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Monday, October 31, 2011

Inspired by Pinterest: Denim shirt + Leopard skirt

Once again, I've taken inspiration from one of my pins.  I saw this picture and I knew I had to re-create this look:

It was a really simple look with a denim shirt and leopard print skirt.  I used Vogue 8773, view A.  I found the fabric at Hancock.  It's a poly faux suede.  I liked it because it has a nice texture and it has a slight amount of stretch.  This skirt is unlined.  I'm usually not a fan of unlined skirts or dresses, but this fabric was heavy enough for me to feel comfortable wearing.  
I had to lengthen the skirt by 2 inches.  And I cut 16, but it was so big at the waist that it was gaping in the back.  And it was also a little boxy.  I took in the waist and tapered it slightly.  I didn't bother with the instructions... it's a princess seam pencil skirt

This is a great little pattern with endless fashion opportunities.  I plan to make another one in basic black and not to mention the linen versions for Spring!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Quickies: Vogue 1261 + McCall's 6404

First up...
Worn with my red Vogue 1039 ciggies!

Vogue 1261 from Alice + Olivia.  I cut the size medium.  I used a "mystery" sweater knit that I've had in my stash for YEARS!  I don't even remember where I bought.  Probably Walmart before they stopped selling fabric.  Every so often I would find some real gems for $2/yd!  
I love the neckline and the raglan sleeves.  I like the "idea" of the suggested design details, but they just didn't work for my fabric choice.  I didn't do the outside seams or the ribbon detail and I didn't leave the edges raw.  
In an effort to perfectly match the stripes, I ran short on fabric and had to cut the sleeves shorter than I wanted to.  But I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Then I made...
Worn with my favorite sequined tunic and my Donna Karan cape.

McCall's 6404 leggings or skinny pants.  They are not MY idea of leggings because the leg opening isn't as narrow as I'd prefer a legging to be.  When I think of leggings, I think of something so fitting that it goes on like a second skin.  These are not leggings.  But regardless, I like them -- A LOT!  
We all know that details are most difficult to capture on black fabric.  But the seaming detail is why I was drawn to this pattern.  I lengthen the rise by an inch and an inch for the leg.  I cut the medium in these because I wanted them to be really fitted.  I used the most fabulous jersey fabric ever!  I  bought this black super stretch heavy RPL from Gorgeous Fabrics months ago and finally got around to using it.  I can already tell you that these pants are going to be a winter staple.  They're heavy and feel like ski pants.  The fabric is so thick that Spanx aren't even a thought.  They smooth everything out.  
Worn with a fur gilet and over-the-knee suede boots.

On yesterday, we tailgated for the Magic City Classic.  And I decided to pair the tunic with the pants to represent the black and gold colors of the Alabama State University Hornets (they lost... better luck next year).

These are two pieces that will be well worn by spring!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Look 6083 + Vogue 8774

Project Detail:

Pattern:  New Look 6083, View B

Pattern Sizing:  8-18.  I cut the 14 and graded out to the 16 from the waist down.
I was inspired by this Isabel Marant top from Net-a-Porter.com that retails for a whopping $1,155!  

I used a faux suede fabric from Hancock that I purchased on sale for around $3 and some change per yard. Sure, a genuine suede top like the inspiration version above would be TO DIE FOR FABULOUS!  But even if I were willing to shell out a mortgage payment, I would feel like I could only wear that top on "special occasions".  Mine will be a great t-shirt alternative AND it's machine washable.  So I won't have to seek out a leather specialist dry cleaner!  Same look with much more wearability!  GO ME!

This top practically sewed straight out of the envelope.  I only added an inch to the hemline after cutting the size 14 from the shoulders and grading out to the 16 from the waist to the hip.  I used my pinking blade in my rotary cutter so I didn't have to bother finishing the seams.  This top was cut and sewn before Laura was auf'd on "Project Runway"!

The pants...

Pattern:  Vogue 8774, View A

Pattern Sizing:  4-18, I cut the 16.

Description:  Fitted, tapered or straight-legged jeans (below waist) have shaped waistband with hook/eye closure, carriers, front/back pockets, back yokes, and binding for front fly zipper closing. Topstitching and narrow hem.

Between making Vogue 8330 and Jalie 2908, I'm pretty familiar with this style of jeans and jeans in general. I use a 100% cotton, 21 wale cord in a bright turquoise color.  I'm sure you didn't think I was done with my brightly colored pants!  These were pretty simple to sew, almost just like the Vogue 8330.  And with the same waistband issues as well.  I've been spoiled by contoured waistbands and feel that all pants should have them!  I ended up doing a "gaposis fix" and adding a small amount of length to the pattern.

Overall, I love this outift.  It's my answer to jeans and a t-shirt!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Simplicity 2562 Yellow Pants + Missoni for Target

Project Details:

Pattern:  Simplicity 2562

Pattern Sizing:  6-22.  I cut the 16 - curvy style.

This is the next installment of my "Brightly Hued Pants" craze.  I have a board dedicated to them on Pinterest!  I picked up this yellow bull denim from JoAnn's during the same shopping trip in which I bought the hot pink.  I was really pleased that after I prewashed in hot water, very little pigment faded.  

I was inspired by these pants from Dsquared²:

This is an "Amazing Fit" pattern.  There are pieces for slim, average and curvy fit.  You pick your size and fit option based on your measurements.  The ease is very generous as usual with these patterns.  I picked the size 16 curvy.  I probably could have gone with the average.  I'm always fearful when sewing pants with pockets that I'll get gaping.  These pants were very full through the hips.  Not to mention that the legs are EXTREMELY wide.  For the size 16 curvy, the leg opening measured 28 inches.  That's not the look I wanted.  I ended up tapering them down to 20 inches.  I didn't have to lengthen because I just used the version for the cuffed hem.  I probably should have made Simplicity 2860... I would have saved myself a lot of altering.

I can't really say whether or not the directions are good because I didn't use them.  I've made enough pants to have my own construction method down pat.  And I must say that the waistband on these pants are superb!

And I decided to pair these pants with my Missoni for Target sweater.  What I love about this sweater is that the zigzag stripes are vertical instead of horizontal.  I think that was the fear of a lot of people... well at least the ones that I read that criticized the brand.  Overall, I'm happy with the pants and how well it worked with the sweater.  Perfect look for our mild Fall temperatures!