Wednesday, July 15, 2020

McCall's 7061; Contest Sewing

I've still been fairly mojo-less. Which is fine! But I enjoy sewing and hate when my mojo wanes. I decided to enter the Pattern Review Endless Combinations contest to get it going again. Endless combinations requires a minimum of 4 garments and each garment has to "go with" (coordinate & be worn with) the previous item. There's no requirement for cohesive among the entire mini wardrobe, just more of a guarantee that you won't create an "orphan". 

I was mostly focused on fabrics I wanted to sew, and on garments secondarily, and lastly, wanted to try to use patterns I'd made before.

I actually started with a dress from Simplicity 8890 (I'm going to finish it but am slightly meh on it! It's awaiting the final bit - the straps). Next up was this slightly cropped hoodie from M7061. I plan to follow the hoodie with a pair of black pull-on shorts (something I DESPERATELY need) and then a tee or Ogden cami.

I'd previously sewn this pattern for my loungewear wardrobe. I made the (CUTE!) tunic and used this version sans hood and bodice band because I didn't have enough fabric. I wanted a fitted hoodie (which is a tough pattern to find!) that just kissed the top of my bottoms (these jeans are high-waist).
I LOVE IT!

I tried on that version and decided where I wanted the hoodie to end on the body. I measured the finished width on the band decided to shorten the top 6" (the band is about 2.5"). 

Same as the initial version, I cut a size medium (additional hip room was irrelevant on this version) and a 1" bicep adjustment. Because of the thickness of this knit, I sewed 3/8" seams on the body and sleeve. I added eyelets and a drawstring on the band, mostly for aesthetic reasons. If you really wanted to draw up the bottom, I'd recommend a channel for the drawstring. 


There were lots of reviews that mentioned how big the hood is. I have a big head. *Every* time I sew something with a slit opening in back and someone mentions "Just sewing that shut", I'm like, NOPE. I'm gonna need that to get it over my dome! LOL!! Well, this hood is HUGE! LOL! I almost switched to the collar (I really love that feature on this pattern), because I don't really *need* the hood, I just wanted it to come up around the neck. But I do like it as is; the crossover is really cool.

This fabric is so cozy that I didn't bother lining it.
It was hemmed on the coverstitch which loved this fabric!

I saw a make on the Russian Burda site where the user had placed her tag on the sleeve hemband and I thought it was super cool. Copied that! :) 


My jeans are ASOS and I absolutely adore them. The inseam gussets are everything!

We have chosen to have a baby shower for my daughter. We are following CDC and State of MN guidelines. While we have no issue wearing masks, it helps that our city has a mask ordinance in place in case anyone is resistant. In addition, we're staying as safe as possible by 1) holding it outdoors in a huge picnic shelter which allows for  2) social distancing 3) keeping it super small (our city also restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 people) 4) keeping it short and 5) nothing is shared (individually servings of food and cupcakes). Grandparents aren't going to be present for obvious reasons and no one attending lives with a grandparent. We've encouraged anyone with possible exposure to bow out. We know it's a risk! So we're taking as many precautions as possible. Let me know if you have other suggestions!

So I've been busy making stuff (helloooooo Cricut!) because I still want it to feel as genuine as possible for her. It's been a rough year for all of us and she has really struggled. She has missed out on a commencement ceremony, her husband can't attend her prenatal visits, among other things.

I'm making a top and skirt for her and then I'll be moving on to the rest of my E.C. items. 

I love a good flounce! Hoping this outfit turns out!

Onward!

Ooh! I was sucked in by this rayon challis from Fabric Mart - it was Sue's pick one day and I got 6 yards. EEK! But it's so pretty! and vibrant!! 


I also got this poly crepe for a dress. I usually move on to fall sewing in August but I'm not seeing that we'll be back in the office by then so we'll see how it all goes.



Stay safe!


26 comments:

  1. I love this one so much. The fabric, the colours, the little details you’ve added. WIN! Also good luck with the baby shower! I’m so sorry it’s been rough for your daughter, it’s definitely a crappy time to be pregnant.

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  2. I commend you for the plan for the baby shower. Having to forgo so many events it's important to have as many happy times as possible. I too check Sue's pick of the day and have purchased a few. I also take advantage of the mystery woven and mystery knit when I order. Can't do it too often! I love your fabrics.

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    1. Thank you! I got a bit of the mystery woven of the day -- a poly based on burn test, but the weight and weave is similar to a linen and will be good for pants, a skirt or a dress.

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  3. that hoodie is so cute and looks like it will be perfect cozy wear when the weather cools down. my sew-jo is up and down, sewing is such a good pastime but whew! i don't need another thing to cram in my closets :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm in a weird space of still needing things (breezy summer dresses!) but having a full closet. And I fear it'll only get worse as time goes on; people will be LESS inclined to social distance and be careful :(

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  4. I love the hoodie! It looks wonderful how you paired it, and I like how you adjusted it. The Endless combinations contest sounds just like the thing you need to get your sewjo going again. Best wishes on everything, I know it will look great!

    I hope your daughter's shower is a bright spot for her!!!!

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  5. I just was asked to bring a veggie tray to a church function, also social distanced, and I was uneasy about people touching food. Ended up making veggie cups with dip in the bottom, and they were a big hit. I think your celebration sounds lovely.
    https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/green-goddess-veggie-dip-cups/

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    1. Those look amazing! A really great idea and yes, eliminates the potential issue with shared dishes.

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  6. I know I'm supposed to be talking about your cool new hoodie but dayum how did I miss that challis from Fabric Mart! This is what happens when you let your stalking habits lapse...

    I'm sure that the baby shower will work out fine. Your daughter will be so happy to be with her friends and family and that's the important thing!

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    1. Hahahaha! I feel like that all the time, like dang it! I could’ve gotten that fabric! :-p

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  7. This is one of my favorite patterns. I've made the cowl version 3 times! I love your take on it, as a cropped hoodie. I may have to steal this idea! I'm gald you're doing the shower for your daughter, with all the precautions. This is such a special time for a first-time mom, and such a special thing to celebrate.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It is such a great pattern and that cowl version is my fave!

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  8. Your hoodie looks super-cozy and you are ROCKIN those jeans, lady! :)

    I am kind of shocked that your daughter's husband can't attend her prenatal visits...what the what? They live together, yes? Just, ???? I had to go the ER earlier this week (bleeagghhhh) and my SO was allowed to come in and sit with me. I hope your daughter's pregnancy is going well otherwise and best wishes for a healthy grandbaby! <3

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    1. Right!!!? I found the clinic director’s info and had her email him but, no dice. It’s a silly rule for people who live in the same house. Hmmph.

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  9. Cute hoodie! I love the proportions. Changing the length makes for a whole new look.

    I'm also thinking about the endless combinations challenge. I'm only on my first garment though, so I'll have to step things up a notch.

    I hope that the baby shower goes well.

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  10. I love the hoodie - looks great!

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  11. The hoodies looks great! And your sewing “production” makes me envious. You’re looking great!

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  12. Hoodie is awesome! The color, fit, the fun sleeve tag - all of it!

    I'm sorry it's been a rough year for your daughter. I feel so bad for anyone going through major life changes this year (kids finishing school, starting college, getting married, people having kids...) There are so many things in life that can't wait because of a pandemic, and it's all a mess right now. It's sad and must feel sort of isolating that they don't get to have those same sorts of experiences that people before them did, but it's exciting that you are going to try to do something to celebrate. Your plans sounds very well thought out - I hope it's fun!

    And I'm glad I didn't see that rayon challis on Fabric Mart... I would have been sucked in too.

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    1. Thanks T! Yeah this year has been a doozy.

      The fabric is soooo nice. I hope to get to the dress soon!

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  13. Sounds like the shower is well thought out. My only suggestion and I just know it won't apply to you but maybe other attendees, is to make sure others understand when those in more vulnerable classes don't attend that they are not being rude and to understand they are not attending to just stay safe and alive. I have had two run ins with more distant family members who have written us off because we would not allow weekend in house stay overs. We've always lived in a touristy area and had open doors and love to entertain. Not this year. The non-maskers think we are just horrid for turning them away. We are fine with it. Other than that your day sounds so well planned. Do take care, have lots of sanitizer around and wipes too.

    Your top is so stinkin' professional looking. Fabulous job!

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    1. Oh anyone else's opinions about the guest list is so irrelevant! We will just NOT risk proliferation. The non-maskers are...I don't even know!

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