Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year

Well its a new year again and time for resolutions promises and more sewing 😶.
I started my year off making a much needed swing jacket.

I purchased this ponte leopard fabric a while back from fine fabric. I think it was 4.99 a yard. I needed something new to wear to a holiday gathering and I didn't want to wear the usual holiday attire so I kicked up a notch. This is a vintage pattern that I really love, with raglan sleeves, super easy.
If you are a pattern reviewer you can see my review. I think ponte is the best thing ever. Its so easy to work with and it packs very well. When I came across this printed piece, it was a must for me. The black jacket in this photo is ponte also.
Coco decided that she wanted to get in the picture too.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Night at the Aquarium

We were invited to an AKA ball at the Georgia Aquarium. What a night. Since we were surrounded by the sea I decided to make a navy gown. I knew in my head what I wanted to make but could not find the exact pattern.
I used the 2 patterns below Butterick 4056 and Vogue 8113

The Vogue pattern I used for the bodice.I also wanted a little back to show so I made the back V neck I wanted the sleeves to be inverted to show my shoulders (Donna Karen says a woman never gains weight in her shoulders). I used the vogue pattern for the bottom. 
I trim the neck line with rhinestones. We tied the trim in the back as I purchased more then I needed LOL.

I did the right thing in selecting the blue. What a lovely evening, there was dancing, dinner, cocktails, a silent auction. And all for a good cause. Not to mention my date was looking dashing himself.  
Thanks Alex and Andrea for a lovely evening.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jonesing For a Jumpsuit

We all know that jumpsuits are back in a big way. I wanted one back when I was traveling but never found the right one. So I browsed Neiman Marcus site for inspiration simple is best.
Jumpsuit's are one of those things that you don't have to think about. You just put it on and go. Or as my wise 10 year old granddaughter says, "I love them, they one piece". Of course she is talking romper. But she was right!
I found this vintage,  Simplicity8510 pattern circa 1998. I really like the simplicity of the suit. There was only one problem, it zips from the back! Can you imagine having to go to the potty at a party? So I had to change that.
Back View

I made the back high like the front added an invisible zipper. I did a muslin fit because jumpsuits are tricky with the length. I am short and I didn't want the crotch to hang at my knees. Trying on the pattern doesn't work for me. Does that work for anybody?
To my surprise I did not have to adjust the crotch at all. I had 4 yds of blue ponte in my stash. The muslin was a little snug, so I used my serger, so that I would have a little ease. I also didn't make my legs as wide as the pattern.

I am happy with the way it turned out. I have worn it several times. The fit is so good, I don't have to wear a belt. If I ever get back on the road again, I have to have at-least a few of these.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dress Form Earrings

I know it's been a minute since I have posted anything. I have good reasons, but I won't bore you with them.
I had to do a quick post so that you could see my new dress form earrings. I have been getting so many complements.

If you are not for familiar  with Janet  from  you need to be. Not only is the service fast, she always put some little trinket in your order. I don't know if I look forward to the patterns or what surprise she's going to have in the envelope. She is my go to for all vintage patterns.

The last sale, I ordered a few patterns (sign up to receive the emails and news letter. It could be raining out side and she will have a sale lol) any reason. When I received my order it had this cute little dress form. How cute is that? I wanted to put it on my Pandora. But decided it would be too long. So hubby, said "those would make nice earrings".  I'm like yeah they would make really cute earrings.
So I sent Janet an email to ask her if I could buy another so that I can make earrings and you know what she said?
        She said "no worries I'll just send you another".
Who does that? So  when you think of vintage patterns think The patterns are priced right and the service is awesome.

                                  Thanks Janet