Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sewing McCall's 7094 Top

I'll start with the positives. I like the pleated detail below the yolk, the fabric is light and bright, and ... I think the list ends there. At least until several reworks to make the top wearable.
Handmade summer sleeveless top from voile like fabric and M7094 sewing pattern
My biggest complaint with this pattern is the sizing. It's waaaay too big. I realize it's supposed to be a loose fitting top, but I could have fit two of me in it when I first tried it on. I should have made a muslin, but I wasn't really attached to this fabric and figured this can be the muslin if it didn't work out. Plus, I was overly optimistic that the fit wouldn't matter as much on this design. I removed ~1" from the length of the torso on the pattern before cutting to adjust for my height and decided I could take it in a bit more later if needed. That "bit" turned out to be ~3" on each side and I would have done more if it didn't start distorting the sleeve opening and the overall silhouette. Maybe with a crape-like fabric the volume wouldn't be as noticeable because of the drape. However, my fabric had a little bit of body to it and when I first put it on, the top looked like a parachute. I didn't even take pictures, but you can imagine based on how loose-fitting the top still looks after taking out all that fabric.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Denim Skirt and Lace T-Shirt

Handmade denim skirt cloned from ready to wear
I like denim skirts and own a few, but only had one RTW one that was long enough to wear to the office. Unfortunately my hip and back measurements have <cough> altered a bit over the last 10 years. I would try to shimmy my way into it and in denial put it on a shelf until the day it would fit again. I'm not quite sure why I held on to it this long because I'm usually good about letting things go when I pair down my wardrobe. The one good thing that came out of keeping the skirt was that last year I learned that it's possible to "rub-off" a pattern. After taking the Craftsy Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear (which by the way I found very helpful), this was the first pattern I wanted to tackle. The Pattern Preview skirt contest was the final motivator and I got to work recreating the pattern by tracing the original and using the pin method to line up the rest of the seams. I figured out the sewing order from what I already know about construction and by studying the original. The whole thing was definitely more time intensive than sewing from a pattern, but more educational too.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sewing Activewear - The Pink Workout Top

I've had hit and miss luck with buying good quality activewear fabric online. I'm very particular about workout clothes because on weekends I'm often biking, running or both for 2-3 hrs at a time, sometimes longer in the Texas heat. This means I'm drenched in sweat and if the clothes are chafing somewhere then it's real problem. Something that can feel perfectly comfortable on a 5 mile run can feel unbearable when running 15 miles. I've often spend more on cycling and running gear than on work clothes so my bar for tech apparel is set high and half the time when I've bought activewear fabric online I was thoroughly disappointed in the feel, breathability, stretch etc and chucked the fabric aside. On a couple of occasions though I've been thrilled with the purchase. This bright pink Nylon/Poly/Lycra from FabricMart was one of those fabrics.
Workout top from lycra/nylon blend  for cycling or running