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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: Vogue 1314 | Mixed Animal Prints + Fringe

This is Vogue 1314 by the fabulous designer, Tracy Reese.  This is my fifth pattern from her.  I own every single one she's done for Vogue Patterns and hopefully I'll get around to making them.
I made this dress out of this gorgeous mixed animal print wool-blend jersey from Mood Fabrics.com.  This fabric is gorgeous and truly luxurious.  It was so easy to work with.  Just keep in mind if you choose to purchase it that it's only 54" wide.  
This pattern was really easy for a Vogue "Designer" pattern.  The most technical skill you need is the ability to create gathers for the ruched detail.  
I initially cut out the size 16 -- BEFORE reading all of the prior reviews.  Just like everyone else said, this pattern runs pretty big.  I had to cut it back down to probably a 14 (or a tad smaller).  It's supposed to be a "fitted" dress.  
And I did my usual lengthening alteration of adding three inches.  And I omitted the lining.  I guess it was suggested because maybe the original designer dress was created out of a very lightweight jersey.  But my jersey is substantial enough to stand on its on.
And I added my chocolate brown suede Ralph Lauren ankle boots and my orange suede fringed Big Buddha bag.

Monday, October 22, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Quintessential Black & White!

Yes, white jeans after Labor Day!  Not wearing your brilliant whites after Labor Day is a defunct style faux pas anyway.  Plus, I've always had a rebellious nature!
It's unbelievable how much I love this time of year.  I guess it's because I'm a September baby!  Autumn is just in my DNA.
It's that perfect weather where you can get by wearing a long-sleeved top and not necessarily a jacket.  And a perfect day or this top.
Just as I previously said, with the last three peplum tops I made -- I knew I'd be making a long-sleeved version of Vogue 8815.  And I can guarantee this is only the first one for the long-sleeved round.
With the exception of adding a inch to the length of the bodice, this pattern sewed really well out of the envelope.  I made it in a black ponte knit from Hancock Fabrics this time.  I really think I bought the whole  bolt because I still have plenty left.  Aww... what to make next time? LOL
It's no secret I'm completely and utterly obsessed with exposed zippers.  Maybe one day I'll grow weary of them.  But that time is no where on the horizon.  
I decided to add my pearl embellished Peter Pan collar necklace.  It's an excellent contrast to the black top.
And I polished off the look with another pair of Shoe Dazzle studded pumps in black.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Paneled Pencil Skirt + Cable Knit Sweater!

I absolutely adore sweaters and pencil skirts.  It's such a great way to quickly look pulled together and polished.  
The sweater is from my closet.  And the skirt is Vogue 8603.  I originally made a denim pencil skirt from this pattern a few years ago.
When I bought this sweater knit fabric from Mood Fabrics.com, I had something else in mind for it.  But as it turns out from time to time, an online fabric purchase is exactly what you thought it would be.  I wanted to use the fabric for an actual sweater.  But it felt too heavy for the pullover sweater that I had in mind.  But nevertheless, I made it work into some entirely different.  This paneled skirt.
I used the sweater knit and black ponteroma knit from my stash.  I still added a zipper, but omitted the vent. Instead of this being a total loss and just another piece of fabric clogging up my stash, I "made it work".  I think it was a great save and cool wardrobe addition for this fall.

Friday, October 12, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Red + White!

This is my modified version of New Look 6003.  
I absolutely love this skirt.  And even though I made it in linen, I'm STILL going to wear it for the cooler season.  Hey... this is Alabama.  Remember, we have mild temps compared to other places.  So you may see this skirt being rocked with opaque tights and boots.  
Can we stop for a moment and talk about my shoes.  Like most women, I have LUST for a great pair of shoes.  Like these:
Yeah... okay....  A thousand dollars for a pair of pumps simply is NOT in my budget.  But this fantastic replica from Shoe Dazzle.com satiated that hunger!
When I saw these, I didn't even give it a second thought.  I pulled the trigger on that purchase.
The Shoe Dazzle shoe went perfectly with my outfit.  It was true to size and about as comfortable as any pointy toed shoe I've ever owned.  I loved them so much that I ordered them in black as well.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: New Look 6123 | Draped Aubergine Dress!

For Fall 2012, all shades of purple, plum, eggplant and aubergine are so hot for Fall that I had to embrace that color trend.
This dress is New Look 6123.  It's a juxtaposition of views C & D.
I used a Ralph Lauren silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics.  It's listed as "purple".  I like to refer to it as "aubergine".  It's a pretty deep purple that looks almost navy or eggplant... depending on the lighting.  This fabric is gorgeous and it was a dream to work with.  And the drape is incredible.

The alterations I made were to do a one inch FBA on the the bodice and I added two inches to the skirt portion.
The pattern didn't suggest a lining.  But there was no way I was going to use this beautiful silk crepe de chine without lining it.  I can't imagine how it would've hung without one.
I love how the silk fabric behaved when cut for the ruffles.  The ruffles just hung and fell into place by the next day.
Overall, this is a great pattern that went together really easily.  And since there are so many other variations, I may or may not sew this one again.  But I wouldn't completely rule it out.
Here are my accessories and my new nail color:  OPI "Suzi and the 7 D├╝sseldorfs".
Since Fall has finally fallen, I added a black jacket.