Thursday, July 29, 2010

Got mail

I picked up some Vogue and McCall's patterns at Hancock's $3.99 and $.99 sale today. I really  need to get  started on my fall sewing but it's just so HOT here that it makes fall seem so far away right now.
I  ordered some fabric from came this week. I got some pretty Olivia's holiday cottons that I'm going to  use to make some aprons.Some medium weight cottons in black and white to make up some purses. and some stretch cotton sateen in faded blue (looks like a demin) that I hope to use it for my first Colette pattern The Beignet skirt pattern that I also got from
Over the past month I have also order some books from amazon. I just got the Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells the other day and have really enjoyed looking at all the retro hairstyles.I highly recommend this book it really breaks it down for you with step by step instructions on how to achieve these great retro looks. I seem to be into all things retro right now I have even been watching a lot of the old movies on net flicks.The style's that I seem to like the most are from the 1950s.
The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr looks like it will be a great little book to help me with what to  wear for my body type. I have a hard time sometimes knowing what will look good on me so hopefully this will help me out:) I have also make one apron from the The Perfect Apron by Rob Merrett and it turned out cute. I love the aprons in this book I think I would make all but maybe a couple of them.  I bought the book The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin because I have been thinking about selling some of the stuff I make. Great little book with a wealth of information in it.
Well time to get back to cutting out some patterns and watching an old movie on net flicks
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 23, 2010

smplicity 2584

Pattern Description:

Misses Dress, Tunic and Headband Cynthia Rowley Collection

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Great instructions they were very easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The neckline is what drew me to this pattern in the first place.

Fabric Used:

Lined blend.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I knew that the top would fit over my head without the zipper so I omitted the back zipper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I have made this pattern twice now. The first one sleeveless in a size 12 and the second one in a size 10 with the longer sleeves with the ruffle at the end of the sleeve.


Love this pattern.

I have made a few skirts and tops in the past few weeks that I need to post here. Hopefully I can get my hubby to take some pictures this weekend. I have a few more summer things that I want to sew then I think I will move on to making some fall clothes.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend everyone. I think it will be a sewing weekend for me since I don't have the grand kids this weekend.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Vogue Patterns

I get giddy with excitement when the pattern company's put out their new patterns but I have been disappointed lately with alot of their recent lines. Thankfully Vogue has stepped up and saved the day. I'm really impressed with the new patterns for early fall .

V1195 Badgley Mischka
Fitted dress with pullover. I love how this pullover drapes so beautifully. Not sure if it's a look I could pull of but we'll see.

V1189 Rebecca Taylor
Love the self fabric braid trim on this one. It does take quite a bit of fabric tho to make this dress.

V1190 Tracy Reese
Like the ruffles and the cross over back on this one.

V1192 Anne Klein

V1193 DKNY
I may have some fabric in my stash for this one.

Anne Klein New York
I want this one for the jacket.

V1203 Tracy Reese
I like this crowl neck  top and the skirt is cute also.
This is one of the vogue easy options patterns.
Now back to sewing up a couple of skirts that I'm working on.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vogue 8469

I loved this pattern when I saw it in the vogue catalog. Then I seen the perfect fabric at Hancock fabrics and knew I just had to make this dress. I don't know why but I do love bows. It gives the dress a little bit of a vintage feel and I seem to be loving all things vintage right now. I've been reading some wonderful blogs on vintage sewing and checking out some of the vintage patterns for sale on Etsy.

Pattern Description:Semi-fitted dresses have lined bodice, midriffs, back zipper closures and topstitching details. A: mid-knee length and cap sleeves with elastic casing. B: 6" above ankle length, sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing:

6-20 I used a straight 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes the only difference was the contras fabric I used for the bow.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the sleeves and the big bow in the front.

Fabric Used:

Poplin from Hancock Fabrics. I love this fabric it's so easy to work with.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I used a invisible zipper and contras fabric for the bow.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would like to sew this again maybe the sleeveless version. I may leave of the bow for a more casual look next time.


I wore this dress to Church last week and it was comfy and cool on.