Monday, June 29, 2015

Vintage Pattern Giveaway - Anne Adams Wrap Sundress

Friends, it's been far too long since our last giveaway!  

Anne Adams Sundress Size 14 Vintage Pattern Giveaway

Just look at this beautiful pattern!  Not only is it a season appropriate sundress, but it is a back wrap dress, and look at those pockets!  Such great style this dress has!  Am I putting in too many exclamation marks?!?

Anne Adams Sundress Size 14 Vintage Pattern Giveaway

This particular pattern is a vintage size 14.  Here is the sizing chart, but even if it isn't your size, it is so worth taking the time to grade. 

Anne Adams Sundress Size 14 Vintage Pattern Giveaway

All the pieces are here, but they have been cut.  The only modification that was made was the original owner shortened one of the skirt panels, however she held on to the extra piece so a little tape would quickly remedy that.

Vintage patterns are not my area of expertise friends, so if I am incorrect about this being Anne Adams, please feel free to correct me.

Now, to enter just leave a comment at the bottom letting me know why you love sewing vintage.  Please make sure that I will be able to contact you (if there isn't contact info in your profile please leave an email contact.  i.e. jane @ anywho dot com).  I will use a random number generator to pick the winner on July 4th at noon, and post the winner here.  Open to anyone anywhere.  Good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pattern Review Butterick B6224 - The Plus Size Jumpsuit

Hello, Friends!  With the world going crazy for jumpsuits, I decided to jump on the bandwagon in search of a good pattern for my very round body.  I decided to try out Butterick B6224.  Here it is:

Horrible quality cell phone pic of B6224
Friends, let me tell you that this picture shows this jumpsuit in a much more flattering light than it actually is.  Apologies for the crumby cell phone pic.  It was after 9:15 last night when we finally got around to taking this pic, and truly I didn't feel this jumpsuit really deserved the DSLR treatment.

Now, let's talk about the changes that were made and the construction of B6224.  I decided on making the size 30 based on my waist and bust measurements.  The problem with this is that my 64 inch hips were not even close to the 54 inch hips this size calls for.  Because I needed the bodice and pant to be the same at the waist, I decided to use the slash and spread method to get the extra width needed in the hips.

Slash and Spread Method on B6224

I wanted to add two inches to each pattern piece for a total of eight inches added, knowing that I would also sew narrow seam allowances through the hips to make up for the rest of the difference.  I slashed a straight line down from the top of the pocket and a line across from the bottom of the pocket to the first slash, because the pocket was the anchoring part of this pattern piece.  I then used my flexible ruler to add the two inches needed, and moved the bottom hem allowance to it's proper location.

Front Pants Piece of B6224 After Grading to My Measurements
This is what the finished piece looked like after I made my changes for grading to my hip measurements.  I graded the back pant piece in the same method, but forgot to take pictures.  The paper I am using here was from a roll of velum that I got at the art supply store.  I really like this paper because it is wider than Swedish tracing paper.  The back pattern piece didn't quite fit on the Swedish tracing paper so I had to tape two pieces together, and I don't like having to do that.

Construction on B6224 was pretty straight forward.  I decided to actually follow the pattern directions as if I were a newbie sewist.  I only veered from the directions in two ways.

Interfaced Pieces for B6224

First, I trimmed my interfacing smaller than my pattern pieces.  Do you do this?  I remember reading in one of my sewing books that you should always do this, and now I always do.  It helps to cut down on bulk.  The second thing that I changed was the pattern has a tie at the waist band that is just for show.  I left that off, because I don't want to add anything extra in that area.

Pinning the Bodkin Inside the Casing for Stability on B6224

There was a lot of elastic to fish through the waist seam.  I used my trusty bodkin.  There were many times I had to put a pin through the head of the bodkin to hold it in place while I fiddled with the elastic and the casing trying to get the elastic to spread out evenly in the casing.  If I make this pattern again I will probably leave the elastic out and plan to wear the jumpsuit with a belt instead.

There are a few other things I will change if I decide to make this jumpsuit again.  The bodice is quite low cut in the v-neck.  I am not one to be overly modest, but this was a bit deep for me, so next time I would make the v-neck a bit more shallow.

This jumpsuit has a 22" zipper and a hook and eye closure in the back.  The thought of trying to get these undone in a public bathroom with no assistance from my hubby kind of scares me.  Next time I put the zipper in the front and use an exposed zipper!  I think that would be a nice design element.  My husband says just leave off the hook and eye and add a pull to the zipper to keep it in the back.  It isn't a bad idea and something I may have to do if I plan to wear this version outside the house.

Though my bust is a half inch smaller than the pattern calls for in the size 30, this needs a FBA.  You can see the drag lines beside the bust in the picture, but this pattern was almost uncomfortable in the bust.  Feels like it is smashing the bust flat like a sports bra does.  The dart is slightly too low for my bust and needs to move up about 3/4 of an inch.

I would take an inch out of the bodice in length, and add 3 inches to the pants/crotch curve in length.  I am pulling down on the pockets for a reason!  Also, the arm holes on this pattern are a bit tight.  This is not a problem I have ever had before with a pattern.  Generally pattern armholes are gaping open showing off my underthings.  The directions have you turn in a narrow hem for the arms to finish them off.  I think next time I would use bias binding, and this would help with the tightness there.

So Friends, what do you think?  Can a plus size gal wear a jumpsuit?  I personally believe curvy divas can wear whatever they want as long as they can get a good fit.

In case you are wondering the fabric I used is a 100% cotton quilt backing from Windham Fabrics that was in the fashion fabric section at my local Hancock.  At 108 inches wide and $4.95 a yard plus a percent off coupon, I grabbed up some yardage to use for wearable muslins.  It feels and behaves much like chambray but with a little more heft.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Woman Divided

Hello friends!  I am suffering with a bit of sewing split personality disorder at the moment.  Practical me wants to compile a collection of TNT patterns for essential items.  Creative me wants to tea dye crinkle gauze, and hand paint silk dresses, and put glass seed beads on everything, and do all kinds of other creative projects.  Balance has never been my best attribute!

My beloved TNT t-shirt pattern has gone the way of the dodo bird.  Somewhere in the move from the basement to the main level, it just vanished never to be heard from again.  I still have the original pattern, but the truth is I was starting to fall out of love with this pattern anyway, and by the time I got the thing to TNT status I had Franken-patterned the hell out of the original pattern.  So I have decided to start over, from scratch.

About a month ago Lauren at Lladybird posted about the method that she uses for t-shirt necklines.  I tried it that afternoon, and it rocked my t-shirt sewing world.  It is just basically a bound neckline, but I lurve the look of it.

Bound Neckline on T-shirt

If you follow my instagram, you may recognize this pic.  This is what the bound neckline ends up looking like.  I think it just looks so much more polished than the regular neckline method I have been using.  I plan to incorporate it in to my new t-shirt TNT pattern, and may even toy with using it to "hem" sleeves as well.

There are many other TNT patterns to be made including pants, jeans, cardigans, tank tops for layering, so many things!

Then there is this whole creative wonder world that is spinning around in my head.  The things that I want to make.  Do you ever suffer from creative ADD?  All these beautiful ideas swirling around in your head, and not enough time to get them all down on paper, much less to actually make them.

Sometimes random inspiration keeps me up sewing in to the wee hours of the morning.  That is my favorite kind of creative energy.  When you become so passionate about getting something made that sleep, food, and everything else will have to wait until you can get that fantastic creative idea out of your head and in to reality.  Am I the only one who turns mad sewist in the wee hours?