Sunday, August 16, 2009

McCall 5845

I had tea again at The Mandarin Oriental with the ladies church group that I am in. There are about 12 of us but only a few could make the tea. They are a great group of women. Very positive.

Fabric used: Black, yellow and white printed cotton from Joanns. I think it was from their Cosmopolitan line. It was a good weight, easy to work with and I probably could of gotten away without lining it if I wanted to.

Complexity of pattern: Advanced Beginner wasn't difficult. I did the hem and slit in in the back a little different and easier than the directions.

How long did it take to complete: About 7 hours

Overall Review: I absolutely LOVE how this dress turned out. It fits really well. I really like the back of the dress and the bow tie belt. I am giving it a 8 out of 10.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A few more reviews

I sewed up a few things for my recent trip back to Nebraska. As usual, I waited until the last minute and got everything done in about 2 days hahaha..for the most part everything was easy to throw together. I think I am officially done sewing maxi dresses for the year. I think I might try and start my fall wardrobe a bit early this year. I made the black and pink dress Saturday night for something cute to wear for my date with my husband on Sunday. He was returning from a trip to Georgia.

McCall 5889

Fabric used: White Linen-I made a jumpsuit using this pattern for the pants and a simple self drafted pattern for the top portion.

How long did it take to complete: I put this together in about an hour and half.

Overall Review: The pants pattern is super easy and has a relaxed fit. Just the look I was going for. Instead of using elastic at the bottom, I made ties. I might use this pattern again to have some quick, comfortable pants to wear.


Fabric used: Jungle printed rayon

Complexity of pattern: Not hard at all..I made the halter version in size 12.

How long did it take to complete: About an hour and half

Overall Review: This pattern was great. The sizing said the finished bust would be 39and 1/2 which I was scared is was going to be too big and gappy looking on me but it fit perfect.


Fabric used: Purple knit-the picture doesn't show the color too well or do the dress justice cause my husband was sitting down when he took the pic LOL! and I forgot to take a pic of it the night I actually wore the dress. I had on this real pretty purple necklace and earrings.

Complexity of pattern: This pattern was easier than I expected. I thought the ruffle looking thing in the front was going to take extra time but it didn't really. I decided to make View E in size 12 in a strapless version to cut back on time too.

How long did it take to complete: I swear I finished this in little over an hour.

Overall Review: This pattern was nice. No problems at all. The sizing said the finished bust would be 32 which I didn't notice until I was almost finished with the dress hahaha..I thought it was going to be extra tight across my chest but it wasn't. It stayed in place when I was wearing it. I danced in the dress and don't remember having to pull it up at all.


Fabric used: Black and pink knit-again, the picture doesn't really show the pink too well. Maybe I have a raggedy camera hahaha..I made the top from View A and the bottom from View B.

Complexity of pattern: This pattern was extra easy. Only 4 pieces. It called for clear elastic to be used in the waist area which I have never worked with before. It was easy to use but I don't understand why regular elastic couldn't be used.

How long did it take to complete: It took close to 2 hours for this one. It was late and I was moving kinda slow.

Overall Review: This pattern was ok BUT, the sizing was off IMO. I made a medium which was for bust size 37-38 1/2, waist size 27 1/2-29 and hip size 38 1/2 to 40First of all, it said use 1/4 seam allowances which was strange to me so I didn't do it. I used 5/8. I did follow the instructions about using 3/8 seam allowance to sew the bodice to the skirt because the elastic that is used for the waist is 3/8. Even with using 5/8 seam allowances, I had to take the dress in TWICE,it was too dang big. And really, I could of taken it in again but didn't feel like it. It still fits ok. I don't think I have sewn a Kwik Sew pattern before so maybe this is the norm for them. I just know to make a small next time and still might have to take it in hahaha.