Me & My Bright Ideas…
Every now and then I set out to work on what I think will be such an easy project and then… stuff just goes completely HAYWIRE.
[enter] The Labor of Love Project!
So, some time ago, I asked my friends on Instagram/Facebook what project from a then-recent pattern haul should be my next project and as a part of the feedback I got, I started to work on a sweater using McCall’s Pattern M7195.
There are just a few pattern pieces and this seems easy enough to whip up really quickly!
Instead of making the obvious decision to purchase sweater fabric, I chose to look in my stash for some coordinating fabrics that I thought would make this thing pop! And…. it begins.
Pattern: View D, cut size Small
- Bodice Front/Back – Rayon/spandex blend (4-way stretch ITY knit) from Fabric Mart. This particular color is no longer available, but you can find similar knits HERE.
- Sleeves – Double Weave Moire Suiting, also from Fabric Mart.
- Cuffs & Neckband – Rayon/Poly blend from Hancock, similar HERE.
To add some…. umph, I decided to add a band connecting the neckline to the cap of the sleeve, using the same rayon/poly blend from the cuffs.The measurements for this band were a very simple 3 x 5.5 inches.
I usually get pretty decent design ideas in the middle of the night and I can’t sleep of do much of anything else until I make my vision happen…
Aside from my machine making this irritating rattling sound after breaking numerous needles, one after another, the new band came out a little awkward. Maybe it’s my broad shoulders. Or maybe I chose too much of a contrasting color? I really liked the sleeves. They came together really well. I’ve learned to embrace the good details of some good hand-stitching! No matter how much my fingers are hurt afterwards 🙂
Sidenote: Commercial patterns often do not tell you how to hide your seams, so you’re left with annoying seams inside your clothes.
DON’T: Match right sides of your bodice together and place your waistband in the middle of the hemline of your bodice/lining pieces.
To hide your seams, follow these simply steps!
- Press the cuff in half, before attaching it to your sleeve.
- After attaching one side of the cuff to your sleeve, turn in the other side of the cuff the same length as your seam allowance (standard measurement is 5/8′).
- Slipstitch your this side of your cuff to your sleeve.
DO: Match the right sides of your bodice/lining together + match the right side of ONE side of your waistband to the right side of your bodice together. Sew. (You can sew separately too!)
Overall Opinion: This is a very simple pattern. I genuinely think this is a nice pattern for someone looking to make something with little time investment.
Will I recommend this to others? Yes.
Will I make this pattern again? Honestly? I may adjust this one to see if I feel differently. Or, I may just let it go…. I hate to waste all of this work though.
Things I Liked? The outcome of the slipstitching = waistband, wristbands. I think hand sewing doesn’t really get that much attention, but this actually gets the best results!
Things I Didn’t Like? My stretchy fabric. Betsy is pretty sick is stretchy fabric. She throws an absolute FIT whenever I just so happen to use it. She breaks needles. She makes crazy noises. She just doesn’t like it…
I also wasn’t a fan of the neckband fit. I’m not sure if it’s my box-shaped shoulders or what, but this neckline does me NO favors!!
Lastly, I’m no fan of darts if there’s a looser fit is. I think darts are more for a fitted look and this particular pattern is not deserving of them.
Final Thoughts: I’ve come to the conclusion that Vogue Patterns is
my drug of choice the right pattern fit for me. I love the general style of the patterns, the fit and I only need to adjust the bodice with minimal effort.
Am I impatient? Very.
Should I work on this? Sure! 🙂
Maybe I’ll make this a goal to work towards for 2016 – to take my time, make muslins to get the right fit and to learn my true measurements/alterations.
What about you?
Have you tried a pattern that you thought was a for sure WIN and came out to be a bit disappointed with the results?
Or are you at a place where you’re developing your list of things to accomplish in 2016?
Tell me about it!! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Until next time,