Monday, April 27, 2015

Vogue Hot Picks For Summer 2015


I am so amazed at the patterns for this Summer.  I have looked through the new looks and found that there are several must haves for my stash.  I've even got is figured out what fabrics I want to make my Summer picks with or at least think I want for them because I always buy a fabric for a specific pattern, but once I see the two together I change things around until it all makes sense.

Taking a quick look.

V1541- I love the look of this top.  It's nicely tailored with an interesting front peplum.

 The skirt has some surprising details, too.  I think this ensemble would be a definate must for today's fashion forward ladies.  The fabric choices are a plus in my book because "DENIM" is on the list.

Yellow, that's one of my favorite colors and V1445 sets the stage with some serious detail work.

 Very pretty shaped hemline.

Here, you can see a slight V opening  leading to a raised neckline.  No side seams, but this pattern uses edgestitching for detail.  Perfect for the modest conscious.

An exposed zipper gives the  back a lot of detail.  This was a must have fall in love moment for me.  Great every day, work, or date night dress.  Fabric suggestions are Crepe, Stretch Faille, and Double Knit.

Vogue 1448 Is on my list because of it's softness and it has pockets.  This dress looks like it was created with soft fabrics in mind.  I love how the pattern envelope dress depicts this pattern.  It really shows the designer's intentions for the dress.  Hopefully, I will get around to putting this one in my closet, but there's still more to view before I put this one on the top of my "ta do" list.
 Vogue 1449-  This is the cutest dress I've seen in a while.  It reminds me of some of the dresses from the 70s.  Details are in the pleats, sleeves, and the neck.

While the dress body is made from a Sateen, Crepe, or Lightweight Twill, the neck collar is made with a knit.  I can see many ways to put this lovely together and it goes at the top of must have ta do.

I have mixed feelings about my next pattern.  I haven't really figured out what draws me to this pattern, but I have to mention it.
Vogue 1454- I don't know if I am drawn to this or repelled, but this one is very interesting to me for some reason.

The overall look is very modern and "Hip".  I like the model in the black and white.  It's saying something to me, but I can't quit put my hands on it.


The details are in the skirt about mid thigh and the back of the blouse in the back.  This is an interesting pattern for me and most likely would be a challenge sense I'm not sure of my love/ hate relationship with it.  However,  I seeks a challenge.  What about you?

My "Sleeper" pattern is Vogue 9108 by Marcy Tilton.
My thoughts when I first saw this one was that I absolutely hate a dress and leggings together, but if I were going to put this together for me, the dress is what makes this a perfect lounge dress.

The center mesh piece on the bodice is so kool.  It has pockets and it's made with jersey fabric.  I absolutely am looking at this one in solids or some type of matching prints.  I think this one is a little busy, but the line drawings are what kept me interested.

The back detail with the straps make this "Sleeper" come to life.  I would put mine together with a tank for Summer wear.

Honorable Mentions:
Vogue 9103 
Vogue 9102 
Vogue 9107

Vogue 1447 
Vogue 9116 
Vogue 9101 
This pattern seems to be one that will have staying power because it is a natural free form Jersey fabric staple.  I would love to have one of these in any and every color known to fabric.
Vogue 9104
I love this dress.  I wasn't sure about the neck because the Summer sun can be hot, but I think with the fabric suggestions,,,,Crepe de Chine, Lightweight Jersey, Lightweight Broadcloth, the heat can be cooled down and I actually prefer the Crepe de Chine for evening and Jersey for a day look.  Which ever fabric design that you decide to come up with for this one is totally up to you, but play with it and have fun.  I'm thinking a Chiffon will make it stand out for a romantic beach wear look ie,,cover-up.

Wow, that was a brain full, but that's all I have for the Vogue Summer 2015 line of patterns.  I haven't delved into them as of yet, but I have high hopes and lots of vision for a few of them.

Thank you for joining me today and I look forward to our next post.  Until then,

Lot of Love\

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our Last Prom Dress 2015


It's that time of year when all the Senior High Schoolers are looking forward to "The Last Prom".   My daughter let me know that I was not going to be exempt from the festivities.  All the fun came my way just after I had signed up for the Sewing Pattern Review contest at the beginning of the month.

My oldest daughter decided that she wanted to go to the prom right in the middle of my planning for the contest.  So, instead of getting busy with my contest, I began putting together her dress.  There were a lot of pattern options that she liked, but ultimately she came up with something that suited the both of us.

 McCall's 6030 was the starting point for her dress.  We went to Joann and Hancock Fabrics to get things rolling.  I was happy and sad all at the same time.  My emotions were every where, but I fought back tears as I thought about my prom so many years ago.  My Mom went through a lot of last minute rushing in order to get me ready and I thought it would only be fair that I do the same for my princess.

My daughter decided that she would pick the pattern and I could figure out the rest.  I felt overwhelmed because I felt like I had my plate full, but I didn't want to let her down.  My mind was constantly between contest and prom.  I would have to take a few hours here and there between the 2 and finally I came up with a theme for my contest and the perfect fabric for her prom dress.  I ended up ordering the fabric (ebay) for the prom dress and the chiffon I got from Hancock Fabrics.  The rhinestone trim I found at Joann's.  I was amazed at the quality of this trim and we couldn't leave it.  Sparkly things are very much her hobby.

Once I got started with her dress, every 2 minutes she came in to check on it (She was off for Spring Break).  I couldn't think with her little eyes on me like a hawk.  The result was I had to wait for her to go back to school in order to get anything done.

Here she is in her "Last Prom Dress".

Oshja chose a red high heel sandal because she wanted a "POP" of color.  I thought it was a good idea and went with it. Shoes are from Belk.
Here she is with her date for the evening.  Thank you Tarrence for making this day a beautiful memory.  I just love this picture in vintage.

Masks were made by Oshja
We have now passed another mile stone and with each one I feel mixed with my emotions, but the thoughts that I feel the most are the moments when my mind wonders to "My little girl is no long a little girl".  There aren't any words right now that can really explain where I am, but I can say again in this life that I now know what my Mother felt.

No review for this one,  I basically went my own way.

Thank you for joining me today and I'll see you next post.  If you haven't checked out the PR contest, go over to their site and see what it's about.  I'll be busy trying to finish that off finally.

Until next time,

Lots of Love

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thinking Outside The Box New Look 6183


Recently I was looking for something different to make for myself.  I decided that I would use a pattern from my stash that I had passed over several times as my muse.  I thought to myself, "I've passed over a lot of patterns".  But, my elimination process was the key.  I began by laying out 5 patterns that were on my mind, but as of yet sat unsewn.  Then I closed my eyes and picked 1 from the bunch.  The winning pattern, New Look 6183, was really cute, but I didn't want to make mine from the suggested fabrics.

Well, I had a slight mind bender on my hands because I had satin, sateen, crepe, and poplins in many different colors, but my thoughts were that those fabrics were not "talking" to me the way I needed for this dress.  I kept thinking and looking until I found the most gorgeous suiting fabric.  The colors were perfect (Dark teal & white) and my mind  was reeling with the idea of this dress as a completed look.

To me, View A seemed to work for me and had more of a vintage look.  My thoughts were that with the type of fabric I was using I would be close to a modern day vintage dress.  Either way I was happy that I let fate decide which project to take on.

 The Review

Pattern Description: Pattern Description: Misses Retro style dress with empire waist, princess seamed trumpet skirt.  Neckline and sleeve options.

Pattern Sizing:  10-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I have to say that these princess seams were the best part about this dress and the empire waist surprised me.

Fabric Used: Poly/Rayon Suiting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, This is an awesome pattern.  I recommend it completely.

Conclusion:  Even though this started out as a surprise project, it was a joy from start to finish.

I changed the suggested fabric choice to something that looked more vintage and it worked out wonderfully.  Finding ways to make something your own can be daunting, but if you look hard enough you will find a way to turn things inside out and mix it with yourself and your personality. My other choices for fabric are Here, Here, and Here.  I still say go with the suggested fabrics if you aren't quit sure, but thinking outside the box always pushes you to another level of sewing and creating.  You never know unless you try.

My button was a little larger than the suggested button because the sizing seemed off to me.  I chose a silver look because the white against the teal really wanted a silver button vs. a gold or solid colored button.  I used a teal color coordinated invisible zipper and thread.  The teal accents made the dress "Pop".  By using teal to accent the color played against the specks that were in the fabric and made for a subtle second glance.

This is a good wardrobe builder type pattern and it's also good for an advanced beginner.  The V in the bodice will give some sewing time and experience with this type of bodice Vs.  The more you sew them,, the better you will get at it.  You don't have to use and invisible zipper.  I chose one because that was all I had that actually matched the fabric.

Well, that's all for this post.  I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to our next post.  Thank you for joining me.

Lots of Love

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ready For Spring Breeze With McCall's 7057


All winter long I was very excited about McCall's 7057.  The only problem was that I was in love with the envelope cover's fabric.  I really wanted to find a fabric that matched the cover to make my jacket/ sweater out of and that search went a little long.

I thought that this jacket was simply the cutest thing.  I knew I had a few yards of point knit and other types of sweater knit, but I really wanted something similar to the lamb look that you see above.  It took some doing and some constant searching, but I finally found my fabric at Fabricmart.  My local stores had nothing comparable to match it and  I don't know if it was fate or just luck, but I was happy to see my fabric.

So,,,,, guess what I did.?  I ordered 2 1/2yds without thinking or looking at the instructions (3 1/8 yds).  I just dove right in and let my excitement take over.  Needless to say that once I got ready to make the jacket, I was trying to figure out how to make it all fit without the extra yard.  I went back to the site, there wasn't any more.  I was crushed.  I still didn't let that get me down because I kept thinking that if I could find enough yardage in another color, I would use that.  Wow, what a nightmare that was.  I looked almost everywhere and I still couldn't find anything like it.  I thanked my lucky stars when I took one last  look back at Fabricmart and there it was.  A few more yards on sale and I quickly snatched up my other yard.  LOL. Whew,  That was a really close call.  I can laugh now, but it was not funny to me at the time.

Here is a look at my little lamby jacket.

The Review

Pattern Description:   Loose-fitting, unlined vest and jackets have front extending into hood or collar, and side front seams. 

Pattern Sizing: XS-Med

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked that this pattern was easy with very few pieces to assemble.

Fabric Used:  Poly/Lycra Curly Knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn't make any alterations to the jacket itself, but I felt that it needed belt loops for the belt.  I used the same fabric as the main to make my loops.  I measured 12" long by 1" wide.  Sewed the seams, turned the tube, cut it in half, then attached 1 to each sideseam on the outside instead of within the sideseam.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, but with a different fabric.  This one was so much fun (red fuzz everywhere).  I do recommend this pattern to anyone who is looking for a quick sweater or jacket.  It's all in what you make it from.

Conclusion:   I like this pattern because the options are limitless so far wise as fabric.  I really wanted a jacket like the cover example and I found it hard to find the fabric, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Since my fabric did not appear to be heavy, I was expecting a lightweight jacket, but this fabric, once my project was completed, weighs a ton.  This is a "Real" jacket and it's not even lined.  If it was lined I think it would be even heavier.  The feel of the acrylic is so soft.  It makes me feel as if I am wearing my own heard of lambs.  I love my fabric choice and will definitely consider lining my next one.

I made my jacket from the size Medium.  I read other reviews where some of the sewers were having problems with the sizing.  I looked at the pieces before I got started and everything measured up to my exact size, so I didn't have to do anything to get it to fit me.  It was because of the other reviews that I actually resized the pattern (to a small) with a muslin and found that the new size was way to small for me.  My suggestion would be to test with a knit muslin before you start.  That way you will be able to see where you will need to grade.

I recommend this pattern to beginners most of all who really want to make something in the coat/ jacket area.  This pattern has big pieces, but it sews very quickly.  All of the seams are quit easy and it didn't have any tricky stitching whatsoever.  I see this pattern as a staple for jackets.  The options range from vest, to jacket, to hood, or no hood can be endless.  But, the one option that I also see is that it can be taken down a few more inches and made into a duster.  This is something that I will look into to verify my theory because I think that might would take a full 4.5 yds.

Thank you for joining me today and until next post...

Lots of Love