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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vogue 1224 - Tracy Reese


Project Details:


Pattern Sizing: 8-24, I cut the 16
Description: Partially lined, pullover dress has short dolman sleeves elastic waistline and neckline with tie ends, stiched hems and above mid-knee length. Purchased stoppers for tie ends.

Did it look like the pattern envelope when you were done sewing it? Yes it does!
Fabric: Rayon Print (97% rayon/3% lycra) from Denver Fabrics.com
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were. They were extremely easy and a beginner could easily handle this with no problem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love designer Tracy Reese and pretty much anything that she attaches her name to!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? I added 1" to the bodice pieces and 3" to the hemline. If you've read other reviews, you already know that this dress is short. I have no problem with the length -- after I made my usually alterations. I like where the designer intended for it to fall. It's perfect for warm weather with cute sandals!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though I think this dress is so adorable, I have SO MANY dresses to get to for this Spring and Summer. But I do recommend it -- with alterations if you like.

Friday, March 25, 2011

McCall's 6319

Project Details:
Pattern Sizing: 8 - 22, I cut the 16.
Description: Fitted dress with tapered skirt has lined bodice and elasticized waist.
Did it look like the pattern envelope when you were done sewing it? Yes it does!
Fabric: Fuchsia Ponteroma (72% polyester/24% rayon/4% spandex).
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were. They were extremely easy!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I'm in the mood for things that are quick sews. (As much as I love to sew, the weather has been too lovely to be cooped up in my sewing room.) Things that can be easily laundered. I want to be a little dressy, but comfortable at the same time. And this dress qualifies. I didn't like that the pattern suggested lining the bodice.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? I added 1" to the bodice pieces and 3" to the skirt. I also OMITTED the lining. There was absolutely no need for this fabric to have a lining especially since I made this dress to wear during the spring and summer. Maybe if it were a lightweight knit, I could see it. And I added clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams and the neckline.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I wouldn't sew this view, but I'll probably make View A as well. And I do recommend it.

Vogue Summer Patterns!

Nothing like waking up and finding NEW Summer Patterns in my inbox! Here are my picks:

1235, 1236 and 1250. All DKNY
I'll call this the DKNY "trifecta". I'll be bringing each of these home!

I love this Kay Unger dress. It can be made in a stretch woven or a knit. That's a plus! So can the Mark & James jumpsuit. I think I'll make mine in a matte jersey. In the summertime, wash and go is ALWAYS winner! And the Alice + Olivia off-the-shoulder top is pretty great too.

I'm usually not a fan of Issey Miyake designs as they sometime seem too "avant-garde" for my taste. But this dress looks so cool and breezy and I would dress it down with casual sandals. I also like the Guy Laroche. I've been looking for a shirt dress pattern that was not so standard. And CHADO Ralph Rucci fits the bill. I'm sure there will be fabulous construction techniques as well.

That's a lot of fabric in that skirt. In fact, it's 3.5 yards! I definitely don't want to drag that around this summer. But I adore the top with the buttons down the back. 8739 is another great sheath dress to add to my collection. And 8738 is a great sweat pants/yoga pants alternative.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Instant Gratification! McCall's 6287 - Cold Shoulder Top

Two things I'm loving at this moment: SPRING! It's 80° today and it was in the mid-80s this past weekend. And also, the color blue... preferably cobalt and turquoise!
Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 6287 - View A

Pattern Sizing: X-Small - X-Large. I cut the large.

Description: Pullover top A, tunic B or dress C have wide neckline and unfinished edges; top A front and back extend to draped sleeves, very narrow shoulders and lower band; tunic B, dress C instructions to create woven chain detail are included, tunic B at neckline, dress C along hemline band; dress C has contrast inner hem band.
Did it look like the pattern envelope when you were done sewing it? Kinda sorta...

Fabric: A very soft, lightweight turquoise jersey (70% poly/30% rayon) from Hancock Fabrics.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! They were so easy that I only glanced over them and did my own thing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style. It's very IN right now and perfect for this and upcoming warm/hot weather. I didn't like the raw edge. It looked "unfinished"... like it was waiting to be hemmed. This is my personal preference and had a lot to do with my fabric. Some knits I don't mind having a raw edge, but this is just not one of them. Also, the back and the front only attached at a very narrow point at the shoulder. It was suggested that the seam should be finished with binding tape. Since my fabric is very lightweight, I fused that area with tiny pieces of knit tricot interfacing and trimmed the seam allowance. And since I hemmed what should have been raw, I turned in that part and you can't see the interfacing.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? Another MAJOR thing that bothered me is that the dolman style sleeve hangs so low that the armscye actually stops almost at the waist! Imagine raising your arm to wave, reach or scratch your head -- NOTHING BUT BRA! So I tacked the sleeve at the front and back hems. That solved that problem. I also added 1" to the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have so many tops/shirt patterns that I'll probably never get to this one again. But I do recommend it -- if you like this style.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vogue 1218 - Donna Karan Dress

What a lazy blogger I've been. Finally found a project that has awaken the sewing mojo! Oh and just because I haven't been posting, I've still been wearing my dresses and heels 3 times a week!
Lucky, April 2011

Project Details:


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

Description: Close-fitting, tapered, above mid-knee, unlined dress has shaped seams, scoop front and back neckline, front pleats with wired ribbon, back invisible zipper and back vent.
Did it look like the pattern envelope when you were done sewing it? It does!

Fabric: Blue Ponteroma (72% polyester/24% rayon/4% spandex). Fabric recommendations are rayon spandex and contton spandex. Look, I'm a girl with A LOT of curves and some SPANX-covered lumps and bumps. I needed to use a "more forgiving" fabric that was much beef-ier than the recommended fabrics.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were. This is a "Vogue EASY" pattern and it is very easy and a quick sew.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I LOVE the overall "wiggle dress" style. I thought the ruffle detail with the wired ribbon was something I'd never done before, so it interested me greatly. I love all of the details. BUT what about what I didn't like?! I read Adrienne's review of this pattern and it was obvious that the neckline was ridiculously low. Hey Vogue Patterns, how did you manage to provide that picture but such a big flaw in the drafting?!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? For pattern piece #2, I removed 4". This resolved the "scandalously" low, plunging scoop neckline. For the front and back pieces, I added 1" at the waist; 2" at the hipline and 3" at the hemline.


Pattern piece #2, is the shoulder strap. By reducing the length of the shoulder strap, it solved the problem of the plunging neckline. Also the armscye was so low that my entire bra band was showing. By altering piece #2, it solved that problem as well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably wouldn't make this again. Y'all know the drill -- way too many other dresses popping up everyday!
Conclusion: I've seen discussions regarding fabrics for this particular pattern. Sure you can use ANY fabric of your liking. BUT be prepared to know how to finish it. This pattern is designed for a NON-FRAYING knit. So you would need to think of a way to finish off the facings of the neckline and the armholes in advance.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

PGRD - Week 1, Day 2


This is the only time I've spent in my sewing room recently. The mojo just isn't there. The weather has been pretty lovely here -- spring is in the air! I had so many more things I wanted to make for winter, but I guess that groundhog was right... for once! LOL So I'm packing up all of the woolens until September and pulling out the silks, linens, cottons, etc... I've been flipping through my March issues and ripping out pages of things that inspire me. I know already I want wide leg pants and something coral!

Hopefully, I'll be posting something spring-ish soon...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

PGRD - Week 1, Day 1

Here is my kickoff dress for the "Pretty Girls Rock Dresses" challenge. And what's better than a girly pink dress? Remember this dress? It's BWOF 09-2007-117 from almost 4 years ago!