Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jalie Bella Dress

Jalie 3460
Bella Fit and Flare Dress
Size T



Yes, I'm sewing up knits still!  Ever since I saw the Jalie Bella dress, I knew that I would eventually have to buy the pattern for myself.  One of my girls has already asked for this dress as well.  I wish all pattern companies had such a wide range of sizes, fitting the ever so tiny tot to full size women.  My girls will be 14 this year, so they are about to fit into the XXS and XS sizes of some of these Indie patterns out there too. 


As you have probably noticed, I lowered the neckline.  I don't like too high of a neckline, nor too low of one.  I used the back pattern piece for maintaining the curve, just eyeing it and bringing it down a couple of inches.  I still wanted the backside to be lower than the front.


Isn't that flare great?!  For the life of me I couldn't visualize how that would work by looking at the flared pattern pieces.  I was totally scratching my head trying to figure out where to shorten this dress for me.  Do I need to shorten an inch in the torso?  Maybe shorten the torso and skirt both?  Finally after a day of tormenting myself with my back and forth thoughts, I decided to just play it safe and shorten the skirt area.  Otherwise, I might mess up by not having enough width to cover my lower waist fullness.  LOL  I measured up 5 inches from the bottom edge of the skirt and used this point to draw a line to shorten by 3 inches.


 I made it from DBP from knitpop which feels delightfully soft on.


Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sewing for Summer

P4P Favorite Tee Pattern



I'm really enjoying sewing up knit dresses for summer!  Sewing with knits is fast and fun, something that I have needed in order to overcome my recent sewing slump.  I gave it some serious thought about what I wanted to be wearing--cool and comfy--without having to devote hours into solving fit of a new pattern.  On occasion I do like the challenge of more complicated sewing, but for now, I want my sewing to be a little more lighthearted.



This is a PDF pattern from Patterns for Pirates with neckline, sleeve, and hem style/length options.  I made a small bodice graded out to a medium at the waist.

I did make a muslin, twice, of the bodice and sleeve and I'm so glad I did.  I determined that I needed to raise the neckline 5/8", lower the armscye 1", and adjust the width of the sleeve pattern by 1/2".  My arms are rather full and it felt like the sleeve was too close to my armpit to be comfortable.  


I also made a swayback adjustment.  I don't even think twice about that anymore.  When I trace a new pattern, that is something that I do right away.

I like the lower curved hem in the back.  I didn't shorten this dress any since the length of the front was spot on for me.  So many of my dresses have to be shortened since I am 5'1.

I purchased this fabric from Knitpop.

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Kitschy Coo
Lady Skater Dress


I made this once before here.  I'm surprised that I haven't made this again until now.  After looking at the fit of my first one, I realized that the length of the bodice really needed to be shortened by an inch!  And of course I had to retrace the pattern to enlarge at the waist/hip area--sigh.


This is such a simple dress; actually, both of these dresses I'm blogging about today are.  Just two mornings of my week and I had two new dresses to wear.


I purchased this fabric from Girl Charlee.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, April 14, 2017

Another Aldaia Dress

Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress


I made this dress before here and here.  This time I used the bodice from view B with sleeves and skirt from View C.  This dress pattern is awesome.  With the many combinations between the 3 views (I still have yet to make view A), and different fabric choices, you can fill your closet with this one dress pattern.  I know I will...especially since I have my size and fit figured out and the pattern is just sitting and ready to go!


My fabric is Telio Venice stretch ITY knit from Fabric.com.  When I looked up to see what it was I bought, I noticed there is also this same print in Denim color.  I think I will have to buy that one too.  To me, this fabric gives the dress a retro look, which I love.  The print is textured.


I haven't made view A of this pattern yet because I am totally in love with this wrap style bodice.  If I make another one this summer, I have to admit it will probably be this combination of pattern pieces.


No swayback needed for me since there are two darts at the bottom bodice back.

I've been making some great progress on my son's American Ships Quilt!  I still have a ways to go, but I am nearly finished with embroidering the ships.  I have about 5 to go, as well as some embroidered accent squares.  It has been a work in progress for years

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley