McCalls 3830 and Cation Designs Dolman Tee

Hello there! I’ve been sewing rather slowly. My old Brother sewing machine decided that it likes to eat knits, even when I’m using the walking foot. I now have a Pfaff (with the IDT!) that my husband kindly got me for my birthday. It handles ITY knits like a champ! I’m excited about it.

I started both of these items about 25 lbs. ago, and it shows–they’re both rather too big for me know. I know I’ll still wear them on the weekend, though, as long as I can without them falling off.

I’ve made the Cation Designs Dolman Tee before. I love it for work because it comes off as elegant and it also has sleeves, which are necessary in a chilly office environment. This one is made of an ITY I got while shopping with my mother-in-law at the Fabric Warehouse in Rahway, NJ. It is a size XL; next time I sew it, I will use a L or M.

Cation Designs Dolman Tee and McCalls 3830 Skirt
Awkward timed selfie.

The McCalls 3830 skirt is made of a rayon/linen blend. I think I got that at Joann’s, as I couldn’t find plain linen in dark colors online at the time I was shopping for it, for some reason. I like the hand of the fabric. The skirt is the shortest view with no back vent and I believe I used a size 18 or 20. I should use a 16 next time, I think, and also take a little off the side seam curve, as my hips are not as curvy as the pattern is. I am closer to success with this pattern!

Cation Designs Dolman Tee and McCalls 3830 Skirt 2
This one is much better and shows the drape of the knit.

I love the idea of #sewmystashseptember. My stash has gotten uncomfortably large from all these shopping trips while traveling and little gifts to myself when I am feeling blah and uninspired. Now it is time for me to make these lengths of cloth into clothes I love.

I am interested in going at it from a capsule + purpose perspective: travel capsule (quick-drying, anti-wrinkling, stretch, chic for tourist photographs); casual Fridays/weekends capsule (structured, but not TOO structured, colorful), and work capsule (basic, dark colors, opaque, full coverage). I wonder how I can fit my stash in there.

My grandmother used to buy me complete outfits whenever we did back to school or vacation shopping. I remember getting coordinated shorts and tops sets with matching socks and a coordinating cardigan (and maybe matching hair bows and barrettes too) when we prepared for our first vacation together to Seattle. So much pink! I would like to approach my sewing this way too: for every top, there must be a bottom, and every bottom must have a top. That doesn’t mean a 1:1 ratio, as many tops can match a bottom. However, the styles and shapes must go together. That’s something for me to think about as I approach the stash.

How do you approach building a wardrobe and managing your resources?

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3 thoughts on “McCalls 3830 and Cation Designs Dolman Tee”

  1. Sounds like you’re doing better these days and are making good progress in your sewing. The pictures look great, and if you’ve lost that much weight, then you should be jumping for joy. You should try posting the pix on the McCall’s FB page I mentioned before. The community is wonderful about supporting all of us. Then, you could mention your blog.

    I’m developing the sewing courses I’ve mentioned before, and I’m going to include picking colors and creating a core wardrobe with the projects in my classes. Just trying to figure out the camera side of things. I’ll have some good fitting classes to help you measure your patterns before you make something. I hope it will be helpful to others as well. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to your classes. Fitting is the trickiest part to me. Second trickiest is matching fabrics to make an outfit. I usually chicken out by wearing black pants or a skirt with a colored top, but I’d like to branch out beyond that. In the meantime, during this stretch of weight loss, I’ve worn black dresses almost every day.

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      1. I would love to be able to help more sewers with fitting. It seems that I read that a lot in the blogs. I’ll let you know when I get things ready. I’m trying to make this so people can do it themselves.
        Don’t worry about wearing black so much as long as you can bring in some color somewhere. You don’t want to look like you’re going to a funeral. 😊

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