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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Butterick 5351 - White Linen Sundress


Project Details:

Pattern: Butterick 5351, View B

Description: Above mid-knee dresses A, B, C, D have fitted or loose-fitting bodice, A-line skirt and back zipper. A, B, C: shoulder straps. A, B: front and back band. B: pockets. C, D: elastic casing above bust. D: ruffle. Purchased belts.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 24, I cut the size 14.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy. I only occasionally peered over them.

Fabric Used: 100% Linen

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the simplicity of the dress... how it can be dressed up or down, depending on the accessories.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 or 4 inches to the hem (I don't remember exactly). I made my normal FBA on the bodice. I underlined the dress in silk organza and STILL have plenty of wrinkling. Gotta love pure linen!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't know if I'll sew this again, but I wouldn't count it out. This style is pretty classic, so who knows? I do recommend it though.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Birthday Shoutout to Mikaela and Simplicity 2714!

Today is my little sweetie's 12th birthday! Of course I had to make her a fab dress in honor of the occasion!

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 2714

Pattern Description: Girls' dresses or tunics with sleeve and skirts variations. I made the one with the bubble hem.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 16, I cut the size 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, 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 this pattern and most of all, so did she! What really drew our attention to this pattern was the flower detail.

Fabric Used: I used matte jersey.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 1/2" to the hem. Also, I only lined the bodice and added elastic to the hemline.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though it was fun to sew and she absolutely loves this, I doubt I'll make it again. I recommend this to anyone that has a trendy and stylish young lady in their life.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vogue Patterns - Fall 09 - Oh, the possibilities!

The Designers:


Michael Kors - Fall 2008


Vogue 1117
I love the draping on this dress! I saw it all over the place last Fall.


Tracy Reese - Fall 2008


Vogue 1118
I'm a big fan of Tracy Reese's designs! This dress is gorgeous. Now, if I could just find that fabric!



Vogue 1126
You can't really tell from the pic, but the lines of this suit are incredible! i would love to make this in a fabric that highlighted them.



Donna Karan - Fall 2008


Vogue 1129



Vogue 1119
I love this complete ensemble! Donna Karan has been on a roll lately with her draped garments and I am hooked! I would love to make the dress in the same shade of chocolate brown. I'd wear it with the same color tights and a pair of suede brown pumps I have. I'd do the coat in the same color as the original or perhaps a burnt orange.



Badgley Mischka - Fall 2008


Vogue 1127
This is another great suit! I love all 3 pieces!


The Others:


Vogue 8593


The 3/4 length sleeve dress reminds me of the First Lady's dress she wore on her first visit to the White House.



Vogue 8603
Where was this pattern last year when I made THIS??? This is a knockoff of the Nanette Lepore Sorcery Plaid Skirt from her Fall 2008 collection:





Vogue 8594
Seriously, can a girl have too many sheath dresses? I think not!


Vogue 8601
This jacket has an equestrian jacket cut. I'd love to make this with traditional velvet details.


Vogue 8598
I've been intending to make a crisp, white shirt. What better time than the Fall.



These are my picks. What do you think of this collection? Anything you like?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

McCall's 5815 - Nanette Lepore Knockoff

Inspiration:


photos from Nymag.com


Spotted at TJ Maxx for $149.99

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5815, view A
Fabric: a linen blend
Lining: poly charmeuse
Notions: three 1" buttons


Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined jackets A, B, below waist, have shawl collar variations, princess seams, drapey patch pockets and shaped hemline; dress A has short sleeves with pleats; dress B has long, two-piece sleeves with slits and self-fabric flower.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 20. I cut a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Since it was practically the same color, it looks almost identical (with the exception of the pockets).

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy. I was expecting the bow to be more difficult, but it's a lot easier than it looks.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that this pattern is an exact copy of a Nanette Lepore jacket from her Spring 2008 Collection.

Fabric Used: I used a linen/poly blend found at Hancock. For the lining, I used a poly charmeuse. I loved the color and the print of the lining fabric. I wasn't concerned about lining this jacket with polyester. Even though I live in Alabama, I'm hardly ever outside for long periods of time in nice clothing. I'm sure I will not combust walking to my car. ;-)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 inches to the length and made a FBA. Also, I fumbled with pockets for quite some time and still couldn't get them to drape like the Nanette Lepore jacket. I decided to just add a pleated detail. I wanted the pleated cap sleeves to keep their shape, so I added sleeve heads. Also, the sleeve lining is sewn to the sleeve by the hem, then the armscye is handstitched to the lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would love to sew this in a wool pinstripe for Fall. I highly recommend this.

Hon, who does your alterations?

photo from the Huff. Post

If you have been keeping up with the news, you know that this is Svetlana Medvedeva, Russia's First Lady. She spent Monday giving our First Lady a tour of the Kremlin. The Huffington Post decided to provide a sartorial tour of Mrs. Medvedeva's style and this is one of the pictures. Who in the hell allowed this woman to go out with that janky hemline?! They could have fused it if time was of the essence. Maybe once she put it on, she noticed it was at an unflattering length? I don't know about you, but I would have gone with the unflattering length before I stepped out in THAT monstrosity! What a fashion faux pas!

What do you think?