Vogue 9109 – Easy Summer Tops

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There have been some great versions of this top made by sewists out there. Some have even turned the pattern into a dress. I’ve admired them from a distance until my friend Jennifer made a cute top with with this pattern a month ago. Fortunately Jo-Ann’s had Vogue patterns on sale that week.

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I made View A with an Italian cotton voile that I purchased from Britex a few years ago.

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I made View B with a polyester print from Hancock’s that I had purchased for another project that never got sewn. The pattern calls for purchased bias tape but I made my own. I thought the purchased tape might be too stiff for these two fabrics.

I haven’t seen the last of this pattern. These tops are quick to sew and are perfect for summer.

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Vogue 1809 – Good to Sew You Again Old Friend

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When a pattern has served you as well as this out of print DKNY Vogue pattern it deserves to be called “friend.” I’ve made this pattern over 20 times in the past 21 years and have never been disappointed.

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This time I made view C without the front fish eye darts. I didn’t want to break up the print of this scuba knit. I made this dress once before without the front and back darts and liked the look of it.

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For this dress I sewed the back darts. The scuba knit looked better with a little shaping. I added 1 inch to the length.  This is the first time I use a knit for this pattern. The dress is fully lined with swimsuit lining. I often use this when lining knit dresses.

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Below is the version I made 3 years ago without the front and back fish eye darts. It turns the dress from a sheath to a shift. I shortened the pattern by 3 inches and added a 4 inch band.

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I’m sorry that I don’t have any pictures of most of the dresses I’ve sewn with this pattern. Below are a few pictures of some cotton versions I’ve made.

I modified the neckline on the floral dress below. For the polka dot pique dress pictured below, I cut the pattern in two and added a contrasting band. Fellow sewing blogger Goodbye Valentino recently posted a gorgeous version of View B from this pattern on her blog. The front trim Sarah added is a great detail and beautifully executed.

This pattern sometimes comes up for sale online. If you like this style of dress I highly recommend tracking down the pattern. You will not be disappointed.

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Butterick 6562 – Eyelet Summer Top

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I had this eyelet in my stash waiting for a fun summer top pattern to come along. Butterick 6562 caught my attention because it offered some interesting options. The top is described as being fitted. I didn’t think it looked fitted on the pattern envelope but I was pleased to find out that it was.

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The shaped hemline is another detail that attracted me to this pattern. I lengthened the top by 1″ which is a common adjustment for me to make.

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I repositioned the buttons because there was going to be gaping at my bust between two buttons. I also wanted to add a button right below the band. Without it I was fearful that the band would sag at the middle front. I have a ready-to-wear top that has a button right under a band like this and I’ve always liked the way it looks.

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This was a fun top to sew and I’m glad I’ve added this top to my summer wardrobe. Now if it would only warm up on the Central Coast of California so I can wear it.

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McCall’s 6886 + Burda Style 04-2017-107 = Great Summer Dress

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I bought this stripe knit at Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, QC last summer while on vacation. I pictured a very simple dress from this fabric. While looking through my Burda Style magazines I came across the dress pictured below and knew this was perfect for my fabric. I love the back cut-out.

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Making the ruching shown here required the pattern pieces to be quite long and I didn’t have enough fabric. Also, I wasn’t interested in the center back seam.  It has ruching as well.

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I traced the Burda Style pattern and pulled out McCall’s 6886. It is my go-to knit dress pattern. The pattern never lets me down. I used the neckline from the Burda Style pattern and traced the back pieces onto the back piece of the McCall’s pattern.

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The dress was quick to sew and turned out exactly as I had pictured it.

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Simplicity 1276 – Waiting to Exhale

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That’s what it was like taking pictures for this blog post. Let me start by saying that my fabric has enough stretch that I can move (and breathe) in this dress. It’s just that the dress is a nudge more form fitting than I am comfortable with. If I had paid closer attention to the pattern picture I would have noticed this.

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My fabric has more stretch than the patterns calls for but the negative ease in this pattern makes for a dress that shows off my curves more than I like. I love the style of this dress but would have preferred it “looser”. As it is, I sewed it with 1/4″ seams once I saw where this was going.

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The pattern calls for the dress to be fully lined, which I always like. If I were to sew this pattern again I would sew the lining as one piece instead of using the same pattern pieces as the dress. I don’t like that the seams for the insets show through. I sewed my usual size 8 and besides sewing 1/4″ seams, I added 1″ to the length of the skirt. The dress was not complicated to sew and came together very well.

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Though I read a few reviews for this pattern before starting, I went back and read more when I realized how this was going to fit me. I found a blogpost mentioning the fact that this dress fits like a second skin. That pretty much sums it up for me. Though some people feel comfortable in “second skin” clothes, I’m not one of them.

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Me Made May 2018 – It’s a Wrap

Another year of Me Made May has come and gone. Every day is pretty much me-made for me since I make most of my clothes. I like Me Made May because I enjoy documenting my outfit of the day on Instagram as well as seeing what other sewists are sewing/wearing. I’ve said this before; going through my wardrobe choosing something I made to wear makes me realize that I keep my clothes much longer than most people.

Many of my me-mades have stories. Some stories are fabric related i.e. bought while on vacation or the challenge of trying to fit a particular pattern on a piece of fabric. Some stories are of victory over a particular challenge or of recovery from a mistake. My closet is full of stories and I love that about sewing my own clothes.

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Sewaholic 1130 – Another Minoru Jacket

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A few months ago I made a Minoru jacket for a vacation we had planned. We were going to be visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, St-Petersburg and Helsinki while on a cruise sailing from Copenhagen. I made my original jacket based on what the weather had been historically. As our vacation approached I noticed that Scandinavia was having unseasonably warm weather. Another jacket would be needed. Like all good sewists, I went through my stash and decided to make a jacket 10 days before we were scheduled to leave. My husband was not surprised and has come to expect nothing less than last minute sewing for an event. (Picture above taken in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen).

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I purchased this medium weight printed cotton and the polyester charmeuse lining from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco last fall. My intention was to make a Minoru jacket at some point with these fabrics. I “rush” ordered a zipper from Wawak Sewing Supplies and was good to go.

I added 1.25″ to the length of the jacket. I also created a cuff by adding a facing to the bottom of the sleeve rather than the elastic cuff called for by the pattern. In addition, I added inseam pockets. I omitted the hood but added interfacing to the collar pieces. (Picture above taken in the King’s Garden, Copenhagen)

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I always try to find a fabric store when I travel. I didn’t have to look far because Stof & Stil was right across the street from our hotel. They have a beautiful selection of fabric and the people working there are very nice. I purchased a printed cotton sateen as well as a tiny gingham check seersucker. We had early morning events both days we were in Copenhagen so we were gone before they opened. I was able to make it to the store on the second day 15 minutes before they closed. That limited my shopping considerably 😉  Fabric bought while on vacation is the BEST!
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My husband and I love jazz so the chance to take a Dave Koz jazz cruise AND visit some places we had never been to was a wonderful opportunity.

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