Monday, 17 September 2012

In Sewing News Today...

Despite being exhausted and tortured by my Excel class, I'm quite excited today. I have two patterns on the way. And in my humble opinion, I think they are fabulous.

The first is a Spiral blouse pattern from Center For Pattern Design. And the second I found over at Etsy.

I'm super excited about the Spiral blouse pattern and can't wait for it to get here. According to the tracking information, it left Los Angeles on Friday.

This one seems like it might be a challenge, I believe it is one pattern piece if I read that correctly. And after taking an Excel course (there is only so much copy and drag one can take before the excitement is all gone), I need some new excitement in my life and am looking forward the challenge. I think I might save this challenge for when I have some time off work at Christmas break.

What I can't wait to sew is the Advance shirtdress pattern that is on its way.

I have a blue flannel plaid that I'm dying to make into a dress. The fabric doesn't sound interesting at all but it is all about nostalgia. Back in the day when a was a young gal one of my favourite dresses was a blue plaid dress that I picked up from Le Chateau.

I wore that dress to pieces, literally. Well, when I stumbled across a bolt of fabric that reminded me of my much loved and worn dress I snatched up about four metres. This was quite a few months ago. And since then I have been searching for the perfect shirtdress pattern that is worthy of the plaid fabric. This is the winner.

Yesterday, can you believe, I was ready to settle on McCall's 4769. I wasn't thrilled about it but there were some positive reviews for the McCall's pattern that pushed me to that decision. Well, at the fabric store they didn't have my size. How lucky was that!

Today, I stumbled across this beautiful shirtdress pattern. Lady luck is still on my side today because it is in my size. It rarely happens that I fall head-over-heels for a pattern that is also in my size. It was meant to be, don't you think?

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

Happy Sewing!






9 comments:

  1. I have the exact same Advance pattern and haven't made it up yet. I can't wait to see how it turn out!

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    1. Me too, I can't wait for it to arrive, I have the fabric pre-shrunk and waiting!

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  2. I think you made a wise decision on the Advance shirtwaist. I made up the McCall's and I had a heck of a time with the collar. I picked the collar out so many times, I lost track. There are tons of great reviews on this pattern...but it just didn't work for me. I did get it together and all the ugliness is under the collar and not visable when I am wearing it...but it was a challenge. I might add that I am quite experienced at sewing, sooo I don't know what the problem was! Good luck with your shirtwaist. I will be waiting for the pics. Take care, Pattyrae

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    1. I did read a review of the collar being an issue too. I'm glad to read that despite the collar issue that your shirtwaist is a wearable piece.

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  3. Two really gorgeous patterns there :)

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    1. Thanks. The blouse pattern arrived this week, just waiting for the shirtwaist (shirtdress) pattern to get here.

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  4. oh, and thank you so much for your compliment on Mum's vest, I shall be sure to pass your kind words along to her :)

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  5. I bought McCall's 6749 on sale for $1.99 after passing it up a few times because of the bad reviews and then having no luck with other shirt dress patterns I tried. I realized halfway through sewing the collar that I was doing it wrong, unpicked it, and sewed it up again the right way without any problems which actually shocked me because I often get stumped on complicated and weird directions. By the end the dress turned out great and I have a fall version of it in the works! Aside from that i've had nothing but good luck with my vintage patterns and I agree that you made the right decision! :)

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    1. Yea, glad your shirtdress turned out... sometimes it is just not worth reading the instructions and just figuring things out on your own. I've personally only sewn one vintage original pattern from this era, looking forward to making this shirtdress.

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