The Kalle ShirtDress 2nd Version

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I have been away.  My little was still having issues with his tonsils and after 3 separate doses of steroids and a bottle of antibiotic’s, he can finally breath when he lays down.  It has been so scary lately.  His tonsils were swollen so large that when he laid down he would stop breathing.  On top of that he had strep throat.

But all that is gone now!!! So much better!!! He still doesn’t sleep much.  He just turned 3 and only sleeps between 6 to 7.5 hours a night and about a 1.5 to 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  Not much time for Mama!!!

Anyways…. I have managed to make a 2nd version of the Kalle Shirtdress.  If you missed the other post here is the first version:

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As you can see, I made the tunic length out of cotton here.

I love it, but I wanted to see how this would look if I used a fabric that had more drape to it.  Since I already had the pattern ready, I thought it would go fast and it did!!

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Excuse the dress form, my favorite it being used (stay tuned for a future post about a store bought dress form vs. making your own).

I used this blouse weight woven fabric from Fabric Mart that has been in my stash for a bit.  I don’t see it on the Fabric Mart website so it must be sold out.

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I did not do the sleeves like I did the first one.  Instead I used self made bias binding like I did for the hem.  This helped a lot as the fabric is slippery and harder to work with than the cotton.

I know it’s hard to tell but I alternate between black and white for my top stitching just to add some depth to the garment.

I kept the box pleat in the back like the first one as well.

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I must say that I am not in love with the color or the way the print lies on me.  It seems like the blue one I made first goes better with my complexion.  I also feel like the pattern is adding more width across my middle.  Maybe a wrong fabric choice.

Oh well, I still wore it to work Monday, who cares, it is comfortable!!!!

Coming up on a future post, I just placed an order for Nutrisystem to help me on my journey.  I am looking at just losing 20 lbs, as I am finding it difficult to keep up with my little one.  Also then, I can get back into my me made clothes I made all last year!

I will keep you posted on how that goes!!!  Until next time!

The Kalle Shirt from Closet Case Patterns

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Let me start off by saying I never had any intention of making this shirt.  I love the patterns from Closet Case, but i dind’t think this style would suit my body type.

But it was the March item to make for the Stye Sew Me 2016 challenge.  I participated for the Sunny Dress in January, but didn’t do the coat in February as I knew I would not have the time.

I received the discount code for the Kalle Shirt, but still didn’t intend on purchasing the pattern.

Then I listened to the Love to Sew Podcast of “My Favorite Things” Http://Lovetosewpodcast.com

Helen from the show said that this shirt was one of her favorite things.  I thought hmm she is similar to my body type.  So I thought why not give it a try.

 

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If you choose to do PDF, be aware it it 46 pages.  For me that is not a problem.  I usually tape my PDF patterns together on my lunch break.  Easy sewing thing to do!

It was supper easy to cut out, not the issue is what styles to decide.  There are many different options to choose from:

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I was originally going to do view C, but decided to do the popover packet verses the standard placket.  I did add 1″ length to it as well.  due to all the ease, I didn’t feel it was necessary to do any other adjustments.  In the end, I did change it to the tunic as I thought that style suited me better.

I used this great cotton linen fabric from Fabric Mart.  I love the print.

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The instructions were great and easy to understand.  I also found the Kalle dress sew along on Closet Case blog that was awesome and I actually followed that for the most part versus the instructions.  Closetcasepatterns.com

For the Yoke, the sew along blog was great.  The only complaint with the sew along blog is that at times it was difficult to tell which was right side and which was wrong side as they sometimes looked the same.  But if you look at the instructions you can easily tell.

This was pretty easy to sew up and I love the collar installation instructions on the blog, so easy!!

The fabric was also a dream to sew with, although it does tend to wrinkle easily.

Here is the finished top.  I did the box pleat and decided to add the front pocket.

Let me just say I love this.  I plan on wearing it all spring with leggings and flats, or I could do Capri leggings and sandals for summer.  I love how it feels and I like how it looks on me.

Pattern:  Kalle Dress from Closet Case Patterns

Size Cut:  14 at neck and arms, 16 at waist, and 18 at hips.

My size: 40 bust, 33 waist 44 to 45 hips on a given day.

Style used:  Tunic length with popover placket, box pleat and front pocket.

Pros’:  easy to do, instructions were great, lots of different fabrics that you can use to add a variety, looks great, can do a dress or short top as well.

Cons’:  I don’t really have none, although I am thinking about doing another one in a more blouse weight fabric that is more flowy.

Here are the final pics on me:

That’s it for now, until next time!!!

Simplicity 8511 Dress

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Well I finished my first goal of 2018!  At the top of my list was Simplicity 8511

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I had decided to do view A.  To me working in an office, I thought the sleeves would work best for me.  I am sitting most of the day working with numbers, I know fun, right!

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The fabric suggestions were:

Cotton Type, Crepe, Back Satin, Dupioni, Jacquards, lightweight Linen, or Taffeta.

I have recently ordered this great color CobaltBlue cotton yarn fabric from Fabric Mart.

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I thought this dress would be so cute in the cobolt blue, with the sleeves and neckline being in the lighter turquoise color.  I really don’t know where the turquoise color fabric came from and I only had 1/2 yard of the turquoise.

Off to work!

Pattern Cutting:

I cut out a size 14 for my neck and graded to a 16 for waist and an 18 for hips.  This dress looked like it had more ease than it did: hint to self – next time check the final garment measurements instead of assuming.   So much to check.

I did lengthen the dress by 2″, I am 5’6″ tall and wanted it to come to my knee.  As you can see the darts are different then normal darts, but I really liked how these darts shaped my side bust area.  The back has a fish eye dart.

Surprisingly I did not have to do an FBA (Full Bust Adj), which I am currently running a D size right now.  I did do some flat pattern measurements and all seemed ok.

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Fabric Cutting:

Well cutting out the fabric after washing, drying and ironing, I noticed that the fabric tended to wrinkle a lot.  So instead of lining the dress, I decided to take the lining and actually underling the dress.  I cut the same pieces out of the lining and sewed them to my fashion fabric at 3/8″ (simplicity uses 5/8″ seam allowances).  This made the lining and the fashion fabric act as one piece of fabric.

By doing that, it drastically cut out a lot of the wrinkling.

While cutting, I realized that I did not have enough fabric for the sleeve in either color.  So time to create my own sleeve band.

I drafted just a basic band for the sleeve instead of using the pattern sleeve (truthfully, I like mine better!, just saying).

I then pinned the dress together on my sized to me mannequin to make sure it would fit and look right with the new sleeve.

I like it, time to sew.

Sewing:

This was really simple to sew and came together fairly quickly.  The instructions were clear, except for the skirt vent.  I had to watch the wonderful Colleen G. Lea with FSBTV You Tube video on Sewing a Vent that she published in 2012.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLzya7hRUXY

It worked like a charm, thank you Colleen!!!!

The dress called for an invisible zipper and thanks to the Craftsy class “Mastering Construction: Zippers & Waistbands” with Sara Alm, I have finally found the best way to put zippers in.  I love putting in zippers.  She finally made video’s that explained everything.  She had you work with small samples and let me tell you, I find them so easy to put in now.  Thanks Sara!

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Just a note, this is my own personal opinion, I did pay for the class.  I have about 65 classes, not watched them all.  I do have ones I don’t like, but this one was worth the money I paid in my opinion for me.  Her teaching on this best suited my style.

I did not line the dress since I underlined the dress.  To tight on the mannequin, I should have known then that there was an issue.  I did use my Serger for all the seam finishing.

I also stitched in the ditch for the collar and neckline.  I did not like the facing flapping all over and securing it at the shoulder seams did not help keep it down.  You can’t even tell with the stitch in the ditch method.

 

I love this dress and it is so my style, simple and easy.  But it is too tight in the hips.  Darn you Ben & Jerry Ice Cream!!!!!

But with my weight fluctuations, I know that will eventually get in this dress and when I do — watch out!!

I do like the front darts and I think they help shape the body nicely.

Don’t mind the little head at the bottom of some pictures, No that is not your imagination, that is my little one trying to see himself on the tablet too!!!!

In all, this dress will definitely be worn a lot when I am in that size range.  Good fit on shoulders, chest and neckline.  Since I did serge I cut off excess fabric so I can’t add more room in hips.

I hate making muslins and with my weight fluctuating so much, I really don’t feel the need to most of the time.

Well, until next time!

 

 

Change in Sewing Plans and Weight/Healthy Eating Update

So we have just ended the 1st week of February 2018 and last week was the first week of my challenge of trying to work on sewing goals and eating better.

Welllll, so things never work out as plan, lol.

So there were a lot of things happening last week.

Monday – we had tons of snow on Sunday so school was closed.  Had to hire a babysitter and work through lunch to pick up son early.  This meant no time to work out as goal is to workout on lunch in my office using dvds.  But ate very healthy!

Tuesday – I cut out my Simplicity 8511 dress pattern! And did a 45 min workout on lunch and stayed within calorie limit.

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Wednesday – hmmm son had a bad cough, kept him home from daycare and called into work.  But did do 1/2 run on treadmill when he took nap.  I also was able to do pattern adjustments to S8511 and cut out all the fabric.  I did pin pattern together to ensure fit and looks great.  Ate only 1200 calories.

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Thursday – son up all night with flu, didn’t get no sleep.  Need I say more!!! Nothing done.  Did great on eating!

Okay, also changed mind on sewing projects, stopped S8511 and decided to make son some more sleepers.

My almost 3 year old is obsessed with Batman and Pirates of the Caribbean the 5th one.  He has all the characters and loves to play with them everyday.

 

He loves wearing sleepers with feet.  His favorite is Batman with a fleece batman hat that was poorly made in China.  His Batman sleeper and hat are completely falling apart.

Onto Joann’s.  I found the greatest material.  I found superhero fleece, Justice League Snuggle Flannel, and Batman cotton knit. Along with some plain fleece to make all sorts of hats:

 

 

I also found this quilting like cotton of Pirates of the Caribbean (his favorite movie) fabric at Joann’s:

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It is only 44″ wide so I bought 4 yards of it.  It is not intended for sleepwear so I am still debating about what to make.

I am kind of thinking a lined spring hoodie?

Shorts?

Blanket?  Quilt?  Some type of Poster?

What do you think?

Friday:  Finally went to work, but had so much work that I worked through lunch, no workout, but still ate pretty good.  No sewing either.

Saturday:  I felt horrible.  Chest cold and yet more dreary snow.  No sewing and ate ice cream, oh well what can you do:)))

Sunday: Finally naptime sewing, oh yeah!!  Doing the superhero fleece sleeper.  But the pattern I have has button down the front and no feet.  So I changed it to be a 24″ zipper down front and adding feet.  I am about halfway done.  Had ice cream again, but still stayed good with calorie range.

End Results:  Good week, not weighing self, but eating better.  No time for book reading, or much else, but so happy to be making stuff for the little guy.  I did do a template of the hat. Now, all I need is time.  Stay tune for fun hats coming up.  I hope to finish my dress too!!

That’s it for now!  Let me know what I should make on out of the pirate fabric, I am open to anything.  He wears a 3T right now.