Author: JamieLMac

Patches

I mentioned Fab Scrap in a previous post and I’m mentioning them here again! I love what they are doing. Taking fabric that would normally end up in the landfill and providing it for me and you for purchase.

I bought a cool yard pack awhile ago and there was an awesome striped fabric in there. I’ve been seeing a bib dress all over Pinterest and that striped fabric would be perfect. When I unfolded the fabric to see how much was there, I realized the fabric wasn’t just striped. It was more of a patchwork kind of pattern. Oops! Never make plans until you thoroughly check your fabric! I was still adamant about doing the bib dress. There was plenty of large squares of design that I could work with.

I cut the squares of fabric apart and started laying them out to try to figure out what could be the bib, skirt, sleeves and where I was missing fabric. I had navy yardage also from Fab Scrap that would match well with the patchwork. I used it to fill in any holes.

Pretty much the dress equates to three rectangles; two for each sleeve and one for the body. From this pic, you can see the one for the sleeve. You can also spy where I added in the navy fabric.

The back bib is made from two pieces that had diagonal lines that I so carefully matched together. This mirrored the front piece and I was so chuffed at how well I got it to line up.

You can see the dress is not fitted. It’s loose and so comfortable. I did add elastic on the sides to take in a bit of the girth. The elastic is only in the area where the pattern is. It was an easy way to ensure I got the same gathering on both sides.

So the dress didn’t turn out like my original plan, but I think we got to a happy place. I end up wearing it, if not once a week, every other week. I think it’ll look awesome with boots!

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Sunny Muumuu

Recently I went to visit my bestie in LA. I was not only super excited to see her but also to do some fabric shopping! The first fabric I laid eyes on was a super light, navy blue cotton covered in spring flowers. Bestie and I agreed that it totally needed to be a massive sun dress with pockets, of course.

No pattern was necessary for this one. I knew I was going to make the top bit similar to my swing tops but with a v-neck and scoop back. So really I only used my McPattern Swing Top piece to make a general look for the front and back. From there, I added the v shape and sewed my the bust darts. The sides of the Dress was a diagonal line from the bust to the length I needed and wide as the fabric. When I say massive, I mean it!

I added pockets to the dress. I’m obsessed with the pocket pattern for Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen. They’re huge and I love them so much that I use them on everything.

The v-neck is finished on the inside with a small facing. I crossed my stitches under the v not only to mimic the back but to help hold the facing down. To help it a bit more, I stitched it to the side seams.

I made some simple spaghetti straps extra long to take from the bust, criss-cross in the back and land at the sides of the scoop. I think I made strips about 1 1/2″ wide. I folded that in half long wise and folded the sides in once more to the middle. Top-stitched on the left and right sides. Pretty little straps done.

It took me a few times to get the hem right on this dress. I wanted it to skim the ground. I pinned, tried on, pinned, tried on and eventually got it dead-on.

The dress is super comfortable but there’s a few things stopping me from loving it 100%. The bust darts are too high. I think I made the straps too short and it pulls the front too high. The little facing is so short that it keeps getting caught on top of my bra pushing the facing up a bit. If I lengthen the straps a bit, it would solve these issues. But the length of the dress is so perfect. I’m thinking of shorting the facing a bit more in the front to keep it from catching and just ignore my bad bust darts.

What do you think?

Floral Anna Maximus

I’m so excited to share this post! I’ve been wanting to make an Anna dress from By Hand London since I first laid eyes on it. I never really had a good reason to make such a dress though until last year. I was working on the Sew My Style challenge from Bluebird Fabrics. Anna dress was one of the patterns towards the end of the year. That was good enough reason for me. Unfortunately it never came to fruition. Me and Hubby bought a house. That ended up taking so much time that all the rest of the patterns for the challenge went kaput.

Until now! Me and Hubby were invited to a wedding. What more perfect reason to make a great dress!?! I decided to do the v-neck and the thigh high split. I was not thrilled with the sleeves on the dress. The bodice is all one piece that includes the sleeves. I reworked it to have a regular shoulder seam and include flutter sleeves.

I bought a pink floral rayon from CaliFabrics. I went back and forth on this fabric for awhile. I was afraid the light pink would wash me out. Finally, after encouraging words from others I purchased it. It’s so lovely and rayon is one of my favorite fabrics.

With a dress like this I knew the bodice was going to make or break it, so I had to make a muslin. I made three total. I had to take it in near the bust and let it out at my waist. Plus I had to make all the adjustments for the sleeve change. Oh, and my shoulder width is kinda small so I usually take out at least an inch vertically from the center of the pattern. Otherwise the neckline is way too wide on me.

I was terrified to cut my nice fabric and went super slow sewing it all, worried I was going to ruin it. I did use cotton for the facing to keep the neckline nice and crisp. I had a cream color that wouldn’t show through the fabric. I think it worked out well. I could have used the floral rayon for the facing but then I could have had a chance of the flower pattern showing through.

The skirt went so fast after that. I did not French seam anything but the seam of the split. Also didn’t hand stitch that shit. No way, nuh uh. That was not going to happen. I hate hand stitching anything.

I did learn a new skill on this dress. I put in my first invisible zip! It really is something to behold. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be! I even got the waist seam to match up. I put this guy in once and there it stayed. I’ve never had that with a zipper.

The flutter sleeves were a dream that I had for this dress. It was meant to have flutter sleeves. It makes such a romantic dress. When I add an element that I’ve never done before, I research the crap out of it. There was a long tutorial about taking your sleeve piece and slicing it into a big arc. Well I didn’t have a sleeve piece so I take a few measurements on what I had and crafted a test piece. It didn’t work out too bad. I needed to lengthen the underside to get the hem to even out all around.

The dress came out amazing! I felt super fancy and that thigh high split makes the dress move! This is a pic from the wedding venue. We had a great time!

I took wayyy too many pictures of this dress. I love it so much! I was good and condensed my amount of photos here. I probably took about 30 though! I feel so late getting in on the Anna dress madness. Totally worth the wait though!

Cherry Crop

Still working through all that red sweater knit. Will it ever end? I’m not a red girl and making all this red clothing feels so wrong. The fabric was so cheap so I couldn’t say no. I like my little black cropped sweater for light coverage over sleeveless tops, dresses and such. Why not have it in red?

I’ve realized over the years of sewing that I need to make adjustments to a pattern on another piece of paper (essentially creating another pattern) and keep the original pattern intact. I might always want to go back to the original but I have a fast way to get my altered pattern cut. I used to write down my adjustments. This caused me to use the original pattern and then make adjustments every time. How silly!

Most patterns I make multiples of (see my love for Sorbetto from Colette). This cropped sweater has multiples uses and its simple enough to throw on over a lot of different outfits. I’m hoping to get a lot of use out of this… even though it’s red!

I created a pattern for the sweater body from the Briar Tee pattern from Megan Nielsen. It really made cutting this out a breeze. The sleeves are 3/4 so I folded up part of the original sleeve up to make it shorter. Easy peasy!

I cropped the top to a point that I was happy with.

Not a lot more to say about this little guy. The sleeves and hem are turned up at 3/4″ and stitched. The neck is a 2 1/2″ wide strip folded in half and serged on. I don’t even bother top stitching it. It lays so flat.

Not sure if I like this outfit but I wanted to get a pic of the top. I have so many things completed but I’m so lazy about taking pics. Check one more garment off my “yet to blog” list. Woo-Hoo!

Cheeky Nights

I love cotton sheets. 100% cotton is my jam! I had one set that I used and washed so much the fitted sheet fell apart.  I was left with a sheet that had no mate.  What was a girl to do? Make shit out of it!

I decided I would first make a nightie. I wanted a light, short nightie for the hot AZ summers. I picked a vintage reprint pattern from Simplicity, 8126 to be exact. It totally looks like a nightie so it’s not a far stretch.

I never made this pattern before but since I’m making something to sleep in, I wasn’t too worried if things didn’t turn out perfect. I did crop the shit out of these photos so no inappropriate tushy will be flashed!

The biggest pain in the behind was the elastic across the shoulder. It kept popping out of the stitching. I think I had to fix it at least three times before I knew it was finally secure.

I folded up a lot of the bottom to make a super short nightie. I really didn’t want to get all caught up in it as I tossed and turned in bed. I stitched a bit of decoration along the hem to help it lay flat. I also thought I could make little bloomers to match. Have yet to even think about planning those out.

This is so light and comfortable to sleep in. It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be. I still have quite a bit of sheet left so maybe the bloomers and possibly a robe are in my future.

Sleep tight!