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...
 
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