No, I didn’t actually go out without shoes on this day, but I wasn’t crazy about them with this dress so I left them out of the picture. If there is one thing that sewing apparel makes you want to do is shop. I’m not talking about shopping for fabric and patterns because that’s a given. I’m talking about shopping for SHOES! I thought I had enough pairs of shoes that I don’t really wear, but I see the “need” to get a few more to go with the new clothing I make. Just where we store these new shoes is something that will have to be worked out. A walk-in shoe room is not an option unless it comes with a brand new house that’s mortgage free.
Anyway, the dress of the month is Butterick 5601 View A. I made this is a floral print stretch cotton in which the stretch was in the wrong direction. Here’s to cheap fabric! It had a little weight and a slight stiffness to it that sewing and smooshing out the darts wasn’t completely successful. I did the best I could so that it was presentable enough. I needed to minimize the handling and sewing of this white fabric. Other adjustments I made were the FBA, lengthened the skirt, and added a little to the waist.
And the back? Oh, that back gave me sooo many problems. I removed fabric, repositioned the button and the pieces themselves so that I eliminated as much of the gap as possible before I lost my sanity.
I went to a local fabric store to check out the spring fabrics and then found myself in the pattern section. They had tons of vintage and out of print patterns, but I was more impressed by finding the very first pattern I ever purchased back in ’91-’92. My grandmother had an old (maybe recent at the time?) sewing machine, one of those heavy ones in its own handled case, and I was suddenly hit with the idea of teaching myself how to sew and read a pattern. I never did finish that skirt because the machine had issues eating up the thread.
I love this little book . It seems every time I pick it up it’s speaking directly to my thoughts in that moment.
Soon as it gets warmer I’ve talked myself (okay, STILL talking myself) into doing this running program. I hate running! Everything is all jiggly and hurting at once! I’m not doing any marathons nor am I aiming for a specific distance. It’s purely for cardio and endurance in the event that I do need to run. It will certainly be a challenge.
For some time now I’ve claimed to have sewing as a hobby, but haven’t produced anything in a while. I own TONS of fabric, TONS of patterns, TONS of notions, and no real excuse why I haven’t sewn anything for myself. Well, I think my mojo is back, baby! It all started with this fast and easy little number. I’ve even serged all the seams so it’s just as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.
Misses’ Tunic, Dress and Belt
I made View D.
I cut out size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. This is a Fast and Easy Fashion Express 1 hour pattern. I don’t know if I did it in an hour, but it was pretty quick and easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the pattern.
Some brown knit with a subtle animal print from Hancock Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
lengthened the Sleeves, FBA, lengthened the hem, increased the width at the hip, but ended up removing most of the width because it was WAY too big.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would do both.
Need a quick tunic for work or hanging out with the girls? You could probably whip this up in less than an afternoon.