Monday, February 21, 2011

Balloon Skirt

Okay, here's a skirt I really liked when I first saw the picture of pattern New Look 6594.  After making this really easy skirt (except for the TONS of gathering!), I still really like it! 
The pattern instructions were really easy to follow, actually once you read through them once, you really don't need them.  Despite all the gathering (top and bottom) of skirt, it was really quick!  The gathering took the majority of time for the entire skirt.  I purchased a jewel tone color Turquiose cotton / silk combination, which I think is absolutely beautiful from Fabric Mart.  This fabric has a very nice soft sheen and nice drape.  
There were no dislikes with this pattern, it was super simple.(I just wish I had used an invisible zipper!) My only concern was how it would look on me!  My dressform (whom I've not formally named yet) wears this skirt very well and my only hope is that it will look the same on me! 

 I was pleasantly surprised though, because when I did put it on, it was really nice!  I am having a dickens of a time trying to pair it with something and because of this color, it's been really hard!  Brown seems to be the only color that looks good to me with it, but I want to wear something lighter in color with this jewel tone. 

I tried this turquiose colored print knit top, but the color is off and it just doesn't look right to me! Besides, the skirt looks a little to "fancy" for this top.
Anyone have any ideas???  As soon as I come up with a match for this, I'll get some snapshots of me in it!  I welcome any and all ideas...I'm truly at a lost with this one !!  Thanks for your help!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Quick Winter Top!

This is going to be a very quick review of a top I just completed and will definitely be making another!  It's McCalls 6284.   The pattern literately takes no time to make and is a perfect fit right out of the envelope!
I purchased a really pretty dark plum colored rayon lycra knit for this project from JoAnn Fabrics.  I can't remember exactly what time I started the top so I can't really tell you how much time it took, but I know it was not more than 2 hrs.  I really believe it was a lot less! (aftering cutting out of course).   The instructions were very easy to follow.  I made View C, (the pink one). The only change I made to the pattern was to make it long sleeve instead of the 3/4" sleeve, since I made this primarily for the winter.
The gathering for the mock shrug was really simple to do and you know how I hate gathering, but this really wasn't bad at all!  It fits so beautifully too, it just makes you feel really cute in it! 
These pictures don't truly show you the nice plum color of the fabric...it looks more purple here.  I'll post a picture of me in it later.  Hopefully I can get one that shows the true color. 

I would definitely recommend this pattern and give it "two thumbs up"!

I'm currently working on a first for me, a balloon skirt...hmmm, it's definitely not my style, but the picture on the envelope is sooo cute!  It should be completed today.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SEWING!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Black Slacks...A Staple

I fell in love with this pattern when I saw fellow sewing blogger  Mushywear's slacks!  Burda 7746 is a very quick and easy pants pattern to make. 
The instructions were perfect to follow, you really could just look at the illustrations to complete them.  Great fit too!  After making my usual adjustment of shortening the crotch (I'm short-waisted), there was nothing else to do...they fit beautifully.  I cut a size 10, smaller than I normally do, because the fabric I selected has a slight stretch, I think it's about 3% lycra.  I really love the smaller waistband and the squared front pockets (it's a little hard to see the pockets because my slacks are black) 


I so agree with Shannon from Mushywear, these will be a versatile addition to my wardrobe and I will be making a few more!  This is truly "Much Needed Piece #4"!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Much Needed Piece #3

A little while back I posted about having some much needed pieces to stretch my wardrobe.  A quick white cotton blouse was needed for work, so I pulled out my TNT McCalls pattern 5929 to become "much needed piece #3. 
I know I'm going to need a few more white blouses, especially since this is my only one! Even I can't believe that! I have a couple of white tees, why haven't I made this staple before?  Who knows?  I'll correct that this year!  I really like this pattern and but decided not to use the ruffles.  I wanted just a plain white blouse and love the fit on this particular blouse.


 I blogged about making this pattern twice before here

The skirt I'm wearing was inspired by a version I saw on Anthropology.com and thought it was just too cute. (I really like a lot of the designs at this store!)    


I chose Vogue pattern 8672 and made View F (the gold skirt) to complete the look of the inspiration piece. It was relatively easy and quick to sew, instructions were super easy...but a lot of gathering!

 
I had this tweed looking navy cotton rayon blend fabric in my very tiny stash (small compared to some of my fellow sewing bloggers...I envy their stashes!)  I lined it with, my favorite rayon bemberg in navy.  I made a size 12 and but had to take it in about 2" each side before it fit!  I don't know if it was because of the soft material that stretched a little or the pattern really runs large.  Once I completed the skirt and tried it on, I didn't really care for it.  My husband saw it and loved it!  Since I really value his opinion regarding my clothes, I think I'll keep it.   I don't believe I'll be making it again though, but I highly recommend it if you like the style!


I'm currently working on "Much Needed Piece #4" black slacks using a new pattern I've not made before Burda 7746 which will be my next post.  This pattern has some very nice front pocket details I really like!   Wish me luck! 

Happy Sewing!