Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sandpoint top

I was asked to be a pattern tester for the Sandpoint Top from Helena of Gray all Day. This is the first pattern by Helena and I look forward to more. I was given view A the V neck version.

My measurements are between the XS and the S which is pretty standard for me. I wanted the top to be a loose casual weekend top so I  went with the small to be sure it was roomy enough. I have some lovely knit that I wanted to use but followed Helena's recommendations and selected fabric that wasn't near and dear to me. After all this was a test. I had a navy and white stripe in my stash from a trip to Joann's years ago to use.

I really tried hard at my testing role and find flaws with the pattern, or instructions but, every time I thought I found a something, I realized that I just missed part of the instructions.  I'll blame it on lazy Sunday sewing.

This pattern is for beginners and can be sewn on a standard machine or a serger. Novice sewers will enjoy the instant gratification that this pattern provides with no real fitting adjustments needed,
I have seen photos of others testing the pattern and am happy to see that it is flattering on many different shapes and sizes.

Here it is reversed just to prove the versatility.

When I make it again the only change I will make is to sew the size XS. I am  looking for the perfect slinky jersey to make a dressier version.
Thank you Helena for a fun and flattering pattern.
Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Black and White for Summer

The Monthly Stitch July challenge was MonoSewn, and because I also did an Indie pattern (which is mostly what I sew from anyways) I decided to count it for the June challenge.
 The challenge was to sew something in Black or white only...well that is easy for me, because those are my favorite colors to wear, besides navy. Yes, I am a bit boring and unadventurous.

I had been eyeing this fabric at Nancys Sewing Basket. for a while and wanted to make a Summer dress. I had  I looked through my pattern stash and selected the Saltspring dress from Sewaholic.  I selected a white cotton to line the sheer cotton voile. This was a fun dress to sew and I was careful to finish my seams and adjust the fit along the way. I originally though I would do a Maxi dress. I completed this dress in July and planned to wear it out to dinner date with the hubby. As I looked in the mirror I felt like it was too much dress, too long and felt a little formal. I think the lining that I selected did not have the same drape I loved in the voile. I quickly changed and put on jeans and drowned my sorrows in tapas and sparkling wine.

Later, I was sad and unsure of what to do, remove the lining and go with something that was lighter and had more drape? Change the length to a knee length? Then I read a blog post by Caroline Amanda who is one of the bloggers for Sewaholic. Her Blue Ikat Saltspring Dress was the solution.

Her version looked similar to the pretties in Anthropologie. Maybe I will also look like these ladies when I where it, strolling the some romantic countryside.

I decided that I would shorten the dress and remove the lining using some white silk charmeuse that I had in my stash from a Fabric Mart purchase a while ago. I spent a few nights after work unpicking the waist seams and removing the lining, adding a side slit like Caroline's version. I finally finished it and was pleased. Like my last blog post I have to admit I have worn the dress a few times already. It is exactly what I wanted, a nice summer dress for the hot days we have had this Seattle summer.

The only part of the dress that I really do not like is the back zipper and open back area. I probably made a mistake but only wear this dress with a jacket or sweater. If I make it again I will use a knit and eliminate the zipper all together.

Has anyone else had success with this? Any suggestions? I may hand stitch down the back to the lining  along the zipper to keep the bloused effect. I leave you with a kitty picture enjoying the last few days of summer.

Happy Sewing!