Thursday, February 23, 2017

laissez le bon temps rouler

We had Generational Day at Franklin Street Baptist Church and each generation were assigned a different color. Well my color was supposed to be Gray, but as I have told the good Rev. Marlon Jones that color is not in my box of coloring crayons. HAHA. So I made a spring green dress and wore it with my Mardi Gras duster.

Pattern Number : McCalls

Pattern Description : Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. A, B: Round neckline. A, E: Short sleeves. B: Long sleeves. C: Three-quarter length sleeves. C, D: Scoop neckline. D, F: Sleeveless. E, F: V-neckline and neck bands.

Did it look like the photo / drawing on the envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, super easy-even for a Beginner

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Easy Construction

Fabric Used : Dancewear / Swimwear Fabric that has lycra/spandex in it

Pattern alterations, or any design changes made: none, except I was worried about the length, so I added 2 inches

Would you sew it again? Yes, Yes, and YES! I made view C with the long sleeves and scooped neckline. It is a little low for my taste. I'm a little old fashioned and like to be covered up.

Would you recommend it to others? Definitely, have no fear. You cannot mess this up.

Conclusion: A great pattern to have in your repertoire. It is super easy and can be made to showcase a variety of fabrics.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Love Is In The Air

At this point, I was terrified looking at this fabric. I was scared to cut it and afraid to attempt sewing with sequin fabric. I had heard terrible things about sewing with sequin fabrics. I needed a red or white long dress for a Ball that I was to attend the weekend before Valentine's Day. I think white evening gowns are too bridal and I really don't wear the color red very often. I prayed over the fabric first since it was $29 a yard. I did however use my Joann's 50 per cent off coupon.

I then checked my pattern stash that I've somehow amassed over the years. I settled on McCall's 7047. I made the long skirt with train, cowl neck bodice.

Of course, I eliminated the train and opted not to attached the bodice. The back was extremely low-cut after I made it. I remembered a top that I had previously purchased and went for it. I had extra fabric left so a made a pencil skirt to wear to church the next day. I used the side selvage border as the hem for the pencil skirt. Easy Peasy. I cant believe it - two garments in one day. I was very proud of myself and the sequin fabric sewed like a dream.


This is my cousin and one of my Sunday School students.
 This is a picture of the hemline.