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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Randomness: Blah, Blah, Blah


There's no particular method to my madness today, other than the fact that I just wanted to share a few things. Went shopping for fabric today, yeah I know, what a shock! Picked up a few items. From left to right:
I guess you can say, I've given some thought to what I want to wear this Fall.

Fashion (Faux Pas)

There is one style this season that I will not be partaking of and that is the skinny jeans, peg legs, pencil pants... none of that for me! I found this article in Vibe's Vixen magazine about how you can wear the skinny look even if you aren't 98 pounds. THE HELL YOU CAN! That's right I went there.

Look, here's the deal: Skinny pants are for skinny people, (just ask the Budget Fashionista, she'll tell ya) that's it... no if, ands, or (big ol') BUTTS about it! See, I have badonkadonk , junk in the trunk, a huge bum, a very large arse... but I'm confortable with that and I know how to work it and most importantly I know my fashion limitations. The so-called fashion writers and editors at Vibe Vixen need to be ashamed for putting it out there that the above look is o.k. I'm going to have to ask them to never do that again! Sorry to be crass (not really) but the chick in the middle looks like 10 lbs of shit shoved into a 5 lb bag. That's all...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Too Many Choices... Help!

Vogue 8280

I finally pulled out the Roland Mouret knock-off pattern. These are all of the possible ways I would wear this dress. I sat staring at the envelope, pattern and fabric for a great part of my day. I'm so indecisive right now... I just can't make a decision on how I want to wear this dress. It was hard enough deciding on fabric and I finally settled on a wool crepe glen-plaid since menswear is at the height of popularity. So, help me out. What do you think?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's a wrap!

Project Details

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3408
Fabric: A textured, Missoni-like knit

I had been searching high and low for a wrap dress (ala DVF) for a while now. My first choice was Simplicity 4074, but it was a complete dissappointment because it's not a REAL wrap dress, it's a faux wrap! Beware if you are/were interested in this pattern... it's not what it appears to be and it doesn't state this on the envelope! The Kwik Sew pattern is great! What I love most is that these are not the tissue patterns that you have to be extremely careful not to rip, they are paper patterns and they made cutting a dream!

The instructions were very straight forward and the illustrations are magnificent! I had no problems with this pattern whatsoever. I have grown quite accustomed to sewing with a 5/8" seam allowance and this pattern only has 1/4" allowance. Since this was a knit, I just used an overlock stitch on the seams. The other thing that I love is that the bodice was cut separately from the skirt which provide the opportunity to really customize the fit. I used the medium bodice and sleeves and the large skirt pieces. The skirt is cut on an A-line which is very flattering to us bootylicious ladies. The reason I chose to use the medium bodice pieces is that from experience, I know that wrap dresses can sometimes gape at the bodice and expose things that we may not want to exposed at the time. The size medium provided me with an almost negative ease and a fit that felt comfortable moving about. This is a pattern that I am definitely going to sew again. In my book, it's a winner.

Another Shirtdress

It was hot and windy today!

Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4171
Fabric: 100% Rayon
Notions: Ten 5/8" buttons


This is the second shirtdress I've made in the last couple of months. Shirtdresses are everywhere. Did you see the one Michael made on Project Runway last night? It was smokin' hot! Shirtdressing is very popular right now... just walk into any department store or boutique and there they are. I was inspired by the details of the Diane vonFurstenberg Hillevi Shirtdress, so I decided to modify this pattern to have a similar look. There were a several alterations that I made:
  • I lengthened front and back pieces by 2" because I felt I was a lot taller than the model on the envelope.
  • I lengthened the sleeves by 1".
  • Re-shaped pockets on lower edge corners from round to square.
  • Changed pockets by adding a pleat and a flap. As a guide, I used the pocket pieces from View A.
  • Omitted belt loops (carriers).
  • Topstitched collar.

Even though after completing this dress, I wish I had used the long-sleeve version of McCall's 4769, because (1) the bodice and the skirt are cut separately and I could have made the bodice in one size without a FBA and the skirt in one size larger. And also (2) the skirt in that pattern is cut on an A-line which would have captured the look of my inspiration dress more. Overall, I like this dress and I do plan on wearing it. I will probably accessorize it with a wider belt for more of a cinched waist.

This was a very easy pattern to follow since this was a Threads Magazine Collection pattern and they are known for their "Step by step to sewing success!" instrustuctions. Will I sew this one again? Probably so, I'm already thinking of doing Version A in corduroy.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Alabama - Where Idols are born!

Will Alabama give birth to another Idol? Today, wannabe Idols descended upon the city of Birmingham at the BJCC (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex).

This was the crowd at 5 a.m. this morning.

Around 8,000 contestants!

Ryan Seacrest being interviewed on "Good Morning Alabama".

Ruben graced the crowd with his presence.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sucker for a Sale!

Went to Hancock's today and picked up a couple eight patterns. Vogue's were 75% off and all McCall's were 99 cents! I didn't even know about the the McCall's, I actually went in for Vogue's but the one that I really wanted was sold out! Grrrrrrrr! Angry face! But, I made up for it with a few extras:

The Kwik Sew pattern was the only one that wasn't on sale and I spent only $28.14! Me not missing out on a great sale -- PRICELESS!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lazy Sew 'n Sew!

I didn't get a lot done today, I had to do a lot of running around and then there was dinner to cook, homework to check and time to commiserate with the kiddies and the husband... I'll catch up on laundry tomorrow. I'm going to have to talk to somebody about getting more hours in the day. Oh well, but I did manage to interface the collar and front facings. I also did the darts and started the pockets. Yeah, about those pockets on the pattern... they sucked and I had to re-draft so that they would look something like the ones on the DVF dress. Here's a little lookee at what I did:
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3. 4.
BTW, if I hadn't mentioned it yet, I am making version C and using the pockets (with modifications) from version A. The pocket pattern was suppose to be cut with rounded corners. Didn't like that so I adjusted the pattern pieces before I cut them out to square them off and added extra inches (I forgot to write that part down) for the pleats.
  1. This is done at the ironing board. Fold in 1/4" on each side and pressed down. Turn the pocket vertically. Fold the side down 2.5" and press.
  2. Open it back up, and tuck the pressed edge under to make a 1/2" pleat.
  3. Press. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Stitched to the front piece just as instructed from the pattern and added the flap. Voila! A pleated pocket with a flap!

More to come...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

DVF for MOI!

I've been coveting this dress (well, all of her dresses) for the longest and finally found a pattern that I can modify and probably get something very similar looking. Y'all know how I love to do that! I just cut the pattern out so give me a few days and I'll give you a pic!

Diane vonFurstenberg - Hillevi Silk Shirt Dress $425

BTW, here is the fabric and buttons:

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Empty Nest

Until 3:30

I've been waiting for this day since the last day of school, literally counting it down, but it's really bittersweet. It's eerily quiet in my house today. Usually, you can walk throughout the house and hear t.v.'s and cd players booming from every direction; the refridgerator opening and closing; the beep, beep, beep of the microwave; the telephone ringing off the hook; screams of, "Get out of my room!" or "I'm telling mom!". But today, nothing... just the sound of the t.v. to keep me company and fill the void of silence.
Atleast today I have knitting. Yes, I said knitting! Even though the weather chick said it was going to hit triple digits again today, I have my hand wrapped around yarn. I casted on last night for the Gatsby Girl Pullover. I haven't knitted in so long that my hands are feeling arthritic today. I'm finding the cabling to be entertaining and it beat's the hell outta endless stockinette! As soon as I make some significant headway I'll post pics.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Expecting my delivery!

Any day now!

After perusing the new issues of Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits, this is how my yarn will have to be delivered! I saw sooooo many things that I want to make. All I need now is to get rid of the three figure temperature, add a cool, crisp breeze, with a sprinkle of autumn leaves and then I'll be good to go!

Until that delivery arrives, I'll be working from my stash to make the Gatsby Girl Pullover.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I've been sew busy!

Project Details

Pattern: Vogue 2900 - DKNY Dress
Fabric: 100% silk jacquard

The bodice of this dress consisted of 18 pieces! to provide a very tailored look and fit. Over at Pattern Review, three other sewist used version A, which is constructed on the bias. Since I hadn't seen version B which is cut on the straight grain, I wanted to do that one. Even though the bodice has a lot of pieces, it was not a difficult dress to make. What I liked most about this is the pockets, who doesn't like pockets! I also like the edgestitching. I learned this method years and years ago as topstitching. I was unsure whether or not I would be able to sew in a perfect straight stitch, so I used my blind stitch foot. What I did not like is that the zipper was put in last. I also shorten my zipper so that it stopped even with the bottom of the yoke. The reason I did this was because the original position caused the zipper to "bubble out" creating an unflattering fit on the skirt part. Overall, I like this pattern and the way the dress fits. I would highly recommend this pattern and don't be detered all of the cutting because it's worth it in the end.

Project Details

Pattern: Vogue 7898 - Jersey Wrapdress
Fabric: Jersey knit in Rayon??

This pattern was quick and refreshing and dealing with a more advanced pattern (V2900). This pattern offered three versions: short, flutter sleeves, long sleeves or sleeves. There were only 9 pieces! I cut and sewed this dress in only a few hours. At first, I was a little intimidated to work with jersey, but I didn't have any problems at all. I can't say anything bad about this one, I have no complaints. What I like most was the fact that in most wrap dresses, there are the ties on the inside that hold it together. On this one, the left front edges was sewn to the wrong side of the right front seamline. Also the d-ring which was added to the right front edge in a casing provided a ruched effect. This is another one that I would recommend.