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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See full review here.

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.

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.

Simplicity 1426

This is another outfit I made for Palm Springs. Sewing greatly reduces the amount of money I spend on trips, not only by making my own clothes versus buying but the amount of time I have available to obsess over what I don’t have but need. I actually have everything, so it is just a matter of chasing a shining object to forget about…

Any who. 

I knew all my ladies would be rocking some killer outfits but the idea of showing significant amounts of any of my pre-tan thirty something body just isn’t my style. I have always been too demure to be skanky since I decided when I was five to start wearing clothes.

I needed some pasties for this one since the fabric is not stretchy and the front can peek-a-boob when you bend over. Between all the excitement of dancing and drinking I didn’t want any accidents, plus the petals give a little lift which is never a bad thing.

Paired with a simple circle skirt that hits below the knees you have a classy, trendy and youthful look. With heels for going out or flat sandals for boppin’ around. Nailed it!

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My Pattern Review at sewing pattern review:

Pattern Description:
Bathing suit crop top hybrid.
Pattern Sizing:
Cut the 4 since I figured the cup size would be too large for my B’s if I went up a size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy to sew up, usually I don’t care for pleats, top stitching, lining or anything harder than a knit sack. But this was a quick and easy project.
Fabric Used:
Some cheap stuff from Walmart! I had been looking for a Hawaiian print for weeks. I was getting the oil changed in my car and found this in the superstore fabric section at $2.50y.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the chest band longer since I didn’t think the size 4 would make it all the way around and I don’t measure patterns, that would be too much work. So I cut the ends about 3 inches long on both sides. I ended up using velcro cut to size to close the back, I would prefer a bathing suit hook but have yet to find a 2″ version.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I might put bra pads in the chest for a little extra something.
Conclusion:
Perfect for Palm Springs, or Vegas, Hawaii or anywhere caliente. Paired with the circle skirt and peeking midriff it is classy instead of trashy.

DIY Kimono Cover Ups

What is better than four ladies going to Palm Springs for a getaway? Coordinating kimonos and cover ups, that’s what! I bought the black fabric at the Michael Levin loft in downtown LA where everything is $3 lb. It is super light weight and I got 4 yards. I wanted the zigzags to run horizontally so that dictated the size of the kaftan (aka rectangle) cover and the kimono. Everything is finished with a narrow rolled hem except the bottom. I serged the hem before sewing on the fringe trim.

Kimono Sketch

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The white fabric was super light weight so a rolled hem on anything other than a straight grain would not have worked. And a bias or facing would have been stiff and weird so I made two rectangles for the kaftan and tacked them together at the neck and past the shoulder. The kimono is one large piece on the back with two rectangles for the front. I used a rolled hem for the sleeves and serged the shoulder seam before rolling it to the back and cover stitching.

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Easy and super fast, just how I prefer my sewing projects.