Simplicity 3750 ~ finally posting about it! ;-)

I made this top several months ago for Margaret (I believe I made it in July) and keep on forgetting to post about it. Well, now I’m posting about it. 😉

Pattern Description: Simplicity 3750, View C

Pattern Sizing: Size 14 (I think)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? not really. Because of the alterations I made, it ended up looking kind of different.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, quite easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style– the higher waist and the gathered top are really cute. It was also an easy pattern to work with. I don’t care for how low the collar is though… it looks fine on the model on the pattern but on my sister and me it was very low, which is why I altered that piece (but I’ll talk about that later).
Fabric Used: It’s been a while so I don’t remember what it is called… I think it’s one of the Silky Prints fabrics at JoAnn Fabrics.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added three or four inches to the top and an inch to the bottom of the front bodice piece. Later I realized I didn’t need to add that extra inch on the bottom… oh well. I also widened the skirt piece a little because it was very snug in the hips.
Would you sew it again? Yes. I actually have a top in this style cut out for myself, but for some reason unknown to myself I haven’t gotten to work sewing it yet. 🙂
Would you recommend it to others? Yes! It’s a lovely pattern and the result is very cute! It’s also a pretty easy pattern, and the most you have to worry about is it fitting correctly (make a mock-up first!).

(Of course, as usual, Kitty just had to make it into the photoshoot. 🙂 )

Medieval Dress for Marianne- FINE! plus the explanation I promised…

 Here it is– the Medieval/Modern “formal” dress for “Marianne”!  🙂 🙂 🙂  Beware, there are lots of pictures in this post. 🙂
Pattern Description: McCall’s Costumes, M4491, View C

Pattern Sizing: Size 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? (except for the alterations I made and the look of the trim 🙂 )
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very easy to understand. (How easy to apply is somewhat debatable.)  The only problem I had with the instructions was that they could have used much larger and bolder writing to let me know what view a certain set of instructions were for… that caused me a great deal of grief. 😉

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I look the medieval look to it, but also how it can be altered to look suitable for modern “fancy” wear.  (In Marianne’s case, it was to play for a wedding.)  It would make lovely bridesmaid dresses… The two things I disliked about the pattern were 1) what I already said about the confusion about the instructions for the different views, and 2) the underarm gussets!!!  The Sense & Sensibility Chemise gussets were a piece of cake compared to these.  They took me a looooong time and just weren’t the most fun thing to sew. Next time, I might alter the sleeve style so that I don’t have to do the gussets. 😉

Fabric Used: Casa Collection Special Occasion Fabric for JoAnn Fabrics… I am not sure what the actual kind of fabric is called, though.  I wasn’t the one who picked it out. 😉
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the train on the skirt.  I also inserted a zipper instead of having it lace up the back (to make it both more modern and more convenient).  My error in this was narrowing the back piece too much, so that the dress was almost too snug.  I just sewed in the zipper at a smaller seam allowance to make it work.

Would you sew it again? Definitely!  Margaret wants me to make it for her in View D, and I may be sewing several for another occasion in the semi-near future… 🙂

Would you recommend it to others? Again, definitely!  It’s a great pattern, pretty easy, mostly straight seams, and very beautiful.  Just make sure you mark all the dots, squares, and circles on the fabric in the right place so you don’t mess up on the gussets.  If you don’t, it could be frustrating.  And make sure you know which view you are sewing and which directions are for which view… Just sayin’. 🙂

Okay, now we move on to pictures:
 Unfortunately, the last WEEK has been so dull and cloudy and dreary and blaagh….  I’m sorry, but I just do not like fall.  Anyway.  The weather caused for not so gorgeous pictures, but I tried to alter the lighting to make it look a little better.  🙂 

 

 😀  It was windy.  😀
 Aaaahhh, silly Princess Kitty, always having to be in the middle of everything….

 The trim on the sleeves.
 The neckline.  It took me almost an hour to sew that trim on (in the car on the way to the revival meetings, because I was on such a tight deadline…)  My left hand was literally falling asleep holding on to the trim and fabric while I sewed it on (and I’m not kidding you; it was falling asleep).  The result was very satisfactory though.  Marianne picked a lovely trim.

 And now for those who were wondering…
and for those were not wondering…
and especially for Lady Helen Mar who was not sure whether she was reading into things…
Regarding the “Colonel Brandon” mentioned in this post
…though I did not check with him to see whether he minded be called Colonel Brandon, though he did enjoy watching the movie Sense and Sensibility with Marianne…
…you can just call him…
….Alex.
Here are Alex and “Marianne”. 🙂
 Here is a better picture of them, from the Tall Ships Festival last month. 😀
 Alex, “Marianne”, and “Margaret” played the music for the wedding of some friends of ours on Saturday.  “Marianne” played the piano, and Alex and “Margaret” played the violin– it was beautiful!!!  Alex and Marianne love to make music together– that is actually how they met– her accompanying him for a song at church. 🙂
In case you are wondering, no, they are not engaged…yet… but they are prayerfully heading that direction.  🙂
So there you have it. 🙂

A Denim Bolero Jacket

Pattern Description: Simplicity 2478, View C
Pattern Sizing: Size 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? pretty much, yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? NO! They weren’t. 😛 I had to do a lot of guesswork. By re-reading, comparing, studying, and imagining it turned out okay though. 😛

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s really cute and it’s great for covering up a sleeveless top on a warmer day.

Fabric Used: lightweight denim

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Nothing major, except I did not do the trim recommended.

Would you sew it again? I think I probably will; perhaps in a size smaller, as this was almost too big on me.

Would you recommend it to others? I recommend it to anyone willing to tackle some tough directions. It really turned out nice in the end. 🙂

Yellow Summer Dress

You know I’ve been dreaming of having a yellow dress. 🙂 Well, now I have one. 🙂

Pattern Description: B4443, a sleeveless dress or jumper

Pattern Sizing: size 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the directions were quite easy to understand.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just… like it! 😀 I love the style.

Fabric Used: Yellow linen-look fabric from JoAnn’s. (65% polyester, 35% rayon, if I remember right 🙂 )

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I just shortened the bodice a teeny bit, though after finishing the dress and comparing it with the last dress I made in this style, I don’t think that was necessarily. Still, it fits just fine. 🙂 Next time, though, I think I will lengthen the skirt, as it is a little shorter than I am used to wearing. (I meant to lengthen it this time but had already cut the piece out when I realized I had forgotten!! 😮 )

Would you sew it again? I might, though this was the third time I made a dress with this pattern and I should probably branch out a little. 🙂

Would you recommend it to others? Ohhhh yes! 🙂

P.S. I did not make the shrug. It’s from J. C. Penny’s. 🙂 The dress is sleeveless and I prefer to wear a jacket over it. 🙂

My Work Area and a New Blouse…

I finally organized my work area!! It was becoming such a mess and I had all sorts of everything bulging out of my sewing basket and out of my cardboard box that is meant only to store my patterns in…. so I rearranged some of our plastic tubs downstairs and emptied a whole one to use for my stuff. So now it’s tucked in the corner of my room, with notions and such in the top drawer, fabric for projects-for-the-near-future in the second drawer, and fabric for later-on projects in the bottom drawer. 🙂 I’m not the most organized person but this works a lot better than what I was doing. 🙂

I am almost done with Anna’s dress and have a couple more to make, and then I am going to (try to) work on my Simplicity 3686, View B. I got a new blouse that will go really nicely with that style and the fabric that I bought for it. I have actually had my eye on this blouse since early February, but it was about $20 which I know is relatively inexpensive but I still don’t want to pay that much as I don’t have a regular income. We went to KMart again today and at first I thought they were all gone, but then I found two left in the clearance section, for under $3.00!!! And one of them was my size!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 I am so praising the Lord; I had actually prayed as we were driving there that the blouses might be on sale, but I had not imagined they would be that much on sale! 😀

So here’s that just for fun:


The ties that were supposed to go with it are missing but I can easily make my own. I am also going to add an extra button on the white part of the closure above the mock vest, for modesty’s sake. 🙂

I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL day! Remember Him who created it and glorify Him for His awesome goodness!

My Florida Dress

I made this dress a couple weeks ago for our trip to Florida but I wanted to wait to post pictures until I could get one by the beach. Sorry there aren’t more pictures…

Pattern Description: B4443, a sleeveless dress or jumper

Pattern Sizing: size 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes 😀

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the directions were quite easy to understand.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just… like it! 😀 I love the style.

Fabric Used: I don’t even remember what it is called, but it was some of the spring fashion fabric at JoAnn’s… with a Florida-y conglomeration of blue, aqua, green…

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Definitely! Even though this is the second time I’ve made it, I would love to make more in different fabrics for different occasions 🙂

Would you recommend it to others? Ohhhh yes! 🙂

My one mishap with this dress was that when I was pulling the ties through to the outside, I tore some of the fabric. :-S But it’s not noticeable unless you look really hard.

P.S. The shrug is from J.C.Penny’s. I didn’t get a picture without the shrug because it’s a sleeveless dress and my arms look really scary right now. (They’re burned half-way up and then stop all of a sudden at the hem of my short-sleeve T-shirt… looks really weird. But you can get an idea of the neckline and sleeves by looking at the other dress I made from this pattern, here in this post.

I have screencapped some of the costumes from Emma but haven’t gotten around to posting them yet. Sorry! 😮 I think I will just to Emma’s costumes, not everyone’s, like in my Wives and Daughters project.

A Summer Dress for "Margaret"

Yes, yes, I know, it’s far from summer, but we’ll be taking a trip south in a couple weeks and “Margaret” wanted me to make her a dress for the trip! It was so much fun getting to make one for her. I have a picture of only one view so far, but I’m sure I’ll get more pictures on our trip. 🙂

Pattern Description: B4443, a sleeveless dress or jumper

Pattern Sizing: size 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the directions were quite easy to understand. The only issue I ran into was trying to figure out the zipper, just because it was my first time sewing a zipper 🙂

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s just so cute and will be perfect for spring/summer.

Fabric Used: a blue and yellow flower print on a blue background, cotton

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No, not that I can think of…

Would you sew it again? Yes– I am going to sew it again, to make one for me 🙂

Would you recommend it to others? Definitely!