I’ve been racking my brain lately on how to finish up my red sweater knit Walmart fabric. Coming in at a whopping 5 yds, it takes up quite a it of my stash. I had bought 2 other fabrics both at 5 yds a piece and I can create about 3 items from each. So far in red, I’ve made a long sleeved red swing dress. 2 more to go!I have a small bit of navy sweater knit in a similar weight that I could use with the red. I chose to make another raglan sleeved Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven. I made one previously in the same style as the one in the post. It was floral and grey. Unfortunately, I made it a bit short. I tend to tug at the bottom. This one I was going to make sure had a good length.
Here’s the changes to the pattern:
Funnel/mock turtleneck to a crew neck
Vented hem to a curved hem (a little longer in the back)
Long sleeve to 3/4
Add about 5″ or more to length
To make the crew neck, I take a pattern piece from another pattern. I draw it on the fabric with chalk then line up the shoulders from the toaster pattern and continue. The curve is free hand. I mark the fabric again with my chalk at a curve I find acceptable. It sometimes takes me a few marks until I’m happy. Better to do it with the chalk and not after it’s cut.
I was planning on using the navy for the sleeves. I realized the little bit of fabric I had was not going to be long enough to do the sleeve in one piece. Time to make it work! It would look silly to hook two pieces of navy together mid sleeve. The best thing to do would be to stripe the sleeves with the red. I figure narrow, wide, narrow would be a good pattern.
I also didn’t have the proper width for the fabric it that would be okay because the sleeves were always big and this would make them more fitted. This also lead to me having to cut down the body a bit too at the bust. Fitted sleeve and everything else being super billowy wouldn’t look right. I eyeballed this with my chalk and then hacked it off.
I have an American feeling shirt. It’s so comfy. This fabric is soft and it swings just right at my hips. No worries of this being too short. The knit is so light I’m not worried about getting too hot in the spring heat. Love it!
I’m not a Valentine’s Day girl but with a red dress it feels appropriate to talk about it now. Truth be told, I made this dress in an afternoon in December. I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. Hubby and I have bought a home and it’s been taking all my time. I good write an entire post just about all the things happening. Some has been planned but most hasn’t! I’m sure you can get the picture that I haven’t had much time to sew, let alone blog.
Okay, let’s continue with the dress!
I’m going to start with the fabric. It’s a red sweater knit from Wal-mart! It was part of my awesome score of 5 yds for $5. It’s a light to midweight, padow red. If it wasn’t so cheap, I would not have picked it up. I’m sooo not a red kind of girl. I can honestly say this the only red item in my closet.
The pattern for the dress is a mix of a Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen and McPattern Swing Dress. My original Swing Dress pattern is not a crew neck style so the introduction of the Briar Tee pattern helps to change up the neck. You can also see the tight crewneck on my cropped Briar Tee. I wanted more of a winter dress so that required long sleeves and I love an extra long sleeve so I added 3-4″.
The hem is a bit wavy but I’m not super annoyed by it. The hem is wide to give it a bit of weight. I’m not Marilyn!
There you have it. A nice simple red dress. It’s so comfortable and soft. I can easily curl up underneath it. Of course, it has some swing!
Add a heart necklace and I’m ready for Valentine’s Day!
I’m trying to catch up and post the last few things that I made from 2017. First on that small list is a denim dress. I bought the fabric for this from JoAnn’s back in 2016 during their Black Friday sale. I guess I just needed a good reason to get my butt in gear and make it.
Hubby had his first Xmas party and he was told it was denim and boots attire. Please keep in mind it was at a western style village. *big eye roll* I am not a country/western liking kind of girl but damn it, I was going to look cute.
I took my soft denim fabric and my trusty B5526 shirt pattern and went to work. “Wait!” you say? You just said “shirt” not “dress” pattern. Well any shirt pattern can be changed to a dress if you have enough fabric! I’ve made B5526 plenty of times now. I know the version with the princess seams flares out enough at my hips that if I extend the pattern lines I can make a dress. For real! The only new measurement I needed was how long I wanted the dress. I added 11″.
It’s that easy! I bought metal silver buttons. I wanted snaps but that looked like a pain so metal buttons it is! I topstitched all the seams in navy thread. I didn’t want a contrast but I did contimplate using gold.
To make the dress have a bit more fit at my waist, I did take in the sides. I didn’t want it to look like I was wearing a bag. I put the dress on inside out and pinned the sides until I thought I had brought it in enough.
I finished the hem with self-made navy bias tape. Since the bottom was straight I’m sure I could have turned up the hem and stitched it but I like the bias tape finish.
I’m pretty proud of this collar. I’m still perfecting this process. Usually it comes out wonky and lays flat so it looks like my collar is about to take flight. I followed the instructions from Four Square Walls suggested by Lladybird. I’m so happy she did! I have never felt so comfortable putting on a collar and not feeling I need to fuss with it about 100 times. Btw, my hand looks like a claw because my nail polish looked so bad. I did my best to hide it!
Here I am looking too cool to look at the camera. You know when you dream of a dress then it turns out exactly as expected? Neither have I until now! Yay for simple dresses! I had just enough to squeak out a shirt out of the same fabric so you’ll be seeing that in the near future.
Btw, the western village xmas party sucked but I was adorable. 😛
The new year is here! With the new year brings a review of my past year of sewing. Usually it’s pretty surprising for me. I forget all the things I’ve made and how much I love things that I’ve only had for a short amount of time.
I also joined in #2017makenine. I was able to complete 7 out of 9. Pretty proud of that. I would have really liked to have gotten my red Thurlows made but I’m still fussing with the fit. I was able to complete: several Sorbettos, new handbag, failed Jamie Jeans (still looking for the perfect grey denim), Burda flares, Simone, pajamas, and a couple B5526.
Participate in Project Sew My Style being put on by Alex from Bluebird Fabrics. This is a full year sew-along. I’m putting this out there now: Sorry March, but there’s no leggings in my future so I’m skipping that month.
You can see the results of this above. I’m happy with the participation that I was able to complete. Several more things I want to make though. I do wear most of the items religiously. The two I really don’t wear too often is the pocket skirt (May) and the valley blouse (July) both from CaliFaye. The valley blouse is so fussy and the skirt looks so bad on. Maybe that pattern company is not for me.
Use my fabric stash. I have enough fabric for 13 projects. Each piece of fabric has a pattern mate already chosen. Just need to sew! The only fabric I’m going to buy is for Sew My Style until I get through my stash.
I successfully adhered to this for about half of the year. I’m surprised I made it that far. I would have liked to have made it the whole year but I think we all know that was not going to happen!
Learn at least one new technique. There’s a lot of techniques out there, flat fell seams, Hong Kong seams, etc. Never thought to try one out and I think it would be good to expand my horizons.
I used flat fell seams! A lot actually. They’re so much easier than I thought and they look so nice on the insides. I really want to do Hong Kong seams but I need to find a project that I’d feel requires it.
Make more dresses. This is a simple one but I think a necessity. I have a lot of separates and I like the easiness of pulling one item out of the closet without a need to match. So it is on my list just to feed into my laziness.
This was so the year of dresses. I do think #sewmystyle really helped me out on this one. There were two dresses that were made just for that! I made a total of eight through the year. Two have yet to be blogged. Okay that number sounds pitiful but for me it’s good!
I’m gonna keep them short and simple this year.
Home work wear
To wrap this up, here’s everything that I’ve made! Have a Happy New Year!
When I picked up 5 yds of black knit fabric, my brain had to start coming up with more ideas than a long sleeve cardigan. Then I came up with the best idea! A 3/4 sleeve cropped sweater to wear with my Vogue 9001 maxi dress.
I used the Briar Tee pattern by Megan Nielsen. The cropped length would be perfect to hit me at the waist. I would need to bring in the neckline because I wanted a crew neck, find a happy sleeve length between the short and long, and lastly make sure the sides were fitted in tight. I didn’t want a big slouchy sweater.
I cut and sewed this in one day. More specifically, in an hour!
This fabric is so soft. The weight is decently light so it will be great for layering.
I took these pictures were taken way too late in the day so it’s me and my shadow. I had to take about two inches out of the sleeve width to get the fitted look I wanted. I cut the smallest size for the bodice. I only had to take an inch or so out of the sides.
I was able to turn up the hem on the bodice and sleeves 3/4″ for a clean edge.
The neckline is a 2″ wide strip folded in half and attached.
I love a quick and easy project. This was my final make in my old sewing room before I packed the girls up for the move. Frankie is smelling the night light for whatever reason…