Fall Into Fall: A DIY Top

Well, I guess I spoke too soon in my last post about Summer months lasting into Fall.¬† We just got out first ‘cold front’ and the temp has actually dropped into the 60’s!

Don’t get me wrong – I love and look forward to the seasons changing. I love it when the wind blows!! Especially after months of dry heat. ūüėÄ

To start off my Fall sewing projects, I opted for this tunic top, Vogue Pattern V8840 (currently out of print), View B.  My fabric choice is a plum, blouse weight stretch crepe.

DIY V8840

This is a really quick and easy project, with slim to no degree of difficulty.  Perfect for a novice sewist!

DIY V8840

After cutting pattern pieces and fabric, it took me 3 hours to make!

Side Note:¬† I did run into one problem when top stitching the center front seam. My bobbin thread came out a little… skip-py on the front of the top, so I had to remove it and sew it again with my top/needle thread for the top stitching.

DIY V8840

There’s nothing like being able to start something new and finish the same day… without having to THINK! We all need more projects like this once in awhile.

Quick Tip:¬† When sewing stretch fabrics, you’ll want to slightly tug the fabric as you’re sewing. This will keep your thread nice and taught and will prevent your seams from snapping once your fabric stretches.

DIY V8840

Overall, I’m happy with the outcome!¬† I love quick projects!

DIY V8840

What’s on your sewing list for this Fall Season?

I’m still on the look out for new patterns! More to come…

Until Next Time,

XOXO ūüôā

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THE V9075 Jumpsuit

V9075 View BNear the end of the Winter season, Vogue’s new Spring Pattern Collection was introduced and it seemed like everyone in the sewing community was RAVING over the new jumpsuit pattern, myself included.

Everything about this pattern says sophistication and class, but what makes it so appealing is the wide leg pants!¬† There’s nothing more comfortable than wide legged pants!¬† This pattern also has a dress alternative, which is just as cute and will probably be my next make… for myself ūüôā

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Pullover Dress DIY V8825

February was a month of starting and not completing projects. Right now, I can count about 6 things that I’ve started and gotten hung up on at one point and haven’t been able to pick them back up. I’m not sure what I’m doing, but I keep getting stuck.

In the midst of all of my pending projects, I have had the opportunity to sew a few things for a very close friend of mine. This pattern from Vogue is one that was actually my very first (handmade) dress¬†that I made this time last year!¬† You can read more about¬†my first attempts at making this dress HERE & HERE.¬† My husband still gives me a hard time when talking about them…….

Materials Used:

  • Polyester / Rayon Blend fabric
  • Matching thread from my stash
  • New needle – for knit fabrics – the BEST decision to buy new needles!¬† I’ve been rotating the same needles for awhile now…
  • Hand needle
  • The usual – scissors, pattern pieces, measuring tape, pins

Alterations Made:

  • Added 2 1/2 inches to the skirt
  • Removed the darts on the top & bottom pieces
  • Added 2 1/2 inches to the length of the skirt
  • Tailored the skirt to fit through the waist to the hip

Pattern Review:

This is another Very Easy Vogue pattern, which means that it can be tackled by any beginner!¬†¬†If you are trying this pattern for the first time and new to sewing, I think the only step that may cause you to stop ‘n think is Step #9, attaching the BODICE FRONT to the BODICE BACK, at the shoulder.¬† There are 3 seams meeting at this point, but when in doubt, if you run into any gaps in your main seam you can hand sew and close the gaps.

V8825 Belt

Creating the bodice¬†has a lot of detail for¬†the¬†beginning sew-er, because you’re creating darts and pleats.¬†¬†Vogue does a good job of making this seem easy – don’t¬†think¬†too much into it & use the¬†illustrations to your advantage.

V8825 Bodice Unbelted

V8825 Bodice

Once you get past the bodice,¬†it’s downstream from there – creating/attaching the skirt and cuff for the sleeves.

I did deviate from the instructions when attaching the side seam.  Instead of sewing the top to the bottom, I created the bodice and did not sew the arms at the side seam.  For the skirt, I attached the back pieces together (center seam) and attached the skirt back to the bodice back and the same thing with the skirt front/bodice front pieces.  This made it extremely easy to attach the front to the back at the side seams.

Next was adding the cuffs and hem bottom.

V8825 Cuff

To create the hem, I folded the hem twice and sewed at about 1/4 inch.  I did iron before sewing the hem.  This helped out a lot!

V8825 Hem

V8825 Inside Hem

Final step – I went back over all of my seams and did a zig zag stitch.¬† This fabric frays and without the fray, I wouldn’t have needed it, but since I don’t have a serger yet… the zig zag stitch is the perfect alternative.

V8825 Zig Zag Seams

V8825 Behind the Seams.JPG

The fabric I chose sews like a dream!  It is a durable, 2-way stretch knit that has clean, neat ribs.  It was great using this fabric and this dress came together really quickly.

V8825

My mannequin never¬†does¬†any justice, but the 3rd time is the charm for me and V8825. ¬†This is a great, easy pattern to follow and if you’re a seasoned seamstress, looking for a quick project >> this is the perfect pattern!

After finishing this dress, it’s time to re-up… on my thread!¬† ūüôā

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-XOXO

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DIY Pullover Top V9026

What is your signature style?  Are you into dresses or skirts? Jeans n tees? Heels or flats?

I am a jeans and t-shirt type of girl.¬† Always have been.¬† Almost to a fault, but when I wake up that’s what I’m looking to grab – a cute/comfy pair of jeans, a fashionable top, jacket¬†and most likely some flats or one of my latest obsessions – booties!

Since I’ve been on this mission to ‘make my wardrobe’ I’ve been looking for patterns that really suit my personality and things that I know I’ll wear, come rain or shine!¬† Naturally, I went to my trusty Vogue/McCalls Patterns for some inspiration and came across this pattern.¬† Another ‘very easy vogue‘ pattern, which means minimal pattern pieces and not a whole lot of thinking.

Note for Beginners:  Typically, very easy Vogue patterns are very easy to construct, with very little room for question.

v9026

Materials Used:

  • I cut a size 10, View Av9026
  • I used some faux leather from Joann’s for the front pieces from my stash.
  • Another stash find – I used some stretchy knit fabric that I’ve been wanting to use for the longest, for the remainder of the pieces.
  • Matching thread

Pattern Review:

This project came together pretty quickly.¬†¬†The instructions are to the point and very easy to follow.¬† One word of advice – don’t iron leather.¬† ūüôā

Anyways.¬† The fabric I used was so soft.¬† It’s perfect for a shirt/top.

Alterations Made:

Please note that when I started this project, it was late.¬† And I was sleepy.¬† I made it to the final step of adding the waistband and after a few attempts,¬†fabric around the seams became a little worn.¬† I decided that I needed to add some length to the band, so that I won’t have any trouble stretching it out to match up and around the bottom of the bodice.¬† My stretchy knit was just that.¬† Stretchy.¬† And after so many stretches, the top was… well, stretched.¬† You understand!

I added about 2 inches to the length of the band and 2-3 inches in width.  It worked perfectly.

Does the outcome look like the picture?  Yes, it looks identical.

Would I recommend this pattern to others?¬† Yes, it’s a great weekend project if you need something quick or just want something easy to sew!¬† This pattern is perfect for beginners.

Do you plan to make this again?¬† Yes!!¬† In different colors and combinations.¬† I think the leather definitely dresses this top up, so pairing this with matching slacks for work or even some coordinating track pants would work too.¬† I will be making a pair to wear with this top soon…

v9026 sleeve

v9026 neckline

v9026 front

v9026 side

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V9026.

Don’t wanna make it?¬† Buy it here.¬†Email me directly for custom orders!

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