Tuesday, March 24, 2015

McCall's 6654 & 7121, Burda 6990, Vogue 1411: A Pile of Stuff I Sewed

I've had it in my mind that I'd hold off taking pics and blogging about stuff until it was warm enough to stand outside in Spring-y clothes for photos... that hasn't really been happening on my schedule... it's way too chilly.  So here is a list of things I've sewn up, then tried my best taking pics inside with my very un-fancy camera.


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McCall's 6654
Here's a fun little polka dot skirt I made from McCall's 6654.  I used View B but gave it a slightly more a-line style to fit my figure better.  I cut a 16 waist and graded to a 20-ish hip for that.  I've held onto this itty bitty bit of fabric since I sewed up a cute summer dress with it last year (I've worn that thing so much, it's faded a lot). This is a no-brainer, basic skirt to sew up, I'd use it again because it's blank palette of a design.  Oh, I love all this color!









Now this is a shirt I cut and sewed up last night and wore today.  I used my TNT Burda 6990 raglan top pattern (check out other versions here, here, here and here.)  This is a medium weight white cotton/spandex jersey.  I was browsing the sewing internets yesterday and got inspired, I then proceeded to straight up steat Nakisha's idea to use a mesh overlay on the front.  The mesh is a nylon/spandex.


I made a 42 then graded to a 46 hip.  I made bindings for my sleeves and neckline with the mesh, it has a good widthwise stretch, so it was no problem.  I need like 47 more versions of this everyday t-shirt, it's so functional and wearable.


Line ArtAnd now for a look at a sort-of-wearable-muslin for Vogue 1411-- a Sandra Betzina pattern.  I am not terribly happy with the results and need to tweak the fit more, plus I need to wear a longer, fuller shirt over them for a look I feel will be better for my figure.  I made View B, the narrow leg and cut a size D waist and and F hip/leg.  I added 2" (5 cm) to the length after hearing the pattern is really super short.  There's a lot of wrinkling in the knee area, both front and back... I took back photos but they were so dark that it's pointless to post them.


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And finally I made a dark turquoise ponte dress with McCall's 7121.  I made View C but re-drew that back from a raceback to cover my whole back.  I made a 16 bust/waist then graded the a-line skirt out to an 18.  I also added 1" (2.5 c) to the bodice length.  I made bindings for the sleeve openings, but for some reason just folded over the neckline and sewed it-- I'll do a binding there next time. I feel like this may now be a TNT basic knit dress.



It fits freakishly well-- it can be a real pain in the butt to take photos with directional lighting from my window and a un-fancy camera-- so many wrinkles show up with every twist and turn! Grrr!!!  I had to add darts to the upper back, next time I will cut a smaller size there to get rid of those.  The waist is meant to be a fuller, blouse-y sort of thing, but I removed the extra material (basically by doing a swayback adjustment on the upper bodice pattern pieces before cutting).  I also had to go in on the waist some after serging it all, this was to give it a closer fit.  I did not use any elastic in the waist.


So that's a few things I've had sitting about waiting to blog about.  I wanted to do it all in one post since none of them are complicated or highly complicated.  Loads of functional, everyday stuff.  

22 comments:

  1. You've been busy! Love the spotty skirt and the knit dress looks like a definite TNT!
    I haven't really noticed the Vogue pants pattern before - I really like the seamlines on it and I reckon your fit looks really good. I might have to add it to my pattern wishlist!

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  2. Great mix of outfits :) Love that raglan tee too!

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  3. You have been busy! Spotty skirt is especially cute and so nice to have a tee pattern that you love.

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  4. Great work - I love all the pieces particularly the skirt (especially when teamed with the mustard cardigan - cute!)

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  5. All great wearable pieces. The dress especially looks a great fit and I like the v neck.

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  6. I especially like your dress on you. My shape is similar to yours, so I think I'll try it, thanks! You've been busy!

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  7. I especially like your dress on you. My shape is similar to yours, so I think I'll try it, thanks! You've been busy!

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  8. I love this! What fabric did you use for the pants? They look like they do fit well. I like that shirt a lot, too....it's very spring-like! I tried the McCall's skirt pattern a few months ago and the 18 came out gigantic on me (33 inch waist, 43 inch hips). Did you make any adjustments to the skirt, other than the one you noted?

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    1. Thank you!! I used a ponte for the pants, but they have a very polyester feel :( The back doesn't fit real well and I didn't take good photos to show that, so I just didn't post the too dark pictures.

      I blew through writing this post, I forgot some stuff... I actually did reduce the side seams to get a better shape for my figure. The waist I think is supposed to be fuller and the elastic is to draw it in, but that caused all that puckering around the waist. The model on the envelope doesn't appear to be wearing a skirt with that fullness on the waist, which is weird.

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  9. Such cute stuff Kathy!!! I have about 4 more cuts of mesh waiting for their turn!!! :)

    I LOVE the skirt and the color is perfection. I can't wait to sew up that McCall's dress. Those simple shapes are just right for spring. I loved, love, love my V1411 pants so hopefully you can tweak 'em enough to fit how you like!

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    1. Thanks!! And I reallllly like the idea of the pants... I need to just tweak the fit a touch more. I'll be stalking your blog to see your McCall's dress :)

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  10. Kathy, Wow! Everything looks great and fits so well.

    Michelle

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  11. Love the raglaan top amazing

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  12. You have been really busy. The raglan tee is awesome. Finding time to do photo shoots is hard.

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  13. You have been really busy. The raglan tee is awesome. Finding time to do photo shoots is hard.

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  14. I love those pants! What fabric did you use? The color and fit looks great. I've got a polka dot skirt in my queue. Polka dots and spring time just go hand in hand!

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    1. Thanks! Ponte... I forgot to mention that, huh? I used some too-polyestery sort feeling ponte from FM, so I think that is one of the reasons I'm not real excited about them.... the back look kinda sloppy but my photos were so dark it's hard to see anything and I'm too lazy to re-take any :)

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  15. That turquoise dress DOES fit you freakishly well. Wow. What a stunner. Did your husband like it?

    I have some of that mesh from Fabric Mart--the floral one you used in the raglan tee. I received it in a bundle and I like it, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, so thank you for the inspiration. I just made my youngest a raglan tee for his bday and it was so easy to sew up. Now all my kids want them. Maybe I should just make me one too. LOL.

    And finally...the Boden cardi looks so pretty on you. I can't decide whether I like the fit or the color better. :-) I'll just go with both...

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  16. I have been eyeing that McCalls dress pattern, looks like a great staple. The colour is really pretty on you.

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  17. The skirt and pants fit beautifully as does the dress. You have been busy!

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  18. You've got some great pieces and especially now that you're working too

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  19. I have that Betzina pattern, did you do a muslin and did you use the separate muslin pattern that they provided? I'm tempted to do it without a muslin...

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