Monday, July 21, 2008

It's a Blackout!!!

Viva Vogue Italia!!!! I just want to scream that you must run out and get the July issue of Italian Vogue. I mean RUN, don't walk. The issue is dedicated to Black models!!! I heard about Vogue dedicating the whole July issue to Black models due to the disapearance of Black models on the runways in recent years, I think about a month ago. So July 1st I started scouring the bookstores for it, but sadly to no avail. I found that I was actually rapidly becoming obsecessed with it. It got to the point that the salespeople would see me and before I could even say anything, they would say we still don't have it yet Ma'am. So last night my friend calls me, because I have told practically everyone that I know that I have to have this issue of Vogue Italia, short of hopping a plane to Italy. You know I figured the more eyes out looking for it the better. Well to my great pleasure my friend told her friend about it and last night he bought it for moi!!!! So in my eyes he is the MAN!!! So now I have it in my hot little hands I just have to say that the magazine is way FABULOUS!!! I think that I might even sleep with it tonight

Friday, July 11, 2008

New Vogue Patterns

I just noticed that the new Vogue Fall patterns are out. Of course they came out after the sale was over!!! I think that they do that on purpose, I swear! Anyway I am going to hold out until they go on sale again, because I refuse to pay full price for patterns. Anyway I picked out a few patterns that I really like. I picked out these patterns because in the Fall I really want to concentrate on making suits, so I can build my business/work capsule wardrobe.

Vogue 1063

Vogue 1064
Vogue 1065
Vogue 1066

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Little Animal Magnetism

I really love prints, especially animal prints because they go with just about everything at least in my closet. Luckily I had enough of this leopard sort of print that I bought a while ago to make Vogue top 8419 View A. It was really simple to do. This sleeveless top has front and back waist darts and and then upper back darts, pleats at the neckline, and a back zipper closure. Surprisingly I was able to make this top in just a few hours.

These are the cute little upper back darts
Back view

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The apron that wasn't

Well I did it again!!! I have been planning to make this incredibly simple apron for the 4th of July for the last 5 years and once again I didn't do it. As you can see it is a very simple panel, so I really have no excuse. All I had to do was cut out the ties and apron, finish the edges with a 1/4 inch hem and then attach the ties to the top and sides. It probably would have taken 30 to 45 minutes tops, but did I do it? No, I didn't. So since I could not get it together again this year, what I have decided to do is to go ahead and make the apron now and then just put it away until the next 4th of July. So look for this apron next year, because I will be wearing it on July 4th, 2009!!!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Skirting the issue

After tending to my backyard for most of the weekend I ended up only making one skirt New Look 6163. This is one of my favorite skirts to make because it always turns out well. It is a simple A-line skirt. I used a stretch twill fabric in a black and white floral print. So now I have a new outfit to wear to work this week. I am going to use this same pattern to make a white linen skirt, but I will add a lining to that one. Oh how I wish that I didn't have to do anything else, so I could just sew all the time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Happy 4th of July!!!!
Have a great holiday!

Monday, June 30, 2008

First comes the Tops

I made a couple of tops and a jacket. First up, I finally made the top and jacket from Simplicity 3800, both pieces are made out of a black knit. I think that Erica B. used this same pattern a while back. I got the idea to make the top and jacket from her, because the ones she made came out so cute. This pattern is part of the Threads collection, but I think that it is actually out of print now. However I always say better late than never. I wonder if it would be possible to sew all of the the patterns that I have at least once before they go out of print. Hmmmm......I don't think so!! I have way too many patterns to even attempt to try such a feat.

The second top I made is New Look 6753 View C. I bought this fabric back in March I think during PR weekend and since I had so much left over I plan to make a dress out of it also at some point. This upcoming 4th of July weekend I am planning on making a black and white skirt and a solid black skirt to go with these tops and maybe a few other things if I have time.