New Look #6683 – Sweater Dress

Baby it’s cold outside! Time for sweater dresses. This is one of the new Fall 2020 releases from New Look patterns. It features dropped shoulders and ribbed cuffs on the sleeves. There are two views from which to choose: View A – short stand up neck and patch pockets OR View B – cowl neck and side seam pockets. I chose to sew View A.

The neckline on my dress doesn’t stand up as straight as the pattern photo shows, but that is because my fabric has a substantial drape. If I were to sew this again with this same fabric, I would interface the neck piece so it would have more stability. That said, it still looks good and does not affect the wearability of the dress.

The neckline from View A allows for bold jewelry or scarves to be added without interfering with your accessories:

I chose the size 16, but I wish I would have gone with the 14. My dress fits great in the hips, but it is big in the bust/armhole area. If I sew another dress from this pattern, I will go down a size in the shoulder and bust area and just grade up a size toward the hips. I will also add bust darts, which would give the upper body some nice shaping.

The fabric is a boucle sweater knit from Stylemaker Fabrics (from last season).

All in all, I consider this a successful make and I plan to wear it throughout the winter.

If you are interested, I posted a video on my YT channel:

I would love to hear your thoughts on sewing with sweater knits. Please leave a comment.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Silhouette Patterns #719 – DVF’s Blouse & A Giveaway

Here is what I sewed with the fabric from my #sewhayleyjane subscription box. I needed a blouse to coordinate with my RTW skirt and jacket. I’ve been wearing a simple white tee with this outfit, but I wanted to step it up a notch. This blouse does the trick.

Believe it or not, this is a pullover style blouse! No snap, no zips, no buttons. I sewed the bust darts and the vertical waist darts on the front, but I chose to eliminate the vertical waist darts on the back.

Since the fabric is 100% cotton, I prewashed it in warm water and dried it on medium heat. After I cut all the pattern pieces, I used a three thread narrow overlock to finish the edges of all the except the neck seam and the sleeve edge where the cuff is attached.

The pattern has good instructions and the fit is spot on. This was a satisfying sew and I am so glad to add this blouse to my wardrobe.

Here’s my video with an additional review of this pattern. I am also doing a giveaway. The instructions on how you can enter the drawing are in the video.

Thank you for reading my blog and be sure to enter the giveaway.

Happy Sewing!

#SewHayleyJane Box and A New Quilt

Do you subscribe to any sewing or quilting boxes? For my first dive into the subscription sewing box world, I tried the Sew Hayley Jane box. It offers a smattering of goodies for both garment sewing and for quilting.

Here is a video of the unboxing:

If I am honest, my first impression was “okay”. Those were not fabrics I would have chosen, but the whole premise is that the contents are a surprise.

Ater I had time to ponder uses for the fabric, I shared my thoughts (and a new quilt) in a follow up video:

The quilt pattern is from the book titled Charm School by Vanessa Goertzen. It is called “Rock Star” and is 69″ x 81″. I used fabric by Cyndi Walker called Serenade. I still have a few of those fabrics available in my shop, if you are interested.

Thank you for reading my blog today, I appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to take a peek at what I’ve been sewing. I am a bit of an eclectic sewer – I sew a myriad of items depending on what I have A Notion to Sew at any given time. Do you stick to a plan for sewing? Do you generally have one sewing focus (i.e. garments, quilts, toys, home dec, etc)? Or, are you like me, all over the place? LOL

Please drop a note to say hello. I enjoy reading your comments.