The Flounce Sleeve Dress – Finished!

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I am currently working on McCall’s M7681.  I made a muslin front/back first since my measurements fell between 2 sizes.  Then I made adjustments then cutting, marking, darts and lots of pressing done so far.  I am excited to see how this turns out.  The fabric is from Joann’s Fabrics and was part of the ever-growing stash.

Hand stitched the hem.

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A Red Dress for Christmas

Fabulous Red Dress for Christmas

This dress is Butterick B6616.  It is super comfortable and was easy to make.  I used a 2-way stretch and sew/serge combination.

The fabric was similar to a waffle weave that I found at Joanne Fabrics.  I will definitely make this one again.

The collar was my absolute favorite thing about this dress.  It looks so sharp and was not difficult at all to make.

Sweater Time

It is finally sweater time!

I made the Willow Cardigan from Mood’s online patterns.  I used the same waffle weave material from the sample.

What a nice sweater and my Ovation Serger made it a breeze.

Till next time……… keep sewing!

Summer is here

McCalls 6115 M&MSummer is here along with the heat.

I bought this fabric with a pre-smocked top section.  I loved the fabric but not how the smocking effect looked on me so I cut that off and made a cute sun dress.  I will save the smocking portion for a future summer bag.

The neck treatment is parachute rope from the craft section of the fabric store.  I could not believe I found the exact match for the purple color.

This dress is McCall’s 6115.  I have made this 3 times already.  It is very simple to make and many many choices to customize.

My accessories for the above picture was our kittens Minnie and Muffin – aka – The Minnie Muffins.

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Finally finished

I am very glad that I took a look at my earlier version (from Muslin to Dress) of this dress and decided to recreate.  I used my own pattern created from a ready to wear princess dress that I really like.  The results are great and I have worn this look many times!

Sometimes the best end result comes from starting over……..

The Zipper Flower Clutch

This was fun to make.  I had some extra plaid material and some zippers I did not need.  I saw a cute clutch in a store a thought, “I could easily make that”.  This is the result!  I included a clutch snap in the front and done!

Just something a little different………

From Muslin to Dress (almost….)

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The Update:

The dress in not quite done yet. I have neck, arms and hem to complete.  Using the muslin made a big difference in fit and style decisions.  The fabric is fabulous!

I might do a small cap sleeve – not sure yet.

The Muslin:

After many, many years of sewing, I have discovered a new love of making a muslin first. This is a great way to get the feel of the pattern, make adjustments as you go all before toughing the fashion fabric.  I also helps a lot if I am between two choices of fabric.

The pattern is Vogue 8871 and the beautiful fabric from Mood is Digital Print Poly/Neoprene Blue/White/ Floral.

Pattern Manipulation Practice – the Half-Sized Muslin

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To All,

I decided that I would really focus on pattern manipulations and garment fit so I am taking classes over the next few weeks to perfect this skill.

So I expect to create even better fitting and looking garments.

Stay tuned……..

Alice Sews

Softly Pleated Dress

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This is Pamela’s Pattern #115 – Softly Pleated Dress.  This was a joy to make.  The dress has lovely pleats at the waist .  The pattern has quite a few selections of sleeves and necklines so the possibilities are really almost endless.  The fabric is a drapey knit that was a breeze to sew.  The fabric was purchased at Steve’s Sewing & Vacuum in King of Prussia, PA.  I already have plans to make another dress with this pattern.  Spring is on the way….soon!

Softly Pleated Dress:

Pattern: Pamela’s Pattern #115 Softly Pleated Dress

Fabric: Black/White knit from Steve’s Sewing and Vacuum, King of Prussia, PA