Burda Style – 04-2018-108 Ruffle Sleeve Seersucker Top

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I never paid attention to this pattern when I first saw it in the Burda Style magazine. It didn’t strike me as my style. Recently, while out shopping, I spotted a white cotton top with eyelet ruffled sleeves. I thought it was cute and remembered seeing something similar in a Burda Style magazine.

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The top I saw had an extra eyelet ruffle as well as a plain cotton one so I added another ruffle and made the smaller armscye seam ruffle in eyelet as well. To add the eyelet ruffle to the sleeve I cut the eyelet a little wider than the seersucker ruffle and basted them together. I then treated them as one piece.

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The other change I made was to create neckline facings. The pattern calls for cutting some bias strips and using the strips around the neckline. The facings worked well. I understitched them and they stay nicely in place.

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I used seersucker leftover from another project. Coincidentally that project was also a mix of seersucker and eyelet. This top was an easy project. I didn’t refer to the pattern instructions. Even the pattern tracing went well. The pattern pieces were simple and few 🙂

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This pattern was not part of my summer to-sew list but I always leave myself open to changes. You never know when inspiration will hit you.

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McCall’s 7740 – Sleeveless Eyelet Dress

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I love eyelet. It screams summer to me. I chose McCall’s 7740 for this black eyelet that I bought a few months ago in Canada. The dress is a simple style with an interesting back. As someone one said, it’s all business in the front and party in the back.

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The pattern envelope doesn’t show the front of view A or B. Below is the line drawing.

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After making a muslin for the top, I chose to raise the armscye by 3/8″. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it was enough for the bodice to feel more comfortable. I also lengthened the skirt by 2″. I’m 5’7″ and I found the pattern as drafted too short for me. I think my finished length is similar to the one picture on the pattern envelope for view B.

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The buttons were a gift from my friend Stephen 30 years ago. He brought them back from England for me. There were 4 of them. I had them on a linen top for many years until it was no longer wearable. I saved the buttons and am glad I did because they are a nice detail on this dress.

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The pattern calls for the dress to be fully lined. I used cotton voile for the lining.

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This is a cute summer dress that was not complicated to make. I’m glad I took the time to make a muslin for the top. It would have been fine without my alteration but isn’t the reason for making your own clothes to get something you feel good wearing?

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Simplicity 1612 – The “Not Quite Maxi” Dress

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I enjoy wearing maxi dresses in the summer time. I make one or two every summer. I wanted a new knit summer dress but I envisioned something in-between a maxi and a midi because a maxi was not going to be practical for the event I had in mind.

I chose Simplicity 1612 for my dress. I’ve made View A and C in the past. For this dress I went with View D/E.

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I cut off about 5 inches at the hemline of View E. The finished length reminds me of skirts/dresses I wore in the early 1980’s.

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I had a couple of yards of this ITY knit that I purchased last summer while on vacation in Quebec. There was not a lot of wiggle room for pattern placement so I had to let most of the pattern pieces fall where there was room. The back has a lot going on but I don’t see the back so I’m O.K. with that 😉

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Now that I’ve made this dress, I can see myself making the shorter version. The pattern is well drafted and the dress fits well. This pattern is out-of-print but if you have it in your stash, I think it’s worth digging out.

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Butterick 5950 – Textured Knit Dress

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I purchased this textured knit last summer at Tissus Mode de l’Orme in Granby, QC while visiting family and friends. I get the most wonderful fabrics at that store. A trip home always requires bringing an extra suitcase for fabric.

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I’ve made this dress before with 3/4 sleeves for fall/winter. I lengthened the bodice by 1″ as well as adding 1″ to the length of the skirt. I also added binding to the neckline. The pattern instructions have you turn the edge under by 5/8″. I prefer finishing the edges with binding. Because my fabric had a texture, I used black jersey from my stash for the binding. I feared that using the textured knit for the binding would create an uneven edge as well as be too thick for a nice flat finish. I omitted the zipper though I kept the back seam as it provides shaping. I’ve made view A as well and have omitted the zipper on all three of the dresses I made from this pattern. The pattern doesn’t offer a short sleeve option but that was a simple fix.

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I like the floral background and uneven stripes of this fabric. I was originally going to sew a pattern that didn’t have any pleats but I thought the pleats would be interesting in this fabric. The dress is comfortable to wear and was a simple project to sew.

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Jalie 3880 – Bobbie Knit Top

 

This top is a simple style but has a hidden secret that makes it extra special. The facing is more like a half-camisole that helps prevent any gaping at the neckline when you bend over. Below is the illustration from the pattern that shows the facing.

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See what I mean, no gaping. The fabric stays against the body.

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Another great feature is that my bra does not show through the armscye.

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This top was sewn with an ITY knit that was gifted to me last year by a friend. For this version I shortened the pattern by 2″. The top is loose-fitting but tapers down to be fitted at hips.

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Since this pattern was such a quick project, I decided to make another. I dove into my bin of leftover knits and found this piece that was leftover from a project that became a wadder. A least something good came out of this fabric. For this version I shortened the pattern by 1″.

When the pattern was first introduced, I thought it was cute but didn’t think I needed to add it to my pattern inventory. The more versions I saw of this top, the more I was convinced that it would hold a special place in my stash. I’m glad I bought the pattern but even more glad that I sewed up a couple of tops. There will be more to come. It’s great on its own or layered.

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McCall’s 6886 – Again and Again

McCall’s 6886 is always close to the top of my pattern stash. It’s a great pattern to use for prints that need to be showcased. There’s nothing much I can say about this pattern that hasn’t been said. The pattern was launched in 2013 and has been a favorite of sewists ever since. There are over 220 reviews of this pattern on PatternReview.com

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Both prints were bought at Tissus mode de l’Orme in Granby, QC. This first print is an ITY knit. I always enjoy figuring how best to place the pattern pieces with border or panel prints. There’s one change I normally make to this pattern. I add binding at the neckline to finish the edge. The instructions have you turn the edge and stitch. I prefer to add binding.

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The version pictured below is sewn with a mid-weight scuba knit. I lined both dresses with light beige swimsuit lining. The scuba knit didn’t really need it but I like the way a lined dress fits and feels. I lined the dresses by attaching the lining at the neckline prior to sewing the binding. I don’t line the sleeves.

This won’t be the last time McCall’s 6886 makes an appearance in my summer 2019 sewing. I have some beautiful prints that speak for themselves and just need a simple design to make them shine.

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Burda Style 09-2017-122 – Black Crepe Dress

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I purchased this black Italian stretch polyester crepe from Mood Fabrics a couple of years ago. I didn’t have a pattern in mind at the time but while going through my Burda Style magazine this dress caught my attention. I made the dress a couple of months ago and finally got around to taking pictures.

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The dress was not difficult to make. The pattern doesn’t call for lining the dress but I chose to do so. The crepe has some stretch to it so I went with a thin black swimsuit lining. I’m happy I chose to do this because the dress is fitted and the stretch is nice to have for ease of wearing. I didn’t want to lose the stretch of the crepe by using a woven lining.

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The pattern called for an exposed zipper. I think that adds a nice modern touch to the dress but I chose to go with an invisible zipper. I was going for a more classic look.

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This is how I styled the dress for the blog pictures but I’m finding that this dress is very versatile. It looks great with a scarf or longer necklace or with a different style of belt or even without the belt.

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