Spring / Summer Collection 2018

Fashion Sewing

Hello everyone!  Today I’m sharing with you my Spring / Summer 2018 Collection.  Earlier this year I really wanted to make a small collection of me made garments for Fall and Winter.  Then life interrupted my plans and while I’ve saved those makes for later this year, I began to dream about Spring and Summer makes.  First, I set my intentions for my collection.

My Top 3 were as follow:

  1. Comfort
  2. Learn new sewing techniques while also sewing with fabrics I haven’t sewn with before
  3. Use as many patterns in my stash as possible

As I looked for inspiration and patterns I would use, I also kept in mind that my day to day life requires comfortable clothes.  Being comfortable doesn’t mean I can’t look cute too!  It’s rare when you’ll find me wearing a skirt, so I added a few to my collection.  I love a good tee shirt and tank tops, they made the list too!  I also added a few items I want to learn to make and a few that I really wanted to start wearing that I haven’t had the guts to wear in years.

 

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You’ll find my collection was mostly inspired by items I would normally buy at my favorite clothing store (you can find at your local mall).  While I could easily go out and purchase all of these items, I figured the best way to add experience to my seamstress portfolio would be to sew as many garments as I can for myself.  I will most likely purchase a few items to complete my collection, for example: a pair of jeans, some accessories and a few pairs of shoes.

Once I knew what pieces I wanted I then selected a few patterns that were already in my stash.  Using the pattern line view and a few screenshots I created my Spring / Summer Collection inspiration board.  With my plans in place, I made my list of what I still needed to get started on my collection and went shopping.  I took advantage of the recent sales on Simplicity and McCall patterns at Joann (check weekly ad on Joann website for current sales).

Below is my inspiration board (not all images made it to the board) I made using Pages on my MacBook Air.

 

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A few of the patterns I plan on making in coordinating fabrics:

New Look 6378

Simplicity 8425

Self drafted tube top with ruche

Ogden Cami

Simplicity 8652

Fabric at my local Joann has been hit or miss, same with patterns, I haven’t been able to find them all.  I am currently planning a short road trip with my husband to LA’s Fashion District for fabric!  I’m so excited for that trip!!!  In the mean time, I have began working on the few garments I have patterns, fabric and notions to make them.  Here are a few of the items I have started preparing to stitch up:

 

Simplicity 1072 View B and fabric from Joann (still available as of blog post date).

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I have also started to work on the Laura Top by Rosy Peña Patterns.

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I hope you enjoyed stopping by and getting a sneak peek into what I am currently working on.  Next week on the blog, I will be sharing my Laura Top makes, Floral Knit Skirt and perhaps a few other items I hope to sew up over the weekend.  I’ll post the details for each garment as I complete them here on my blog.  Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you’ll stop by again next week, take care!

♥ Mrs. Gomez

My First Me Made Garment – Marie Wrap Skirt by Rosy Peña Patterns

Fashion Sewing

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Welcome to my first fashion blog post!  Several years ago I began to dream about learning to sew garments for myself.  Over a year ago I started this blog and decided to publish a variety of content to include DIY sewing post and more.  Well, the time has come!

 

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I am so excited to share with you my first official me made skirt!  I have made a few other pieces of clothing for myself, most were fails or I didn’t finish them because I had no clue what I was doing.  This skirt is the first make I can actually wear and be proud of!  I made it over the course of a few days, this made it easy to complete the tasks for each day.  Below you’ll find a list of the tasks I had to complete.

Day 1 – Print Pattern

Day 2 – Cut and Tape Pattern Together

Day 3 – Cut Fabric

Day 4 – Sew start to finish

Day 5 – Photo shoot, photo editing and blog post

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Now for the pattern review.

Pattern: Marie Wrap Skirt Pattern by Rosy Peña.  It’s a free pattern, just sign up for Rosy Peña Patterns newsletter here and you’ll receive the pattern for free!

Sizing: XXS – XXL

What size did you cut/make? I cut and made the XXL.

Did you make any adjustments? No adjustments made.  I did however prefer to tie bow in the middle backside.  I thought it looked cute!  I must also admit, I found it difficult to tie at my side with one strap being shorter than the other once you tie them.

What did you like about the pattern and instructions?  I only had to cut 4 pieces. It was an easy make with clear instructions.

Would you make it again?  Yes, definitely!  Though next time I would make using a lighter weight fabric like challis or crepe.

What would you make any changes if you made it again?  I would go down a size on the waist but keep the same size for the hips.  I found that it was a few inches to big at the waist.

Any advices or tips?  Use serger for clean finishes on hem as it shows.  If you don’t have a serger you may want to add a half inch so you can fold in half inch and then fold again before sewing hem to secure fabric and prevent fraying.  Also sew hem and topstitching slowly so it will result in a clean and neat finish.  It’s a quick sew so don’t be in a hurry to finish, take your time.  Lastly, I used 3 new needles, two for my serger and one on my sewing machine.

Is the garment comfortable to wear?  Yes!  I actually can’t wait to wear it out!

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Marie Skirt

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I am truly proud of this skirt!  I am planning a spring/summer collection, come back soon to for a sneak peek.  Next week I will also be back with another sewing pattern review, stay tuned!  You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook!  Coming soon…YouTube!

Thank you so much for checking out my post!  Have a wonderful weekend!