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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I got mine!

Anybody else get a copy? What do you think of it?

McCall's 5662

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5662, view C
Fabric: Poly/Lycra Jersey

Description: Drapey tunic with self-faced middle sections and looped overlay.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think it does!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the drapey-ness of the design. It looks kind of Grecian. I like the looped overlay on the middle section. That's a cute added detail. I also like the deep V in the back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't have to make any alterations. I used a regular machine stitched hem for all of my finishing. I didn't want to use my coverstitch as I would normally do. I wanted the finish to simple and clean. I added beaded rosettes because I remembered a top in Anthropologie that I'd seen a while ago and thought it would be a nice touch.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? There are very few patterns that I repeat and this one is trendy, so I probably will not sew this one again. But, I do recommend it.

Conclusion: This is pattern was very easy to follow, that had great directions and tips and suggestions throughout.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Mikaela!

Mikaela is 11 today! My tiny baby girl is 11 today! Where has the time gone? Her first day of middle school is next week. It seems like it was just her first day of kindergarten. *SIGH* Okay... I'm going to go sob now.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mini-Wardrobe Contest II

I'm such a joiner!

Pattern Review’s Mini-Wardrobe Contest
August 1 through August 31, 2008

The 3/3/4 Mini-wardrobe Contest.

This is a contest to create a 4-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks. You will determine what clothing pieces you use in your wardrobe. The catch is you must include (at least):
  • 3 different types of garments
  • 3 different colors in the wardrobe
  • and they must combine to make
  • 4 distinct, different outfits.

All pieces must coordinate with each other.

My 4 outfits:
  1. Dress
  2. Dress + jacket
  3. Pants + shirt
  4. Pants + shirt + jacket
My patterns:

Vogue 2923

Vogue 1051
Vogue 1066 (revised 8/3/08)
Vogue 8379
Simplicity 4076

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Just a little bit of sewing...

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 8138, view A
Fabric: Cotton/Lycra Jersey

Description: Long sleeve knit cardigan that may be worn open or lower edges can be tied at front waist.

My sewing mojo has been absent lately and I needed something quick and easy to get me back in the game. This is so easy to make... so easy that I whipped this up last Friday afternoon to wear to the movies that night. This pattern is literally two rectangles sewn together (creating a CB seam) that you cut holes in to set the sleeves. It took more time to hem than to actually construct. This is the perfect hybrid between a shawl and a cardigan!

I sewed this straight out of the envelope... no alterations needed. It's just one of those pieces that drape naturally and I decided to let it do whatever it does. I had been lusting over high-end pieces like this, especially one by Maison Martin Margiela, that retails for $745... mine cost me less than $20! LOL

I read a few reviews on this that were quite negative. To each his own... I like it. I didn't care at all for the other two pieces, but I highly recommend this if this is your particular style... it truly doesn't get any easier than this.

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 2971, view B
Fabric: Poly/Lycra Jersey

Another fun and easy top! This is my second top from this pattern. I made this one before my trip because I wanted something cool, lightweight and wrinkle-free. And also a non-boring variation on the basic t-shirt.

I followed the directions with the exception of the bottom part. I was suppose to add elastic in the side seams for ruching, but the elastic would not cooperate. So instead, I used elastic thread by hand, which was much easier to work with and control.

I really love this detail. This is what makes this top more than a plain ole tee.

Up next...

  • I'm going to participate in the Mini Wardrobe Contest over at PR, which starts August 1st. I'll put together a storyboard sometime today and post it.
  • Also, I am determined to find/borrow/steal/buy some time this week to work on my coat muslins.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Why are my pants growing???

Carolyn just did a post on "wearability" and it made me think. I wore my Hotpatterns Sailor Pants when I was in New York... this was the first time I've worn them. I had them on from morning until late night. By late night, they were nearly falling off because they had relaxed just that much. I've noticed this problem with most of my natural fiber pants, especially linen.

Can this be prevented?? My first thought is to initially make everything very fitted so when they relax, they will be the right size.

What are your suggestions?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Fabric Purchases!

poly/lycra jersey knit; wool flannel

winter white wool; heather grey wool

red cotton lycra; black pinstripe wool

black & white tweed; burgundy wool crepe

white cotton lycra; seafoam green cotton jersey

greens, fuchsia, black and white poly lycra

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Meeting 1969 in NYC!

To put the icing on a fabulous weekend, I got a chance to "meet" my girl 1969. We've been buddies for a couple of years now and it was so great to meet her in person!

We had dinner at Dallas Jones BBQ in Greenwich Village. I love the idea of finding "down home" food in the big city!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back home!

And tired! I'll post pics of my fabric on Wednesday. I shipped over 20 lbs for 2nd day air... no way I was getting all of that in my luggage! My sore feet and swollen ankles will be sleeping in and lazying around today.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Yesterday was a fantastic day! If you're in NYC, you have to take in a Broadway show!

We went to the 2 pm matinee for Passing Strange. It was absolutely fantastic! HERE is the New York Times review.

This is Daniel Breaker, one of the actors... he is highly talented and did a terrific job!

After that, we did a little shopping and sat out in Bryant Park for some serious people watching.

We then met some friends at Spotlight Live for... wait for it... wait for it... KARAOKE!!!


After that, we headed to Carmine's for a fabulous Italian dinner!

This is Time Square at 1 am! Look at all of the people!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Exhausted in the City!

I'm being hosted by the "The Creole Princess" who's staying in NYC for the Summer! This is us at Rockefeller Plaza.

Went shopping today at The Spandex House. Can I just say that it's sooooooooo much fabric in there, it was overwhelming! Seriously, I walked in and my eyes could not find a place to land!

I got a chance to met the FABULOUS Mr. Kashi at Metro Textiles! Don't worry... I'll show you ALL of the HOTNESS I bought in there!

I had to over course take in Time Square.

This "southern girl" that drives everywhere, walked around NYC for almost 12 hours today! Can you say my legs don't know what hit them! Up and down those stairs for the subway was no joke. I swear I've lost 2 or 3 pounds since I got here!

More to come......

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today!

photo jacked from CreoleinDC

By the time you read this, I will be flying the friendly skies on my way to "The Big Apple". I plan to get in some serious fabric shopping in while having a FABULOUS Girl's Weekend!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

Don't eat too much! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Favorite Projects! (thus far)

I was looking through my archives and I came across three projects that I would deem my FAVORITES. IMO, these are "the cream of the crop" that I have done. I have a special love for each one of these and each one was very labor intensive.

Crochet Lace Dress - Completed in October 2005

The "CHANEL" Jacket - Completed in November 2007

Amber's Homecoming Dress - Completed in September 2007

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Vogue 1051 - Not So Average Khakis

Project Details

Pattern: Vogue 1051 - Alice + Olivia
Fabric: Gabardine
Lining/Contrast: Batiste
Notions: 7" Zipper, Three Hook and Eye Closures, Two 1/2" Buttons

Description: Slightly flared legged pants (semi-fitted through the hip) have below-waistline contour waistband with fly zipper closing, front and back welt pockets, back button loops and contrast waistband facing.

I liked this pattern from the moment I saw it and thought that it would make a great pair of "not so average khakis". I wanted something with some style, that wouldn't look like a pair of Dickies work pants. This pattern is the same as the Alice + Olivia retail version:

The directions were fine. The only time I looked at them was only when I was doing the welt pockets. I didn't have to make a lot of alterations... just my normal lengthening. What I absolutely LOVE about these pants are the wide, contoured waistband. I was kind of leery at first, because there is no CB seam on the waistband. But these pants are so well drafted that there is not the least bit of gappage and I didn't have to do any tweaking. The waistband facing is done with a contrasting fabric. I decided to use the same batiste I used for the pocket bags. In lieu of buttons, three hook and eye closures are used, which leaves a clean front. I really like the welt pockets also. The front pockets are plain and the back ones have a loop button closure. I finished them with a 1 1/2" hem. I really like this one and I will probably use it again for Fall in a heavier fabric.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

CreoleinDC - Guest Blogging @ Sephora!!!

Hey Guys,
Check out my buddy who is guest blogging for Sephora today!  She's selected some great products!