Finished: PR Mini-Wardrobe

I thought I had my laptop all fixed,  but no, the motherboard is done in.  So, I’m taking the lazy way out and reposting what I put up on Pattern Review.

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This is the composite review for my entry in the 2014 Mini-Wardrobe Contest. 

I needed casual clothes to wear to and from Aqua Zumba. So everything in my mini-wardrobe can (& does!) have my fitness swimsuit under it.

1. Top –McCall’s 7989 Camisole

2. Dress – Butterick 5606

3. Cardigan – McCall’s 6168

4. Skirt – McCall’s 8832

5. Pants –Butterick 5336

I used all stash for this wardrobe, both patterns and fabrics.  Using stash fabric presented some challenges for me when I was shirt some fabric.  I also learned how to apply FOE (through painstaking effort – and 1 ruined camisole).

The end result is a nice casual wardrobe I can put a swimsuit under!

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PR Mini Wardrobe Contest

Mini Wardrobe Contest 2014

I joined this year’s mini wardrobe contest on Pattern Review and I’m this close to finishing my 5 pieces. I still need more casual clothes and came up with this mini wardrobe to wear to and from Aqua Zumba class.

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Originally, I thought to make 2 knit cami tops with FOE binding and straps, but I jacked the elastic application up on 1. So in slides the dress-length Butterick 5606 I had cut for myself at the beginning of the month. Hooray, I’m going to finish in time this year!

Finished: McCall’s 8832 Maxi Skirt

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I love this skirt more than I expected to. This was the first piece of my mini wardrobe I completed and I’ve worn it 3x already.

McCall’s 8832 is a pattern I bought on eBay in 2012, I believe.  I had to enlarge the waist and hip/butt area to get the kind of swingy but not-too-full skirt I think looks good on me. 8832 was the base for my house dress’s wrap skirt.  I tweaked it further to make this skirt.
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Pattern Description:

OOP (1997) Misses’ flared skirt with waistband and side zipper.  Pattern has 3 length variations.

Pattern Sizing:

The pattern I got had sizes 12, 14, &16. I started with the 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Not this time. I made some changes to the pattern – surprise surprise.

Were the instructions easy to
follow?

When I followed the instructions,  they were super simple. The original pattern only has 3 pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Oh my goodness,  what’s not to like?  The skirt is flared without being a circle while skimming my waist and hips. I am so glad another tall PR member recommended this pattern.

Fabric Used:

A thin jersey from fabric.com. I thought this fabric was too thin for what I originally bought it.
Nice drape for this skirt though.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

I had to size the waist and hips (let’s be real – my backside) up to fit my measurements.
For this version,  I eliminated the waistband and zipper and took the hem to the floor.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I love this pattern and have made it my skirt TNT. I’ve made this pattern a few times and use it as my flared skirt base for other
patterns.  Definitely recommend this pattern if you can get ahold of it.

Finished: DIY Leggings for DD

I made the Young Miss some leggings. Before school ended,  I drafted a leggings pattern using an online tutorial.
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Pattern Description:

Self-drafted leggings for DD.

Pattern Sizing:

Drafted to my daughter’s measurements.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

N/A, since there was no pattern envelope.

Were the instructions easy to
follow?

There were no instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like how easy this pattern was to draft. I also like how easily it went together.

Fabric Used:

I made 1 version with a floral knit from Michael Levine & 1 version from a 4-way stretch that had been in my stash from Gorgeous Fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

Since I drafted this pattern to
DD’s measurements, I didn’t need to make any alterations.  Woohoo!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

My daughter loves her leggings.  I’ve already sewn them 3 times for her and will do so again before school starts.

Finished: DIY Corset

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Still playing catchup on completed projects.  Some of you may remember when I started working on a self-drafted corset last September. It’s been finished since December. This was one of the most involved sewing projects I’ve ever tackled and I’m proud to have finished it. And that it fits!
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Pattern Description:

Self-drafted double-boned underbust corset with zipper front.

Pattern Sizing:

I drafted this pattern to my measurements using instructions from Foundations Revealed.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

It looked exactly the way I wanted it to when I was finished.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

There were no instructions. However, due to the fitting, boning, lining,  grommet insertion, and zipper application,  I would say this is a fairly involved project.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the finished product a lot. I especially like that I don’t have to struggle with a busk when putting it on.

Fabric Used:

I used upholstery fabric for both the fashion fabric and the contrasting lining.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

My corset’s shape is not like standard underbusts. I wanted my corset to dip in the front and ride higher on my hips for easier wear when sitting. I also used heavy duty zip ties in place of steel for the boning and a zipper in place of a busk. Finally, I opted to hand sew the fashion fabric and lining together instead of binding the edges.  I would bind the edges next time.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I am glad to have tackled this project. It took me some time to finish as there are so many steps involved and so much hand sewing,  but I would do it all again.

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Finished: Butterick 5030 Wrap (House) Dress

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And here we have another item that has been complete for months. When we first moved, I thought it would be good to have a housedress. I took all the fitting work I’d done out for a test drive with Butterick 5030.

Pattern Description:

Flared, wrapped dress, below mid-knee has semi-fitted bodice, front band or collar, sleeve variations. A: contrast bands and belt. B, F: purchased belt. C, D: self fabric belts. E: cuffs and single layered sash.

Pattern Sizing:

I initially made a size 22, based on the pattern envelope.   That was MUCH too large.  I had to do a lot of cutting down of the muslin pieces to get a wearable product.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

For the most part,  yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

I didn’t follow them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like that the pattern is for a woven wrap dress & that the pattern has so many views.

I dislike the sizing. I originally made 5030 based on my measurements from the pattern envelope,  = disaster.   Next time, I also need to raise the armhole by 1/2 inch to increase my range of motion and maybe cut down on the sleeve head. This time, I used the bodice adjustments & a skirt from patterns I’d already fitted to get the woven wrap dress look.

Fabric Used:

I used some midweight black stretch woven from the stash.  I had to piece part of the skirt due to scant yardage. But hey, no waste!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

Used the skirt modified from McCall’s 8832.
Used the altered bodice from Butterick 4976.  When I made 5030, it was just huge.
I raised the neckline 2 inches. Then I had to take a (fairly large) tuck in the right front bodice to eliminate gaping. That could be due to the fabric stretching while being handled.
I also added snaps at the waist to keep it closed. Then I added 2 hooks and eyes to keep covered. 1 hook and eye set was much too prominent, so I removed it after the first wear. I’m thinking a clear snap.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I am pleased with the house dress and will definitely use the fitted pattern again. I would recommend B5030 with modifications.

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Finished: New Look 6895 Top

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This is another item I’ve had sewn up for months and just now getting it onto the blog.  I usually wear it with a brown cardi.  I salvaged the fabric from this RTW dress to make the top:
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I am much happier with this fabric as a top and wore it at least and a month while subbing.

Pattern Description:
Misses top pattern with 6 top variations. I made View A.

Pattern Sizing:
8-18 in one envelope.  I started with the 18.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I don’t remember having any trouble with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the top takes so little fabric. I also like tht the post resembles Boden’s RaveIlo top.  I dislike how BIG the top was as originally sewn.

Fabric Used:
I disassembled a Kohl’s dress and used the fabric for this top.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Based on other people’s helpful reviews, I raised the neckline 3 inches.

This was also the first pattern I
did a slash-and-spread FBA. What a time-consuming process! I like pivot-and-slide much better.  I moved half the FBA into the neckline gathers.

After sewing, I had to take in the side seams up to 4 inches on each side so the top doesn’t look like a sack on me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
After all the pattern tweaking, I would sew this top again for sure. With modifications, I would recommend this pattern to others.

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