If you can't tell, I've REALLY enjoyed my red and pink pants. And their starting to show it some. I'm already planning a new red and pink pair for spring and summer.
I'm thinking the next pairs will probably be straight-legged and slightly cropped. I want the option of wearing flats and heels with them.
I love a little bit of daytime sparkle! My choice of a neutral shoe!
Wearing: Military jacket: McCall's 5190; pants: Vogue 1039; pumps: gold glitter Steve Madden 'Unityy'.
Happy Shrove Tuesday!
This is the first pattern I've sewn from the new Vogue Patterns spring collection. It's 8797.
The description states: Loose-fitting top or dress has collar, yokes, back pleats, back longer than front and narrow hem. A: stitched hem on sleeves. B: sleeves with seam opening, pleats and button cuffs. Semi-fitted, tapered pants have waistband and side zipper. Purchased belt.
I wanted the back hem to have a slight bit of drama to it, so I extended the "low" hem by 3 inches.
And I also changed the buttonhole orientation from horizontal to vertical. I looked at shirtdresses on sites such as Net-A-Porter.com and studied the buttonholes on similar dresses they had available and the ALL had vertical buttonholes. I also decided to ask Mr. Google. In my research, I found that the reason that this pattern had horizontal buttonholes was (1) because it does not have a placket; and (2) because horizontal buttonholes stay buttoned more securely. But when deciding whether to place buttonholes horizontally or vertically, it's determined both by function and fashion. I choose "fashion". I thought the original design caused the shirtdress to look dated and not in a cool vintage-y sort of way.
I also added a double yoke to the back and finished off my seams with the serger.
I really like this pattern and the "hi-low" hemline is so on trend. I would LOVE to make one of these in several colors for spring. Who knows... if I get time, I may make this one in another color!
Whenever you fall into a wardrobe slump, Pinterest is definitely the place to go to find that much needed inspiration. Last week, I was feeling really drained and just didn't have the energy to even think about taking a photo or blogging. But I'm always online and checking out Pinterest.
While browsing, I repinned the above. It's really a simple outfit and I knew I had all of the components to make it happen.
It started out really chilly today and I was prepared to go head first on this look with a knit beret and coat. But the mercury rose so quickly that I ditched the hat and coat and was damn near ready to peel off the leggings!
So I guess you can say my look is a "modified" version! And I added wedges instead of pumps. I had a lot of walking to do today and I was also pushing Isabella around, so I needed more stable footwear.Urban Expressions; leggings: McCall's 6404; Steve Madden Wedges.
Sidenote: I'm currently cutting out pieces for Spring. When the mercury sticks, I want to be ready!
Now, if only spring will come!
The crazy weather went from allowing me to be bare-legged, to putting back on the outerwear and over-the-knee boots. It was cold, windy and 35 degrees today!
This cape has become one of my favorite outerwear pieces this season. If I must wear a coat, I'd rather grab this!
Wearing: cape: Vogue 2924; black cashmere turtleneck; purple pashmina scarf; pants: Banana Republic skinny cargos; boots: Circa Joan & David; bag: Urban Expressions
Jeremy Lin! And we saw "Safe House". Great movie with plenty of action from beginning to end. I highly recommend it! Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds were excellent!
Yesterday, it was a bit breezy but nice enough to be outside sans coat.
I had a lot of errands to run so I wanted to be cool and comfortable.
Am I the only one that notices how high the temperature is set in department stores?! That's truly not conducive to me shopping. It makes me want to get what I need and get out as quickly as possible. Maybe if it were more comfortable and I didn't feel like I was melting, I'd probably browse a lot longer. You hear that retailers: cool it off!
So as busy as life has been lately, I ALWAYS make time to sew something! I needed a quick fix and this pattern had been in my "to-sew" stack for a while. So I got going on it.
I cut view A. As many other reviewers have stated, this patterns run BIG! Like seriously huge! I would normally cut a size 16 in a jersey dress like this, especially since it has pleats and pockets. I like to insure that everything lays properly. But this time, I cut the 14. And I still could have cut a 12 on top. I had to nip and tuck at the bodice. And a FBA definitely was not necessary.
When I measured from the waist to the hem, I was good with the length out of the envelope. So I didn't have to make any lengthening alterations. I skipped all of the bias binding. I can't figure out why all of that was needed. I used a 5/8" hem allowance and kept it moving.
I used this satiny jersey fabric I found at Hancock. I feel in love with the bright neon yellow color and thought it would be perfect for spring. I thought the poly-jersey would be a nightmare to work with, but it wasn't . I had not problem sewing it with my ballpoint needle. And it pressed fine. Disclaimer: My iron will beat any fabric into submission!
If it weren't for the fact that I bought 11 patterns from the new Vogues that were just released, I'd might consider sewing this one again. But alas, there are only so many sewing hours in a day!trench coat for $55.
Just like when the Missoni for Target was released, again I heard about chaos ensuing with shoppers and resellers in the stores. Well, we Southerners are truly lady-like and laid back. Because when I went to Target at 9 am (an hour after the store opened), there were less than 10 people in the sportswear department. And there was definitely no foolishness. I bought the trench, a scarf and a clutch purse (I'll show you those later). I looked at the dresses and skirts. They were too "cutsie" for me and definitely too short.
Shoes: Steve Madden; clutch: Street Level from Lotus Boutique
Congrats to the Super Bowl Champions New York Giants!