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Another Day, Another Dress – McCALLS M6957

After a month of purchasing my coverstitch machine, I finally made some time today to sit down and test it out. It’s been sitting in my studio all this time and if I can be completely honest, I have been scared to enter my sewing room. My sewing rooms looks like it threw up on itself. I really need to spend some time getting my fabric and patterns organized.

Anyways, moving on to the fun stuff.. this little red dress was another UFO (Unfinished Object) hiding in my closet. so I decided to finish it today. Design details below if you want to make your own!IMG_7571

I have had this dress in my UFO stash for at least eight months. . All it needed was hemming, so I used this an opportunity to use the cover stitch and have a new garment in 10 minutes! Talk about instant gratification.

I paired this dress with my favourite (faux) snake-skin pumps and a brown and tan belt with gold hardware.

 

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And of course no outfit is complete without oversized sunnies and a handbag.. so I added these sunnies…IMG_7580 IMG_7582

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I will do a detailed review of the coverstitch machine soon. For now, here are more details of the dress.

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PATTERN:I made this dress using Mcalls M6957. This is an easy pattern and excellent for beginners.

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FABRIC: I used an interlock knit from Joanns Fabrics.

SEWING: This dress was fairly simple to sew and is a good project for beginners.Only pattern pieces are front, back and sleeve. I omitted the belt. I also self faced the front of the bodice only. For the the hem, I used a coverstich. You can also finish the hem using with a twin needle. See my tutorial HERE. If you are a beginner, you can use this easy technique to attach the sleeves seen HERE

I hope you enjoyed this! Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!!

Until next time

-XOXO

Lady in Red: Valentines Day Dress

Happy Valentines Day Folks!

This week I have been working on a dress for Valentines Day. Initially I had planned on making a pencil skirt with this fabric. In fact, I already had the fabric cut out and ready to sew. But I wanted something a bit more dressy for V-Day, so I decided I was going to make a dress instead. I had only one yard of this fabric, so my only option really was to make a strapless bodice with the leftover fabric. Here is what I came up with

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IMG_5865To accessorize my V-Day outfit, I decided to go with this gorgeous clutch that I picked up on my last trip to India. Not sure exactly where, but mum and I were shopping in Sector 17, so this beauty is from the City Beautiful. The mink collar is a vintage buy from when I was living and studying in San Francisco. I threw on my favourite nude pumps, an arm bracelet that is a gift from my mum 🙂

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Here is the back view and side view:

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I am debating between the mink collar and a black shawl. The shawl is borrowed from my mum. She just picked this up in Chandigarh (Shout out to the Sector 22 Market!) It’s very warm and  I love mixing my Indian pieces with western outfits.

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The pattern for the skirt is self drafted. Since I was in a pinch, I decided to use a pattern that I already had on hand: Mccalls M6838. I love the fit of the skirt, but I will admit that the bodice gave me a good amount of grief.

Because I didn’t have a lot of left over fabric, I had to create a facing. Ideally, a dress like this would be self faced or self lined on the bodice. The facing didn’t want to settle down, even though I understitched it. I also had to do a good amount of alteration to the top since it wasnt self drafted. I will definitely make this dress again with some revisions. The lesson learned here is to draft my own bodice next time for the perfect fit and self line the bodice .  I still love the dress.. but because I am not crazy about the bodice, so I am going to chop it off and turn this dress to a skirt.

Design details are below if you are interested in making your own.

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern for the skirt myself. It’s a fairly simple skirt. I used my sloper and added a few inches to the length. There really were no alterations required since the sloper is a custom fit.  For the bodice, I decided to use a commercial pattern. I opted for  Mccalls M6838.

If you want to make something similar, you can use Mccalls M6838 and combine it with any pencil skirt pattern. I did have to add one inch to the bottom of the bodice to lengthen it.

SEWING: The construction of this dress involved the following steps: Skirt—> Sewing up the front and back darts, sewing up the side seams. Bodice–> Sewing up the princess seams and side seams. Adding a facing to the neckline, attaching the bodice to the skirt by sewing up the waist seam and finally inserting the zipper and closing the centre back seam. Last step as always is to finish the hem.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional), 12-14 inch invisible zipper

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)

XOXO

Behind The Seams: Valentines Day Dress

Hola Peeps!

So this week I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to work on. I am in a bit of a sewing slump to be honest. Baby and I have both been sick and it just hasn’t been a creative week. But… It’s Wednesday and this is when I start thinking about my sewing project for the week.

I heard its Valentines Day this week and I thought about making something for the occasion. I usually don’t do much for V-Day, but I am on a RTW Fast and I have so much in my life to celebrate, so this year is going to be a celebration of love, and I must dress for the occasion. I have also been nagging my husband to buy me chocos and flowers. Just had to throw that in there, in case he is reading 🙂

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So… A few weeks ago, I saw this really interesting fabric. It’s a dark red woven fabric, with a small amount of stretch to it. I loved the color of the fabric, but I was really drawn to the texture more than the color. I love texture on fabric. I thought I would make a skirt with it, so I only bought one yard for a pencil skirt, but I am finding myself wanting to make a dress instead. I have already drafted the pattern for the skirt. It’s a simple below the knee pencil skirts with two front darts and two back darts. Now all of a sudden I want to make a dress instead. I want a dress with a peplum, but I don’t have enough fabric, so I am debating between making a pencil skirt, or a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and pencil skirt. To me this is one of the fun parts about being creative. I often end up doing something different from I first imagined. Note to self: Always buy at least two yards of fabric.

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I also have another fabric that I was using a couple of years ago. It is a red lace overlay over muslin. I really like that as well. It is a UFO (Unfinished Object). I had cut out the fabric from the dress and was ready to sew it up, but I was pregnant at the time and had started gaining weight, so never finished it. Right now I am not sure exactly what I will end up making by the end of the week.. but it’s either a red dress or red skirt, or a lace dress or lace skirt.

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Excited to work on this project! I’ve never worn a red pencil skirt, so I am excited about the finished product!

Happy V Day Peeps. Hope everyone is celebrating their loved one!

XOXO

DIY Fitted Tee with Ruffle Detail

Hola Folks!

I have been working this week on making a fitted tee for my RTW Fast. I wanted something casual, but a bit dressy. Something I could wear with jeans for date night, or pair it with a maxi skirt for a more dressy occasion.

I love knit tops because they are so comfortable and also cute! I made this top in a taupe jersey knit. It  is so soft and comfy. I am loving it! The pattern is self drafted. I gave it a scoop neck, three-quarter sleeves, and some cute and feminine ruffles! I love ruffles.

I want to make another one in the grey fabric but with an oversized bow on one shoulder.

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Here is the close up of the ruffles:

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Design details are below if you are interested in making one for yourself!

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 3 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. This is a pretty simple pattern and the front and back bodice are pretty much the same except for the neckline. And then there is the sleeve pattern.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then there are many commercial patterns available like Mccalls and Simplicity.

SEWING: The construction of this top involves cutting out the fabric pieces, attaching the front to the back at the side seams and the shoulder seams, sewing the underseam of the sleeves and finally setting in the sleeves to the bodice. I used a serger to make this, but a stretch stitch on a sewing machine can be used as well. For the hemming, I used a twin needle on my sewing machine. For the ruffling, I used a gathering foot.  You can find one HERE

Check out how to made the ruffles:

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional)

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)

XOXO

 

 

 

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