Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Day and Night Dress Challenge

You know when you get a message and it makes you day!  I got a message from 
Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This inviting me to be part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  I immediately said yes!  

This challenge was right up my alley, I don't wear dresses too often but having the challenge to make one in my closet work for multiple occasions is perfect!

I went with Butterick 6330, a maxi dress I made last May and just love.  I found many occasions to wear it last summer but come the first hint of fall, the dress went to the back of my closet.

This wasn't my first choice for this Challenge but when I had another look through my closet I knew this was the one.  Actually, it is one of the few solid color dresses I own.

First up is the night look, I went for gold and glamorous.  Or glamorous for me.  I started with the night look and knew ti would be harder for me.  I went with over the top for me, glitzy and metallic.  I used Butterick 6062 (view A)  for a basic jacket using Mood Fabrics’ Metallic Gold Brocade.  My Butterick jacket was pretty basic and would show off the fabric.  

I did change one thing with the pattern, the lining goes right up to the seam.   A facing was added to the jacket and trimmed with a bias binding.  I thought this was a better look for me, as my lining was not a great match.  I added length to the sleeves and just turned up the sleeve hem allowance a bit more.   The Butterick pattern went together beautifully and with only three basic pattern pieces it is a quick garment to sew.  Just as I wanted the metallic brocade was the star of the show.

Isn't this fabric fabulous?  There is a bit of a pink in the background fabric, just a wonderful touch.

This is pretty fancy for me but I love it.  My plan is to make a sleeveless Nikko in a brick color to wear under my metallic jacket.  Add jeans, this will be a look that will be one I will like wearing, too.

Okay, day look, this is really me and I love this one.  I am so happy I stumbled upon it on Pinterest. a cardigan crossed over at the front and belted.

Taking the accessories up a notch,  I was inspired by Anita and her great hats, so I bought one for this day look.

I am not sure I am a hat person but it was fun using it as a prop.

My pattern is McCall’s 6996, a cardigan pattern I have made a few times before and a style I really like.  The fabric is a beautiful sweater knit from Style Maker Fabrics. The colors together are such beautiful jewel tones, they really work nicely together.  This color combination is not one I have tried before but I really love them together

The McCall’s pattern has several options, mine is View C, with a good collar band.  Have a look at view A/B, the back flounce is amazing. 

This look is so comfortable for me, I love this look and if it wasn’t for The Day and Night Dress Challenge, I wouldn’t have had this look.  I paired it with the leather belt, big earrings and booties.

Thanks to Elizabeth for asking me to be a part of this fun challenge.  She helped me look at my dresses in a different way and expand their seasonal possibilities.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Taos Top

Taos top by Thread Bear Garments made with Mood Fabrics

I love it when I can get a couple of garments out of yardage, this is my second garment from this fabulous knit stripe

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Valentine Leggings with Pfaff Applique Creator

Simplicity 8706 Valentine leggings created with Pfaff Creative Icon Applique Creator

Valentine's Day is coming up and I had this idea for my two granddaughters.  I love how these turned out and be forewarn, this blog post is photo overload!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Fulton Sweater Blazer and Meeting Sewing Friends in Real Life

Fulton Sweater Blazer made with Mood Fabrics' stripe jersey

This is a blog post about this cardigan but it is more about meeting sewing friends in real life.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Burda 6458 Top and Simplicity 8701 pants

Simplicity 8701 from Mood Fabrics' twill and Burda 6458 from Style Maker Fabrics' rayon crepe

I finished just in time for #sewfancypants with my Simplicity 8701