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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A.W.O.L.

I know I've been absent, but I have a few things to share. I think by now you guys now pretty much how I function... I sew like a maniac, pumping out projects like a sweatshop and then I fall into a slump. I'm absolutely, completely bored with all things Winter, so I've been seeking Spring inspiration.
This is where I've been getting my inspiration from. By the way, I must congratulate Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whittaker for their Oscar wins!
Shopped at Hancock's during their warehouse sale and picked up my first batch of spring fabric and patterns.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

How was your Valentine's Day?

Mine was pretty nice. This is Valentine's Day #16 for us and he's still just as thoughtful as ever. this is what he

gave me:
this is what was in it

We went to seewhich was by far the best Tyler Perry movie as of yet!


Just a couple of the many reasons that

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Butterick Spring Collection

Well... not a lot to say about these. Either I'm really, really picky or there was not a lot to be desired in Butterick's spring collection.

B4973:

I think this would make a cute seasonal transition dress. Y'all know me... I'm definitely going to have to tweak this one... raise the hemline above the knee, add a strappy sandal equals hotness!


B4974:

B4978:


B4996:

B4977:

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Simplicity 4045 - ~The LBD~


Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4045 - View A
Fabric:
Fashion Fabric - Textured Knit
Underlining - Polyester Interlock


Description: Misses bias cut dress

I was inspired to do this dress by all of the baby doll and trapeze shapes that were on the RTW runway for Spring '07. Also, I saw that my blogging buddy Chanel over at Hip Candy had refashioned a black mini and I knew that I had to have one too.

I had had this pattern in my stash for months, but it was something about it that just didn't 'pop' for me. After I saw an array of babydolls hit the runway, I decided that this pattern had potential. I did a few modifications to get the look that I wanted.

  • With the fabric I chose, it was quite flimsy and transparent, so I underlined it with polyester interlock so I wouldn't have to be bothered with wearing a slip.
  • I trimmed the front and back neckband by an inch off of the top so that I could achieve more of a scooped neck which is much more flattering (on me) than the original.
  • Instead of using the suggested gathers in the center, I decided to use pleats instead... again more flattering on me.
  • I cut the dress in a size 14 and gradually brought it out to a size 18, below the waist for more of an a-line cut.
  • I cut the bottom off 4 inches so that it would be an actual mini-dress.
This is a very simple and easy to complete pattern... it took a whole 2 hours to finish! I give this one "the thumbs up"!