Sunday, January 20, 2013

McCall's 6397 #2 Finished and Stash Crash

After spending all day yesterday doing absolutely NOTHING more than 10 feet from my bed (reading, napping, catching up on the DVR), I was wide awake at 6 am this morning. After last week, I needed to recharge the batteries. Thankfully, I still have 2 days of weekend left (and a nice paycheck coming soon). Although most of the rest of today will be spent watching football,  I do plan to get into the sewing room in spurts to cut out the next pattern. More on that later.

Meanwhile, I did finally finish the dress. It had been collecting dust on Zillie for two weeks waiting for the sleeve bindings and hem, but it's now done. I will probably wear it as styled below, with this RTW blouse.When I do, I'll snap a pic of me in it.


The zipper everyone commented on is just a basic brass zipper with a "leftover" earring put through the pull. Without a jewelry ring to hold it place, it doesn't really work to actually pull the zipper without opening and coming out of the pull but it does stay in place and hang straight if it's not pulling the zipper. These used to be some of my favorite earrings until I lost one so I'm happy to be able to use the straggler for something more than making me growl when I see it in my jewelry dish.


Last post I was flip-flopping about a Style Arc pattern order when I didn't like the freebie o'the month. Well, the $34 shipping charge made me close the shopping cart immediately. Sorry Style Arc. I'm just not ready to plop down nearly $100 for 4 patterns. I know others love them but only a few of the styles interest me and even then, they are just not all that and a $34 shipping charge so I will continue to watch from the sidelines.

I noticed Vogue was on sale at the BMV website and I quenched my pattern lust with these. I ordered them Wednesday and they were here yesterday. Unbelievable speedy! If I had made it out to the mailbox before the day was nearly over, I might have even sewed yesterday but who wudda thunk they'd be here already?


Up next is the dress version of 8825 (lower left). After that, 8805 (bottom middle), with the fabrics below which will be arriving soon. I turned the screenshot upside down since this is how I plan to use them in the colorblocking.


Hopefully I'll be back before the work week starts again, and with something to show (and wear).

19 comments:

Diana said...

I love this. The colour and cut are great!

Andrea said...

Debbie, I am interested to see how you like 8805. I have been toying with making it. The colors you chose are beautiful. I'll also be interested to see your make of the AK blouse (upper right corner), another that's on my to do list. Enjoy your long weekend.

Vicki said...

Aussie postage is just too much, even for us Aussies! Your dress looks very smart with its earring and blouse.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Beautiful dress.

Pam from South Australia said...

Very clever with the zip. Look forward to seeing the dress on you. I'm just about to have a look at Style Arc patterns, will see how the postage comes out here in Oz. Postage is a crippler reversed (USA to OZ) as well. I console myself with the thought 'it's cheaper than hopping on a plane'. Gee we can justify anything if we try hard enough!

garnet128 said...

I hear ya with the Style Arc pricing/postage....I did the same thing as you!
'growl' too funny! I snarled over the same thing, but I guess it is about the same. Love how you repurposed the loner.
Looking forward to your future dress...colors looks great.

Karin said...

Very clever use of an old eating!

Karin said...

I meant to say "ear-ring" but my spelling was auto-corrected!

Sew-4-Fun said...

Nice pinnie, and I have most of the patterns you bought so good taste. :)
Re Style Arc and postage, four patterns isn't a good number postage wise. Try 3 (2 plus the freebie). I only live three suburbs away and four patterns even for me more than doubles the postage cost. It's because a "letter" becomes a "parcel" once you buy four patterns. Postage is still very expensive but of all the combinations four patterns is the worst.

Summer Flies said...

That dress looks great. I also have an earring that is 18 carat gold and the other is lost somewhere... I hate that. I feel your mail pain - I have had the same experience buying patterns in the US and recently Europe - I want a bra pattern but in my size I have to get one of the European ones and postage was 34 euro. Cart empty! At least when the US patterns are cheap, adding the postage still makes them a good buy per item cost for us here.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I know what you mean about the Style Arc patterns. I go to the site since so many people are excited about them, I look at the offerings and can't figure out why all the love? Lately I've been thinking that I'm just a Big4 girl...maybe others aren't but I seem to be able to make them work for me...so I'm gonna flow with it.

Like the new dress, can't wait to see you in it and I hope you do get some sewing time in this weekend!

Pam from South Australia said...

Thanks Sew-4-Fun. I am about to place an order, so to get the best combination for reasonable postage is a great help.

Barbara said...

Love this jumper and am thrilled to discover a useful purpose for my giant single earring collection. Enjoy your blog so much.

Pixie said...

yeah, that's how I feel when BMV charge me 25 USD to send the patterns down here to NZ. Them sales have to be real real good before I order.

meredithp said...

Love your pattern picks. Where is the fabric for 8805 coming from? I'd love to find several color combos for my own version. :-)

gwensews said...

Sometimes doing nothing is the best medicine. Your dress is really cute.

Victoria said...

Ooooohhh! So pretty! Love the fancy zipper:)

kathy said...

You might be able to use some clear shrink tubing (ask the marine!) on that earring to close the end so it will become a pull.

SEWN said...

Love the zipper pull! Cute dress!