Tag Archives: Lisette

FBA AKA Full Bust Adjustment AKA My New BFF

1 Apr

So many good things going on in my little sewing world!

I finally placed an order for a bunch of knits from Girl Charlee.  I got 8 different fabrics for a total of almost 30 yards.  And spent $5 a yard or LESS!  The order arrived on Tuesday and I whipped up two creations before the end of the day on Wednesday!

And this shipment spurred me to clean up my sewing area and oh how nicely folded piles of fabric make me smile!

Knits on the left, quilting cotton on the right, fabric earmarked for kids or others on top

I broke into the striped sweatshirt knit first and sewed it into a chevron pattern before cutting out a dolman sleeve top and a maxi skirt.

Also I’ve discovered a wonderful camera app for my iphone called Camera Awesome.  It’s by Smugmug and it includes a self timer!

On Thursday, I had enough advance notice of a 99 cent Simplicity Pattern Sale at Joann’s that I scoured Simplicity.com and Pinned the 10 Patterns that I wanted.  The day of the sale, I got to the store mere minutes after it had opened and pulled all but 1 of my desired patterns.  Then I flipped through the Spring catalog to find a suitable substitute.  Just look at all the goodness I scored for $10!!

3 Lisette patterns, 2 Cynthia Rowley, and 5 additional.  Included are 4 pairs of pants, 14 shirts, 17 dress variations and 2 jackets.

On a separate shopping trip I picked up a little McCall’s pattern that was for a simple silhouette and promised the ability to alter it with ease.

Thank you Palmer and Pletsch for McCall’s Patterns M6355 ! You’ve changed my life. With one simple pattern, I learned enough about adjusting darts, to not only attempt it on the provided and fully marked pattern, but to also use is on one of my newly acquired Lisette patterns!

Here’s what the altered Palmer and Petsch pattern looks like.

I pinned the tissue together, held it up to me and cut accordingly.  Then I ironed the tissue onto freezer paper and made my new darts. Even still I was a little nervous with the outcome so I just made a simple short sleeved shift out of Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden Chevron.

And it worked!  So then I added some embellishments to the neck and hem in the way of some fancy stitching.

I feel like a new woman.  It is truly remarkable how much better these clothes fit when the darts are properly sized for my bust!

And upon having such success, I decided to try it out on my Lisette Traveler Shirt dress. And low and behold it worked too!  I also read up on the pattern and as per another reviewers remarks on PatternReview.com, I cut a larger skirt so that it was more gathered.

Other than the FBA and full skirt, I followed the pattern to a T and it is fits beautifully! I added a little striped grosgrain ribbon for a belt and will be sporting this for Easter!

Classic Shift from Lisette Continental Blouse Pattern

6 Feb

Remember how I said I had simplified the back of the Lisette Continental Blouse and elongated the whole pattern to make a dress pattern?  Well this is the first iteration of that pattern!

It is a classic A-line shift, with darts.  It is seriously, my most favorite dress and shirt shape ever. Not too fitted so as to hide my middle, and thanks to the darts, it fits my bust line nicely, without bursting at the seams. For this particular version, I stuck with the oval -not quite boat-neck line and used one solid color fabric.  I found the fabric on clearance at Joann’s for a mere $6/yard and since it was a 58″ wide fabric, I used about 1/5 yards to make it.  So that means this lovely dress cost me about $9!!!

I wore it to an event for a client, The Heavy Seas AleHouse, and was complimented on it!  Woo hoo!

Colin and I at the Heavy Seas AleHouse

 

I can change the neckline and this will work as the basis for a tunic top, and if I add back in the gathered back detailing, will make for a nice cocktail dress, if I find the right fabric.

If I add cuffs to the long sleeves and some button detailing, that would be nice too.  Or shorten the sleeves and add color blocking.  There are so many possibilities for this dress, I’m super excited about it.

And over the weekend I was able to test out the pattern that I scooped up  for a maxi dress at the 99 cent Joann Pattern Sale, on a shorter version, and that turned out great too.

My handmade clothing collection is expanding nicely! And the freedom to create exactly what I want is ever more enticing.

The thing I’ve learned from this sewing adventure, is that it never hurts to try. I could really only sew in a straight line up until a couple months ago and now I can sew sleeves, and button holes and zippers and knits.  If you’re reading this and are thinking about busting out the sewing machine and giving it a whirl, or if you are sewing but haven’t tried things because it looks hard, just try it, and you’ll see.

 

 

Pattern Review | Lisette Continental Blouse

3 Feb

I picked up the Lisette Continental Blouse, Skirt and Dress pattern at the Joann’s 99 cent pattern sale a couple weeks ago and as soon as I got my serger back, I got it out to sew my own tunic top like Lelia’s with the lovely Filigree Deco Plants Blush Pink  fabric by Pat Bravo.

And now I want to buy every Lisette pattern ever made.

They are so easy and clear and brilliantly laid out! It was a total dream to sew! And it fits beautifully!

The detail in the back is just perfect, not too much and not too full.

And the bust darts make it fit nicely in the front.

I liked it so much that I lengthened the pattern, and used the back pieces to make a plain back without the gathers to make a pattern for a simple shift dress.

Stay tuned for that one and be prepared to see a gazillion iterations of it too!

 

And FYI, Leisl Gibson is the designer of the Lisette patterns and she also makes those oh so lovely Oliver + S Patterns that I rave about as well!

My Serger’s in the Shop and Other News

18 Jan

I feel like a piece of me is missing. My beloved serger, hit a snag in the road when I sewed layers upon layers of midweight fabric together around the collar of the Spring Chevron Coat and so I took it into the shop for a little tuneup.  Sadly, I will be without it for at least a week.

Not all was lost though because, my shop is located with a Joann Fabrics store and so I took some time to do a little bargain hunting.  I cam home with 5 patterns that were only 99 cents a piece and a bunch of remnant material that was 70% off!.

 

I got this gorgeous embroidered light weight white cotton fabric that’s going to make a gorgeous peasanty O Tunic dress with a square neck for one or both girls.  And almost a whole yard of some heavier weight white linen as well as some navy and white poly knits to play with when my serger comes home.

 

That patterns are all for me! Like Simplicity 2702

image from Joann.com

 

And this is going to be my adult version of the O Tunic: Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2147

Plus this way cool dress that I love for so many reasons, not the least of which is the oh so lovely maxi version!
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2363

 

 

And finally, a Lisette pattern to try! Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2059

 

I’ve got big plans for these patterns!!! And the remnants!

Oh and I’m working on my first order EVER! Someone (my cousin, but still) is actually PAYING ME to make something! It’s a custom designed tote and wallet in fabrics that she chose! It’s really fun to do and I’m hoping to be able to finish it and share it by Friday!

 

Here’s a peek: