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The Bitter Sweet of McCall's 5138 and the Pattern Review Sewing Bee

Posted by Alethia on September 8, 2015 at 1:30am 13 Comments

Where do I start? Let's see, let me start by saying that I was stoked about the Sewing Pattern Review Sewing Bee Challenge that started this month. I must admit I was Johnetha come lately, LOL! But, I thought, why not, I can do this. After reading the criteria for this first round, I immediately thought of fabric and pattern. A couple of months ago I purchased a beautiful piece of red and black polka dotted rayon challis from Hancock Fabric Store. I knew I wanted to make a top, but wasn't sure how. Then, my mind went directly to a pattern I've used before and love, M5138. I created this top before, and I modified it that time as well. 

As you can see, I love detail and prints. I'm always trying to thin of how I can make things different. They  don't always turn out the way I plan, but I don't let that stop me.

So, when this challenge came along, I thought, I have time, why not. I just didn't figure in the holiday, family time, and glitches. Although I'm disappointed about my sewing bee entry, I'm well pleased with my blouse. It's truly a one-of-a-kind.

I started this blouse on Saturday and got a great bit done. I just needed to add the sleeves, the peplum, buttons/buttonholes, and hem it. Some of my time got zapped in the hemming process. I decided to roll hem my top, and that's where my time went. I test my stitches before commencing to sew. This time my rolled hem was looking raggedy. I tried many times before deciding to re-thread. That helped, but the hem still didn't please me. By this time, I  had roll hemmed the two-part circle…


Simplicity 1804 ( 0309)

Posted by Alethia on January 16, 2013 at 3:30pm 20 Comments

Simplicity 1804


Simplicity 0309 ( I have this version)

This is my latest yielding that I created today for a client. She managed to find the exact fabric on the pattern jacket.

I made version B. She was very happy with it;; just a little self conscious about the neckline being's low. So, I'm gonna add a piece for coverage in the front. Plus, she saw my infinity scarf and wants one made for her out of the remaining fabric. Gotta love it!

This lady has been a client of mine for over 20  years. she will not let anyone else sew for her. She waited until I recovered to have this dress made. 

Each time she comes to pick up she brings more fabric to make new dresses. Today she brought me fabric for two dresses and more alterations. I guarantee that 80% of her closet is filled with the clothes that I made for her...she never throws anything away. Gotta love customers like her.

Off to finish some alterations.






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