Showing posts from January 8, 2012

Everythings coming up roses - Simplicity 2599

I did it! I finished my first challenge over at The Sew Weekly. I even managed to finish it on time. The challenge this week was to sew something inspired by an accessory - shoes, hat, shoes, brooch, shoes, jewelry, belt, shoes.  Yea, I had shoes on the brain. I figured I'd sew something inspired by a great pair of shoes, after all I have dozens to choose from. But when my eye landed on this clutch I knew this was my inspiration piece and that I would sew something that mimicked those gray fabric roses. That's when I remembered a pair of silk/rayon pants I had purchased five years ago. The. Perfect. Color. Knowing I had very little fabric to work with, I planned to sew a sleeveless tank and embellish it with fabric roses. As I searched my patterns for a simple tank and came across Simplicity 2599 .  Not only was it a B, C, D cup pattern (woot! no alterations) it included instructions for fabric roses.  Perfect. I managed to squeeze the sleeveless version out

Knock, Knock. Who's There? The nineteen eighties: A review of Vogue 8771

Color block?  check Tunic length ?  check Leggings?  check Mullet hemline?  check Ah, yes, all trademarks of 1980s fashions.I'm just missing the huge hoop earrings, heavy eyeliner and big hair. All joking aside,  l must tell you that I like this top. I wanted something casual and comfy for at home and this is it.   I used  Vogue 8771 - a super-duper easy pullover knit tunic top.   Vogue describes it as a Semi-fitted, pullover top with sleeve and hem variations.  Personally, I don't think of this as semi-fitted. I cut and sewed my normal size and found it to have more than enough ease.  Of course it may be that we're moving back into an over-sized fit fashion-wise and that will take some getting used to. It has a high-low hemline which I find attractive as I like having my backside covered.   The scoop neckline is perfect - not too low, not too high, not too narrow, not too wide. The dolman sleeves are right on trend and extremely comfy to wear. There are