Sunday, July 27, 2014

Anytime at All Tee: A Review

I had about 1/3 of a yard or less left of the cute bird print I used in the Comino Cap Dress V. 2 (and then the top version), and I didn't want it to go to waste in the garbage or languish, small and scrappy in my already-bursting-at-the-seams stash, so I made up a pattern I bought a while back, the Anytime at All Tee from Shwin & Shwin.

Anytime at All Tee

This PDF pattern provides several different color-blocking options in sizes 3 months (in onesie form) all the way up to 8. I don't think I've got any other patterns with that large a range! The PDF went together quite easily, not nearly as painful as some PDFs are to put together. I didn't have any misalignment troubles other than the usual small amounts I am always off by the time I get to the bottom. The pattern also uses brightly colored lines to differentiate the sizes, and I liked that, though I might not have if I had only had b&w printing as an option.

The pattern sewed up just about perfect. I did notice (after it was all serged, of course), that the bodice top front/back where just a smidge--maybe 1/4" an inch off at the side seams. It's entirely possible this was my fault since you would have thought I could have gotten that little bit to match up. I will have to check the next time  and see if the pattern's off or I just goofed pinning. The only reason I think it might be the pattern is that it's exactly the same amount off on both sides, and I didn't struggle to get the side seams matched up down at the bottom. I also noticed that there don't seem to instructions for hemming the sleeves if you're not using the long-sleeve band. I used the existing hem on the tee I was upcycling, but I wasn't sure how much I should leave off of the sleeve length to account for the hem.  I didn't really consult the directions aside from looking for the missing sleeve-hem, but what I skimmed through seemed like it would be useful for a beginner.

Sadly, no modeling pictures since I'm sending this to a friend's daughter.  This means I'm also not sure on how the pattern runs size-wise.

Anytime at All Tee

I used up almost all of the two women's Ts I had used in my Comino Cap creations, so 3 items busted with these makes!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Comino Cap Top (Because I Am the Most Boring Seamstress Ever)

Comino Cap Shirt & Iris Shorts
Sorry about the, uh, interesting faces. I was having a migraine and not feeling taking pictures. I should probably have edited my face out, but I just can't be bothered.

What can I say? When I find a pattern I like, I like to make it a lot. :D Also, it was still sitting on the table all traced out and stuff. Also also, I really enjoy instant gratification projects, which is what this dress/top definitely is.

I had about 1 yard of the bird fabric left, so I decided to try out the shirt version of the Comino Cap with it. I figure I probably won't be wearing it and the dress to the same places, so hopefully it won't be too repetitive in my wardrobe. I did think using the sweatheart bodice might be a little too similar, though, so I laid the bodice pieces together and cut the front as all one piece.

Comino Cap Shirt & Iris Shorts

I don't know if I screwed something up or if it's the pattern, but my front is definitely longer than the back. I thought maybe it was extra space left for boobs when I noticed the extra length hanging (after I had already hemmed it, of course), but it did not get taken up when I put it on, so I'm not sure what's going on.

Comino Cap Shirt & Iris Shorts
Love that pop of color in back!

Comino Cap Shirt & Iris Shorts
Obviously I could use a swayback adjustment, but I don't have to look at the back, so I'm not sure I can bring myself to care. Also, helloooo, sunburn!

For the sake of a photoshoot twofer, I paired this with my new pair of Colette Iris shorts. I made a couple pairs of these two summers ago, and wear them regularly. I (think?) sized up to a 12 this time and added 2" in length because these are super-short, at least to me. I skipped the pockets since, while cleverly placed, they are pretty much useless as they create a weird lump on your front if you put anything in them, and you definitely wouldn't just rest your hands there. I topstiched down the seams to make mimic flat-felling.  The linen was from the thrift store, and I still have about a billion yards. Or at least 4. I don't know what I'll do with it. It's a pretty terrible color for me since it's so close to my skin-tone. Many some bags or home dec projects?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Comino Cap Dress

Comino Cap Dress v. 2

I made another one! I love this pattern so much!

 Comino Cap Dress v. 2
I just can't get over how cute the back of this dress is. I love it! 

Nothing really to say except that this only took about two hours or so. It is really super-super fast. It provided the perfect distraction Monday afternoon, as I was waiting for Bil to get home from work with his blood glucose meter--we had a scare with Will's blood sugar, which tested high over the weekend at my parent's house. Luckily, the high reading seems to have been a faulty meter. Anyway, back to the dress! I wanted to try my hand at print mixing, so I played it safe and mixed stripes and this adorable bird print that I got from Girl Charlee over a year and a half ago. The stripes is from a thrifted XL women's tee that I got off the 20-cent rack. The pattern is so fun in that you can use something you have just a tiny bit off for the top bodice--and even tinier if you only use it on the front OR the back!

Here's a closeup to show the stripes and birds.

Comino Cap Dress v. 2

I thought maybe I'd like this one ok without the belt, but after seeing pictures, I definitely think it looks better with.
Comino Cap Dress v. 2

Comino Cap Dress v. 2

Outtake with a toddler flasher:
Comino Cap Dress v. 2

I've still got a pretty big chunk of the birds left, so I'm going to see if I can squeeze a t-shirt out of it--it's too cute to note use up. Perhaps I shall try the Camino Cap T since it's sitting there already traced out. Hmm....

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Comino Cap Dress: A Review

When I saw Heather B's version of the new Kitschy Coo pattern--the Comino Cap Dress, I bought it instantly. What a bad influence that woman is! But knowing how much I loved the Lady Skater (see version 1 and version 2 and an unblogged one that went to my sister) and seeing how versatile the CCD is, I was pretty sure I'd love it. And I did!

Comino Dress

The PDF: The PDF was kind of annoying. I don't know if it was a problem with my printer or what, but some of the pages did not print off the cut lines--they were just blank where there should have been a line, which made trimming it the right amount tricky. There was also some of the tiling that just seemed to be off (somewhere around the middle the pages simply didn't quite line up, and it wasn't an issue of my having gotten off. But, I did get it put together, and it definitely wasn't the worst pdf-pattern I've put together. I just wish everyone would do it the way Oliver + S does. :-)

Comino Dress

The pattern itself: Went together great--no problems at all. Instructions were great. I didn't really read too closely, then wished I had, as you're supposed to start from the center when you stitch the sweetheart neckline, so I had to unpick a bit and stitch from the middle.Otherwise, this was a breeze.

Comino Dress

The dress: I LOVE it! The pattern is very economical in terms of fabric, especially if you use contrast fabric. You can use up some really small scraps doing this. Unlike the Moneta (I just can't get on board with all those waist gathers, however soft), I think I would be quite comfortable wearing this design unbelted. On this particular version, the belt helps to break up all the crazy stripes. It's a very flattering style to my body type, IMO.

Comino Dress

I wanted to get in on the stretch-lace trend by using it in the contrast top, but I didn't want to make a JoAnn's run for this and use the lace on my first attempt, so I went diving into my upcycle bag and found a dress my sister gave me last year in a huge sack of clothing she and her running friend had under-grown. It had some stretch-lace type stuff, and so I used that and it's gross poly underlining so I could wear a regular bra with it. 

Dress for upcycling

The other knit was just something from JoAnn's clearance rack. It didn't seem to be as horribly off-grain as the other knit I purchased from there, though the broken chevron pattern made it a bit more forgiving to work with than regular stripes. It was also slightly beefier, though still having nice stretch and drape. I was actually pretty happy with this fabric. I noticed after I put it together than I must have cut the bodice and the skirt going in opposite directions. Oopsie. Design element!

Comino Dress

In sum, this is a great pattern, and I can't wait to try out the other options (there's pieces to make just a top or to make the top/dress without a contrast bodice). I give this pattern as many thumbs up as possible. L.O.V.E.