Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Looks like I'm about to make another coat.

It's been a while since I last made outwear. I believe my last go with it was back in February (my minty fresh trench). It's been too long. I've had fleeting thoughts of making Butterick 5966 for a year now.



Monday, September 29, 2014

It's been a while.

Hmm. It has been a while since I last blogged. It's not like I haven't been sewing, I just didn't feel like blogging. Here's what I've been up to, via instagram:




Not too shabby. Eventually, I will post a review of some of these dresses.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shirt dress: Obsess much?

So, last month I purchased some cotton shirting from JoAnn (see this post) with the hopes of making a shirt dress. I couldn't decide between Simplicity 2246 or McCall's 6506. I chose neither. Why? I just wasn't feeling S2246 and I'm waiting for the right fabric to come along for M6506. I had a third option, a vintage pattern I found on etsy, Butterick 4698:




I loved the tie belt. The 70s collar, not so much.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Vogue 1395

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

For the love of shirt dresses.

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?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A whine and a review.

So, yeah..it'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.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: It's Moneta!

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.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Butterick 5016

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.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Feeling Springy.

My sewing mojo may be napping at the moment, but it never hurts to brainstorm. I'm still too pooped to sew. Getting back into the work groove has been tough. I finally managed to finish the hem of my Butterick 5949 (view B with a gathered skirt). No photos yet as I'm so not in the mood for photos right now. But I used this poly crepe de chine from Fabric Mart:





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mini update

I have a job! Yay!

I am sooo tired. No energy for sewing at the moment.

Hopefully after a week or so, I will be in my routine and can get back to sewing.

That is all for now.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A wee twee slip: Emery dress review

I diverged a bit from my work wardrobe plans. I couldn't help it. My Sewing Expo fabric taunted me until I finally gave in and made a dress.

I also had a hankering for a new pattern. Since the Christine Haynes Emery dress had such great reviews, I figured I would try it out. This is the first indie pattern I've purchased this year. I liked that it's an actual dress, not a rectangle with an elastic waist. Oh you indie patterns...you'll try anything to convince me that a rectangle is universally flattering. Ha!

Anyway, it's been a while since I made a woven dress, let alone a lined one. Aside from my dabbles with chambray, I haven't made a woven dress since I left Austin. My Darling Ranges dress was actually sewn up last August. It was time. I had pattern. I had the fabric

The Emery dress pattern was easy to fit and to sew. I made a quick muslin of the bodice and was immediately won over. The fit wasn't absolute perfection (which pattern is, really?) but it had potential. I had been hesitant to try out other bodice patterns since I have my TNT Butterick bodice. But sometimes you have to try something new.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Work Wardrobe: Progress Report

I think I may be on the brink of sewing burnout. Yesterday I was knee-deep in disappointing muslins. One showed potential, but the rest were a colossal waste of time. I also suffered from pencil skirt failure. I may need to take a break.

My work wardrobe is coming along. I now can cross three things off of my list. The pencil skirt has been swapped for an A-line skirt. This doesn't count as my review. Just a progress report.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I left my wallet in Puyallup.

Sunday I made the trek south to Puyallup for the Sewing & Stitchery Expo. This marked my first time ever going to a sewing expo. I was excited. It was raining and there was a bit of fog. Of course, no one in this area knows how to drive in it despite that fact that the weather is like this 90% of the time. I encountered six car wrecks during my journey there and back home. Sheesh.

Aside from that, I had no idea what to expect at the sewing expo. Mostly I wanted to buy fabric and a notion or two. Seriously. That's all. I didn't sign up for classes or anything like that. Clearly, I have a one-track mind. I wore my Minty Fresh Trench and got a few compliments. *blushes* I am seriously in love with that coat.

I wandered around for a bit, taking everything in. A lot of booths were centered around quilting, which I have no interest in whatsoever. Just because I made one baby quilt doesn't mean I want to do it all the time. While I admired some of the craftsmanship, I did so in passing. Apparel fabric was on my mind.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Vogue 8896

Let the Ponte Parade continue...

This is a just a quickie review. I took pictures of this dress the same day as Butterick 5950. I figured that I may as well review it too.

I made Vogue 8896 back in December. I have yet to wear it anywhere. I'm not sure why. I think it looks a bit more dressy. It's weird how a knit dress can seem too dressy. I've always lumped knits into the casual wear category.

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Anywho, this dress was simple and quick to sew. I love ponte knit wrap dresses. I'm currently working on my third (more on that later). I always feel put together every time I wear one. This dress was made with Maggy London ponte knit purchased from Fabric Mart. The color is merlot. I love this color. As with all my ponte knit creations, I used stitch witchery on the hems, fusible knit stay tape for the shoulders and a twin needle to finish. I made view A but lengthened the sleeves.

There is one change that I made to the skirt...the skirt actually has a fold-over facing much like Vogue 8379. I thought this was silly. Instead, I hacked off most of it, saving 5/8" for a hem and finished it the same as the bodice. Yay no facings! My only complaint with this is pattern---there's gathers at the waist. I like the shoulder gathers but at the waist it just looks a bit bulky.

Will I make it again? Maybe. I do have other wrap dress patterns to try.

In other news, I'm making some progress on my Work Wardrobe Plans. My rendition of the lady-like blouse is complete. I'm almost finished with my printed day dress (aka ponte wrap dress #3). Will I get to pants this week? Not sure. I just bought some fabric from the Sewing Expo and now I'm distracted. More on that later...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Butterick 5950

It started with a dress:

Shirred Knit Surplice Dress

I love Land's End. Really, I do. I just think it's a bit pricey. $65 for a rayon jersey dress seems a bit steep to me. Sometimes the quality of Land's End clothing justifies the cost. Other times, no. As much as I loved this dress, it was a bit out of my price range. Also, Land's End dresses have a habit of being too long in the waist for me. I figured I could easily make a dress like this. So, I did.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Minty fresh trench


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Earlier this month, I became quite inspired by the idea of a mint green trench coat. I'm not sure where exactly I got the idea for it, perhaps it was Pinterest. Anyway, I lucked up on some fabric and everything just fell into place.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Work Wardrobe: Plans

First and foremost, thanks for all the helpful suggestions on yesterday's post. I'm actually looking forward to creating a work wardrobe. I will admit though, after shifting through my pattern stash, I became quite overwhelmed. There's a bunch of ideas running through my head but I need a clear plan in order to actually achieve anything. So, I headed over to Pinterest and looked for some wardrobe capsules for inspiration.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quickie with bullet points

  • I have two ponte knit dresses and my mint green trench ready to review. Hopefully the weather will cooperate next week so I can take some photos.
  • Now that I'm actively searching for a job, I figured I should give my work wardrobe a makeover...actually, more like create a work wardrobe. My last job was casual in every sense of the word. I now want to reinvent myself a bit. I think a basic, business casual wardrobe is in order. Nothing too complicated or time consuming. A couple skirts, a few button down shirts and perhaps a dress or three. Here's some patterns that I'm considering:

From left to right, top to bottom: S2215 / B4185 / V8772 / B6016 / NL6107 / S1464 / B5947
  • Next week is the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. I want to go but then I don't want to be bothered with a crowd. Argh. 

That's it for now. Pattern suggestions for office wear are welcome. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Chambray: I wish I knew how to quit you.

Today's post is a two-for-one. I'm reviewing both McCall's 6885 and Vogue 8927. Neither pattern was terribly complicated nor required massive amounts of fitting...just a tweak here and there. Both patterns were made up in my most favorite fabric of the moment: chambray!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Minty fresh

I had grand plans for today. Friday night, I finished my chambray dress. I wore it out Saturday. I was going to take photos today. My stomach had other plans. Apparently, it does not like Thai food. Needless to say, I feel like poo. So, I'm spending my Sunday wrapped in a blanket watching the Puppy Bowl and hoping that I can keep my food down.

In between commercials, I'm also brainstorming the next piece in my outerwear series. It seems that I'm addicted....can't stop. Won't stop. Another trench coat is in order. This time in my current favorite color: mint green. I'm not a fan of that orchid color that Pantone deemed color of the year. In my world, it's all about shades of green.


from Design Seeds


Inspiration:

Photos sourced from Pinterest

I plan to use the Silhouettes Barbara's Trench pattern once again with a few tweaks. I wasn't too impressed with the sleeves and armscye in my first trench, so I want to take another shot at adjusting them with a different method.

No Liberty of London for the lining this time. I think I will keep it simple with pongee lining, perhaps in coral or yellow. I also have fleeting thoughts of bound buttonholes. We'll see. I wouldn't want my bound buttonhole maker to go to waste.

Fabric and leather buckles have been ordered. Still on the fence about buttons.

Before I go, I did a quick tally of my projects for January. Although I have yet to blog all of them, I did accomplish a great deal. I made a trench coat (including 3 muslins), military jacket, cotton interlock skater dress and a chambray shirt dress. Not bad for one month.

Oh and before I forget...I'm at 95 followers on Bloglovin'. Once I reach 100, I will have a giveaway which includes patterns and fabric. More details on that to come...


Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Kwik Sew 3534

Before I start my review, I just want to say that my jacket is wrinkly on purpose. So please, no comments about pressing. I did press the crap out of it and it looked way too stiff. For now, we're going with wrinkly. So there. On to the review...

For the fourth part in what has become an outerwear series, I present to you Kwik Sew 3534. I know that I never really blogged about part two. That post will be up eventually. Today, it's all about my cute green military-safari jacket.

Front/Back

Kwik Sew 3534 is a simple jacket pattern. It is unlined and has a close-fit, much less boxy that I thought. I skipped a muslin on this one. I cut a size large and my fitting alterations were few. I believe I only added about 1 5/8" to the sleeve length. That's it. The fabric is from Fashion Fabrics Club. It is an olive brushed twill. Nice and soft to the touch but still a bit stiff. Side note: The shipping was ridiculous. It took two weeks to show up. From now on, I will pay for expedited shipping.

Initially I had planned to add an elastic casing to the waist for definition but it looked weird. Also, I hated the cuffs. They looked dumb to me but work really well for Cosplay. Seriously. When I did a google search on this pattern, three Cosplay costumes popped up. I am so not into Cosplay. I almost abandoned this pattern because of it. I know. I was being unreasonable.

Anyway, I changed the cuff to a more standard one. I put buttons under the flap because I didn't like the idea of small buttons on my boobs. I also wanted it to look more like my Old Navy inspiration jacket. For the inside, I made bias binding from some striped shirting in my stash. I used my twin needle on almost all of the jacket. The buttons are from Wawak.

Epaulet/Front Pocket

And that's it. Really. I pressed it up and tried it on. The jacket looked way too stiff. Since that wasn't the look I wanted, I washed and dried it. It looks wrinkly, however, it looked more relaxed than before. I do think I will purchase some Downy Wrinkle Release and see if that takes away some wrinkles without making it look stiff. Or, I could try softening it with some white vinegar. We'll see.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chambray makes my heart dance

Buttons! Buttons are the only thing left before my military jacket dreams become reality. See here. Now that my jacket is just about done, it's time to muse about  my next sewing project. This time I have chambray on the brain. I want to make a chambray shirt dress but I can't decide on the pattern. For me, it helps to have visual aides and inspiration. Rarely do sewing ideas just pop into my head. Usually, I see something that I want and figure out how to make it for less. Not exactly the most creative approach but I've never claimed to be a designer.

Anywho, here's some of my inspiration:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5


And my pattern choices:

McCall's 6885 View D and C / Vogue 8927 View F and E


My conundrum: can't decide between a full-length button placket or a popover. I do favor the shirt-tail hem so at least I've got one thing down. I've made McCall's 6885 view D before. See here. Only minor tweaking would be needed for a second time around, mainly adding 4" to the hem. I flashed side thigh one time too many. Whichever pattern I choose, there will be long sleeves and a button cuff. Never made a sleeve with button cuff, it's time I got on that.

That's it for now. Perhaps a good night's rest will make my decision easier.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Liberty Trench!

Hooray for my first finished garment of 2014! I actually finished my trench about a week ago. But you know how I am about photos...anyway, it's all done.




This is a long review. Just so you know.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Outerwear: Obsess much?

I seem to have lost all interest in sewing clothing (skirts, shirts, dresses). I have outwear on the brain and I just can't shake it. While browsing the Boden site, I came across my next object of outwear obsession: the Mac Coat.

Boden Rainy Day Mac in Multi Stripe

Sigh. Isn't it lovely? I remember wanting one of these years ago. After I finish the next jacket in my queue (the Military Jacket), I will start work on making my Mac dreams a reality. I already have a pattern in mind (McCall's 6517 view C). The only thing that befuddles the crap out of me is how to add a zipper to it. I want my jacket to look like this:

I need to know how to do this

How do you do that? Never made a jacket with a zipper and a button placket. It can't be that hard, right? Or, I could just look for a pattern that already has this feature. Pattern suggestions or tutorials are welcome.

Now, back to working on my trench coat. I wish my lining would hurry up and get here. I've almost reached the point when I can't do anything until it shows up. Argh.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Trench Coat Musings

Finally finished my trench coat muslin (muslin #3 to be exact). Oh boy, that was interesting and complicated for no reason. Although I am better at figuring it out what alterations need to be made, it's still taking me one muslin too many to figure them out. Since I've never used a Silhouettes pattern before, I wanted my first muslin to be a straight size with no alterations. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and make unnecessary changes. I didn't want to over-complicate things. That happened regardless.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cuckoo for Outerwear

So yeah, I've been up to my eyeballs in outerwear lately. I made my first trench coat muslin. It looks promising but needs some adjustments. I will cut out muslin #2 sometime today. The only tricky pattern feature is the french dart. Not very experienced with french darts--I believe this is my first. Hopefully all will go well with muslin #2 so that I can start work on my trench once my fabric arrives on Saturday.

For now I'm already brainstorming my next outwear adventure. For my fourth go with outwear, I want to make an unlined, military-style jacket. Like this one from Old Navy:

Women's Military-Style Jacket

I bought a jacket similar to this one (also from Old Navy) a few years ago. It's cute but the sleeves are way too short. This is why Old Navy and I do not get along. Every long-sleeved shirt, jacket, dress, etc has the shortest f-ing sleeves on the planet. I don't have freakishly long arms or anything. Old Navy sleeves just never fail to stop 2-4 inches above my wrist.

But I digress. The pattern search has begun. There are a few military-style jacket patterns out there (most of them Burda). Some of them are great. Some look cheesy. Some appeared in Rhythm Nation. I want to avoid that look.

Kwik Sew 3534 view A might be just the jacket I want. At least it's close enough.


Kwik Sew 3534 view A



I think an olive twill would be best. Perhaps even gray. I'm also thinking anorak snaps instead of buttons. Although I say I want it unlined, I may change my mind. I've become quite a fan of linings lately.

Well, back to work on the trench. Any military jacket pattern suggestions are welcome.


 
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