Saturday, February 17, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Mommy and Me - Sleeve Drama


"I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect, they are much more interesting." 
Marc Jacobs


HAPPY Saturday! I am in love with most of the McCall's EARLY-SPRING pattern and will be sewing up a storm the next few weeks.  I knew for sure that I wanted to use at least 3 to 4 to create a Spring capsule which include dresses, jumpsuits, and tops with sleeve drama.  When I saw this pattern M7723, I knew it was a MUST have.  It was icing on the cake when they created a mini version of a popular sleeve pattern M7542  now for girls in M7708.


I chose to use seersucker fabric for both as recommended by Jackie the pattern designer at McCall's.  The fabric that I chose for my look is a 100% cotton seersucker with NO stretch while Arielle's fabric has 3% lycra stretch. Fabric Mart has a huge selection and a variety of colors available (HERE).  I quickly ordered my fabric and choose colors that were perfect for Spring.

VIEW A Bodice
VIEW B Sleeves
Added a FLOWER applique to JAZZ up the TOP.


M7223 is an easy sew but patience is required.  The sleeve took almost 2 hours to attach as each sleeve has 4 pieces for View B; top, 2 flounces, and bottom.  It really had me pondering at first with the elastic and the circumference and I had to question myself a few times if I did something wrong.  When inserting the 6 inch elastic around such a huge sleeve circumference, I had to swallow my patience pill, gather and pull.
BEFORE ELASTIC WAS INSERTED
 Unlike my daughter's view, the pleating was a breeze and it literally took 20 minutes to pleat and attach. When they both were finish, I was in awwwww as they both look so perfect next to each other.

I also had a design error with the right which I opted not to even worry about.  I accidentally turned the inside seam on the outside instead of matching on the inside. The issue is that the notches matched perfectly and since I inserted the elastic with the first sleeve before attaching, I did NOT even notice until I was done.  I decided to leave it and do the same with the other sleeve. Sometimes in life, things don't always match up and life isn't perfect so I decided to leave it because I had serged the entire sleeve before seeing the error.  I love the use of bias tape for both the sleeves and hem.  I was a bit frustrated trying to hem the curves and after 30 minutes with just 1 flounce, I gave up and decided to use bias tape.  I really love how it turned out and the hem of both garments has a super clean finish.


My daughter truly loves a GREAT mommy and me sewing project and I am happy that we were able to wear it on Valentine's Day.  Arielle is so excited to learn how to sew as well and has enrolled in Mimi G Sew It Academy Kids.



I will be working on a few Spring mommy and me looks that I will wear during my Spring Break vacation and hope that my son (my photographer) will finally allow me to share him with the world.

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day and stay tune for some awesome pieces on the blog for Spring.
ROCKING MY WINNING JEANS!
Thanks for stopping by!
Photos captured by my son Aiden and daughter Arielle.

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22 comments:

  1. Great job! Thanks for sharing and I love the pictures of you and your daughter. Will watch for more posts.

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  2. Love the sleeves on your blouse. And the bias tape is just what they needed. Glad to hear your daughter is interested in learning to sew. I would caution you to guard your stash as she gets more proficient.😀 there may not be enough fabric to go around or you may have to get creative for machine time. Sounds like a bright fun future for you gals.

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    1. I love how it turned out too. My daughter is super excited and I know for sure I will have to keep my eyes on my stash!

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  3. U go Marica. Thats real talent. Very detailed. Love then results

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  4. Your tops are adorable and scream spring but I am here to comment on your bias binding - OMG! It's perfect! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much. I am in love with BIAS tape binding and plan to use it more in future projects!

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  5. this is pretty no matter much work you had you did a great jod i like try one

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  6. You and your daughter look lovely in your tops ... FIESTA :)

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  7. Awwww very nice. Best part was the bias tape accent.

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  8. Looking good and those jeans look super on you with those heels on. ;) x x x

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  9. Beautiful job! You two look really cute together. So exciting that your daughter is already interested in sewing. She has a great role model!

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  10. Thanks a lot Ann. Yes I am excited too and hope she enjoys it as much as I do.

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  11. Love your blouses- they are super on you and your daughter. Very inspiring

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