Review: Vogue 1395

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I picked up Vogue 1395 when it was released a couple months ago. It looked interesting to me but I was sure that it wouldn't work because of the elastic waist. I hate elastic waists. Anyway, I put it in the pattern box and forgot about it.

Vogue 1395

Then Wednesday, I saw this version. Then I googled and found this one. I had to have this dress in my life asap.

I had some poly crepe de chine from Girl Charlee in my stash. Initially, I had planned to remake my yellow dress from last year. So glad I didn't. So very glad. This fabric was perfect for Vogue 1395. I hope Girl Charlee continues to sell poly crepe de chine in cute prints because I will buy all of it.  It was so easy to work with.

This project was a joy to sew from start to finish. The pattern instructions do suffer from "Vogue Vague" a few times but nothing too egregious. I did make a muslin out of some leftover pongee (had to match the drape) and didn't incur any problems. Adjustments were made but were few:

  • 3/8" Forward shoulder adjustment
  • Raised v-neckline 1"
  • Added 1" to hem
  • Added 1" flare to skirt 
  • Raised the armscye 1"

I want to make this again (I would happily make at least 2 more) and live in them for the rest of the summer. There's also another Vogue pattern (V8970) that inspires the same amount of glee but that review will come later.

It was nice to break away from the more fitted styles that I usually sew. I need to spice up my sewing: try different styles, add details and use more prints. Next up is Vogue 1394. Since I've had such good luck with Vogue lately, I figure I should give this one a try. 

For the love of shirt dresses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I have 3 1/2 yards of this shirting fabric from Joann:

Vertical Stripe Denim/White Shirting

There are two patterns that I want to make with it but I can't decide. Full pleated skirt or simple shirt dress?

A whine and a review.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

So,'s been a while since I've reviewed anything. Honestly, it's been a while since I've sewn anything. And by "a while" I mean like 2 weeks. Yeah, I know. Go ahead, roll your eyes.

Anywho, my sewjo has waned once more. I was starting to fill a bit overwhelmed. My fabric stash has grown a bit. Not too much. It all still fits on the bookcase. But it's just enough growth to overwhelm me. I'm not a fabric hoarder, er, collector. I prefer not to have more fabric than I could reasonably sew. When I feel I have too much and I don't feel like sewing, it just equals fail. Also, my sewing room is a hot mess right now. It's easier to close the door than to clean.

Blah. Sigh. Moving on.

Review: It's Moneta!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

So, by now you've heard that Colette released two new patterns: Moneta and Mabel.

I will admit that initially I was underwhelmed. Then I saw the collar extras and was swayed. I needed a quick sewing win as my sewing mojo fades in and out.

I don't have a stash of knits so I had to take a trip to Pacific Fabrics for some french terry. I've never sewn french terry before. I will have to do it again asap. I feel like I'm wearing a nightgown all day. Very comfy.

Review: Butterick 5016

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yay! It's sunny! This weekend has been gorgeous. I spent yesterday in Puyallup at the Washington State Fair with Kris. I rode two roller coasters. This is a big deal since I've never done that before. Seriously. I am a wuss.

I had so much fun that my glasses broke in the process:

Boo. Hiss. Boo.


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