Month: September 2014

Simplicity 6230 and Self Drafted Skirt- aka Goodbye Summer Outfit

Simplicity 6230

Simplicity 6230

I am showing you all a summer make since everything I have made in the past few weeks has ended up in the trash. What the heck? Sometimes learning to sew makes me crazy. It is about the process at this point though, right?

I found this striped yellow and white cotton sweater loose weave sweater knit at It was on clearance and I love sweater knitsbut can’t stand to wear wool, cashmere or acrylic- it makes me itchy. So this cotton yardage a no brainer! I decided to give Simplicity 6230 a try. Raglans have always been a favorite and I have seen many great versions of this one. I paired it with a self drafted skirt that is SUPER simple. I used this pretty floral (that has already faded badly) from Girl Charlee and serged it and a white single knit lining to a 2″ waistband. That is pretty much the whole story there. I made 3 of these to wear over the summer and they were great to travel with, as comfy as can be and even, dare I say, cute.

Conclusion- the skirt is a hit. I don’t think it can handle very many more washes though. The sweater was a decent first try at this pattern. I have made a couple of better versions since.


Senna Dress Pattern Testing

Well, hi there. I hope to get to know you over time. I am excited to join the online conversation about sewing! Let’s start with a short introduction: My name is Megan, I live in the Seattle suburbs and I am learning to sew.

Lindsay was kind enough to let me pattern test for her even though I didn’t have a blog yet. Thanks Lindsay! I enjoyed pattern testing. I love working with knits and this body hugging number was a nice surprise. I cut a size 12 in the chest, graded to a 14 at the waist and back to a 12 at the hip. I was cautiously optimistic about how the Senna Dress would treat my lovely lady curves. I am fairly comfortable with my body, with one exception- my belly.  I dress to minimize this jiggly bit. How did the Senna Dress work?

Senna Dress Front

That shoeless styling is about as real as it gets. I don’t always wear makeup and I rarely wear shoes indoors.

Senna Dress Side

Construction of this bad boy was a breeze. I made sure to use a jersey twin needle. That thing rocks! We are best friends now. I swear! We are going to play racquetball in the morning. The ruching is such a perfect little hiding place for my stomach. I still felt a touch self conscious about it though. That scoop neck? Perfection. My first foray into pattern manipulation will be trying to make the crop top into a hip length t-shirt. Most of the time I wear a scoop neck it is either too low in front and/or too wide and my bra straps show.

Senna Dress Back

I tried adding lipstick in PicMonkey. Not a great choice. I just got a little carried away.