Monday, January 25, 2010
Have a fantastic week!
Pattern Description: Mid-knee length dress has pleated bodice, middle inset, straight skirt, back zipper and back slit. A: cuffed, below elbow length sleeve. B: long sleeve.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22; I cut a 16 in the bodice and graded to somewhere an 18 and 20 in the hips for a little wiggle room.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Of course!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very. I looked at them before beginning construction but I don't know that I looked at them after that.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really liked how well drafted this pattern is. I did have a little trouble getting the middle inset pieces lined up. I really dislike slip stitching in general and it seemed like the midriff was never ending. Oh and the sleeves were such a pain. I ended up with a tiny bit of puckering at the top of each sleeve cap but since it happened on both sides it really looks like it was meant to be there.
Fabric Used: Cotton Blend Twill in Black
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the skirt and graded the hips up about one size.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really love how this dress turned out and I still would like to sew one for myself. It was odd making something for someone else that I hadn't already done before but it wasn't as nerve wracking as I thought it would be.
Conclusion: I really like this dress and think it makes an awesome little black dress. I was stoked to watch Private Practice few nights ago and see Naomi wearing a black dress with similar bodice pleating! I am sure that my client will love it as well.
Fabric: 2 yds @ $1.95/yd= $3.90
Notions: facing and thread from stash
1 invisible zipper $1.75
Total Cost to Make: $5.65
Cost Sold for: Not telling you ; )
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Anyway these two patterns caught my eye. I doubt I get to them any time this year but they are still ONEderful!
Vogue 1162 with the sleeve flower and pleated neckline are TDF! I would be all dressed up with nowhere to go but I would be looking some kind of good. I am having a hard time imagining this dress in any color but red because I just don't know what other color could do the details justice. Sigh.....
I didn't think there was anything special about V8633 until I saw all the different views. I love the structure of the neck and bodice paired with the flare skirt in view D. Maybe it's the peach color of the dress but it makes me want to throw on a wide brim hat and go to the Kentucky Derby.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Trekked on a glacier.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I TRY not to make resolutions, I make life changes.
3. How did you spend New Year’s Eve?
At my BIL's house in the boonies. It was good times though.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada (Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver), Italy (Rome), Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Turkey(Izmir and Ephesus), Malta (Valletta) , Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), and Greece (Athens)
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
More quality time with my Husband.
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 10. Date night discussion that changed a few things but for the better
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning how to let go.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Trying to do it all
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Where did most of your money go?
Fabric, shoes and travel but not necessarily in that order
13. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Empire State of Mind
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spent more time with my Sister. She is growing up so fast!
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Daydreaming instead of doing
I somehow just discovered Bones.
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No I don't hate anyone. Takes too much effort and is not worth it.
18. What was the best book you read?
Hold that thought....
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Element of Freedom by Alicia Keys
My Family and Sorors
24. Who was the best new person you met?
New persons: My LS, My Big Big, and Mama Dean
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
It's not too late to make some things right you just have to know your limits. Everything happens for a reason. Have no regrets but learn from missteps and no matter what keep your head held high.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The ONE that really caught my eye is 6024. I am totally in love with it already!
It's no secret that I am a sucker for a wrap dress but when you combine it with flutter sleeves AND a neck flounce, you could buy me for a nickel. I am now on the hunt for THE perfect fabric for this dress as I am planning to make it to wear the a rehearsal dinner.
There were a couple of others that I am still on the fence about but I am trying to stay focus on getting this stash down so that's it for now.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Pattern Description: Misses dress with bodice variations, front pleats, neckline variations, self-faced midriff, pleated skirt front,
Pattern Sizing: 8-16; 18W-24W. This time I cut a 14.
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? I didn't actually use this instruction this time since I had just made another version a few weeks ago. But the instructions are very well written and make sewing this dress a breeze.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? You can see my original review for the whole list but basically I love the whole dress.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I shorted the skirt and added about an inch to the bodice so I could cross it over a bit more for modesty.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I still want this in a solid color but I have some other projects I want to knock out first. I do highly recommend this to others.
Fabric: 3 yds @ 6.49/yd = $19.47
Notions: thread from my stash
Saturday, January 2, 2010
For the month of January 2010 I will finish the following:
Butterick 5242. I have made this before and while I said I wouldn't make again, I obviously changed my mind. I am on this knit dress/print fabric binge and immediately thought of this pattern. I've worn my original version so many times and it really is very comfortable. Since I have grown as a sewer since first making it, I have figured out to make the necessary adjustments to the bodice, etc. to get a better fit. I will make view B, but am already planning to take some of the volume out of the sleeves.
Next is Butterick 5328. I have been planning on making this for time but was intimidated by the fit issues that some reviewers have had. I have decided to take the plunge and figure it out as I go. How else will I learn?
Lastly for this month I want to make Vogue 8409. I found some fabulous snake print shoes that would really jazz up a LBD. I'm super excited about making this one.
Alright, that's what I am up to this month. What are your sewing plans?