Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bright Red Fat Bottom Bag

Project Details
Hello! I am revisiting a favorite crochet pattern The Fat Bottom Bag by Julie Holetz. I had all the needed materials already in my stash!

Pattern – Fat Bottom Bag by Julie Holetz featured in Stitch n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stroller.

Yarn – Sugar 'n Cream, Lily Yarn: 100% Cotton, Worsted 4-Ply, 95 yds/85 m, Color: Red, 3 skeins (Michaels Stores)

Notions – Black and White Flower Pin, Red and White Gingham Lining, One Pair of Brown Oval Wooden Purse Handles (Hancock Fabric)

Hooks – Size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Finished Size – 14” Wide x 8” Deep, excluding Handles

This purse is worked in three different stitches: herringbone half-double crochet, herringbone half-double crochet decrease and single crochet 2 together stitch. 

There are no instructions to line this purse at finishing. However I always line my crocheted purses so keys and pencils will not poke through. To construct the lining I used a great tutorial: "Sew A Lining For a Crocheted Bag" from FutureGirl Craft Blog.

I love the beautiful curving of this purse which is built into the stitching pattern and that there is no seaming needed to finish the purse. Try stitching it because you will love it too!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Wool Blend Plaid Skirt: NewLook 6053

Project Details
I wanted a plaid skirt to wear with boots on a chilly day. Matching plaids at seam lines is not an easy task! But I took it on anyway. I am quite happy with the end result!
Project Pattern – NewLook 6053, View D.

Fabric – 2 yards of orange, blue and brown plaid wool blend fabric from Hancock Fabric, 2 yard of brown lining.

Notions – One tan Coats and Clark 7 inch invisible zipper, one Dritz hook and eye, 3/4 yards of Pellon woven fusible interfacing, one spool brown Dual Duty XP thread, one package of Wrights brown hem lace.

There were two main tasks for this project: matching plaids at seam lines and a grainline revision.

I decided to choose a simple pattern with as few seam lines as possible to ease the task of matching plaids. NewLook 6053 originally has only two side seams. The skirt's front and back pattern pieces are cut on the fold and the grainlines are parallel to center front. Most of the skirt's fullness would hang at the sides with a flat center front and back. This is very bad for a full-hipped lady like me!

I wanted grainlines centered on each skirt panel so fabric would evenly drape around my body. So I folded the front and back pattern pieces in half length-wise and drew a new grainlines along the newly created length-wise folds. I disregarded the “Cut on Fold” instructions on the pattern pieces and cut two of each pattern piece adding a 5/8 inch seam allowance at the the former “Cut on Fold” line. That gave me four seam lines to match plaids but the drape I desired!
A nice plaid skirt with flattering drape. (Taking clear pictures of a plaid stripe skirt is not easy either!) 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Butterick 5566: A Black Denim Skirt

Project Details
I love the casual look of a denim skirt. Just add a simple top, cardigan and boots to the skirt and a girl is ready to tackle the day! This is my latest denim skirt using Butterick 5566.
PatternButterick 5566, View E.

Fabric – 1 3/8 Yards of Black Stretch Denim from Hancock Fabric.

Notions – One Metal Coats and Clark 7 Inch Zipper, One Dritz Hook and Eye, 3/8 Yards of Pellon Woven Fusible Interfacing, One Spool Black Dual Duty XP Thread, One Spool Gold Dual Duty XP Thread for Jeans, One Package of Wrights Black Hem Tape.

I wanted to share with you details I love about this skirt. The top-stitching along the side panels really adds a lovely "pop" to this skirt. I used heavy duty gold thread for jeans in my needle and regular black thread in my bobbin. I slowly stitched to keep stitching straight!
With pencil skirts, I usually have fitting problems with the skirt rising in the back due to my protruding derriere. With this project I used the Altering a Skirt Pattern Tutorial: Fixing Protruding Derriere or Pelvis.
I made a muslin of the skirt, added addition length along the hipline of the back and side back pattern pieces to compensate for rise at back hemline due to lift by derriere. It also keeps side seam lines parallel to floor. Really check out this tutorial because it works.

Ready to hit the town in the skirt.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Butterick 5566, Red and Black Slimming Skirt

Project Details
This skirt was to be my October 2013 project for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge featured by Sarah Liz at SarahLizSewStyle. Okay, I know it is February 2014. Life can be very complicated at times and sewing projects get pushed to the side, but hey; I got it finished!
PatternButterick 5566, View D.

Fabric – 7/8 Yards of Red Polyester/Cotton Knit and 5/8 Yards of Black Cotton/Spandex Knit from Joanns Fabric.

Notions – One Black Coats and Clark 7 Inch Zipper, One Dritz Hook and Eye, 3/8 Yards of French Fuse Interfacing, One Spool Red Dual Duty XP Thread, One Spool Black Dual Duty XP Thread, One Package Red ¼ Inch Wrights Bias Tape Double Fold, Dritz Stitch Witchery.

Butterick 5566 really is a breeze to construct. This is a semi-fitted, above the knee skirt with contour waist and back. The princess seams allowed me to easily adjust the fit through the hips and the contrast sides in black fabric offered a nice visual slimming effect.

I am just very happy to get this skirt finished. Hmm, I wonder if Sarah Liz will let me submit it for a February 2014 project!?!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wool Crepe Skirt: Simplicity 2314

Project Details
I have dreamed of owning a wool crepe skirt.  Wool crepe usually does not fall within my sewing budget but for Christmas 2013 I brought a lovely piece from Textile Fabrics, Nashville, TN. Here is my dreamed of wool crepe skirt!
PatternSimplicity 2314, View B.

Fabric – 1 ½ Yards of Navy Wool Crepe (100% Wool) from Textile Fabrics, Nashville. 1 ½ Yards of Black Ambiance Bemberg Lining from Joann Fabrics.

Notions – One Navy Coats and Clark 9 Inch Invisible Zipper, 1 1/8 Yards of Pellon Ultra Weft Interfacing, 1 Yard of 1 Inch Flat- Rib Elastic, One Package of Wrights ¾ Inch Navy Hem Tape, One Package of Wrights 1 ¾ Inch Navy Hem Facing, One Dritz Hook and Eye Closure, One Spool Navy Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread.
I have used Simplicity 2314 in the past, however for this project I applied some construction techniques from two of my favorite seamstresses. I will list seamstress and techniques below:

Mimi G: I followed her How to Sew a Skirt Tutorial step-by-step because it actually features the Simplicity 2314 pattern. Mimi G advices to measure the pattern waistband piece and to compare it against your actual waist measurement plus 1 ½ inches to select the size of the skirt pattern you will cut. I found that to be a size 14. I at first thought no way! However she was right and the skirt fits perfectly! Mimi G also presents a great invisible zipper application using a standard zipper foot.

Marcy Tilton: I followed her advice from the Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts and placed a Fitted Elasticized Waistband in my skirt. This waistband is perfect for figures with a small waist and high round hips. To my lining hem I added a simple couture touch, also featured in the book, by applying lace hem facing at hem edge with a zigzag stitch. The lining now looks and feels like a built in slip!
I now have a beautiful, classic A-line navy wool crepe skirt that will be a major piece of my wardrobe.