McCall’s 7046 – My Dress of Many Colors


Could this ITY print have any more going on?!!! Animal print, stripes and a million different colors. I loved it as soon as I saw it at Tissus Mode de L’Orme in Granby, QC last summer. I knew it would be a dress but I was not sure what style at the time.


The flounce and side ruching of this dress seemed perfect for the weight of the ITY knit. I was pleased that the “extra” fabric created by the ruching falls nicely across the front and back without adding any bulk or sagging.

I made the following changes to the pattern:

I shortened the sleeves by 3.5 inches. The pattern has you turn and hem the neckline. I chose to add binding instead. It is my preferred method when faced with a “turn and hem” neckline situation. I also sewed the sleeves in flat which changes the order of construction. I lined the dress with tricot because I prefer the way the dress fits with lining.


This is a cute dress that came together without any fuss. It is pretty distinctive and I don’t need too many more dresses with flounces but I can see myself whipping up some knit tops in the future from this pattern.


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Jalie 2787 – Panel Print Knit Top


I love sewing with panel prints. I enjoy the challenge of finding the right pattern to showcase the print. The process of placing the pattern pieces in order to maximize the print is both challenging and fun.


My most recent top is Jalie 2787. I substituted the 3/4 bell sleeve for the sleeve from Jalie 2806. Jalie patterns never disappoint and are great for a quick and satisfying project.


I purchased this ITY knit from Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, QC. I often find the most interesting border and panel prints there.


Here is a picture of a top I made with the same pattern last year:


Jalie 2787

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Burda Style 03-2012-110 – Collarless Coat


It has been a little while since I last blogged. I’ve been sewing but the weather and a family emergency in Quebec have interfered with picture taking. Life is settling down and the weather has been cooperating so this past weekend my fashion photographer and I set out to take pictures of my projects. The first one is collarless coat I made in February.


I wanted a simple black coat that I could wear just as easily with a dress or a pair of jeans.  I was attracted to the simplicity of the coat pictured below in the Burda Style magazine. I had made this pattern a few years ago and liked it very much. I chose a medium weight black wool crepe from Gorgeous Fabrics.

BS 03-2012-110

I was sewing my coat in the evening after dinner as I always do and was pleased with how things were shaping up. One evening I spent a little time checking out Tory Burch’s website and saw the coat pictured below. The buckle detail struck me and I knew I wanted to do something similar for my coat. I had the imitation leather and buckle in my stash so nothing was holding me back from adding this detail to my coat.

Tory Burch Coat

I lined the coat with silk charmeuse from my stash. I didn’t bother matching the plaid on the lining. Now I wish I had 😦


I like the simple lines of this coat.


Below is a picture of the coat I made a few years ago from this pattern.



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Butterick 5466 – Fringe Skirt


This skirt is one of those simple sewing projects that is so satisfying.  It hung on a hanger for over a week waiting for the rain to stop so we could take pictures. It made me happy every time I looked at it. The fabric had been in my stash for a few years. I had the lining and the invisible zipper as well. I was all set to go.


I wanted to make a pencil skirt with a fringe. I used my go-to pencil skirt pattern: Butterick 5466. I like this pattern because it offers various waist options.


I changed the zipper to be on the side so I wouldn’t have a seam in the center back. Once the fabric was cut I began to pull horizontal threads at the bottom of the skirt until I had the length of fringe I wanted. I used my coverstitch machine to sew a seam above the fringe in order to secure the fabric. Next I proceeded to sew the skirt as I normally would. The nice part about making a skirt with a fringe is that you don’t have to hem it 🙂


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Burda Style 08-2016-121 – Wool Crepe Jacket


This cream colored wool crepe had been in my stash for 26 years. I always knew I wanted to make a suit with it but I never seemed to have the right pattern or the right amount of fabric.s08-16-121There was something about this jacket that caught my attention. I think it reminded me of a jacket I sewed in the 80s, minus the oversized shoulders. I love the shape of the three-piece sleeve. I think it is nicely balanced with the fitted silhouette of the jacket.


I sewed a band to the bottom of the skirt to add some length. I’m wondering if this is what 2017 will be like because this is the second project in a month where I have to add a band to the hem. I used every inch of this fabric. The black wool crepe was leftover from another project.


Moment of truth: The waist is a little snug. This is causing the bust to rise a bit and not fit properly. I’m refusing to acknowledge the pounds I put on during the holidays. I expect them to be gone shortly. The suit is for “stock” so I made it to fit the pre-holiday me. I figure I can easily let out the waist a nudge if I need to wear the suit before I drop the few pounds I gained.


There’s not a lot to say about this project. The pattern is well drafted and I enjoyed sewing the jacket. I’m happy with my suit and glad to have finally sewed this crepe. It was worth the wait.


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McCall’s 6886 – Sweater Knit Dress


During the Holidays I went through my fabric stash in an attempt to do some organizing. I came across this sweater knit that I purchased three years ago and thought of McCall’s 6886 right away. The issue was that I only had 1.5 yards of this fabric. In order to achieve a length that would be wearable, I had to cut a band to add to the bottom of the dress. I like the way that turned out.


This is a VERY popular pattern. There are currently 136 reviews on It also made the Best Patterns of 2015 list on their website.


The pattern calls for simply turning the neckline under and stitching. I normally choose to add binding instead but in this case I followed the instructions. I used my coverstitch machine to topstitch the neckline in place. I also lined the dress with tricot. It was either that or wear it with a slip.


This is one of the most versatile patterns I’ve come across in a few years. I have more fabric lined up for variations of this dress. It is a great pattern to use as base for other designs.

We’ve had some much needed rain here on the Central Coast of California. As you can see in the pictures, things are looking a little greener around here.


Other dresses I’ve sewn with McCall’s 6886:

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Vogue 8945 – Holiday Dress


I bought this Vogue pattern when it was introduced. I could not resist those sleeves. I did not have any fabric in mind but I knew the right fabric would inspire me at some point. While planning my Holiday outfits I came across this velour that had been in my stash for a few years. I immediately thought of this pattern. I chose to use silk chiffon for the underlayers of the sleeves.

The pattern describes the dress as semi-fitted. Normally I would have taken the sides in to make the dress a little more fitted. We were going to be having a seven course meal so I figured the more forgiving silhouette would be preferable.


The back has darts that create some nice shaping. I chose to omit the center back zipper because my fabric has plenty of stretch. I also lined the dress with swimsuit lining.  The velour did not have much body so the lining added some stability.


Those sleeves!


As 2016 comes to a close here on the West Coast, I wish you all a New Year filled with good cheer and happiness and of course many sewing successes!