No fancy, dressed up pictures here today.  Just a relaxed day, showing just how much rest I need right now.  I made this new top for sitting in the breeze and enjoying the fresh air from the back porch.  Gauze and relaxation, for me, go hand and hand anytime of year.  It’s an oversized, comfy top.

I knew I wanted blue as my base embroidery color.  This color just feels cool and calming.  The bright creamy white of the cotton gauze is comfortable in the summer heat and protects you from he sun rays when out and about.

Being such a casual look and yet so stylish, it makes easy fun when you want to have a roomy uninhibited outfit.  Yes, I do wear oversized clothes.

Contruction Details:

Initially, I had the facing piece as a larger underlay to help highlight the embroidery, but it just didn’t look right.  Also, because I tore the stabilizer, I ended up with a hole in the front which needed to be camouflaged.  This is some really thin fabric.  Extremely comfortable.

When I tried taking out the larger facing section, I created a tad bit of a tear…the fabric is almost cheesecloth gauze.  One thing after the other right….oh well.  I did persevere to get the look I wanted.  All the flower embroidery designs were standard on my machine…the BERNINA 780, which I have on loan.  The decorative stitching was done on my personal machine the BERNINA 640, which I bought myself.  If really was an afterthought that I added while out of town.  I carry my B640 on trips to the vacation condo whenever I leave town.

 Anyway, after cutting the facing down, and re-sewing it to the smaller one, it gave a much nicer and cleaner look to the front, that actually highlighted the embroidery a little more than I had anticipated.

This was my first time doing embroidery on such an extremely gauzy sheer fabric.  I learned a few tips along the way….
  1. Use a good self adhesive tearaway- wash away stabilizer in the area to be embroidered.
  2. hoop the stabilizer only, not the garment piece because it may stretch the gauze 
  3. gently adhere the fabric piece over the stabilizer securely
  4. when done, do not wash the stabilizer out until you are complete finished sewing the garment (This I learned the hard way….because the fabric became very difficult to handle, and can cause tears.)
  5. Use the gold embroidery needles, they have a coating that doesn’t stick to the adhesive.

Pattern Details:  

Simplicity 1162 was used as my base pattern with the change in the facing only.  Simple and too the point.  I cut a size 14 and did not make any pattern alterations.

 Simplicity 1162- pattern
I have worn this several times already, I did not want the sleeves to have any elastic.  I may go back and add some shirring at the middle of the sleeves though, so it won’t get caught in anything.
BTW…Don’t forget to check out my YouTube videos on fitting shirts this month.  My IRL (in real life) sewing group is still working on the Iconic White Shirt.  
So my videos will help you work out fit issues for the different body types.    This is the playlist for the videos.
Last week was the Petite, RECTANGLE: with Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition. body type.  And this week will be the THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full tummy, hips, or thighs. 

Until next time….thanks for following along.
…should flock together, unless they come near me.  I nabbed a few for myself to have indoors.  I love birds, their sound, the freedom they represent and the beauty of their flight…~and sitting.  Actually, sitting on my fabric, that is where they are this time.

 I thoroughly enjoyed making this top.  I was in such a good mood hanging with the birds, that…

I video-taped my construction process, in triple time…time-lapse.

This is such a deceivingly simple blouse, with several surprise designer details.  Definitely, another regular for my wardrobe rotation.  

Pattern Description: it was described as….
  • Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. 
  • View A:  Front longer than back
  • mock wrap, pullover, 
  • fitted through bust, 
  • no shoulder seams, 
  • elasticized tie ends for casing, 
  • underarm inset, 
  • and armhole bands. 

Pattern Sizing:

Pattern sized 6-14 in envelope. I cut a size 14

How did it compare to the envelope pictures:

The picture was pretty clear. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 The instructions were basic going into the construction, but then the instructions for the placement of the buttonholes for the front overlap had you put the buttonholes in only one side/layer, but at the end, they needed to be through both layers of the front. The waist seam allowance is turn upward to create the casing for the elastic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this pattern, especially the underarm inset and the bias banded armholes.

Fabric Used:
I used a polyester georgette/ crepe d’chine look-a-like from Hancock. It is very thin, but, being it is a dark color, I could get away with out lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  1. The Pivot and Slide method was used to get my 1.5″ FBA along with,
  2. Closing the neckline in by 1/2″ and,
  3. Taking out my “over 40inch” front neckline wedge”. (That’s what I call it now.) Just a wedge to cause the V-neckline to curve in enough to keep it from gaping on the top curve of the bust. (It is not scientifically proven. It is just what I do for me.)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already begun dreaming of my next project based on this pattern. This is an absolute winner for me.

Hope you enjoyed the video.

Until next time.

Finding Pattern has been so much fun. Knowing there are so many others in the world who want to know how I did with a pattern is exhilerating. It encourages me to complete my projects and try new ones. Taking all the pictures is fun too, yet can cause the family to run everytime you pull out the camera.  But, lucky, my fashionista daugther loves to see the pics come out nice.  So, on her visit she treated me to a fun photoshoot and actually made me accessorize the outfit….Enjoy!
Project Description:
Burda 8488- Wide leg pants that are close fitting through the hips.
Pattern Sizing:
34-44, us- 8-18. See my blog entry– Making the “Grade” a matter of size. for the size differences with the Burda Patterns compared to the “big four” pattern companies.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
These pants are totally awesome. I saw a Tracey Reese Resort Wear pair that I just fell in love with. This pair, after lengthening them 2 inches, foot the bill totally. They are really long from the envelope.
The front panel as it is designed it is two interfaced pieces, sewn together like a pocket and turned right side out through the bottom, then edge stitched. Afterwards, the buttonholes are sewed on before applying to the pants front by sewing only on the bottom and buttoned up the sides. I ended up sewing it across the top and shortening it by another inch to where it as a mock panel just to get the look. The buttons and holes are still loose.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very clear, as I am a visual learner, actually seeing the layouts and step-by-step instructions are great for me. I layout the garment pieces exactly the way the pattern says. The pics line up with the instruction numbers just great. That is really a plus for beginning sewist. I usually don’t follow instructions, but when they are this easy to follow it really helps to stay on task. Something, my sidetracked mindset needs.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The crotch curve is absolutely magnificent! I only did a 1″ rise increase in the back, I was able to leave the curve alone. Normally, I have to extend it to go under the rump roast I carry in the back. They hang wonderfully. I don’t have any dislikes for this pattern. I like the fact that the lap zipper is on the side. (finally, a side zip) I like that the panel can be removed from the front and just show the buttons. There is no functioning zipper opening behind the front panel, so its really just a design detail.

Fabric Used:
I dyed a piece of white linen blend I bought from Joann’s last summer. I had dyed it then during a class, but ended up removing the color with Ritz Color Remover, it left the fabric a grayish tint. I wanted the color to look worn and rustic…I think I achieved the look I was after.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

As I said earlier, I increased the back crotch rise by 1″. I lowered the front by 1/2″, and I added 2″ to the hem. The regular length would be just fine for the average 5’5″ person such as myself.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew these again, next time I will actually put the patch pockets on them just like the Tracey Reese inspiration pair.

Wide leg pants look great on me. I’m so glad they are back in vogue.
My daughter, the fashionista, insisted I do better at my photo uploads. So she made me change shirts, put on jewelry and heels and get a purse to go outside for a real photo shoot! Enjoy…