Breaking Ground: Seamwork Magazine

Hey, Sewists!  I am so excited to help kick off the Breaking Ground Tour this week.  A huge thank you to Melissa from mahlicadesigns for hosting.  I jumped at the chance to be apart of this tour.  Melissa has put together a great group of sewists, who are all talented.  This week we are all sewing patterns from pattern designers that we have not previously tried.  Our goal is to hopefully introduce some great designers and patterns to you all.

For my first round, I picked the Seamwork Magazine’s Mojave dress pattern.  I have had a subscription to Seamwork for a year and had yet to make any of the patterns I got.  Seamwork Magazine is the brainchild of Sarai, who also runs Colette Patterns.  When you subscribe to the magazine you get two credits which can be used to purchase any of the past Seamwork patterns (1 credit = 1 pattern) or the PDF version of any Colette pattern (3 credits = 1 pattern).  Seamwork patterns are quick, skill building, wardrobe filling patterns.  Each magazine issue has a theme that all the articles and patterns are centered around.  The Mojave dress pattern is from the August 2015 issued, the theme was vintage.  Mojave is a kaftan style dress that is casual with a bit of 70’s flair.  This pattern does come in sizes 0-26 (bust 33-54″).  I applaud Colette and Seamwork for offering options for plus size sewists.

For this version, I decided that I wanted it to be a top instead of a dress.  On me, I measured from my shoulder down to where I wanted the hem to hit.  I used that measurement and added a half inch to the shoulder seam and a half inch to the hem and marked the pattern pieces at that length.  That was the only pattern change that I made.  The Mojave is a well-drafted pattern.  All the marking and pieces matched up perfectly.   I made a size 18 based on the size chart and finished garment measurements and it fits great.  I did not have to make any alterations to fit once it was sewn.  This makes me excited to try more of the Seamwork patterns I have printed off.  I think most of my hesitation in trying them is because I am not a huge fan of PDF patterns.  However, these patterns are all quick and easy with minimal pattern pieces, making it a painless process.

Let’s talk fabric!  I used almost 2 yards of this gorgeous floral print chiffon.  I purchased this fabric from Zinick’s Fabrics in 2015.  It was practically a steal at $3.99 a yard!  I love the print.  I have been holding onto it for 2 years because I just wasn’t sure which pattern to use that would show off this print well.  The Mojave definitely does that.  There are not a lot of pattern pieces, which makes it great for showing off large prints.  The front has a split yoke for the center front and a gathered lower center panel.  This is great for adding a little more fullness to the waist while keeping it more fitted at the bust.  I am for sure going to be making this pattern again and again. I want to make a dress version as a swimsuit cover up and a tunic version maybe adding some buttons to the yoke.

Have you tried any of the Seamwork patterns?  What do you think of them?

Check out the other tour participants!
Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

 

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?

Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

I know I am a day late in posting this for the Summer Crush theme last week, but I had some family things to take care of yesterday that prevented me from finishing everything up.  Not to worry, everyone is doing good now.  Eric and I just had to attend to several different family members yesterday all for different issues.  It was a busy weekend for us, which culminated with me having jury duty today.  Luckily, I didn’t get picked, because I don’t think I could handle the case that was being presented.

I still want to share the garment I made for Summer Crush though. Here it is, better late than never.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontOn Saturday, I mentioned my summer crush this year is the maxi dress.  Here is the newest one I have made. Another version of McCall’s 6073!  Big surprise, right?!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 backThis is my third version of this pattern this year and I am not even close to sick of it.  The pattern is so flattering to my body type that most of my dresses are this type of style.  The belt does a great  job of accentuating my midsection, while the crossover shows off my curves well.  The overall length of the bodice hits me in a great spot so the skirt makes me look taller.  The gathers of the skirt help to hide my tummy too.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sideThis version is a whole lot of floral!  I love the print of this ITY Knit and I also have it in a purple colorway.  Both of these were purchased from my job way back in June at $1.12 a yard. I also added an underlining to the bodice of white swimwear lining for to help support the weight of the skirt.  I used 3.25 yards of the ITY and .75 yards of the swimwear lining  for a total cost of $8.24.  Not too bad! Not bad at all!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sidebackI  did make a couple of minor alterations to this version.  First, I took the crossover at the belt down by about 1″ to eliminate some of the gaping open at the chest.  This didn’t quite do the trick so I took the shoulders up in the front only by 1.5″ and now it is perfect.  There is no gaping open and it fits nicely around my curves.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontThis weeks theme is Never Ending Summer, where we are sewing garments that keep us in a summer state of mind all year round.  I have one garment ready but am not contemplating making a second.  Head on over to Melissa’s blog to read more about this week’s theme and join the linky party!

Simplicity 1804 part deux

Oh hai there!  It has been awhile hasn’t it?  Well I have been sewing a lot this month, that is a whole other post though.  Then there are all the other projects I have sewn in the last 3 months that I have not blogged about.  Maybe some more tomorrow.  Definitely not in another month though.  Today, however, is dedicated to the dress that I made over the weekend!

Musings of a Seamstress

May I present my newest maxi, view A of Simplicity 1804!

I love it!!

Musings of a Seamstress

This is my second time using this pattern.  Last time I made view D.  View A has been on my must make list since I got this pattern forever ago.  The only thing stopping me was fabric.  I could never settle on one I liked the best for it.  Until last year, when I got this pale pink and gray floral print from Jo-Ann’s red tag section.  It is a super soft swimwear like knit.  I think it has just a bit too much stretch and delicateness to be serious swimwear though.

This pattern did require one major adjustment though.  The following pictures are just for your amusement and hopefully you will be able to avoid the issues I had.

Musings of a SeamstressMusings of a Seamstress

The picture on the left is exactly how the pattern was originally.  It is hard to tell from this picture, but there is about 1/4″ of my bra hanging out.  Now I am all for showing a bit of cleavage, but wowzer that is way too much!  The second picture is where I pinned it at a spot I thought would work better.  I took in the center front seam by 3″ total.

Musings of a Seamstress

Once I tried it back on it was still a quite a bit lower than I thought when I had pinned it.  So I took it in another 3″ tapering this one down to the bottom of the bodice.  I then had a lot of excess front skirt fabric so I created a reversed box pleat to add a little more tummy hiding fullness to the front.  I am so much happier now that I took in the center front.

I really like this style, but I am not sure if I will make this pattern again though.  The twisted band across the bust seam is very distinctive and I do not think that I need another one at this time.  If I do make it again I will probably add some sort of inset belt between the bust and skirt.  For now I have several other patterns I want to try out  this summer.