Sunday, December 05, 2010

Feelin' the love again

Feelin' the love again for Vogue's Today's Fit by Sandra Betzina patterns.

After the last one one I sewed (Vogue 1197) I came to realization that they just might not be designed for my body type.  I haven't reviewed that finished knit top yet, and until I do you'll have to trust me that I had to do some major seam tweaking to make it look decent.

Oh, but I'm loving this one!

Maybe because it's a skirt and as of late I seem to seriously addicted to sewing skirts.

It's a 2007 skirt design - Vogue 1018 -  that is already out out of print (OOP). I managed to purchase it almost a year ago right before it was discontinued. At the same time I had purchased enough black polyester crepe ('s $1.95 sale blogged about here) to make the skirt.

It's been cut and ready to sew for a few months now and this weekend was it's turn to come to life!  It's about half sewn and with my busy schedule this week I likely wont' have time to complete it until next weekend. But I have plans to wear it just as soon as it's done.

The sewing is a bit on the tedious side but the results are worth it. Look at the great tuck details!.

Even my little sewing buddy is intriqued by the design details.

Or maybe she's searching for cookie crumbs. Not that I would know how cookie crumbs may have ended up on the floor of my sewing studio...

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Angles, Folds and Plaids - Asymmetrical skirt from Stitch 2008

In 2008 a new sewing magazine -   Stitch - hit the stands. If you knew my weakness for magazines you would understand why I had to purchase a copy.Well, that and the fact that the cover skirt looked rather intriguing.  I mean, look at the great design details. Asymmetrical lines, contrasting facing peeking out, fabric folded and held in place with buttons.

Within days of bringing the magazine home I had traced out the skirt pattern.

My eagerness to sew the skirt faded as newer patterns and projects cut in line ahead of the this skirt. Now, more than two years later I finally remembered this skirt and got down to some sewing.

I'm liking the subtle plaid fabric with black for the facings and buttons, keeping it more suitable for the office. I'm also liking the angles and folds on the side front of the skirt.

But I gotta tell ya, it's got an odd fit this one.  I thought it was designed to sit at the waist so I cut and sewed it just as drafted.  But once I was finished sewing and tried the skirt on I discovered it definitely does not fit properly at the waistline.

That caused me to look closer at the version the model is wearing. It looks like it's supposed to sit below the waist.  That's not the look I want so I'm going to undo the facings and side seams and do some fit adjustments.

Other than that I'm thinking it's unique enough to enjoy wearing to work and not so unique as to raise eyebrows. Not to say that I have anything against wearing things that might raise an eyebrow or two - just not in my conservative work environment, you know what I mean?

Sewing wise it was pretty quick to put together as there are only three main pattern pieces (left front, right front and back) as well as the facing. Plus it's unlined. The entire waist and front openings of this wrap skirt are finished with wide facing - about four inches or so.  The folds in the center front are held in place by sewing the buttonholes through all of the layers.

Whaddya think?  Did any of you sew this one? Did you run into the same fitting issue I did?

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Cute overload

I'm not really one to purchase Christmas and holiday themed fabrics.  Probably because I typically concentrate on garment sewing for moi.

But I had an idea for a gift that required some green Christmas theme fabric.  With zero such fabrics in the stash collection I eagerly envisioned a trip to Treadle Yard Goods.

Even knowing I had missed the Black Friday weekend sale I suspected I'd find some cute holiday prints at that store. 

Not only did I find cute prints but they were still on sale - 50% off these cuties. 

Cute holiday fabrics overload, right?

My favorite?  The reindeer with names.  Wait till you see what I'm using this one for - it might be a bit unexpected.

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