Posts Tagged ‘McCalls 5661’

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SWAP Review #5: Two pencil skirts

September 26, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

I had the option with this SWAP, when creating two of the same type of clothing item, to either use the same pattern or not. For the skirts I decided to use two different patterns.

For the first skirt, I made yet another version of Vogue 7937.

This is, possibly, my favourite pattern. It is easy to sew, is small enough that Views A and B can practically be made from scraps. I have made views A and C in the past so this time I wanted to made view D. I pulled out some leftover four ply silk from an ill fated suit I tried to make a few years ago and stitched it up.

Here it is with the pink silk blouse I described earlier.


The other skirt was inspired by my RTW skirt shopping trip much earlier this year during which I decided that I really wanted a high waisted, wiggle skirt.

I had some tweed fabric that I will hopefully make a suit from in the future and I used it to make Burda 8155.

Here that one is:

It works quite well for work.

 

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SWAP Review #2: McCalls 5661

September 4, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

The second pattern I worked on using to create two items is; McCalls 5661

I’ve used this pattern before and I really like it. It works as both a tucked in and untucked blouse and I think it’s a great wardrobe building pattern.I prefer the gathered neckline variation over the princess seamed one as I think it is just easier to work with as a blouse and I struggle more with FBAs on princess seams. Both of the blouses I made use the gathered neckline.

I made one sleeveless blouse out of a floral print slippery satin fabric.

Here it is, tucked into a pencil skirt.
I’m actually not too fond of the way the heavy satin draped. It tends to bulk up and bulge just above my breasts rather than flowing down over them so it looks slightly odd but I’ve worn it a fair bit because it’s flexible and makes outfits seem more summery.

The other version I made had 3/4 length sleeves.
This version is more dressy and is silk. This piece of silk started off life as a sari that I found at a local thrift store. I loved the colour so I grabbed the piece without examining it that closely other than thinking “ooh, looks nice, feels nice, and it’s $3.99.”

It wasn’t until I got home and pulled out my purchases that I took a closer look. I noticed the way it caught on my fingers, how light it was and the muted glow it had. So I did the ash test. I clipped off a tiny corner and held it over my kitchen sink while I lit it on fire. Sure enough it smelled like burned hair and turned to ash rather than melting into a plastic goo.

I’d bough 6 metres of silk for $3.99!

So I made a blouse and I hope to make a dress from the rest of it, once I decide what sort of dress to make.

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SWAP 2012 plan

January 4, 2012

So, I wasn’t planning to do the Stitcher’s Guild SWAP 2012 because I didn’t think I could pull it off and I already have lots of NSOs (Not Started Objects) that I figured I should focus on instead of buying a pile of new fabric and trying madly to make new things.

* A non started object is one in which I have been inspired to buy fabric and a pattern – maybe even buttons or zippers as well – but that’s as far as it’s gotten. They aren’t unfinished, I haven’t even started them.

…but then I crept over and read the rules: choose 7 different types of garment to make. Make 4 of them twice, either using the same pattern or a different one.

Since I know I need to spend more time working on fitting patterns and building some go-to patterns, this year’s SWAP is doable for me. It will also allow me to work through my stash and NSO pile.

Here’s the Stash Busting NSO Plan

Clothing Item 1. Trousers: Vogue 1051 ( done twice, once in brown, once in black)
Clothing Item 2. Button Down shirt with collar: McCalls 6122 NSO
Clothing Item 3. Dress: Butterick 5211 (done twice, once View B NSO and once modelled on the DvF dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge last spring NSO)
Clothing Item 4: Blouse McCalls 5661 (done twice, once short sleeved, once long sleeved NSO)
Clothing Item 5: Suit Coat twice, Simplicity 4014 in black NSO and Vogue 8543 in white
Clothing Item 6: T-shirt McCalls 6078 NSO
Clothing Item 7: Skirt Vogue 7397

Item 7 is already made. I am allowed to have one that is. It was the last thing I sewed before we moved and I will blog it soon.

As you can see, many of these items are NSOs so if I can get this SWAP done I will be finally close to up to date on my sewing.

If I have it worked out right, I may not need to buy any fabric at all – well maybe some lining and interfacing.

Here goes nothing.

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Back to the Swap: Silk blouse

September 2, 2011

I did not complete the SWAP in time. Congratulations to both entrants and to the winners. You both did beautful work and raised the bar on photo taking. I  need a nicer setting than my driveway.

I bowed out a few days before the deadline as I realized there was just no way I was going to get everything done in time. I did not, however, stop sewing the SWAP items. I still hope to get them done this year since I bought the patterns and the fabric.

One I did manage to make before the deadline was McCalls 5661 view D. The new skill for this one was buttonholes.

I made it from a creamy raw silk that I bought from Fabricmart last year and it’s become a wardrobe staple for me.

I love the way it’s loose but still follows my curves and I like the way it drapes in general. After my not so successful attempt at using this fabric last year, I’m glad I finally found the right project for it.

The buttonholes turned out alright although with this blouse I probably could have gotten away with non functional buttonholes since these buttons are not necessary for me to put the blouse on or take it off.

I really like the buttons down the back look. I think this is mostly because I can indulge my love for buttons without attempting to make a front closing blouse  fit me properly…something I will attempt to do later as I sew through my SWAP choices.

Oh and the skirt is also from the SWAP. It is  McCalls 5429 view B and it was the first item I actually thought turned out well. I wore it all spring until the heat hit.

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Update from an AWOL blogger

July 25, 2011

I have once again run into the issue of not being about to both sew and blog at the same time. Or perhaps more accurately, not being able to sew and have lovely photographs taken at the same time.

So, here is a quick, text based update on what I have been doing.

I bowed out of the SWAP but I did not stop sewing some of the items for it. I promise photos will come.

I sewed McCalls 5661 view C. I took another shot at the Rachel Comey blouse and am much happier with the way it turned out. It reminded me once again that it is all about fabric texture and draping.

I also made two dresses. I made the dress from Vogue 8701. I’m not entirely happy with the way it fits about the shoulders so I tend to wear it with a sweater. I think the fitting issues relate to the FBA I did rather the pattern itself, but since one of my major issues is with bodice fitting, it doesn’t surprise me.

The other dress I made was Vogue 1223 which I wore to a wedding. I like the way it flows but I’m still not so thrilled with the way it fit in the bodice. Clearly I still  have bodice work to do.

Right now I am working on my second attempt at a Vogue Advanced pattern. I am trying to do the Vogue Badgley Mischka Platinum  dress for a wedding I am going to this Friday. I am not as far along as I should be but hope is not gone yet. I am recording the process so i will blog it when it’s done.