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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Vogue 8711 - Black Draped Skirt

Black Draped Skirts
Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 8711

Pattern Sizing: 6-20, I cut the 14.

Description: Fitted, above mid-knee or mid-calf length, mock wrap skirts A, B, C, D, E, F have gathered front, yoke, elasticized waistband and stitched hem. A, D: contrast yoke and waistband. F: button trim.

I'm somewhat over Summer sewing. But I'm not quite ready to dive head first into Fall sewing, so I've been looking for projects that would make a good transition. I want to wear them now and when it's cool out. I thought this skirt would be a good one. I've been seeing this style a lot lately. I think it looks good with sandals and it'll also look good with opaque tights and boots or booties.

I made view D. I knew the shorter version would have been scandalous. I still had to add around 3 inches to the length of the longer version and you see where it stops.

I used a poly matte jersey. I chose that fabric because I wanted something "crepe-like". For what it's worth, I think it was drapey enough.

This was a pretty easy to sew pattern. The only things that occupied the most time were the pleats, gathering and the hemming. Not difficult, just time consuming.

I really like this pattern... enough to want to sew it again. I may alter it to a maxi length. I think that would look great with boots.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vogue 1264 - Pink Cigarette Pants and Colorblocking!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1264 - Anne Klein

Pattern Sizing: 6-20, I cut the 14

Description: B: Semi-fitted pants with tapered leg.
If I've sewn an Anne Klein pattern before then I don't remember. So we'll call this a first! I'm really loving this silhouette for pants. I could never really enjoy pants like these from RTW, but since I sew them up in every color (and I just may), I'm enjoying them now!

I decided to make another pair of bright pants. This time in pink. I found a nice bright pink bull denim at Jo-Anns. These pant are similar to the red pants I made last month. They both have side zips, but the waist is different -- simpler on these. I still had to lengthen the leg by three inches. But for these, I kept the same size leg width. And I really love the ankle slits.

These pants are pretty high-waisted. As in, they actually stop at your natural waist! How's that for a change? LOL And unlike the red pair, the waist fit perfectly. No gaping at all!
These are just really great fitting pants. I may make these again in a longer length. Hmmm... possible yellow or blue.

And since I had a great pair of brightly hued pants, I decided to do some colorblocking with my orange top, red belt and clutch. And I added a nude pump.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inspiration: Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011 Collection

Pinstripes, houndstooth, Prince of Wales check, leather and racy tops in silk chiffon! Love it!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 Collection

This is one of the collections that has definitely inspired me for this Fall!


Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trend: Denim Shirts

My red pants are Vogue 1039.

This was my movie night look. My red pants have quickly become a staple in my wardrobe. And since I was going to a chilly movie theater, I grabbed my denim shirt. I was going to make one, but I happened to see the one I'm wearing in DKNY on DEEP discount. It would have cost more to make it.

But here are the patterns that I probably would have picked from:

More looks...

Nadri, Asos, Revlon, Eddie Bauer, Mother

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Need This!

I'm all for one-stop dressing and you all know that I love a jumpsuit. I kinda swooned a bit when I was reading blogs this morning and saw the beautiful Zoe Saldana in this one! Yep, I'll be making this as soon as I find the perfect weight silk crepe de chine!

Bird by Juicy Couture Jumpsuit, $430 - Net-a-Porter.com

With the right amount of tweaking, I'll have this look for early Fall stylishness!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vogue 1258 - Snake Print Jersey Dress!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1258 - Vena Cava

Pattern Sizing: 4-16, I cut the 14

Description: Close-fitting dress has side slant pockets.

This is the first Vena Cava pattern I've ever sewn so I did a little research on the designers since I wasn't familiar with their brand.
Vena Cava - Fall 2010

I decided to use a black/gray/white snake print ITY knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. When I saw the fabric, I knew it would be the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern!

Animal prints, especially snake print is so HAWT this season. It's everywhere from clothing to accessories. I doubt I would wear a leopard print dress, but it's something about this reptilian alternative that has the right amount of edge and sauciness that suited me.

The only alteration I made was lengthening the hem by right under 3 inches. Which brings me to an issue I have with some patterns. There is not a lengthening point. So if you're a tall girl and need to make adjustments at the waist or hem, you're own your own for figuring it out.

The instructions were pretty "AVERAGE" for a Vogue Pattern. If you're accustomed to sewing VPs and working with knits, you should have no problems with this. I didn't.

What I LOVE most about this dress is it is flattering both coming and going! And with the gathers in the front, you can actually eat while wearing it!
I decided to wrap my ties and tie them in back.

I like that the skirt tapers off to the hem. This creates a VERY body-conscious silhouette. And the pockets and pleating draws the eyes straight to the hips. So if you're not good with your hips, thighs and butt, walk away from this pattern.

Love my snake ring and my faux snakeskin clutch!

A platform sandal was the perfect touch!

This is a very sexy dress and I knew from the moment I saw it, it would be mine! This is also a great seasonal transition dress as well. It can go from sandals to layered on top of a turtleneck with tights and ankles booties! I'm in love with it already!