Friday, October 17, 2014

Not Your Grandmother's Elastic Waist Pants - New Look 6315

Project Details
My friend Sheren has heard my complaints of pants fitting woes throughout the years.  Last month she showed me a pair of pants that she was wearing that had a elastic waist that were very stylish.  She suggested that I might try making a pair for myself.  I took her suggestion to heart. Here are my “Not Your Grandmother's Elastic Waist Pants!”
Pattern
New Look 6315.

Fabric
Herringbone Print, Wool/ Acrylic/Polyester Blend, Hancock Fabrics.

Notions
Thread, 1 ¼” wide elastic.

Description
Misses' pants.

Pattern Sizing:
U.S. 10 - 22.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?
Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clear and simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern was listed as “Just 4 Knits” and I love the modern/causal style it offered for pants with an elastic waist.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the pants in a size 12 and there were no fitting issues!  I love this pattern!

Would you made it again?
Yes!

Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely.

Conclusion:
Very nice pants!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Striped Maxi Knit Skirt - New Look 6288

Project Details
I have longed to own a striped maxi knit skirt. Jocasta wears one that I absolutely adore. This Spring I found a bolt of navy and gray striped cotton knit on the $3.95 per yard table at my locate Hancock Fabric. I brought 2 yards and dreamed it would one day become my maxi skirt. Then New Look patterns released an “Easy Just 4 Knits” maxi skirt pattern that featured a model on the cover wearing the skirt of my dream. I scooped that pattern right up and added to my pattern stash. Now I present to you my Striped Maxi Knit Skirt!
Pattern
New Look 6288.

Fabric
Navy and gray striped cotton knit, Hancock Fabrics.

Notions
Thread, 1 ¼ yd. of 1 ½ wide elastic.

Description
Misses' Skirt.

Pattern Sizing:
U.S. 8 -20.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?
Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clear and simple. Honestly, I just glanced at them because this skirt is a breeze to make!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the pattern was sized for knits. I also like that the pattern includes a fully elasticized waistband that lays flat on the waist. No “old-fashioned” rippling at the waist due to the elastic.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the pattern in a size 14 and baste-stitched 1 inch side seam allowances. The skirt fit perfectly so I permanently stitched the side seams using my serger. This give me very neat ¼ inch side seam allowances. I shortened the length of the skirt by 3 inches.

Would you made it again?
Yes!

Would you recommend it to others?
Yes!

Conclusion:
This simple skirt is a great new addition to my wardrobe!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October is the month for "EASY SEWING!"

The focus for my last two months of sewing has definitely been achieving an “AMAZING FIT.” This month I want to relax a little and do some “EASY SEWING!”

What am I calling “EASY SEWING?” Projects with several pattern pieces, few or no fitting issues and simple seaming. With these type of projects, I barely glance at the pattern instruction sheets and sometimes I find that a great blessing!

For most of my “EASY SEWING” projects I will be using knit fabrics. Why? The beauty of sewing with knits is often there are no major fitting problems due to the given stretch of the fabric.
Commercial patterns for knits are often labeled as “EASY” and often truly are.
Seaming knits is a breeze when you own a serger and I own a serger!
I am looking forward to sharing some great “EASY SEWING” with you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tailored Pants - Simplicity 2860

Project Details
I am proud to present my Tailored Pants!
Pattern
Amazing Fit Collection, Simplicity 2860.

Fabric
Black Wool Look-a-Like (50% polyester, 26% rayon, 20% nylon, 4% spandex) Hancock Fabrics.

Notions
Thread, one 7” zipper, hook closure, one ¾ button, ¾ yard lightweight fusible interfacing

Description
Misses'/Miss Petite Pants.

Pattern Sizing:
U.S. 8,10,12,14,16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?
Yes, however I chose to taper my pants to hit right at the ankle. I like slightly cropped pants because they look great with heels and don't drag on the ground when I wear flats.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clear and simple. Detailed instructions are offered for fitting throughout the pattern guide-sheets. I had no problem with pattern instructions for the fly-front zipper!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern includes separate pattern pieces for slim, average and curvy fit! One inch seam allowances are offered for fitting adjustments. I like that the finished garment measurements for hips are offered on the back of the envelope! However, I was disappointed that the finished measurement for the waist was not included.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Following the fitting instructions of the pattern, I decided to use a Curvy Fit size 16. I first did a pattern tissue fit from which I learned to add 1 ½
inch to the upper back seam line to have enough fabric to cover my curvy derriere.  I used the slash method by cutting the upper seam line to the 1 inch seam allowance being careful not to cut all the way through.  Then I inserted tissue to give me the needed 1 ½ inch.

I then made a muslin to test fit the pants and made further adjustments to my pattern. I was happy with my muslin so next I cut the pattern in my fashion fabric. I finished the fashion fabric pants and then asked my husband to take pictures of me wearing them. I was very disappointed with the fit of the pants in the fashion fabric! There was just to much ease in the legs, waistband level too high and the crotch hung too low.

So I slowly took seam ripper in hand and headed back to my sewing machine to make further adjustments. I took in side seams at hip level to follow my natural curves. I tapered the leg seams for a more attractive fit. I remove the bias-tape binding on the waistband facing (too bulky) and simply finished the edge by turning under ¼ inch. Then I tackled adjusting the crotch level by using the crotch measurements from my favorite pair of jeans. The finished measurements for my Tailored Pants are: waist 31” to fit my waist below my belly button; hips 40” to show off my curves; front crotch 10 ½”, back crotch 16” and full crotch 26 ½” no more snagging crotch! The pants side length is 37” and the pants leg width is 16”.
Would you made it again?
Yes!

Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would recommend this pattern but be prepared to make adjustments.

Conclusion:
This was a great project. I learned much about adjusting crotch level and working with fashion ease. I am no longer afraid to make pants!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grieving Loss of Mother: Mary Louise Connelly

Dear Blog Followers,

I am very sad to share that Sunday, September 21, 2014 my mother, Mary Louise Connelly, quitely passed away after battling a long illness.

Mary Louise Connelly

Momma was age 78.  She was a Christian and while well, faithfully attended Tabernacle Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. Momma was a graduate of Austin High School, Knoxville, TN. She worked in retail for many years with Rich's Dept. Store, Miller's Dept Store, Watson's Dept. Store and Hill's Dept. Store, Knoxville, TN. She proudly served as a school crossing guard for Knoxville's Five Point Area for several years and received a paid in full trip to Washington, DC in honor of her service. 

Momma was preceded in death by parents, Gus and Marie Pharm; and devoted aunt and uncle Charlie and Virginia Greenlee. Left ot cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years; Leroy Connelly, Jr.; children, Regina (Willie) Gee, Charlene (Kenny) Tatum and Vickie Connelly; 6 grandchildren, Lamar Connelly, Jocasta Gee, Dewight Goforth, Dewayne Goforth, Joneisha Wallace and Omar Connelly.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Sherwood Chapel, Alcoa, TN. Inurment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

Will return to my blog shortly.  Regina