Leopard Print Carolyn Pajamas

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Carolyn Pajamas | Sew Anita

A few months ago, I found this beautiful leopard print rayon challis at Hancock’s, on sale for a mere $3/yard. I knew straightaway what I was going to do with it: another Anna Dress. Rayon challis is just so soft and flowy, they are perfect for the Anna. But then the months passed, and that beautiful, soft, and let’s face, loud fabric just hanged in the closet. So I finally admitted to myself that leopard print is not my thing and if I spent all the time required to make a dress out of it, I’d never wear it.

But then Closet Case released the Carolyn Pajamas and I realized that there was something I could do with that awesome fabric. Something I could do and wear it and not worry if the print is too loud or crazy: pajamas! Classy pajamas in leopard print and red buttons (but only red because I bought the wrong black buttons and had to make do with what I had at home).

So here it is! My own pair of summer Carolyn Pajamas. The fabric is amazing, and it was the first thing I sewed with my new serger. The piping was a challenge, but I feel like I figured them out at the end. It was a good learning opportunity. I didn’t find the instructions for the pattern too easily to follow, but the sew along on Heather’s blog helped me on the parts I got stuck. I wouldn’t say this is a pattern adequate for beginners, but I managed. I want to make a second one, for winter, but I’ll worry about it later.

Since I made myself the coolest pjs ever, of course I also had to get a room at the fanciest hotel in town to take photos of it! It was the only place fit for it.

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An LBD at last | Georgia Dress

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LBD, Georgia Dress | Sew Anita

Well, this one almost tipped me over back to my sewing funk, but it came through in the end, and now I absolutely love it. It’s my first try at the Georgia Dress from the ladies of by Hand London, and it came to be after months of drooling over some beautiful versions of this dress that I’ve seen around the web (like Roisin’s and Neeno’s—wow ladies!). Double confession time: First, I hate all the product photos from by Hand London, and I only end up buying the patterns after I’ve seen the bloggers versions of it. That sounds so snobby of me, but it’s true, I think their product shots just don’t do the patterns any justice. Second confession, I usually steer away from bodycon-type dresses. I’m super self conscious and I’m not always (okay, almost never) a huge fan of my body. That said, you can see why I was almost despairing over this dress: it’s really sexy. Way sexier than my comfort zone, but then you may call me out for being Brazilian and all, and I know, that should make me way more comfortable about this sort of outfit, but it doesn’t. Call that assimilation or just being prude, but it’s the truth.

Nevertheless, holy cow I love this dress on me. I used a Pique with a little bit of stretch from Fabric Mart, and boy, this fabric was a joy to work with. And on happier news, I still have a ton left. I don’t really think I ever own a black dress that I would put into the LBD category, but this one is the one. For this photo I paired it up with some nice wine heels and vampy lipstick, because. I’m saving it to maybe wear it to my wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks.

I made a few modifications to this pattern. I cut the short size, but after finishing it realized it was TOO short, so I added a 3 inch band at the bottom of the dress. I love it, and actually think it could look really cool with a contrast band, but I didn’t have any other pique at hand, and didn’t want to change too much. The other alteration I needed to do was to the straps: shorter and closer to the center of my back. That took some work, since my bodice was finished and attached to the skirt when I realized the straps where they were at just wouldn’t do. Lots of unpicking while watching Netflix.

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And just because talking about looking sexy and all that makes me feel super awkward, let me share some outtakes so you don’t get this idea that I’m suddenly this femme fatale. Nope, still a dork (and proud):

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Tropical Skirt | Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up

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Tropical Skirt, Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up | Sew Anita

This may come as a surprise, but I actually don’t have any patterns for big pleated skirts in my stash. But the other day I was looking for a quick and tried-and-true project to take my mind off my sewing funk (it happens to everyone), and I couldn’t find anything on my separates pattern stash that I liked. I had 2 yards of this beautiful tropical border print, and I felt it was just enough to make myself a big poofy skirt. But alas, nothing really jumped out as a good alternative to that fabric. So that’s when I decided to just use the skirt pattern pieces of one of my favorite patterns, Simplicity 1419, and then match it with the waistband from the Charlotte Skirt. And then I even made that waistband larger, and this really simple frankenpattern was born. I love it. I think it looks fantastic with the sweater I’m wearing, and even though it’s such a vibrant tropical print, it still feels right at home in this mild winter we are having here in Utah.

Tropical Skirt, Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up | Sew Anita

Tropical Skirt, Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up | Sew Anita

Tropical Skirt, Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up | Sew Anita

Tropical Skirt, Simplicity 1419 and Charlotte mash up | Sew Anita

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Denim Peplum | Simplicity 1425

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Denim Peplum, Simplicity 1425 | Sew Anita

Long time no blog! I’ve been kind of slow at sewing lately, I started a few projects that didn’t pan out and had to be scrapped, and that got me into a little bit of a funk, so I took a couple of weeks of to just relax, watch TV, and read. But I had one last finished project to blog before I get back to sewing, and it’s been sitting on my wardrobe for a few weeks. And you all know I can’t wear it till I blog about it, so here I am, FINALLY blogging about it so I can wear it to work this week.

This top’s pattern is Simplicity 1425, a really cute and easy peplum top. I am not a huge fan of peplum, but I still wanted to give this pattern a try, because who can resist this cute packaging? I made it into this stretch denim I had at home, just a yard of it so it wasn’t enough to make anything other than a top with it, and this pattern was just perfect for it. Construction was fairly easy, with a lot of finishes done with bias tape, which I’m a big fan. There’s a few detail shots at the bottom of this post where you can see how neat it looks on the inside. The pattern has buttons sewn on the back, but I thought that didn’t look good, so instead I bought a denim zipper for the back, and sewed it exposed. I like the look of an exposed zipper, as you probably noticed from some of my previous projects. The only DUH moment was on the peplum. I folded everything alright, but inside out. So, the peplum is basically upside down. My explanation made no sense, right? But compare the peplum on the Simplicity packaging and my photos and you’ll see what I mean.

This pattern is a winner though, and I’ll be making another one of those tops soon, maybe in a more summery fabric. This denim top looks kind of bad ass, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s just me.

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The Waitress Dress – M7084

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M7084 The Waitress Dress | Sew Anita

Since sewing Mike’s Negroni shirt (and finally figuring out buttonholes, yay!) I’ve been on a kick to sew more shirts. So I thought I’d use all those neat techniques I learned with the Negroni and apply them to McCalls 7084 shirt dress pattern. I had just a small yardage of those beautiful riley Blake fabrics bought at A Fashionable Stitch last year, originally bought to make a regular shirt with the same pattern combination, but I thought I could squeeze this dress out of it too. And I did! It wasn’t easy, there was math involved, and not any room for error, but I did it.

I really like how those two prints go together, but I’m not 100% sold on this dress. It came together nicely, but when I put it on I think it looks like a diner waitress uniform. It’s still cute, but I wouldn’t put this on my favorite-thing-I-ever-made list. Maybe I need to try this pattern’s other version, with a godet skirt, and see if I like it better. It came together easy enough, it is very roomy, which is nice on a dress with so many buttons, so it means nothing will be popping out in a weird way when you sit. I used the felled seams technique throughout this dress as well, so the highly frayable cotton seams would be under control.

I have a few more photos of the dress below, including a bunch of close ups of the details. Check out that cute contrast pattern pocket, and the contrast collar as well. And so many polka dots!

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Simplicity 1607

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Simplicity 1607

I have something rare to share with you today. A photo of a garment I finished without me in it. You can see where this is going, right? I finished this lovely Cynthia Rowley Simplicity pattern only to find out I made it too small. It fit me through all of the fittings, but as soon as I put the zipper in, it was too small. I blame it a little on me following the instructions. I know, usually if you follow the instructions to the letter, you won’t get fitting issues, but I usually don’t and everything fits nicely. I am pretty sure I cut the right size and all, but I used a bigger seam allowance than what I am used to, and there you have it, a dress that doesn’t fit.

On the bright side, this was supposed to be my wearable muslim, so I didn’t really spend much on the fabric. The entire four yard piece I bought, only cost me $8. I knew it was going to be a trickier than usual pattern, and even though it doesn’t fit, I’m pretty happy with it. It was a huge challenge to match those straps together, but I did it, and the finished dress is absolutely amazing. I know where I need to make changes in the future, for starters, I’ll just do one or two sizes up to get something that fits me. Then I know the back needs some work, as a lot of fabric pools there. So I’ll do some changes on that area as well. Which means, I guess I need to go raid the sale rack at the fabric store again. This cotton was such a great find, though, I’m actually really sad I won’t get to wear it. But who knows, maybe I’m lucky and Hancock still has a super discounted bolt of this geometric pattern.

Anyway, check out a few other photos of the dress, including this exquisite zipper I sewed on (what a waste!):

Simplicity 1607 | Sew Anita

Simplicity 1607 | Sew Anita

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Vogue 8996 Summer Dress

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Vogue 8996 | Sew Anita

This dress has been sitting finished but unworn in my closet for a while. I did it on a whim sometime in October, when it was already too cold to wear something so summery. So, I’ve only worn it for the pictures you see here, but I love it. I think the fit was pretty spot on, and I love how flattering it looks!

It’s been a while since I finished this, so I don’t really remember much about sewing it. The fabric was a rayon challis I bought at Hancocks, and it’s one of my favorite fabrics to sew with. I finished the arm holes and collar with bias tape, and I think it looks nice, except that maybe the collar ended up a bit more loose than I’d wanted.

I can’t wait to wear this dress again when it’s warm! So, it means I’ll have to wait another four months. And hey, check out the pockets in it. YES, pockets. I’m not sewing dresses without pockets ever again.

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Two Neptune Shirts

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Neptune Tee | Sew Anita

Another sewing with knits post! Ah, seriously guys, they are so great to sew with! I bought the Neptune Tee pattern because I loved those triangle cut outs. I cut two in two different type of knits, and they were no issue to put together. The collar is kind of tricky to get it right, I wish I had cut it a little bit bigger. Looks good!

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The Pink Cardi That Almost Made It

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McCalls 6844 Pink Cardi | Sew Anita

Okay, don’t be fooled by the cute picture, but this jacket ended up not turning up how I wanted! I won’t call it a total failure, but the collar ended up pretty messy, no matter how many times I tried to put it together. This was originally supposed to be a gift, but I just couldn’t give it to someone when it just didn’t work so great. The funny thing is, I made this cardi before, well, a variation of it, and it turned out perfect! I made view C, with a cute sweater knit that I had already used before on something else, and it is seriously the cutest thing ever. That one was a gift to my Mike’s sister, and I think she really liked it! I kind of want to make myself a copy of it now too… I still have fabric left!

But back to the pink one. This was going to be a gift to someone else, and I thought they would have liked this view better. And this color was perfect too! But yeah, the collar just wouldn’t stay put, and it just didn’t sew nicely. You can notice how the fabric pulls on the photo bellow of the cardi just handing. And I made the size M, which I would have thought would be the perfect size for me, and I think the sleeves are too big.

The color does look great on me, though, so I’m not going to scrap it. It’s not good enough for a gift, but I can make something out of it! I still have some of this fabric left, but I think I’ll use it to make something more simple next, like a mabel mini or leggings.

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Another Charlotte Pencil Skirt

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Charlotte Pencil Skirt | Sew Anita

Yes, I made another Charlotte skirt! It’s my third one (see the first one and the second one), and this time I didn’t take any length off the skirt, and just sewed as the pattern had it, so it’s actually much longer than my usual skirts. I thought it would be fun to try something a little out of my comfort zone. I do need to wear it with heels all the time, but I guess that’s not really an awful thing!

I used a thicker wool fabric I got from a fabric swap with some friends. It’s really cozy and warm. This pattern doesn’t include lining, but I figured I could add one pretty easy. Scroll down and you will see the cool fabric I used for lining (also from the swap, but I also made an Anna dress out of it, so it got really a lot of use!). It didn’t end up perfect, but I’m getting much better at adding lining. To finish off, I decided to also add an exposed metal zipper to the back, because this skirt is pretty classy, so I needed to add something to make it a little more crazy.

It’s absolutely perfect! I wore it to work already, just like the outfit on the photo, and it was great.

Charlotte Pencil Skirt | Sew Anita

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