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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 3

A new top with a touch of lace like this one from Anthropologie
source - Anthropologie link above picture

This Simplicity 1463  has a very similar back


source - Simplicity patterns, link above pictre


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.
source - The Limited - Link above picture

and this Marfy Pattern 3200 looks like the inspiration coat with either shortening or elminating the back cape.  Oh, yes add a belt, too
source - Marfy - link above picture

source - Nordrtom - link above picture


A good pattern is from Hot Patterns - 

HP1169 Classix Nouveau Refined Peasant Blouse

source Hot Patterns - link above picture

A dress, which looks very similar to one I just made - Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom
Source - Norstrom link above picture

source - McCall's Patterns - link above picture




A pretty blouse out of a fabulous silk on your to do list - Bellatrix at Nordstrom
Source - Nordstrom - link above picture

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.










Monday, October 13, 2014

Women's Raglan- Patterns for Pirates

Back in August, I was asked to test the
 Spirit Jacket
 for my little guy (aka grandson) and the jacket is great and his mom loves it.




Well, Beth (pattern designer's mom) asked me to make a couple of women's patterns.  I said of course I would and here is the first one
Patterns for Pirates
 is the name of the pattern company and this pattern is
 Women's Raglan


This pattern requires no trimming to assemble the pdf printout, a feature I just love.



I had some great ponte from Fabric Mart in my stash and I went right to work on this pattern.



It is so quick to make but has so many nice features, I especially like the triangle inset at the neck.  What is it about that little piece of fabric that just finishes off the front of a sweatshirt?



I made the shorter length in the top and used the measurements in between the tight and loose bottom band.

I don't know about my face - grin- eyes here but this is a good picture of the raglan sleeves.




Back look of the raglan top.  On the sleeves, I pushed them up for the photographs and that is just the way I like to wear them.  I do want you to know the sleeves were long and I did not have to add my usual 1" to the arm length.

I think I need a black-white gingham shirt to wear under this raglan shirt, what do you think?

Head over to the Patterns for Pirates Etsy Shop and see all the great patterns for the entire family.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Winner of Famous Frocks The Little Black Dress



On my blog post it says 70 comments, one was a duplicate so 69 comments for the random.org results


and #25 is


So MaryAnn email me your mailing address and the book will be on the way to you.

Once again thanks Chronicle Books for the opportunity for a book for me and one for my readers.


Friday Fashion Inspiration - Two

Fashion inspiration time again

Want to start with a skirt - Pierre Balmain pencil skirt available at Net-a-Porter - head to the link and zoom in on the skirt to see the lines of the garment
Source - Net-a-porter - link above


Just add the buttons and you have the same look - Butterick 6060
source - Butterick -link above image


Another skirt?  Isabel Marant at Net-a-Porter
Source - Net-a-porter - link above

The wrap goes the other way that is a small difference Vogue 8711.  Stretch knits only but you could find a fabulous knit for fall
Source - McCall patterns -link above


Need fun tops?
This one from JCrew Factory
Source - JCrew Factory - link above

This one is pretty close - Burda Scoop Neck, it is in plus sizes.
source - Burda - link above


Just add the lace details.
or this one is nice, I love how it has some shaping but can be made from a knit of woven  Anita Peasant Blouse by Style Arc
.source - Style Arc - link above



A kimono top is big right now - from Forever 21
Source- Forever 21 link above

Simplicity 1318 is perfect for a kimono
source - Simplicity patterns link above


A new sweater for the fall - this one from Loft
source Loft.com - link above


Find a great sweater knit and make you a new cardigan with the Molly Cardigan by Liola patterns
source Indie Sews - link above


Source - Net-a-porter - link above


This Vogue 8841 looks just right for the look above
source - Vogue patterns link above



Like these?  Is there a garment, you are going to re-create from the inspiration photos?