Well, I am in love with my latest completed project (insert Cheshire Cat grin). To think, it all started with a downloadable (DL) Burda sleeveless waistcoat pattern! http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/long-fur-waistcoat-102012 And since Burda DL’s don’t include seam allowance, I thought it wise to make a wearable muslin first! After a little tweaking of the muslin, I was ready to dive into the gorgeous faux shirling I bought at Joann Fabrics with my 60% off coupon! The total coupon price for 2 1/2 yards was $22.00! There’s just something magical about fabric, sewing and coupons! Said like the true addict I am!
So let’s start with the muslin. The fashion fabric used from my stash was from Walmart for a mere $1.00 per yard! Didn’t need a coupon for that! The fabric is a sturdy denim that probably is more upholstery than fashion but it worked wonderfully for this project and if it failed (not I, but it), I would have only lost $2.50 of the $4.00 paid for 4 yards! Piece of cake! The fabric used for the sleeves was also purchased from Walmart for a $1.00/yd. it’s the most awful mystery knit I’ve ever used but perfect for sleeves! Awful because it kept breaking my thread even after many tension adjustments.
The real star is the faux shirling coat! Since I can’t do much with a sleeveless waistcoat, especially with the winter we’ve had in Michigan, I paired it with upcycled leather sleeves that were originally skirts I purchased from the Salvation Army for less than $10 bucks total!
I originally wanted to go with an animal print lining, but found this instead in the clearance section of my favorite fabric store Habermans for $4.98/yd.
Since the neckline is wider than an average coat, I made a fleece infinity scarf/hood which allowed me to get some animal print in!
And since I had the entire top half of the tan leather skirt leftover, I made a purse with animal print lining!
I left the skirt zipper and fashioned it into a pocket to keep my cell phone or keys.
For those still reading this rather lengthy post, I say thank you! Now off to continue admiring my handy work!
Although I’ve been MIA for a bit, I couldn’t let January pass without unleashing my offering to the jungle January fever over at Pretty Grievances! I and apparently many others, had a blast last year with makes ranging from feathery foul to slithery snakes and everything in between! So in honor of the everything in between, this fabric is a mashup of snakeskin and leopard print. Hey, i’m sure there’s an animal out there somewhere that looks like this! Gotta love nature!
I wanted a pattern that would show it off in all it’s glory so I chose New Look 6803 view D.
Thanks Pretty Grievances for allowing the animals to strut our stuff once again!
My beautiful fabric has been manipulated and damn near tortured in ways that even the designer couldn’t have fathomed! All because of a wayward, confusing heap of tissue paper and words strewn on tissue paper! Man o man, words don’t do justice for the dislike I have for this pattern! Just looking at the pattern illustration, you wouldn’t know of the trouble that lies ahead! Well, the fact that it had only been reviewed once on Pattern Review should have been my clue! To make matters worse, this was a 2nd view of the pattern which I thought would be easier but I had the same issues. And since the first view was made a year ago and I made NO notes on the pattern, I ran into the same roadblocks and some new ones!
There’s a lining and a facing and the instructions were sooo confusing to me that I ended up sewing the facing differently on each garment.
On this view, the facing is sewn between the lining and the silk fashion fabric but not intentionally. If memory serves me correctly, I think I sewed it on the wrong side of the lining and had to flip it.
Here, the facing is on the outside of the lining.
Another problem with this pattern was getting the fit right. How do you check the fit before inserting the zipper?? I didn’t want to risk continuously basting the zipper because my fabric snagged so easily! So one is too large. The other could have been a little looser. Even though the results were polar opposite BOTH have puckering zippers! REALLY?? Somebody, please tell me where I went wrong!!
I love the design but I am so done with this pattern! Thankfully, both tops are wearable but I’m somewhat disappointed because of the exhausting process of making them!
Well, it’s that wonderful time of year again to pull out the summery outfits from storage and make new ones too! And what would summertime be without a maxi dress or two? Well, okay I made six maxi dresses last year but who’s counting?? This season, I’m off to a slow start having only made one, so far! It’s wonderful to find a fabric that you know exactly how you want to showcase it! Like this knit I picked up from Habermans.
It’s very graphic and supple and vibrant and and I can’t think of any other adjectives to describe how much I adore this fabric!
I used Mimi G’s amazing tutorial ( for the second time). No dislikes there obviously since this is my 2nd version!
Both are in heavy rotation! Well, on to he next project! So many projects, so little time!
During the Memorial Day weekend, I went scrap diving thru my growing pile-o-sraps that my hubby wonders why I cant seem to get rid of! My response is always the same, although laced with some irritation… you see trash, I see fashion opportunities! also known as small projects like these two simple summer tops. I knew there was a reason I couldn’t throw away those lovely, psychodelic bits of fabric over the years!
McCalls 6320 view B is perfect for a scrap dig! Just shy of 1 yard to make so you can’t beat that! This is my 2nd time making this top. I especially love this one because of this fabric.
I really love the rhinestone buckle I found at the craft store. Adds a nice touch.
I also made McCalls 6751.
The photo on the jacket is sort of misleading. The model’s top is close-fitting at the waist which I like. My version was not close-fitting at all at the waist. I may tweak it a little to achieve that fit. Also, I used bias binding along the edges instead of doing the fold over method but I think the bias distorts the shape especially the back opening. Next time I’ll try it without the bias.
My scrap heap got lighter by a mere 2 pounds but its a start!
According to the fashion mags, floral is the trend this spring and summer. While I would love to say I made this dress to be on trend, truth of the matter is that I cut this out almost two years ago but I was extremely intimidated to start this pattern a second time! The first time I attempted this project about 4 years ago, it turned into an epic fail! I was an over ambitious newbie to the sewing world. Being ambitious is usually a good thing but knowing your limitations is also a good thing!
The pattern itself was not so bad, my problem was choosing a silky fabric! It was a beautiful fabric, the operative word being WAS! See for yourself… Cuz this is all that’s left of it!
Obviously I’m still mourning the loss! But alas, I can covet a new and improved treasure that’s actually wearable!
This fabric is a stretch cotton floral that I manipulated to get this layout. The dark blue waistband was actually the bottom border. I thought it would be visually appealing and would break up the white bodice and top of the skirt.
I was able to place the floral scraps just enough to get the print on the front of the sleeve cap only. It took every inch of fabric to get this layout.
I am beyond pleased with the way it turned out! I omitted the pockets on this version remembering I got all kinds of corn-fused the first time around! I also reduced the width of the skirt cuz all that fabric just wasn’t flattering on me! Suzy Chin is back on my good list, I’m sure she’s pleased!
It’s done finally! My extremely long Vogue Ralph Chado Rucci project! I was so hesitant about starting this project for fear of botching it up! Then Erica B. published her detailed, instructional review! http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=82705. Because of her thoughtful review, I knew the alterations I needed to make. For instance, I didn’t want the neck slit as revealing as what was shown on the pattern so I reduced the slit but obviously not enough! Darn it! Oh well, I’ll just have to buy a matching camisole. Also, I needed to lengthen the skirt to a respectable length for my 5’7″ frame. I added 1 1/2 inches to the waist, then adjusted all my markings. And I had no intentions of making the pockets but I got a little confused on how to bypass that part of the directions, so as an afterthought, I added them. I read scientific protocols for a living but couldn’t figure out how to bypass the pattern instructions- go figure! Anywho, I probably should have raised the pockets up a tad bit more. The fabric used is a pale pink ponte knit which sewed nicely. And since I was using knit, I used stabilizer on the ties to prevent stretching. I have to admit that I didn’t even know what a gusset was before this project but I really like this detail. Gives it high style factor! Also, I had never made bias binding prior to this project. When I’m walking, that little detail adds sex appeal. Overall, I love the way it turned out! This was the most thoughtful project I’ve ever worked on aside from the Burda Odysee http://wp.me/a2dcK6-9L. Careful consideration had to be taken, after all, there were 75 instructions to complete which was a confidence booster in itself! Even my husband, the ultimate critic was impressed by my skills which was enough to make me do the happy dance!