Thursday, 29 January 2015

It's a Good News Day...

Vogue Patterns went on sale today! And the sale includes the new spring patterns. That is the good news, the not so good news is that the Canadian dollar has tanked this week. Whooo wee, I couldn't believe how much the exchange rate came to so I had to modify my order.  

It was tough limiting my order to just three but I did it. And I have to say, it is a good thing too because I have quite the pattern stash that I need to work through. But I just couldn't say no to these ones... 

I'm quite smitten over this jacket. I didn't realize it at first but there is even a shorter version of this jacket included in the pattern. Sweetness! I'm going to make it to go with these pants.

There are three lengths included in these wide pants pattern along with the choice of darts or pleats at the waist. I'll be going with darts.

My final choice was a new Marcy Tilton pattern. I will lengthen the dress but I like the colour blocking possibilities with this one.  

These might take a month to get here since they're coming by snail mail but it is all good. They will be here before the spring. Until then, I should put on my ski pants, warm up the car and get to work  to pay that exchange rate took quite the bite out of my order.

Are you picking up during the sale?  

Happy Sewing!  

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Pin-striped Dress

Stash-busting 2015:  A Marcy Tilton Design

Fabric:                       3.1 metres of striped knit @ $7.01 ($2.00/metre)

Pattern:                     Vogue 8975 @ $8.55 ($5.99 online sale + shipping)

Sewn on:                Janome 4120 QDC using the knit stitch and the regular presser foot. No twin needle sewing was done on this project.    

Seam finish:           Serged on Janome MyLock 234D.  Hems were left down with serged edges.  

The best part of this dress was putting it together. I really did enjoy sewing this one, it is just like putting together a puzzle. The sewing went quickly and as long as you transfer all the markings onto your fabric pieces you shouldn't have any issues. I actually spent more time cutting out the pieces as several pieces were cut as one.

I do wish that it was longer though. I did notice that it falls about knee length on the model on the pattern envelope but since I am only five foot nothing, I thought it would be at a favourable midi length on me. Not so. It is not horrible, I just wish it was a wee bit longer. Since I did not want to lose any length from the dress I did an overlock stitch and left it at that at the hemline.

And I did think that my derrière was getting a little larger because I notice that the back hemline sat higher than the front hemline. I was mistaken as this is mention in the pattern description as a design element. No, seriously, I'm not kidding. The pattern states, "front longer than back." I wish I noticed that before I cut out my fabric!

There are parts of this dress that I absolutely love; the pockets, the overall fit around the bust and shoulder and the sleeves. If I do make another version of this dress, I would raise the front neckline next time but otherwise I also love the finish of the neckline.  

All-in-all, it is an extremely comfortable pullover knit dress.  

This medium weight knit fabric has been in my stash for more than a decade. I picked it up when Fanny Fabrics closed down and even though it wasn't a love-at-first-sight sort of fabric, I picked it up because it was such a good deal. The fabric worked well with this design. It has small pin-strips running through it which highlights the different directional pieces of this design. Total cost for the dress came to $15.56 dress and added bonus it looks like my sewing mojo is back.  

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Now, really...

One of the RTW Fasters posted an article from the Wall Street Journal titled "How Dresses Lost Their Sleeves" which I found quite intriguing. Mama R has been complaining for years now that it is impossible to find a decent dress with sleeves in the retail landscape. And I have to agree with her.

Long sleeved dress for Mama R
In the article, designers admit that dresses with sleeves are a highly sought after commodity with customers and fashion buyers.   

Vogue 8939

So what's up with this sleeveless mystery?

Vogue 1410

The article argues that 
[s]leeve peeves may be rising in part because it is so tricky to make a flattering sleeve that is roomy enough to offer a full range of motion.
Now, really... no one is that naive that they would buy that line. Are they? If a designer actually believes that it is so tricky to make a flattering sleeve that is roomy enough to move in, maybe they need to go back to design school or look to Rhonda's Creative Life for some inspiration and guidance. Rhonda can made sense of the trickiest sleeve designs.

And besides sleeves can be cut on the bias to give more stretch. There is mention of gussets used in the construction of sleeves in the article. But it is quickly dismissed as "expensive."

Vogue 1043
Interestingly, the apparent disappearance of sleeves happened to coincide with the appearance and rise of fast fashion. 

And there, I believe, is the answer to the sleeveless mystery. It is just "too expensive," or should I say, it will eat into their profits to incorporate sleeves into a dress design. In the Fifth Estate documentary "Made in Bangladesh" designer Sujeet Sennik outlined how the goal is to get clothes produced cheaper and cheaper. Sennik recalls his time designing shirts with five buttons and being asked if he could reduce that to three buttons. Is it much of a stretch to believe that the motivation behind the sleeveless dress mystery is the same?

Mama R hasn't purchased a ready-to-wear dress for years. I have been making her dresses because that is the only way that she can wear a dress with sleeves. She's much more comfortable wearing her dresses with sleeves. And there has been no "tricky business" going on while making any dresses with sleeves. 

Just another reason why I sew.

Happy Sewing!  

Sunday, 25 January 2015

In Sewing News Today...

I figured it out.

That lack of sewing mojo turned out to be a sinus and ear infection. The darn infection stole my sewing mojo. I've been on antibiotics since Friday and I'm starting to feel better. I won't say that I'm feeling 100% but I'm feeling well enough to crack open Claire B. Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques and read the section on bound buttonholes without my head feeling like it is about to explode. 

Don't worry, it is not Ms. Shaeffer's writing style or instructions, it was just the way I'm feeling while my sewing mojo is on hiatus.  When I'm feeling better, I really want to practice making some bound buttonholes and Ms. Shaeffer describes the patch and strip methods used in couture sewing. Have you made bound buttonholes? I'm curious, which method do you prefer?  

In other sewing news, I feel that I might not make the deadline for my Jungle January outfit to take form. Six days until the end of the month. If I was feeling 100% it would be no problem. We'll see how the week goes. Thankfully, everything is cut out.

And there is a new knit in town. I couldn't resist, my bad. It has a art decor feel to it that I really like and I'm thinking that it would make a nice turtle neck dress? I was actually looking for fabric for work. They would like new angel costumes made to be made for the Advent Concerts. And I know how difficult it could be to find reasonably price white fabric. I didn't find any white fabric but I did find the knit. When shopping in a fabric store it is sometimes difficult to stay... "SQUIRREL!"  

Well, that is all in sewing news today...

Happy Sewing!  

Thursday, 22 January 2015

First Sewing Blooper of the Year...

I'm still waiting for my sewing mojo to reappear but I also thought that I would tackle a project that I made in the past, something easy peasy.  

The plan was to use Vogue 1306 the knit top that I previously made. It had been cut out and sitting in the sewing drawer for some time. I should have kept it in the drawer until my sewing mojo returned. First I made the front placket.  

Less than perfect but I could live with it. And then I moved on to the front gathered darts.  

Did you see what I did?  I sewed the darts on the wrong side. Not once, I did it to both darts! I did it with a itty-bitty knit stitch. Geez, this is going to be a something to unstitch. To be completely honest, my first instinct was to trash it. It still is. Mama R saw this disaster and thinks that it could be rescued. All I'm thinking is if I spend time unstitching this and accidentally put a hole in the fabric I'm going to be even more disappointed with myself. Besides, I hate taking out itty-bitty stitching.  

~sigh~ I want my sewing mojo back!  

Happy Sewing...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

They're Here!

I thought they would never get here, but they just arrived. I got my hands on the February / March issue of Vogue Pattern magazine on Christmas eve and have been patiently waiting (and waiting and waiting) for them to be released.

And then cheeky Vogue Patterns sent out a teaser with a few of the new Vogue patterns soon to be hitting the stores. And I continued to wait.

But they finally arrived and it feels like Christmas all over. I am quite excited about this release. Do you want to see some of my favourites?

Vogue 9096
Oh my goodness, I actually gasped when I first laid eyes on Vogue 9096. I am quite smitten with the front detailing on this jacket. I wonder if I will be able to shorten it a wee bit?  

Vogue 1437
And this is another jacket, Vogue 1437, I'm tempted by... 

Vogue 1440
The top and jacket, Vogue 1440, are also on my wish list. The jacket has possibilities for some fun colour blocking options. 

Vogue 1442
This dress, Vogue 1442, is on the top of my wish list. I couldn't get away with wearing it to work but this will be a cool and comfortable dress for those hot summer days.  

Vogue 9077
Vogue 9077 is more work appropriate and it has pockets!  

Vogue 9081
This is the dress pattern that I was waiting for and thought that would work will with my animal print fabric I picked up for Jungle January (but I already cut it out of a Marcy Tilton pattern).  I still want Vogue 9081 though.  

Vogue 9083
I had to show this one. It won't make it to my collection unless I regain my girlish figure but I just love the detachable collar detail, tre chic!  

Vogue 9089
Marcy Tilton's Vogue 9089 has made it to my wish list.  

Vogue 9091 
And finally, Vogue 9091, a pair of wide legged pants!  

How about you, do you have any favourite Vogue spring release patterns on your list?  

Happy Sewing!  

Sunday, 18 January 2015

In Sewing News Today...

I walked into Fabricland and made a purchase without a membership card. I can't remember when that has ever happened in the past. I have vowed not to renew my membership this year. I don't need any fabric but I was in need of some ribbon for my Jungle January jacket.

And that is what I bought, just what I needed, some ribbon. The only ribbon that I had in my stash that was more on the pink side than masala.

I walked out of there with spending less than three dollars! Despite my fabric stash stumble the second day into the new year, I'm quite pleased with myself this time around. No fabric came home with me even though they were having a buy 1 metre, get 2 metres free sale. Although, I'm sure it had more to do with feeling a bit under the weather than any impressive level of will power as there was some teal coloured sateen fabric that caught my eye.   

Now, despite the fact that I have everything to sew my Jungle January outfit I haven't yet sewn one stitch. Would you believe that it took over a week to cut out the Marcy Tilton dress and jacket pattern pieces? 

I'm not sure what happened to my sewing mojo but it was a real struggle to get sewing done after those little velvet dresses. I was just burnt out after all the holiday sewing and rushing. I just didn't have anymore reserved energy for sewing and most nights, I would rather read or try to catch up on sleep. I guess sometimes you just need a break.

Before my mojo when into hiatus, I had big plans to tackle bound buttonholes and start on the Sybil Connolly Vintage Vogue spring coat. Now I'm wimping out on challenging projects and any sewing has been simple and those are taking forever to get done. Whoever or whatever stole my mojo, I'd like it back.

I think the Jungle January project, Vogue 8975, will have to take a back seat until I feel better and more focussed since it has been described as a "puzzle pattern." And although I enjoy puzzle patterns I would be quite sad if I messed this project up.

Anyway, that's all in sewing news today...

Happy Sewing!


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