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McCall's 5512

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Aren't summer weddings in Michigan just beautiful?  This one took place at the Mansion at Pine Knob, a beautiful venue.
I wore McCall's 5512 in a floral brocade from Fabric Mart, which I ordered back in  Feb and is no longer available.



I did make some adjustments to the bodice, adding an inch at the side front and back to allow for more fabric for a modified FBA. This dress is fully lined and so comfortable to wear. I also like the 60's vibe  :-) This is an easy make, and a cute style, but no longer available on the McCall's website, tho there are some patterns to be found on Etsy.

McCall's 7131: culottes? gauchos?

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A current trend for women is the full split skirt, cropped between ankle and knee. Gee....I remember these from the 80's, we called them 'gauchos' back then! LOL  I used a linen I purchased from FabricMart  (still available!)....stripes!  I am seeing striped linen everywhere in retail and online this summer.
I liked the style lines of  McCall's 7131  View C, especially the flat front with elasticized back, and the pockets!




After wearing these a couple of times now, I think a more drapey fabric would work better as there is a LOT of fabric! Also, this is a very generously drafted pattern, and I could easily go down a size. I ended up taking in the side seams about an inch. All that being said, I would like to make up this pattern again, and would recommend it.




Here I am wearing it with one of my hand knit tops: Rusted Root knit in 2011 Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr Style Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, colorway: Seaspray Needles: US size 6

(Obligatory split skirt photo L…

Simplicity 8024: Rose's Baptism dress

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When my daughter and her husband were making the plans for their daughter Rose's Baptism, they asked if  I would make Rosie's dress.....of course I said YES!
My daughter pinned some ideas to a shared Pinterest board, and  we were off and running. Simplicity 8024 had the style lines that Rosie's Momma was looking for:
When discussing fabric, Rosie's Momma also wanted "lace, lace and more lace....especially a lace bonnet!". We had no problem finding the  perfect lace and satin, as well as a cotton batiste for the under slip. All fabrics washed up beautifully before construction.
The full length skirt was satin with a lace overlay, which I treated as one. The lace's scalloped edge finished off the hem nicely.
I also laid lace over the satin for the petal sleeves (love those!). I wanted to showcase that lovely scalloped edge, so I made an overlay to drape over the front and back bodice.

Instead of trying to make buttonholes in the lace, I used snaps to  close…

Me-Made-May 2019: McCall's 7381

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What's not to love about a Spring wedding in Michigan, especially when the  weather turns out perfect!  One of my daughters' dear friends had a lovely outdoor barn wedding this month, and I got to wear my new dress: McCall's 7381


I had this blouseweight Peachskin woven fabric from FabricMart  waiting on my shelf   and it worked perfectly with this McCall's pattern. After reading a few reviews of this pattern, I knew the bodice might run a little big,  so I did not make any adjustments there. Actually, I only made a couple of changes. The pattern calls for lining the bodice, and

Me-Made-May 2019: Blackwood Cardigan #2

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I like and wear my first Blackwood Cardigan so much (blogged about here), that I thought I would make up another. This time I decided to make the shorter, hip-length version.                Fabric is a poly knit from Haberman Fabrics, in a pretty coral color. I love coral with navy!

Not such a flattering pic (LOL), but I did want to show the nice fit through the shoulders and the wide band at the hip. 

Although I am wearing this today with slacks, I know it will also be perfect to toss  over a dress this summer. 
(Curious about the quilt in the background? I made this one a few years ago, motivated by a class I took with Gwen Marston on liberated quiltmaking. My inspiration was a photo I took on a golf course in Upper Michigan: it was a beautiful summer day with green grass, blue skies and orange monarch butterflies flitting around. Heavenly!)

Me-Made-May 2019: Simplicity 1810

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I've been wanting to sew with linen for a while now, and this lovely linen print from Fabric Mart just jumped into my online cart a few weeks ago. 


Simplicity 1810 has been in my pattern collection (now it's OOP) waiting for it's turn in the rotation, and I'm happy I got to use it! I really love the shoulder gathers, the clean neckline facings and the fullness that gets gathered by the self ties that come out of the back darts (clever!). The linen I used does tend to stand away from the body a little bit, but not enough to bother me. 
After measuring the pattern pieces I decided that there was enough ease so that I did not need to make an FBA, but I did raise the front neckline about 1/2 inch, lengthened the ties, and graded out from below the bust to hem. That extra hip room was not needed and I ended up taking some back out. Today I wore this with the ties crossing over in front and knotted in the back, hard to see with my printed linen. But I do also have the optio…

Me-Made-May 2019: New Look 6301 and LoriAnne Patterns

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It was a lovely Michigan Spring Day yesterday, perfect for my favorite wrap dress: New Look 6301, and my Walking Coat by LoriAnne Patterns.




This is a lovely pattern from New Look, and the only adjustment I made ( I think.....I made this a couple of years ago!) was a FBA. I used a very pretty floral ITY from JoAnn Fabrics which was a perfect match for the pattern.


I love yellow, and and I love my yellow Spring coat! This too was made a couple of years ago after I purchased the pattern at a Sewing Expo weekend in Novi, MI. This large weave, wool fabric was another estate sale purchase.  Lining it with a striped silky poly worked well, and I eliminated any closures as both a practical (thicker fabric!) and style choice.
There is usually a small window of opportunity to wear this coat in our Midwestern Spring before the weather really warms up, but I enjoy wearing it every time!