July Stashbusting Sewalong

Hey Stashbusters, welcome to July!  This months stashbusting theme is all about dresses.  This is my second year hosting this theme and I do not even know if I can begin to tell you all how much I love dresses in the summer time!  This may sound crazy to you, but we do not have central air or air conditioning so lightweight airy dresses are a must for me in the summer months.  The warmer the temps are here in the Midwest the more I rely on dresses to help me stay comfortable and cool.  I sort of kicked off this theme on Friday with my Independence Day outfit, but today I am for real kicking it off.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

To start I am sharing my version of Simplicity 1808, which is most definitely out of print now.  There are several other reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review already and between those and the fact that it is OOP, I don’t really see the need to add my review to the site.  I will keep my review here short too.  I made this dress way back in February, just in preparation for this month.  It was a quick and easy instant gratification make, that fills a void in my wardrobe for solid basic dresses.  For those reasons I would definitely make more and recommend this pattern to others.  I will probably make at least one more this summer.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

Of course I shopped my stash for this dress.  I used 2.25 yards of coral jersey knit that I picked up last year at Zinick’s Fabric Outlet.  Total fabric cost for this project was $3.38!  I know I have said it before but it is still true, Zinick’s is great for discounted fabrics.  Even after wearing and washing, this dress and fabric have held up very well.  I still have quite a good deal of this fabric left too.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

I have so many dresses to share that I have made earlier this year to prep for this month, as well as several dresses I am currently finishing up.  I am writing my versus posts already.  The first will be a fabric versus, using M6559.  I made the same dress up in two different fabrics and will be comparing how each fabric does.  I also have a shirt dress versus post comparing M6891 to S8014.  I want to do one more versus post but I haven’t decided on what it should be yet.  I also have quite a few pattern reviews to share too.

This month is going to be jam packed with all the dresses and posts I have planned. I guess that means I better get back to my sewing machine.  I hope you will stitch up a dress and share it with the rest of us Stashbusters this month!

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Sew Americana Tour: Patriotic Shirt Dress

Sew Americana Tour - Musings of a Seamstress

Hey Sewcialists!  I am pleased to be back this week as a part of the Sew Americana Tour hosted by Katy of Wild and Wonderful.  We are celebrating the 4th of July this week. Oh my gosh, it is July!  I can hardly believe that the year is half over already!  It seems like yesterday I was planning out my Jungle January makes and now here I am sharing my 4th of July outfit.  Time needs to slow down a bit for me to catch my breath.

Musings of a Seamstress - M6472

Anyways I have a fantastic new make that I have been dying to share. I made my very first shirt dress using McCall’s 6742, an OOP but definitely a must make if you have it.  Yeah, I said my very first shirt dress.  I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get on this train, but now that I am on it I am not getting off anytime soon.  Shirt dresses are super flattering and easy to wear and this pattern is fantastic!  It was super easy to put together.  I love the high low hem. It is what originally drew me to the pattern.  The longer one part sleeve and sleeve band are a surprising favorite part of the design for me.  I definitely want to make another version of this dress and I want to make a peplum top version.

Musings of a Seamstress - M6472

Lets talk about the major stashbusting points I  achieved with this!  I used 3.25 yards of white eyelet that has a slight silver shimmer to it.  About 3 yards is pretty standard usage for a dress for me.  The major part is that this piece has been in my stash for over 10 years!  A whole freaking decade it has been sitting there unused.  Geez, why did it take me so long to find the right pattern for the fabric? I don’t really know the answer to that but I am glad I did find the right pattern.  With this piece being that old I have no idea how much I paid for it, since it was before I started keeping track of that.  I know that it definitely would have come from Jo-Ann’s though.

Musings of a Seamstress - M6472

I also made the short little slip that goes under the dress and used 1 yard of newly purchased white peachskin fabric from Jo-Ann’s as well. Total cost for that one yard was $4.99. The pattern calls for placing it on the bias, but I chose to place each front and back on the fold.  Bias garments have never really been great for me.  They make me feel very self conscience since they tend to be a bit more clingy.  I also used 3 yards of white fold over elastic to trim out the neckline and create the straps.  I like this look much better because it gives a little more of a professional finish.  Too bad no one will ever see any of this as the fabric is super sheer and I will not wear it by itself.  You can see the outline of it in the back shot above and that is all I am going to show of it.

Musings of a Seamstress - M6472

My style is not one that I am going to wear red, white, and blue stars and stripes all in one outfit to celebrate the 4th of July.  I like my patriotism to be a little more understated and versatile enough that I can change up the look to wear all summer long.  As a result the I chose to accentuate my all white dress with red and blue accessories.  You cannot really see it well in any of the pictures here but I am wearing a beaded bright red multistrand necklace and of course my favorite red peep toe heels.  I also added my red, white. and blue striped wallet to carry around all my essentials instead of a full purse.  It keeps the patriotic theme of the outfit while making it easy to keep track of at holiday parties.

Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour and leave a comment with what your 4th of July outfit plans are!

Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That’s Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)


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Sew 20: Real Life Sewing

PRACTICEHey Sewists! I am back today with a fun post.  Roxanne of PenSeb&Rox just launched a new site and new series called Sew 20.  The aim of this new endeavor is to be a strong sewing resource for all of us sewists out there. There will be monthly community tours, sewing articles, weekly pattern release round-ups, and so much more! I am so excited to be able to team up with Roxanne for this months community tour: Real Life Sewing.  For this theme Roxanne asked us 5 questions about our personal sewing.  Here are my responses.

Great example of instant gratification!

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?

Unique details are the biggest draw for me.  I enjoy making my own clothes because I can create one of  a kind garments that you are not going to find in the stores.  When I find a pattern that has an eye catching detail, I stop to take a closer look at the pattern flats.  I determine if the pattern is one that is suitable for my body type.  I look at the fabric requirements to make sure it is not a fabric hog pattern and determine what fabrics I have in my stash that will work for it.

Quick to sew garments are the next biggest draw.  I love a pattern that is quick to sew.  If I can cut the pattern and sew it all in one day I am a happy camper.  The instant gratification projects are some of the best.  I consider it a huge win when I can whip out six pairs of PJ pants in one day. That makes my stashbusting numbers sky rocket. Plus, I love that I can whip up a new dress in an evening if I need something to wear the next day.

I have a good helper when it comes to procrastinating!

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?

I wish I could actually sew all the projects I plan in a more timely fashion.  I can easily plan projects, but I am terrible at actually getting them all done. For instance, right now I have had two winter coats planned for over a year, a new renaissance gown planned for the last three years, and several tops and dresses planned for months.  I have all the fabrics, notions, and patterns for these projects.  I just need the time and motivation.  Also, I need to stop being a procrastinator.

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.

My most favorite coat, M6442!

I wear most all of my makes pretty heavily. In fact, I would say at least 85% of my wardrobe that I wear on a daily basis is me made.  Out of that 85%,  I think my most worn garment is my plaid coat, M6442.  I wear it nearly every day in the winter. It is warm and unique.  I pick it over my other coats and it is starting to show wear. This coat is the reason I have two other winter coats planned out that I really  need to make.

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Sad Simplicity 1355 with peekaboo bra!

4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?

Sadly, I have a few of these.  I thought they seemed like they would be great, but in the end I began to resent them.  My version of Simplicity 1355 is a great example of that.  I thought the envelope art and the garment flat looked great.  I picked a scuba print and went to town.  Unfortunately, the fabric was a poor choice because scuba is a heavy weight polyester making it unbearably hot to wear.  On top of that the pattern cuts really low in the back causing my bra to hang out. I have only worn this dress once since making it last year.  I also made a tank top with the scraps of the same fabric.  I have yet to wear it or even blog about it.  That’s how much I hate this fabric.

5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?

“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great because they paint a lot.”

This quote is actually a song lyric from Macklemore’s 10,000 Hours.  This is absolutely one of my favorite songs.  Believe it or not I love hip hop.  I know, it seems totally out of character, but I do.  Truth is, I listen to pretty much everything, hip hop just happens to be my go to preference.  Ok, so why is this my favorite, you may be asking?  The song 10,000 Hours is referencing Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers. Which, if you haven’t read you should! It is great!

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This was 10 years ago! Keep practicing!

The whole concept of the book is that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at anything you do.  Gladwell is saying you need to put the time and effort in to anything you want to do before you will get where you want to be.  Macklemore’s song is reflecting on his own personal journey to get where he is today.  This particular lyric is a reminder to me that the sewists and bloggers I look up to were not at the skill level they are today when they first started.  They are there because they put in their 10,000 hours to become a master.  They practiced and practiced and didn’t give up.  They still keep going even though they may not have thought they could ever reach their current level, because they want to push themselves further.  It is a reminder to keep going and keep trying new things.  That is how I want my sewing journey to be.

I hope you enjoyed my real life sewing journey.  Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media.

6/20 | Sew 20 Tour Kick-off | The Wholesome Mama | Wild & Wanderful | Randoms by Rydz

6/21 | Daydream Believers | Sugarplum Cuties | Friends Stitched Together | The Inspired Wren | PenSeb&Rox

6/22 | Sewstarly | Very Blissful | House of Estrela | The Berry Bunch | Musings of a Seamstress

6/23 | mahlicadesigns | sewingbyti | Candice Ayala | Call Ajaire | Sunflower Seams

6/24 | Beri Bee Designs | Lulu & Celeste | FABulous Home Sewn | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

6/25 | Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

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Wear to Where: Outdoor Festival

Today I am joining in on the fun of the Where to Wear series that Katy of Wild and Wonderful and Angelica of Gardening in High Heels are hosting.  In this series they are pitting sewing bloggers up against fashion bloggers with different everyday scenarios that we are to dress ourselves for.   Today’s theme is outdoor festival.   I am so excited to share my makes with all of you!

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

Now, I am not one to attend music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo. Heck, I don’t even think I want to go to Burning Man.  It is just not my scene and it is too hot!  All that being said I love the wild child boho fashion that goes along with those festivals.  I am more inclined to go to a local festival like the Elkhart Jazz Fest or a movie night here in town.  I knew I wanted to translate that free-spirited fashion into a upscale look that fits the festivals I want to attend and this is the result.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I started with my little black dress, McCall’s 6073, that I made last year at this time.  It really is the perfect knit dress for me.  To capture that airy flowy boho style I knew a floral chiffon was the fabric I wanted to use.  I have several to choose from but this is the one I settled upon.  I picked it up last year at Zinck’s Fabrics for $2.99 a yard.  It is a lovely airy crinkle chiffon with gold threads woven in and a romantic watercolor floral print.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I ended up using 1.5 yards of this stashed chiffon for my self drafted kimono cardigan.  For this version I added 10″ in length.  I love this longer version.  It is a great length to go with dresses for a more dressy look, but it also pairs perfectly with shorts and a tank top for a more casual look.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I accessorized by adding one of my favorite tan belts and my vintage sewing machine necklace to complete the look.  I am really going to enjoy wearing this outfit this summer.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

For an even more boho look, this is my original short kimono cardigan I made last summer.  I used a feather and floral printed chiffon  for it.  I love this short version paired with shorts or jeans over the black dress.

Musings of a Seamstress - boho kimono

I would love to release both versions of this pattern to all you wonderful sewists!  I know you all can come up with some great versions.  I need some help to do that though.  I need someone who can take my digital pattern and turn it into a downloadable PDF.  Any takers or leads on who could do that?

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Simplicity 1317 and Summer Plans

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1317

Hey Sewcialists!  What have you been up to lately?  I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I would like but I have been sewing and planning a lot.  I am slowly getting photos of all my makes, especially the dresses.  I have four dresses that I have made so far this year and none of them have had their time in front of the lens.  This crazy cold Indiana weather is making me not want to go outside.  Yesterday I wore my winter coat out to dinner! My winter coat…in mid May!  Ack!  Today, I am sharing one of my March makes.  Another version of Simplicity 1317.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1317

I really do love this pattern.  This is my 4th version, I believe, and I am still not sick of this pattern.  I really want to make another long sleeve version because of all this cold weather we have been having, but I will hold off for now.  For this version I made view E with an added 4″ of length.  I have a pair of olive jeggings that I love and I wanted some tunic length tops to wear with them.  I knew this pattern was a must to go with them.  While not pictured with the jeggings in these shots, the colors do all work really well together.

I also added the waistband from view A/B/C/D.  I prefer this waistband as a hem finish over just the turn and stitch hem.  Plus, it gives me another opportunity to add the contrasting fabric, like I did here, to balance out the main print fabric.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1317

Speaking of fabrics, all of these fabrics are ponte knits that came from the stash!  The main magenta and taupe print is from a previous Girl Charlee Knitfix that I purchased off of a seller on Facebook last year. I used 1.25 yards for cost of $11.88.  The solid color is called shitake mushroom brown, interesting name, is also from Girl Charlee purchased in 2014 during a Black Friday sale.  I used 1 yard for a cost of $3.50.  Total fabric cost of this top is $15.38 and another 2.25 yards are out of the stash.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1317

All in all I really enjoy wearing this top, especially when made in a ponte.

Other than all the sewing that has been happening around here, I have been planning.  Lots of planning.  I wanted to share just a little bit about what I have in store for the summer.

To start, I am hosting the Stashbusting Sewalong for July with the theme of dresses.  I am planning and prepping a series of versus posts for that month.  There will be woven shirt dresses, knit maxi dresses, and fun novelty dresses stitched up with comparisons between the different patterns and fabrics I use. Melissa of Mahlica Designs did this series earlier this year and I absolutely loved it and knew I had to do it too.  Right now I am getting all the patterns cut out that I plan on using for this.

I am also planning a learning to sew series to help out those wishing to learn sewing.  I am a part of several different sewing groups on Facebook and have seen numerous comments from members about how they are intimidated by sewing patterns.  That patterns are confusing and make the users want to give up because they cannot understand them.  I hate that others feel that way, so I want to hopefully shed a little light for them.  I have most of the pictures for the first series of posts ready to edit.  It is a lot of pictures to go through and prep.

Lastly, I have started planning costumes for our annual trek to the Ohio Renaissance Festival.  Besides Eric and I needing new costumes, I am also going to be making costumes for our nephews and their parents.  It is a lot of pieces to make and I fear I have put it off for far too long to get it all done in time.  My costume, which I have been pushing off for YEARS now, is most likely going to be pushed off again.  Eric’s costume should prove to be a learning experience for me as it will be made with real leather and I have never sewn that before. You can for sure expect a post about that experience.  After last year, my nephew decided he wanted to be Robin Hood for this year.  Of course I am going to make this happen for him.  Today I even pulled several fabrics from my stash to show him for his approval.

Until all that, I am working on a pattern hack tutorial of Simplicity 1062 for this week. Make sure to follow along on Bloglovin’ or through email to keep up to date on all of these upcoming projects and more.  I would love to hear what you all are working on too. Please leave a comment with something you are excited about for this summer.

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Simplicity 8016 review

Musings of a Seamstress - S8016

I have been slacking in blogging the last week for a couple of reasons.  First, I need to re-shoot the pictures for my pattern hack tutorial.  I am not happy with the way they turned out and have an idea to improve them.  Second, I thought I had blogged all the tops I had made so far this year.  Turns out I am wrong on the second point.  I have this and one other top photographed and I forgot all about them.  Oh my, what am I going to do with myself?

Musings of a Seamstress - S8016

This is another top that made me stop working on my PR Wardrobe Collection.  I used Simplicity 8016 in view D.  The only major change I made was to eliminate the lace cuffs on the sleeves.  I like the 3/4 of the sleeve with out it best.  Instead of using the cuff to finish the hem, I just turned and stitched the hem at a  1/2″.  I also finished out my lace neckline by adding a taffeta bias strip finish. It is one of my favorite finishing techniques that I would love to write a tutorial on.  It give such a clean and easy finished look.

The pattern runs from XXS-XXL.  According to their size chart I would fit into an XL, and based on the finished measurements that is what I made.  This pattern fits pretty true to size in that respect.  It has just enough ease in the bust to fit comfortably while flaring out perfectly through the waist.  That flare from the bust down is very flattering. It is especially helpful in hiding the tummy lumps and bumps.

Musings of a Seamstress - S8016

I was looking on Fabric Mart’s website for lace to use for my version of McCall’s 7095, when I stumbled across this lace.  I knew I had to have it and that it would be perfect for Simplicity 8016.  I bought 1 yard and ended up only using 1/4 of a yard for the yoke of this top.  I foresee more black lace yoke tops and dresses in my future!  I also used 1.25 yards of black floral rayon jersey from Girl Charlee for the body and sleeves of the top and a black taffeta bias strip for the neckline.  The jersey was one of the fabrics in my Knitfix way back in August of last year.

I am pretty pleased with the total fabric cost for this top.  At a total of $9.44, who wouldn’t be happy?!

My only issue with the top is that the black rayon jersey faded so badly after the second wash that it now appears grey instead of black.  Rayon jersey is so soft and feels like wearing secret pajamas, so it is definitely a disappointment that it did not wash well, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the pattern.

Musings of a Seamstress - S8016

I really like the contrast yoke. It is drafted at a great spot to make it flattering on a large variety of body types. I like the back yoke as well.  I can see a lot of possibilities for color-blocking this top in the future.

This pattern is very easy to put together and as such would be great for beginners.  I know I want to make some more versions of this for fall as well as try the other views.  Next time I made add a little more length to make this more of a tunic that I can wear with my super skinny jeans.  I also want to take the sleeve in just a bit as it is a little too big on me.  I just got a couple of new pairs of shorts and I would like to make the tank top view of the yoke top to go with them.

Musings of a Seamstress - S8016

And then we have this gem!  I do not know what is happening here, but it was too funny not to share.

Have you made Simplicity 8016 yet?  What did you think?

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Simplicity 1062 Review

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

I am back this week with another new-ish make.  I made it back in mid-March.  This top is the reason I stopped working on my PR wardrobe collection.  I had a vision of how this top could turn out and I desperately wanted to create it.  I used Simplicity 1062 in view C for this top.  This is actually the second version of this pattern I made.  The pattern envelope describes this as an easy to wear hi-lo top, and I must agree with them.  I made an XL which is the size my measurements fit into on the measurement chart.  There is a lot of ease in the pattern that makes it super casual and comfortable.  The finished top is 10.5″ bigger in the bust than the standard measurements.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

For this top I used 2 yards of green stripe cotton jersey from my August 2015 Girl Charlee Knitfix.  The fabric was $5.75 a yard for a total of $11.50 in materials cost for this top.  Another well worth it make.  I have one last 2 yard cut from my August Knitfix left to use, before I can purchase another bag.  I think the Knitfix is well worth the cost and I do love a mystery fabric grab bag.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

Overall, I really like the way this top turned out.  I love that the strips on the cuff go the opposite direction as the stripes on the sleeve.  I also love the techniques for adding the cuffs and neckband. The are both fold in half pieces that I serged on.  The only thing I would change is the front length.  While I like the hi-lo, it is just a couple of inches to high for my preference in the front.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062 modified

Having shared my second version, now I want to share my first version.  It is drastically different than what the original pattern is.  This is the last of my tops that I had made for the PR Wardrobe contest.  I made this version way back in February.   I bought a top from Torrid last year that I love so much I wanted to recreate my own version of it.  Simplicity 1062 was the perfect pattern to hack for this project.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062 modified

For this top I used one yard of black jegging ponte knit from Jo-Ann’s ($8.99/yd) and .75 yards of polka dot and roses chiffon from Fabric Mart ($4.49), both of which came from my stash.  Total fabric cost for this version was $13.48, which is far less than what I paid for the inspiration piece.

I don’t want to go into any details just yet on how I hacked the pattern to create this top.  I am planning on making another version this weekend so I can get some good pictures and write up a tutorial for the pattern hack with that next version.  I think that this makes a great basic that could work for almost everyone, so I want to share how to get your own version.

What do you think?  Have you tried this pattern yet? Leave a comment and let’s chat about it!

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Review of McCall’s 7095

Musings of a Seamstress - M7095

Hey Sewcialists! I have a new top to share today.  This was another garment that I made for the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest.   This is McCall’s 7095 in view D, which I made way back in February. In keeping with my capsule collection theme, I choose to keep this top in the same color scheme as my McCall’s 7093 top.  In fact, I sewed the two tops back to back.

For this top I used 1.75 yards of Grayscale Tree Silhouettes Peach Skin fabric from Girl Charlee. I got this fabric during a Black Friday sale for $3.65 a yard ($6.40 total).   This was a gorgeous fabric that has been languishing in my stash since 2014, because I just could not decide on a pattern that would let the print shine.  I really wanted a pattern that would allow the full print to be unbroken up and M7095 does just that.  Then I needed a great lace for the yoke.  I went on one heck of a search trying to find the perfect one.  I ended up getting three different 1 yard cuts from Fabric Mart. I choose to go with this nylon crochet look floral, even though I had doubts it would work based on the scale of the print.  I am glad I ignored my doubts. It turned out exactly how I was hoping.  I used half a yard of this lace which cost $4.50.  The total fabric cost of this garment is $10.90.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7095

The pattern envelope describes it as this:

Very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics have front and back gathered into yokes, and narrow hem.

Very loose-fitting is correct! It has massive amounts of ease built into the body.  This has some pros and cons for me.

Pro – It is great for hiding the tummy and showing off prints.

Cons – So much ease in the bust makes it feel a bit frumpy and underarm hangs below my bra strap

My solution to this was to take out 4″ at the side seam from each underarm and taper it down to nothing at the waistline.  This took out a total of 8″ from the bust area, which helped to prevent my bra from hanging out and making me feel frumpy.  The only other change I made was to eliminate the elastic and elastic casing at the waist.  For me, the elastic waist was one of the draws of this pattern.  After seeing that it was created with a casing I knew I had to nix it.  I hate casings.  They are darn near impossible to stitch straight and make them look good.  I much prefer to have a seam at the waist and make a casing out of the seam allowance of that seam. In my opinion it looks better because you do not have your stitching showing on the outside of the garment.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7095

Add a belt!  This is one of my favorite accessories to add to loose tops, because it draws the attention to the smallest part of my torso while still camouflaging my tummy.  Here I am wearing one of my favorite wide black belts, but adding a different belt does give me an opportunity to add a pop of color to my outfit and change up the look.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7095

I am pretty pleased with the final outcome of this top.  I think this can be a fun top to wear casually like I am here or dress it up.  The black and white color scheme allows me to wear this so many different ways  I definitely plan to wear this mostly casual with my colorful skinnies.  To dress it up I can see this top working really well tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7095

I cannot say if I will make this top again in within the next six months or so.  I do enjoy it with the changes I made, but it is a unique top as it is.  I do not think I have room in my wardrobe for two tops like this.  This is the same reason I don’t think I am going to make another version of M7093 yet.

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Review of McCall’s 7093

Musings of a Seamstress - M7093 view D

I am back this week with another new make!  This was the second piece I made for my wardrobe contest collection.  McCall’s 7093 in view D is a semi fitted pullover tunic.  Based on the finished measurement chart I made a size 22, which is the same I would fit into on their size chart.  I would say this fits pretty close to true size. There is enough ease for movement but not so much that I feel like I am swimming in this top.  It has contrasting side panels.  I sewed up the pattern exactly as is.  The only thing I changed after it was made was the length.  I wanted it to be more of a top and once I put it on it was tunic length.  I ended up taking off a total of 5″ from the bottom.  I am much happier with the new hem length.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7093 view D

A surprise for me with this pattern is that it has darts at the top of the shoulders.  I had to go back and look at the line are and illustrations on the pattern envelope several times to see if I could tell the darts were there.  In the end I really  could not tell they were a thing.  I cannot say that I like those darts too much.  From the back they square off my shoulders and it looks okay.  From the front, however, it just makes it look ill fitting and tight in the shoulder. Like I could have gone up another size in the sleeve.  It ends up having a bit of a bump at the end of the dart that makes it bubble up a bit.  I probably could made the dart a little longer to taper it off a bit more and lessen the bump. Oh well, next time.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7093 view D

Definitely not the most flattering of angles I could have taken this picture at.  I promise I do not look like I have a uni-boob when wearing this top. Swear!

This top was made with all stash fabrics from last year! For the main front and back I used 1 yard of cream and black abstract crepe from Jo-Ann’s ($5.99) and for the contrast I used .75 yards of black Georgette I got from work ($.84).  Yeah $.84 is correct!  Total fabrics cost of this top is $6.83.  I think I spent about an hour sewing it too.  All in all, I believe it was time and money well spent for a new top.

Musings of a Seamstress - M7093 view D

I definitely want to make this top again. My original goal with this top was to add more variety to my business casual wardrobe and I think I succeeded in that.  This top will work great with slacks and a cardigan, but it would also be killer with a leather moto jacket or my WIP sequin Morris Blazer.

I would love to make this top again in the future.  I don’t know when I will get back around to it though.  I like the unique look of it, but I have no immediate ideas of which stash fabrics I would use for another version.  This pattern is definitely worth picking up and trying out.

You can check out my PR review of this pattern here.

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Two New(ish) Tops

Oh boy, do I have a series of garments to post about!  Since January of this year, I have completed eight new tops and two dresses.  I also have two jackets and one other top in progress.  I have not managed to take even a single photo, because it has been cold and I have been sick on and off again. Those two things combined have made my desire to get dressed up and be all photogenic runaway and hide until spring.  Well, this past weekend that desire returned and I got all the tops photographed!  I still need to photograph the two dresses, but at least I have a lot that I can share now.  Once I finish the two jackets, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I can share them too.

Butterick 5753

Musings of a Seamstress - Butterick 5753

Remember, way back in January when the theme was Jungle January?  Yeah…I did make this garment for that theme.  Sadly, this was the only top.  January was the tail end of the craziest season at work I have ever experienced and I feel lucky to even have gotten this one top finished. The multi color mystical zebra is a spandex knit that I got from my Jungle January Swap partner last year.  Since we only swaped 1 yard each, I let this fabric languish in my fabric stash for a year before figuring out what to use it on.  In the end I think I decided on the perfect garment to use it for.

Musings of a Seamstress - Butterick 5753

I used Butterick 5753 in view A for this top. It is the second version of this top I have made, you can check out the first version here.  This is one of those patterns were every piece is cut single layer and as a result uses way more fabric than you would think it should.  This one top used three yards of fabric!  Three!!  I used one yard of black ponte and one yard of the mystical zebra spandex knit.  Because the spandex knit was so much thinner in weight, I underlined those contrasting stripes with one yard of black spandex swimwear lining.  The total fabric cost of this top was $13.79, which isn’t too bad.  It is on the pricier side for a top that I have made, but it is still well below what I would have paid if I bought this at any store.

Musings of a Seamstress - Butterick 5753

I do enjoy this style of top because the color blocking possibilities are virtually endless. This makes it a style that I can keep sewing and not lose interest in sewing. This mystique zebra fabric though! Oh boy, do I feel so very 80’s when wearing this top!  I still love the heck out of it though. It is fun and I keep thinking of that Bowling for Soup song 1985 every time I see this shirt in my closet.

Simplicity 2690

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 2690

This was the first top I cut for my Pattern Review wardrobe collection and I was so excited to make it.  Speaking of that,  I have come to the conclusion that there is no way I am going to finish the wardrobe collection by Thursday.  I made all the easiest garments first, even though that was not what I planned, and did not leave enough time to make and fit the Ginger Jeans pattern for the first time.  I did complete six of the ten pieces though.  I am still planning on finishing the other four, just not right now.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 2690

For this top I used Simplcity 2690 in view C.  It calls for 1 5/8 yards but I managed to squeeze it out of just a yard. What’s more is that I got this fabric for only $2.99 a yard.  This is the lace printed chiffon I bought at Zinick’s this past September.  I still have 2 yards left too.  I am not sure what I will use them for though. Based on the finished measurements chart, I chose to make a 22.  It ended up fitting perfectly without needing alterations.   You can read my full review of this pattern here.


Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 2690

I did not add the inset at the bust that the pattern calls for because I am going to have to wear a tank top out of it since it made of chiffon.  I thought that the inset would be pretty pointless since it will not provide any modesty coverage, plus it would have been the only piece that was double layer chiffon.  Overall, I really like this top.  This chiffon is different than any other chiffon I have used.  It is almost like it is a georgette.  It is super soft.  I really like this style of top on me too.  The empire upper bodice combined with the lower skirt bodice creates a great flattering silhouette on me.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 2690

I have tried a few other patterns that are the same style as this one. McCall’s 5436 is one of them and I have to say that they both have their good and bad points.  This version has a a curved underbust that meets in an inverted V at the center front, which you cannot even see because of how busty I am.  Because of that the method for inserting elastic is more difficult than need be.  The McCall’s version is straight and allows me to create an elastic casing out of the seam allowance, making is so much quicker and easier.  I prefer the sleeve length of the Simplicity version to the McCall’s version.  But I like the length of the McCall’s version too.  I think I need to make both versions one more time and  write a pattern versus post with side by side comparisons.

Just because I found some real OMG pictures after my photo session, I thought I would share them with you all. I present the first of the series.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 2690

I am calling this “Wind, What Wind?”.  That is some hair happening there.  Is this what being photobombed by Mother Nature is like?  The hubs is calling it “Flock of Seagulls” hair.  I have to acknowledge the truth in that and give him props for recognizing that comparison.

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