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!!!


I Know It's Been Awhile

Wow, I didn't realize it's been March since my last post.  Well, life has been a little exciting for me these five months. I celebrated 50 and a wonderful man entered my life. Needless to say very very little sewing and knitting has happened.  I've been enjoying the newness of our relationship and settling in to 50.

I don't know what it is about Fall, it's the time of year that I get inspired. The juices start following and sewing ideas begin to bombard my mind. Then it disappears in winter and resurface in spring, but that is a different post.

Vogue's Fall Pattern collection really tickled my fancy.  I am in love with V1467 by Anne Klein.  I'm envisioning that pea coat in red wool with black buttons.  Also, I couldn't resist V1466, V1465 and V1457.

In my last post, I was about to wrap up my trouser jeans and start a dress for Easter.  Let's just say both are still a WIP.  Since March, I have lost a few inches and both projects will require altering. (I hope those inches will not be found) Honestly, I am not motivated to alter either project. So, I'm thinking about how to repurpose the fabric.

Last month, I completed a walking outfit and my second pair of socks. My walking outfit is combination of Kwik K3115 and Butterick B5788. The fabric is supplex I purchased from Spandex House on my New York trip.  I made a FBA and narrow shoulder adjustment on the top. The pants I made a sway back and full hip adjustments.

I completed the second variation of my basic sock pattern.  I must admit, I really like knitting socks. The sock yarn is Manos Del Uruguary-Alegria.

This month, I'm planning to attend the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan.  This will be the first time for me.  I'm very excited and planning to make a few items to wear.  I'm thinking a few tops and a maxi skirt.  So, I've been pulling knits and patterns from my stash.  I'm excited to see what I will end up making.   Stay tuned!! No seriously, stay tuned!!

Well in my next post, I will include a picture of me in my walking outfit.

Until next time, keep sewing!!!


AHHHHHHH.....Spring is in the Air!!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and flowers are budding.  I love this time of the year, everything is fresh and new. The ideas are following for spring and summer sewing.  First up is a dress for Easter.

But wait, what about the trouser jeans?  My trouser jeans are almost complete.  I just need to sew the waistband and hem.

But there is a little issue. I didn't get enough fabric to line my waistband.  I found this pretty cotton for my pockets and I was not thinking about the waistband when I made the purchase. Unfortunately, the fabric store is not close to me nor do they have mail order.  So, I'm deciding whether to just use a plain navy cotton , turquoise cotton or another print with similar colors.  While I'm deciding, thought I would get started on my dress for Easter.

I'm working on V8995 in a turquoise linen from my stash. I'm just about finished with the adjustments. A FBA, adding an inch to the hips and a sway back adjustment were in order. Hopefully, this evening I will be able to start the muslin.

Well, until next time...........keep sewing!!!!!