Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Look 6407 and Simplicity 2211


This is a white blouse to replace one in my closet that had seen better days. This pattern has an open neck, and three quarter length sleeves. It was just what I was looking for to replace my other blouse. I was quite happy with how it turned out, and the pattern was very well drafted. It went together like a dream. I am, however, a bit dissapointed with the fit. It seems to be too big from the bust up, but the waist fits fine. If I make this again, I think I will cut a size smaller through the bust and shoulders, tapering out at the waist and hip.

It does fit me better than it does my dressform, Lizzie. Excuse all the wrinkles. I wore it already, and washed it, and let's just say, ironing is not my forte`. Also, it fits Lizzie wierd, so lots of the wrinkling is because of that.

Also, on the dress form, the facings show through the blouse quite obviously. But when I am wearing it they don't show. All in all, this turned out to be a great white blouse. I would like to make view D in a lightweight catton lawn for summer. I am still looking for the right fabric for that.

Up next was Simplicity 2211. This is one of the patterns I blogged about last time from Simplicity's "Lissette" collection. The fabric is from Joanns, and is made from the same Lissette line, so you can literally make the designs to look just like the pattern envelope. I also bought fabric at Joanns to make the matching skirt, in a navy blue cotton stretch satteen:

Here is the finished blouse. This pattern had me nervous, because the neck is not very open at all. The placket in the front is a "mock" placket, so this shirt pulls over the head. There was no way this thing was going to fit over my head, and I don't have a big mellon at all! But, I kept the faith, and contimued with the pattern. Once the neck facing was sewn on and turned to the inside, I was able to get it over my head. So keep that in mind if you are going to try this pattern, and you have a bigger than average head!

This is a nice pattern, well drafted, and it went together very quickly. I can see myself making more of these. You could make it casual or dressy, depending on the fabric you use.

Up next, I was going to start on the skirt right away, but now am thinking about making pants instead. I have some fabric to make a muslin first, and if the pattern doesn't work for me, I will continue as planned with the skirt.

I am also working on some quilted items to list in my Etsy shop. I have some crocheted items listed currently, but would like to start selling quilted items instead, or in addition to, my crocheted items. I am excited about the prospect of making( and selling) quilts again. It has been a couple years since I have done a lot of quilting. There are so many great fabrics on the market, each prettier than the next. I am anxious to dive in and get to work!


1 comment:

  1. Lisa, that white blouse is so pretty! I can picture you in it perfectly! I hope you'll post your quilted items, I'm such an addict now and just love looking at others' stuff for inspiration - have a great week!