Wednesday, March 25, 2015

McCall's 5974 O-O-P

We are in the midst of The Wedding Year at our house, with 3 weddings in 9 months! I wanted a new dress for our son's and his bride-to-be's wedding shower last weekend, so I picked McCall's 5974 out of my pattern stash. This pattern has SO many rave reviews on PatternReview, and I don't know why I haven't made it before! 

I chose to sew up View C, which is the same as View D: just has 3/4 sleeves.
This looks so much like the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress!

I went stash-diving for the ITY knit jersey fabric that I knew I had:

Some of the notes I made with this project:

                                     -1 " FBA, added 1" at waist & hip
            - no zipper needed
                                                  - stabilized the shoulders and midriff with
                                       fusible tricot interfacing
                        - sewed the sleeves in flat
                                                                        - serged, turned and stitched down neckline, sleeve &                         skirt hems 

(The snow might be gone in SE Michigan, but it is still C-O-L-D!)

I can see how this pattern became so popular, too bad it has gone out-of-print. There are a couple of changes I'll make next time, tho. I need to add a bit to the length for hemming. and need to add to the ties: I liked the wrap and tie, but if the ties were longer I could wrap them all the way around front to back to front for a more cummerbund/ruched look.

L. to R.: daughter Kristen (Aug wedding), daughter-to-be Cassie (June wedding) my mom Shirley, son Kenny, daughter Libby (married last Nov).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wedding shower crafting

Yesterday was the wedding shower for my son and soon-to-be daughter, and I made up a few decorations.....thanks to inspiration from Pinterest!

I found this lace in my stash cupboard, most likely from one of my girls' First Communion dresses.
Using it to wrap the wire frame, I then hot glued the flowers on in the colors the kids chose for their wedding: champagne, blush pink and latte. The little chalkboard served to identify just who would be sitting next to Kenny....the Bride-to-Be!

I also have this 'thing' for letters. I had made some black ones last year for my daughter's wedding shower, so this time I painted the letters C & K in gold metallic paint, with a little glitter for bling.
They added a cute touch to the table in the foyer which featured pictures of the kids...a gift from one of the shower guests.

The Bride-to-Be's aunt is a professional chef...lucky for us! The food was to die for, especially this sweets table. Making the chalkboard was a lot of fun:

A lovely day for a lovely couple!