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McCalls 6696 – Navy Linen Shirt Dress

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It has been a while since I last posted.  My sewing pace slowed down quite a bit as I worked on McCalls 6696.  Here is the picture from the pattern envelope:

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McCalls 2401 – Tried and True

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A few years ago, McCalls put out M2401 which on the surface is a run of the mill sheath pattern.  A front, cut on the fold with darts at the bust and down the abdomen, two darted back pieces, and sleeves…or not.

Where the clever folks at McCalls really did us a good turn was with the number of options and combinations that they put into the one envelope.  Have a look:

McCalls M2401

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Style Arc Ursula Ponte Skirt

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner – the Ursula Ponte Skirt is a great wardrobe staple to have swinging in your closet.

After seeing so many lovely garments made by my sewing peers using Style Arc patterns I thought I’d stick my toe in the water with this skirt.

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McCalls 5668 – Light Boucle Jacket

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I just finished McCalls 5668 which is a light and versatile little jacket.  Here are the envelope pictures:

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The Balancing Act of Sewing With a Plan and Wardrobe Building

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As a member of a few sewing groups and forums, and an active user of Pinterest, I find myself repeatedly drawn to threads and boards which speak about Wardrobe Building.  Until quite recently, I was like many others with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, or I would continually wear the same outfits while others were years old; never seeing the light of day.  I did a big purge with the intent of changing the way I shop and sew as sadly for me, the last donation I made to our local Goodwill included garments that still had the sales tags attached.   Continue reading

McCalls 6996 – Fuscia Cardigan

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Spurred on by the talented Julie Starr and several others on Pattern Review that I have seen, I spent a few quite contented hours in my sewing room yesterday working on McCalls 6996.

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McCalls 3830 – Wardrobe Builder

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One key area of focus for me this year is wardrobe building by adding some basics to my closet.  My description of basics means sewing classic, stylish patterns which will integrate well with each other or with other pieces that I already have.  This isn’t about trends or fads; rather it is about having garments that can be worn confidently for years to come and ones that I can mix and match.

Such is the case with McCalls 3830 which is a pattern for a basic straight skirt with several length options as seen here:

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