Journey to Couture

How would I do this?

How would I do this?
May 26, 2008
Feelin Chatty

Burda World of Fashion 08/2007 107 -Jersey Top. Per Burda: Cleverly combine ring-stripe and plain-coloured jersey. OK!!I traced the pattern off this past January, along with 105, and it is waiting for me to do something… anything! I like the look of this top but I’m not crazy about horizontal stripes or long sleeves and that must be keeping me …MORE…

Fish anyone?

Fish anyone?
May 19, 2008
Self Drafted

Simplicity 4926, Really Cool Fish Costume. OOP. Couldn’t get my hands on it, so I had to self-draft this fish. My third grader came home early last week and asked if I could make a fish costume like that cool one on the sewing website. He remembered the dead fish costume Twistedangel made a few Halloweens ago. He had wanted …MORE…

Kimono style

Kimono style
May 3, 2008
Pattern Reviews

Simplicity 4020 Kimono Top, View D. This pattern calls for stretch knits only. Fabrics recommended: Lightweight double knit, stretch velvet, two way stretch novelty knit fabrics, stretch lace. I used stashed fabric purchased from EOS called Japanese Geisha print triple mesh. I had about 1 1/4” yards and it was fun squeezing out this top plus a pair of panties. …MORE…

Sleeveless Wrap Top

Sleeveless Wrap Top
March 16, 2008
Pattern Reviews

BWOF 01/2008 116 -Wrap top. Tie-bands wrap twice around the waist. This pattern calls for two-way stretch jersey knits only. I used a cut of .99 onionskin that I purchased from Fabric Mart a few seasons ago. It was meant to be a muslin throw away fabric but it is charming. It is perfect for this pattern. While tracing, I …MORE…

SWAP version 3

SWAP version 3
March 2, 2008
SWAP

I am sad to find out that BWOF doesn’t qualify for the wardrobe portion of the Timmel SWAP. But that’s OK… here is yet another revision! It is actually easier on me to change out the pants, shorts and skirt for McCall’s wardrobe 5397. There aren’t any cute details like topstitching or pockets. I kinda feel like I’m cheating! I …MORE…

I heart BWOF

I heart BWOF
March 2, 2008
SWAP

I am finally starting on my Spring SWAP. This is my first revision and I am delighted to share it with you. I have changed the wardrobe pieces and made a few other pattern changes. Hopefully using three pieces from the same section in January 2008 BWOF, City Styles, will satisfy the Timmel SWAP wardrobe requirement. I am thinking I’ll …MORE…

BWOF -January 2008

BWOF -January 2008
February 18, 2008
Feelin Chatty

I am so inspired by all of the reviews on PatternReview.com for various garments made from the Burda World of Fashion January 2008 issue. Take a peek at the gallery! I found a copy on eBay and received it last week. I think I will change my SWAP to include the wrap knit top and possibly one pair of pants. …MORE…

Undercollar pattern piece

Undercollar pattern piece
January 30, 2008
Feelin Chatty

Wow! I think this will help me solve the problem I’m having on the mohair coat collar. Undercollars Part One – Cut by The Secret Pocket The major problem is the under collar pattern piece. The under collar is cut from the same pattern piece as the collar. Unfortunately, I ran out of mohair. Not knowing what to substitute I …MORE…

Multisizing musings

Multisizing musings
January 27, 2008
Feelin Chatty

I’m stuck on a number of issues on my projects. I’m having trouble with the mohair coat collar, zipper construction on the chinos (even though I’ve done it before… I’m just not figuring it out this time) and I looked at the dress but just don’t know what to do. Plus I haven’t found the reader card so I’ll replace …MORE…

Finishing UFOs

Finishing UFOs
January 24, 2008
Feelin Chatty

Today I decided to revisit a few UFOs sitting in my sewing area. First, there is the mohair coat which only needs the collar attached and hemming. I’ll write this one up first because I’ve already taken a bunch of photos of the underlining technique I used. It will be a nice coat if I figure out the collar. Next, …MORE…