Sunday, December 7, 2014

November MAGAM Challenge Done!

I'm just a bit behind with sewing, but I have a good excuse.  I was on vacation for almost two weeks around Thanksgiving in November so my sewing time was shortened.  We ventured to the cold of Quebec City and Montreal and had a great time.  Here's a pic from Quebec City of me doing my best interpretation of an Eskimo!



Ok, on with the sewing update.  My November MAGAM Challenge is complete - a rather simple garment this month.  I made Vogue 8854 out of a polka dot fleece from my stash.  The pattern has three different version - a sleeveless top that I made, one with sleeves and a pocket in the front and another with a hood.  Due to my limited fabric - the sleeveless version was my only option.


I think it turned out quite cute!  I trimmed the armholes and the hem with some matching lycra I had in my stash.  The collar pictured on the pattern envelope stands up like the one below, but I just figured that would get in the way too much, so I didn't sew on the 4th snap near the top because I thought I would more likely wear it with the collar turned down as pictured above.


I trimmed the collar seam by sewing some soutache braid along the seamline.  A subtle element, but I think it adds a little something unexpected.

Here's a close-up of the armhole binding.  I lowered the bottom of the armhole 1" because it was just a bit snug.  I will be wearing this over another top, and I didn't want it to bind up under the arm.

My center front makes you look twice at the different halfs of the dots.  I tried and tried to line up the same color down the front when cutting out the pattern, but I just didn't have enough fabric to do so. However,  I think this adds a little quirkiness to the garment too.

The hemline is a shirttail hem that I also trimmed with the lycra strips.  I shortened the overall length of the garment by 3 inches.  It falls at a much more pleasing spot on my body now.

Here's a better look at the soutache braid along the back.

Just a quick post today as I'm still trying to catch up and get back into the swing of things after vacation.  That's it for now!

Oh - and to add to the Stashbustin total since July - this puts me at 43 yards!  Yippee!  I'm starting to think about my goal for next year too.  I think sewing 100 yards out of my stash is a bit ambitious, but I might think about 80 yards for the year? That sounds kinda doable?  What do you think?

Happy Sewing everyone!


20 comments:

  1. Very cute! You were only an hour away from me while in Montreal. It's a great city and I hope you weren't too cold. It does get a wee bit chilly around these parts.

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    1. Thanks Bunny. I am so excited to learn I was so close to you! I actually think I was born into the wrong climate because I love the cold weather! When we plan another trip to your wonderful area, I will be sure to look you up! How exciting!

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  2. So colourful, pefect to cheer up the cold winter days

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  3. I never would of thought to make a top out of fleece, love it!

    Helen

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  4. Very colourful! I like the braid trim you added. I bet it's cozy:)

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  5. Thanks Maureen. Yes it is very cozy.

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  6. So Cute! And will be warm & cozy this winter. The trims really adds a lot too.

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    1. Thanks Beverly. Gosh I am just overwhelmed by everyones nice comments.

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  7. I used to live in Montreal and I visited Quebec City a few times. It's lovely, isn't it? Your top is lovely. I love the contrast armhole and the soutache braids. It will be so much fun to wear!

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    1. Thanks Lovenicky. I am looking forward to wearing it. And yes, Quebec City is lovely!

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  8. It is cute - and all your finishing touches are so nicely done, as usual :)

    Quebec city looks so cold - living down here (Australia) I can't fathom how you cope with it - although I notice you are very rugged up.

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    1. Thanks SarahLiz! Actually I love the cold weather and was looking forward to the weather so I was prepared with my warm coat.

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  9. This looks so warm and snug :) and I love the bright colours!
    Got your emails but for some reason the past 2 days I havent been able to send or receive any at all. So I havent forgotten you, I just have some email issues boo hoo. Didnt know how else to let you know :)xx

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I was wondering if they went thru. No worries!

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    2. I'll be in touch asap! :)xxx

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