My Designin’ December me-made Copy!

My Designin’ December me-made Copy is finished!  I decided long ago to copy this Designer Original … an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

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I did notice that it had these strange looking tied-on sleeves and decided those would be a work place hazard for me!  I did like the length of the sleeves and the slits in them though.

nicedressthanksimadeit.comI’ve used this pattern, McCall’s M6606, before and didn’t have to make many changes – a slight change to the collar and the hem line and the sleeves – those I narrowed a bit, left the traditional cuff off and made a new cuff with a slit.

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I definitely had fun with the “appliqués” on this tunic top!  I love this embroidered fabric!

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I cut off a section of the embroidered fabric with a couple of birds and flowers on it and pressed a light interfacing to the back of it, with a cloth over top of course.  Then I carefully cut out the birds and flowers.

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I was again lucky to find the correct colours in my thread stash! After I decided where I wanted to place everything, I basted the embroidered pieces to my fabric with Wonder Tape.

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I used the appliqué stitch on my sewing machine.

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I am very happy with the result!

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I’ve really enjoyed making this one and think it will fit into my life style just wonderfully!

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Designin’ December Questions and my progress with my DD me-made Copy …

I had a couple of Questions about Designin’ December.  

Do I have to copy a “high-end” Designer?  Nope!  If your taste leans towards something like these Nordstrom jeans – from Veronica Beard RTW at a cost of CAD $418.42 – make them!

Veronica Beard / Nordstrom / $418.42

I say … “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”  Just show us your Designer Original photo and your Designer me-made Copy!

Another question – Do I have to sew it and post it in December?  Nope!  Inspiration strikes us all year round!  Anytime during the year you might find your Designer Original and make your Designer me-made copy – make it, post it, let me know!  I’ll save it for the fashion show in Designin’ December!

Don’t be shy now.  If you have questions, ask away!

Now it’s time to update you on my Designin’ December me-made Copy.  I decided long ago to copy this Designer Original … an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

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I ran into a bit of a snag because I couldn’t believe that the pants were so PLAIN, but Sue of Fadanista came to the rescue and found a close up of the pants for me.  I love the slits in the back of the pant legs!

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I originally was going to use a Simplicity pattern from 1999 that I have used before, # 8740, but I thought I would pull out my self-drafted pants pattern that I drew up a while ago, after many fittings of my muslin, and give it a try instead!

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I compared my self-drafted pants pattern with the Simplicity pattern pieces.  There wasn’t much difference so I cut the pieces out using my self-drafted pattern pieces.  It felt safe enough!  We shall see how it turns out with this 100% cotton fabric.

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Look at that, I even have matching thread in my stash!

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Zipper attached, inner and side seams basted.

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Approximately 100 fittings later – which meant trying them on, taking photos from all angles, examining the photos, picking the seams out, sewing them up again, and doing it all over and over again —

— I ended up really liking the fit on the RIGHT FRONT LEG and the LEFT BACK LEG!!!  LOL  I’m determined though … perhaps just one more fitting session is needed!

Of course, I had to pick apart my side seams along the top yet again to sew in the pockets!  I cut the corners of my front leg pieces in the same shape as my pockets.

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Pocket lining pieces attached.

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The belt loops and waist band were attached.

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The waist band inner facing was attached too.  Then I picked it apart in a few spots so I could slip in the forgotten belt loops and sew it up again!

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Last bit of machine sewing …

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Next, the hand sewing is done.

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Now for the slits in the back of the pant legs.  I cut the 2″ hem off and an additional 5″ for the cuff.

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I cut four pieces to make the two new 5″ cuffs.

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They turned out nicely.

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They were machine and hand sewed on.

Final photos?  Nope!  Not yet!  Not until I can wear them with my Designer me-made Tunic Top!

How’s your Designin’ December me-made Copy coming along?  Do tell!  Any Questions?  Just ask!  If you would like to know more about the Challenge, click on – Designin’ December!

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Another Rosie© Bag and the Circle Craft Christmas Market

The holidays are fast approaching and along with organizing and sewing for Designin’ December, I have been asked and have decided to make a few Rosie© Bags as gifts.  I have a few cut out and I’ll be slipping the finished Bags on here as they get done, so you can have a look at them too!

My first request was for one exactly the same as the one I made for my sister, with a lighter coloured lining though – if I had it.  After all, I try to use stash and repurposed fabrics and supplies so sometimes the colour choices, etc. are not available!  But I found enough for this bag, and maybe even one more!  

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Refashion …

to fashion (something) again or differently; remake; alter.

I know I have made patterns exactly according to instructions, and I’ve also made them in my own haphazard way.  Refashioning this cardigan was something new for me!

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My sister bought this cardigan on-line.  As soon as it arrived she knew that it was NOT what was pictured in the catalogue photo.  She was disgusted with her purchase and asked me to take it off her hands.  Do whatever I wanted with it.

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McCall’s M7390 – I sort of like it.

I bought this pattern, McCall’s M7390, a while ago and have waited all this time to find a striped fabric that would work.  I did find a 100% linen with wide uneven stripes which I liked, but when the sales person measured it up, there was only 1.4 m left on the bolt.  My pattern said I needed 1.6.  Oh so what … I bought it anyway.  I’ll just have to make the short sleeved version with no pockets.  Hopefully I can make the short sleeved version, instead of the no sleeved version!

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I was very pleased that the stripes on this fabric were properly placed along the grain.  Sometimes they make a real mess of things – you follow the grain and your stripes are at an angle!

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How to make a simple sewing machine cover …

And keep your cats out of your stuff!

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As you can probably guess, not having a proper sewing room, Simon and Sophie love getting into my stuff!  (I use a small sewing cabinet on wheels, which I love.  It lets me sew in any room or corner of the house!)  Before today, I covered my sewing cabinet with a towel and my sewing machine with an old tee shirt – classy, huh?  

I decided it was time to protect my sewing cabinet with a washable mat and protect whichever sewing machine I was using with a proper cover.

The sewing mat was quite easy.  I measured the cabinet top.  The bottom black layer of the mat was cut from a pre-quilted cotton remanent.  The top layer was cut from a remanent of the fabric I used to make this swimsuit cover up.  I just sewed the two layers together and added black bias tape around the edges.  Easy to wash and handy for poking the odd pin into too!

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McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric.  😦 I’ve already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here.  I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!

 

I decided to use this pattern, McCall’s M7324, view A.  I definitely won’t be using the curved hi/lo hem.  I want my border to be even and uninterrupted!

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I cut out my usual size and was shocked at the amount of ease in this one.  Perhaps with a softer, flowing fabric this 8.5″ ease might be nice, but although my denim is lightweight, it doesn’t drape well.  I did a bit of trimming on the cut pieces – there would be more work ahead fitting this top though.

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McCall’s M7364 – A simple sewing pattern!

I’ve always got an eye out for border print fabric and when I saw this 100% cotton denim – EMBROIDERED – I could not resist!  I bought enough for a pair of casual summer pants and a summer top.  It has been quite hot here lately (but unfortunately smokey from forest fires) so I am craving new summer clothes.  I figure by the time I finish these two garments it will be raining?

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I thought I would try McCall’s M7364, view D without the ties at the bottom – a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern.  Last time I tried a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern it was a cardigan and I didn’t like it.  You can take a look at it here.

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What do you think?

Last week I showed you my Rosie© bag … I’m going to call it “Portrait style”.  This week I’m going to show you my Rosie© bag “Landscape style”.  But I have a simple question … Do you prefer your cross body bags long and skinny (Portrait style) or do you prefer your cross body bags short and wide (Landscape style)?  Let me know in the comments at the end of this post.  What do you think?

My summer cross body bag (a RTW purchase from years ago) is falling apart.  It made perfect sense to just whip up another Rosie© bag for myself.  To stretch my abilities I decided to make it Landscape style this time!

I also decided to use some Pellon 71 Peltex.  This is a firm fusible woven interfacing.  It’s quite thick and quite firm.  My daughter had a bit of a challenge trying to twist and bend it!  See how it hardens this 100% cotton.

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The Rosie© bag

I’ve always got my eye out for “the perfect bag”.  Even when I bought RTW I stuck to the same couple of perfectly functional bags – wrapped in different materials and styles to change things up.

Now that I am making my own, I am attempting to find the perfect bags for myself.  I am completely satisfied with my tote bag but I am still searching for the perfect medium sized handbag.  

I think though I may have found the perfect mini cross-body bag – give or take a small change here and there.

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