Sunday, January 27, 2008
Pattern: Burda World of Fashion 1/2008 #116
Description: The tie-bands on this wrapover top are so long that they can be wrapped twice around the waist.
Sizing: 36 to 48, I made a 38. It fits great everywhere but my upper arms, it is a bit tight there.
Instructions: They were good for BWOF and I didn’t have many problems with the construction. I did read several reviews on Pattern Review to help with some changes. Also, this was part of a sew-along on the Burda English Yahoo List.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the look, a wrap top tons of style.
Changes: I added 2” to the length of the top and the sleeves. I added 5” to each end of the ties. Also, I used fold-over elastic on the camisole part. The instructions state to deduct ¾” from the measurements of the top of the camisole for the elastic. I subtracted about 1-1/4”.
Fabric: A knit from Fashionista Fabrics
Conclusion: A+ is the grade for this top. I love the look and the style, very flattering and fun.
One final picture, take a look at this altered picture. Patricia, aka patsijean, did a few changes in photoshop and I really like the changes. The red shirt was shortened, this looks great and then the sleeves are lengthened. All great changes and something I can do on the next jacket. Take a look at my original photo in the last entry.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Here is a almost full-length picture. Several commenters thougth this would help them decide if they liked this jacket. So, what do you think?
I wore my onion tunic (pictures last post) to a ballgame last night. I received many compliments. Isn't it fun getting compliments? I enjoyed it.
I have been working on BWOF wrap top today but taking a break - hubby and I are going on a date. Heading to see 27 Dresses, I don't think he realizes it is such a chick flick!
So let me know what you think. Thanks.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Changes from the first:
I am wearing my first pair (that helped me while making the brown ones today). I thought I would mind the higher waist (just under the navel) but I don't mind that, so I left the brown pair the same. I did take some of the hip curve out while cutting the brown pair. That worked, this pair needed no adjustments in the hips. I do think I will have to take in the waist 1/2" next time. Yes, there will be a next time, these jeans cost $20 and the first pair about $4. For once, I am saving money while sewing!!!
The brown denim came from Gorgeous Fabric but I don't see it on her sight. Sorry, it is nice fabric.
I had my Onion top on today - so you get to see that modeled. The browns don't match so I won't be wearing these together. I had to lighten the dark in Photoshop quite a bit so you could see the jeans a bit better.
I took one more photo while the tripod was set up. This is the Project Runway jacket - Simplicity pattern
I really don't like it on that much. The sleeves hit in a bad spot, and the jacket doesn't do much for my "H" figure. Any thoughts? I might be giving this one away.
Now off to get my hair colored and cut
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Okay, this isn't a very good picture. I took 4 and this was the best one, sorry. This is what I do in the winter, especially cold, cold days. Baking when it is cold means wintertime to me. It is in the teens right now and blowing snow, so I bake to keep warm.
Each of my 3 daughters (still at home) picked a dessert/sweet they wanted. Apple pie for the oldest, Chocolate chunk cookies for youngest and the middle daughter picked the cinnamon roll-ups. They are still in the oven at picture time, what are they? Pie crust rolled out then piled with cinnamon and sugar, cute into strips, rolled up and then bakeds. This is the only time I make pie crust and it is usually a double or triple batch! What about hubby? He likes all three, so I bought him Cool Whip for the pie.
Now to finish dinner, I am not hungry as I have been sampling the goodies as I bake!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Now a second time, my fabric is from Gorgeous Fabrics and Ann recommended this pattern (at least if I am remembering correctly.
I didn't want to buy another pattern and thought my BWOF tie top would work. I added some width to the front shoulder area, to somewhat have the shirring effect.
I added elastic to the sleeves
Here is the back, can you see the shirring in the middle of the back? I added 4 rows of elastic, 5" length on the fabric but used 3.5" of elastic.
Close-up of shirring.
I am pleased with my top and the shirring helps nip in the top at my back waist.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This time I used a lightweight knit from Joann's. You might recognize the fabric, a Threads pattern uses it on a jumper. My brown knit is from a shirt I really didn't care for. My mom had passed it onto me.
I didn't have enough fabric to make the ties, so I just added the waistband fabric to the bodice and the lower bodice. I did subtract 1" from the pattern pieces of the front bodice and the back bodice. I thought this adjustment would allow for the top to fit closer, in a sense what the tie did. I think it did work that way I like it without the tie for a change. I did subtract 2" from the neckband. The neckline now hugs my body better and doesn't gap when I bend over.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Now for the after:
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Here is a photo of Carlos by Carlos Santana pump my 18 year-old daughter received for Christmas from her grandma.
The first contrast is with a few adjustments in Photoshop. Unsharp mask and then bumping up the blue contrast so the jeans pop. I like okay
Now some variations with black and white
Here is just converting to black and white:
More contrast for this look:
Lastly, I played with shadows and highlights. I like this the best.
Any other votes?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
and have sewn it several times, only the view with the gathered neckline (bottom two pictures on the pattern envelope). Well, I have this wonderful fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics and want to make a knit shirt but this fabric needed a great design. I was looking throught some magazines and college daughter asked what I was looking for. I told her a great top to inspire some sewing. We talked for a bit about what I was looking for in my inspiration. She had the perfect top in her closet. a Christmas present from her boyfriend. It was from Anthropologie and here is a picture:
I loved the shirring and started thinking about how I could do this. Well, I dug in my pattern cabinet and found Vogue 8181.
I used the shirring from the Vogue dress on my top. I redrafted the Simplicity pattern by lowering the neckline the width of Vogue's shirred piece. The shirring was gathered and attached to the bodice of Simplicity 4076. I then gathered the top of the shirring and basted on the binding from the Simplicity pattern. A quick fitting of the neckline proved the shirring was good, binding was just right, so serged the binding to the shirring and then a bit of hand-sewing to tack down the binding to the wrong side.
A bow added to finish it off.
I was going to bell out the sleeves, add elastic inside the black fabric (made it a casing) but I really didn't like this look. So out came the elastic, the sleeves straightened. I do like the black fabric for a bit of detail.
Shirring on the back.
I love my new top and the process to reach it.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
So check it out - side view:
Any cake decorators out there? I am sure Kaitlyn would appreciate tips, hints and websites for ideas.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
To enjoy the sewing process and improve my skills. I guess that is two but they go hand-in-hand for me. No more rushing the procees, racing through to get it done instead I will relax while sewing and enjoy the creativity process.
Three projects in this post. The first one I finished New Year's Day:
Pattern: Simplicity 3538, Project Runway Pattern
Description: Misses’ Jacket in tow lengths with yoke, collar and sleeve variations
Sizing: 4 to 20, I made a 10
Instructions: The instructions are good, I did follow them all. The lining is quite different. The front is a yoke and then the flat or gathered piece and the lining is the same. Okay, now time for the facing, enclose the long unnotched edge with double fold bias tape. Simplicity gives specific instructions on the bias tape and how to shape it with your iron. The next step was the different part, pin wrong side of facing to the lining, baste the outer edges and then stitch the bound edge down to the lining. I thought this was different but I liked the results. Overall, good information for the beginner sewer and many options to make your jacket unique.
Likes/Dislikes: I liked the style. I wish I had finished this before New Year’s Eve. The only dislike, the sleeves are a bit tight around my forearm. I will add ½” below the elbow next time.
For those that do not like buttonholes, this pattern doesn’t have them. The closure is actually snaps and the buttons are sewn for decorative purposes only.
Fabric: Black velveteen that has been in my closet forever. I just barely had enough.
Conclusion: Cute, fun jacket. I really like the yokes and the rounded collar.
Next - this one finished yesterday.
Pattern: Burda World of Fashion 9/2007 #121.
Description: This saucy pinafore/dress jumper shows loads of Sixties’ swing! The hemline nips at the knees, the waist seam is slightly raised and a wide, shaped, self-fabric belt cinches to the waist. Wear it over a close-fitting turtleneck pullover for the true-to-style look.
Sizing: 34 to 42, I made a 38
Instructions: The were good for BWOF, I should have read more of the reviews to see the lining variations done. Diane's would have been especially helpful.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the shape and design. A cute jumper, yet doesn’t look too young for my age. That would be mid-40’s!
Changes: The jumper was way too big in the hips. I took it in another ½” on each side seams in the hip area.
Fabric: Gray interlock from Needle Nook fabrics. I emailed Anne and told her I wanted it just like the picture (sent the link). She had just the item. Not too original, but I have a black turtleneck, black long sleeve t-shirts, black boots and black tights. So gray seemed the best choice.
Conclusion: A great jumper and wonderful pattern, I can see why so many people are making this jumper.
Number 3 was finished today.
Pattern: Burda World of Fasion 9/2006 #115
Description: Wrap-over dress with slim ¾ sleeves.
Sizing: 34 to 40, I made a 36.
Instructions: Okay, this is how it starts in the magazine “Make up more or less as described for style 114.” I thought this was funny and had to share. Really the instructions were fine.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the shape of this wrap dress after seeing some reviews on Pattern Review. I did not have this issue and emailed Anne at Needle Nook hoping she had a copy in stock. Yea, my lucky day.
Changes: I lengthened the bodice by 1” for my long waist adjustment. I will make this again and raise the neckline, for this one I will have to wear a camisole for more coverage.
Fabric: A knit from Gorgeous Fabric. I was not original on this dress, after seeing Leslie's second dress from this pattern, I quickly added this fabric to my cart. Sorry, it is sold out.
Conclusion: Great dress, it looks a bit too long-waisted on my dressform but it fits me just right. I will make this again for spring. My only problem, the fabric has a bit of gold metallic and my boots have silver buckles. I will have to borrow my 18 year old daughter’s boots or go shopping!
Did you notice a new dressform? My Christmas present from my 4 daughters, the old gray flea market find is retired. It is a cute story. Dressforms were on sale after Thanksgiving and I left the flyer out for hubby to see. Well, college daughter went over before Thanksgiving and was told they weren't on sale until after Thanksgiving. So on Friday, 18 year-old daughter went over to Joann's to purchase it. Well, not on sale to Saturday. The girls decided to save their gas (45 minute trip to Joann's for us) and ordered it online and had it shipped to my mom's. Well, the Friday it was delivered my parents were out-of town. The dressform box sat on the front porch for 3 days and I even went out there to feed their animals. I just buzzed in the back door and didn't pay any attention. I was so excited when I opened this box and loved the story behind it.