Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MORE PANTS!! - Sew Your View using McCalls 7726

Happy Wednesday Loves!!!!
It seems that all I have been making lately are palazzo pants, crop pants and more pants.  My previous 2 makes have been palazzo pants for my Fabric Mart blogpost (here), and a crop pants using Mimi G Simplicity pattern.
I was a bit hesitant to sew VIEW B of this paperbag pants from McCall's (M7726) based on my body type as I knew I would have to make adjustments.  When Monica (Instagram: thatsewmonica) decided to select this pattern for March sew your view, I knew it was time to pull out the pattern and get to work.  It was icing on the cake when Monica collaborated with Brittany who makes amazing video tutorials. She did a sew with me video (HERE) and I did NOT even look at the pattern instructions.
Based on the pattern, it would be difficult to grade the waist and hip on the pattern pieces as the pocket pieces are to the side and I did NOT want to venture into changing the entire construction of the pattern. Well, I am not 100% satisfied with these muslims as the waist is MUCH bigger than expected but best believe it, I plan to make it work.  I will be adjusting the waist by 3/4 inches on each side and adding belt loops before wearing it again.  I may even make a belt to go with it.

Another concern for me is the excess fabric in the lower tummy area. A sew sister Laquana suggested that lengthening the pleats may help a bit.  I definitely will try this as well or lengthen the top stitching of the front pleats by 1/2 inch.

I did NOT make a lot of modifications to the pattern pieces this time around but had a few aha moments.  I decided to taper the legs as I wanted a more fitted look.  I tapered from the knee on the pattern piece 1/2 inch on both side then after sewing it together, I noticed a little excess of fabric from the thighs down giving it a weird look.  I decided to taper it 2 inches below the pockets instead and remove an extra inch of fabric from the seams and that worked just perfect.  I also added an extra 2 inches to the length, 1 inch at the knee and 1 inch at the ankle.
SHOES from ZARA after Christmas sale!

In LOVE with the fit of the back except the pulling of the waistline area.
 Well, the great news is that I paid $3 for 3 yards of this black cotton twill (less than the cost of muslin fabric)  at Fabric Mart end of line  and it came out way better than I expected.  The next time around if I do sew this pattern again, I will modify on the back pattern piece the waist area and crutch using the butt adjustments method to avoid pulling at the back.  This fabric has a little stretch and cutting the size 14 would have worked just fine.

Well, stay tune for another pants as I plan to make a few more to learn more about FIT based on my body type.  I will definitely share all the modifications that I make to the pattern pieces. Thanks for stopping by and check back soon as I will share my makes of the first quarter of 2018 to  kick off the month of April.


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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Countdown to Spring Break Vacation - Spring Capsule Look 1

Happy Monday Loves!

I am counting down to my Spring BREAK vacation that starts on March 23rd!  I have not finalized my plans but I am sure I will go away for a few days and indulge in some rest and relaxation. I have about 3 more months before I am officially off on Summer BREAK and YES, I am looking forward to it.  I am excited to share my makes with all the great deals I found on Fabricmart this past January under the PRE-CUT New Year sale.  I got 16 YARDS of fabric for $24 and I lucked out on these two amazing PRINT for under $10.  YES almost 6 yards of awesomeness.
My first look is one of my favorite makes of all time, SKIRTS.  When I first started sewing, for the first 2 years, all I made were self drafted skirts.  I have made so many variations as I was too scared of commercial patterns.  Now that I have overcome my fear, I have pretty much made everything except coats and jackets. This Simplicity bra top pattern (8549) caught my eyes the minute they released the Pre-Spring pattern.
I fell in love as it is perfect for high waist pants or skirts.  I knew it was easy as I created a top similar here for the Fabricmart challenge.  I also wanted to mix prints and use different fabric on each side to make it reversible.
 The waistband of the skirt and straps on the top  were created with this 100% rayon fabric (here) on SALE today for $4.80 (60% off pre-cut deals).  Unfortunately, the PRE-CUT deals of the floral fabric used for the skirt was sold out the minute the were posted.

The skirt is  very comfy, breezy and light weight as the fabric is semi-sheer.  I love the flow and
fit (except the fact that I used a light weight interface instead of a medium).This skirt can be worn heels or flat and is perfect for an outdoor tropical wedding or vacation.

I will definitely modify the TOP pattern next time by adding 2 inches to the length and changing the front to a sweetheart bodice with no straps for summer.  I really enjoyed making this look and plan to finish and shoot my next 2 looks over the next two weeks including my jeans.  Thanks for stopping and stay tune for PART 2 next weekend.


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