Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ponte pencil skirt

I made a ponte pencil skirt, which are popular right now due to an indie designer, but mine is from McCalls 6654. I used about a yard of fabric,and I literally made it during one episode of The Vampire Diaries from cutting the pattern to the hem!

It is three pieces: front, back,waistband. It comes in a pencil or flare and has multiple lengths. I went with the second shortest in the pencil silhouette. The waistband is shown here. Elastic is run through it, so no closures.

I also did a double needle hem. My new machine (Brother PRW-420) has a special double needle setting that I have to say is amazing. I get stretch in this hem like you would with a RTW cover stitched hem. This is such a win. 

I have two more skirts just the same lined up. I wore the one above to work today and it felt like pajamas. Also, a shout out to, I ordered one yard of each of these and they sent me 1.75 yards. I may have enough for a pieced together shirt (trifecta top?) It may have been a accident, but thanks guys!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Knit for woven dress

LOL, I got auto awesomed by Google! At some point my photographer told me I needed to fix my hair because it was crazy. He was right. Back to business now. This is Vogue 8667. 

This is a double knit I bought because I loved the print, but didn't know what to make. I wanted a simple pattern because I had never worked with this material before. My dear friend Jenny gave me a box of patterns, and when I spotted this one I knew it was perfect. Then I pulled out the pattern and realized it had been cut in a very Jenny size. To give a brief rundown on Jenny she looks like a young Elizabeth Taylor with an perfectly itty-bitty waist. That's quite the opposite of me. I decided to go for it anyway. I made my seams a little smaller and with the stretch in the material it worked out great! This was also my first time working with princess seams. I liked it.

A close up of the fabric and showing off my twin needling! My old machine was no longer making it with the twin needles. 

I also omitted the zipper because I could pull it on over my head. I love when that happens! This dress is comfy and the perfect weight. I love it!