Thursday, September 25, 2014

Simplicity 2648 goes to a Wedding Shower!

My daughter (& her fiance!) was the guest of honor last weekend at a wedding shower hosted by the Groom-to-Be's family in Chicago. Of course I wanted to sew a new dress!
Color-blocking has been so popular on the fashion scene for awhile now, and I really wanted to give it a try. I used Simplicity 2648:

 which I made last year:

This time, I used a Fabric Mart black ponte, along with a cobalt blue/black plaid print also from Fabric Mart but no longer listed on their website. Since the alterations were already done, I was able to cut, pin fit to be safe, and then go right to the serger. I did make a design change, when I pinned together both the front and the center back pattern pieces at the waist seam to make one pattern piece. That way I didn't have to worry about matching the plaid.
This was one of those dream projects, where everything went as planned. So much more fun for me to sew a great fitting dress, rather than spend time shopping the mall!
My only question concerns the length.....should I have shortened the hem a little more?

Here is one of my favorite photos with the Bride-to-Be and her sister/BFF, the Maid of Honor:

Even though The Big Day is fast approaching, I'll still be spending some time sewing.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

McCall's 6966 - Maxi Skirt

I took advantage of one of those one-day sales at Mood and purchased a lovely bright green Ikat jersey knit, which I knew would be perfect for McCall"s 6966:

Line Art

I sewed up View C, which is the black print on the pattern envelope, but without the ruched waistband. And the waistband? So clever! I've been sewing many years now, but I've never applied an elastic waistband in this way, and I must say I plan to use this technique again! The elastic encased in the wider band keeps it unseen, yet gives the support necessary.


This skirt is so flowey, which I tried to show in the less-than-flattering picture below:



                              Summer is officially over, but here in the Midwest it is still warm and sunny.
                              I plan to continue to wear my new skirt into the fall/winter, with boots and a
                              belted cardigan perhaps. And I plan to make the shorter version in the future.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HotPatterns Blouse-Back T

I spent a little time with my sewing machine last week, working on the 

I watched Trudy's tutorial, and was intrigued by the quick and easy construction. And thought I don't purchase RTW very often, choosing to sew my clothes more and more, I do "snoop shop" once in a while. Tops like the Blouse-back T can be see in many retailers at the moment. After a quick delivery of the pattern via snail mail, I was off to raid my stash for suitable fabric. I found this animal print in a drapey rayon, and a thin black knit for the back piece. The important thing to note here is that the key word is "drapey".  

I was a bit concerned that my finished project looked a little like a PJ top, but I think it works okay with the right accessories. I didn't make any alterations to the pattern, outside of narrowing the neckband a bit. And I didn't use the pattern piece for the neckband, instead I just took my own measurement of the neckline opening and snugged it up a bit so that it didn't gape. 
The next time I make this top I think I will cut a size smaller, and perhaps shorten the back some. I'm not the biggest fan of the high-low hemline on me (cute on others tho!), and even though I like this one, I think I might like the back shorter.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014...busy, busy!

Hard to believe that today is August 21....the summer is flying by. Here at Casa Pozolo it is Wedding Planning Central with 3 of our 4 children engaged to be married:

                                           Libby & Terry to be married on 11/15/2014:

                                          Kenny & Cassie to be married on 6/6/2015:

Kristen & Brett to be married on 8/22/2015:

                                                          The 3 Brides-to-be!:

I haven't had much sewing or knitting to blog about as some of it is Top Secret, tho I have managed to make a garment or knit a stitch here and there! This was the first year I entered our local fair, with 2 quilts, a knitted shawl and knitted baby dress. I always enjoy viewing the projects entered by many talented individuals, so I thought this year I would participate.

We did get a little camping in, with our annual family camp out with the Pozolo side of the family....always fun!

Hosting a wedding shower for our daughter and her fiance a couple of weeks ago kept us busy, too. There is no shortage of inspiration available now with Pinterist, Google, etc, so crafting the invitations, decorations and favors was easy and fun too. We got to use the flowers from our garden for the centerpieces, a natural touch. The petit fours at each place setting were a hit, thanks to Kristie at Delicious Petite Sweets. Each guest also got to take home a handmade cosmetic bag....I think I can make those now in my sleep!

I do have a couple of sewing projects in the works, wrapping things up with summer sewing and on to Fall/Winter projects. 
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

McCall's 6308: Maxi dress

Realizing that the maxi dress continues to be a summer staple, I decided to jump on the bandwagon, using McCall's 6308. I had this very drapery black & cream rayon in my stash, and it was a perfect pairing of pattern + fabric. I now understand the popularity of the maxi dress....seriously, wearing this is like wearing pajamas, it's that comfortable!

I made a few adjustments to the pattern: a smaller than usual FBA since the top has a lot of gathering, I raised the neckline by 1 inch, and also added 1 inch to the length.
A quick and easy project yielding great results!
The back neckline vee is cute, but was a little "fiddley" to get to lay right. Redrafting to a more rounded/scooped back neckline would be easier.

Fun dress to wear on the perfect Father's Day Sunday in Michigan!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rupert the Bear: a baby's playmat

I picked up this pattern a couple of years ago at a quilt shop near my home, after seeing the shop sample. The Rupert playmat is made with the quilt-as-you-go technique, using fleece as the top layer, cotton batting in the center, and quilting cotton for the backing.

                              I think the detail in the face and paws (felt appliqued with a satin stitch),
                                                              makes this so darn cute!

(baby Thomas: 10 days old!)

Cute little playmats like Rupert, and this one and this one are fun
gifts for the new baby/parents, and have been well-received by the new families.
I see more of them in my sewing future!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vogue 8667 - Happy Easter!

Vogue 8667, View C (pink) without the sleeves:


Line Art

This bright, cheery, yellow fabric came out of my stash (again! I feel like I am making some headway sewing through the stash). It is a pique/waffle type of fabric, with a subtle white, shiny thread woven in. It is fairly "beefy", but I liked it for this pattern, and it was a pleasure to sew and is comfortable to wear. The full Bemberg lining of course feels wonderful.

As you can see in the first pic, I did cut out the sleeves, then lined them and attached them to the dress. It just didn't look right... so, off they came!

On my way to Easter Vigil Mass:

This will be a great addition to my work wardrobe this summer, and the cheery color really lifts my mood!