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Monday, July 31, 2006

What else have I been doing?

Glad you asked. To make a long story short, I started Vogue 2900 - DKNY dress last night.

Can you believe the bodice alone has 18 pieces! More to come on this.

Found fabric for Vogue 8280 - my knockoff of the infamous Galaxy Dress from Roland Mouret's Fall 2005 RTW collection. It's a tan glenplaid print with a touch of brown and teal.

Also, found another pattern that I am dying to make -- Vogue 2920. It's from Donna Karan's Fall 2005 RTW collection. The skirt version was worn by Meryl Streep's character Miranda Priestly in DWP.

July 29th

Ok, I know I'm two days late but I've had a busy weekend. July 29th is my 1 year blogiversary. This blog started out of my love for crochet. Four months into it, I taught myself to knit. Six months later, I was completely enamored with sewing... one year from now, who nows what I'll be doing!

July 29th means much more to me than this blog and all of my crafting. It's my daughter Mikaela's birthday -- she's 9. How did she go from here

to here?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Project Details

Pattern: Butterick 4802 - Top C
Fabric: Georgette

This was a very easy pattern to follow, not problems with the instructions. The only thing that I did not like about this was how the front facing looked showing through the sheer fabric. But once my daughter put on a camisole underneath, that problem was solved. Georgette is a pain to work with; this has to be the most difficult fabric to cut. But the hassle was worth it in the end. I think what I like most was the ribbon and lace trim. I'm very pleased with the way this little top turned out, looks just like the picutre and most of all Amber loves it. I'll use this pattern again and probably make one or two of the other versions.

Project Details
Pattern: Butterick 4815 - Vest C
Fabric: Wool Acrylic Blend
I've been seeing these little cropped halter vest (see back) all over the place in junior departments and my girls were especially drawn to them when the saw several in the Back-To-School Limited Too catalogue. I chose a plaid fabric because those of us that follow fashion know that plaid are really hot this season.
This was great opportunity to work with plaid on a very small scale. Even though I didn't perfectly line the print up the way I had wanted to, I know next time what to do differently. On version C of this pattern, it offered a cutting line as seen here for the cropped version that I made right underneath the second button. I also decided to use a button instead of eyehooks at the neck.

Project Details

Pattern: Butterick 4809 - Jacket D

Fabric: 100% cotton - black denim

This little denim shrug/cropped jacket is also a popular item with the teens. I used version D of this pattern and followed the instructions word for word with the exception of the contrasting collar. Not a lot I can say about this one other than the fact that the instruction were very easy to following... no problems here. BTW, here's the back.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Adaptation or infringement?

I promise I'm not hatin', well maybe just a little, but I've always wondered where the line is drawn on the issue of copyright infringement and adapting a pattern and selling the finished product. This is what I'm talking about:

Does this look familiar?

Retail price $120 at Hayden-Harnett Handbags

Of course it does!

Hemp Flowers Necklace - Interweave Crochet Fall 2005

I've always heard that this is just plain wrong! Mrs. Billie Jean Reese could have atleast place a flower or two in a different order instead of just outright stealing Norah Gaughan's pattern and selling it. Oh BTW, she was nice enough to cite that it was "adapted" from IC.

I figured I wasn't the only D.I.Y. chick that caught this, it's been discussed in great depth over at the 'ville. This was a hot topic around the first few days of July, doesn't seem that anything came of it since the necklace is still for sale.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

D.I.Y. Ready-To-Wear - II

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My latest inspiration is taken from Lady O herself. This is the Catherine Malandrino kimono sweater that Oprah is wearing on the cover of August O mag. I found a similar version in Simplicity 4132. I'll use a rib knit for mine to make it closer to the original.

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I am totally in love with the coats from DWP. I didn't find patterns exactly like these, but I can still pull off a great look white coat and a green coat with leopard contrasting detail.

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Simplicity 4403

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Vogue 7978

Lazy days of summer

I know that I haven't posted in over a week but I have been crafting. I've been working on cute back-to-school wardrobe pieces for my girls.

I'll post pictures in a day or so.

When you have two girls, the other wants to know, "Why aren't you sewing anything for me?". Well, I had to do something about that. Little Miss Tomboy doesn't like skirts unless it's a skort so dresses were out of the question. Since I'm going shopping for jeans which are her favorite, I decided to do cute little knitted tops for her.

McCall's 4866 - View A

Of course I'm working on another outfit for me.

Vogue 2900 - View A

Also, I bought all of the material to make a customized dress form.

See how in Sew News - August 2006

I take this D.I.Y. thing very serious; if it will save me $150, it's worth the time and effort.

Friday, July 14, 2006

White Eyelet Shirtdress

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Project Details

Pattern: McCall's 4769
Fabric: 100% Cotton Eyelet

None were needed... followed the pattern exactly. This was a great pattern with lots of possibilities. This is one that I'll make again, more than likely View E or F with the long sleeves for cooler weather. Or maybe one like this that I saw on Net-a-Porter.
**Edit: I was asked to provide a few more details. Here is a close-up of the buttons that I used. This dress could have been lined, but I chose not to. I decided to just go with a slip/chemise underneath. If I had lined it, I probably would have gone with cotton lawn. As far as learning a new technique, anytime I get to do buttonholes, I get better with it and this is the first time that I've used this machine to sew the buttons on. Much better than handsewing all six.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sunday Afternoon

Isn't that sky just lovely?

Oh well, atleast it's not raining. This is the kind of afternoon you want to just sit back and find a good movie on t.v. or listen to the new Corinne Bailey Rae or India.Arie CD's. Or perhaps, take in a sale. A little retail therapy has a tendency to make all things better! Hancock's has Vogue patterns on sale for 75% off! To me, that's pretty incredible and I had to indulge myself.
The preview for Interweave Knits Fall 2006 is up and it made me SMILE! Just look at the cover -- I've been wanting to try my hand at fairisle and here is a great pattern to get me started. I like so much from just the preview that I'm almost giddy!
  • Bianca's Jacket
  • Gatsby Girl Pullover
  • Equinox Yoke Pullover
  • Wanderlust Hoodie
  • Coral Crossing
  • Spartan Pullover
  • Breton Jacket
  • Weekend Pullover
  • Sienna Cardigan

So in essence, pretty much everything that was shown!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Baby, I swear it's deja vu...

Or should I say Duro vu!

"...seems like you're everywhere, it's true
gotta be having deja vu..."
Deja Vu - Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

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Lucky magazine - August 2006

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Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4072

Fabric: Rayon?? from Hancock Fabrics


Where do I start? Let's see. My goal was to get something entirely different from my version of McCall's 5137. Even though, I felt like I did an excellent job sewing the first dress and following the directions to the tee, I still had something else in mind. I decided to make the dress following the Simplicity pattern exactly, but as I started I realized that this pattern was going to produce an almost identical dress to the one that I made before. Even though I used a drapier fabric, it was the same dress all over again. I was frustrated... I tried it on and completely hated and in the trashcan it went. This was lastnight.

O.K., after a good night's sleep, I dug it out and grabbed my seam ripper. What did I change and do different this time? This time around, I left off the ties. I am so not a tie-in-the-back-dress-kinda-chick. I wore enough of those when I was pregnant and that's what they remind me of -- maternity clothes. Since these patterns are designed to produce a garment with a lot of ease, I dropped down a few sizes and inserted a hidden side zipper. Unlike the other pattern, the back bodice did not have a back seam (it was really unnecessary in the McCall's), that's why I choose the side, right below the underarm to place a 7" invisible zipper. I also removed some of the bulk through the hips and shortened it a tad so that I could use the print in the fabric as a border. Overall, I like the fit of this one better. It's a lot more comfortable and it stays in place as I move about and I don't feel the need to have to keep tugging and pulling. I gave it the ultimate test: in and out the car. To me, this one determines what's a winner or loser.

BTW, this is how NOT to use a seam ripper!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

So, how was your 4th?

Mine was fun, you know, lots of family time. We did the BBQ thing, DH did babybacks early in the a.m. to avoid the rain (and the heat) that we were sure to get. Next we were off to movie #1 - The Devil Wears Prada. This was an excellent movie! I think my favorite line from the movie was:
Andy: Wow, you look so... skinny.
Emily: Really, oh thank you! I'm on
this new diet. I don't eat anything! When I feel like I'm going to
faint, I eat a cube of cheese. I'm only one stomach flu away from my goal
After that, came back home to eat, again! Then off to the "Thunder on the Mountain" fireworks celebration. Next, movie #2 - Superman Returns. Another great movie. It ends with a cliffhanger -- I won't give it away.
As you can see, my day was pretty full, no knitting or sewing.
The summer Knitty is up. I'm rather disappointed with it. This issue is accessory driven, not a single cute cardi or sexy tank in sight! However, I have to admit that I do like, O.K. love Fetching. I never got around to making a pair of fingerless gloves last Winter, since I started my adventure in knitting in January and I was totally focusing on Spring. Also there are theses cute skully type hats that DH loves to cover up the bald head with when it's cold out.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

D.I.Y. Ready-To-Wear

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For all of you D.I.Y. fashionistas, Vogue Pattern has released for Fall, their interpretation of the Roland Mouret Fall 2005 Galaxy Dress that was worn by many celebrities. Looks like I'll be pulling out the Spanx for this one!

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This is what I'm currently working on now. This is McCall's version of the Michael Kors Spring 2006 eyelet dress. Who says the shirtdress has to be plain and frumpy. I should have a picture of this probably after the 4th.


Found a pattern for the coat that I drooled over all last winter. The designer is Giorgio Armani from the Fall 2005 RTW Collection. When you get to the point that you can look at a sketch and recognize designer and year of collection, you subscribe to too many fashion magazines!

City Shorts II

Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4135
Fabric: 98% cotton/2% spandex

I like this pattern so much that I did another pair of shorts. Can you have too many? I think not. This time I decided not to include the pockets because they sometimes will not lie flat on us curvy girls. I think I like this pair better than the first because of the fabric. Even though I love the feel of the cotton twill used on the first pair, this fabric has a tiny percentage of spandex and the difference is felt. They feel a little more roomier.
Ready to dig out the yarn...
Have you seen the July edition of Magknits? Alexandra Virgiel has a new pattern - Ballet Camisole. A few months back, I knitted her Soleil pattern. Her patterns are very well written and quite easy to follow. I think this is a really cute top that can be worn now with a flowy skirt and layered when the weather cools. On the Berroco site, I found a crocheted cardigan that has a lot of possibility... it's the Twyla Cardigan. I don't know what it is about this sweater, but it just appeals to me. I doubt seriously if I'll use a round button that size, maybe a smaller one or even a toggle.