Showing posts from November 14, 2010

Another LBS (little black skirt)

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote about my LBS - my little black skirt. Actually that should be LBS plural as I have many little black skirts in closet.  Unfortunately, most of them are now a bit too large as I've been working out on a semi-regular basis and lo and behold it's finally starting to work.   Yes, I suppose I could alter them, but honestly it's just easier to begin sewing new ones. And definitely more fun! Here's my latest LBS.  Looks like a pretty basic little black skirt, right?  Ah ha! Until I turn around that is. Surprise! Not so basic after all, is it? There's two rows of flirty lace ruffles in the back sewn into the center back of the princess seamed skirt.   From the side the stand out a bit probably because it's a double layer of fabric. The bottom is the stretch wool with lace yardage on top. The pattern is McCall's 5523 , which I purchased way back when it was first released. The pattern stash contest at Patter

Thoughts on The Sewing Workshop's Urban T-shirt pattern

Back in June I attended a trunk show with Linda Lee ( Sewing Workshop ) which inspired me to purchase a purple and gray striped knit to use for the T-shirt from the Urban T-Shirt and Pants pattern. (Whew! That sure was a long sentence.) Well, it only took me five months but I can now tell you the t-shirt is done. Do I like it? Meh, it's okay. I just don't like Sewing Workshop designs on me. On others, I find them artistically attractive but on me I feel downright dowdy. Sigh, you think I'd learn. Anyway, let me tell you about the pattern. Sizing First of all, it's been awhile since I've sewed a Sewing Workshop pattern so I choose my size based on the measurements on the back of the envelope, which place me on the smaller side of a medium. So a medium it was. This baby ended up huge! On each side seam, beginning at the armholes, I removed 1" tapering to 1-1/2" at the waistline tapering again to 2" at the hemline. That meant I removed 2" at the