Posts Tagged ‘McCalls 6078’

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SWAP Review #1: McCalls 6078

August 12, 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 first item I worked with was a knit shirt/T-shirt. For this, I made two versions of McCalls 6078

For the first shirt, I used Version A, which involved a remarkable amount of fabric for a simple knit top. I had a bit of trouble fitting it around my shoulders so it would keep from sliding around (and off) my shoulders. I also worried a bit about it exposing my bra strap.

Here is  the shirt:
If I were to make it again, I think I would combine the concept of this shirt with Burda 7866 which I made last summer and give the shirt and empire waistline with a ruched lower panel. I am hoping to try this soon.

For the other knit shirt, I made version B and found that the full back made the shirt much easier to fit. For this shirt, I dipped into my stash and found some old sparkly silver fabric that I bought about 10 years ago and held back on using it until I found something good enough. I still have plenty left to make the flashy tango dress I would love  to have someday when I learn to tango but I decided, for realism sake, to use some of the fabric to make a sparkly shirt.

I think it turned out pretty well.  I really like the drape of the neckline and I think the weight of the fabric I chose worked well.

The sparkly fabric is slightly sheer so I lined the front of it with some thin black tricot I bought in Japan to keep from feeling self conscious about it.

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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.