First up, McCalls 7254 a really great little cardigan. I love the shawl collar and how it folds and flares out into the peplum. I used a dark taupey-brown ponte de roma knit from Fabric.com but can see this in a bulkier sweater knit as well.
It stitched up so quick and easy; I wasn't expecting that. It's the perfect thing for these cool spring days when you need to layer on and off. I'm already getting a lot of use out of it and am looking forward to making another of these.
Next is Butterick 6065, the shaped shell top. I never really noticed this pattern until I saw Faye's at Faye's Sewing Adventure blog. She's made several of these and they're all so cute. She's so right, with only 3 pieces, what's not to love? I used an ITY knit from Fabric Mart and after reading about it on Pattern Review tried a Teflon foot to keep the knit under control. Worked wonderfully! I'll be using it all the time with knits now.
I don't like the look of folded and hemmed necklines, so I made some binding for the neck and armholes. Then, after reading about it on Pinterest, I decided to try Wash Away Wonder Tape. I tried some of it and Steam-a-Seam 2 (¼ inch) on opposites ends of a scrap. For this material, I preferred the Steam-a-Seam: it gave a smoother, lighter hem.
The pants are an oldie but a goodie, Vogue 7301
I haven't made pants in years and now I'm all fluffy again so I guess I'm a little crazy for planning on 2 pairs for my wardrobe capsule. I had made these years ago when I was a new sewer and fearless in my lack of knowledge and determination. I had made a few changes to the pattern last time when I was about this size so thought it was a good launching point.
I raised the center front ½ inch, raised the center back ½ inch and did a full thigh adjustment of about ½ inch also. I cut a size 18, serged the edges of the pattern pieces and pressed them open at the seams.
The fly instructions were awesome--clear, well-illustrated, step-by-step. Made it so easy. Looking at the photos, it looks like I could do with some kind of wedge alteration at the crotch and a little more room in the backseat. I seriously need to trace this pattern--it's so faded I can hardly see the print or marking on the pieces and its definitely a keeper!
So there we have it--Pieces 2, 3, and 4 of the Spring Wardrobe with more to come! Happy sewing!