And Before You Know It…

June is basically here!  I had my eye on a particular craft book challenge that involved beading,  but I didn’t get around to it.   My completed project is not contained in a book, but is still part of the stash which is a component of my challenge.

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Simplicity 2501 (View E)  and fabric used is straight out of the collection.   The pattern pieces were a tight fit given the limited amount of this fabric after adjustments.  What was different about this pattern is that it comes with multiple sizes according to your bust cup.  Let me tell you that didn’t mean diddly squat and I still had to do my usual bust adjustments. Oh, how disappointing!

After bust, back, and hip adjustments, I ended up with something I’m fairly pleased with.  I love the ruffle detail even though the print is a little busy and hides it.  I’m not pushing any fashion boundaries with this top, but it’s a start for my summer wardrobe.  I just need a pant or skirt to pair it with.

On a knitting note, I have a total of 9 squares finished for my afghan.  Some aren’t working out so well so I’ve changed a few of the square patterns originally selected.

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I was a little misled by the colors on my monitor.  My two blues don’t coordinate as well as I thought, however there is no stopping it now!  Onward!

-Nizzy

And Before You Know It…

Thursday’s Three Things

  • My friend’s almost 11 year old daughter got a sewing machine for Christmas.  This past weekend I walked her through the fabric selection and cutting of her first pattern.  She was so excited it made me excited and I can’t wait until we get together to do some real sewing!  I wish I started sewing at her age.

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  • Had a Youtube Dance Party on messenger with DragonWillow.  Passing music back and forth sure helped me get through this work day!

-Nizzy

Thursday’s Three Things

Twist Top – Simplicity 4076

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Simplicity 4076

Pattern Description:

Simplicity 4076

Several years ago this was THE pattern to make.  These twist tops were all over the sewing blog/sewing pattern review world.  Every pattern company had their version of it.  I believe I own two versions of the same top myself!

Since I didn’t jump on the bandwagon then, but still liked the top years later I decided to give it a go.  The pattern is pretty easy, but I’m not particularly pleased with the results.  I think it’s the fabric choice: cheap interlock.   The fit isn’t so great either, but what better fabric to practice on than cheap interlock.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As with any pattern, there are a ton of adjustments that I have to make: Sleeve length and width, adjustment for shoulders and waist, and I turned that bell sleeve into a straight sleeve.  One thing that I didn’t do, but really needed was the FBA.  I wasn’t sure where that adjustment was needed given the shirt’s construction.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’d like to make it again using jersey or some other more stretchy knit.  Interlock just doesn’t have that much give and when it does give it stretches out of shape.    Just about everything is out of whack on this top, but despite its problems I’m still going to wear the damned thing.

– Nizzy

Twist Top – Simplicity 4076

DragonWillow’s WIP – Simplicity 4192

Like Nizzy, I have SEVERAL WIPs.  This first one, I think I’d better get a move on if I want to wear it this summer.

It’s SIMPLICITY 4192. 

I plan to make the tank (View A) and the wrap pants (View D). 

For the top, I will use: (a picture of the fabric to be inserted later, that is blue, taupe and white).

For the bottoms I will be using taupe gauze.  I’m a little worried about using gauze for the bottoms, but I hope they come out alright.

DragonWillow’s WIP – Simplicity 4192