Mccall’s 8118 – Misses’ shorts, Pants & Belt

Hello,

I can’t believe my last post on this blog was January 8, 2021. Life was busy, school happened, my sewjo went bye bye, and blah blah blah. But the best part, I learned some sewing skills from class, life slowed down and I GOT MY SEWJO back, oh and I look totally different now. Nothing drastic, but I cut my hair again. Most of you that know me, know that I love a short cut and I went back to that. I absolutely love it.

This the #sequoiamccalls, paper bag short with the tie belt. I constructed view b, size L based on my hip measurement, to complete this look. The fabric on the pattern is crepe, faux leather, poplin, and cotton blends. This short has the option to be lined with a lining fabric similar in weight to the fabric you are using for the shorts. I did not line these shorts, a personal choice, and it is way too hot in California for linings right now. I used a linen fabric that I found a Joanns Fabric and Craft. It can be found here. Please note the color that I am wearing is no longer available online, but I purchased this in store.

The pattern was instructions were pretty straight to the point. There wasn’t anything that made me think twice, super simple and easy to follow. I like that. The issues I did have are that the shorts pattern itself needed to be altered to fit my body. I wasn’t sure how to correct the fit issues I was having on my own. Carol in the Facebook Group Carol’s Sewing Corner was having a sew along for this pattern and she was answering all fit issue questions and any other questions, Carol is an absolute genius and she is freaking hilarious. She is the BEST!!!

The issue I was have was the shorts were being caught in between my thighs in the front and the back was, let’s just say a little uncomfortable, they were on the “cutting edge”. In order for Carol to assist each Sewist in the group were asked to make muslins, straight out of the envelope, with zero alterations, this way she would be able to identify the issues and talk you through what alterations needed to be done to get a good fitting short.

I was able to lengthen the crotch to help with the front and back issues. I absolutely love how these turned out. If it weren’t for the instructions on how to alter the pattern pieces for the fit issues I was having, I would not have made this pattern. I typically don’t wear shorts because of the fit issues, now I feel more confident wearing them, knowing that they are going to look great and fit my body shape.

Pattern Description: Misses’ Shorts, Pants, and Belt

Pattern Sizing: XSmall, Small, Medium, L,arge, XLarge, XXLarge – I cut the Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Absolutely

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the end product and that I understood the Pattern instructions.

Fabric Used: Linen from Joann Fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Needed to lengthen the crotch. I have runner’s thighs and the shorts were gathering in the front, which then made the back seam uncomfortable.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes.

Conclusion:
I usually don’t wear shorts as they never fit me correctly, with the alterations to the pattern I think I found me a new “favorite” shorts pattern.

What I made in 2020

Here are my makes from 2020. They are not in any special order. I plan to make more this year. Starting with Activewear and Jackets. Not heavy jackets but lightweight. I live in California and it gets cold, but it doesn’t stay cold for long periods of time. So jackets will be perfect for me. I have a few items lined up for January and I plan on starting to work on those garments starting this weekend. I am planning more before I start projects now. So I am reading the patterns and researching the fabric choices. By researching the fabric choices it will allow me to pick other fabrics instead of the first choice on the pattern. This will allow me to grow and learn more in sewing skills and techniques.

Happy Sewing!!!!

Bye for now time to go, Sew Something!!!

My christmas outfit

I can’t believe Christmas is 2 days away, 2 days.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. All the love you feel, the joy it brings, the decorations, the lights, the food, family (social distance style of course), and most important of all JESUS is the reason for the season.

I love everything about this jumpsuit. The color, the ease of the pattern, the fit on my body with one alteration to the length.

Pattern Description: McCall’s 7910 Misses’ Jumpsuit Close-fitting, pull-on knit jumpsuits with lined bodice and leg variations. 
I choose the one shoulder bodice (pattern piece # 3) and wide leg pant leg variation (pattern piece #5). 

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, I cut a size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looks like the photo on the pattern envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the look of all the bodice’s, but didn’t like the exposed waistline, line. I made a belt to match the embellished shoulder, with a faux diamond studded trim and a bracelet that I found at Michael’s. 

Fabric Used: Red Luxury Stretched Velvet from Califabrics. There are a few other colors available.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like all jumpsuits, pants, or maxi dresses, I needed to remove 2 7/8″ from the length of the pants. The luxury of being able to create pants that fit me due to my height. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew this again, using either of the other bodice options and possibly the pant (pattern piece #6) that has the side slit on the pants leg. There isn’t anything wrong with the straight leg pants, it is just a personal preference for me on a jumpsuit to have a wider leg.

Conclusion: I loved how this turned out, the fit was perfect, no other alterations needed outside of the alteration for the length. 

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for following my blog!!!!

Bye for now, Time to go Sew Something!!!!

Me made may – 2020 UFO’s Completed

I was busy…

I love when my sewing plans fall into place and I am able to make something or in this case, finish up some things I started. May was a busy month and I ABSOLUTELY love it. I always look forward to Me Made May every year, seems that’s when I am most productive.

Besides my me made garments I was also able to make over 500 face covers for local veteran’s, local hospitals, and family and friends that were in need.I was happy to be able to make and provide them, it was tough making them knowing that this may be the new normal for a while. I just hope and pray that will be a vaccine to help with the virus.

One thing that I did that I am so proud of, is that I went through my stack of Unfinished Outfits (UFO’s) and started finishing those off. I found some of the garments I could wear and others were just way too big, I am a good 12-15 pounds lighter than when I started some of these projects. So with that comes the good and the bad.

Simplicity 8638

So let’s start with the bad….it’s not a bad pattern, but was a bad fabric choice, wondering if that’s how it ended up in the UFO stack. The fabric as you can see is completely see through and it is really, cheaply made if that’s a word. It wouldn’t hold up for a everyday summer dress.

McCall’s 7741

This one I absolutely love, the fabric is fun, the dress is cute, but…it’s way too big. So big that I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking a photo of myself and posting it, as the whole left side of my girlie parts (boob) is completely out of the dress. I would love to take it apart and size it down to fit, but not sure if that will happen. I may take the fabric and make something else out of what I can salvage. This dress was the dress I was going to wear to my daughter’s college graduation 2 years ago. I ended up wearing a store bought dress instead.

Vogue 9112

If you know me, you know I love a good jumpsuit and this one was no different. I started making this one 2 years ago, I must have had a lot going on in 2018 to have so many UFO’s. This one fits, I did have to seam rip the bodice and shorten the elastic a bit, but other than that it works perfect. I can’t remember where I purchased this fabric from, but I definitely need some more.

Butterick 6330

This one fits also. I used a border print on this on this one. Fabric was purchased from Michael Levine’s about 3 years ago. I did make a rookie mistake on this one. I should have cut the back on the fold, to not interrupt the pattern on the back. It’s okay, I usually wear a cardigan over my dresses when working in the office, so it wouldn’t be seen and if I wear it at home, no one really cares. LOL!!!

Still in the stack…

Here are a few that are still in the stack.

Style Sew Me – Bree

I do plan on completing this one, just haven’t gotten to it. This is a great dress and the fabric I have chosen is super soft and great for the heat we are already getting here. Today it is a high of 104 degrees, that’s okay as I am currently working from home.


Simplicity 8334

This one I am going to have to work some magic on. I don’t know what I did to the area on the front of the dress for the front facing goes, but it is definitely cut the wrong way. I am going to get creative with it, I can’t just let some good camo fabric go to waste. Like a good jumpsuit, I love camo.

Simplicity 8601

This one is coming soon. I started it and the pattern didn’t line up and I took it apart, did it again and the same thing. I need to get the walking foot out and get started. I made this one and love it. I need tops in my wardrobe. I feel as though I wear the same ones all the time.

There are also a few coats, which I won’t post on this blog post, as they will not see the light of day, it’s too hot for that. Look for a blog post next week, with all the new garments and a few collaborations that I have done in May. I will also be re-taking pictures of me in the UFO garments, my lighting was horrible on the ones I took and now I have access to more lighting.

Please remember to stay safe! Happy Sewing!

Bye for now, time to go Sew Something!!!!

McCall’s M8035 – Dress

My Mother’s Day Maxi Dress

This McCall’s 8035, Misses’ Dresses, and the Sew Your View Instagram pick for April. I decided to save it as my Mother’s Day Dress. This dress is also going along with my May theme to make Me Made Maxi dresses, I love a cute Maxi and this one was easy to make.

I purchased this Cotton Shirting Fabric from Joann Fabric the link is here. It is selling fast so it may not be available anymore.

With the whole Quarantine thing still going on and a lot of us Sewist still practicing Social Distancing, my Sew Sister, Nola and I have been doing “virtual” sew alongs. This has been fun. We pick a pattern that we like and we make it. We have tons of messages going back and forth about what we are doing. We change our minds a lot, LOL, about pattern selection, fabric choice, what order we want to sew the patterns, and we even scrap some patterns, because the pattern says easy and there is way too many steps. It is working out as if we were face to face, we laugh at each other and have the best time. I think this quarantine thing has made us closer. Love that. I plan to visit SoCal, once we are able to travel again and hopefully we can get a full photo shoot going with us together, for now it’s the photo collages we put together and that works for us. Love my sew sister.

Here we are, same dress, different pattern. Check out @alohafornow on Instagram.

Pattern Description: Misses’ Dresses

Pattern Sizing: XS-M, I cut the Medium 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes it looked just like the pattern envelope photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved everything about this pattern, from the look of the dress on the envelope to the ease of the instructions. 

Fabric Used: I used this Cotton Shirting Fabric Blue Tropical Leaves & Hibiscuses on Ivory from Joann Fabric. It is no longer available online. I actually bought this in store before the whole stay at home orders were in place. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I needed to cut off 4 1/2 inches on the bottom to meet my height. I could have cut off 5 inches, but my plan is to wear it with high heel shoes. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, but in a solid fabric color, and maybe a fabric with a little bit more movement to it like a Gerogette or Challis. I would recommend this to others, it’s a great dress for summer and it is easy to sew.

Conclusion: I am happy with the outcome of the dress and loved that I was able to complete it for my Mother’s Day look. Although we stayed inside for dinner it still made me feel beautiful.