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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 4

That time again, I hope everyone still is enjoying this.  I am trying my best to vary the garment types and the pattern companies.  If you know of a pattern company that needs to be featured, let me know.

A trench style dress on your sewing horizon?  Then let this Ann Taylor version be a fabulous inspiration
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This McCall's 6279 is perfect but guess what out-of-print
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Maybe you have it in your pattern collection or kind find it online somewhere.




A fun skirt with some colorblocking?
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If you go to the link you will see a center front exposed zipper.  This is a fun addition, just add seam allowances to the center front and add the zipper.  Which pattern?
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or Butterick 5566
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A new sweater to go with these new skirt, pants, over the dresses or with your favorite jeans?
This one is gorgeous

Armani Collezioni

Cashmere Draped Open Cardigan

It is $895.00

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I think this is a great pattern for us, and it even has the pockets  McCall's 6444 but is out-of-print.  There is one size range available.
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Style Arc has one, Harper Jacket
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or a Butterick  5789 version
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Another fabulous coat?

T Tahari Marla Shawl Collar Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

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Vogue 9037 looks pretty good, you might want to change the front curve and shape.
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A casual top for your wardrobe, 

Vince Camuto Pleat-Shoulder Top

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This Jalie 2682 top is very close
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kwik Sew 3026 - Popover Style Blouse

Lately I have been drawn to these popover shirts at JCrew and JCrew factory
but I have to be careful with this style that they are not too full.


I had the perfect top pattern in my collection, now out-of-print Kwik Sew 3026

Which actually I have made before and no longer have this blouse, check it out here at Pattern Review 2005 -  and pre-blogging.

This pattern was perfect for my needs.  It has nice shape and isn't too full through the body.  I added 1" to the length of the body and the sleeves.



The fabric is a Mood Fabrics' Flannel, available in 4 colorways  The color of my shirt (gray and red) is almost sold out.    This is a great weight of flannel and super soft, plus a nice price.

With plaid, I always like to use the bias. Here on the placket and pockets.  I did learn from my placket on my Chambray Dress and added more buttons

The back yoke, the picture is a bit blurry.  I asked Mike to go out right when the sun was coming up.  Not perfect for pictures but it was the only chance for the day, I knew I wouldn't be home before dark.


















and finally the cuffs



Note on this Kwik Sew pattern the seams are 1/4" which makes the collar and collar band so easy to construct without the extra bulk.

I did use french seams on the sleeves, just looks nicer when I roll up the cuffs.



I love my new top and the fit, it is just right a bit of room but not over sized.

I have been purchasing my buttons at Fashion Sewing Supply, I love the look, the size and the styles.  It is so nice to have an assortment in my collection and not have to wait to finish a shirt because I don't have buttons.

One last picture, telling my husband, get the cuffs, just thought it was funny, I had to share plus it might be the best one of the shirt.  It was toward the end of our 5 minute photo shoot and the sunlight was better.



Don't forget to leave a comment for the notebook and notecard giveaway.









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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage McCall's Patterns Notebooks and Notecards - A Giveaway


Thanks to Chronicle Books, I have another giveaway.

What is this giveaway?  The cutest vintage note cards and notebooks, which by the way would be perfect for gift giving.

Here are the
Vintage McCall's Patterns notecards


The description
Crafty correspondents and gift givers will delight in these all-occasion notecards that celebrate an iconic era of fashion. Four unique designs showcase authentic patterns from the McCall's archive, while custom envelopes resembling deconstructed pattern pieces lend playful, DIY flair.



Isn't that just the most fun?  Want to see the set?

No worries, I took a picture of a set

See the bottom right?  That is the envelope - a pattern piece.  Oh, I just love these and won't you or your sewing friends?  All of your sewing friends.  We should buy these and start writing our sewing friends, the vintage way, with a stamp.

Now that isn't all of the vintage goodness from Chronicle Books, they have 



Here is the description:
Batched with twine like a stack of sewing patterns, these three notebooks feature the original McCall's packaging of the 1960s and 1970s, with cute-as-a-button graphics and slogans. Blank and lined interior pages are sepia-toned and adorned with sewing motifs, inviting journalers to record project details or everyday musings.

I put one in my purse to write sewing supply lists and patterns I need to purchase.

The good news..... I have 2 sets to give away.  Two lucky people will get a set of notecards and a set of notebooks each.

To enter, leave a comment of who you would write with these cute notecards or what type of sketches or lists you would do the in the notebooks.  Or leave a comment if you are going to purchase these cute Vintage McCall's Notebooks and Notecards for a gift.


I will draw on Saturday, October 25th.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 3

A new top with a touch of lace like this one from Anthropologie
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This Simplicity 1463  has a very similar back


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How many of you are Scandal fans?  I have to admit to not ever watching it! Sorry.  For those of you fans out there, The Limited has a collection from the TV show.
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and this Marfy Pattern 3200 looks like the inspiration coat with either shortening or elminating the back cape.  Oh, yes add a belt, too
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source - Nordrtom - link above picture


A good pattern is from Hot Patterns - 

HP1169 Classix Nouveau Refined Peasant Blouse

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A dress, which looks very similar to one I just made - Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom
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A pretty blouse out of a fabulous silk on your to do list - Bellatrix at Nordstrom
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This looks like a good pattern, from a new-to-me pattern company.  Anyone sewn an In-House pattern?  This one is the Diana, which I like better than the RTW one, Diana has cuffs on the sleeves
Source - In-House patterns, link above picture





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chambray Pullover Shirtdress



This post is all about new, a new way I decided what to sew and a new style for me. I saw McCall’s 6885 featured on social media along with a famous designer
in a very similar dress. Right when I saw that photo, I knew I had to make this dress.

Now this is the first new  for me, usually I have the fabric and I look through my patterns to see what to make. This time I was in search of fabric and of course, Mood had just the right fabric, a  Mood Fabrics’ chambray year-round cotton flannel.  I should clarify this, I use to always have the pattern first and then find the fabric to make the garment.  Over the last few years, I find it easier to acquire fabric and then find a suitable pattern.  Thanks to Mood Fabrics’ great selection, I always find fabulous fabric.


This fabric was perfect – the chambray look but so soft with the perfect drape for this style of pattern.  This is important with this style of dress, I sure didn’t want the fabric to be stiff and add fullness to this style.  Now that is the second new for me, I usually don’t do shirt dresses or a looser dress but this one just really appealed to me.
I made a few changes, mainly the length of the dress, just look at the side of the shirttail hem.  I added 1-1/2″ to the length of the dress, thank goodness or my side hem might be way too short!  I also added 1″ to the sleeve length, which made the sleeves the perfect length.  This length is probably irrelevant as I don’t think I will ever wear the sleeves rolled down, the  sleeve tabs are just a great feature.


This fabric is thin so I have a slip on with this dress for modesty sake.  With the weight of the fabric in mind, I used interfacing on both sides of the collar and undercollar, a tricot knit interfacing to be specific.  I am pleased with this decision, the two layers gave the collar some substance.  I also cut the undercollar in two pieces on the bias.

I started sewing on this dress Sunday and guess what?  I didn’t have enough thread to construct and topstitch.  Anyone else have that happen?  A show of hands, please!  My solution, to use a gray to construct and the perfect match thread for topstitching and buttonholes.  I ran out of thread when sewing on the last button.  If I had more thread I would of added 2 more buttons and buttonholes, which I will do after a thread purchase.   And I really need another button for the bust pull, too.   Photographs tell us so much about our projects.

This dress is just so fun to wear and I know I will wear it with a belt most of the time but without the belt is just so easy and fun.  I did put a red cardigan on with the dress and loved the look but none of my pictures were in focus.  You will just have to take my word!



 I am so happy I tried a new look for me.

Note on the last three days of pictures.  We have had 13 out of the first 14 days in October with rain.  I had no choice but to take all of these pictures on the front porch on a gloomy day.  I also had to take them on the north side of the house to protect myself from wind and wind gusts.  So sorry for the darker nature of the photographs - but guess what?  The sun is shining today and is suppose to shine for several more days.  The farmers around here might be able to get back to their harvest.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt- Patterns for Pirates


Time for the second shirt I made from the Patterns for Pirates line.
Girls in the Garden - Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt - Patterns for Pirates


This one is the Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt

The fabric is a ponte from Fabric Mart, a most perfect ponte and is just right for this pattern.  I did cut the neckline on the bias to add some interest.
Girls in the Garden - Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt - Patterns for Pirates











I wanted to add the elbow patches on this top and went to my local shoe repair shop.  I was able to purchase a small scrap of leather for $2.  The elbow patches are a such a nice feature on this top and I will just take special care in laundering this top.
Girls in the Garden - Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt - Patterns for Pirates


If all fails with the washing, I will just remove the elbow patches.

I did remove some of the excess from under the arms and side seams of this garment, it was just a bit too full for me.
Girls in the Garden - Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt - Patterns for Pirates

The folds around the bust and upper chest are just the pattern and shape of the body of the shirt.

One thing for sure is is one comfy top, it feels good and looks good.  I think you can dress it up or dress it down.  Do note the sleeves are tight in the forearms and wrists, so if you want more room, adjust this piece.

Girls in the Garden - Pumpkin Spice Dolman Shirt - Patterns for Pirates



Some of you asked about my booties, they are from 2 years ago, a sale purchase.  I found them online but all sold out.  In case you are curious her is the link to the
BCBGenerations booties


Disclosure - I was given these two Patterns for Pirates in exchange for making the patterns and showing off the finished garments on my blog.  The opinions of the garments are all mine.