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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If I had an Embroidery Machine....

I would so make these!

Stella McCartney "Knickers of the Week" set:




Yes, I'm a grown up and I think these are the cutest things. If I wasn't on a budget and had $200 to blow (yeah right, lol) I would buy these.

Here's a close up:




I've been fantasizing about getting an embroidery machine (Brother SE350/400) and this makes me want one even more. But it's probably not happening any time soon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Look 6429

So when my computer died, all my recent photos died along with it. I had most of the recent stuff I made saved on there so it's looks like I'll have to re-take most of my photos. Grr! I'm so mad I didn't more stuff to photobucket. I even had my sis take photos of me in everything when I visited Chicago. Well here's a FO while I whine and complain.

Pattern: NL 6429

Description: Knit faux wrap dress w/ sleeve and collar variations

Fabric Used: Rayon/ Lycra jersey from EOS

Front:

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Back:

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Pattern Notes: All I have to say is that this is a great pattern. It's such a classy style that would look great on just about all figure types. I didn't have any real issues with the pattern. Everything went together great. And the instructions are very clear. This is also very easy and fast to sew. I was surprised at how quick I had a brand new dress. The fitting and alteration is what took the most time.

One of the things I really liked about this pattern is how shaped the pattern pieces are. It gives you a lot of fitting room if you are using a more stable knit. And it really flatters curves. I don't know how visible it is in the picture, but there's a lot of cute seaming detail. And don't worry, it's a lot pieces, but they aren't hard to sew and they all fit together right.

The only thing to be aware of with this pattern is that the neckline is supper low. I had to raise it a few inches. This might not be a problem for others because I always seems to have too low neckline. It wasn't unwearable before, but I wanted this dress to work as a day dress, too, so I needed to tone down all the boob. I rarely make a muslin (bad, I know) so I had to do this on the garment. I raised it the shoulder seam. The neckline fits great now, but it did leave one of my pieces a little short. It's the piece that wraps inside. I just used 2 thread chain to tack it to the side seams and I have no problems. Honestly with the adjustment it stays in place even without the thread chains, but I did it because it looks better inside that just having a floating piece.

The pattern calls for a facing but I used an inside binding on the neckline. I'm not a big fan of facings on knits so I was playing around with some other methods. This was the first time I tried this and I like it. It's stabilized the neckline and it still gives the neckline a clean finish, except for the top coverstitching of course.

Conclusion: I highly recommend it. I made my neckline adjustments on the pattern so next time I can sew it up super quick. With the different sleeve and collar options you really have a lot of variety from pretty summer dress to going out dress (u can use the regular low neck, lol) to work dress. And you can't beat how easy it is.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

Ok, so I'm finally back. i have had so much computer drama I've wanted to cry! First my computer died and as soon as I got a new one, my modem went out. Well, I'm back up and running so I'm thankful for that. And it looks like I had a nice surprise waiting for me. I've been awarded my first blog award from Candice at http://sewmytime.blogspot.com. Thanks so much Candice, it made me feel better.



So for this award I'm supposed to:

1) Tell 10 things about myself
2) Pass it along to 5 blogs I like

This is a little hard for me b/c I'm kind of shy and private. But here goes:

1) I love to sew. I guess that's not a surprise, but I really, really do. And I can't tell something about myself and not include that.

2) I work from home. It's very boring and unglamourus, but it gives me a lot of flexibility and allows me to spend more time w/ my daughter.

3) I wear my hair natural. Although natural is kind of trendy now, I secretly want to get a relaxer again. But I won't b/c I'm too lazy. Natural is just so much easier.

4) I love to cook. But I'm queasy around meat that resembles anything that looks like an animal. So my meat dishes only include chicken breasts or ground beef.

5) I’ve decided to boycotting Fox b/c they keep cancelling all my favorite shows- 24, Terminator, Dollhouse, and more. Grrr! Why Fox, why! And the 2 shows left- House and Bones- just keep getting more and more ridiculous, it drives me crazy. (Ok, I might sneak and watch House and Bones)

6) I actually like sewing for others.

7) I started tearing up when I registered my daughter for kindergarten this year. It's official, she's now a big kid and no longer a baby.

8) I am so irritated by 80's revival. I thought it was agreed upon that it was the worst fashion period. I cringe when I see pictures of what I was wearing as a kid in the 80's. Ok, I'll do leggings and tunics, but that's it. Please let's let it go.

9) Working from home and being a mom has turned me into a fashion bum. One of my new recent goals is to start dressing better and getting back into fashion more.

10) I'm shy and I don't like to talk about myself so this was hard, lol.

Ok so now I will pass this award to some great blogs:

http://katikando.wordpress.com/
http://kindnessnlove.blogspot.com/
http://sewblooms.blogspot.com/
http://themahoganystylist.blogspot.com/
http://stitchesandseams.blogspot.com/

More sewing stuff to come.....

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