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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: New Look 6470

  Whew! October came and went it seemed like, didn't it? I started this top sometime at the beginning of October, and just recently had the opportunity to put the buttons on. Life has been insanely busy, especially with homeschooling my little people and then my husband had been on deployment, so any free time that I normally would get- I had been trying to just rest!  I  use to feel so guilty for needing a little break, but I got over that real quick, LOL! 

Do you ever make a garment using the same color scheme as
the garment photo? 
Okay, but let's get into this New Look Pattern, which was released in their 2016 fall collection, I believe. Can we just say that it was love at first sight for me when Simplicity released this pattern. Like, I didn't have to think about whether or not this would work in my wardrobe. I knew this was going to be made. This sort of top is the kind of thing that I love, love to wear the most and feel most like myself in, ya know?!

I know from previous experience that New Look patterns, for me, tend to need alterations and this pattern was no exception. However, I decided to heed the advice from one of my fitting classes on, which the instructor recommended when you are fitting patterns to start the alterations at the back. I must say this was such an eye opener for me. For instance, I no longer needed the FBA that I assumed that was needed. Seeing as prior to making the wide back alteration, the pattern was not meeting at my center front; however, after the broad back alteration, the pattern was now able to meet my center front properly. I'm not sure that this would work on every pattern, but I sure am going forward with fitting the back area first.

A close-up of the split hem, collar and inside. There wasn't a yoke facing included with
this pattern. However, it didn't bother me, seeing as how the bodice is attached to the lower skirt portion. This
area is serged also, so I didn't mind not having a facing in the yoke.

  Also, along with the wide back alteration, I added a 1/2 an inch to the side seams, which in retrospect, really wasn't necessary. I just wanted to ensure that I got the relaxed fit that I envisioned. So here are the basic constructions notes:
  • The fabric for the bodice was a cotton, poly blend that was just delightful to sew with :)... Please hear the sarcasm here,lol. The skirt, bottom portion was some type of rayon blend.
  • I made a straight size 18 in this pattern.
  • I added 1 inch to back for broad back and 1/2 inch to the side seams.The pattern called for 9 1/2 buttons. 3 buttons for the top half and 6 contrasting buttons for the bottom half.
  • I tried getting a good picture of the back, but the wind had other plans, I guess

Overall, this is extremely, well put together pattern. I didn't run into any issues with the view that I made,view D, so I am pleased as punch with this pattern. I'm even thinking of making another one of the views, since I know what alterations need to be made, and plus this pattern does come together rather nicely. Well, that's all I have for now you guys. I hope to get another project started this week, fingers crossed.
 ~ As Always Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay Fearlessly Fierce! Candice

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall sewing!

  I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are covering the grounds with their beautiful colors of earthiness. The urgent desire to sip hot coca,while watching the sappy Hallmark holiday movies,lol. I simply just adore the coziness that this time of year brings; it just tickles my soul. However, there's just one tiny problem: we are stationed in a tropical climate that has one season, which is hot,LOL!  So imagine my surprise, mixed with excitement to see fall leaves on the ground yesterday while out with my little people at the park. I miss the changing of the seasons, especially fall but seeing the fall leaves on the ground truly put a smile on my face.

  Okay, I promise not bore you all with my love for fall and all. Y'all, I had grand plans of creating three separate looks from this one pattern, which happens to be morphed from M7429. Then life happened, and those plans got derailed. Last week, I lost one of my dearest and closest friends to breast cancer, and to me everything just happened so suddenly. At one point, it looked like she was making a complete turn around. I was even able to tell her how much I loved her, and then I received the news that my friend was no longer here. So, it has been a tough two weeks, but I know my friend is in a much better place, and I take comfort in believing the best.

 Before life happened, I posted over on my IG account that I had planned to use another McCall's pattern to use as base to get the top and dress that I saw recently while at the mall.

 Well, yeah, no, that didn't end well, LOL!  You guys I had these grand plans that I was going to construct three entirely different looks from this one pattern. You know something like a Project Runway type moment, right?!  I morphed my patterns together that I was to use: M7429 and M7438, as I love the fit and flare style of that dress. I'd actually made this pattern up over the summer, and it was easily one of my favorite dress this past summer.

 Yeah, so I'd gotten my pattern morphed together, fabric cut out and I go to try the dress on ,and every seam on that "baby turtleneck" pops open, incredible Hulk style, LOL! Y'all, so I gather my feelings, and decide that I would just add some type of button hole closure, yeah, no! That created some some sort of  nonhuman, meta-human(Do y'all watch "The Flash"? My little boys have me hooked, season 3 started on Tuesday,lol) like hump in my back, so no bueno! I finally decided life is too short to be giving attention to this negativity, LOL and to just forge ahead with my lone star turtleneck top that I'd made earlier in the week. 

 It's still "all good in the hood", because I really need more casual everyday wear like this turtleneck, so I know it will be in heavy rotation. Although we live in a tropical climate, I know that I can't really immerse myself in all of the fall and winter trends, but I can make modifications to some of the styles to make them wearable while we're here. But here  are a few construction notes:

  • I used M7429 as a base (give credit where credit is due. I'm a firm believer in this)
  • I made a 16 bust and graded out for the waist and hips.
  • I eliminated the back seam and just cut on the fold. I didn't want to disturb the stripes,. However, the irony is that I didn't match them up all too well this time anyhow,lol! But to that I say: It's all good!
  • I used ponte knit which was left over from a M7432. I love when that happens :)
  • I added a did twin-needled hem for the armholes and hem.
  • And Viola! I had a new topper that I can mix match with other things in my wardrobe. I now realize that I need more tops, so in the coming weeks that's probably what I'll be incorporating in my wardrobe. But of course, we all know in our sewing world, that is subject to be changed,lol! 

  Welp, that's all I have for now, but I hope I can muster up enough energy to get started on a few tops that I need. We shall see! I wish you all well and plenty of sewing this week. 

         ~As always, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! Candice

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