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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Like a BOSS!!

My sewing, that is...and I'd like to thank Winter Storm Khan for making it happen! We had an early dismissal yesterday at noon which not only freed up my afternoon, but knocked out a bunch of things I would have had to drive my kids around to. (YES!!! Sorry, but selfish Mommy is NOT disappointed...)

I had been holding onto these cut garments for almost two weeks and buried in an avalanche of work, so I had not gotten anything else done. Well, last night, I knocked out Cynthia Rowley's Simplicity 2593 design, a simple blouse with a pretty neckline in a fabulous floral print.

I think this top might be especially cute with the "Tangerine Tango" Colette Clover pants I made last year. I also have a periwinkle blue skirt suit (with a short sleeve jacket) that it could pair with.

My next endeavor was Vogue 8084 - a Vogue basic options skirt pattern. It's out of print, but still fairly recent. I chose view B with an asymmetrical hem in another fun floral print. I think I would like this with a hot pink or turquoise top, but the yellow top is what I was wearing today.

The skirt has a nice twirl factor without being too billowy. It hits at my favorite length, too

My next project was Simplicity 1716. I made this pattern as View F, a top, not too long ago, but I chose this time to make the dress D with the E sleeves added since I needed the right pattern for this border print.

This was a super quick and easy dress to sew, but it looks a lot more high-end thanks to the simple design and great fabric.

I had a remnant of this that I purchased at G Street Fabrics last summer when we were passing through the DC area on our way to visit relatives. It was definitely the kind of fabric that required just the right pattern to make it work.

Now, I did sew one thing for my daughter as well - a tunic top from Burda 9612. I made the shorter version for her to wear with some khaki capris I picked up cheap at the end of last summer (in her next size up). The fabric is so cute it didn't really need much in the way of embellishment, but I like the suggestion of adding ribbon at the waist.

The top also called for 3 buttons, but since I had just two of a really beautiful mother-of-pearl left over from her last year's Easter dress, I just spaced them out on the placket since they are a design element rather than functional.

Now, I am getting ready to cut fabric for some more sewing fun - time to go visit the garage warehouse and see what fabric is looking to be loved!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Spring Vogues!

After a SUPER busy couple of weeks (tons of work stuff), I'm now enjoying a slightly longer weekend thanks to an ice storm and early dismissal from my school district. As I wait for my kids to finish a Monopoly game (and get out of my way), I've been cruising the net for sewing inspiration and lo and Vogues!

The first one that caught my eye was this lovely Tracy Reese (V1343) design:

The draping looks flattering and like it would work well with my body type. I already have a great wide belt (in black and white), so I think I would choose my fabric to work with that.

Rebecca Taylor has a pattern with a similar aesthetic (V1344).

It looks like it might need some tacking at the bodice, though!
I could also see myself making this Mark & James Badgley Mischka creation (V1337):

The pattern indicates it isn't flattering for bigger busts, but I think lengthening the bodice would take care of that quite easily.
I also think this Vintage Vogue design is lovely (V8874). This would be so classy for church.

I also like this Vogue Options dress (V8872). This color combo is interesting, although I would go for the more flared skirt option.

Another Vogue Options (V 8873) also has nice lines.

The cut of V8871 is flattering and looks like a quick project:

I do like the shorter cap-sleeve version just a little better, though.

I'm a sucker for color-blocking so I like Sandra Betzina's take on the color-blocked dress (V1336).

There is another nice example of color-blocking in V8877, an easy top:

V8879 is a nice pattern for basic knit tops with modern shapes.

I don't sew that many pairs of pants, but I really like these - V8883:

I really like this outfit - V8886 - right down to the color choice! I think this would be super cute for work.

Sew some lingerie? Yes, I think I will! V8888:

Overall, I am pretty excited about Vogue's spring offerings - bring on the next pattern sale!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Preview of coming attractions

I've been busy - just haven't reviewed these yet...

I finished this Vogue Katherine Tilton top to go with the Alexander Henry print skirt I recently finished.  The royal blue is the same ponte I used in the royal and yellow dress and the turquoise contrast was used in the La Mia Boutique dress I made last month.

Simple ruffle hem pants for Gracie's Spring wardrobe...

This is a preview of a top and denim skirt (the front of the top, back of the skirt). I coordinated the embroidery colors. This was a fun project and I have another version cut out of purple denim.

The test fit - not the best photo, but the fit is good. I just measured her again. She is 45" tall, but thinner than the corresponding measurements for patterns for her height. I used that to take in the skirt in the construction process.

I also decided to add in buttonhole elastic to increase the wear - esp. in light of the cute back pockets!

In the front, I added a really fun button by Doodlebug - much better on her clothes than in my scrapbook stash!

I used a simple heart design for the pockets and mirror imaged them. I just love them!

Here's a glimpse of the inside. Would a simple tutorial on adding buttonhole elastic (like RTW children's clothes) be helpful? Let me know and I will take better pictures throughout the construction of the purple skirt.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting the year right!

I sewed for me. ;-) New Look 6873 - a nice basic to show off this awesome fabric! Now, if it gets just a bit warmer by the time I finish the top I want to wear with it, I will be a happy girl.

BTW - The sewing for children contest is underway at Pattern Review - lots of eye candy and if you are a member you can vote for up to 5 entries. My big giraffe is hanging out with plenty of stiff competition.