Moneta Part dos

So apparently the theme of my summer is making two of everything! This is my second version of the Colette Moneta, and I limey this one! I made this from a striped knit I found at a store in Phoenix while visiting my sister in law, as well as a heavier weight eggplant knit from Joanns. This is a nice simple little pattern, I really like how the sleeves on this come together, you adjust the width of the sleeve after attaching them to the bodice. This is nice if you want them a little more roomy/less roomy, etc..

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This pattern is clearly meant for knits! (As is they didn’t advertise the hell out of it as a knit dress, along with a book on how to work with knits!) I love knits, and the fact that this dress requires no fuss or battle with darts and boob placement, zippers, buttonholes, etc.. It really appeals to the lazy sewer in me!

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The knit fabric on the bottom is a bit bulky, but I really don’t mind it with the gathers too much. It helps hide a rounder tummy if you know what I mean. I certainly see more Monetas in my future, but I do have other projects on my agenda including an entry for the state fair. Ohhh what to make?? This is the first year I have entered a garment and I am really thinking about a shirt dress as I love making them and I think the difficulty level is right on par for State Fair standards 😉  Will report back soon!!


Fourth of July Moneta

Okay, so I know I am on a pattern ban but since I actually got the Colette Moneta pattern earlier in the year when it first came out it doesn’t count right? Besides, a pattern made for knits- sign me up! I made this one of fabric already in my stash so it isn’t entirely made of knits. The skirt is a navy blue heavy knit material from…. I don’t know? Probably Joanns or Hancock fabrics.  The top portion is a cotton red and white stripe cotton that was a remnant from a past Christmas project. Now since this is intended for knits, I made the top a bit bigger (so that I could pull it over the girls without a zipper) and I had to pinch out a couple of darts. Truth be told I should have just bit the bullet and put in a zipper, but this is technically a wearable muslin so oh well. It does need a belt so that it pulls in the bagginess but for a Fourth of July celebration I think it will work out nicely!

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The rest of this dress is super simple. I included the pockets because I just like having somewhere to put my hands, pockets are so fun! The dress comes in many different variations, I just made this one simple and sleeveless and I left off the collar they include. I honestly am not too crazy about the collared version, it looks very nautical to me. And though I admit I do like nautical things, i.e. anchors, navy and white, pirates, etc… this collar just looks kind of kitschy to me. The skirt is gathered and attached directly to the bodice with clear elastic to prevent stretching out.

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Please ignore my wonky hem, I need to iron this into submission… or at least try to! I am really liking this pattern, but yes it is indeed meant for knits! I a working on a second version right now that is made of all knit material and I am adding the short sleeves.  I will report back soon with Moneta round two! Until then I hope you all enjoy a day of fireworks, hotdogs, hamburgers, BBQ, and stars and stripes!  ‘MERICA!!!

From our trip to New York 🙂


Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a great night and a festive New Years day. We decided to keep things a little more low key this year so we invited friends over to our house for champagne and snacks, and then we headed to the neighborhood watering hole to ring in 2014. It was a fun time and we had a pretty big turn out! Since our neighborhood bar the Air Devils Inn (or ADI as we affectionately call it) is not <ahem> the highest caliber of places, I decided to make a fun but not too over the top New Years dress. Bring in Vogue 1337, this is a very 1980’s style dress with a blouson bodice and fitted skirt.

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I kind of threw this together last minute so the bodice is a bit more blousy than I intended, I would probably scale the top down a size if I decide to make this again. I made this in a forest green heavy jersey knit, it was a chilly night so I wanted it to be warm! I love the pleating on the shoulders, however the pattern called for clear elastic inserted in the seam of the sleeves. This boggled me as the elastic really didn’t seem to serve any purpose, there was no elastic sizing guide for the sleeves (only the waist) and it did not indicate any sort of tension or stretching the elastic while sewing it in. I would assume the elastic would be used to give a gathered effect, however this didn’t seem to be the case so I just omitted it. For the elastic in the waist I just used some elastic I had in my stash instead of clear plastic, it works just fine!

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Unfortunately my hem wouldn’t lay flat, it just refused to be ironed into submission. Oh well! It was certainly comfy dress and I did plenty of running around and dancing to the juke box in it. I would make it again, nothing like having easy knit dresses to throw on!

In other news, check out my new sewing toys I got for Christmas from my In Laws! While yard sailing they found this amazing rolling fold out table that fits perfectly in my sewing room. No more scooting around the kitchen floor and crawling around while I cut my fabric! It has already made a world of difference in my sewing experience. In addition to the table they also found a huge cutting mat that fits exactly on my sewing table. Now I can actually use my rotary cutter! I think if I had used it on the hardwood kitchen floor Chris may have crucified me.

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But wait, I am not finished! They also found me a sleeve ironing board which is something I have been dying for! Its the little things, am I right? Oh and my sister and law and her boyfriend bought me an Ott-lite for  a high definition sewing view. How spoiled am I? Maddie decided to check it out too 🙂

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I hope that the holiday season treated you all well, and I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations and inspiration for 2014! Cheers blogosphere!

 


A reindeer dress and a Bumble hat

Hello friends! Sorry I have been so quiet the last month, the first semester has just wrapped up at school and I am officially on Christmas break. Thank you Lord! For the holiday season I really have been wanting to make a reindeer dress, and I found this reindeer knit at Girl Charlee, (also comes in red and green). It was love at first sight! This is cotton jersey, and is pretty light, but not too sheer. We are having unseasonably high temperatures right now so this is just right, I hate getting all bundled up in the winter and then sweating my ass off inside.

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There is nothing super fancy about this dress, I used the Colette Laurel pattern because this print needed something simple without too much detail breaking it up. I eliminated the darts in the front and back by folding down over the front darts and cutting the back piece smaller than my regular sizing. Since this is knit fabric it really didn’t need the darts and shaping anyhow because it is so stretchy and form fitting. I matched up the print on the sides and made it a bit shorter than I normally would cut my dresses because I wanted to wear it over leggings.

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I was so excited for this fabric that as soon as it arrived today I immediately started cutting and sewing it up so that I could wear this dress to dinner tonight with my In Law family. I finished this dress in about an hour, that might be a new record! A lot of it I just serged together which definitely saved some time. Here is my Christmas tree, I am so happy to finally get some time off and take a break!

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Oh and speaking of Christmas, I have one last share- check out the amazing Bumble hat my mom crocheted for me! I wore this fantastic piece to an ugly Christmas sweater party last night with my Bumble sweatshirt, he was quite the hit! I found a free pattern for him here in case you want to make your own. She used special yard that looks like fur flying everywhere, I am kind of obsessed with this one! (Clearly my Bumble obsession is reaching new heights)

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Have a wonderful holiday season!


Stash busting

These first few weeks of school have been crazy busy, so in effect my sewing time has dropped to only the weekends. Now with football season and yard sales and other various events going on even my weekends are pretty filled up! What’s a sewer to do to satisfy the sewing itch? Well, whip out quick and easy dresses, that’s what! This is just good old tried and true Simplicity 2059, easy and fast to make, but very functional and comfortable for daily life.  This is a great stash buster dress, which is something I really need to start doing. The growth rate of my stash is far high than my sewing rate. #Sewistproblems

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This is a super light weight and sheer feather print knit that I have had in my sash for well over a year now. Its such a cool print, I felt it was time to do SOMETHING with it. Since it is so sheer I have been holding out for the right project, but it really never came along. I decided I would just make this simple dress because it doesn’t break up the print at all. Instead of making a neck binding, I just lined the entire dress with a white knit underneath. Its a good weight now, especially for the fall transition. I wore this to school with a blue cardigan and flats this week, I can see this going well with boots and tights too.

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Next on my project list is the minoru jacket. I’m pretty excited about it, I am ready to try my hand at a hooded jacket- new territory for me! I have a black twill and a cheetah print waiting to be cut… who’s ready for the cool weather? This gal!


Simplicity 1612, back to my knits!

It has been a wile since I have made a knit dress, which is unfortunate because I have so many of them in my stash in a lot of fun prints! I used to make a LOT of knit dresses, and now I remember why! They are so soft, comfy and forgiving, but still really cute! They can be dressed up or down, and with the right style you can even wear one to a wedding if you want. I know people are deathly afraid of knits, however there are endless tutorials online to help you deal with troublesome details like neck bindings (luckily this dress didn’t need one!

This dress is Simplicity 1612, one of the new patterns for knits that Simplicity released this year. It has such a cut keyhole around the neck line, and the back is also really pretty with a cut out and necktie. I used a super soft knit that has an ikat print in charcoal and cream. I love that this dress can be worn both casually and a little more dressed up since it has the neckline details. My mom just turned 65 so I wore this out for her birthday dinner. Happy birthday Ma!

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I followed the directions on this one exactly as they were listed. It wasn’t difficult putting the bodice together, however there were a few instructions that they sort of clumped together. So just be careful to read everything thoroughly and use the picture diagrams. I cut the dress in a 12 and it just happened to work out and fit perfectly. That never happens!! I was stoked, other than just taking in the sides a bit I had virtually no adjustments to make.

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The keyhole is a little big, so beware if you are a little more busty. I have never really been shy about showing off some cleave but if you are then I would take it uo a little bit and add a little more length to the bodice. I guess I am just a little hussy!

I did my best t match up the print, but there were a couple places that it was slightly off. This seems to be an eternal problem of mine, matching up prints! Bah!!

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Isn’t the back so cute? The main issue I read about in other reviews of this pattern was the facings and how they just kind of hang inside the dress. I would classify these more so as self liners than facings, the bodice facing is the same pieces made up as the right side, and the back was a rectangle that encases the straps and elastic on the back. I ended up tacking both of these down at the side which worked out great. The back peeps out a little with movement, but it isn’t anything major.  Another version that I love is blogger Nikki’s dress, I love the print she used- it looks like yarn knitted together. Super cute!

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Speaking of cute, harper wanted to get in on the blogging action. She’s so stylish! I don’t know anyone else who pulls off wearing white better than her 🙂


The Elephant Dress

I found this kitschy elephant print knit and of course I had to add it to my wardrobe. The elephants are pretty big, bout 4 or 5 inches tall, so I wanted to just do something simple to show them off. I decided to go with Lisette 2059, which is probably one of the quickest and easiest dresses to make and it cinches with a self belt so it looks good no matter what! It is literally two panels, neck and arm binding ad the belt. Done! and done!

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The knit is really heavy so it worked out well for a winter knit dress, kind of an oxymoron right? I wore this out with my girlfriends to dinner and got mucho compliments!

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I love the elephants, kind of abstract/bohemian and literal all at the same time… or something like that! Either way super cute

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Speaking of Liestte, has anyone seen the newest pattern? How cute is that peplum dress? and the full retro style dress… in love!  Yes I know its part of the big 4 but I like what I like, ya feel me?


Color Blockin’

I am reeeally digging the color blocking trend this season, so I got pumped when I saw Vogue 8805. I wanted to make this dress because it looked like something quick that I could throw on over some leggings and boots or transition into warm weather nicely. I read a bunch of the reviews on it and it seemed easy enough to put together. I’ll say it was quick, but for some reason halfway through the process I got in my head that it was going to turn out horrible. Not sure if it was the fabric (slinky ponte knit for the top and middle color blocks- I wanted them to be more of a heavy jersey knit) or because my serger started getting all cranky on me, but I got the maybe I should throw in the towel blues on this dress. Luckily I stepped away and took a little breather before finishing it, I think it turned out cute!

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I cut a straight size 10 which ended up being the perfect size. This pattern had custom fit bust sizes, I am usually a C-cup however after reading the other reviews and going by the sizing on the pattern I went ahead and cut the A cup because this pattern runs pretty big apparently. I think I made the right choice.

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I have a ton of the red knit that I used for the bottom block, I plan to use the rest for a full dress. Not sure what just yet….  For the middle and top I ordered pone knit from fabric.com and although they both had the exact same description the ivory knit was much more light and sheer than the brown and they were both slinkier than I had anticipated. I guess that’s the nature of the beast when ordering fabric online without a swatch first  :/  It worked out ok though, the brown knit is heavy and doesn’t show too many lumps and bumps.

I picked these colors because I just bought this rad metal necklace on my trip to Nashville with my hubs last month and I thought they would go nicely. The necklace needs a high neckline or else it just goes straight down my cleavage! I love it though, had to bring it home with me.

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Have you ever made an outfit specifically to go with one accessory? I feel like I have done this a couple times, but I am a sucker for statement jewelry!


Lisette 2059- Blue flowers

I have actually worn this dress A LOT, I just haven’t sat down and had a chance to post it until now. This is another Lisette dress (junkie I tell ya) and it is probably the most comfortable dress I own. I made this in March when it was still chilly and wore it with boots and a cardigan, and now it is transitioning nicely into the 90+ degree weather.

There’s really not a whole lot to this one, it is literally two panels sewn together with a little bit of gathering at the neck line and binding around the arm holes and the neck, and then a self belt to tie it up. Done! I used a super duper soft knit, it is so light and breezy.  I don’t think knits were actually a recommended fabric, but as you know I am a fabric recommendation rebel, it turned out great in this instance. 

This dress is simple, QUICK and can be made up in all sorts of fabric. I’ll most likely revisit this one. Everytime I wear people are like oh my goodness! You MADE that! you are so talented. And I’m like oh stop… no go on! 

If they only knew! hee hee!


Spring? It feels like summer!

Today was uncharacteristically hot! I think it was in the 70’s but the way I was sweating it felt like the 80s! I love it! In a preemptive nudge for Mother Nature to keep the warm weather coming, I sewed up this bright maxi dress Simplicity 2219. I made this as a birthday present for one of my girlfriends blogged here last summer, and I have been wanting to make another with this bright ikat knit that has been burning a hole in my closet for 8 months.

This time around I heeded my own advice and cut this a size down since it runs so huge. I self lined the bodice since putting liner in a knit is a bit ridiculous. It is much more comfortable this way and has more stretch. I didn’t bother adding the elastic in the waist since I left it out last time and most of the reviews people wrote said that it doesn’t take away from the fullness or serve much function for the dress. The finishing on the inside of the bodice is wonderful, it looks professional and there is no need for serging (except on the long seams of the skirt). I think my straps are a smidgen long, but they have interfacing so I am not too worried about them stretching out- no biggie.

I am pretty excited about this dress, it is long and fun, and has just enough modern day hippie vibe for a summer concert to see one of my favorite bands- already bought my tickets!