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Completed: My Maid of Honor Dress

Here’s a fun fact about me: I have never been a bridesmaid before. Never! I would almost say I’ve never been in a wedding at all, but I did get to carry the bride’s train in a wedding when I was really young (I think 8 – it was for my mom’s best friend). Is […]

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Clean lines and twisting vines

After the bit of fun I showed you in the previous post, I went on with making a proper dress. In fact, you have already seen a bit of it: This is the dress which has the invisible zipper and the facing…Early this year, I bought some fabric in a gorge…

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The retro wrap Dress

Ok, it took me a long time to finally take pictures of the things I have sewn over the past weeks. For some reason, I didn’t feel like posing for a couple of weeks. At last, I bit the bullet. Yesterday, I did my hair, even applied make-up and made good…

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PEPLUM BUTTON UP TOP + PDF PATTERN MODIFICATION

HI DARLINGS! I told you yesterday that I was excited about this pattern and I really have made it about 5 times already, including modifications like this one! This pattern was so well received yesterday and I am thrilled to know you guys love it. I wanted to show how easy it is to go from […]

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NEW MIMI G STYLE PDF PATTERN!

HI DARLINGS! I am so excited about this pattern and I have made it about 5 times already, LOL! It is perfect for so many fabrics and it’s such an easy sew. It’s just 33 pages but tapes up really quickly. If you are new to PDF patterns you can check out THIS video as […]

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The Only Park Lane

A long, long time ago I bought a dress pattern from Merchant and Mills: the company started in 2010 and  I’ve a sneaking suspicion that I purchased the pattern not long afterwards. It is stored in a sturdy cardboard tube … Continue reading

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The Only Park Lane

A long, long time ago I bought a dress pattern from Merchant and Mills: the company started in 2010 and  I’ve a sneaking suspicion that I purchased the pattern not long afterwards. It is stored in a sturdy cardboard tube … Continue reading

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Burda dress 119, changes to pattern and construction

There were a few changes I made to the pattern prior to and during construction. For those of you interested in the details, this is what I did.

As indicated in the first post on this dress last week, I lengthened the upper body by 1.5 inch. This isn’t hard to do: fold the pleat on the right pattern piece, match it with the placement line on the left pattern piece and you have a full front in which it’s easy to draw a line to lengthen (or shorten) it. I did this just below the armhole. After that the seamlines, diagonal fold and placement lineslines are trued again. Of course this change of length is to be done on the back pattern piece too.
This is not an error in the pattern piece. I know my upper body is longer than average and it’s a change I always do in Burda patterns.

The other change was cutting off the extra triangle pieces that are on the right side pattern pieces for the top, skirt and waist part.

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Initially I cut them and understood what the intention was, an extra pleat above and below the waist inset. In the magazine picture this part is invisible and the line drawing isn’t clear either. I decided that this would probably not make things nicer on me and cut them off. After construction I found this picture on the German Burda site and have magnified this part. For me it was a good decision to take them off, the remaining pleats give enough accent as it is.

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If you do want to remove these pleats you also have to change the small triangle (piece 26) which has no lines. Or perhaps I just missed them.

I used a chalk marker to do this:

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I marked all lines with carbon paper on the wrong side of the fabric, but used basting stitches too on a lot of pieces to have the lines on the right side of the fabric too.

The order of construction for the waist inset is done in the following steps, that are self explanatory if you are using the pattern. (It was at the moment of inserting the inset in the main body/skirt part that I decided not to use those extra pleats, so in these pictures these are still there).

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I used a fabric with a bit of stretch, cutting a smaller size for the torso than I would have done with a woven fabric. It  was very snug and I gave the side seam a bit more space.

Another thing I did was making a couple of horizontal stitches in the back of the pleat in the body. It tended to gape and with these invisible stitches the pleat is kept in place better.

Hope these details are helping some of you.

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OAL2017: My Completed Kim Dress

Good morning, everyone! It’s the last day of July, which means the deadline to finish + share your OAL garments! Today, I’m going to show y’all my finished dress – because my sweater actually isn’t done yet! LOL for being the worst host ever. Whatever! It’s been a crazy last few months, I’m not even […]

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It’s not August yet…

and I finished my first dress from the August issue of Burda.

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I’m quite happy with how this dress fits and how it looks on me. The most visible change to the pattern is the neckline. The original neckline was very high and it felt like it was choking me. I didn’t want to disturb the pleat and widened it just a bit but went 4-5 cm down in center front.

I did a few pattern and construction alterations and will write a separate post on that later this week.

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Sea of Silk

Look – photographic evidence that sometimes, just sometimes, the sun does shine in all its glory here. More blue and I really mean true, royal, luscious, rich, deep, drown-in, indulgent blue crepe de chine. Thank you very much to those … Continue reading

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Starting to sew from August Burda

I didn’t keep to my pledge of sewing something from a (new) Burda magazine each month. There were two skirts I forgot to blog about, but even if I count these, there are no 6 or 7 garments from Burda magazines sewn by me this year . The August issue could change the numbers. It’s a great issue with quite a few patterns I’d like to make. After seeing previews and especially after seeing some pictures shared by a friend with a subscription, I stalked the newsagent for this issue. It started with a little disappointment that the jacket I like so much is in the petite size range. Perhaps I will draft the details in my jacket pattern at some point, but not now. I have a nice event to go to next week and thought it might be nice to sew a new dress for the occasion.

This is the pattern I’m using, number 119:

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Not a very straightforward dress to sew. After tracing the pattern pieces the first thing I did was trying to “assemble” the paper pieces, based on the instructions and common sewing sense. That is necessary with Burda, their instructions are not always clear. Something is lost in translation probably (I have the Dutch issue, the original is German).

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There were two things I changed to the pattern:

  • the length of the bodice (common alteration for me) which was less difficult than it may seem from the line drawing
  • the waist piece. That has a seam at the bottom that is showing easily. In the magazine picture the serged seam is peeking out. I moved the seam to the center back of the waist piece. Easy change and I think it looks better the upper ander under side of that piece both have a folded edge.
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I think I got how this is intended to be sewn and am ready to cut it.

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The pattern calls for 1.95 meter of fabric, the length of my fabric is only 1.80 and it works, It’s probably a bit wider than the fabric Burda used.

Hope this dress works well, I’ve been in doubt of posting this already, but it’s a sewing journey and sometimes it works, sometimes not.

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Simplicity 1595 emergency recital dress

She looks carefree here, but a week ago, all was not calm as she realized that her piano recital was in a week and SHE DIDN’T HAVE A WHITE DRESS! It was urgent, especially as we spent the three days prior to her recital out of town, which gave me 2 day…

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Flower Power McCall’s 6886 – a toile (x 2)

Ever on the quest to find the “perfect dress pattern” for myself I was quite taken by Kirsten’s striped version of McCalls 6886. I wasn’t quite sure if the pattern (found here) would work for me as it was a bit more snug at the waist than I’d normally …

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Well suited

A few weeks ago, with the last classes taught and just some meetings left to wrap up the school year, I was looking for another sewing project. And still, I felt a bit tired and didn’t quite feel up to doing everything myself (something which I us…

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Border Debate

Blah…blah…blah ….That’s all we hear on the news these days, what with Brexit, border polls, import/export and other stuff – what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and Southern Ireland (EU)? At the moment, there isn’t a … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress

Kia ora fellow sewing mavens! Being a gal “workin’ for the man” full time, I’m somewhat lacking in sewing time (and let’s be honest, patience), I want each pattern I purchase to work multiple ways, preferably straight out of the packet. I want those garments to work on a drizzly Auckland Monday in July, or…

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Dress Knipmode June 2017

Finally, a non-tester garment :).

 This is a lovely pattern. It is a pattern from KnipMode 6/2017. As usual, my biggest problem is to choose the right size. The pattern is in sizes 34-54. In their size chart, I am a 38 for the bust and waist an…

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Summer of Love Denim Dress

The summer of denim continues! This dress is my homage to the Summer of Love – which started right here in the bay area. So I couldn’t pass up this fantastic denim embroidered with flowers, in the ever-elusive border print. At least elusive to me, I’m always looking for good border prints and they are rare.

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I had taken some pictures against a plain background but this dress just calls for more flowers. The fabric is from Stone Mountain in Berkeley, and they had several variations of the fabric. I bought the one without any yellow, as I just liked the pink and turquoise with green stems on this one, but the other ones were nice as well. The embroidery is just on one selvedge, so I had to cut on the crosswise grain, which made no difference in this tightly woven fabric, it’s halfway between a denim and a chambray in feel. Plus I didn’t have to buy very much, just enough to go around me plus seam allowances so I think I got about 1.5 yards and I still have a lot left, mostly of the solid blue, since it is 60″ wide.

Dress form view. Can you recognize which pattern?

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It may get retired now as I have just made 3 versions in a row – and I confess the first two were kind of tests in order to get everything right for this one, including the length.  Now that I like the fit I might have to make a winter version.  But it was 106˚F here yesterday so NOT thinking about winter clothes now! New Look 6500 or D0569 on this envelope. strange….

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Some sewing details, I decided to line this dress, partially so it would wrinkle less. I decided to make the lining attach to the facing (which I made in the previous post on this dress) as an example so I can show it at my dress class at Hello Stitch.

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That is how it turns out – I really like this way of doing the lining, very ready-to-wear. And uses the same techniques as when I modify a pattern for color-blocking.  The zipper does go up to the top – not sure why I didn’t zip it on the form there. I used the grey Ambiance lining because grey is my go-to color for linings that I keep in the stash…

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I think these kind of dresses with minimal shaping end up with a few drag lines that I suppose I would have taken out – but it has no darts at the waist or in the back so not a lot to work with. It is
super comfortable though!

This dress reminds me so much of things my mom had in the late sixties, she had some really cute shift dresses with embellishment, I remember a white one with flowers like this that ran from hem to shoulder on one side, and a black one with geometric squares in shades of bright pink and orange. Very mod! I think we had some kid’s versions as well.

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Getting that border to sit right at the hemline was my biggest concern so I think it’s just right 🙂

I have already been wearing this dress out and about, so I took this picture in front of the window at Hello Stitch, with all the sewing machines. and their sitting area. It’s really nice to sew there and then take a break, sit on the couch, chat with whoever is around. A nice change from my mostly solitary sewing! If you look closely you can see Chuleenan of CSews.com reflected in the window as she took the picture. She is the organizer for our Bay Area Sewists Meetup group and she does such a great job arranging interesting topics and events.

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One of the best things about the Meetup group is that I get to see my sewing friends who are all across the bay area. Even though we are in the same locale to traverse from one end of the bay area to another can take hours depending on the day and the traffic. So it is a treat to see my friend Pauline, (who is @sewuthinkucan on Instagram). If you love stripes you should follow her. You should follow her anyway! I call her the Queen of Stripes. She is on a roll this summer with interpreting things she sees in retail and making her own (better) version. Anyway – it is great to see her and we end up talking a mile a minute to cover everything we need to discuss!

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So that’s it for this flowery summer dress – it is my new favorite – until the next new favorite, right?

Up next, hmmm, I don’t really know. I am knee deep in making things for others. Including the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case patterns, for someone else, so I will have lots of info on how to do a full bust adjustment on that, add a dart, change the armhole and keep the style but make it look good on any size.

Classes at Hello Stitch – next week starts my two-part shirt making class on Wednesday evening, I think there are a couple of spaces available. You know I love to make shirts – so rewarding, so many fiddly details that am excited to show.   Sunday July 30 – one day dressmaking class.   Sun. Aug 19, Fit Lab, I think there is only one space left.
Jacket making – you know this is the one I am excited about – we are planning now. If you are in the bay area, reading this and would be interested in doing a jacket class, probably starting mid-late Sept or early October, please email me as I have some questions on how to structure the class and would love to discuss.

Happy Summer of Love Sewing,
Beth

today’s garden photo, a very old rose with small blooms that I kind of want to pull out and replace with something grander  – but oh, this peachy color is so pretty.

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a super-simple dress

So, things got busy in the past two months. The end of the school year brought extra events in my teaching job, good weather meant more climbing trips and then, there was my ongoing effort to get better at route setting in the climbing hall. …

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Ottobre 03/2014-35 dress

After I finished cutting out my last dress, I had about a yard of fabric left over. I don’t really use ITY much in small pieces, but I thought Myra might like a dress to match mine, so I went hunting for a pattern with similar features, particularly th…

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Free Sewing Pattern – Womens Swim Cover Up

Free Sewing Pattern – Womens Swim Cover Up

PATTERN DETAILS A cute swim suit cover up for women. Perfect for going to an from the pool without having to change.. need to run into the store? No problem! Just throw on this cover up and be ready to go… In sizes xs-xxl you can make this swim cover in an evening. Download NOw

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure. I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar…

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The Last of the Donna Karans

When Vogue lost the licence to produce DKNY patterns, my little sewing world became yet another wee bit smaller. However, I did take advantage of a $4.99 sale earlier in the year and bought them all up – I’m only … Continue reading

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Oceanside Dress-Itch to Stitch pattern

I am very bad at combining fabrics prints and colors. Usually, I agonize about choosing the perfect fabric for my projects but when I need also to match fabrics /colors/prints then I go really crazy about it.

This is the latest pattern from I…

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Bold Floral Are Always In Order – New Look 6184

There is nothing like a bold floral print.  Perfect complement to a fit and flare silhouette.  Summer time is a great time to show off a pretty floral dress.  In summer I want to look my best and be as comfortable as possible. &nbsp…

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My Red and Black Circle Dress – McCall 7429

My sewing mojo is in full affect.  For weeks I’ve been happily sewing up a storm, cranking out garments so fast there isn’t much time to photograph and post them.  Fortunately today, I was able to take pictures of three of my latest projects….

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My Red and Black Circle Dress – McCall 7429

My sewing mojo is in full affect.  For weeks I’ve been happily sewing up a storm, cranking out garments so fast there isn’t much time to photograph and post them.  Fortunately today, I was able to take pictures of three of my latest projects….

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The Shirt (Dress)

This one will not be going to Donegal with me!   Undoubtedly the Internet is a fabulous creation but there is such a thing as ‘too much information’ – I made the fatal mistake of looking up the five day … Continue reading

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