Friday, July 22, 2016

The Carson Dress

If you've been reading my blog or Instagram account, you will know that the silhouette of the Carson Dress is right up my alley. It was a recent release from Paddle Boat Studio.

My first make was to try out the sizing, for which I chose XL.  I used a couple of pieces of linen that I had around to make up the dress.
The XL, I decided, was too big so for my next one, I decided to make the bodice between size L and XL. Actually I needn't bother. I should be size L all the way and it fits me much better in the shoulders too. 

I decided to do the long sleeves for this next one, while losing those pockets and making simple in-seam ones as that was the best use of the limited  (Nani Iro) fabric I had.

I love this version. The length is good on me. Here's a silly face photo, just because I can! 
Final verdict? Love the dress! Will make another one sometime.

I can't believe I've made four posts in one day but I am so glad to cross them off my to-do list! Thanks for stopping by! Happy weekend to you!

Endless Summer Tunic

Have you a pattern or two that you've been putting off making because one of one thing or another? Well, for me, one of them was the Endless Summer Tunic by A Verb for Keeping Warm (AVFKW).  It doesn't look like a difficult dress, does it? It's just that the instructions are few and mostly written, and every time my eyes took them in, my brain just kinda...shuts down!

Fortunately for me, a little serendipity happened. I did tell myself to grow up and I did cut out my first version this month.  Then Creativebug announced that AVFKW just finished their video class for the Endless Summer Tunic. The timing was perfect. The class, by the way, is excellent!

The pattern sizing was a bit confusing for me to start with. They only state the finished measurement. My bust size is 40" so I decided to go for the 43" instead of the 41" since that would give me some room to make changes. (As it was, I didn't make any changes.)

See that smile? Yes I am pretty happy with the fit and how it looks. I may play around the bust sizing next time as it is a bit gape-y when I lift up my arms. But the plus size is I could layer it with a light tee shirt underneath.

Now, the fabric! It is a cotton chambray and hand-printed by the lovely and talented Marilla Walker. Marilla gifted this this fabric and I am so happy with how it worked out! Thanks again, Marilla!

Willow Tank and Pants No.1

I have been wanting to find a simple, elastic waist, cropped Pants (Trousers in the UK!) pattern and I have finally found it with the Pants No. 1 pattern by 100 Acts of Sewing. First off is my wearable muslin out of some old quilting cotton in my stash.
These are cropped pants on me and fit well. I call these my gardening pants. The pattern does not come with pockets. For this first version, for ease of fitting, I did not make in seam pockets. Instead I made patch pockets, much like cargo pockets, along  my leg which works way better for gardening purposes.  I made a size L and they are perfect for me.

Next up, is my first try at the Willow tank by Grainline Studio.  I love this tank but the darts were too low, which has been a common complaint among many people. The simple fix next time was to raise the darts about an inch. 
The result after making these two patterns once, was to make a two piece out of 2 meters of  (Hendy Blue) linen from Merchant and Mills

I look a bit miffed, don't I? That's probably because I was taking a lot of photos and a bit frustrated at times! Never mind, I have some more smiley pictures on the Carson dress post coming up. I do love this linen outfit and know I will get a lot of wear out of the two pieces.

Inari Crop Tee/Dress

Today I am playing catch up and will be creating a few posts about my recent makes. I thought it would be best if I group them by the pattern.  The first is the Inari Crop Tee/Dress pattern by Named. I have made it before here and here, but I am finally getting down and serious about the sizing!

The Cropped Tee is indeed cropped and too short for me. I have lengthened it by 4 inches (hem is 1.5 inches).  This was made at the beginning of July and I just love it. The fabric is from the Nani Iro S/S 2016  Collection. (Sorry no photo of me wearing it.)
Back in February I made the dress just to see if how the fit would be. I knew it would be short but it also fit the fabric I had on hand, an older quilting cotton in my stash. Back in February I'd wondered if I would ever wear it, it being very thin and short. Well, we are finally getting a stretch of warmer weather so I thought I would pop this on this morning, and I am still wearing it as I write this post. 

As others have attested to the love of the comfy feel of the Inari dress, I now know why! I just need to add a few inches for next time, and try to add some pockets, as some others have done. So, the changes for me for this pattern is mainly length and the sizing (44) worked well on my shoulders. Note that I used bias binding to finish my neckline and I think I widen the neckline just a smidge too to accommodate my big head!

By the way, I want to thank you for those who have left me comments on my posts. I don't always get to answer them but know I appreciate them! And welcome to new followers of my little blog!

Now, onto the next post!