Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nothing of note...

...happened this past weekend.  Saturday we had a refrigerated delivered to replace the new one we bought 3 years ago that died.  We had the extended warranty so it didn't cost us anything.  We were even able to upgrade. It was a good thing but ate up a great deal of time around the house.

Sunday, I worked on my top.  I had much trouble with the neck yoke.  It is supposed to be gathered but I soon found myself become exasperated with the darn thing and put it down.  I decided to peruse Pattern Review to see what others had said and sure enough, I wasn't the only person who felt the yoke was too time consuming.

I liked the top though, so I read through all the reviews, looking to see if someone had some insight or shortcut I could use to make my life simpler.  One lady skipped the gathering entirely and just attached the yoke lining as it was.  The top looked great.  In fact, it looked better than the gathered yoke, to my eyes.

Hence, I have decided to ignore the gathering and just attach my yoke lining (cut in the same fabric) as the neckline.  I haven't had time to finish it yet but I will post as soon as I can.

Pictures to be coming.....

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Blouse

My next project will be a Simplicity 2892.  It will work well for the Summer Essentials Sew A Long.   I will be making the top pictured on the model.

Here is the fabric I have chosen - a nice cotton lawn:

The picture was taken early in the morning with my cell phone.  Sorry the light isn't that great.  It should turn out to be a lovely top for summer - nice and cool.

Kwik Sew 3315

You can see by the photos in my previous post that the jeans are great!  I'm quite happy with the way they turned out.  I have joined the Summer Essentials Sew-a-long so go to Flicker to see what everyone's sewing. 

Here is my review of my first submittal:
Pattern Description: Jeans

Pattern Sizing: S-M-L-XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very Easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I liked everything about it. However, I had to make them twice because the pattern ran large and the first pair I made were huge!

Fabric Used:

Italian denim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

On my first pair, I lengthened the rise 1 " but found that was too much. The second pair, I made no alterations.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I plan on making this pattern a staple in my collection.


I plan on making this again in different fabrics. They fit well and were very easy to make.