Friday, November 26, 2010

Much Needed Pieces #2 and Massive Give-away!

Before I talk about my skirt, I have to apologize that I'm so late in getting this out to my subscribers...bad Myra!!!  One of our fellow bloggers is having a massive give-away of a chance to win one of 7 items over the course of 7 days.  It's her year anniversary of blogging, Congratulations Victoria! (that reminds me, mine is coming up in March too!)  What a great way to celebrate your anniversary with others!  So, if you haven't seen it already, go over to her blog Ten Thousand Sewing Hours quickly and read the rules, as she's already posted 4 of the questions and prizes!

Now back to much needed pieces black skirt.  I really needed a straight black skirt and this one is a remake, that's why it took me so long!  I have to tell you this embarrassing story about the first one I made after I review the skirt.  I had in my mind a skirt with buttons in the back kick pleat area.  That's where the inspiration came from.  So I used one of my straight skirt patterns to draft this one.  I used the front pattern piece "as is" except I added lines for faux pocket welts in the front. 

The back pattern piece is what I actually changed by cutting it in half horizontally.  Then I cut the lower portion of the back in half again vertically (note the upper portion of the back pattern piece is cut on the fold...this is very important and you'll understand why when you here my story!).  I added 2" to the seam allowance on the  lower portion of the back and cut it on the straight grain rather than the fold.  This extra 2" is facing for the buttons and button-holes.

It was really easy to put together because there were only 3 main pieces and 2 facing pieces for the waist.  I decided not to put a waistband on this one and added a side zipper.  I also lined the skirt because the fabric weight is a little thin and see thru.  It's a polyester, rayon blend w/ a little stretch, very soft and drapes well too.  To jazz up the inside of my skirt, I chose to finish the facing edges with bright red bias tape...

I love the fit of this skirt but am struggling a bit with the length.  I feel like it should have been a little shorter or even a little longer maybe!  What do you all think about the length??? button not fastened!
Now for my story on the first one I made.  The difference in my first skirt was that I had a seam in the upper portion of the back above the buttons.  I proudly wore my skirt to work and I loved it!!  After work, had a few errands to run, stopped at Target and picked up a couple of items, then on to the grocery store.  As I was walking up to the checkout in the grocery store, I heard someone say "miss, miss" as she walked up very close to me and said...I think you might want to turn your skirt around to the side. My heart truly skipped a beat as I put my hand to the back of my skirt only to find a HUGE hole where my seam use to be!  Through my shock, I thanked this very kind woman prefusely as I quickly did as she instructed and turned my skirt sideways and held the seam closed with my hand while leaving the store. 

The entire seam had ripped apart from the buttons up to the waist, not the seam the fabric ripped!  The bad part was that I had no lining in the skirt, no slip on and oh my goodness I had on a thong!  Can you say totally mortified!  

Thoughts kept running through my head of security cameras zooming in on my back side and how much entertainment I just gave some very bored security employees and whomever else wanted to see!  How embarrassing!  Needless to say, I trashed this skirt as soon as I got home and set out to make a new and improved one that literally would not show my butt!

Back to my sewing machine and Good Luck on the giveaways!!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Much Needed Pieces #1

I've been trying to catch up on sewing needed items to pull my "orphan" wardrobe together.  My closet needs some serious fixing!  I think some of you really know what I mean, you have pieces that nothing matches (orphans), or  you just need to add some staple pieces, like white shirts or sweater, black skirt or slacks, I think you get the picture.  So I'm going on a mission to try and update my wardrobe with things I really need.  I'll still add in a "want" project every now and then, but the next few weeks will be devoted to those much needed pieces.

I just completed a white tee for work that will be a good staple for a lot of orphan skirts and slacks. I've made this pattern once before Burda 7828 and really liked it a lot! I'm sure I'll make it again too because it's really quick and easy to make. It's pretty true to size too, as I made a size 10 with no alterations at all.  Some other reviews mentioned they shortened the ties, but I like the look of them long (it adds that little something, I think). It's truly a lovely pattern.

I used a white rayon Lycra from I really like their knits! and because this is white, I can wear it with everything!

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Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Fashion Show

I found a show to take care of my Project Runway withdrawals! I watched the Premier of The Fashion Show featuring Iman and Isaac Mizrahi.

I must say I was a little skeptical at first, but quickly found the show very interesting! The created fashions are really very nice! It appears the contestants are a little more experienced. The structure of the show is a little different, as the contestants were setup into two teams called "fashion houses" and tasked with naming their house. The results were...The House of Nami (Iman spelled backwards-my favorite team so far) & The House of Emerald Six). The contestants are judged together as a "House" collection and best individual look overall.

While I found a lot of similarities to Project Runway, this show can hold it's own in my opinion! If you didn't see the first show try to catch the next one, you might be pleasantly surprised! It's on the Bravo channel Tuesdays @ 10:00pm. You can catch reruns of the first show all this week on the The Bravo Channel. If you're like me & can't get enough of fashion, get your DVR's ready to record! Hope you enjoy the show!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Animal In The House Again

In my last post I showed this very nice piece of animal print fabric I found at JoAnn Fabrics.

It was love at first sight!  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a fellow PR member reviewed a top using the very same material...and I knew someone else fell in love too!  (Sorry, I can't remember who it was so I can't find it again to show you!) 

I decided to make a skirt I saw on a magazine cover that inspired me.  Although this one appeared to be made of chiffon,  I wanted to make something similar using this beautiful knit.  It wasn't the chiffon on this skirt I was attracted to nor the flounce at the bottom, it was the ruffle down the front of one side that caught my eye. 

 So I decided to create a skirt using pieces from multiple patterns.  Seemed simple enough...and it was!

See what you can do with a little imagination and a lot of luck!!! :) Took me about three hours to make!  I really love the finished project!  The chocolate brown sweater was made using the DKNY Dress Vogue pattern 1179.  It makes a great top too!  

 I didn't make the top to go with this skirt, they were just completed one after the other and matched nicely! 

Now I must fulfill a promise from my last post. Some of you wanted me to post a photo of myself in the Vogue pattern 1179,  my turquoise polka dot dress (same pattern as top above) I think this dress is so stylish, comfortable and forgiving! Here's the photo...

I have so much to work on, so it's back to the sewing room for me.  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Sewing!