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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

McCall's 6436

I've been in search of the perfect button-up pattern for awhile now, and have collected a few. McCall's 6436 has had many favorable reviews, and has a lot of the qualities I was looking for: front and back darts, collar with stand, button placket and longer length. After reading in those reviews that this pattern ran big, I did not make my usual adjustments and sewed this gingham up as a test garment right out of the pattern envelope. I really want a gingham button down(!), so I'm glad I have more fabric as I need to tweak the pattern in some areas.
Looks great on the dress form, yes?:


Us usual, I'll need a little more room in the front:

And we can all see those sway-back wrinkles:

Garment details: 
Black and white gingham from Fabric.com
PerfectFuse sheer interfacing from Palmer/Pletsch
Buttons from my collection

The alterations needed next time: shorten sleeves 1", adjust for broad back, sway back, and FBA.
Once those adjustments are made, I hope to have the perfectly fitted button-up!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vogue 8731: They all can't be winners

I love the way Erdem utilizes border prints, especially this one worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
This fabric has been in my stash for awhile, waiting it's turn. I was initially excited to order it, but as it sometimes happens with online fabric purchases I was a bit let down. It is a very thin, clingy knit. Vogue 8731 was my pattern choice, since I had great success with it right out of the pattern envelope, as you can see here. Unfortunately, I had to scrap my plans for the longer, tunic length due to this fabric's clingy nature. The sleeves are made using a thin, burn-out knit off of the Red Tag table at JoAnn's from a year or so ago, which I also used to bind the neckline.

Too bad my inspired design fell short.....as is obvious below. This top does nothing for me!

(Photo taken at the Saturday knitting group at the local Tim Horton's)

Even with my disappointment, this top isn't a complete wadder, tho not sure I'll wear it outside the privacy of my own home  :-)!

Final thoughts: great pattern, pretty fabric but poor quality. Win some, lose some.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Simplicity 1796

Simplicity 1796,view A, fabric from JoAnn: a poly crepe of some sort.
I made this dress last August for my trip to Paris, and wore it out to dinner at Le Train Bleu.
Boy, was it hot that evening.....much different than today's 14 degrees F! I haven't worn it since, as I needed to revisit those neckline gathers. So I ripped back some of the neckline binding, took out the gathers and resewed them. Much better :-)
I love this pattern and the many creative options that are available with it. I've already pulled fabric for another version.....thinking Spring!

Simplicity 1796
Simplicity 1796 Misses and Plus Dress Line Drawing

Stay warm, all those in the Midwest!