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Alexus1325
« on: May 05, 2010 04:28:17 PM »

As suggested in the old summer wardrobe sewalong thread, I second the motion for a new thread! Is the title ok???

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I just finished my first piece of hot weather clothing for this year, Simplicity 2591:



The backstory, trials and tribulations can be read here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346549.0

So come on, Crafty People! Post links to your hot-weather-specific work and don't be afraid to give us sneak peeks while they're in progress Cheesy
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envirocraft
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2010 04:34:09 PM »

Very pretty! I love the fabric and it fits great!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2010 11:44:06 PM »

very nice dress!!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010 02:35:09 PM »

I've lost my mind. I'm starting ANOTHER dress. AGH! It's a great pattern, though, very simple, Butterick 5314:

http://butterick.mccall.com/b5314-products-9431.php?page_id=155

I'm doing the basic sheath without the collar because my print is so busy:



The crosswise stretch of the fabric means I had to cut the print sideways Sad I didn't even realize it stretches til I ironed it. Also, the pattern is for a fully lined dress. NOT SMART for summer times. So I decided to make all-in-one facings, which I should have done for my last dress Tongue



It's not much of a sewalong by myself Sad Hope someone else joins in soon!
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Kaitlinnegan
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2010 03:50:25 PM »

Oo, I love your dress!

I'd love to join.  It seems like making a big plan of what to sew is the kiss of death for my sewing mojo, so I'm just going to take it one step at a time.  I really need all manner of everyday clothes for summer, so other items should follow close behind - I'm thinking short sleeve and sleeveless knit tops, a few woven tops, knee-length skirts, longer shorts/capris, and maybe some lightweight pants.  I have lots of nice cottons and linens in my stash, and those fabrics are so very nice to sew, so I really have no excuse!

But, first up is some running clothes - for running in warm weather, so I guess that counts. Smiley 
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Alexus1325
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2010 10:40:29 AM »

If big plans hold back your sewing-mojo, perhaps some knee length gathered skirts? They're relatively simple once you get past all the gathering Tongue I've seen really cute ones made from bedsheets, and have plans to make two for myself.

Good luck on hot weather running clothes!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010 04:44:59 PM »

I've been trying and trying to make McCall's 5232 but I failed on many accounts Tongue
  • First I cut the largest size, but then I dieted and had to cut a smaller size...which somehow cut some of the pattern off.
  • The dress is also very bulky even tho I used thin cotton for the outer and lining.
  • When I clipped the seams it fell apart in places because of the grain.
  • I just cannot figure out how to put the zipper in.

I think I need something simpler to sew Tongue
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lolaforpresident
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010 08:55:25 PM »

I am so excited. I just completed something I can actually wear. I am a novice sewer so this is a big moment for me. Unfortunately my bubby is on the computer so I will have to wait to post my pictures.
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lolaforpresident
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2010 09:39:25 AM »

I figure, 'why suffer with modest clothing in the hottest of months because I am bigger. Who actually likes how their arms and back look. So I made this shirt this week. Here's the pattern: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diytops/ss/Apron_Top.htm

So here is the first thing that I have sewed from scratch and I am actually brave enough to wear. Yay.



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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2010 01:51:22 PM »

I've been trying and trying to make McCall's 5232 but I failed on many accounts Tongue
  • First I cut the largest size, but then I dieted and had to cut a smaller size...which somehow cut some of the pattern off.
  • The dress is also very bulky even tho I used thin cotton for the outer and lining.
  • When I clipped the seams it fell apart in places because of the grain.
  • I just cannot figure out how to put the zipper in.

I think I need something simpler to sew Tongue
EVERY sewer has had all those problems at the start. 

Two words for your next project:
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010 03:11:01 PM »

Thanks scot but I've done them before Tongue
I wouldn't say I am a beginner. I've even made my own pattern and made a dress which is stunning and I wear all the time. Just the McCalls 5232 has caught me out XD
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2010 10:32:19 AM »

Just the McCalls 5232 has caught me out XD

Some patterns are possessed. Good luck!
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Sylvied
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2010 12:22:30 PM »

I made a McCalls 5232 dress last fall and yeah, it does have some weirdness to it, particularly in the chest area. But the pattern itself is a good basic one to have in your collection and frankenpattern into other things in the future.

I have some hot weather sewing planned. I shall share it when I'm done.
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2010 08:06:02 AM »

Ooh, I wish I'd have known about this sooner!  This is turning into the summer of maxi dresses for me.  So far I've made two, one was a recon, and the other was Frankensteined out of two failed projects, and I'm just into a third, which is being re-built out of an old costume that never really served its purpose anyway.  I don't think I can justify a fourth long dress, though I wear the first two every weekend, but there will definitely be more summer sewing in the next few months!
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Knittingjo
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010 01:35:36 AM »

Your fabric choice for this was great!
The picture on the Simplicity pattern envelope gives the impression of a frumpy dress, but yours looks gorgeous.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2010 12:15:49 PM »

I totally LOVE those apron tops! That's something on my looooooong "list of things to try," LOL!

Unfortunately, I have no further progress to show on my Hawaiian print dress. I got it together to the point of simply needing a hem, only to realize the back neckline gapes ABOMINABLY! ACK! Being a busy little bee with a new job, I haven't had the time/motivation to take apart the facing and zipper to fix it. And I'm totally annoyed that I did all the same alterations as to my first dress, and yet now my back panels are going to be off-grain once I fix it, grrrrrr...

Anyways, I'm totally loving the various summer clothing projects on the board lately! I hope some of them get cross-posted in here just for referencing.
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JoleneRenae
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2010 08:20:26 PM »

Pretty dress; I LOVE the fabric!
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