Lauren's Virtual World

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What I’m Working On

Since I finished that UFO, I allowed myself to start another project.  And I’m making jeggings.  Yes, jeggings.  And I think this makes me the biggest hypocrite b/c I hate the whole super tight pants trend.  But to stay true to myself, I promise to always wear something that covers my butt in them.

Here’s my inspiration- a very clean style by Vince.  I really heart Vince.  And if I had the money to buy designer cloths, I would be all over that line.


I was going to use McCall 6173, but I was too paranoid to trust their draft.  I know I’m bad, but I hate making muslins.  I’ll do anything to avoid it.  I had my pattern all traced and ready to go, but I just couldn’t cut my fabric. I kept having visions of nightmare crotch curves, lol.  So I ended up drafting them myself.  I used my knit pant block that was developed from a BWOF pattern.  I knew all the important stuff –waist to hip area- fit and I worked from there to make them tight and skinny. 

They’re currently in progress and I hope to be able to share soon.  But here’s a sneak peak.

jegging preview

That’s the hem w/ the zipper on the side.  Sorry if the photo is kinda cheesy, but I tried, lol.

In other news, I have a T project.  She likes to sew, so I’m teaching her the ropes.  Here’s a quick and easy project she made.  I cut and directed, but she sewed the whole thing.  I used post its as a seam guide- a great tip that I got from Debbie’s blog- to make sure she kept her seams straight.  It really did help her control her seams.


It’s just a simple drawstring bag made out of some stash red satin she picked out.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

How I Spent My Friday Night Sew In

I hope it’s not to late to post about my Friday Night Sew In. I just got off work and did a quick photo shoot, whew.

So last night was very productive! A UFO got finished and one got a little further along.

Pattern: BWOF 6/10 150


Fabric: Tutti Fruitti print from Hancocks



Ballerina Pose (Had to throw that one in)


Detail Shots:



(oops, looks like the bow slid over a little from all those action shots, lol)



Side (Invisible Zipper and Thread Chain)006

Conclusion: This is a great pattern that I highly recommend. Very cute details that you don’t always see in children’s patterns. And I have to say Burda did a good job on drafting. Their bodices never gap on my daughter.

Sorry, this is kind of brief. I’m still tired from work today and sewing last night, lol. If anyone reading this is planning to make this, email me or leave me a comment and I can share my advice and any changes I made.

As for the other UFO I worked on, it’s a top for my mom that I got the lining cut out on.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First Friday Night Sew In

Yay, I finally decided to participate!

It's hosted by Handmade by Heid

Maybe I'll finish up some of those UFO's that are mocking me.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I’ve been avoiding my UFO’s, so I whipped this up really quick. 


Pattern: B5035

Fabric Used: Viscose Jersey from EOS

Pattern Notes:

I don’t know what to say about this pattern.

It’s super quick and easy which is something I wanted.  It’s just 1 pattern piece that wraps around itself in some weird way.  And all the edges are unfinished.

I personally don’t like this pattern, but my reasoning is not fair.  Everything I don’t like about it, I knew before I made the pattern.  I do like the draped look, but I don’t like the whole asymmetrical hem.  Plus the lower edge that goes over the hips is very fitted and the rest of the shirt is huge.  I like the style of the shirt, but I don’t like the way this pattern goes about it.  Does that make any sense?

And I couldn’t deal with the unfinished edges.  To me, it made the shirt look home-made and cheap.  Maybe it was my fabric, b/c everyone’s version on PR looks really cute.  So I had to hem the bottom and add a binding to the neckline.  The sleeve and the sleeve slit looked fine raw, so I left it that way.

Neckline binding:


I was being lazy and I didn’t feel like changing the thread on my coverstitch, so I just used my sewing machine and topstitched with the narrow zig zag, the same seam I sew my knits with.

I really wanted to make the hem straight, but the shortest part, is pretty short and it wouldn’t look right.  Plus the bottom edge is so tight, I think it really needs to just kind of hang there and do whatever it wants to do. 

Conclusion:  After the finishing, I do like the shirt.  It’s cute, and it’s easy to wear.  But I don’t think I’ll use the pattern again.  I think I would prefer using a different method to get the oversized t-shirt look.  But who knows, it might grow on me  as I wear the shirt.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Simplicity 2317

I had it stuck in my head that I wanted a racerback maxi tank dress. So I used the tank top from Simplicty 2317 and came up with this:





Fabric Used: Bamboo/Cotton Jersey from

Pattern Notes: I'm so happy Simplicity came out with this because I thought I was gonna have to draft this from scratch. As soon as I was getting ready to start this project, I found this pattern on sale at Hancock's.

I didn't do binding. Instead, I self lined the bodice for a little extra coverage and support. It gave it a very clean finish which is what I was looking for.


Here’s how the self lining looks:



I obviously lengthened this into a maxi dress. I did create the bottom portion to be fitted around the hips, and flare out at the bottom, starting around the knee

I raised the neckline on the pattern 1/2" b/c it seems I always need to do that lately. The neckline ended up perfect.

I also had to take it in a LOT. I quickly basted the front and back together to check fit. I took in 2" on the underam side seam and an inch on the strap. That's pretty typical with a lot of knit patterns. And its easy to fix, so I wasn't bothered by that.

This is the first time I used Design Plus Super Fine Stay Tape and it really "stays." I usually use strips of Pro Sheer interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. That holds, but it it has more give than this stay tape. Well my neckline and armholes are a little tight now, lol. But it's good to know how it reacts for the future.

Conclusion:This dress is a great staple. I can wear it alone, with a moto-style leather jacket, and even with a sweater over it as a maxi skirt. I actually think I want another one in nude. I have some VW ITY in nude that I've been wanting to use for a wrap dress, but I might use it for this instead.

As for the pattern itself, I think it's a great racerback tank. I also like the pj options.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

KS 3740

Good News! I was able to salvage the pics on my old computer so here's photos of my last 2 dresses on me. Please excuse my crazy hair, though. I was visiting my Gramma's house and she is the informercial queen. Well, she had an Instyler and I of course had to try it. It worked decent, but I got tired halfway through the straightening process and just gave up. So I just threw it in a ponytail, added a head band, and called it a day.

NL 6429


BWOF 7/09 124


It's not the most slimming, but this is so comfortable to wear, almost like throwing on a pair of sweats- seriously.

And another review I've been meaning to write up:

KS 3740


Fabric Used: Bamboo/Cotton Jersey, and matching Bamboo/Cotton Ribbing from

Pattern Notes: This pattern is as great as all the hype on PR has made it out to be. No fit alterations whatsoever! What makes it great:

-subtle side seam shaping that needed no alteration
-perfectly draped cowl
-neckline is in just the right spot- not too low, not too high.

The only changes I made were minor design changes. I shortened the sleeves and added a ribbed band.

Conclusion: Great pattern! This was my first Kwik Sew, and I'm definitely impressed.

On the sewing front, I'm kind of in a rut. I have 3 UFO's. Ughh! I hate UFO's. I can't force myself to finish any of them, and I can't start anything new with that many projects in progress. So I haven't sewn at all in a week.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

T-Shirt Tranformation

A few years back, I purchased “99 Ways to …” (The title is ridiculously long). This was back when the the whole cut your t-shirt trend was really big. And I unfortunately got sucked into the whole idea. Well I bought the book and tried a style out. When I put it on, I felt so ridiculous. I’m just not cut up your t-shirt type girl. I'm not sure why I never sold the book. Probably somewhere deep inside, l still think I can pull it off, lol.

Well T is pretty crafty and after going through the book, she told me that she wanted to do one of the t-shirts. I let her pick the style and we did one together. Here's the results:



And later, she took the hem we cut off and did this w/ it:


I thought it was cute enough to take a quick photo of. But we didn’t wear the headband out, lol.

Conclusion: This book is great as a fun crafty projects for kids. Some styles are kind of racy, but they're fine if you just throw a tank underneath.