Monday, September 8, 2014

McCall's M7000, View A, Yoke, Sleeves, and Lining

 I have finished the dress portion.
For the yoke, I did french seams for the shoulders.

Then I attatched it to the bodice.
Next I sewed the lining together.
Then attached the lining to the top of the bodice, under stitched the lining, and slip-stitched the sides and bottom of the lining.

Next I stitched the sides of the facing and turned it right side out.

Then stitched it to the collar matching raw edges and under stitching the seam. Which I do not have pictured.

Next came the sleeves. I stitched the sleeve seam with a french seam.

And hemmed the cuffs.

And attached them to the bodice and yoke with a french seam.
The french seam

The attached seam

Finally I hemmed the bottom of the skirt with a rolled hem.

I finished the dress part of the Anna dress, I'm still debateing on the appliques. I'll probably do them at a later time.
Happy Sewing

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

McCall's M7000, View A, Bodice, Skirt, and Zipper

I started  by piecing the bodice together, the front first.

 Then the back.

 Then sew the front to the back at the side seams.

Next sew the skirt back pieces together back-stitching at large dot.
Then sewing the front to the back at the side seams.
 I decided to sew a french seam in the sides of the skirt.

Next, sew the bodice to the skirt.

And, finally, add the zipper.
Closed view

Open View

Inside View

I sewed the zipper on using my method this time instead of the method in the instructions.
Next is the yoke, sleeves, and lining.
Happy Sewing

Monday, August 25, 2014

McCall's M7000, View A, Cutting Layout

I have all my pattern pieces cut out and ready to go.
Most of the pieces are the same as for view B, the Elsa dress. View A, Anna dress, merely get rid of the overlay and shortens the skirt.

I have the skirt pieces in blue.
The yoke and sleeves in the white. Since there were no overlay pieces I could actually cut it with a normal fold. Unlike the cross fold of view B

 The bodice in black, I layered the lining behind the satin folded the same way.
Everything is all cut out and ready to go.
Oh and here's a picture of my scrap pile
There were quite a few good sized remnants leftover.

Time to get started.
Happy Sewing.

Friday, August 22, 2014

McCall's Pattern Haul

There was a sale but I didn't buy as many patterns as I wanted to so this is just an update on the new patterns I got.
Two of them are patterns I already own, but I decided to buy the bigger size M7000 and M5731.

The new ones are
If you notice the last one has matching girls costumes so I can make a dolly and me outfit.
Happy Sewing

McCall's M7000, View A, Fabric and Notions

McCall's M7000, View A

I finally got the fabric for the Anna dress I am making.
I chose costume glitter satin and posh lining, in black, for the bodice.
White costume satin for the yoke and sleeves
And royal blue costume satin for the skirt.
Finally I have one 14" polyester all purpose zipper, one 1/4" clear button, black and white thread, and the pattern I am going to be using.

I chose the costume satin this time so it should all hold together better than the organza of the last one. Also not pictured is the 1/8" elastic I am going to use for the button hole. I have zig-zaged the cut end of the fabric and it is waiting to be washed before I get started.
Happy Sewing

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Brother LS-2000

Here's a little post about my sewing machine.
The machine I use, the only machine I have, and the only machine I have ever had is the Brother LS-2000.
My Personal Machine

I've had this same machine since 2009. My Mother-in-Law bought it for me for Christmas. This is what began my sewing journey.

It's a simple mechanized machine, it only has two options straight stitch and zig-zag stitch.
The Controls
I can adjust length and width of each stitch. I also have 3 choices for needle positions, left, middle, and right, and I can not forget the back stitch lever.

It has a vertical spool pin, vertical bobbin case, and a free arm.

Spool Pin

Bobbin Case
The tension control is above the needle and the thread does the down, up, down thing.
Tension disc and thread winding
It's presser foot is clip on  and it is considered a low shank machine.

It came with a zipper foot and a darning plate.

It does'nt do any fancy stitching, but it does do everything I need to do apparel sewing. Messing with the settings I can do a blind hem, a buttonhole, and attach a button.

This is a great starter machine, and cheap it can be bought for $60 at Wal-mart, which is good for a metal gear machine. I would even recommend this one for children because it's pretty easy to use and understand.

I love my machine, even though I dream of a fancy computerized machine, I don't think I would ever get rid of this one. I can't wait to pass it on to my daughters.

Happy Sewing.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pattern Haul

There was a sale at Jo Ann this weekend, Simplicity patterns were $1. I grabbed 10 this time though last time. I've got new patterns to add to my collection.