Sunday, April 27, 2008

Vogue 2817 jacket

Unfortutately I did not get much sewing done in the past couple of days but I did finish the jacket from my Vogue 2817 wardrobe pattern. This is a super easy pattern. It just requires a lot of stitching. I just have the skirt and pants left to do out of black linen as well and then a couple of tops in different linen colors. I don't know now if I am still going to make another jacket from the same pattern in the silver foil linen fabric that I bought, because I don't know how much I am actually feeling the jacket. I am going to have to think about it for a little while, I don't know if I should use a different pattern instead. In the picture I paired the jacket with the top that I already made from the same pattern and a black linen embroidered skirt that I made last year. The skirt was my original inspiration for a linen wardrobe. I also paired the jacket with the black and white linen embroidered dress that I just made.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Good Forture

Last week the mailman came bearing gifts. Caroline, who I met at PR weekend was gracious enough to think of me and to send me her unused Burda WOF patterns. Wow, the power of human connection is great! Woo Hoo!! Thanks again Caroline, they will be put to good use. I promise.

Monday, April 21, 2008

E for Excellent!

A big big thank you to the wonderful seamstresses Cennetta at the Mahogany Stylist and Pirouette at Krustallos for nominating me for the Excellent Blog Award. I will try to live up to it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Fabric That Spoke

I put off continuing to work on my Vogue 2817 wardrobe pattern to make something out of the fabric that spoke to me. I must say that I just love this dress!!!!! I used Simplicity 2975 View A. The pattern was quite easy to make. I lengthened the dress by 2 inches because I am tall and then took in the side seams at the arm 1 inch so that the armhole did not gape. I plan to get a lot of use out of this dress this summer. I might even wear it to work with a jacket. Love it!!!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

When fabric speaks to you

I went to Joann's to pick up some sewing needles and saw some graphic print black and white embroidered linen, of course I walked right past it, because I don't need any more fabric. I mean I really don't need any more fabric. So, I just kept going, but the fabric spoke to me "Psst. Psst". "Check me out." I was strong at first, but it kept speaking to me. "Where are you going?" "Oh come on, come on just come closer." So I did and the voice got louder and more persuasive. "Just touch me." So I did. Then then fabric said "You know you want me !!!" Well somehow I entered into a trance and found myself picking up the bolt of fabric, walking to the cutting table, and then to the cashier. To make a long story short the fabric ended up in my passenger side seat and on it's way home with me. When I got home I riffled thru my patterns and chose Simplicity 2975 to use to make it. This style is actually very popular right now. I have seen it several times in different stores, so I think the pattern was a good choice. I am going to be be making the dress, View A.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

PR weekend follow-up

I thought that I would finally take some time out to say something about PR weekend. In a word it was a blast! I will definitely be going to more of them. I had so much fun and I bought way way too much fabric, but I did not win the most yardage purchased prize, surprisingly. I actually bought so much fabric that I struggled to find a place to put it all. So, it all sat in my trunk until this past weekend. I can't say enough about how much fun I had and how much I laughed and was inspired to sew even more. The best part of it all is that I met a lot of great people, like Krystin, MelissaB, Betsysbobbin, Leslie in Austin, Christina, Cat, dvmcindy, Leslie, Deepika, Markie1, Jeanette, Cidell, and Nancywin. All I can say is that women who sew rock!!!!!

Disregard the dates. I used my spare camera and it was not set.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Linen attraction continues

My linen attraction continues. I finished the second piece of my linen wardrobe from my Adri Vogue 2817 pattern. It's an asymmetrical loose fitting dress. One thing that I found out from this pattern is that you have to make sure that you tissue fit the pattern first because you can not really adjust the pattern after you cut it out. All of the seams are sewn down so if you cut it out too small you will be stuck.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Linen attraction

Back in December I started to develop a linen fixation. I have been buying yards and yards of linen to the point that I am almost stockpiling it. My thoughts were to construct a linen wardrobe for summer using the Adri Vogue 2817 pattern. So I am still going to go with my original thought. I am planning to make all views in black linen, which I have already cut out and then make an extra top in yellowish green, but I saw some silver foil linen at Joann's and I had to have it so I am going to make a top and jacket out of the silver fabric as well. This week instead of doing the remaining hand sewing work on my Vogue 8414 dress. I decided to start my linen wardrobe. So far I have only made the top which was pretty easy.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

New pattern picks

McCalls and Vogue patterns will be on sale at Joann's during their 3 day sale this weekend. These are the patterns I plan to pick up: