Although we’d much rather like to see and be seen in person, the Zoom meetings have been a great substitute for getting together!
Denim Blue Rayon Challis Shirtdress: Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress, View B.
1. Did my standard petite adjustments between shoulder and bust but did not shorten length.
2. I prefer to do the collar before side seams for easier fit adjustments so I changed order of construction and did the hot dog method for a contrast yoke facing.
3. I did not add the chest pocket and wished I would have added side seams pockets.
4. The button band instructions are confusing so be sure to read info on pattern piece thoroughly.
5. I feel the pattern runs big – I would go down a size if I make it again.
6. This is a fun pattern and I am finding loose dresses are so much more cool and fun to wear with the weather we are experiencing lately!
Blue Flora Wrap Top: New Look 6560, View C, 85% Cotton and 15% Linen Blend.
1. As always did standard petite adjustments between shoulder and bust.
2. The top does look short so I considered adding length but after reading many reviews (2019 pattern of the year on Pattern Review) I did not adjust length – good decision!
3. For security I added a snap at the center front and made serger loops for the tie belt.
4. This is a quick and easy make and perfect for keeping cool this summer.
Wide Cropped Denim Pants: New Look 6643 plus Burda 7058, Tencel.
1. To get the fit I used Burda from waist to crotch and for the look I used New Look from crotch to hem. I shortened the length by 4 inches in segments along the leg of the pants.
2. The Burda pants are a TNT pattern for me so it was fun to try out the wide leg from New Look and have success – these pants are cool and fun!
Pineapple Tee-shirt Dress: New Look 6449, View A, Cotton Lycra
1. My first step was to make my petite adjustments from shoulder to bust. I did not change the length.
2. This tee -shirt dress is less fitted than McCalls 7432 – my make from June club- and that works for me. There are times when I want a little more shaping but lately I am enjoying loose fitting dresses. This pattern does the trick! It is a quick and easy make.
Knit Jumpsuit: Butterick 6330, View E, Liverpool knit
1. Easy summer sewing-neck and armhole hems are just turned under. Seam down center back with slit opening to allow getting the jumpsuit on 🙂
2. I like this style pocket at it lays better than an in-seam pocket (IMHO).
3. The legs are wide but not overly. I cut off 7” because the “shorter” length felt more summery. Hoping that the fabric relaxes a bit so the leg doesn’t stand open at hem so much.
4. Waist casing-1” seam allowance at waist, trim bodice seam and then press pant seam toward bodice and topstitch to form casing. This is a nice look, it worked very well. Would be easy to tack on a bow as shown in my inspiration pic.
5. Fit adjustments-I sized down one size in the pant and ended up going down one more because I didn’t want all the ease in pattern. Also, added an inch to bodice length and took off an inch in pant waist length (height/crotch depth 🙂
Woven Jumpsuit: New Look 6413, View A, Crinkle Linen
1. Fit-very good for overall length and waist location. Neck opening a bit large-I’d take a 1/4” seam next time for starters. Legs aren’t as tight as it shows on pattern cover-I liked how they turned out for me. Sleeves are to pattern for View A. Next time I will add a cuff to give a more stable hem that doesn’t stretch out-maybe washing will help?
2. Zipper opening at neck seemed to take some time but looked nice and was fairly easy in the end. A good sewing friend advised putting the zip in the neck and that probably was a better option.
3. Waist casing-pattern called for 5/8” seam allowance and then stitching seam allowance at edge and inserting elastic. We usually cringe at this when our young students encounter this in a pattern but the linen held together and I serged the raw edges together (not a bad idea to serge edges before sewing if they are raveling) and inserted elastic. I tried the topstitch method as above but in the end did not because it seemed to “blouse” better without it.
4. I didn’t include in-seam pockets because of added bulk and it also made the waist casing smoother.
5. Legs are fun rolled up at ankles too!
Wavy Stripe Shorts: Jalie Pull-on Pants and Shorts, No stretch woven
1. Great go-to pull on pant with just the right amount of ease-for me 🙂 Great waist shaping.
2. Made to pattern with required 3/8” seam allowances.
3. Waist casing is a facing that is sewn on and turned to inside. I especially like the shaping of the waist-not straight across but higher in back and lower (but not too low) in back.
Woven Stripe Shorts: Burda 6952, View B
1. This is a plus size pattern that I wanted to try to see if fit is any different than regular Burda patterns. Burda is still the bomb for pants fit, in my book.
2. The two views are the same except View A has darts, a zip and waistband. I was going to try adding the contour fitted waist band to the gathered version but there was a gap between idea/cutting out and execution-so it’s a narrower folded waistband as called for in View B.
August Fashion Sewing Club via Zoom or at:
Saturday, August 8,10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, August 11, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, August 13, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville