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McCalls M6886 – A Quick Way To Get Your Sewing Mojo Back

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Hello all,

There is no doubt in my mind, that when I say that life sometimes gets in the way of sewing, you are all nodding your heads in agreement. Holidays, schedules, family and work have all taken priority and the end result, for me has been a loss of my inclination and enthusiasm.

Someone in one of my online sewing groups had posted a question about this very thing; asking how to get the sewing mojo back after an absence. And most every answer was the same – whip out a quick project. There is something very true about the effect that an instant gratification task brings.

And there is no better pattern for a quick sew than M6886. Two pieces, front and back. It doesn’t get much easier and I was tempted to do the whole thing on my serger.

I chose to make a combination of view D – sleeveless with the scoop neckline, while using the pattern pieces of view F for the length. View D was the shorter version only.

Zip, zip, zip in under two hours, including the tracing.

I serged the shoulder and side seams for a clean finish and did a very simple serge and turn under finish on the neck and arm holes. A zig zag or twin needle are also excellent finishes if you don’t own a serger.

And le voila.

Mojo restored and on to my next project. We are heading out on vacation soon and I’m keen to make a couple of swimsuit coverups. More to come on that…

Bye for now,

Andrea

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Vogue 1422

One of the great benefits of social media, is the way in which it brings like minded individuals together from around our world. I have had the pleasure of being part of a Facebook group, led by an encouraging and ever cheerful host over the past year or so. The leader selects a pattern and the participants all work away on their own version, posting steps, challenges and progress pictures along the way. The sewing talent of the members is inspiring as we all tackle our pattern together; each of us finishing with a garment as unique as our fabric choice. Although I don’t participate in every challenge, I am always a keen observer.

One of my favourites has been Vogue 1422. What a dress! Fabric, lining, underlining and stretch mesh all layered for a gorgeous result.

Now, I have always been a die hard pattern tracer. Weight fluctuations, terribly fragile tissue and a desire to make favourites more than once are a few of the reasons that I could never bring myself to cut into my patterns. Lately though, my husband has questioned why I am not placing value on my time versus the cost of a pattern. He suggested that rather than spending an hour or so taping, tracing and cutting, that I should just purchase two copies of a pattern that I think I will make more than once. Cut one, save one. And he is absolutely right. I had already traced this one out though. Next time…

I bought all my materials from my local Fabricland. The teal fabric also came in a solid, but I was really drawn to the large roses. Bemberg lining, organza underlining for the skirt and a stretch mesh lining for the bodice. Here we go…

Bodice front
Bodice back
Stretch mesh bodice lining. How persnickety was this stuff to sew!
Organza skirt underlining view 1
…and view 2
Inside out to show fabric and underlining together
The lining is added
The zipper is installed (unpicked, and re-sewn)
Completed back view
The finished front view

An added benefit of the sewing group is that it makes you give patterns a second look. Surely, I had seen this pattern on Vogue’s website, but it wasn’t until it became the group choice that I really noticed it. And I am very glad that I opted in.

Would I make this again? Absolutely. If I do, it will be in a solid colour and I think this would make an excellent “little black dress”.

Bye for now,

Andrea

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Butterick Lisette B6385 – Part 2 – The Finished Coat!

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A very quick post to show off my completed Butterick Lisette B6385.  I started this coat in November of last year which you can read about here.   Because this was the second time making it, the majority of it was done within about a week.  I became quite indecisive about buttons for it however, and set it aside while I found ones I liked.

Of course, then the Holiday season ramped up and my attentions were drawn to cooking, baking and décor.  My poor Lisette hung sadly unfinished on my dress form in the basement for a month and a half.

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Style Arc Italia Shirtdress – The Finished Dress

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I was hoping to take some pictures outside now that the weather is starting to warm up but it is quite dreary and rainy here today.  That is not a complaint, mind you.  This time last year we still had quite a bit of snow on the ground to the extent that you could not see the pool in the backyard.  Today however, there is no snow, and the water that has accumulated on top of the pool’s winter cover is completely fluid.  Usually, it is iced over until early April.  We have had mild winters like this before but they are a rare event indeed.

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Here is my completed Style Arc Italia Shirtdress.  I’m going to call this “Version 1” and will be making it again in the next week or so.  There are two issues that I have with this version, and they are both wholly my fault through lack of foresight and an error of judgement.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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A quick post to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sunday Power Sewing and Stash Busting – New Look 6838

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Down in my sewing room, I have three Rubbermaid totes full of fabric along with several bags of additional yardage piled on top, tucked in to drawers and hanging in closets.  Now, I know that some of you will read that and say “Pfft…what a Rookie!” however the disorganization of it is what is bothering me, more than the quantity.  I stopped myself from going out to buy an additional tote with the intent that I am going to figure out a better system.  Please feel free to let me know of any ideas you may have.

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Fast Friday – Fabricland Member Sale

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For those of you in Ontario who are Fabricland “Sewciety” Members, they are having a terrific sale right now which runs September 9-27.  It is an annual event and I have been keeping an eye out for it since the beginning of summer.

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