FALL STRIPES IN VOGUE

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Fall is all about basic pullover tops so when I saw this vogue 9169 pattern, I knew I had to make it. I hunted for the perfect fabric from Fabricville and made this magical combo. I have never made two views of this same pattern as fast as I made this!

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The Pattern:

Vogue 9169 is a contrast underlay pullover top with seam variations. It is such an easy yet beautiful pattern that I made both View B and C and simply switched the fabric placements to get a slightly different look. I love the unique shapes of this pattern.

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The Fabrics:

I chose two beautiful knit fabrics, the Marley cotton spandex knit and the Venice knit. The Marley cotton is a gorgeous lightweight striped knit and is perfect for tops such as this one and the Venice knit is slightly more lightweight than the Marley knit but equally gorgeous. Working with both knits went smoothly. My favorite thing about knits is that it hardly needs any ironing. How can you not love that?

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The Instructions and Fit:

The instructions were very easy to follow and was overall a very fast project. It is a loosely fitting top and so there were no issues with fitting. I made no changes at all to this pattern.

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I love this pattern for multiple reasons.

  • It is an easy and fast sew since it requires knit fabrics
  • No additional notions needed (yes, no buttons, zippers, fasteners…nothing!)
  • Fabric selection is endless! If you wish to take a look at my choices, click here and here.
  • There are multiple views to make

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Have a great day!

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

 

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FALL ESSENTIAL: KASHMIR COATING JACKET

Fall is here! The best way to start my favorite season and keep warm is to make the comfiest, most gorgeous jacket in this beautiful Kashmir coating fabric.

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The Fabric:

When I saw this fabric which is a polyester nylon blend, I knew I had to make a jacket. I have always dreamt of having a red jacket so it was a no brainer to go with this color. I love that Fabricville has a variety of colors in this fabric as well. It is a thick, warm fabric with a felted feel to it and is a dream to cut through with scissors due to it’s weight and stability. However, if you do not own a steamer like me, I’ll advise that you put a lightweight fabric over the it when pressing. The Kashmir coating does not have a lot of drape so it is great for slightly more structured projects.

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The Pattern/Instructions:

To bring this fabric to life, I used Burda 6736 which has both a jacket and coat version but I decided to make the jacket. It is a loose fitting jacket with an integral spade collar. This pattern only has six pieces and nine very clear steps and illustrations for the pattern.

The Process:

I really enjoyed making this jacket as it was a relatively easy project. It requires two buttons and interfacing for the facings. Here are some progress shots.

    

The Fit:

The fit is very loose so I’ll suggest to look at the finished garments  measurements and use those. I had to go two sizes down from my regular size.

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Tips:

This pattern does not recommend edge stitching but I would highly recommend it. As you can see from the photos, I did not do that initially. Once I did, it looked even better and had a cleaner finish.

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I am now ready to take on the fall weather! Do you plan to sew up a coat or jacket? Have you ever made one? Let me know in the comments below.

Sylvia

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XOXO

 

 

FANCY SUMMER NIGHT WITH VOGUE 1531

If you are looking for a sexy yet classy look for a summer night outing, look no further! Vogue 1531 and this amazing stretch satin will make your occasion that much better.

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The Pattern:

Vogue 1531 is a close-fitting, lined dress that has a deep cowl, front princess seams on the bodice, and an open back. The deep cowl can be draped as desired and the open back is perfect for summer nights. The recommended fabrics for this pattern include will crepe, ponte knit, and crepe back satin. Basically, fabrics that have a good drape will work great. I personally would not recommend fabrics with too much stretch such as jersey knit as you want to keep the structure of the dress.

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The Fabric:

I used a gorgeous red stretch satin from Fabricville. This fabric has a lustrous sheen that gives the dress an even more sophisticated look. Who doesn’t want that? It drapes beautifully and feels great on the skin. I used it as the lining as well. It is important to be patient with this fabric when sewing to avoid any puckering. You can check out different colors of the stretch satin right here.

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The Process:

The pattern instructions were generally easy to follow except for the steps for attaching the lining to the main dress. Due to the cowl feature, it was tricky to attach the lining as instructed so I ignored the instructions (step 42 to 48) and did it my way. My way – attach lining right sides together by stitching armholes and back edges, under stitch, turn lining to inside, and slipstitch the cowl area.

I also chose to self line the cowl instead of using bias binding as instructed because I think it is a much cleaner finish. I ignored the instructions for a drawstring as well as I did not think I needed it on my dress.

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Final Tips:

Do not forget the wrong side of the cowl will show (unless you self-line it like I did) so it is important to consider this when choosing a fabric.

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Don’t be like me. Finish the back with a hook and eye as it gives it a more polished look. I will be adding that once I buy some on my next visit to the fabric store.

Let me know if you have tried this pattern or fabric or if you have any questions.

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

The Butterfly Dress (V9021)

It feels so good when a dress comes together quickly and beautifully. This was the case with this Vogue 9021 pattern. I fell in love immediately this dress was done and knew I made a good choice. It is a fitted dress with front and back extending into sleeves, has low armholes, a back zipper, and a hemline slit; I simply call it the butterfly dress.

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I wasn’t entirely sure about this pattern initially because the pattern did not have a model showing off the dress. It only had a drawing which I usually don’t like because I feel it doesn’t show off the fit on an actual person but after making this dress, I can vouch that it looks exactly like the pattern drawing.

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I used a thrifted fabric so I’m not sure but I suspect it’s some form of a suiting fabric. Thanks to my wider hips, I had to grade a couple of sizes bigger than the bodice size. I didn’t make any other alterations. Once I posted this dress on my Instagram page, I got a lot of questions about the underarm coverage. Now that I have tried it on and worn it to work (it was such a hit at work), I can give some feedback on that issue.

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The pattern has quite the exposure in the underarm area (pictured below). The exposed underarm means every time you lift your arm, you will be flashing your bra. I personally do not mind this feature (I actually love this, especially with the summer weather). But for those who have an issue with this, wearing a cami or slip is a way to resolve that issue. If you are like me, wear your prettiest bra and you’re good to go! I personally think this pattern is too pretty for that to stop anyone from making it.

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This is a great pattern for all levels, from beginners to experts sewers. The instructions have been written very well, making it easy to follow and doesn’t need any complex sewing skills. It’s basically making darts, sewing seams, and inserting a zipper. It can’t get any easier than that!

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I think this is a great pattern for everyone. It has a great fit and silhouette. This is now a valuable pattern in my sewing stash. I hope you enjoyed my review of this pattern.

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

 

 

 

DIY: Burda Shift Dress (+ pattern review)

Happy Monday!

Took a break from making tops to complete this easy shift dress. The pattern review is below.

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Burda 6721

Pattern Description: 
Misses’ Dress

Pattern Sizing:
Size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looked exactly like the photo!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I honestly did not read the instructions. I skimmed through them and did it my way.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the darts (both the ones at the bust and the back). It gave it a little more shape.

Fabric Used:
I used a knit fabric to avoid installing a zipper because I wanted a really easy and comfortable dress. The pattern actually recommends lightweight wools, woven blends, and linens.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not add the pockets because I felt my fabric had a busy pattern and didn’t want to overdo it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I’d love to try it in a woven blend fabric and also add the pockets.

Conclusion: 
It’s a great pattern for beginners and advanced sewists. The pattern is basic enough to make changes and make it your own.

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO