Shorts with Pockets – New Look 6100 Pattern Review

FYI, I wrote this last year and never took pictures so sorry in advance.  Spring and Summer are almost here and I want/need more shorts. Since I’ve been sewing so much I decided to try my hand at making them instead of buying them.    I found the New Look 6100 pattern, and decided to purchase it.  Next we need fabric, right?  I wanted something substantial, yet soft.  On a whim at lunch one Friday, I stopped by a local fabric shop that caters to bridal customers (unfortunately this shop has since closed 😦 ).  I found this white satin in their remnant bin, it certainly fit the requirements of stiff yet soft at the same time.

As a pattern review, I used View A from the envelope.  This pattern is straightforward and the instructions are clear.  I don’t wear belts, so I omitted the carriers and tie. I interfaced the waistband with fusible interfacing instead of organza.  🙂 I have to admit, I was hesitant about adding the cuffs, very hesitant.  But when I tried the shorts on during construction, I decided that the cuffs would be necessary for the shorts to be flattering.  I continued following the instructions and added them with no issues.

I like the crisp clean lines of these shorts. Even though they sit higher on the waist than I prefer (I’m a low rise kind of girl), I think they are flattering. I was excited about them after I made them and wore them to a WCS (West Coast Swing) dance that weekend.  Someone looking at them asked me to turn around slowly, and then said “I’m not trying to be rude, but where’s the zipper?”  I showed them the side and said, “It’s invisible!”  Think that means I inserted it well enough? LOL FYI, the top they are pictured with is Lekala 5665, which I made this week, and the review can be read here.

Cute Pink Crop Top – Lekala 5665 Pattern Review

So I decided to try my hand at Lekala Patterns, despite the reviews of poor instructions and complaints about pattern geometry and construction. I purchased a five pattern bundle, with three knit patterns and two woven patterns.  Let’s talk about the first one up.  It’s listed as Top – Sewing Pattern #5665 and is a crop top.


I entered my measurements per the measuring tape, with no fudging (and that was hard lol).  I used a Pink and White Pebble polyester knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics to test this one and it came out well.  The instructions were fine (a bit bare, but it’s not a complicated item), however I changed the process to fit the look I had in mind. I doubled the front panel so the wrong side wouldn’t show. I did not serge the edges, I turned them under.

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I like this one, it was first Lekala pattern I’ve tried, and people are correct about sparseness of the instructions, but it did fit properly.  I will be trying the others soon, and will let you know what I find.  By the way, the shorts are New Look 6100 and you can read the review here.

Strokes of Fire Colors Top – McCalls 7092 Review

I’ve had McCalls 7092 in my stash for a while, and decided to use some of the leftover fabric from the strokes of fire colors dress to test it.  I was drawn to the V neck when I bought it.  I’m glad that I did, because it’s really comfortable.

As a pattern review,  I made View A  in a size 8, using the same fabric for the insets instead of contrasting fabric.  The insets are folded so you end up with at least four layers at the under bust seam, not counting that the upper bodice pieces are also pleated.  I do like this top and will definitely make more.

 

The Matrix Dress – McCalls 6886 Pattern Review

I have so many complicated patterns, and few simple ones.  I finally got around to purchasing McCalls 6886, a simple knit dress pattern.  I mixed and matched view features for the look I wanted and that’s definitely part of the beauty of this pattern. I had a knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics that reminds me of The Matrix, and I think it was perfect for it.  I love it!

As a pattern review I made View F with the length of View C instead of the longer length on View F. I also used the long sleeves of View B and lengthened them by 2 inches (I’m 5’8″).

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This dress is so flattering and comfortable. It’s a great basic and I’m so glad I got a chance to try it out. I will definitely be experimenting with it. 🙂

A Spring Dress in Winter – Butterick 5317 Pattern Review

This dress has been on my mind for quite some time.  Last spring, I bought this floral border print fabric as a floor cut from Promenade Fabrics in New Orleans. I didn’t have the full yardage because it had a piece cut from it.  None ofb5317 the patterns I had suited this border print, so after some perusing, I bought Butterick 5317 specifically for it.  However, when I initially tried to fit the pattern pieces on the fabric in my idea to have the bodice and skirt go from white to black, I couldn’t.  I didn’t have enough fabric to make it happen, so I folded the fabric up and decided to see if another pattern would catch my eye.  Months passed, and every time I looked in my stash, it stared back at me, desperate to me sewn and worn.  Last month, (I know I’m behind on posting, but it’s been cold and raining) I decided to try again.  When I laid the pieces of this time, I figured out a way to make it work.  Not the look I initially wanted, but as close as I could get it. 🙂

As a pattern review, I made View A, in a size 6.  The floral print is a stretch cotton sateen,  and I used a lightweight white satin from my stash to line the bodice.  The deviations from the pattern that I made were, I did not add the contrast band at the bottom and I used a narrow hem due to fabric constraints.  As a note, the instructions for the side seam pocket and side zipper are interesting.

I like this dress and am glad that I finally got to sew and wear it.  When I went to take pictures, a lady came over to tell me it looked like I was in a garden 🙂 Wouldn’t you know it, I was in a printed garden in a botanical garden LOL.

An Elegant Day Dress – Simplicity 8013 Pattern Review

I love this dress! It’s definitely a lot of fabric and work, but look at it, how could I not?  The neckline, the sleeve, the skirt that goes on for days, how could I resist?  I simply couldn’t.  Simplicity 8013 had been calling to me since last year.  I saw this picture, and had to have this pattern. simplicity-dresses-pattern-8013-envelope-front The recommended fabric requirement for the floor length version is a daunting 10 yards of 45″ fabric or 7 3/4 yards of 60″ fabric, not to mention 3 more yards for the lining.  10 yards of fabric can be an expensive proposition and when I made the first muslin it didn’t fit out of the package, so I set this pattern aside.

Out of sight was not out of mind however, and I decided to pull it back out just in time for spring.  In the right mindset to troubleshoot, I made another muslin and encountered the same issue as before. The back was fine, but the front pieces weren’t wide enough at the waist to allow the seam to fall correctly. I corrected this by adding a wedge to the side seam of each front piece, approximately 1/2″ wide at the waist, tapering to nothing at the armpit.  Given the skirt is a quite fully gathered one (an understatement really, since I did use all four side panels), I didn’t add any width to the skirt panels.

As a pattern review, I made View D in a size 6, with the aforementioned alteration.  I used a blue, black, and purple patterned crepe from Fabric Mart.  It feels nice and was just the right weight. The dress is lined in a black posh lining fabric from Joann.  I’m 5’8, so I cut the sleeves and skirt pieces about a 1/2″ longer just in case they weren’t long enough.  I also french seamed the skirt pieces together.  When I gathered the skirt to the waist of the bodice, I noticed that following the directions left more gathering to the sides of the hips, and less in front, likewise in the back.  I like that detail a lot.  Instead of buttons for the cuffs, I used black hooks and eyes.

I really do love this dress, and think it was worth the time spent on it.  I’ve included a twirling picture below, because how could I not?  🙂

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Flowers on a Winter Day – Vogue 8633 Pattern Review

How about flowers on a “winter” day?  It’s February in Louisiana and the high for today is 83 degrees so I decided to take the opportunity to wear one of the dresses I made this month to work.  (By the way, more blog posts are to come, it’s been too cold and rainy to get things photographed).    The floral fabric you see was advertised as peachskin on Fabric.com.  It has a nice hand and is soft, however it’s not as soft as other peachskin fabrics I’ve sewn with from other places.  The bodice is lined with a royal blue crepe back satin from Hancock Fabrics.

As a pattern review, I made View E in a size 6ish.  I say “ish” because since the darts and neckline fell in the right place on my bodice muslin, I decided to add 1/2″ to the side seams of the front pieces so that the side seam could be sewn and fell in the correct place.  I didn’t go up a size, so my fit is quite exact, which is how I prefer it.

The shaping darts are interesting and a detail completely disguised by the pattern of my fabric. 🙂 I really like the shaped collar on this, however the darts were unusual.  They aren’t all your ordinary triangle shapes, and there are four of them for each of your front pieces (bodice and lining).   In conclusion, I’ll leave you with a little twirl picture 🙂 Look at that skirt get up and go!

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