March 17, 2015


A number of things have started happening around here. We are getting ready to break some sad news. Ugh, so not looking forward to that, but sometimes this is the way things go. I'll be talking more about this in my next post. I've been sewing like a crazy person and just making, making, making. Feels good. So while I have bad news to break, I've also been productive and feeling positive.

This is another McCall's 6649 pattern hack. Don't believe me? Let's start from the neck down and I'll give you the play by play here.
  • got rid of the collar and changed the neckline

  • made a forward shoulder yoke

  • got rid of the bust dart in the front and didn't sew in the waist dart

  • turned the back darts into princess seams

  • retained the hemline in the back and straightened the hemline in the front

  • the sleeve was shortened and cut on the bias and then I added tabs for visual interest
If you're wondering what you can do with a basic pattern - like McCall's 6649 - well, I'll be here showing you what I do. If you're interested, I took this class on Craftsy - One Pattern, Many Looks with Sarah Holden. Highly, highly recommend. It's about pattern drafting, and getting the most from a TNT (tried and true sewing pattern). It's a class that I would definitely recommend for anyone. It's just really good and it helps you think outside the box instead of thinking that a shiny new sewing pattern is the answer. Not saying that it wouldn't be the answer, I'm just saying that before you go fit-fighting with yet another sewing pattern, you might be able to create something similar by using a pattern that already fits you! Soapbox officially ended.

So, some more things you should know. I have a ton of lace leftover from my brick and mortar shop and I thought to myself, just cuz it's ivory and white does not mean that you can't use it for something that is not a wedding. And I made this top especially to go with jeans. No joke. The hemline length and style were meant to be worn with my jeans. I didn't want it too over the top, but I'm into bling if I can get away with it and this is one of those times where I'm pretty sure I did. What do you think?

That said, while I'm loving the style and beauty of this blouse, I don't know that I feel this color does me any favors. Looks very much like my skin tone - but I'm still going to wear it! With pride!

If you're curious, this is the art deco lace from the shop (our online store is now closed). I paired it with a silk charmeuse that I had, and then also made the sleeve from the double georgette that is in the shop. Fancy, huh? To be honest, this is one of those types of blouses that I tell everyone else to make all the time and then never do it myself. I've seen this sort of trend a lot - having the blouse front be a different fabric (or lace overlay) from the back - and since I have a bit of lace myself, I thought it would be great to try.

I made my jeans too. They are a rub-off from the jeans you've seen me in in a few of my lasts posts. I pilfered the back pocket from Closet Case Files awesome Ginger jeans and then I followed several of Heather's tutorials and insights into jeans via her Ginger sewalong. She did such an amazing job with that which is no surprise. I have plans to try the Gingers in the not too distant future. They look pretty awesome on everyone I've seen make them so far.

Well, that's it for today. Have you ever worked with lace?
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