Wardrobe Essentials: Simple Modern Sewing 3C again and F Tunic

I think I’ve got a winner! I have been wearing the heck out of the blue linen dress I made from Simple Modern Sewing Book 3C pattern. It transitions nicely into fall weather with it’s cropped sleeves. Most importantly this shift style dress is super comfortable. I decided to use a printed woven fabric and added a notch to the neckline to mix it up a little for the second dress.

Simple Modern Sewing Dress 3C

Simple Modern Sewing Dress 3C

Simple Modern Sewing Dress 3C

Simple Modern Sewing Dress 3C

I made another top from Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom. As with the other tops I’ve made, the “F” top pattern was super easy to sew. I like the the slotted, petal sleeves with ties. It is roomy enough to wear a knit top underneath for warmth as the weather gets cooler. I have another cut out already. This pattern is a keeper.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom "F" top

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom “F” top

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom "F" top sleeve

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom “F” top sleeve

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Wardrobe Essentials: Japanese Styles for Everyday

It’s pretty safe to say that I am on a roll with sewing everyday casual clothes for my wardrobe. I found a blouse on Pintrest from a Japanese sewing book one day and ended up falling in love with the simplicity of the styles. I have found 3 books that I really like so far.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori Tuttle Publishing

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic by Yoshiko Tsukiori Tuttle Publishing

Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

The books are translated into English  with easy to follow instructions (for advanced beginner) and have western sizing. Styles are fast to sew and comfortable to wear. Most can be made from start to finish in a couple of hours.  Here are some of the styles I’ve made to date. I have been wearing the heck out of them.

tylish Dress Book Wear With Freedom Book

Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom Book

 

Stylish Dress Book View E instructions. I like the pleat but think I will use different sleeves next time.

Stylish Dress Book View E instructions. I like the pleated design but think I will use different sleeves next time.

Stylish dress book View E with pants.

Stylish dress book View E with pants.

Stylish dress book style E back

Stylish dress book style E back

Simple Modern Sewing drawstring casing

Simple Modern Sewing

Simple Modern Sewing 3c model from Book

Simple Modern Sewing 3c model from Book

Simple Modern Sewing 3C instructions

Simple Modern Sewing 3C instructions

Simple Modern Sewing 3C has a cool crossover sleeve detail (like a baby tee) I ended up tacking the flaps together though.  The neckline is wide enough without the flaps.

Simple Modern Sewing 3C has a cool crossover sleeve detail (like a baby tee) I ended up tacking the flaps together though. The neckline is wide enough without the flaps.

Simple Modern Sewing 3C

Simple Modern Sewing 3C with drawstring waist

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Sew Chic View E, Simple Tunic with Ruffle Sleeve

Sew Chic View E, Simple Tunic with Ruffle Sleeve

Sew Chic view E

Sew Chic view E

This is style J modeled in the book Sew Chic

This is style J modeled in the book Sew Chic

Easy instructions with diagrams for Sew Chic Style J

Easy instructions with diagrams for Sew Chic Style J

Sew Chic Style J tied in the back

Sew Chic Style J tied in the back

Sew Chic style J Jacket tied

Sew Chic style A worn with pants

Sew Chic style A worn with pants

Sew Chic Style C

Sew Chic Style C

Sew Chic Dress C book

Sew Chic Dress C book

Sew Chic style C worn as a dress.

Sew Chic style C worn as a dress.

Sew Chic Style C with style A sleeves. The patterns are interchangeable so you can make lots of variations of the styles.  Sometimes I wear pant with the dresses

Sew Chic Style C with style A sleeves. The patterns are interchangeable so you can make lots of variations of the styles. Sometimes I wear pant with the dresses

Wardrobe Essentials: Make it Easy Simplicity 1620 and Sew Chic

Not too long ago re-making my wardrobe seemed pretty far-fetched. At my rate it would take forever. I got to thinking about what I wear on a daily basis. I realized that most of the patterns in my stash were more tailored than what I would typically choose for an easy, fuss free day.

Now this might be a Midwest thing but truth be told, when I’m not working, on an outing, or going to church you will most likely find me in some knit pants with t-shirt or jeans with t-shirt. I know, I know, I need to mix it up right?

I started looking for easy chill clothes and found Simplicity 1620. It is a simple wardrobe that has pull-on pants, a dress, tunic, short 2 piece jacket, long 2 piece jacket and a sash. No zippers, no buttons, no fuss. Fast and Easy sewing.

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

Simple Wardrobe: Simplicty 1620 and Sew Chic

I bought linen blend fabric in different colors and got to sewing. I made no major alterations since the patterns have a lot of ease. In about 3 days I had made:

  • 2 pairs of pull on pants
  • 3 shirts
  • a short jacket
  • a long kacket
  • a dress
  • 2 sashes
  • Bolero jacket (from Sew Chic Japanese sewing book)
    Wow that's a lot of lint. Beware when you are drying Linen/Rayon blend fabric. You may want to clear the lint trap a few times while drying.

    Wow that’s a lot of lint. Beware when you are drying Linen/Rayon blend fabric. You may want to clear the lint trap a few times while drying.

    Linen/Rayon blend fabric. Very soft and drapey. I didn't even need to iron it.

    Linen/Rayon blend fabric. Very soft and drapey. I didn’t even need to iron it.

    Simplicity 1620 long jacket with 2 sided sash and brown pull-on pants

    Simplicity 1620 long jacket with 2 sided sash and brown pull-on pants

    Yellow top. I used the box pleated side. (Pattern calls for tucks)

    Yellow top. I used the box pleated side. (Pattern calls for tucks)

    Close-up of pleat detail. I also top stitched with a simple running stitch.

    Close-up of pleat detail. I also top stitched with a simple running stitch.

    Simplicity 1620 dress with sash

    Simplicity 1620 dress with sash

    Simplicity 1620 dress with short jacket

    Simplicity 1620 dress with short jacket

    I finally figured out what to do with 1/2 yard of this cool linen fabric I bought a few months ago

    I finally figured out what to do with 1/2 yard of this cool linen fabric I bought a few months ago

    Simplicity 1620 Tunic. I made one large pleat instead of 3 so that I wouldn't obscure the print as much

    Simplicity 1620 Tunic. I made one large pleat instead of 3 so that I wouldn’t obscure the print as much

    Simpicity 1620 tunic

    Simpicity 1620 tunic

Happy with the result I kept looking for more. Unfortunately I didn’t find too many more simple wardrobes like this one in the Big 4 pattern catalogs. Thank goodness for Pintrest though. I discovered Japanese clothing patterns.

My goodness. There are so many simple, easy to wear designs and they have started to publish them in English! My favorite Japanese designer at the moment is Yoshiko Tsukiori. I have her book Happy Homemade Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs. Love it!

Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces

Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces

Simplcity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero

Simplcity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero

 

There are a few base patterns (graded up to American sizes) that have a bunch of style variations to mix and sew. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of diagrams. So far I have made the Jersey Style Bolero jacket. It only takes 3 pattern pieces to make. Easy, Peasy. I have more patterns cut out ready to sew. I will continue exploring  Japanese clothing style for sure.

Yes, I made this too: Simplicity 2444, Simplicty 3877, Lutterloh 87

Last week was our pastor’s 6th anniversary and there was a week long celebration. Each day a different color was chosen for all to wear to the festivities. Ah, yes! the perfect excuse to make stuff. I didn’t have a coral or a blue dress to wear so I decided to challenge myself to make them. All week people asked me if I had made what I was wearing. A crafters dream! Yes I made them, quirks. mistakes, and all.

Quilter’s cotton  was the fabric of choice this time keeping the cost down.

For the coral dress I made Simplicity 2444 with the contrasting cape collar and matching waist tie.

Simplicity 2444 Pattern

Simplicity 2444 Pattern

I decided to use muslin as a lining to give the dress some weight. This dress was easy to sew and had some ineresting waist darts and pleats in the skirt. I like the pockets on this one too, nice and generous enough to stash your keys and emergency candy in them.

Simplicity 2444

Simplicity 2444

Simplicity 2444 has very convenient pockets.

Simplicity 2444 has very convenient pockets.

I lined this dress with muslin. you can see the interesting waist dart detail  in this picture

I lined this dress with muslin. you can see the interesting waist dart detail in this picture

Muslin underskirt

Muslin underskirt

I finished the collar using the overedge stitch and added my initials with a heart for fun.

I finished the collar using the overedge stitch and added my initials with a heart for fun.

Simplicity 2444 Back

Simplicity 2444 Back

For the blue dress I used Simplicity 3877. The dress has 8 godets in the skirt which gives the otherwise simple design lots of movement. There are lots of style configurations to explore with this pattern. Different sleeves, sashes, bodices and skirt lengths.

Simplicity 3877

Simplicity 3877

Simplicity 3877 sketch Had I looked at the sketch before I bought this pattern I may have shyed away from the godets. So glad I tried this one. Godets are easy to do.

Simplicity 3877 sketch
Had I looked at the sketch before I bought this pattern I may have shyed away from the godets. So glad I tried this one. Godets are easy to do.

This dress will get a lot of wear for sure. It was surprisingly easy to make although my mandarin collar came out less than perfect. The front opening rolls outward in the front instead of sitting against my neck. If I make it again I will do the mock wrap variation.

Simplicity 3877 with sash, short sleeve and madarin collar variation

Simplicity 3877 with sash, short sleeve and madarin collar variation

Simplicity 3877  Loving the godets in the skirt

Simplicity 3877
Loving the godets in the skirt

Simplicity 3877 flare

Simplicity 3877 Back

Simplicity 3877 Back

I didn’t have time to make anything with lavendar so I wore a skirt that I already owned with a top I made a few months ago with  Lutterloh pattern 87. It’s a simple wrap top with shoulder darts. The fabric is from an old sateen sheet set I had.  I forgot how much I really like this top. Need another ASAP.

Lutterloh Wraps shirt 87

Lutterloh Wraps shirt 87

Lutterloh patterns come condensed in a catalog. You trace them using a special ruler to enlarge them to your personal measurements

Lutterloh patterns come condensed in a catalog. You trace them using a special ruler to enlarge them to your personal measurements.

 

My Lutterloh 87 top made from an old sateen bedsheet

My Lutterloh 87 top made from an old sateen bedsheet

Post Easter Dress, Butterick 5850

Hancock Fabrics has some special occasion fabrics on clearance. I found taffeta with a matching shimmery accent fabric on sale for less than $3 per yard! Now there was a catch. The fabric was a bright lime green. I figured I could get away with it for Easter. People really get dressed up at my church so it would be a fun dress to wear for the occasion.

The pattern I settled on was Butterick 5850

I chose view A. Love the  no peek-a-boo issue mock wrap and sash

I chose view A. Love the no peek-a-boo issue mock wrap and sash

Unfortunately, what started off as mild congestion on Thursday turned into an all out monster cold on Friday. I was down for the day. Saturday I worked on altering praise dance dresses for the youth ministry and went to my niece’s birthday party (the baby is 5 already!). Before I knew it, it was midnight and I was putting together folders for scripts at the last minute for my youth group. That green dress was not happening. I ended up wearing my rose dress instead. New Look 6184 Here.

I did finally finish this week, post Easter but better late than never. The tucked shawl collar was a little tricky for me and the huge skirt required more gathering than I was used to doing but all in all it came together okay. I’m not sure where I’ll wear this bright green dress but it was a great learning project. I probably need to lay off the taffeta for a while now.

Inside bodice is lined

Inside bodice is lined

After several failed attempts to hem by machine, I found it much nicer to hand finish this slippery, stretchy, too fragile to press fabric

After several failed attempts to hem by machine, I found it much nicer to hand finish this slippery, stretchy, too fragile to press fabric

The dress has a lapped side zipper that hides behind the sas

The dress has a lapped side zipper that hides behind the sash

Close-up view shows the self- facing tucked collar.

Close-up view shows the self- facing tucked collar. I think it looks better with the collar turned out.

Butterick B5850

Butterick B5850

Butterick 5850

Butterick 5850

Still Nippy, Sew Here’s a Jacket

We’ve had a few warm days in northern Indiana but for the most part it’s still Nippy.

Still a little frosty in the morning

Still a little frosty in the morning

There are little signs of spring popping up. Yeah, a little crocus flower.

There are little signs of spring popping up. Yeah, a little crocus flower.

Seizing the perfect opportunity to use up some embossed faux fur that was in the stash, I decided to make a jacket using a factory remnant of Simplicity 1758 view A.

I was able to buy just the 1 jacket pattern (original has 4 styles). The trade off for the $.97 Walmart price was it came without instructions. Well it had instructions but they were for a apron!

I was able to buy just the 1 jacket pattern (original has 4 styles). The trade off for the $.97 Walmart price was it came without instructions. Well it had instructions but they were for an apron!

I was a little confused about this armhole but the great customer service lady at Simplicity assured me the pattern was okay.

I was a little confused about this armhole but the great customer service lady at Simplicity assured me the pattern was okay.

 

For $.97 at Walmart you can get a discount pattern with minor packing issues. In my case it had apron instructions instead of the jacket instructions inside. ( Another discount pattern came with an extra sleeve piece) Oh well. Simplicity has awesome customer service. They helped me out with an issue I was having with the armhole. Basically, I needed some assurance that that the pattern would work and too keep going. It worked!

I was  little confused about the unusual armhole. Nephew offered to help but...

I was little confused about the unusual armhole. Nephew offered to help but…

Embossed faux fur fabric. Cozy but not too warm.

Embossed faux fur fabric. Cozy but not too warm.

 

Back view.

Back view. Simplicity 1758

I used two buttons layered on top of each other for more interest

I used two buttons layered on top of each other for more interest

Left over hounds tooth fabric was used for the facing

Left over hounds tooth fabric was used for the facing

 

This jacket has a close fit even though it only has a closure at the top.

This jacket has a close fit which only allows for small pockets in the front seams. Simplicity 1758

Very easy to where. This jacket only has a button at the top

Simplicity 1758. Very easy to wear. This jacket only has a button at the top.

I would like to make this Jacket again perhaps in denim.

Will Spring Come if I Wear flowers?

Northern Indiana has yet to receive the Spring memo. It’s cold up here. Maybe if I wear flowers, the weather will get the hint. Ah yes, an excuse to make something.

A friend and me went shopping a  few weeks ago and fell in love with this cool rose printed fabric. The weird thing about it is, the fabric is mostly white with a few random roses placed here and there.

Our real obsession with this otherwise blah fabric was the  rarely placed exotic turquoise roses among the pink and grey ones. Loved it. Sold.

I chose to make New Look 6184 in view C.

New Look 6184

New Look 6184

With only 2.5 yards of fabric I should have known it would take a miracle to showcase all of the roses and have enough fabric to cut the necessary pieces out.

(Sorry picture out-of-focus) This fabric has lots of blank space.

(Sorry picture out-of-focus) This fabric has lots of blank space.

Layout was a real puzzle, but I was able to capture all of the roses in the dress. Miracle!

I really struggled to find a way to incorporate every rose

I really struggled to find a way to incorporate every rose

New Look 6184 Front

New Look 6184 Front

New Look 6184 Back

New Look 6184 Back

I like this one, but then I am starting to like any dress with a full skirt. Every women needs to twirl every once in a while.