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{ NEW LOOK 6148 } Version E

Hi again –NewLook_6148

Last week I told you about a new project I had cut out in Somethings Brewing. Do you remember ?

Well I finished that project, New Look 6148…and my something new totally worked! { YAY }. I made version E without the sleeves and instead of using a contrast fabric as such, I used a fine stretch tulle instead. I had never used stretch tulle before so this was completely new for me & Im so excited it worked. I had prepared myself for torture with this tulle in the form of puckering, pulling & whatever other nasty things one expects when trying something new but it behaved itself so well, I almost feel like it could become a friend. I made sure to always stitch with the tulle on the top so it was not able to snag on the feed dogs, & maybe this was my saving grace.tulle_on_top

The fushia pink is sari fabric { AGAIN } that I purchased in South Africa many years ago. The die-cut end with the crimped pattern was cut from the end of the sari & I was initially going to use this die cut panel for the entire front but then my inner voice pointed out it might be too much so I shifted it off to my left & Im pleased I listened to that inner voice. The back is plain, only following the gold border to tie it together.

I had planned to bias bind the tulle edges at the neck & arms with the fushia pink. I completed one arm & it looked dreadful so I pulled it out & left the tulle raw & simply folded over & stitched the fushia under. Since this made the tulle bigger at the arms, I worked two pleats into the tulle at the shoulders & neatened the raw edges.NL6148_tulle_edge

This top is by no means perfect.  I had already taken in the sides considerably when I fitted it the first time but it would seem I could have taken it in more. I also would have preferred if this sari was pure silk & not art silk but alas, the colour makes up for that! I also realised now that I could have tea-dyed the tulle slightly to make it match my skin colour more, something which Im sure I could still do now with care of course.NL6148_sari_pattern

Its a great pattern and really easy to construct. Had I had a full day to sew this, it would have been done in a few hours however I stole moments here & there { PLUS } the fiddling with bias tape & tulle resulted in it taking much longer than it should normally if stitched as is. Highly recommended with some adaptations. Im thinking a lovely lace contrast on the top or a bright colour block contrast may be on the cards for the next time I sew this.

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{McCalls 5241 (C) – 1 Hour Cardigan}

McCalls 5241-f

I made version C of this cardigan back in 2009 as I so embarrassingly disclosed in the previous post but once it was completed it just didnt feel right. The back was 100% correct length but the front tails were just too long & yuk. So it was boxed, until a few days ago. I had just hit a sewing mojo & I couldnt figure out why. I think my {ALTERATIONS BOX} has something to do with it though. I feel so guilty starting a new project when I have unfinished projects waiting to be attended to. So, one down & a few more to go to total guilt-free sewing!

I found this piece of knitted brown-with-gold-thread delightfulness in a store back in Holland when we lived there 2009-2010. Im not usually a brown lovin’ girl but paired with the gold thread, I was sold. I also loved the slight cable pattern which you can see nicely in this pic.

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After cutting off some of the length (which now made it version B), I wanted more fullness around the neck so I could also wrap it like a pashmina so I added around 30cm all along which I can now either fold over or scrunch & fling over my shoulder.

McCalls 5241-b

An easy {EASY} pattern which consists of just 2 pieces. No seams under the arms or shoulders…just make the holes & attached the sleeves. Knowing what I know now about this pattern & if I were to try it again, Im sure it would take me just 1 hour but for the first attempt…..how many hours in 3 years  ??? hahahahaha

Recommended for beginners +

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{Alterations – like | dislike}

{ALTERATIONS} – hmmmm…to me they are like dark, scary creature living under my bed. or hiding behind the door. For real, I know they are not that scary {or even exist…pfft} but there is something about an alteration that just makes me lose my mojo. I can procrastinate on an alteration {FOREVER}.

Classic example : I stitched this lovely McCalls 5241 “1-hr cardigan” back in 2009. yes, you read correctly 2009!!

McCalls5241

Back then I was still using my old sewing machine thats built like a tractor and sews like one too. Yeah, you guessed it, Im just trying to blame my machine when what I did was silly & buggered up the edgings by not using the correct needle. Its not like the edges are terrible, they just werent 100% to my liking. So the finished item was never reviewed (even though I have pretty good things to say about it), never worn (even though I really love the fabric) & went straight into the {ALTERATIONS BOX} for fixing. 3 and a half years later…never fixed….

All that is about to change…Im tired of having an alterations box. Honestly, there is nothing cute about it for me. It just reminds me how much I still have to get through & makes me feel guilty for starting a new project.

Do you enjoy alterations ? I know there are many sewers that love to do alterations…{THRIVE} on them in fact. Are you one of those or do you procrastinate on them like I do? Do you have an {ALTERATIONS box / bag / wardrobe}?

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{McCalls 4443}

I sewed this dress for a friends wedding celebration. I knew just which fabric I had to use for this dress when I purchased the pattern however I had limited fabric (& time) so I needed to improvise on the way it was constructed. The fabric is a slightly stretchy satin in gorgeous autumnal tones of gold & brown…quite antique looking. I loved the asymmetrical lowered waistline & flirty godet detail.

Due to my lack of fabric, I left the top part unlined (which I would not do again but was necessary on this occasion), and I adjusted the neck & arm areas to suit. I also somehow managed to burn a hole in to the godet however a small scap of fabric, some fabric glue & some pressing sorted this problem out…it also helps the fabric patterning is quite forgiving. Shew!!

On the whole, I really love this dress. The dropped waistline gives an illusion of a longer torso & therefore is quite slimming. It was really easy to sew together & I would highly recommend.

Original review here : http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/52447

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