Thursday, July 10, 2014

Style File: The Fall Jumpsuit 10 Crosby Derek Lam - Get That Look!!!!

Morning Dolls,

As I prep my mind for Fall and the projects that ensue, I cant deny my obsession with jumpsuit.  While scanning on of my favorite online retailers ( I came across a jumpsuit that literally took my breath away!  

As stated this is a 10 Crosby Derek Lam jumpsuit retailed at a whopping $595!

While there are several different methods to construct this look, I have put together the following patterns to guide in the right directions.


To accomplish this bottom you will need to decide where you want your zipper/buttons.  

The first option would be in the middle.  this is likely the method used as I am unable to spot any zippers on the sides in the picture.  The ties in the front may very well be hiding the zipper/buttons.  In this case, I would use M6756 View A (my go to pattern for pants).  While M6756 is obviously a shorts pattern, the fit of this pattern is unmatched in any pants pattern (in my opinion).  Drafting these into pants is very, very easy!

The Second Option for the bottom with the zipper/buttons in the middle would be Burda Pattern #118B found Here.  These slacks have the exact shape and most important the back pockets of this jumpsuit.  If you like downloading PDF patterns, this may be a great option. 


If you dare to put your zipper in the side seam and conceal it between the bust and waist, you may opt for M6930 View A.  Same as M6756, this pattern can be drafted into pants very, very easlily. 



To accomplish the top, I have selected the following pattern: M6844 View A

View A has a long enough torso to give this jumpsuit the ease it needs for functionality.  the sleeves can be widened by 2 inches and an added bias for the wrist.  For the collar, use the collar piece from view D and add 12 inches (6 on both ends).  This will give you a long enough tie to knot in the front.   As for the construction....The attachment of the collar should stop at the bust line.  the opening of the shirt below the bust line should be prepped for your zipper/button (if using M6756 or Burda 3118B) or sewn closed from the bust to the waist (if using M6930).

This would be an easy option for a beginner, if wanted to simulate the button up shirt effect, you can also opt to use Vogue Pattern 1389 


For this pattern, you will need to draft the collar into a lapel and with a separate collar and separate button/zipper casing at the bottom....

Can you see it??????? Let me know your thoughts?  I am DYING to try this idea!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DIY Wide Legged Striped Pants using M6930

Back Again!!! 

Following the theme of fall prep I made this wide leg pants using M6930.  I am a wide leg pants fanatic if you haven't picked up on that yet; and I always create my wide leg pants from shorts patterns.  For the first time, I didn't do it with M6756 (I kinda feel guilty lol).

The fabric used is a light weight cotton purchased from G Street Fabrics.  I was able so snatch up (4) yard for $2.97 per yard!!!! I am pondering what to do with the rest!  

I cant wait to wear these!!!!!!!

Happy Sewing!

DIY Side Split Shirt using Simplicity 1366 / S055

Good evening darlings! 

I wanted to share with you a quick project I completed over the weekend to get the old juices running again. I had plans on making 2 versions on this shirt.  The most important of which is the top below with a half sleeve.  

Yes, Yes, I admit.  I am transitioning into fall.  I think I got into a slump lately because I wasn't into sewing any more dresses..... Either that or my inner tomboy is coming out :).

I have always been a jean type of girl.  Therefore, I am finding myself trying different options for shirts.  This shirt is rather popular.  I choose to wear mines with a tie in the front to break up the mediocrity.  As I am in no shape or form wanting to walk out my house and instantly look like the next person lol!

The fabric I used is a little bit thicker than lining (purchased to use as lining) and has a matt silk finish to it.  I've had it so long, I don't recall what it is, sorry!

I paired this shirt with a pair of lightly distressed AG Goldschmied Jeans which is ironically one of my favorites right now.  My shoes are from one of my favorite boutiques from my Atlanta days. 

To accomplish this look, I simply measured the length of my shirt from the top of my shoulder to right below my knees which was 45 inches.  I constructed the shirt a per the pattern and stopped my side seam 4 inches from the armpit.  I also made an optional sash, I not quite sure which way I like better.

Hope you like!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Syle File: The Perfect Tweed Dress. Get the look with M6465 and Mood Fabric!

Hello Sew Fam!

On my frequent search for inspiration, I came across this beautiful tweed dress by Rachel Zoe.  Considering the cost and hassle that is involved in dealing with quality tweed, I am inclined to feel the price of $275 is rather reasonable.

This dress has a very simple silhouette.....

How to achieve this look?  Well it is rather easy if you ask me. Instantly, I recall seeing a pattern that can be easily adjusted to make this dress.  That is  McCall's pattern M6465

And this lovely Tweed Fabric from mood found Here

B&J Fabrics also has a wide variety of tweed for reasonable prices Here

A little bit about tweed:  Tweed is a British fabric that was used for both sporting and luxury clothing.  Tweed typically has more than one color and at one point was only made of 100% wool.  Nowadays, Tweed is made of a varying mix of fibers.  It is in my opinion the difference between wool twill ($60-$275) per yard at luxury fabric outfitters like Mood and brands as prominent as Chanel, and ($40) per yard at found at your typical fabric outlets and including JoAnns.

Sewing with Tweed is considered to be easy for a beginner - intermediate seamstress as the weight and thickness can easy hide stitches that may not be perfect.  But on the negative side Tweed has a high probability unraveling of which can occur from simple handling during construction.  

Tweed is woven and as such will need to be stabilized.  You can do this by ironing on a light interfacing to the tweed.  For seams such as those at the shoulders, you will need to use twill tape.  Twill tape can be found online at your local JoAnns.

Tweed also requires time to drop.  Before finishing the final hems on your garment, you want it to hang overnight to drop preventing any uneven hems.

Ok so on to my version of construction....

My recommendations on creating this look with M6465.
1. You will need  Tweed, twill tape, and a lightweight lining for this dress.
2. Your sleeves will need to be extended 2 inches and widened by 4 inches to simulate the sleeve.
3. You will not sew the bust darts.
4.You will not need the bottom contrast on the pattern.
5.You need to cut tweed bias for your neckline (and lining). 

What do you think?  I think I this is something I will attempt this fall.  Of course, that will consist of finding a woven blend at a very reasonable price for my test garment.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY Side Split Infinity bottom Maxi M6886

Back again... (you know I post in two's lol).
I woke up inspired this morning with the perfect pattern to recreate an inspiration pic I saw last week.  While the dress was not marketed at as an infinity bottom Maxi, I quickly realised I could do so many things with this dress!!!  The options are endless and I plan to discover more as I continue to make more.  The dress is constructed  using McCalls pattern 6886 view A shortened with an over skirt attached.
I created a tut as well... woot woot!!!! You can view it Here
Let me know what you think!!!

Happy Sewing!


DIY V1387 View A Extended

Hello Darlings!

Long time no hear huh?  Ugh.... I have been doing THE most lately.  I am also a week off of vacation in Puerto Rico.  Its been a week now and I am getting back into the swing of things.  Unfortunately, I am very very far behind on posts...

Today's fit is an extended version of V1387. I received the chevron fabric as a gift and I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

The only adjustment I made to this pattern was adding 8 inches to the flounce.  What do you think?

Happy Sewing!





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY OOTD 4 panel striped skirt.

Afternoon family!

I wanted to share with you my OOTD.  The best part of spring/summer is changing up my work attire.  Ok...... I haven't done much laundry this week lol!

The skirt below was constructed by essentially cutting (2) circle skirts and sewing them together as (1) i.e. 4 panels.  I made this skirt a couple of weeks ago and deleted the pictures my mistake :(.  The skirt is attached to a 2 inch waistband  with 1 inch pleats and a fashion jeans zipper in the back.  I had to work with the pleat size to get the a consistent pleat pattern.  to do this, I pinned the skirt to both ends of my 29 inch waistband, pinned the middle seam to the 14.5 inch (halfway) mark, then pinned the 7.25 inch mark for the second and 4th panel.  This put the seam for each panel 7.25 inches away from each other and allowed me to determine the amount and size of pleats I wanted.  once I was able to do this with on panel, I duplicated the same to the other four.

The fabric is actually upholstery fabric from JoAnn's that I have been holding onto for about 2 months. 

Shirt: H&M 
Shoes: L.A.M.B

Hope you like!

Happy Sewing!