Thursday, September 14, 2017

McCall's Fest: 6844 and 6654

As mentioned my ponte came, with an extra 1/2 yard (woot woot!). It's not heavy enough for the Butterick knit blazer though. I've made that pattern a few times. The green one, though I wear it often, is floppy compared to the striped one made from a heavier ponte. I'd prefer a grey that is a bit heavier. So I'm switching gears a little with my mini-wardrobe.



I decided to swap that jacket for M6844. I've made it a half dozen times and really like it when it's made with a nice light to mid-weight ponte (I prefer M6996 for jersey fabrics).

Changes made this time include a pivot and slide FBA and a full bicep adjustment of 1 1/4". This sweater/jacket has such tight sleeves!!!  The first 2 times I made it, I interfaced my band as instructed. Other times I did not. I've hands-down preferred the interfaced collar. I had some very lightweight fusible that I picked up from the $1 section at Fabric Mart. It is really nice. As light as tricot but woven.

top-to-bottom: Fabric only, the interfacing I used, Pellon lightweight fusible


For my newer sewers...if you're unsure, take the time to make a test swatch with your interfacing choices. Takes but a few minutes but the right interfacing makes a huge difference!!

Since this pattern has been made a gazillion times, I'm sure you've heard about how easy and fast it is and how well it goes together so I won't belabor it.

The skirt is M6654, also made lots of times. I'm not sure how many...but it's such a great pattern. The last version I made was about 24" or so and I wanted this one longer. View D had a 28" length which was perfect. I cut the front out, held it up to me and exclaimed, "I LOVE THIS SKIRT!!!". LOL!

I also knew I wanted a slit on the left side but wanted more than just an open side seam. I wanted an opening that was about 1.5"-2". I lined front and back up, measured about 3/4" in and about 7" up from the hem (accounting for the side-seam allowance) and free-handed a slightly curved shape. I cleaned it up with my French curve and cut that out. It is EXACTLY how I envisioned!

I dug out a knee-high boot and it is equally awesome with boots as it is with heels <3 
I forgot to take them back out for a pic.

I went back in the sewing room and found the shaped scrap!


These items are SO VERSATILE!!!

I knew I needed some charcoal grey goodies!! :)

I'm super excited to finish the other two pieces -- the pants from S2061 and I think I may have enough to cut a sleeveless dress. We shall see!!

For now, it's on to Round 2 of the Bee. I made it through! This round is all about the sleeve. Since that is my jam and a recent RTW purchase by my daughter inspired me, I'm going to sew for this round.

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Projects are due on the 20th so come back next week to see what I made! :-D


32 comments:

  1. I love the staple pieces you made! The cardigan and skirt are lovely, and go nicely with a lot of things already. Congratulations on advancing to the next round of the Bee!! I see good things happening in the next round for you..good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I'm loving my Bee garment so far!

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  2. They all look good. Now my hair is finally going grey I'm thinking I need to swap out my staple blacks for greys.
    I've tended to choose jackets but your ponte cardigan looks like an excellent alternative.

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    1. Thanks!! I do think this pattern is a good sub for a jacket. A little bit of structure!

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  3. That's how staples are supposed to work in a wardrobe! Great job. I really hope you have enough to do the pants AND the dress!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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  4. Love both these items: so versatile. I need to check out that cardigan pattern!

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  5. Love the skirt and the gray fabric. Also glad to see your sewing again. Lovely wardrobe!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'm so happy to be back at it!

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  6. Those are 2 great pieces. I love both of those patterns-I can't even tell you how many times I have made the skirt! Nicely done and good luck in Round 2.

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    1. Thanks Meigan!! Isn't such an awesome basic?!

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  7. Such nice pieces to own and made yourself ... FIESTA ;)

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  8. Your posts always make my day. I always look forward to seeing your makes. You have such a great, effortless style. (If sewing your own clothes can translate to effortless, that is.)

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    1. Aww thanks Sue! That's usually what I'm aiming for; pulled together but as close to effortless as can be!

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  9. I love this outfit and everything it goes with!

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    1. Thank you!! I was SO excited when I finished the skirt!! I will get so much use from it.

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  10. SO pretty and looks great on you.. Love that you can mix and match it with so many different looks. Happy sewing. Hope your hand is doing better.

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  11. These pieces are lovely! So versatile. I'm sure you'll wear them constantly.

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  12. Love all of the pieces you have made. Beautiful! Good luck with the sewing bee!

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  13. Great wardrobe pieces. Try Spandex World for heavier weight ponte with great content. Nayy

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  14. Wow, both pieces look really great. I love how you can wear them with just about anything.

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  15. A little late, but - WOW! Look at that wardrobe versatility! Definitely love how the grey skirt goes with the purple button down shirt in the middle. Not that I'm biased or anything.... ;-)

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  16. These are great pieces, they work well as separates, but also you have a comfy, smart suit that you can just chuck in the washing machine!

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  17. Love these pieces! Such a great set. I know I'm behind here but I hope you move on in the PR bee :)

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