Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Sewing

Well, summer is coming to an end and I think it's time to start thinking about some fall sewing. I have started working on a trench coat in an animal printed suede this past week after reading that animal prints are going to be part of the fall trend for this year. Other than that, I'm not sure what else I want to add to my fall wardrobe.
Oh I know that I need some pants and I really want to try this new vogue pants pattern, but I've been working out and following a low glycemic diet in the hopes of losing some weight and getting in better shape. So I don't want to put all the work into getting the fit just right and then in a month or so they don't fit anymore. Oh how i hope this is the case. 

Another problem that I have is that I need to stop buying fabric and patterns and work with what I already have. I work at a fabric store so the temptation to buy more yummy fall fabrics is always there( I must be strong and resist lol). I'm sure my bank account and hubby would thank me :)

So let me ask you this. When your planing what your going to make do you 1) first pick out the pattern you like then go to your stash and see what you've got that would work with that pattern or 2) you pick a fabric that you like first and then decide which pattern would work with it?

Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by patterns and fabrics and my head starts to spin and all I end up with is a big mess of fabric and patterns on the sewing room floor with no decision made. So, I get to go through the process all over  again a few days later :(

Anyhow, I hope your all having a better time planning your fall sewing. I would love to hear what every one else has planned. Maybe then I could steal some of your ideas lol.
OK, I'm off to make another mess with fabric and patterns but maybe this time I'll actually get something picked out.

Here's A peek at the trench coat

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Vogue 1245

top 003 by Shari.
top 003, a photo by Shari. on Flickr.

Here is a picture hubby took of me wearing Vogue 1245.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A New Top!

Vogue 1245
Let me just start by saying I love this pattern!

I  picked up this pattern at one of the 3.99 sales So last Weekend I wanted to make something quick and easy for myself and this done the trick. I found two yards of black and white polyester print in my stash. That worked out perfect as the pattern called for 1 7/8 yards.

 It took me about three hours from cutting to finished top! The directions are wonderfully clear and they also tell you how to do french seams (which I had never done before) so not only did I get an instance gratification project but I got to also learn something new :)
I went down one size to a a small  on this top after reading the finished garments measurements and I'm glad I did the fit turned out perfect for me.

 At first I was not sure if I would like this style of  sleeves on me but I love them!
Used my serger to do a rolled hem which give it a nice neat finish on the edges.
The elastic on the waist gives the top some shape so it doesn't look like a tent on me.

This is a great pattern that I plan on making up again. I'm going to try the other view next time.
Thanks for stopping by.