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Thursday, August 16, 2012

FNSI Time!

Tomorrow is Friday Night Sew In for August.  Between starting a new job and T starting school this week, I haven’t had any time to sew. I plan on getting some much needed sewing time in this Friday.  You can sign up to participate at:


I’m still deciding what to work on.  Should I try to make some headway on my jacket?  Or should I try to finish a UFO so I have something pretty and shiny to show on Saturday?  I specifically want to finish a tank I started last year.  Yes, that’s right, it’s been in the UFO pile since last summer.  We’ll see what I’m in the mood for.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vogue 1259

I made this dress earlier this spring, but I was so busy I never got around to properly sharing it and doing a write up.  I love how it turned out. And it really makes a statement and gets attention when you wear it.


Pattern Used:  Vogue 1259. I used a size 12 which is the size I usually go for with knits. 

Fabric Used:  Taupe ITY.  I think ITY is perfect for this pattern.  You need a slinky knit that is thin and has good shape retention.  You really want to avoid a delicate knit because there’s a lot of fabric handling with this pattern.

Pattern Notes:

First off the best tips for this dress can be found here:

Fehrtrade Review

She really took a lot of time to go over the construction of this dress. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to explain to someone how to make it without them being in front of me, dress in hand. 

The most important tip to remember is to use tailor tacks and to color code them.  There are LOTS of marks and they are integral to putting the garment together.


Here’s what I have to add- the directions are terrible, lol.  I really don’t think the pattern is “Advanced” but the directions are so ridiculous that it takes you a lot of time trying to figure out what is exactly going on.  I used them to start off, but then once it started coming together and I figured out what was going on, I did it my own way.  The best thing I can recommend during construction is to use common sense.  If something seems weird, or just not right, use your best judgement.

A few examples that I can think of are- how they want you to hem the front piece that drapes over the front.  The direction say to use a wide 1” hem and to hand sew it (atleast I think that’s what they said).  I just did a rolled hem, which worked out great.  And the directions have you finish your seams at first, but then just completely stops mentioning it later. These are just two examples off the top of my head.  I also didn’t use the exposed seam going across the back because I thought it looked much cleaner to use a regular seam.

There are some issues with the upper center back piece (the slit area).  It’s too long, but you can’t really do anything about it once its cut.  The back collar could definitely be better.  I think the best way to do it, if I had to do it over, is to use buttons and loops. I’m not 100% happy with the way it looks, but luckily my hair covers it.

Garment Detail Pics on Dressform:




Since I used stash fabric (still working to get it down), I didn’t have enough for the skirt.  And maybe that worked out for the best, because it seems there were some problems with the skirt based on other reviews. I ended up using OOP New Look 6188 (a great pattern BTW).  I straightened the hem instead of using the asymmetrical hemline.

New Look 6188:



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Conclusion:  I love this outift and I have to say that this is my favorite project ever.  I would definitely recommend this pattern.  The directions make it more complicated than it needs to be, but the finished results are sooo worth it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Beginnings of My Lined Jacket

So I’ve officially entered the Lined Jacket Contest on PR, yay!  I’ve been meaning to join another contest forever, but I just haven’t had the time or the motivation.  But I’m on it now.  So, my jacket is going to be BWOF 7/2010 118/119, it’s a combo of the two.

There’s no peplum because my daughter told me it would make me look like a duck, lol.  I like the peplum, but I don’t like the idea of looking like a duck.  So I’m going to do the safe thing and leave it off.  Don’t you just love how brutally honest kids are? 

So here’s the progress so far.  I love the jacket even more now that I have a real life glimpse of how she’ll look.


I decided to do a muslin because I haven’t made a jacket for myself in forever.  In fact, I haven’t made a jacket for me since my daughter as born.  And I’m sure my alterations are totally different with this mommy body, lol.  And according to my muslin they are.  No more nipping in at the waist, cuz yeah, my waist is just bigger.  I started with a size 42 and it fit pretty well.  I must have a freakishly short back cuz look at this.  Here’s my back alterations:


The front was actually pretty good, I just needed to take it in by the upper princess seam.


I also want to lengthen it overall just by an 1”.  This jacket is really fitted and short. I didn’t bother putting the sleeve in because the back armhole is going to change with the alteration.  I figure I’ll deal with the sleeves on paper once I get the body to fit. 

The only dilemma I have left is trying to decide if I should use buttons or a zipper.  The zipper looks really cool, but it leaves the front kind of bare.  I don’t know.  If you’ve read this far, what do you think?  Any advice?  BTW the fabric is going to be black wool gabardine.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

T Turns 7!



It’s my baby’s birthday and she turned 7.  I can’t believe it.  It seems like only yesterday, she was my little toddler, just learning how to walk and talk.  And now she’s officially a big kid going into second grade.  Her party is post-poned until September because there’s just so much stuff going on right now.  But we did take some time to make cupcakes!


We are so ready for Cupcake Wars, lol!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Simplicity 1808

Here’s my newest finish project the shorts from Simplicity 1808 (if you look closely you will also notice this pattern is also Simplicity 1887):


I was really nervous about how these would turn out because the pleats and elastic waistband, but I’m very happy with them.  And they go great with my zebra racerback tank sewn from Simplicity 2317.

Fabric Used:  It’s a silk/rayon blend from Gail K.  It looks like silk shantung, a very slight sheen w/ some slubs, but it has a lighter weight and very soft drape.  For the sash, I used a poly satin repurposed from an old garment that I made a million years ago. 

Pattern Notes:

One of the things I liked about this pattern is that the shorts are pull on (there’s no closure), but they didn’t look frumpy to me. I ended up having to add 6” to the waistband to make it fit over my big ole hips and butt.  Also, I used the size 12, but I think I should’ve gone up to the 14 just to have some more ease overall. 

Other minor adjustments include:

-Crotch adjustment that I usually make

-cut off 2” from the length

-lengthened the ties to make a bow

-separated the pocket pieces in order to make the pocket bags out of lining fabric

Construction Notes:

Overall, pretty straight forward and easy to sew.  And the instructions are good.

The only real deviation I made was my waistband treatment.  I used wide elastic instead of the casings for two rows of 1/4” wide elastic.  Rows of the 3 step zigzag are sewn on top of the waistband after the elastic was inserted.  Here’s a close up:


Closer Front Detail: 


Conclusion:  I like my new shorts and I would recommend the pattern.

Monday, July 30, 2012

In the Sewing Room

So whats up next in the sewing room?  I could of course knock out a few UFOs  (I think I’m at 5 right now), but what’s the fun in that, lol.

I promised myself that after I finished that green cowl top, I would finally start my shorts.  So yay! The shorts are finally up next. I’m a little scared because I’ve sworn off pleated fronts, but what the hell, I’m feeling a little adventurous. I must be really crazy because it has an elastic waistband too. But I have this image in my head about how awesome it will look, lol.


I know some complain about Simplicity and New Look, but usually have good results with them. My main issues mostly occur with Vogue/Butterick/McCalls instead.  I really love how Simplicity always has the finished measurements on their pattern envelopes and clearly on their pattern pieces. Plus, they use better tissue.  Of course this is all just my opinion so take it how you will.

I also plan to work on a Burda jacket from the 7/2010 issue because I want to enter the Lined Jacket Contest on PR.  Seriously, how cute is this jacket!

Well that’s all for now.  Hopefully, I will have some cool new shorts to show you soon. I have my fingers crossed that they will come out cute.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finally!- Vogue 1282

Pattern: Vogue 1282

Finished Photo:






Fabric Used: Modal/ Spandex Jersey.  The color is emerald green, not turquoise like it looks in the picture.

Pattern Notes:

I can’t believe how long it took me to finish this.  I cut this out in March and it’s been mocking me from the UFO pile until now.  It was supposed to go with the skirt I posted about earlier this week.  Although the green looks great with the green in the skirt, the styles don’t really go that well.

Needless to say, I already griped about this pattern before.  So if you’ve been reading you already know how I feel about it.

Overall, I just think the pattern and instructions were kind of sloppy and could’ve been better.  I raised the neckline by 4” and took out 8” (4” on each side) total in the upper center back.  It was a PITA to blend that into to the center back seam and make the back facing lay nicely.  Also, the armholes are way too low.  I debated on raising them.  But since there wasn’t a side seam, it would involve making some kind of dart.  The project has been in the UFO pile for so long I just decided to leave it as is and just finish the armholes.  My hem is simply coverstitched.

One thing I do like is how the facing is caught in the armhole finish:


Here’s an inside view to see how it’s constructed:



In the end, I’m still on the fence with this top.  The cowl is cute, but it could benefit from tucks in the shoulder to help with the drape and to it keep it in place.  When I wear it, the drape seems to just pool at the bottom.  Also, it doesn’t have much appeal from the back.  I really need to wear it for a day to see how I really feel about it.

Do I recommend it?  Not really.  There are only four seams: the center back, center front, and two armholes.  And something is wrong with each one!  Also, I feel the instructions are lacking.  I would only recommend this pattern if you really love the style and just have to have it.