Another Summer Dress and Pretty Sleeves

Hello, hope you are all having a lovely summer.

I have not been sewing much but still have plans to make a few more dresses that I hope will work well for early Autumn paired with a cardigan or a blazer.

The dress I will be sharing today was planned a few months ago, before the pandemic hit us all. At one point I almost did not make it but, in the end, I am glad I did. Also, paired with a blazer, I believe it will work wonderfully when the weather starts to cool down.

_MG_1900_MG_1908

The pattern is theMcCall’s Sasha or M8036 in size 8 for bust and graded to size 10 at the waist/hip. This is a normal adjustment that I have to make for most of my makes. It is just one size however, it does make all difference and it looks so much better. Even more important, it feels so much better.

_MG_1902

This pattern offers three skirt options, two sleeves and three closure options. I made version B with A/C sleeves. The changes I made were minimal if we can even call it changes. I used, a hook and eye for the inside closure instead of two ribbons because I didn’t want to be noticeable from the outside (I was afraid the ribbons would add some volume) and I made the hem slightly shorter than mentioned in the instructions, just out of personal preference.

_MG_1953

I like Wrap Dresses as I think it suits my body type well and I like statement sleeves so, for that reason, this dress went right to my “I have to make it” list. I also quite like version C with option B sleeves… I guess another version should be considered.

_MG_1906

I really like how this pattern works with different fabrics and I have seen some really pretty versions. However, I wanted the pattern details to stand out so I chose a plain fabric with some structure. The fabric is linen from The Fabric Store in Duck Egg colour and I really adore this shade. The linen worked quite well with the pattern and I truly like how it turned out.

_MG_1923_MG_1920

Wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Maria x



M6696 A Summer Dress

Hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter break. As I am writing this post, we are enjoying our last few moments of holidays, before returning to school tomorrow. It was a lovely break with some days of wonderful weather that, made the summer dresses come out of the closet… except for F, who has barely nothing to wear as she outgrown almost everything in her closet! Need to fix that ASAP!

In any case today, I am not here to talk about my girls’ clothes. I am here to share with you another summer dress I have made.

IMG_7541IMG_7514

I bought this pattern last year but, didn’t managed to actually make it until a couple of months ago as part of one of my projects for Minerva Crafts (I’ll share more about that later) and I liked it so much that I made it again, this time using a different fabric.

IMG_7511IMG_7545

The pattern is the McCall’s M6696, made in version B. The sizes for these patterns are slightly different from most Indie designers I’ve worked with but, I used my measurements to choose the size and did not have any issues. So, I made a size 8 graded to 10 at the waist/hip without any further adjustments, except taking 4 centimetres to the skirt height. Also, I omitted the pockets only because I did not have enough fabric.

IMG_7547

I found this pattern very complete offering three different cup sizes options, also three sleeves and 2 skirt options, including as well a slip dress to wear under in case it’s needed. I opted for the short sleeve and pleated skirt option. In fact, the pleats are one of my favourite things in this pattern.

IMG_7534IMG_7536

The fabric was bought without a specific pattern in mind (that’s why I didn’t had enough for the pockets!) and it’s a recent product from Stragier, Liberty’s Double Gauze. Yes, it is as good as it sounds! It has only a few (but all gorgeous) prints available and I bought the Felicite one.

IMG_7525

The fabric worked very well for this project and was nice to work with. When I work with double gauze, I always prefer to use a walking foot. Do you use a regular foot?

IMG_7509

I am so pleased with this dress! I really like the details in the pattern, how comfortable it is and, of course, how pretty it looks.


A Sewing Update

Hello! It’s been a really long time since last wrote or share anything in here.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I am still sewing and that I made a few changes recently.

The most obvious change was the name, as the blog is no longer called “Fairies, Bubbles & Co.” being now called “A Pinch of Sewing”.

The thing is, when I first started sewing I did it exclusively for my girls and never thought that one day I would be sewing for myself. At that time the name made sense for us but then the girls grew up and no longer believe in fairies (maybe they still do), bubbles are not as fun as it used to be and I started sewing more for myself so, a new name was needed and as it happens while cooking, a pinch of the right ingredient makes everything taste better. So is sewing!

I am also changing the visual part of the blog but that still is a work in progress…

Although I haven’t shared much in here lately, I have been sewing and some of the projects I’ve made are part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. That means that the posts are being published in their blog but, in the future, I will share a few photos here as well, with the link to the main post.

If you would like to have a look, these are the things I’ve made and were published so far:

Christmas dress using the patter New Look 6723 in cotton velvet. I absolutely adore this dress!

Photo 1Photo 5Photo 7

 

This is my second McCall’s 6996 cardigan, this time made in a lovely wool and viscose jersey. So good, you can read more about it here.

 

Photo 1Photo 5Photo 7

I’ve also made a few more things that I’ve shared on my IG page if you would like to have a look. I do tend to share more there than in here.

Hope you like my new name! Let me know what you think or if you have suggestions regarding the kind of content you would like me to share in here. 😊


Happy New Year!

First of all, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful new year!

Although, I am really looking forward to share with you what I’ve been doing this year, I still have a few makes from last year that I would like to share first.

So, this is not the first make of the year, but it’s what I used in the first day of the new year. 😉 I always like to wear something new during the first day of the year and cardigans always get much use on an everyday basis, so I opted for a cardigan in a different colour than my usual navy blue.

IMG_2004.1

I used a McCall’s Pattern, the M6996, bought some time ago at a sale and I must say it took me quite some time to use it. I like paper patterns very much and prefer them to PDF most times, but for some reason I don’t use patterns from the Big Four that often and I believe that was what put me aside from making it before.

IMG_2019.1

The pattern offers two neckline and back options, different lengths and an optional belt. I made option A, which has a simple hemmed neckline in the shortest option.

IMG_2016.1

Another difference in this pattern options, is the back, that for options A and B has a ruffle, while in versions C and D is straight. The back in this option is one of my favourite features. I really like how it lays.

IMG_2021.1

The fabric I used is a structured knit from Nosh and despite the fact that it makes my hips look even larger I really like how it worked. Maybe a lighter fabric would have a better drape, nevertheless I would do it again using the same fabric.

IMG_2022.1

The only thing I will probably change next time are the sleeves, as they are a bit long on me. Other than that, I like a lot. 😊

Hope you’ve had a good start of the year!