Appleton Dress Update - The Muslin

In  my last post, I started working on the muslin.  Last week, I was able to complete it all except for the hems.  I'm happy to say the muslin is actually a wearable dress.  I am very please with the out come of this pattern.

As I mention last, the only adjustment I made was for  my narrow shoulders. As you can see from the selfie, the cross is too low for me. Therefore, I will have to shorten the top area on the next dress.  In the meantime for this dress, I'm going to add an insert.

Well that is all for now. I will show the complete dress, along with my constructions details I added and my review of the pattern in my next post.

Until Next Time........Keep Sewing!!!!


What I Knitted For Christmas and The Cashmerette Wrap Dress

Happy New Year!!!!  It's hard to believe that a new year has begun.  I'm grateful to have a job.  But when it's time to go back to work, lets just say I prefer not to go. :)  However, I can say that my time off during the holidays was enjoyable and relaxing.  I was able to spend much needed quality time with love ones.  

In my last post, I started  knitting my Christmas gifts.  Well, I am proud to say I finished them by Christmas!!   Wow, what an undertaking for me.  I naively thought I would be able to knit these gifts, sew my holiday dress and wrap up items for work before vacation.  Let's just say no sewing took place.  However, it all worked out. This past holiday was very low key.  So, the holiday dress was not needed.  So without further ado, here is what I knitted.

This hat and scarf I knitted for the man in my life.  He loves it and has been wearing it nonstop. The pattern is Pressed Rib Cap and Muffler by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.  The yarn  is Arroyo by Malabrigo Yarns.

I knitted this hat for my cousin. The pattern is Everdeen Beanie by Tanis Gray. I think this pattern is on Ravelry.  However, I  discovered it  in a book I have titled Weekend Hats by Cecily Glowik MacDoanld and  Melissa Labarra.  The yarn is Silk Blend by Manos Del Uruguay.

I have a very close friend who is like a second Mother to me.  I knitted this hat for her.  The pattern is Helado by Tanis Gray.  I found this pattern on Ravelry.   The yarn is also Silk Blend by Manos Del Uruguay.

Well, it's back to sewing and knitting a sock or two here and there.  I entered my sewing room this weekend and organized it for the next project.  I started the the wrap dress by Cashmerette.  I'm making it out of a brown rayon  jersey I've had in stash for a while .  This will be my muslin.  So far, the only adjustment I have  made is for my narrow shoulders.  I'm purposely not making any height adjustments.  I want to see were the wrap will hit me first.  Hopefully, this muslin will turn out to be a dress I can actually wear.

 Until Next Time............Keep Sewing!!!


McCalls M6962 - In Need of Tops That Fit

The one item my wardrobe lacks, are groovy tops. I like nice blouses, but I really enjoy fun tops.  Most of my tops are RTW and do not fit properly.  They are either too long, too short or in need of a FBA.  So, I decided it's time to start making my own tops.

But before I tell you about M6963, I would like to mention I has an awesome time at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan.  I didn't take a lot of pictures.  However, I was fascinated with the quilts from the Symbols of Africa Exhibit.

This was my first time attending and I have to say it was more than I expected.  The market place was  little overwhelming.  There was a lot to see and purchase. But to my surprise, I didn't purchase much.  I treated myself to a pair of Kai 11inch shears.  OMG, I absolutely love these shears. Now I am a Gingher diehard, but I couldn't resist these Kai shears.  I purchased a couple pieces of fabric. This was a little surprising to me, I thought I would have purchased more.

The classes I selected centered around knits. I plan to add more knits to my wardrobe, so I wanted to learn more on sewing with knits.  I took a beginners class on draping. This class was interesting and inspiring, but I'm not ready to tackle draping just yet.  The class that I enjoyed the most was "Body Shaping Your Dress Form".  I am overdue for a new dressform, but have been putting it off until I lose some weight.  But , I learned how to select the size based on project weight loss and how to pad up to my current size. So now I trying to decide whether to  invest in a full body dress form.  Its recommended if you make pants for yourself.  I'm in no hurry, so I will continue to gather more information.

Now let's talk about M6963. I absolutely love V-neck type tops!!! Next in line are drape neck tops. I was drawn to this pattern because of the drape neck and its from Palmer/Pletsch.  I knew immediately the pattern instructions would be fill with fitting techniques and tips.

The top is made from bamboo jersey I had in my stash from Moods Fabric.  I just love the feel of bamboo jersey.  I had to make a few adjustments.  The top is quite long, so I ended up removing 4 inches in the length.  In the past, I have used a FBA technique designed for knits.  Its basically adding the inches you need across the top.   This time I decided to use the technique in the pattern.  I have to say I like it much better. It's more precise. The last adjustment I made was a slight round back adjustment.

The construction was simple and it went together in about 2hrs.  Overall, I am pleased with my top and will make it again.  The only items I will change are to shorten the drape and stabilize the side seams.

Next in the queue is a dress for the Holidays.  I fell in love with this metallic wrap dress from Talbots. It's simple yet elegant.  However, I would select different shows. :)  I  found a silver metallic rayon jersey from emmaonesock.  I decided to use The Appleton Dress Pattern by Cashmertte.

On the knitting front, I decided to knit a couple of Christmas gifts.  This is definitely new territory for me.  The trick will be not keeping the items from myself.  First up, is a hat I'm knitting for a close relative.   It's almost done, so I will give details when complete.

Until Next Time Keep Sewing!!!