Saturday, February 05, 2011

One Yard Wonders Sew Along at Pink Chalk Fabrics


Have you been following along with Pink Chalk Studios as they sew their way through every project in the One Yard Wonders  book?   I have and was delighted to see their version of my file cabinet cover design (page 45).  It's adorable!  Be sure to read the notes as a valuable tip on the bias tape was included.

I'm curious - have you sewn any projects from the One Yard Wonders book? If so, what are they? If not, consider joining the sew along. And don't forget to join the Flickr group and post your photos.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

National Wear Red Day

Did you know it's National Wear Red Day?

If it was warmer I'd be wearing my red Kay Unger dress. However, it's still winter coat weather so I'll be wearing my beautiful red wool coat instead.

What are you wearing?

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Back to Burda

Every month when I receive my Burda Style magazine I eagerly flip through it looking for THE item I want to sew.

Way back in September THE  items I choose was a skirt. Not just any skirt, but a pencil skirt with curved panels that wrap around to the center side back seams.  Beautiful lines.  

I traced the pattern only days after receiving the magazine. I even had the skirt almost completely sewn within two weeks.

But I wasn't sure on the length. I like the idea of the longer skirt silhouette but lately I've been wearing most of my skirts about mid-knee.

So it sat. And sat. And sat. Mostly because the weather turned cold so quickly and every time I thought about hemming the skirt I didn't want to change out of my warm layers to try it on.

But if I don't get to it I won't be able to wear it now will I?

So tonight was the night. Before changing into my comfort clothes I donned the skirt, snapped a few photos and decided on a hem.   After reviewing the photos I realized that on me this skirt either needs to be longer or shorter.  Where it hits now - even with the hem - is at the widest part of my calf which makes me appear shorter than I actually am.

Do you ever use the photograph trick to help you determine a hem, fitting issue or even decide on a design detail? 

By the way, the skirt is number 116 from the September 2010 issue. I'll post a complete review for you in a few days. Now only do I find it flattering with its unique curved panels but it was easy to sew.

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