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Finished: McCall’s 7989 Knit Camisole

I had a very cute knit camisole in college.  It came with matching boyshorts, which are long since gone.  I held onto the camisole even after it no longer fit comfortably in the bust. I finally made a better version of my comfy knit cami.

Here I am with my fitness swimsuit under it since the elastic straps are not bra friendly.

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Pattern Description:
Misses’ fit and flared slipdress pattern from the 1990s. 

Pattern Sizing:
I began with the size 16 fitted slipdress pattern I worked on last year. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Umm, not really.  I wanted to recreate a knit camisole I loved (and outgrew) from my college days.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions?  I winged it…

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that I had — ostensibly — already fitted the pattern. 

Fabric Used:
An ITY knit from the stash. I’d bought it from fabric.com in April.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
— I shortened the slipdress to hip length.
— I added a bust dart to the slipdress pattern and kept it in the knit camisole.  I am learning I absolutely need a dart in my knits.
— I used fold-over elastic (FOE) for the neck binding and the armholes.  After destroying the FOE on my first camisole, I got this one right after much (MUCH) practice.
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— I thought the pattern was fitted to my body already, but when I tried on my cami, it was too big by a lot.   I wound up taking in the sides by 4″ on each side to get the fit I wanted.
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely be sewing this again.
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Finished: Butterick 5606 Dress

I sewed a dress from the pattern with which I made the Young Miss’s red tunic.

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Pattern Description:
Pullover dress is close-fitting at the bust, has slightly flared skirt and drapes extending into tie-ends with raw edges, wrong side of fabric will show. May be worn forward or backwards. Wearing instructions are included.

Pattern Sizing:
I used size XXL.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes this time.  I still didn’t make the wrap.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t use the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I still like that this is an incredibly simple pattern.

Fabric Used:
A 4-way stretch from the stash. I’d bought it from Gorgeous Fabrics a while back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 4″ to the length, then hacked it off again.
I also removed a 2″ wedge from the front armhole on each side.
Finally I used fabric for neck and armhole bindings.
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this super simple 2-piece pattern to others.  I look better in things with more waist definition.

Or as the Young Miss put it, “this dress looks like a shapeless sack.”  Thank you, YM ;).
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Finished: McCall’s 6168 Cardigan

I have this lovely front drape multicolored cardigan that I wear pretty often in the winter.
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View C of McCall’s 6168 is very similar to my multicolored cardigan.  Hooray for finally sewing it up!
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Pattern Description:
Cardigans A, B, C have long sleeves, stitched hems and shaped lower edges; cardigan A has front pockets that do not lay flat; cardigans A, B have front button closures; cardigan C has optional button closure, wrong side of fabric will show.
I made view C.

Pattern Sizing:
8-16. I used the 16.

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?
Um…I didn’t use the instructions.  But when I glanced at the instructions,  they looked straightforward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that View C looks like one of my favorite RTW cardigans.  I just wish the ends wrapped all the way around my waist.

Fabric Used:
I used a tissue weight knit from the stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Because I like complicating my life, I flat felled all the seams.  had to widen the sleeves. I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew this again. Next time I would add to the tails so I can wrap them as I like.

Finished: Butterick 5336 Harem Pants

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I have a bit of a love affair with harem pants.  I remember making two pair for freshman year in high school.  One pair was corduroy. I wore them for my first day of high school.  Yeah, I was that girl.

I went on to make several additional pair of harem pants over the years.  I mostly wear them in the summer now. Yeah, still that girl.

I’ve been dreaming about a pair of grey harem pants since 2011. I bought the fabric and everything.  Too bad the fabric shrunk significantly during pre-wash.  I’ma wear ’em to Aqua Zumba anyway.

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Pattern Description:
Misses’ harem pants pattern from 1991.

Pattern Sizing:
I lost my original pattern somewhere along the way. I traced a pair of harem pants I made freshman year in high school.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of. It wasn’t as loose fitting as usual.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions used to be easy. See above re: lost pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Seriously?  I love this pattern.  This version is probably my 6th pair over the years.

Fabric Used:
A grey woven from my stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made some necessary changes to the pattern.  I have a 36″ inseam and a 49″ outseam. When
my fabric shrank during pre-wash,  the yardage came up short. I cut the legs narrower than the pattern called for. I then let out all the seams to 3/8″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is a favorite of mine for summer pants. They’re kooky,  but I love them. I would recommend this pattern if the pants match someone else’s kooky style & one can get ahold of a copy.

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!

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.