Monday, September 8, 2014

Late Summer/Early Fall

We're doing a lot of harvesting in the garden....in addition to the never ending tomatoes, the carrots and potatoes are ready.


And the fall flowers are out in full bloom....right now it's the clematis and hydrangea.



Next up are the chrysanthemums.





Thursday, August 21, 2014

And Even More Sewing

It seems like I've been spending a lot of time in my sewing room lately.  That is, when I'm not over at the garden.

I have to laugh when I see patterns titled "easy."  Or "make it today, wear it tomorrow."  Right.  I think I spend more time pinning, basting, and ripping than actually sewing.  And making muslin after muslin.

That was certainly the case with this top.  Butterick B5503.  I've had the pattern for a while and thought it would be somewhat business like -- so more suitable for doing volunteer work than working in the yard.

My first muslin was generously sized, to say the least.  Baggy, with too much ease.  And too long between the shoulders and underarm....so much so that the arm opening extended half way to my waist.  So I ended up cutting a smaller size and shortened the pieces by approximately one inch between the shoulders and bottom of the armhole (took some finagling to accommodate the curved yoke).  The fit could use more tweaking, but it's now wearable.

The only other change I made was to eliminate the facing and bind the neck edge with contrasting fabric.

Note that there are no tucks - those are just wrinkles ironed in.  Woops.





Monday, August 4, 2014

Sew Inspired - New Look 6871

Participating in the recent Outfit Along (more on that later) has really inspired me to sew more.  And I've added so many sewing related blogs to my feed for further inspiration.

Yesterday I finished a new summer cotton top using New Look 6871, view D in the shorter length using just a single fabric.  This was the second time I've used this pattern.

Fabric:  Very old fabric from my stash of unknown origin - a quilting cotton.  It was quite faded at the fold lines, so I had to seam the fronts and backs to hide that.  And there wasn't quite enough fabric, so I pieced and seamed the facings and used a contrasting fabric for the bias armhole bindings.

Size:  14 for the yoke, 16 for the body starting at the underarm.

Construction changes:  Instead of gathers on the front/back, I used gentle pleats -- 4 on the front, 6 on the back.  No interfacing.  I used this tutorial for the armhole bindings.

What would I do differently next time?  1) Cut a size 14 at the underarm, grading to a 16 at the hem.  2) Use a lighter weight fabric and/or lighter weight facing fabric (both yoke and armhole).  Otherwise it's quite cool and comfortable for a hot summer day.

Finished Top (yes, I did iron it)


Front Pleats


Contrasting Seam Binding (matches the thread better than the main fabric)