McCall’s 7167 Romper

This is the second romper I have made after the first one, although cute, was given away to the thrift store for some lucky girl who likes rompers with shorts. All my girlfriends look so cute running around in their little rompers that I decided I have to have one. After trying them on at the stores I decided to make one because it is unlikely to get a great amount of use. For some reason I can only wear onesie outfits as a Halloween costumes. I just don’t find them all the comfortable and I prefer to convenience of being able to go to the bathroom without taking all my clothes off.  What would probably make this more comfortable is a light weigh knit instead of a fabric without stretch.

Good for short trips out to dinner but not running around bar hoping for extended periods of time, I really need to choose my drinking outfits more appropriately.

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Pattern Description:
Jumpsuit, because I like to jump on the train after it has left the station.
Pattern Sizing:
Cut the size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easier to put together than I thought it would be.
Fabric Used:
Mystery fabric from Michael Levin Loft….
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I sewed the sides and got ready to install the zipper I ran into issues. First of all, jumpers are not the most practical article of clothing. Getting into this getup takes some flexibility. When I tried it on before installing the zipper it was impossible. So I grabbed the longest invisible zipper I had, I am not sure how long it is but it reaches to my crotch and still just allows me squeeze in. Secondly the crotch was REALLY high. I lowered it about 3 inches and could probably take out another inch since it presses my lady parts uncomfortably when I shrug. Typically I have a very short waist so if you have a long torso beware.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
How many rompers do I need in my wardrobe? Exactly one, and this fits the bill. Every time I go to the bathroom and have to de-robe to nakedness I feel a fool.
Conclusion:
If you like rompers this is great, the legs are wide without being ridiculous and the back of the top is beyond cute. I will likely make this into separates going forward.

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Swimsuit McCalls 2772

An oldie but a goodie. A couple years ago I picked this pattern up at a thrift store in a size 10, cuz that’s what they had. I decided that my trip to Austin and Vegas would be a perfect time to dust this pattern off and give it a go. I was so obsessed with it when I finished that I packed this suit and another two top but no other bottoms. Which didn’t work out well since nothing else of God’s green earth could match this pattern.

This was very easy to put together and much quicker than I thought. This is actually my second version. The first was made with a super cute black and white hounds tooth pattern fashion fabric that ended being up too stretchy and thin. So I went and splurged ($10yd) on a fabric at Michael Levin’s after going to Mood on the west side and spending some time around downtown. A good swim fabric is HARD to find. I am not in love with the fabric but it was good enough to make due and seemed to be thick enough to keep the structure and hide certain things (you know). Unfortunately swimsuits are one of the most difficult items to make. Not because of the patterns but because the fabric, linings, trimming and closures all have to be SPOT ON for it to not only look fabulous but also for the suit to function properly. This get up is fantastic for sitting poolside or floating in the pool but inappropriate for diving or swimming aggressively.

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See the full review here and below.

McCalls 2772

Pattern Description:
Vintage style bathing suit, view E.
Pattern Sizing:
Size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy to follow and surprisingly quick to put together.
Fabric Used:
Stretchy knit swimsuit fabric from Michael Levin downtown LA. $10yd and I used one yard.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the waist high instead of adding an additional waist band. I lined the waist with 1″ athletic elastic and the legs and top with clear ‘bathing suit’ elastic (that is how is was labeled and sold at Walmart). The bra liner was left unsewn at the side seam so I can slip a bra liner in and out. I don’t like neck ties, they are bulky and uncomfortable, so I bought a gold slip ring at the leather store and sewed a fixed neck length. The bottoms have a high cut leg and wide cut bottom, so I may lower the leg and narrow the butt on the next round for a more modern look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, however sewing athletic wear is difficult and very rarely do I find a way to make it tight enough to stay on but not so tight that it doesn’t cause fat rolls. The elasticity of the fabric, elastics, straps and closures are all very difficult to dial-in. Throw on top of that the weight of fabric wet or the drag through a pool while swimming and you have a recipe for nipplegate. This is a great bathing suit for sitting at the pool and relaxing, I just can’t think about diving or actively swimming. Maybe a smaller size and thicker fabric would make it better for active swimming.
Conclusion:
Cute for poolside and floating in the pool, which is all I usually do on vacation.

July 4th ‘Merica Shorts DIY

These are from a couple years ago, so I don’t have any detailed process photos. But, this was a pretty simple DIY made with fabric paint and foam brushes. I painted the stripes and stamped the stars.

Although a friend who works in denim insists that jeans are supposed to be stored in the freezer and never washed for preservation I have laundered these a couple times. After washing and drying the paint still looks the same as day one. Plus, who is likely to fit in jeans or want to wear styles from tens years ago?

Take a pair of old jeans, make these yourself and smile every time you put them on. Happy 4th!

 

 

McCalls 6954

July 4th is my favorite holiday. We used to host a yearly BBQ but people with kids, eventually everyone we knew, would leave early to go watch fireworks. So now we go to other people’s parties and then with them to watch fireworks. Which is fine because it is far less work to show up with something from Trader Joe’s. But, I do miss putting together my America happy fact conversation starters. History is usually poorly taught and widely misunderstood and so when people don’t understand the uniqueness of the American Experiment my heart weeps.

So, to cheer me up on a holiday that is mostly celebrated for time off work, BBQ and beer I decided to make a dress. This is a pattern I have made a couples times. I really liked the red, white and blue colors in a southwest type pattern. Paired with my peep toe ankle boots this will also get out on the town at some point, I am thinking a country music concert in Austin.

My full review can also be found here.

McCalls 6954

Pattern Description:
Oh so comfy muumuu.
Pattern Sizing:
Small, see alterations below.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Didn’t look at them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So easy, this took about an hour.
Fabric Used:
Jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This fabric was too heavy and stretchy so I had to shorten the shoulder length about two inches and take in both sides at the armpits two inches. I also had less than the recommended amount of fabric so I cut the front and back on the fold and tapered the sides down towards the hem. This is the D hem, shorter in the front and longer in the back, based on the length of fabric I had to work with. I wanted a less dramatic racer back effect and cut the middle wider so I could wear different bras, the pattern looked too narrow for the one racer back bra I own.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?!
Of course. This is going to make a great July 4th red white and blue ensemble first poolside and then to a concert in the park. ‘Merica

Conclusion:
A great staple, easy sewing, flexible for alterations- it’s a winner.