits the 70s in Hawaii in the evenings.  Because of the thorough instructions that came with this pattern, it was pretty easy to sew, even if it has a lot of little details, like the back shield, back elastic, front seam pockets, belt sewn into side seams, and belt loops.  I'm telling you, I can't say enough good things about the instructions.  They are excellent!  And because of the loose fit, this jacket is perfect for wearing over tops/dresses with sleeves.




2. OOP Vogue 1061 Betzina hoodie with fitted and flared back panels and a wrap front.  Another one that I think has a lot of details and is da bomb!  I have never seen the back of a hoodie look as elegant or as flattering as this:






3. OOP Vogue 2989 unlined jacket with loose dolman sleeves that I adjusted to be fitted, a sassy peplum, and a draped neck front that is secured at the waist with a decorative hook and eye:





4. OOP Vogue 2989 skirt with sassy pleating.  I think this is really cute, too, and especially love it because it was so very easy to sew and is easy to wear!





5 and 6. OOP Vogue 1020.  I really love this summery faux sarong skirt.  I love it so much that I made two:







7. OOP Butterick 5185 waist twist top.  I definitely want more of this top!



8. OOP Butterick 3991.  The knit cold shoulder tops I've been seeing all have a very basic style.  I thought it would be cool to add the cold shoulder sleeves to this top with an asymmetrical neckline, so I turned a regular sleeve pattern into the cold shoulder style and added them myself.  I'm usually out of fashion, but I think I'll finally be fashionable in this:




9. OOP Butterick 5283.  I changed the extended shoulders to regular shoulders.  Extended shoulders look matronly on me.




10. no pic, as it's in the wash right now.

I just cannot tell you how incredibly happy I am with my new wardrobe.  I love all of the pieces and am sure I will be wearing them so much that they'll get worn out.  If I could plan wardrobes that I like as much as I like this one, I'd keep sewing wardrobes!

Not sure how I am going to adjust this wardrobe to fit the SG rules, but I'm working on it.

Aloha,
Summer