Monday, February 29, 2016

McCall's 6741: Kristen's Rehearsal Dinner Dress (Aug 2015)

The summer of 2015 was one of wedding preparations in our house, anticipating our daughter Kristen's August wedding to her fiance Brett. Knowing that making a wedding dress was far outside of my skills set, I offered to make Kristen's rehearsal dinner dress....and she agreed! What fun for the Mother-of-the-Bride!
I chose four different dress patterns that I thought might work with the Bride's wishes, and she liked McCall's 6741, View B. There is a lot to like about this design: it's a contemporary silhouette, it's lined....and it has pockets!

Using an ivory ponte as the base fabric, I found this lovely lace from JoAnn Fabrics in my stash to place as an overlay on the side panels. 

We both loved the fit and flare:

A big Thank you goes out to the sewing goddesses who were looking out for me, a perfect invisible zipper on the first try!

Those useful pockets are tucked into the princess that!

And I'm proud to say that the inside (Bemberg lining)  looks almost as good as the outside:

It was such a fun, busy evening that I didn't take the time to snap a picture of the Bride in her dress, but
I did get one blurry shot of the happy couple. She said she loved the dress and felt comfortable all evening....just what I was hoping for!

Next up:...... sewing for the little Flower Girl!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Haruni: Kristen's Wedding Shawl (July 2015)

July 2015 found me knitting away on a Wedding Shawl, for my daughter Kristen, for her wedding in August 2015. I had been saving this pattern to knit for her: Haruni by designer Emily Ross, as I knew Kristen would love the vintage style of this design. I also knew that I would love knitting it! The beautiful floral border was perfect for the addition of the small, clear beads that I love to add to wedding shawls. And the easily memorized pattern gave me the opportunity to fill the knitting with loving thoughts and prayers for the Bride and her Groom.

                       Look closely, and you can see the beads placed along the spines, easy to add
                                         to the stitch (before knitting it) with a crochet hook:

                         Kristen's Matron-of-Honor, her sister Libby, had planned a fun Bachelorette
                        Weekend get-away in Nashville, TN, and it was there that I gave the Bride
                         her Wedding Shawl. She loved it!

Three weddings in 10 months.....and three wedding shawls! and I couldn't be happier!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Calais: Cassie's Wedding Shawl (May 2015)

Back in May 2015, I was happily knitting along on a wedding shawl for my daughter-in-law to be. I love knitting wedding shawls, and knit the stitches with love and prayers for a happy future for the Bride and her Groom.
For Cassie, I chose the pattern Calais by Judy Marples. Adding beads to wedding shawls make them extra special, and this pattern afforded me that opportunity with the beautiful eyelet border, where I was able to place clear beads along the knitted spines. 

I choose to gift the shawls to the Brides at their Bachelorette party, I know....not your usual Bachelorette gift! But I think when you see her smile that the Bride loved it:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Butterick 5987: Mother of the Groom part 2

Catching up with my summer sewing, next is my Mother of the Groom dress, worn to our son's wedding in June. Trust me, there are not a lot of choices for floor-length Mother of the Bride -or- Groom dresses in either RTW or sewing patterns, but Butterick 5987 looked interesting.

Initially, I considered View A, a cross-front halter top, similar to one that I liked from Nordstrom. I paid a visit to Haberman Fabrics, and purchased this lovely light blue poly georgette. In a brief moment of sanity, I decided I should muslin the bodice and thank the sewing goddesses I did....View A looked awful! But I wasn't too concerned, as I did like View C: the one shoulder....a style I had never worn. Below are pics of the bodice, which went together very nicely. This time I went straight to fabric without the muslin.

Below are bathroom shots of the dress basted together. It was here that I could clearly see that this dress needed a waist stay. Instead of the three layers called for in the skirt: lining, with two layers of georgette, I skipped the lining. All that fabric, tho, made the skirt heavy and pulled the bodice down.

The next pic is the very happy Mother of the Groom on Wedding Day! This shows the color more accurately:

This was fun to wear, lots of "swish" on the dance floor :-) And comfortable too...which is so important on a day that starts early  and ends in the wee hours of the morning! And of course I need to post a picture of the very happy couple....the whole reason why I made Butterick 5987:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Simplicity 0593 - Mother of the Groom Part 1

Hello There!!!!
I've been absent from the blog for several months, I's been a busy year for our family!
We have had 3 of our 4 kids get married this year...quite a year!
I did do quite a bit of sewing since I last posted in the Spring, so let's get caught up...starting with the dress I made for our son's rehearsal and dinner.
I really like the Amazing Fit line of patterns that Simplicity puts out. Using my usual set of alterations, along with the accommodations that Simplicity puts in with seaming and dart placement, I usually end up with a successful project. With that knowledge, I grabbed Simplicity 0593 out of my pattern collection, which I am sorry to say is out of print. 
This very vibrant stretch cotton sateen came out of my stash. I have been hoarding it for several years, waiting for the right project.

Below is the dress on my dress form, basted together. My usual alterations were needed: FBA, length added to the bodice and to the skirt length.
The one draw back to this pattern is that it is unlined, and I didn't bother to add one.

There's the Groom! with a not too great picture of the dress .....

If you happen to have this pattern in your collection, I would recommend that you give it a try! I plan to revisit it, perhaps with a lovely brown wool crepe that has been calling out to me....

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015: Week 3

Week 3 was a busy week for me: 2 weeks away from my son's wedding! All our kids were home for the Memorial Day Weekend, when the Bachelor/Bachelorette parties were also scheduled for that Saturday.
That explains the fall off of my pledge of 5 Me-Made garments/week. Oh well.

Butterick 6028: Katharine Tilton pants (not yet blogged) seen here in gray last week

Hand-knit (7/2010): Broken Rib Tank

Those pants again! worn clubbing with my sister-in-law Lois to celebrate the Bachelorette
and her "sail before the veil":

Cassie and the Moms

Another busy week ahead, but I should make my 5 garment pledge....we'll see!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015: Week 2

Week 2 of Me-Made-May 2015: I find I do wear the things I make, I'm just not used to taking pictures
of myself this much LOL!   In no particular order:


                   Simplicity 2345 (me and my Mom: Shirley on Mother's Day

      Butterick 6028 (not blogged yet, a test garment to try a Katharine Tilton pants pattern)

           Simplicity 2648 (hands down one of my favorite patterns)

      McCalls 1318 (can you tell by the look on my facr that's is almost time for the end of a work week?!?)

     Simplicity 4076 (not blogged, pattern is discontinued, not a favorite, but easy to wear)