Monday, May 19, 2014

Wardrobe Staple: Dixie Diy's Summer Concert Tee

I purchased the Dixie Diy Summer Concert Tee as part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #1. It is the only pattern that I have sewn from the group and has become a wardrobe staple. image-3

 I cut the XS size and shortened the back quite a bit. I like the high low look but it was a little too low in the back, I like to show a little booty after all lol. I am not however into midriff baring and I wear this with a camisole underneath.  I think it would work well with higher waisted garments like maxi skirts, shorts, etc but my jeans sit low on my hips and require extra coverage.  I also doubled over the arm bands to shorten the sleeves and give a more finished look, I really hate hemming knits!  I did a tiny hem on the bottom so as not to lose much length.  I think I only turned it up once and it does show a little after washing but isn't too noticeable.  Next time I would add a little length to the front pattern piece so that I could do a deeper hem.


These pictures aren't great but I thought this pattern was worth sharing. I really like the swingy quality of this top and I think it is quite flattering. I need to grab some more knit to make a couple more of these Summer staples. This fabric is from Joann.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Spring Sewing for Karlie

I have been so absent from my blog that I forgot how to log in today. That's pretty sad. I have been sewing though, and wanted to share the two latest things that I made for my niece Karlie.

This Knit tunic had been cut out since last Fall, but didn't get sewn up until last month. I cut the sleeves short so that she could wear it now. It is McCall's 6785, view B without the hood, in size 3. I had to use a contrasting neckband fabric, as the original piece that I had cut wasn't stretchy enough. The leggings were purchased. The kangaroo pocket got ripped off at the corners the first day she wore it and had to be repaired, so adding some interfacing under the edges might remedy that. This knit fabric was from Joann and I think they still have it on their clearance rack. It is a stable knit and super easy to sew with. I used my serger, but it could be just as easily sewn with a zig zag stitch on a regular machine. I'm really happy with how this came out and will use the pattern for her again. Spring Sewing for Karlie Hamming it up

We didn't get to visit my family for Easter but I finished this dress just in time to send it back with my mom when she visited. Mom gave me a bunch of cute fabrics for Karlie, all quilting cottons. I made this one with McCall's 6684 view C. I will also use this pattern again for her as it has other variations. This was another easy project that came out super cute. I just love sewing for her and I hope she doesn't outgrow liking what I make her.
 Karlie's Easter dress McCall's 6684