Flower Power…McCalls 6740 Pattern Review

A curtsy to those that blog regularly, I respect you sincerely.
Often times I feel like I am cheating all the bloggers that update regularly.  No one wants to have a relationship with anyone who only “takes” and “receives” yet never gives anything in return.  I have been blogging for a few years now, and yet I can still get through my entire site in a few minutes.  Now don’t get mistaken, I am not trying to be like anyone else, I know that everyone is on their own schedule and pace for blogging.  However, in my personal case, I have all the wonderful ideas and projects to share, yet when I sit down to share, I go on a blogging adventure, never to return to my initial objective, that of posting my days blog.  
I like this pose….my modeling is getting much better.  It takes work blogging, but it is so satisfying, sharing with others that sew and design their own clothing.  Posing for photos comes especially hard for me, since I am basically deep down an athletic type of girl. But, it is fun….so enjoy.

Lets get to it, I did say this is a pattern review…

This dress was finished last year for a Craftsy fitting class I completed with Joi Mahon.  I had good intentions of sharing all that I had learned.  However, because this dress was made for an upcoming vacation to Antigua, I was in such a hurry, that I never got a chance to really get good pictures.  It was really important I share this particular project with you mainly because of all the extensive work that when into the fitting.

I used McCalls 6740, a fitted princess seamed bra-cup button front dress with godets a hi-lo shaped hem and thin straps.  The godets were shaped, so it was important to arrange them in the correct order for insertion since the front and sides were of different lengths because of the shaping.

After all the fitting and such was completed the dress went together really easily.  The fitting work was well worth it since I plan to use the bodice half as a halter top in later iterations of this pattern.  Otherwise, I would not have bothered due to all the lengthening and re-positioning of the bust seam lines that run through the cups. 
I literally had to redraft the pattern for the cups and reshape it so the “points” would go to the front of the dress and not “out” to the sides. Its almost embarrassing to share on a public format like this, but I have to remember, it not for so many trailblazers before me, paving the way for “share & share alike” blogs, I wouldn’t learn so many great techniques myself.

I plan to make this dress again, or some iteration, however, I plan to further raise top necklines another inch or so….since, here I can see this might not be appropriate for a church function..I don’t want to distract anyone. lol

Yes, that is a little skin showing….just says, I had a little too much fun with the photo shoot. 
I hope you all enjoyed as much as I enjoyed sharing with you.


Shameful….simply shameful…!!!!

Vogue….what on earth were you all thinking??!!


Vogue 8969 Winter 2014
Sandra Betzina Vogue 1386, Winter 2014

Shameful, simply shameful….this should never have come out with a Vogue label affixed!!!!

Mini-Me…the 5yr Old Sewist

Teaching sewing skills is what I do to spread the joy of sewing to other interested, crafty, creative folks.  I have taught young and old alike.  My heart leaps at the sight of a satisfied newbie. 

When I see their faces light up as the new project takes shape, I get so excited, that it encourages me to overlook the hiccups along the way.  All things just seem to be right with the world when they get to the point of completion.

All that to say, it has been such satisfaction to watch my granddaughter blossom into the sewist she is today.

We started her really early, at three, when I bought her her first sewing machine; a “Hello Kitty” machine I found on Overstock.com.  It was for her third birthday.  While others were outside celebrating her special day, she and I were at the kitchen table learning to thread her new machine.  What fond memories these are.

Fast forward several years and we come to now, at almost 6 years old, when she is cutting her own patterns and sewing up her very own outfits.  And I should add, not only is she sewing them up, but she is telling me how to design what she wants,  although she lacks the design/sewing terms, she knows what it is she is wanting.  She has no fear of fabrics nor notions, only just to say, what it is to be sewn into, or what it is to be used for in making something.  She does not hesitate at the suggestion of making something however difficult it might seem.

She insisted I allow her to select the embroidery design on my Bernina 640 sewing machine.  It was so easy and intuitive, that she was able to load the hoop and select all the necessary features and thread colors for the design.

I love how she watches and listened to everything I say and do, especially, when I’m in my sewing room. 

 I may actually be in the presence of a future well known and acclaimed designer.  Oh my! What a joy.

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