Friday, March 20, 2015

My Heart has Sprung

Yes, it's a terrible pun. The first day of Spring has arrived, even if all I hear right now is the relentless rain on the skylights. But, my heart has been made happy, OH SO Happy, by the finishing of this blouse!
My first attempt at this blouse can be viewed near the end of this post. This is a Japanese pattern and now appropriately paired with some gorgeous Nani Iro 2015 double gauze! Yes!

Like any Nani Iro groupie, I was eagerly awaiting the Spring 2015 Nani Iro releases.  This was one of the first ones that Miss Matatabi got in.  I debated between the yellow and white colourway, and this one, called Poppy trip. I am glad I got this charcoal grey and white.  I really liked the border and plotted for days (and nights) as to how to make good use of it.

So, I decided to stitch up M142 again. I created seams down the back and the front (instead of a button front), leaving a few inches open at the top (so I can be sure to be able to pull it over my head). I actually hand basted the seams first to make sure the borders lined up as nicely as I could. Double gauze can be slippery!


I think I've used just about every inch of the border!  I just noticed the border looks very navy blue in the photos. In fact it's charcoal gray but in certain lights it shows its blue tint! Genius! The fabric also has little gold metallics.

I just love this blouse! Since my first try I went back and graded down the pattern for the body and it's much better.  I love that I was able to creatively use that border. I think this is the first thing I've made that's made me jump up and down with glee!
I took these photos of two grand dames of cherry trees while out for a walk only a few days ago. I fear their blossoms are now sodden with rain. 

Our spring has actually arrived a month earlier than normal. We've had a lot of sunshine so I can't begrudge the rain now.

Besides thanking my stitching friends for supporting me on my new sewing blog, I want to welcome new followers. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting, everyone. Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2015

McCalls 6514 and Belcarra

Awhile ago, I saw the McCalls 6514 pants, view A, on a post at Ivy Arch. Funky, baggy pants! I remember those! So, I decided to give them a try. I found some nice chambray on sale. I've never sewn with chambray before and it was lovely and drapey though it frayed a lot.

McCalls 6514
So, the pants...it was HUGE to start with. I ended up taking in the sides, but the biggest adjustment was taking up 2 inches in the rise!  While the pleats look nice on the hanger, I'm not sure they are that flattering on me.

With some leftover chambray, and a small remnant of Nani Iro Little Letters, I sewed up a Belcarra, by Sewaholic, for the first time.  While it fitted nicely in the body, it was loose up top. I have this problem when it comes to raglan sleeve + low neckline combination. I took in these seams on the front and back and it fitted better but still not entirely comfortable. Perhaps when it's summer and it's hot, I will appreciate wearing this more!
Belcarra by Sewaholic

 Doesn't this combination look like perfect loungewear?
That's it for this post. Thanks for stopping by!