Bra-A-Week Challenge: Weeks 5 and 6

SAM_2737Hello once again. I’m so glad to be able to finally write about my recent makes. I have three different bras to present. One is a Watson Bra (sorry if sewing this bra is becoming boring but I truly enjoy making this one and love the bra!), another is Kwik Sew pattern 3300, and finally the Florence Bra from Seamwork Magazine.SAM_2707I will SAM_2721SAM_2735start off with the Watson bra since it’s one you are already familiar with. I really don’t have much new to add about this bra as far as the construction process except the only thing I added to it is another layer of fabric on one side of the cups (the armhole side) because I really wanted the cups to hide some exposure and lucky for me, it worked. I also took in about 1/4 inch dart from the armhole cup because I was getting a bit of a gap. It is much better but I still notice a small gap. For my next Watson I will take in maybe another 1/4 inch dart from the side of the cradle and hopefully that will do it. Overall, I’m very please with how this bra came out. I really love the bright pink with white. The fabric is from Spandex House (will not purchase from them again due to bad customer service) and notions from Etsy shops MarySupplies, Porcelynne Fabric Boutique, and Arte Crafts. 

Now for another favorite but this one acts and feels like a real RTW bra, KWIK SEW pattern 3300. It is an underwire bra which offers support and surprising it’s also comfortable. This is the first underwire bra I have ever owned that actually felt comfortable. The wire did not poke or sit wrong. This bra did take a bit longer to make because it is has a few different steps but surprisingly not difficult at all. I used white Denair 40 Tricot which I have in my stash for main fabric on the side cup and also for the straps. I used Aqua color stretch lace for the neckline side cups, which by the way is amazing. I purchased the lace from MaryNotMartha Etsy shop. The channeling from Procelynne Fabric Boutique and the underwires from CalaOssidiana Etsy Shop. The pattern instructions are a bit confusing but I followed most of the instructions. I have to admit though, that the Bra Making class on Craftsy by Beverly Johnson definitely helped. Overall, I really love the bra, it’s simple and pretty. I will be making this one again for sure. I made some mini bows for these first two bras on this post using a youtube tutorial from Handimania, Tiny Bow On The Fork if you are interested in making your own and do not know where to start like I did. They are fun, easy to make and make your finished bras look even cuter.

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Now for my disaster make, the Florence Bra. I really thought this bra would be really cute but after making it (and it could be completely my fault) I felt very discouraged. This bra definitely sewed quick, it is very easy and even similar to the Watson construction process but once I put it on, it did not fit at all which is the main reason it not looking right. I wanted to add the channeling and casing but I was skeptical. The bra was very stretchy so it did not sit correctly. I should also add that it might be completely my fault because I did not stabilize the cradle but the pattern instructions did not really specify or I missed it. I will be taking it apart and try again. One thing I did change is adding a back closure because this bra is meant to just slip over your head and I don’t really want to struggle trying to get it on. I used stretch charmeuse instead of stretch lace for the neckline side cup and powernet for the rest. I do like the color combinations but it has no support whatsoever. I will try to make this bra again and hopefully I won’t forget to add in the cradle support. I will write another post when I get a good fit on this Florence Bra and let’s hope the next one will be much better.

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Overall, this bramaking experience has been really amazing. I just received a new pattern from Merckwaerdigh, BHS10 and I can’t wait to give it a try so expect another post on this some time soon. As far as my BurdaStyle sewing, I’ve really been lagging for no good reason. I am super inspired by the patterns but I guess I don’t look forward to another disappointed finish. But for sure, I will sew something BurdaStyle soon. I need some professional looking pants and skirts since I just started a new part-time job as a Bookkeeper (wish me luck!) and nothing that I had before fits and I refuse to buy any new clothes (I’ve been trying to lose some weight, I need to drop at least five lbs within the next week). So I have to get it together and get started. I plan on making at least two skirts and three to four pants. Let’s hope I can get this done within two weeks starting today. I just gotta! Well, that’s it’s it for now and any encouragement from you part would be greatly appreciated!

My First Watson Bra: Pattern Review

clothhabit watsonIt’s been two weeks since my last post and it’s crazy how time just fly’s by where I actually didn’t notice. I’ve actually been working on a few sewing projects and I wish they were done by now but I can’t stress about it too much. I will do my best to get this projects done as soon as possible and share the awesome sewing experience. For now I have to share this awesome bra pattern. I finally finished my first Watson Bra and here I am sharing my experience for this awesome pattern. I’ve been following many sewing bloggers who have also sewed this bra pattern and I agree with them when they said this is a great beginner bra pattern to try or even if you are not a beginner in bra making, this bra is a must have. What I love the most is the longline style which is mainly why I purchased this pattern. I’ve been wanting a longline for a while and I’m really glad I sewed my own.

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The instructions on the pattern are very detailed with helpful images. I followed the instructions but I also went ahead of myself and did not notice the stitch recommendation for the waistband. My next one will probably have better stitching in the waistband. I ended up using a regular zigzag stitch instead of a three-step zigzag and I wish I would have noticed. Oh well, this is my first one and I’m still pleased with the results. Surprisingly, that is the only mistake I made so I kinda feel proud of myself for not making more (Lol!). Anyway, I can’t really say I had any difficulty putting the pieces together except for the hook and eye. I changed my presser foot from regular to a zipper foot hoping it would be easier to sew close to the edge but instead the zipper foot pushed the hook and eye a bit too far off so I had to use my seam ripper. Now that was hard but I kept patient and got it done.

Pattern Description: Cloth Habit Watson Lingerie Set, comes in sizes 30B-30I to 40A-40D

Fabric: I used a lace powernet from Spandex World (which unfortunately seems like they do not carry it anymore) for the cups, cradle and back band and lined the cradle with Tricot from Fabric.com.

Notions: The elastics, hook and eye, and the rings and sliders I purchased from Porcelynne’s Fabric Boutique etsy shop.

Repeat: I definitely will be making this bra again. I hope to make the matching bikini in the very near future (maybe when I need a break from bramaking, if that could actually happen, lol!)

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I hope to encourage bramaking to anyone willing to sew and if you do, I recommend starting with this pattern. I need to make-up for the bra-making challenge because I did miss a week so I should be making two more in the next couple of days. What do you think? Willing to try?

 

 

Pattern Review: M6084 1 Hour Cardigan

M6084- CardiganI’m super excited to share this review with you because I finished it! Lately, it takes me a lot longer to complete a sewing pattern, even when they are easy so I’m excited to share this one because even though it took me over an hour to finish, I’m happy it didn’t take me over a month. My husband told me I have to be realistic on putting short deadlines for myself since most of my time is spent with my mom. Either way, I’m glad I have started making time when I’m home to sew. I sewed this cardigan for my 11 year old daughter because she has been bugging me for one for a while now plus, maybe she will give me my cardigan back if she has her own. I finished the cardigan last night and she wasn’t so much into taking pictures but I still did.

This cardigan was definitely easy to sew and the instructions were easy to follow. Of course of made mistakes and boy was it hard to remove the stitches. My daughter picked out the fabric for this cardigan and I wish I would have given her alternative choices but then I convinced myself it was time to sew with knits. The fabric is very drapey and I think working both with a drapey and knit fabric was very challenging but I’m glad I didn’t quit and instead I pushed myself to learn through this experience. Sewing the hem was probably the most difficult part for me but I managed through it. Also, I was a bit nervous sewing the sleeves because I haven’t actually sewn sleeves before but they were surprisingly easy. According to the envelope, this cardigan can be made within an hour but it took me a least 10 hours. It might have helped if I tried to dedicate consistent time-frames but it just was not possible.

Here are some details:

Pattern: McCall’s M6084, View C

Fabric Used: I purchased it from Joann Fabrics, but not sure exactly the type of knit. It looks like it has a little bit of stretch and some lace is mixed in with the design of the fabric. Sorry I can’t mention exactly what fabric I used. I will try better next time.

Difficulty Level: Easy (Great for beginner)

Adjustments: I shortened 5 1/4 inches off the length of the front and back piece.

Would I Make Again? Yes, I plan on making one for myself.

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I must admit it did not turn out 100% perfect but I’m still proud. I’m not sure if my daughter will wear it anytime soon since it has been so cold but I’m sure she will in the spring/summer. How was your first-time experience sewing with knits? Do you still sew with knits and what do you find that is most difficult when sewing with knits?

 

 

Knitting Pattern Review: Florence Cardigan

Knitting a sweater has been on my to do list for a while now but I guess I wasn’t really ready for Florence Cardigan 1a challenge of that magnitude. Until recently, my 11 year old daughter asked me if I can knit her a sweater. First she asked me to just buy one but I told her I could knit one instead and she agreed. She liked the idea of picking out a pattern design so I had her look through my old magazines and I’m so happy she decided on this one. This pattern is basically made for those who want to knit a sweater but are a bit intimidated of possible difficulties but I would recommend it to any first-time sweater knitters. The Florence Cardigan is featured in Knitscene magazine Spring/March 2012 issue by Carol Feller.

 

I chose yarn from Caron, One Pound in black which I purchased at Joanns fabric store hoping it would be enough to make the sweater, we’ll see, but overall it’s looking pretty good. If it all works out, my next one will be with a different type of yarn because I totally want one for myself but in a different feel. I started this project some time in the beginning of October (2014), and unfortunately it’s still not quite done. Currently, I’m working on the sleeves which so far seems fairly easy and quick but I’ve just been too busy taking care of my mom and my baby monster of a two-year old. I’m still hopeful to have the cardigan done by this weekend (planning on no later than Sunday) but again, we’ll have seen wait and see. My older daughter keeps asking me if the cardigan is done yet and my answer has been maybe today. Gosh, I hate it when things just pop up and ruins my plans, but I’ll keep trying.

As far as the pattern, I really have enjoyed working on it because it is very repetitive which most experienced knitters would probably consider boring but I liked it for its simplicity. The pattern was easy to follow, plus I also learned how to pick up stitches to start the sleeve which I have never done but was easy. Learning something new while working on the project is one of the things I enjoyed the most. I can’t wait to have it completely finished, the accomplishment makes it most worth while.Florence Cardigan 2

I would recommend this pattern to those looking for an easy pattern to follow and work on as a first go-to sweater pattern. I definitely plan on making another and hopefully with different yarn. The Caron yarn is somewhat on the bulkier side but that is why I chose this yarn to make sure it provides warmth. That only thing I’m not sure of is how well it will drape but I’ll find out once my daughter wears it.

My next knitting project I plan to work on will be a poncho from Drops Designs and this one I plan to make for myself, yay me! I can’t wait for it to be done. This pattern is also supposed to be quick and easy, but it is something I will have to wait and see. I plan on starting on this project this coming week and finish within 7 days. This sounds like a good challenge so look out for that post. I would like to know your of first-time sweater knitting experience, was difficult or was it what you expected? What pattern did you use and would you reuse it? Knitting a sweater for the first time is awesome no matter the outcome because you gained an amazing experience and learned new techniques. I know I did, I’m super stoked that I’m actually making sleeves! Anyway, can’t wait to finish the cardigan and showcase it. Check back for pictures!

Pattern Review: Girl’s Top M6951

SAM_2458My daughter is at an age where she is concerned about what she wears and if she matches. She saw a shirt very much like this pattern at Target but I did not like the price so I told her I would make her one. It took some time to get it done but I finally did. I actually finished it last night and I have to say I am very proud of how it came out and my daughter said she would wear it to school which is her giving me a thumbs up for good job.  This pattern is easy to sew and honestly, if I would have just tried to make it in one day, I probably would have but I’m always in 10 places at once so of course it took me longer.

Anyway, I did enjoy working on this shirt. It was fairly easy and probably a great garment for a beginner, such as myself, to start on. I remember wearing this type of shirt when I was a kid and apparently, they do not go old. My daughter likes to wear jeans only and I really think this shirt would look great in either jeans, maxi skirt or circle skirt. It is fall season but she could still wear it on the leftover sunny days we may have. Here is some helpful info:

McCalls6951 TopPattern: McCalls Girls Top, M6951 View A (without the pocket)

Fabric: I used broadcloth which worked easy with this pattern, had no issues and goes well with this shirt.

Other Fabric suggestions: The pattern suggests Broadcloth, Linen, and Chambray

Fitting Alterations: None

Difficulty Level: Easy, took me about two weeks to sew this shirt, but could have been done in 1 day.

Would I make it again? Yes, maybe with lace contrast next time.

I did make a couple of mistakes but it still looks good. I learned from my mistakes and I know my next one will be much better. If you have sewed this shirt, I would love to know how it worked out for you. Any suggestions you may have that could have helped me finished this shirt much sooner are welcomed.

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