Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jumpsuit or Seperate using McCall's Summer Pattern - M7789

Happy Wednesday Loves!

This summer has been off to a great start and I am happy to say that I honestly love being a stay at home mom :-) (only 10 weeks).  I have been trying to keep my mind and hands super busy this June as it is one of the toughest months for me.  In 2011, my dad passed away suddenly with no warning a week after Father's day and 5 days before his 65th birthday.  For years I would swaddle in grief for the entire month of June but after spending MOST of Father's day in BED mad at the world and asking God why me, I decided to pull myself together Monday and reflect on his memories instead of drowning in my sorrows.

If you know me, I was and will forever be a daddy's girl!  We would talk for HOURS every day and would call each other at least 1 to 3 times a day.  He was my biggest cheerleader and I know he is proud of me.

Let's get to the chase!!!! I am in love with this McCalls pattern M7789 EXCEPT it's a jumpsuit.  When Monica posted it for the July #sewyourview, I knew it was a MUST make for summer.  I bought the pattern to hack the pants and I did just that.  I wanted to create a "FAKE" looking jumpsuit as I know for sure I would get WAY more wear out of it.  I had the perfect fabric in my stash which is a lightweight polyester fabric from Fabricmart pre-cut deals for $3.  I had plans to make a maxi dress but when I saw this pattern I knew the fabric was perfect.

I had to make a few modifications to the top as the front tie was way too short for the boobs and my taste. I extended it about 1.5 inches and then used my curve ruler to connect it for a longer tie front.  In addition, I snipped about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the sides of the top and evened out the back.

As for the pants, I kept the width measurement of the waistband and made the back an elastic waist with 3 rows of 1 inch elastic as this girl is on a mission to drop a few inches before my birthday and still want it to fit. I also had to make adjustments to the front rise by 1/2 inch and the back by 1 inch.  Even though these adjustments may have not been necessary, I wanted to make sure I had the best fit with no pulling. Common pants fit issues that you may find handy for  my body type here or the common ones here.)

I honestly love how both pieces came together and will definitely make the top again with slight modifications.  This orange rayon fabric is from Hobby Lobby and is extremely flowy and does not hold well without interface.  I added interface to the back for a more sturdy fit but did not think of adding it to the front.

If you are looking for a similar pants pattern, check out M7131 and my crop pants here.  I plan to make this again in denim soon before I head back to school.

What are your thoughts about the fake jumpsuit? Definitely a WIN for me!  As always, thanks for stopping by and stay tune for more summer looks on the blog!


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Tops using McCalls M7779

Happy Monday Loves!

I am officially on SUMMER BREAK  for 9 more weeks and I am so ecstatic.  This school year has had its ups and downs and I was counting down the minute to break.  The great news is my students exceeded my expectations and I had the HIGHEST proficiency rate in the entire school.  YES, I almost doubled the proficiency rate (45% to 82% - overall for the grade is 74%), 100% pass rate for Geometry 4 years in a row and 91% of GRADE 7 (159 STUDENTS taught) MADE growth. This past year I have had so many challenges and YET it has been my best year of teaching.  I have been on CLOUD 9 since last Thursday and can't wait to celebrate this weekend!

 I made these 2 tops in preparation for summer using McCalls M7779 a few weeks ago and I love them both and plan to make version 3. I was amazed by the fit and the darts in the bust line which laid perfect on my body.

For the first version (left), I did NOT make any modifications to the pattern and after trying it on, I knew I needed to adjust the front neckline with the second.  I had a similar top with the perfect neckline and used it as a guide to make the modifications. 

Modifications MUST ALSO BE MADE to the FACING!  

STEP 1: Add paper under the pattern piece and extend the LEFT side 1 inch.
STEP 2:  Mark 1 to 1.25 inch from top right down. (Based on your taste)
STEP 3: Connect the NOTCH for the arm area and neck area with a curve ruler.

  The minor tweaks made a huge difference with comfort which is super important for me.  I honestly love this pattern and plan to make it again in WHITE!

Rocked it to a graduation party with the LINEN pants I made a few months ago for my monthly Fabric Mart here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my latest blogpost on Fabricmart here!

Stay tuned for more reviews of CUTE summer top patterns!
One LOVE, Marica

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Friday, June 8, 2018

READY FOR Summer!!!

Happy Friday loves! 

I have been a slacker these last 2 months with blogging but I promise that I will do much better this summer with my PERSONAL blog.  We are officially on SUMMER BREAK and I am super excited as I will have so much time to sew, relax, rejuvenate, travel a little and do ME!

  YES, summer breaks are needed for both students and educators to re-energize for a new school year.  One goal this summer is to ensure that I make more Mommy and me closet staple pieces.  Arielle and I love simple pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

My daughter fell in love with this botanical print the minute it arrived and I knew for sure it would be OH so perfect for summer tops.  Fibers to Fabric carries an amazing array of high-quality Indian cotton which is perfect for summer sewing projects.  I am in love with this Violette Fields Olive tween top and dress pattern and knew the fabric was just right.  At first, my goal was to make a reversible top but I opted to use the other fabric to make an Ogden cami by True Bias for me.

I know for sure that I will be ordering more cotton fabrics as the prints are unique and the fiber is of great quality.

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to check out the array of cotton fabrics and trimming that Fibers to Fabric carries!

One Love,
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