Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Floral Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 1366

Simplicity 1366 by Cynthia Rowley

You've been seeing a lot of blue from me. I swear I have other colors in my summer stash, but I've just been reaching for the blue fabrics lately. And I enjoy playing with combinations of shades of blue in my outfits. There really is so much variety within a color range, monochrome definitely doesn't have to be monotone!
Anyway, in August I plan to begin sewing for fall and I'll be looking at a different palette. In the fall, I tend to reach for earth tones and jewel tones.

This one is made of a lovely printed Swiss dot cotton and the neckline is finished with jersey bias tape, turned under and topstitched. You can see the drape of the cotton is quite different than the rayon I used in the other top. The result is more structured but also more casual.

Simplicity 1366 by Cynthia Rowley

Back view.

Are kids in other parts of the world all making these colorful rubber band bracelets? It seems all the parents I know around here are wearing them because all the kids, boys and girls alike are making them.

We're taking off for New York tomorrow, to visit friends and family, and I need to pack! I wish you all a wonderful couple of weeks!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Simplicity 1366 by Cynthia Rowley, Paisley Top.

Simplicity 1366, Cynthia Rowley

Woven summer tops were really underrepresented in my closet and when I saw this pattern made up by Beth, I loved it so much, I knew I had to make my own.
I think this might be my perfect summer top pattern.  It is relaxed and uncomplicated yet more interesting and a bit dressier than a plain t-shirt. It also protects my upper chest and shoulders from the sun which is a major priority for me. I love it so much, I made 3 in a row! I'll try to get pictures of the other two before we go on vacation next week.

Simplicity 1366, Cynthia Rowley

This one is made of a very fine rayon. The neckband detail you see is actually the bias facing which was supposed to be turned under and topstitched. But after pressing it up, I really liked how it looked so I decided to keep it that way. I think this gives the blouse just the finishing touch it needed. I used jersey bias tape for this as I find it works well with fine fabrics and it turned out to be a very good choice because I love the look of knit neckbands on woven tops, as in this Suno look I pinned. And the fact that the color is slightly off makes it more interesting in my opinion.
The blouse is finished with french seams and very narrow hems.

Simplicity 1366, Cynthia Rowley

I made no alterations to the pattern and I must say, I really love the fit of the Cynthia Rowley patterns I've used so far! Of course dropped shoulder styles like this should not be very complicated to fit, but it's very rare for me not to have to make some sort of alteration to the upper bust/shoulder area.

Simplicity 1366, Cynthia Rowley

We took these pictures near the river where it can get pretty windy, and it was very difficult to get pictures where the blouse wasn't billowing like sails and my hair wasn't absolutely all over the place. I picked the pictures with the fewer fly-aways ;)

See more Summer tops here: Spotted Blouse and here: Scout Tee Family

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Burda Drawstring Travel Pants

Burda Drawstring Pants

I'm enjoying these simple summer projects. With school off, the kids need to be kept busy, and honestly, it's a little hard to concentrate ;) My younger one loves to sew, so I set her up with my old entry level sewing machine. She dug up her old favorite doll to make clothes for her. We also made this skirt together.

So, my pants... They are #128 from the May 2011 issue of Burdastyle. I made this pattern before in linen several years ago, and they are my favorite, most comfortable summer pants! I needed a second pair, and I made this one out of a cotton with a fine stripe. The only changes I made compared to my first pair were to replace the square shaped front pockets with classic slant pockets ( I like both : the original square pockets really are an interesting feature) and to use the welt pockets in the back, which I had skipped the first time around.

Here's a detail of the welts. I topstitched them all around for that casual look, with bar tacks on either side :

And the inside : I like my pocket bags to extend into the waistband so I drafted them differently than Burda's instructions.
I took these pictures after wearing them all day, hence the rumpled aspect. But after all, it's more realistic this way. These pants are destined to be rumpled :)

As far as fit is concerned, my main alterations were to shorten the front crotch and straighten the hip curve, both of which I consistently need to do with Burda patterns. I also made the leg a smidge slimmer.

These will be great for travel because they are relaxed and comfortable, the fabric is lightweight and sturdy, and dries really fast. I wore them yesterday to the beach and got them wet but they dried in about half an hour. Who needs synthetics?
And to close, a picture of blooming artichokes. Aren't they beautiful?

Artichokes. Jardin Public, Bordeaux
See another summery pair of pants here: Comfy Linen Pants