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.