Friday, February 16, 2018

Kielo Wrap Dress

Named Kielo Wrap Dress
Size 38

Alterations:  Forward shoulder adjustment, swayback, shortened by 4 inches


I found this beautiful sheer floral at Joann's Fabrics; it was on sale and total cost was $18.  I have always wanted a sheer dress for summer.  Not quite summer yet and although it was 70 yesterday, I stood in 40 degree temps today for these photos.


There isn't anything technical about the construction, but since I chose a sheer fabric knit, I did sew French seams where ever I could.  I played around with scrap fabric trying to figure out the best way to make the neck and armhole hems.  With the fabric being so light, bias binding seemed to weigh the fabric down too much, making it fall forward a bit.  What worked best for me was to cut 3/8 inch strips of knit interfacing for those areas and then hem by turning under 3/8 inch.  I also interfaced both sides of the fabric ties.



My daughter said, "step out so you can see the vent."  Since I shortened the overall length by 4 inches, I had to break that up in 2 places.  I removed 2 inches above the knee and 2 inches below.


I wanted to open the dress so you could see the ties and my daughter said, "you look like a napkin!"  ha ha

I really love this pattern and will definitely be making it again, probably shortening above the knee.


What to do for the under garment?  I ended up tracing a RTW t-shirt I had and made it dress length.  I purchased this mauve viscose spandex fabric from Stylish Fabrics for $3.68 a yard.


Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Distressed Black Denim Jeans

Jalie 2908



I've made these before a few times for myself and my girls.  Previous versions are hereherehere, and here.  This is my second pair that I have distressed.  Distressing is really a lot of fun!  I used a coarse piece of sandpaper for my distressing.  I learned from my first pair of jeans to be more cautious around corner edges.  I was far too aggressive last time and put a hole in my fabric.  I expected more from my distressing than my achieved results this time.  So much of the dye would wash down the drain every time I cleaned my hands that I just new these would look heavily distressed.  Oh well.  I'm still happy with them though.


Another fun part of jeans making is hammering.  You want to hammer those seams down before top stitching, which makes for easier sewing and consistent stitch lengths.  Hammering also distresses the fabric, so if you don't want that, you should hammer on the wrong side of your fabric.  My husband gave me a block of wood so I would have something to hammer on.  


I used gray top stitching thread.

I did not use rivets.  I really wanted to and have used them before, but this time I bought some nipple rivets.  How do you put those in?!  I failed and managed to bend up several and gave up trying.  I used bar tacks instead.


As before, I made a swayback adjustment to remove the back gap I get.  This time I also shortened 1 inch above the knee and added that inch back in below the knee.

My shirt is the Jalie Dolman top.  I've made so many now that I have lost count.  It is definitely my most favorite casual knit shirt to wear.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley