New Look 6150 Ruched Top

 

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Here come some grainy pics! This cute top is a very deep eggplant cotton/lycra jersey, it just doesn’t photograph well. So I lightened everything 🙂

Yes, New Look 6150, one of the Best Patterns of 2013 on Pattern Review. It only took me 5 years to find it – it really is a nice pattern:

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I love how well this top tucks and stays in place!

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It’s the top I was wearing with the high-waited linen pants in my last post:

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Sewing notes:

  • I sewed View A, size 12, with no changes.
  • I marked every single notch and circle from the pattern – and used them all.
  • Just to share, I use a piece of calico as a pressing cloth for knits, and I seldom get pressing lines.

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  • A tip – those long front edges are curved and have a narrow hem. It’s tempting, almost natural, to stretch it out as you pin and sew…but don’t! You’ll end up with a distorted and wavy edge. Kind of shake out the fabric so it finds its way, and let it guide you.

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Like so many people before me, I’m hooked on this pattern. I’ve already sewn it in black jersey, and I have a cream jersey to start in the morning. I’m sticking with the fun stuff 🙂

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Late breaking news: Preston’s soccer team won their league championship game today, and he scored a goal!!

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Ciao! Coco

Fabric stash madness…

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Breaking the rules…I had a fantastic shopping spree this morning at Fabric Mart. They have their pre-cut fabrics and fabric kits on sale.

This might be my best fabric sales/order ever. A little over 24 yards of fabric for $54, with shipping!

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Included in there, 3 patterns. The Sewing Workshop Eureka top and skirt,

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McCalls 6608 woven and knit skirts,

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And New Look 6150 ruched knit tops (perfect for tucking into pants and skirts)!

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I love Fabric Mart. Great service, shipping, fabric, and specials. I’m getting dangerous with all the fabric and pattern additions to the loft this year. Wowser!

Ciao! Coco

Trying double-brushed poly/spandex knit!

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Now that’s a long title!

I’ve never used this fabric before, mostly because it just sounds warm. Actually, it’s really similar to poly/lycra ITY knit – smooth, thin hand, nice drape, and no wrinkles.

It seemed perfect for a pair of Love Notions Sabrina Slim, my favorite legging pattern (here).

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For this pair, I went down a size, to a 12. If I went by my measurements, I would use size 10, but I don’t wear skin-tight pants, so the 12 is perfect.

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Fabric from Cali Fabrics

I’m also wearing one of my favorite tops, New Look 6323. It has the prettiest back…

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As with my previous versions, I modified the leggings to drop straight down from just above the knee. This prevents any twist in the lower leg, and I just like the way it looks. I also added 1″ to the 30″ hem line.

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One of the nicest features of this pattern is the wide (2″) contour waistband. Beautiful fit.

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Some thoughts on using 2″ elastic:

  • I use knit elastic, which I order in 12 yd rolls from Wawak (here). I love knit elastic! It lays flat when it’s stretched, and it can be trimmed to a more narrow width with no raveling or fraying. This roll is a great bargain, compared to small yardage packs.
  • I leave the waistband facing seam open, and insert the elastic there, after the entire band is serged to the pants. BTW, this is how I insert elastic for everything.

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Bottom line: IMO, this is great fabric – it’s washes beautifully, is easy to sew, and has vibrant color. And it’s no warmer than, e.g., ITY knit 🙂

Bye for now – Coco

 

New Look 6323 – Love this tunic pattern

This tunic and Butterick 5954 are officially my go-to patterns for knit tunics. A love affair!

I used view B: gathered back, long sleeves, and a bit of sharkbite at the side seam. BTW, I tried to find this pattern online so I could supply a link. And it must be getting scarce – it’s not on Pattern Review or the Simplicity site. But it’s still on SewingPatterns.com.
The back curved seam and gathered skirt are just so  appealing. And add a little sass walking away…
 And the hi-lo hem is just about perfect. Unexpected and so much fun.
Sewing notes:
  • This is size 12. My very first version, in lagoona interlock, was size 14, and it was just too big for me.
  • I dropped the center front by 1 3/4″, trued out to the sides. This decreases the sharkbite effect a little bit and brings the front below the crotch of my pants. Just my preference – I don’t care for tops that stop just above the crotch. IMHO, so unflattering…
  • This wonderful fabric is a cotton/rayon jersey from Fabric Mart. It has 80% stretch horizontally and 10% along the selvedge. Fabric Mart doesn’t give fabric weights, but I would put this at 6 – 8 oz. It’s not sticky (the bane of cotton/spandex), due to the rayon content.

I’m wearing my Essex linen/cotton wide-leg pants in the pics above. But this tunic is also great with my Love Notions Sabrina Slims. 
Last spring I made this in black spun cotton/rayon jersey from Girl Charlee, and for some reason I never blogged it – but I wore it in  in my post on those Slims…  

The black jersey is 6.5 oz. and has 50% horizontal stretch. I hope it comes back to GC, it’s so nice for tops. Funny story: I wore the outfit below to my annual checkup in May – when my doctor walked in, she said “you’ve lost weight”. Nooo, but I’ll take it!

So – Election Day tomorrow! I voted by mail several weeks ago, rather than try to stand in line with my cane (would they take it away at the door?). I find voting to be so empowering and levelling at the same time – the country feels like a small community when we do this.
And I’m looking forward to watching the election results all day tomorrow to see if I won 🙂
Bye for now – Coco

Edited to add: Stirswatersblue on Pattern Review let me know that this pattern has been re-released as New Look 6439 – and sure enough, the exact pattern!

New Look 6936 – a found object…

I’ve been on a bit of a quest lately, trying to get the upper hand on all that fabric stashed in bins in the loft. Because so much of it is pieces and bits. Why have I been keeping it all?

My first move was to take a critical look in my closet, which is home to fewer garments than it housed in January – the result of my closet bust and donation gig. But what about those things I really like, mostly because of the fabric, but don’t wear?

I’ve taken my favorites and actually redrafted/resewn a lot of them. Whatever didn’t make the cut got tossed. For good.

When I say tossed – I donate anything that’s wearable. What doesn’t suit me might be a glad find for someone else.

Anyway – this morning I pulled out the bin that’s dedicated to knit ‘scraps’ and remnants. And I came across a whole dress! I made this for Jungle January 2016. But I guess I didn’t like it 🙂 I’ve made it twice in the past, 2012 and 2013, and liked both dresses. I donated the short version from 2012, because I just didn’t wear it, and I had no occasions in the offing. But the 2013 version is still in play.

Now – this one. I pulled it out – it was totally put together but had unfinished sleeves, hem, and waist casing. And an incredibly high neckline! I trimmed the latter, bound it with navy poly crepe, and attacked all the rest. And voila – a dress I really like. In fact, I’m wearing it as I write.

This is a nice pattern with lots of options:

On to my morning’s work…

This ITY knit jersey is from Fabric Mart, and I had 5 yards with which to work. Which was a good thing, because I didn’t want to end up with a very large lily splashed across the girls or my fantail. Large prints can be a real challenge! But I think I handled this one pretty well.

So, mark one up for a great save…this is perfect for home, very comfortable, keeps me just warm enough.

While messing around in that bin, I found loads of ITY remnants that would work together. So now I’m think about doing a version of Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 9108, which includes the top, dress, and leggings. I bought the pattern when it came out, it’s one of the few Marcy Tilton art-to-wear patterns that I really like. What fun piecing ops and such becoming lines.

However, even this one has some features that I’ll decline – like the back treatment. Looks great on the model, but I cannot even imagine how those straps would work for me in real life. I’ll try to capture the lovely lines of the back skirt, in a back bodice that’s comfortable and wearable.

Happy Tuesday! Coco