Redrafted top -added underbust band

Redrafted top -added underbust band
August 12, 2007
Pattern Reviews

Simplicity 4589 -Scooped or squared neckline tops in 6 views which pullover (no zipper in any view) and call for lightweight fabric such as laundered cotton, challis, crepe back satin, jacquared, laundered silk, rayon, gauze, double georgette, soft lightweight linen and linen blends. I chose view A, size 14 to make a muslin. This view is really the same as …MORE…

Carving out a deeper V

Carving out a deeper V
July 21, 2007
Pattern Reviews

Kwik Sew 3115: I made this top last year and thought the v-neck was too high. Pulling it back out this year was a good thing as I’ve learned enough to deepen the v with some confidence. I deepened the v-neck by holding up the pattern to my new dressform and determining the desired depth, then I calculated how much …MORE…

Slinky top

Slinky top
July 13, 2007
Pattern Reviews

McCall 4664 Out of Print pattern includes hooded jacket, pullover top, halter top, pull-on pants and skull cap. I chose View B pullover top but have my eye on the jacket I like the high armsyce in this top especially. No gaping in the front armhole! The dart is supposed to be sewn downward but I flipped it up. So, …MORE…

Button-front straight skirt

Button-front straight skirt
July 11, 2007
Pattern Reviews

McCall 5330 Skirt A has front button closure, topstitched waistband and carriers. Pattern suggests Cotton Blends, Poplin, Gabardine, Lightweight Linen, Damask, Denim. I like the styling of the button-front straight skirts (pencil skirts?) I’ve seen around lately. The bonus is this skirt hem. It hits at the perfect spot so no need to take it up. I only wish they …MORE…

Halter kick

Halter kick
July 10, 2007
Pattern Reviews

Vogue 8390 Wrap front top is gathered at left side. Three views: A is a halter, B is short sleeve top, C is below elbow length sleeve top. Pattern recommends cotton knits, matte jersey and interlock. I have a thing for halters right now. I love the shaping of this top and feel comfortable although the low-cut is unusual for …MORE…

Elastic casing idea

Elastic casing idea
July 9, 2007
Feelin Chatty

Working through Vogue 8390 and making changes as I go. The pattern calls for two right front pieces and two left front pieces, sew each right sides together, turn, topstitch 1/4 inch from edge. This is exactly what I should have done on my bat wing top! The back is one piece only. I basted the entire top together and …MORE…

Wrap front knit halter

Wrap front knit halter
July 5, 2007
Feelin Chatty

Vogue 8390 This awesome pattern moved to the top of the todo list today. I plan to lay out view A to see how the gathering works. Hopefully it will be easy to pull together. Next, I plan to redraft Vogue 8151 with a deep scoop neckline and make it into a tank style… then I want to slash and …MORE…

Bedroom redesign going well

Bedroom redesign going well
June 24, 2007
Feelin Chatty

It is almost comical that I haven’t posted for two months. Time flies when you are having fun! In that time I have painted the bedroom… twice… and sewn quite a bit. I have changed my mind on everything I’ve set out to do this year it seems. Painting the bedroom twice proves I’m fickle. I have to sit down …MORE…

Jacket situation

Jacket situation
April 29, 2007
Feelin Chatty

After consulting with AnneM about my wrap shirt collar not working too well with the jacket in my SWAP storyboard, I’m considering switching out the jacket for a different style. How frustrating! I can’t find something that will work with the collars on my shirts and compliment the white linen skirt. The jackets I found today have lapels with princess …MORE…

2007 SWAP storyboard

2007 SWAP storyboard
April 28, 2007
SWAP

The PR SWAP is almost underway! It shall consist of 11 pieces and must be completed by the end of July. Here is my storyboard. The pieces shown represent an effort to stop reading about sewing and actually do it! This is my goal. Patterns are by Kwik Sew, Neue Mode, McCall’s, Simplicity, Vogue and HotPatterns. I abbreviated the pattern …MORE…