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Review of Simplicity 8797

I finally can say I have a quilted coat and I am even happier to report I did not damage any heirloom quilts in the making of this jacket. Minerva sells this quilted cotton material already quilted so it made completing this project a breeze. At first I had bought jacket lining from Hobby Lobby and had planned to use a lot of it for this project but the problem was it was slick and felt cold in the wintertime whereas this quilted fabric came to me already with the black liner on it. It felt so soft and comfy so I knew wearing it would feel amazing, like I was wearing a quilt!

When I first got this fabric in the mail from Minerva I washed it and let me tell you, I was so nervous about washing it right off the bat. However, I had very little shrinkage. I knew it was a risk for the look I was going for because traditionally part of a quilt texture is from washing it after you complete the quilt. However, because I had made jackets that were too small in the past I just wasn’t risking it. All in all it turned out great. I had a little bit of rolling and raveling on the sides but it was not a problem, I just took a low iron to it and rolled down again.

The fabric itself is quilted cotton double gauze with animal and plant prints on it. It is considered a light or medium weight woven that is non stretch. It is 70% cotton and 30% polyester but to me it feels like linen. The batting inside the two fabrics also is the true shining star, as that is what makes this a medium weight fabric all together. Also, the pattern in which it is assembled is a criss cross diamond type basting through all three fabrics. It was very sturdy yet also easy to remove as I had to do that for creating my own bias tape.

As for the pattern, from what I followed I absolutely loved it. This coat went together in about an hour because I had in mind to finish the edges with bias tape like a true quilt. I can see this pattern being used in many kinds of bulky material like fleece, Sherpa, wool, and assemble great. I did omit the liner so that saved a lot of time and steps but I made up for that in bias tape. I made version B which ended up being perfect for my height of 5”3, if I had done version A I probably would have been tripping over myself.

Speaking of bias tape, I had originally gone on a hunt in stores for extra wide half inch bias tape but couldn’t find any. When I got back home I realized I could just use my remnants to create some bias tape so that I could finish this project. It also felt good I was able to immediately recycle some of the project instead of just buying more. I’ll be honest I didn’t cut every piece perfectly, but they were all around 1.5 inches.

Overall I would definitely make this pattern again and I am already thinking of other quilted cotton jackets I can make with this material! I highly recommend both!

Fabric: Quilted Cotton Double Gauze Fabric Amber

Pattern: Simplicity 8797 version B

Alterations: omitted liner and made own bias tape to finish edges

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Ornament that turns xmas lights on/off

I wanted to share this cool find! I wanted the one where its a bear with candles and you can “blow” the xmas lights out but it looks like it is discontinued! It was $30 last year on Amazon and it looks like you can order it for around $60 but I wanted to share the one I found this year!

I got this one here, its the snowflake. You can choose between a snowflake and a gold Christmas tree but its a really easy set up, you attach the connector to the ornament and to the connector on the power source and boom it works. It has been great for first world reasons because at the end of the night I don’t want to bend way over behind a power strip and turn it off so I was looking for something non fuss and this fit the bill.

Also this is not sponsored, I am not an affiliate and am not getting paid for any part of my time I just wanted to share some Christmas magic in case someone else wanted some. ❤

-Julia

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Elf Door Wreath

Elf wreath

This has been a project that has brought so much joy, I can’t wait for the amazon and other mail delivery services to see this door wreath. In the short time I have had it on my door this year I laugh every time I drive into our driveway, bring groceries through the door, and especially when my 7 year old imitates him on the porch. This wreath is a little labor intensive but believe me when I tell you it’s worth it. Also, the going price for them are hefty, if you feel so inclined you could make 2, one for yourself and one to sell to make your time worth it. Or maybe even give the other to that friend that loves the movie, the would be a really great Christmas gift.

Anyway to the tutorial; I hate it in blogs where you have to scroll 5 million words before getting to the good stuff so here we go:

I started by browsing Pinterest for pictures, I ran across a few tutorials there and took some from each one. Ultimately I kinda ended up doing my own thing as per usual but this time I actually remembered to document along the way. Full disclosure, this project actually took me a year to complete, I started it last Christmas and then finished it in about a day or two this year. I guess I didn’t realize I was so close haha! The whole printout of his face is where I got hung up at, I will walk you through it.

Materials List:

1 small wire wreath, measuring 14 inches at the widest outer circle you can get it at dollar tree. I originally bought a larger one and it did NOT work.

Several pipe cleaners, can be any color

Thick foam board enough for the elf face and hat

Brown decomesh- I ordered off Amazon here but can get at Dollar Tree. You need 4 rolls if you get the dollar tree one, I only ordered one roll of the one of amazon and it was fine.

Green decomesh or tulle- I got at Walmart but they have some at Dollar Tree, I did soft tulle. Only need one roll.

White decomesh or glitter tulle-I got at Walmart but they have some at Dollar Tree, I did soft glitter tulle. Only need one roll.

Printer and color ink to print on 1 paper of cardstock for elf’s face

3 pieces of felt or foam of red, green, and yellow for the elf hat. I did felt and bought those at Walmart on those sheets they sell in the craft aisle.

Glue, either elmers or modpodge. I used mod podge from dollar tree, the orange one that says waterbase sealer glue and finish

Glue gun and glue sticks

Sponge brushes

Scissors

Okay, whew. If you got all the materials go you I know it’s alot. You can always do what I did and start with the wreath first then circle back for the picture part. I think that’s how I lost steam though, haha.

Assembling the wreath, originally made this with a wire wreath too big

Assembling the Wreath:

Cut your pipe cleaner into fourths or halves, depends on if you like longer tails or shorter ones to attach to the wreath. I personally liked 1/4ths of pipe cleaners. Then take the brown deco mesh and cut into fat pieces about 5 or 6 inches long as you unroll it. Then with a group of three, take each piece and roll it up with a medium tightness and stick it in between your fingers to hold until you have all three rolled.

One rolled

Hold each roll in your fingers where the middle of the roll would be. You don’t want it really tight because then the hair won’t be so full and fluffy if that helps. Somewhat loose, medium rolls like I mentioned. Then take one of the cut up pipe cleaners and wrap it around the middle where your fingers were holding it and lock it into place on the back by twisting two times.

Holding 3
Twisted 3 together

Then go to your wreath and from the front lay your group of three on the front of the wreath. hold it in place and flip the wreath over, from the back using only the middle two wires of the wreath grab one pipe cleaner and wrap around one of the middle wires and grab the other to wrap around the other wire. Twist the two together so that the wire pipe cleaners only show on the back of the wreath and the front should take shape of how his hair will look.

Make any adjustments here on if you need to roll less tightly, more tightly, etc. and get into a rhythm. Repeat till at least half the wreath is hair, decide where you want the top of this wreath to be as well in case you need to decide that now for however your wreath hanger is. I ended up with about 7 pipe cleaners for each section, 22 total.

For the white tulle the same way as the brown except I attached them onto the two most inner wire wreath lines. 8 for 3 sections, 24 total

For the green tulle I unrolled and cut fat pieces into 8 inches although I wished I did longer so maybe 9 is the right number. If you are looking at it like a rectangle. Take the top left and bottom right corners and pull to stretch it out. Then roll it over into itself into the middle so it makes a long strip.

Now fold that over so it makes 2 of those strips. To make it stay folded over this time you will take that cut up pipe cleaner and attach it AROUND the fold and then attach that onto the bottom wire of the wreath along the bottom outer wreath.

8 per 3 sections, 24 total although I’m thinking of adding more.

** Remember if you use tulle like I did you may want to use more, I’m debating on doing a few more white and green for that reason.

Elf Face:

First thing I did was google buddy the elf and “shocked face” or “excited face”, there’s some you can buy off Etsy but I just picked a face I liked then cropped around the face in Photoshop. I printed that out on a white sheet of cardstock, it ended up measuring 10.5 in by 7 inches. I then mod podged that onto a piece of foam. When it was dry I cut around that and then added a very very thin layer of modpodge over the face and edges to protect it a little from the weather. Make sure when you do this that the picture is not wet from the first modpodge or else the picture ink could smear. Then, take 2 full length pipe cleaners and bend them in half, hot glue one on the top back of the face and one on the bottom in a V like form so that you can attach them onto the wreath.

Back of elf face

Let them dry thoroughly. When dry, attach picture to the wreath so that the curls are in front of the picture but so that the chin is in front of the white mesh to give a 3 D type effect. Secure both and trim ends of all pipe cleaners if needed.

Hat assembly:

I took my 9in x 12 piece of felt and placed it with the short sides at the top and bottom. Fold it down the middle hot dog style and mark the center at the top with a dot. Get a ruler and from the top dot to right bottom corner mark a line. Do the same on the other side and cut the lines so that you have a triangle. Cut another inch and a 1/2 or so off the bottom or until you are satisficed with how large the hat is. Take your yellow felt and place the green ontop. Decide how big you want the yellow band to be and make 4 dots 2 on each side of the green hat. Take the green away and draw two horizontal lines, cut it out and trim to where you want to place it on the green. With a thin layer of hot glue place the yellow band ontop of the green hat wherever you like. For the feather I free handed it and cut up and ruffled the sides of the feather, lightly hot glue it underneath the yellow band on the green hat, turn it over and put a full pipe cleaner on the bottom right and bottom left of this hat triangle. Add a 3rd pipe cleaner and glue not quite center but off towards the feather to help stabilize it on the wreath.

*The whole hat ended up measuring 11in by 8in. The yellow band was 1.5in x 5.5 inches on the shortest top part and the feather was 4 in tall and 1 3/4in fat on the widest middle part.

How I inserted the feather

So now you have the face inserted in the wreath, now you are going to insert the hat into the wreath the same way. Looking at the wreath from the front decide where you want his hat to go and snuggle it down into the deco mesh. Turn the wreath over to attach it from the back.

To attach if from the back I took the center (where my hand is) and cocked the hat to the side a bit, you can always put it straight ontop if you would rather. There are no rules! then I attach the long pipe cleaners to the wreath doing the two lower two first and then last but not least the middle one.

And that’s it! Hopefully now you are enjoying a brand new elf wreath on the door, and all the people telling you how funny the elf is. It is alot of work and materials as you can see but totally worth it. Lemme know if you try it!! Enjoy! I hope this helps for all those asking for a tutorial!

I have a video on Instagram for a video showing how to do this wreath if you need a visual! instagram.com/juliakmcpeak

-Julia McPeak

*Adapted by Pinterest, etsy, existing wreaths, and Thissouthergirlcan

Sewing

McCalls 7407 Palmer and Pletsch

Can I just say I am loving all of these 1960’s and 1970’s patterns coming back? I think I could literally buy up every trapeze or tent style dress and wear them over and over; they are becoming my go to! So naturally I scoured the internet for more trapeze style dresses and landed on this one by McCalls that included the Palmer and Pletsch method for fittings. On a sidenote, I really liked their sample of that included with the pattern and now I am looking into reading their book to learn more. It is basically a really good tissue fitting method but they also tackle things like if your clothes always fall off your shoulders it might mean you have forward shoulders and they give the solution for how to correct it through the pattern. It was very informative doing this pattern, I feel like I learned alot!
The fabric was so pretty for this one, I just love the blue. I intentionally chose the floral because I wanted to go with something soft and flowing since I knew there would be a lot of twirling going on. However, because it is a wide skirt the possibility of it flying up in the wind or catching air was greater. I saw that some people created this pattern with lightweight material and regretted it. I went with a jersey viscose and it was great for this. Did you know that the royal women put weights in the hemline of their dresses to prevent them flying up? Well no need here. If you use the suggested fabric you won’t have anything to worry about. You can definitely see why it was recommended now. Although I will say the actual dress working with it was surprisingly heavy. It didn’t matter so much when I had it on but as far as working with it, it had its challenges.


I didn’t have to make a lot of adjustments with this pattern other than the hem. I had to cut off a good 2 inches before even folding it under 5/8 inch to do the hem it was almost tea length on my 5”3 frame. I wanted it to be more like the picture so I had to chop off some of it so that it would land just above my knee cap. I also don’t hate the 2 lines down the middle seam and back seam but I almost wondered if I would have liked the dress more without them so next time I might omit them.
I wanted to take the top of the sleeve in to make the strap smaller but I was really afraid that it might make the fabric stretch too much over time since there is a lot of weight on the bottom of this dress it made sense why they had a wide sleeve. My mother in law had the great idea to make ties to take the straps in but not actually messing with the integrity of the dress, genius! I love that idea for an even more feminine take on the dress.
Overall I really recommend this pattern! This was another one I was able to complete in one night. All of the directions for it are on one page, it was so easy to assemble and so nice to do a simple project for a simple win. I strongly recommend it for a beginner and more so for intermediate to advanced sewists to do just to have a quick, fun, and easy win for a project!
Pattern: Mccalls 7407
Fabric: Viscose Jersey Knit Fabric Pale Blue PH-7153

Sewing

Simplicity 8887, My favorite shorts pattern!

It has been raining here in Raleigh for the past 2 days because of tropical storm Elsa and let me tell you, I have been sewing up a storm! This may be unpopular opinion but I happen to love it when it rains. It’s the perfect opportunity for some afternoon tea and a lot of sewing. There’s no pressure to be outside or taking the kids to socialize, just a bunch of guilt free sewing.
These shorts were something I could whip up pretty fast; they are one of my tried and true patterns for shorts. I have made them 3 times now and each time they turn out pretty dang good. They are along the lines of the paper bag shorts that seem to be really in right now. They come to your waist which is a great seller for me because I am still on that postpartum mom train and they hide quite a bit down below. It’s nice because they cinch at the waist and create a great waistline if you tuck them in with a tighter t shirt or tank top. The trick to wearing them is definitely in the waistline and defining it though whether it is with a belt or just a knot on the top.


The pattern itself has a lot of ease, some people have said they size down but I do not, I like the feel of some looser shorts because in North Carolina summers there is so much heat and humidity living close to the coast you need loose fitting clothing to breathe. The elastic in the pattern also is generous so several times I have taken their suggestions for the elastic sizing and then still pulled a little tighter and pinned it onto the shorts when I try them on before sewing. I would probably not ever size up in this pattern though, I made my normal size, a 12 and could probably size down but I’m happy with where it is at.
The fabric is just so perfect for shorts. It’s lightweight enough that it can breathe but it still has enough structure being a medium weight that when I made pleats in the fabric for the shorts it still held on nicely to the design of the shorts. It is a viscose linen and very smooth to the touch, not at all what you would imagine when you think of linen which sometimes can be stiff. I also really love the different colors within the fabric. I ended up getting the cream color and it has just the slightest amount of brown in it. I really love how that added some depth in the fabric and I was glad for it.
Overall I would definitely do this pattern again and I would use this fabric again as well. If I did sew with this fabric again I would try some kind of sassy tank top that would be so good for a date night or even a mini skirt. If I did this pattern again I would really love to try it in faux leather like the front cover. Or even this fabric with some faux leather would be a really cute match.
Pattern: Simplicity 1887
Alterations: tighter elastic. Made normal size but could size down if you want it tighter.
Fabric: Gifted by Minerva 1250138

Sewing

Simplicity 1105, Cynthia Rowley Tent dress

I became absolutely obsessed with this dress style after I saw fellow friend and Minerva Maker Amy Lostroh do this dress a few times. I happen to love the 1960’s style with tent dresses or parachute style dresses and knew as soon as I saw the bow in the back I had to have it. As a vintage lover I knew the one thing missing in my closet was a cute tent style dress.
This particular pattern is by Cynthia Rowley circa 2015 by Simplicity. It looks to be out of print online but I was able to find it easily on Ebay for around $3. The only catch is it is sizes 14-22 and I am usually a 12 or so. I knew for $3 it was worth a shot to cut out the smallest size 14 and if I had to alter it so be it. We all know it’s easier to take something in rather than adding fabric to let it out so that was worth the $3 to me! The good part is the style is so nice and loose I thought the 14 actually fit pretty good so I had no alterations with that.
I opted to not to the contrast binding or extra emphasis on the skirt, I thought it would be cute just like it is with one type of fabric. Next time I make it or if I made it in a solid color I would try the contrast in colors as I think it could turn out really cute. I made version B and I would definitely be open to trying the other pattern versions, there is a really cute loose flirty top and a skirt that this could turn into so I might try that next.


The fabric I got for this project was a dreamy pink Lawn by Lady McElroy. It is a newer fabric and was seen in the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee! The fabric is so happy and beautiful, it is like a real life piece of a dreamy candy land. It is a flirty feminine print with just the right amount of other color sprinkles, or polka dot colors, but I could also see a younger girl wearing this print and being just as cute. Actually, come to think of it this would be a perfect fabric for a mommy and me shoot as I feel both would look very cute in this fabric.


The fabric itself is a woven cotton lawn and it very lightweight. It washed and dried beautifully and did wrinkle a little but a light iron took it right out. The fabric is lightweight enough it would be great on something like a full circle skirt but it also is crisp enough to hold some shape with a bodice pattern piece.
Overall I would 100% make this dress and use this fabric again, both were a dream to work with and very straight forward to use. I believe lawn is starting to become my favorite fabric to use because of how easy it is to sew with and I love all the great colors it comes in.
Pattern: Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1105. Alterations: I did not use contrasting fabric with this pattern.
Fabric: Gifted by Minerva, Lady McElroy Marlie Cotton Lawn in Pink 1250827

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McCalls 8213, Summer 2021 New pattern

Anyone else obsessed with blue and white pottery? My mom always had all these dishes of blue and white when I was a child and seeing those beautiful colors just brings me right back to a feeling of home. That is exactly what I was thinking when I saw this fabric, it reminded me of home. Imagine wearing these colors and hues, it just has such an elegant nature to it but you could wear it somewhere more casual like on one of our North Carolina Beaches.

This Linen Rayon blend was gifted to me by Minerva and as soon as I saw it I gasped, I just love all the little details on it. Not only does it have the blue flowery scroll on it which makes the biggest statement on the fabric but in the white background of the fabric if you look very close there are small white polka dots. Seeing the small details on it were like finding Easter eggs at Easter, it all is very simply intricate.

The linen in the fabric is amazing, I washed and dried it as normal and I did not see much shrinkage. It also seems to be slightly heavier weight then normal linen so it seems more resistant to wrinkles which I appreciate. Have you ever sat down in a linen dress at a party and then got up only to find that your garment wrinkled under your butt and made marks for the rest of the party? Well not with this one. It also was less fragile than other linens because when I messed up a few times I had to do some rip seaming and I didn’t have to completely repair a hole from doing that like I have had to do in the past with other linens.

The pattern itself is also a huge winner in my book. I think this will be the pattern of the year for McCalls because it is so versatile. It also took me no time at all to cut it out and then sew it up, which I did in the same day and that never happens. There are only 6 pieces to cut out and sewing the dress together goes very quickly. I got the whole dress together and finished in less than 2 hours time, which is a miracle. The pattern I purchased comes sizes extra small, small, and Medium. I chose to do the size medium although I could have gone down to a small but I do like the loose fit in a sundress.

The directions were also very straight forward and it was very clear and easy to perform. I actually learned something new with the way they baste the straps into the facing and then sew it up and I think that will be how I do my dresses from now on with self drafting patterns. I made version A in this dress but now that this one is completed I also want to make version B with the ruffle on the bottom. Version C looks like it would be a really good version for fall as well. I love the simplicity and versatility!

Overall I would definitely make this pattern and use this fabric again, I am very happy with the way this turned out and I will be living in it until summer is over.

Pattern: McCalls 8213 Modifications: Omitted interfacing

Fabric: Gifted by Minerva, linen rayon blend 1253806

Sewing

Hacking Mccalls 8175

If you want to know how to hack McCalls 8175 into being more modest keep reading!!

Here is where it pays off to have a little bit of skill and a lot of guts in improvising. I first made McCalls 8175 and it was going well until about step fifteen in the directions. After I completed the top it was almost impossible to get the crop top part to cover my bust at the bra line. I made my normal size and it was also a little tight so I knew right off the bat this just wasn’t going to work. I also laid out the skirt and after getting that all together it almost went to my ankles on my 5’3 frame. Whew. Here we go, this is my design now I will be taking over.

I also didn’t realize it was a crop top, I thought it connected on the sides of the dress and that was a major oversight on my part. I realized real quick this is not hot mom summer for me and that chasing 2 small children in this just wasn’t feasible. However, I loved the sleeves and the bones of the dress I just knew I had to get creative to save it.

So here’s how I hacked it. I first began by attaching the front of the dress to the skirt just like I would any other dress. When I did so at the seam line it looked pretty awkward since there’s an extra triangle piece on the front of the dress in order to connect it to the skirt and continue to be a crop top. So what I did was I came in with the seam line right at the bust in a curved nature to make it just like any other bust line in a dress, it worked perfectly. Then I cut off the excess

On the back I added one more sliver of fabric where the zipper would have been, going all the way down to the hem line, connecting it to the two back pieces. It made the dress loose and prevented me from having to use a zipper while also being able to connect the dress. At first I thought I would add a small piece of elastic in that back top channel to bring it into my waist. However, I actually liked it better without doing that in order to make that back triangle bottom piece a straight line instead of a gathered curved one. So all I did to finish the back was slip stitch those side top pieces together in that channel that I couldn’t get to when just attaching that sliver into the back skirt. Then at the top I added a button and twisted thread to make a loop over it to complete the triangle open back.

The fabric was gifted by Minerva and it’s a beautiful linen slub with navy pineapples on them. At first glance they look like black and I will say it is a very subtly navy, to the eye at first glance they seem black but as you look closer it is navy. I personally loved how dark the navy was, I think it contrasts very well with the white background on it. It is a lady McElroy fabric which is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and it is very lightweight. I really do like that there is some design on the front of it in terms of texture, I think it really adds to the fabric and makes it feel very designer to me. It’s all in the details my friends!

Pattern: McCalls 8175 found here.

Fabric: Gifted by Minerva, Lady McElroy Florenza slub crepe linen pineapple in navy blue 1180996 found here.

Dress lining: Joann Fabrics dress lining in ivory found here.

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Review of McCalls 7995

I can’t believe everyone is sleeping on this pattern, it was so easy! I think because it was a winter release it got pushed aside in everyone’s brain but it really is great!

I feel like this dress is something I really would have paid a lot of money for. This dress makes me feel fabulous. I originally made it to wear to our cousins wedding this summer so not sure if I will make anything that will beat it before then but I am happy to have this in my closet because it’s gorgeous. I can see myself wearing this out to date night or dressing it up with a vintage vibe to wear at something fancier like a graduation or wedding.

The fabric was gifted by Minerva and it was a dream to sew. As always I just feel like their fabrics really are top notch. My biggest reason for saying this is because the fabric is high quality so it has the ability to have amazing drape and flow without being see through. I can’t tell you how many times I have been in a store or ordered fabric and it was beautiful on the print but when it came time to sew, it was see through I had to add a lining or a slip. Let me tell say, I don’t know about you but I am never trying to add extra steps to projects!

The fabric washed and dried beautifully and was very forgiving when I had to seam rip a few times. I also thought it had wonderful twirl action when I spun around in this one. It had that flow when you walk that makes you feel like you are in a movie, I just love this one so much. My mother in law said this was by far her favorite dress I have ever done, I think I agree!

The pattern itself has also become a favorite. It really was easy! I would just pay attention on the collar where you are attaching it to the bodice so you leave open the parts you are supposed to leave open and close the parts you need to close. If you get that wrong you will have to do that again, which I read in reviews was something that happened to some people. Overall though I think this pattern is highly underrated! It was really quick to sew up; it took me an afternoon after having it cut out. I strongly recommend giving it a try. It is beginner friendly as well.

As far as modifications for the dress, I omitted the fusible interfacing which I’m now seeing why it was included so maybe next time I will add that in. I also didn’t add interfacing on the neck facing part because I was afraid it would make the dress too heavy or show through. I don’t regret that but I did have to add some tacks into the facing now as a result. I also had to finish the facing as opposed to being able to turn it inside out so I think I just made the project take longer. Next time I make this dress I also would probably raise that lower armpit area; it shows the bra a bit. I also shortened this pattern by about an inch on the front and back bodice before cutting it out being a petite, I hope all that helps!

Pattern: Mccalls Version A M7995

Fabric: Lady McElroy Cyril Bubble Crepe Fabric Multicoloured 1230285- https://www.minerva.com/mp/1230285/lady-mcelroy-cyril-bubble-crepe-fabric-multicoloured

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McCalls 8021 Review

I can now mark a sequin dress off my sewing bucket list! I have never sewn with sequins before, and as my very first one I have to say I am proud of myself. I don’t know why the idea of sequins always scared me so much, maybe it was because a lot of people mentioned how needles would break when doing sequins. I might have this irrational fear that a needle will break on my machine and into my eye one day, comical right? I will say though it didn’t happen with this dress, so this game of “chicken” with the needles continue.


I did do a lot of prepping on this dress and I feel like that is maybe what took the longest. When I went to cut out the pattern I used kitchen scissors so that I would not ruin my nice sewing scissors on sequins. It was really hard to do this because the kitchen scissors did not want to cut right and weren’t really sharp enough for this. I remedied this later when I was at an antique shop and bought a vintage sharp set of scissors that will now be my “dull” cutting scissors. I ended up cutting everything a little bigger than the pattern and then went back and slimmed down the fabric to the size of the pattern with my nice scissors, while being careful around sequins.


Then I went around all the dress pieces and belt to take off sequins in the seam allowance. I actually asked a poll on this and 60% of people said they just run right over them with their sewing machine, I was not expecting to hear that! Since these sequins were dangly I just had to make sure I removed only the ones sewn in the seam allowance. To get the dangly effect on the bottom of the dress I knew I would have to leave the dangle over the edge on the seam allowances there.
Sewing it actually went way better than I thought it would. I used a slightly longer stitch since it was mesh and I never had a problem with it getting stuck in the machine, jammed, or bunched up. I was prepared to use a walking foot but the fabric did just fine, I was so pleased!


The pattern itself was actually really easy as well, which I was happy with since I was using a more complicated fabric that required more prep than usual. The pattern was very straight forward though and it was really easy to complete, even with these sequins! The only thing that was a little difficult was under stitching the outer edge through the armhole of the dress before slipstitching and finishing those.


The pattern also would have taken little time to complete had I not been using sequins so I would definitely like to try it again later with a different fabric. I did omit the pockets because I figured an evening dress doesn’t usually have pockets anyway and I didn’t want to add bulk to that area. I also shortened the dress by 1 inch and was very glad doing so being 5”3 it hit me perfect on the legs.
Fabric: Gifted by Minerva, Sumatra Gold Sequin Mesh
Pattern: Mccalls: #M8021