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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Sleeveless First Lady: Big Deal or Not???

Photo from Mrs. O.org

As we know, one of the favorite topics with fashionistas everywhere is Michelle Obama's wardrobe. There has been much talk about the First Lady's choice of ensemble on Tuesday night... whether or not it was appropriate. First of all, I thought she looked fabulous in her plum Narciso Rodriguez outfit. She works out and you can tell she's quite proud of her arms and she clearly likes to show them off. BUT, do you think her choice of wardrobe was appropriate for the occasion? Is there an unwritten dresscode that first ladies must obide by? Or should the staunch Washingtonians just get accustomed to the fact that there's a new (fashion) sheriff in town and the chick has her own style?

I think we as a society, had gotten use to the fact that prior first ladies (at least for my generation) have been older. "Most" women that age tend to cover up out of self-consciousness and Mrs. Obama is young, vibrant and confident. Should we see her as a role model for "real" women that are healthy and fit or someone who just doesn't get how it's suppose to be done and committed a fashion faux pas? After watching Oprah on Wednesday and seeing people living in "Tent Cities", you would think that we would have REAL issues to worry about. BUT no... we are concerned with Michelle Obama's "right to bare arms".... SIGH. I don't know about you, but she sure has inspired me to step up my workout routine with a few extra push-ups and bicep curls!

What do you think?


She's also on the cover of this week's People and from Wednesday night at the White House when they hosted Stevie Wonder:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Project Runway Canada, Eh?

Anybody watching Project Runway Canada, Season 2? You Canadians are so lucky to have Iman... I LOVE HER! I watched Season 1 and I became hooked! For those of us south of the Canadian border and elsewhere, you can find an episode on Youtube or other online sites. Blogging Project Runway always has a link to an available episode.

Vogue 1059 - Winter White Pants!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1059 - Alice + Olivia
Fabric: Lightweight Ivory Wool Crepe (100% Wool)
Notions: 7" zipper; hooks & eyes

Description: Flared pants A, B have waist yokes, carriers and back welt pockets. A: 1" below waist and has a fly front zipper opening. B: side front pockets, back darts and invisible back zipper.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18. I cut the size 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much... the line was the same.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions? What instructions? LOL I've made quite a few pairs of pants... they ALL go together the same way, so I didn't use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I'm a fan of Alice + Olivia and I've made a couple of other patterns. I think all of their pants (RTW or patterns) are great and this one is no exception.

Fabric used: I used an ivory lightweight wool crepe. This is another piece from my NYC stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut a 14 at the waist and blended to a 16 at the hip. I added 5 inches to length. I eliminated the carriers and the back welt pockets for a clean, smooth look which worked out the problem of white pants show through.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely to both!

Conclusion: I already love these pants. The fabric is so lightweight that these will be perfect for Spring! A great pants pattern is hard come by and this one is a keeper!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Butterick 5277 - Sheath Dress

Project Details:

Pattern: Butterick 5277
Fabric: Wool Crepe (100% wool)
Notions: 22" Invisible zipper; hook & eye

Description: Semi-fitted, lined dress, mid-knee has raglan sleeves and back zipper.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes... to the point of practically not needing them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this dress. It's very similar to the cap sleeve dresses by David Meister.

Fabric Used: I used a wool crepe that I purchased from Metro Textiles in NYC.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut the size 14 in the bodice and blended to the size 16 from the waist down. I made my usual FBA and added 2 inches to the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is a great pattern and I highly recommend it, but it's doubtful I'll make it again. There are just soooooo many dress patterns for me to conquer.

Conclusion: This dress is a great wardrobe addition!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Vogue 1040 - Take two!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1040 - Badgley Mischka
Fabric: Stretch denim (97% cotton/3% lycra)
Notions: One 7" Jeans Zipper, One 5/8" Button, Hook and Eye Closures

Description: Unlined pants have fly front, side seam pockets with topstitching detail, back darts, buttonhole welt pockets, contoured self-faced waistband with hook and eye closure. Pants sit 1" below waist.

Since I had made this pair of pants before, I had already worked out the fit issues and they were a breeze to make. Only this time, I made "denim" modifications.

  • topstitching
  • jean zipper
  • broadcloth pockets
  • jean rivets
  • topstitched the welt pockets
  • and I embroidered my name on the inside of the waistband
This is turning into a "TNT" pattern and you'll probably be seeing it again!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Michelle Obama - Vogue's March Issue!

The First Lady is on the cover of Vogue's spring issue, wearing a sleeveless, magenta silk dress by Jason Wu who designed her inaugural gown.

Mrs. Obama stated: “I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it,” she said to Vogue, according to the AP. “But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear — people just have different tastes.”

I agree... can't please everybody and you have to do what makes you happy!


Sunday, February 08, 2009

White pants and show through

The weather is a balmy 69 degrees today, I have the windows up. I'm thinking of Spring and transitional garments, which brings me to white and ivory pants. I love white pants and I've made 2 pairs. I have several RTW versions also. But the one flaw I find with white pants whether sewn by me or RTW, is if they have pockets, that ALWAYS seem to show through. In my opinion, it looks tacky, no matter the price point. The last pair of white pants I made, I ended up going back and cutting out the pockets.

Take for example the pants above. These are $1000 pants! I would expect not to see this sort of faux pas on pants THIS expensive... I would expect -- PERFECTION! They claim to have "quality tailoring", but is it really quality if the pockets are visible?? I think not.

What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


I haven't blogged in a few days, but I am sewing. I have to work it when the sewing mojo strikes!

I'm not sewing anything spectacular, just working on some wardrobe basics and using the fabric in my stash.

I'm mad at myself for running out our something I can only purchase online and have to wait for it to be shipped.

I hate this time of year. I don't want to sew anymore Winter garments. I don't want to sew any Spring garments because I can't wear them yet!

Hancock Fabrics totally suck because when they had their last sale, they didn't have the new Vogue Patterns in stock. I.HATE.THEM!

I've been thinking of making another "CHANEL" jacket, but I've "misplaced" Vogue 7975. I hate having to re-buy a pattern that I know I have... SIGH.

What are you suppose to do with scraps??? I have a bin with nothing but fabric scraps. Each piece is around 1 yd. or less.

I've fallen in love all over again with my rotary cutter. It's the best thing ever!

What's been going on with you guys?