Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Sewing Udate

It’s that time of year when outside activities and family events reduce my sewing and blogging time. Especially blogging.

So this post will cover my last four sewing projects. Three blouses and a pair of pants.

The  inspiration for the first blouse was these mixed print blouses.

  I was delighted when I found a silk fabric printed with 6 different patterns, in vertical stripes of widths 3, 8 and 22 inches (Vogue Fabrics). I chose  New Look 6266 shirt pattern, which I have made before.

The shoulder yoke and sewn on collar and front bands gave me the opportunity to do some pattern piece layouts that utilized the stripe like the inspiration garments.

I like the finished blouse. The only problem is the color combo of  dark rust, verdigris green and gold is a bit odd and does not really coordinate with anything in my wardrobe.

 After all the work on the previous blouse, I was looking for something simple.  Butterick 6417 looked easy enough.

View B  - Front overlapping panels, with princess seams for a bit of shaping and a shawl collar.  Again the fabric is silk stripe, this time a narrow rose pink and gray stripe from I followed the pattern directions and  didn’t  interface the front panel/shawl collar. As a result  the lapels tend to fall open a little lower that I am comfortable with. So this  shirt is worn with  a  coordinating scoop neck tank top. 

Still on a stripe kick, the next project was a pair of pants  Burda 6811 .

They have a side panel and inseam pockets.  I cut the side panels with the stripes going horizontally.  I hemmed the pants and created vents on the panel seams just for fun. No issues with these pants.  Fabric is a navy poly rayon blend with white shadow stripes from JoAnn’s. 

The final garment is a blouse made out of the Nicole Miller novelty print “Cosmetics” from JoAnn’s Fabrics  It was on sale and I liked the print.

But the fabric is poly lycra.  I try not to be a complete natural fabric snob, and buy and sew poly fabrics every once in a while.  Still no love.  This fabric was easy to sew, but wrinkles a lot (I know...what?) and gets static cling except in high humidity conditions. The pattern is Vogue 7906 from 2004, I made view B with the  high collar and  bell sleeves.

It looks great and I get nice comments when I wear it. ....On rainy days.

Time to put away all my wooly fabrics,  bring out the linens and cottons and start some warm weather sewing.


  1. I love your new pieces! All fun, on trend and so you.

  2. I love that Nicole Miller fabric and blouse you made from it. Actually all of your makes are lovely.

  3. the mixed print blouse is so nice, I find that difficult to do well and you got it right. The pants with the stripes going different ways is so clever and look great. The last blouse is cute and I like the whimsical print. I recently bought that pattern on eBay and made the other version. The hidden buttonhole feature is done well and yet is so simple!

  4. That is 4 WINS. It's all so gorgeous and I love that first top the most!

  5. Ooh, some nice garments. All look quite the sewing challenge. I really like the last one, the style and the fun print.

  6. Great pieces! I love playing with stripes too. The mixed print silk top is beautiful. I am so glad that you mentioned the lapel issue on Butterick 6417- I am planning on making it and will try a light interfacing there.

  7. Wow, creative and productive. Love those pants so much and the mixed print blouse is right up my alley as well. Isn't it frustrating when the print is wonderful but the fabric just doesn't feel nice to wear. Happy spring!

  8. These are all great pieces. I love the first blouse - how lucky to find the perfect mix of prints in one fabric! And the Burda trousers are really nice with the striped fabric. You've been busy!

  9. Love that mixed print fabric, perfect for that blouse. I appreciate the info on B6417 as I have recently acquired. Pants look great in the subtle striped fabric.