Saturday, November 15, 2014

Three Brief Reviews...

I've really been busy sewing, not a lot of really exciting items, but still a few pieces that I wanted to add to my wardrobe. So I'm going to give you a brief snapshot of three of those pieces.  The first one is a skirt I fell in love with you soon as I laid eyes on the pattern. It's Simplicity 1429...


The stripe version shown in the photo, View A, is the one I actually wanted. So gorgeous on the model and I could see it on vacation quite a few times. I had already purchased fabric from my favorite store, Pennie Fabrics which matched the pattern View A perfectly.   Unfortunately, I only had enough yardage to make the shorter version, View B darn!  I guess I could have waited until I was back in the area and purchase more, but I'm going on vacation next month and wanted to take the skirt with me so it was the short version or nothing.  The pattern went together very easily with no issues and no alterations.   The only problem, I had cut a size 10 and it seemed quite a bit large so I ended up taking in the side seams about an inch.

When I tell you I love the skirt, I really truly mean, I LOVE THIS SKIRT!  When I put it on it just felt so much like me! Here's one of those rare occasions where my husband and I did not see eye to eye, he doesn't like it.  I do and know the skirt will win him over eventually (of course with me in it!).  The only frustration I had was after I finished it and put it on Ms. Thing (My dress form) and noticed that my stripes on the waistband where it attached to the skirt seam was a little uneven. This happened in my excitement of finishing the skirt and not paying attention!


Another great feature of the skirt is in the drape front, it gives the illusion of pockets…


I would love to show you a photo of me in this however, I didn't have an opportunity to snap photos of me as yet, but I promise to add one on the next post.

Next is the Style Arc Ginnie Tunic.  I am really in love with the styles of their patterns. I've only made a few of them that I've purchased so far and I've purchased quite a few already.  The fabric I used for this project, is a peach colored, polyester chiffon from my stash I was gifted a year ago. I must admit that this pattern went together very well with no issues.  As usual with Style Arc patterns though, because of the lack of illustrations, it does make it somewhat difficult to understand what their instructing you to do at times.  There were only two items I changed. The first being the bagged pocket. Because of my lightweight polyester chiffon fabric, I thought the bagged pocket may be a little too heavy for the fabric. With that said I decided not to bag the pocket and just make it a flat sewn pocket.  

The other item I didn't change because I had not pay attention until after it was sewn on, was the neck band.  When cutting out the pattern piece, you're instructed to cut it on the straight grain… However, all experienced sewers know the neck band should actually be cut on the crossgrain.  Unfortunately, silly me didn't pay attention when cutting (I did mark my pattern piece for future projects)!  So the end result is, my neckband appears to be a little wobbly because of it. Oh well, this was my first attempt and it is a muslin made from a polyester chiffon. My next version, and there will be one, will be made of silk.  All in all, I really like the way it turned out, but think it would lay a little better if it were made from silk (I apologize for the wrinkles in my top!)...



Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of me in this one either, I promise to post pictures shortly. 

Lastly, is a self drafted pattern created from a RTW top I loved. You can view the previous project here.  I really liked that top and the fact that it incorporates using other design elements.  I want to move my sewing projects into another level of RTW, "mixed mediums".  This project combines a beautiful fabric I purchased from Pennie Fabrics a while ago and some chrome colored plastic chains I purchased online.  The fabric is a black Rayon Knit with beige spots that appear to almost move in a stripe pattern.  Love this fabric and it was originally purchased to make a sweater for my husband. However, once I made the sweater, he didn't like it so I ended up taking it a part and using it to re-create this top and having enough fabric left over to make a matching self drafted skirt for myself!



I promise to post photos of me in the full outfit soon!  I just needed to get a post up very quickly because I've been so behind lately in blogging.  I really appreciate you all stopping by and taking a little time out of your day to read my posts; so I don't want to disappoint you and keep posting frequently.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  I'm off to complete my next project, until then...



  1. Myra,you make such amazing pieces, but that Style Arc blouse is simply gorgeous..

    1. Thanks Candice! I like that blouse too and that's why I want to make it again in silk.

  2. Everything is so beautiful. Love that striped skirt. I think I will be making that for my daughter--she loves long flowy skirts.

    1. Thank you! I love that skirt too! You should make it for your dirty she'd really love it it's flowing in the front but fit it in the back.

  3. Myra I love what you made!!!!!! I thought it was a dress. I always love your clothes! As for your hubby, tell him I have a corner in my house where I make my husband sit! I call it the "I spent my time sewing for you and What?" corner. LOL!! It's really easy - no chair, just a corner. (my son fit's too!)

    1. LMAO!!! That was so freaking funny and yes I did tell my husband what you wrote great idea! Think I'll use that one next time too! Really appreciate your kind comments and thank you so much!

  4. beautiful pieces. You have a lot of talent. Can't wait to see them on you.

  5. All your makes are well-done, but that last top with the chain hit it out the park! And a matching skirt, too. ��


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