Sunday, November 9, 2014

Burda 6990 As A Top & As a Dress: Polartec Merino Wool PowerDry Fabric is Awesome!






There's a road trip in my future and I really wanted some easy to wear travel clothes.  I used pulled out my handy dandy Burda 6990 pattern (previously sewn & blogged here and here) and cut out View D, the raglan turtleneck top.  I then whipped out another favorite of mine, Vogue 8663 (sewn & blogged here, here and here) and spliced the skirt from it to the Burda top. The real star of this show is the Merino Wool PowerDry knit fabric! More on that below.



I traced the lower edge of the Vogue dress to the bodice of the raglan shirt-- it's a bit more fitted that the top.  I wish I went a little lower with the bodice length, the waistline hits a tad higher then I normally like but not really an issue.  I kept the back center seam on the skirt in the name of being thrifty with using my fabric. And I LOVE this fabric!!  It went through my machine and serger like buttah! No puckering, stretching or those common issues with knits.  I did use my walking foot on my regular machine along with a ball point needle.


I picked up this Polartec Merino wool blend PowerDry knit fabric a few months ago from an insane sale online at Mill Yardage.  I paid a glorious $3 a yard for this stuff!  They had a clearance sale getting rid of seconds or damaged yardage-- the issue with this fabric... there is an occasional hole on the layer of wicking material on the reverse side, this has no effect on the technical properties or overall quality what so ever. What's so great about this fabric? Their website describes it this way : Adding Merino Wool to this style means an odor fighting benefit! This soft, stretchy fabric isn't just the best technical underwear of the outdoor market, it is ideal for shirts and aerobic wear. It outperforms all next-to-skin fabrics on the market because its patented construction has two unique surfaces: the soft inner layer rapidly wicks perspiration away from the body, while the durable outer layer spreads moisture for maximum evaporation. 



I doubt I will be sweating like a pig in the dress or shirt and using all that lovely wicking potential it has, but it's a lovely warm layer I can build on with a cardigan, heavier tights, a coat, etc.  I've worn both the dress and the shirt already this week and am loving it.  I get so freakishly cold in the winter and a turtleneck dress with extra warming properties is #1 in my book.  Mill Yardage has a couple more colors of this fabric, be it $10/yard, I'm considering buying some.  The fabric has a sweater-y feel, is thin but opaque.  The right side does have a slight wooly feel, but is soft and may feel a tad scratchy if you're sensitive to wool. The reverse side is very soft and seems to have no wool content.

And here's another one of those sewing blogger "I'm looking at the floor and appear to be very contemplative" shots.  I never have that feeling ever when I am taking photos for my blog.  It's more like, "hurry up before the neighbors start gawking" or "hurry up before my 3 year old runs into the street while I take this photo."


I like my shirt.  I like my dress.  I will make more for I am the practical seamstress.  Now that I've whipped out so many easy peasy projects, I'm going to cut out my materials for my winter coat FINALLY.  I will try to share progress as I go.  I've completed a muslin (two actually, one was a failure but that's what they are for.)  I've pulled all the components together-- lining, various interfacings, interlining, buttons, so on and so forth.  Onward!!

30 comments:

  1. Cute!! I love this dress so much!

    I have the pattern cut out. What do you think of this in FM lighter weight ponte??

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    1. YES! A ponte would be great. I used a mid/lightweight ponte in an animal print earlier this year for the shirt.

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    2. YAY! Gonna whip one of these up quickly tonight!

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    3. Wee hoooooooooooo! You need like 17 of them to keep you warm. I was watching the news this morning and was like, "Oh those poor folks in Minnesota... winter has come... already?!?!?!"

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  2. Great job combining the two patterns, that is nice fabric.

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    1. Thanks Linda!!!!! I have my mind set on making another dress like this in a heavier knit.

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  3. Those are both workhorse pieces, in an awesome fabric, Kathy! That's a nice shade of gray for you, also. I'm a little jealous this time of year, as I can't wear wool! Thanks for the info on mill yardage, I'm off to take a look. And I thing I need that top pattern!

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    1. Thanks! The other day I was visiting a farm that had alpacas... the lady there said that folks who have wool sensitivities can wear alpaca wool. I don't know how true that is, but found that fascinating.

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  4. Thanks so much for the Mill Yardage link. I am always on the hunt for tech fabrics. I have a merino RTW base layer that I wear to the barn and run in during the winter. I love it! I would love to make some more of them up.

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    1. Thanks! Their site is great! I've bought a few other things and will sew and blog about it in time.

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  5. Whoa great deal at $3/yd! I really like that fabric and am having a hard time talking myself out of it. Loving the dress!

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    1. Thanks! And *technically* I figured I paid $4/yd with shipping and all the yards of stuff I bought that day. But heck yeah, that's a steal! They have two pretty & bold colors on their site I want.

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  6. Great deal on that fabric! And I love both items you've made with it- you can't go wrong with old favourites :D It's so cold here right now, I really could do with some snuggly warm me mades myself :D xxx

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    1. Thanks!! I am totally expecting a nasty cold winter and need more of this stuff in my life.

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  7. I love your dress! It looks like a perfect traveling-in-winter dress. Love the fabric, too! And what a super deal.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I've worn it twice already and I've gone nowhere except the grocery store :)

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  8. An awesomely practical yet aesthetically pleasing make! That fabric sounds so interesting - it has some poly in it which accounts for the wicking - I'd be interested to make a closefitting sweater with it if it came in black....

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    1. Thanks! It could make a nice little cardigan or close fitting top!! And alas, no black on the site. The other colors are quite vibrant.

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  9. This sounds like great fabric and I would totally pay $10 a yard! What a deal you got for $3! Do you think it would be suitable for leggings or does it not have enough stretch?

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    1. I just measured the stretch. Vertically it's about 20% and widthwise about 40%. It's not wildly stretchy like spandex stuff.. or say knit supplex. I was planning on making some basic leggings as a base layer. I'll likely not make them a really tight with loads of negative ease fit but basically form fitting.

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  10. They both look super warm and stylish. Thanks for the tip on the fabric type- I had not seen this before, but I love Merino wool and I love Polartec, so how could you go wrong?

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    1. Thanks Ann! Yes, that website was a jewel found. I totally recommend them.

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  11. Great looking pieces. And so versatile. I am sitting here, a bit chilly, and imagining their cozy warmth. Interesting blend and weave for a fabric. Thanks for the link.

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    1. Thanks Audrey! Yes, I am sold on Mill Yardage. They are super nice there, too. I've called them a couple times and the shipment was so perfectly packaged.

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  12. I love your dress! I have tried to make a merino dress and it was a total fail for me, I suppose I was trying to get too fancy with it, I love yours, it looks so cosy!

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    1. Thanks! It's not 100% merino, so that blend makes it's an easy fabric to sew with. I bet a full of merino content... I'd eff that up so fast. This sewed up so easy, almost like a woven sort of easy.

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  13. Nicely done. Love the hack! Great score on the Polartec. I'll have to look into that fabric for some good dog walking garments.

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  14. It's cold outside and you look fabulous.

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  15. Oh wow. I don't know how I missed this! I know I follow you on Bloglovin'. Hmm...

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your review of this pattern. I need to add it to the queue. Your dress is lovely and you got a great buy with the fabric.

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  16. I love your blog, especially your straight forward candor! Looking forward to utilizing your recommendations and tutorials as I am one of those that has everything she needs to outfit a small nation for every season just have an impediment about cutting into the fabric and even after watching hours of sewing videos, my brain freezes up when it comes to actually following a pattern. Thanks for your help Kathy! Ronda in Bend, OR

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