Vogue – WTF?

Vogue – WTF?

My previous post praised Vogue’s new site look and new patterns. But today’s new offerings brings a wtf…I give you…. The Satin Burka A new design from Chado Ralph Rucci. Ralph, I love ya, I even bought the Star Trekkie pattern from last year. But an epic FAIL for this one. I can’t think of any way this would look flattering on anyone! The I-want-my-ass-to-look-twice-as-big Jumpsuit Really, Vogue – seriously?? There are no words! I am assuming since the model is…

Read More Read More

Hurrah for Vogue!

Hurrah for Vogue!

Vogue/Butterick/McCalls  have completely redesigned their websites. As they are all the same company, they have tied all 3 together. When you buy from any of the 3, it all goes to one shopping cart. All I can say is: It’s about time! I like some of the new designs for Spring and there is a $3.99 sale on right now – so I am off to shop! Love this! and this VA VA VOOM!

New Decade, Time for Some Sewing!

New Decade, Time for Some Sewing!

I’m finally back and adding a new entry to this blog. In the past year and a half I started a new business so my sewing took a back seat, unfortunately. I have done some projects but never found the time to post them up. I know that a lot of people refer to this blog for sewing ballroom dresses. I am not sure if sewing more of those is in my future, but I am excited to work on…

Read More Read More

Burda World of Fashion 01-2008-103

Burda World of Fashion 01-2008-103

Pattern Description:“There’s nothing prim here! Cut short, close-fitting and with a back peplum, this club jacket is elegant and bewitch-ingly feminine. The white piping emphasizes its very fashionable lines.” Pattern Sizing:38-46Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Right down to the gold buttons!Were the instructions easy to follow?Oh boy, these might as well have been in greek. I took them to coffee in the morning and STUDIED them. (Wish I’d studied…

Read More Read More

My Little Friend

My Little Friend

Hello possums, Been on a bit of a hiatus from sewing so I thought I would start off with something to make you smile. I needed that vacation from the houndstooth jacket but I will be back to tackling it soon…after I get rid of this nasty flu. Between being frustrated with my sewing of late and feeling sickly, I needed a pick-me-up, something to get me out of this slumber. And I got it in the form of a…

Read More Read More

Houndstooth Jacket Update

Houndstooth Jacket Update

Sometimes you just have to call it a day and move on.Obviously I did not make the wool contest cutoff in time on Patternreview. It was taking me forever to match up the houndstooth and then I had some fitting issues. And then I had to leave for Los Angeles. Then I deleted my previous post – oops. By the way thanks to whomever mentioned Mood Fabrics. I didn’t end up going. I don’t think I have ripped out stitching as much as I…

Read More Read More

Progress Report – Butterick 5145

Progress Report – Butterick 5145

I am starting to put the pieces together, but first I wanted to point out some more of my cutting technique with this pattern. The pattern envelope is a little deceptive: It clearly shows a houndstooth pattern and the pattern appears to go very evenly along the middle horizontal seam If I had cut the pattern exactly as the pattern pieces, that line would angle up, not go straight across. Something to keep in mind. This is the front piece,…

Read More Read More

Houndstooth

Houndstooth

I am now ‘houndstooth obsessed’ from working on this jacket. I decided to dig up some facts about this particular pattern. Where does the name come from? And does it really look like a hound’s tooth?I turned to Wikipedia first : Houndstooth or houndstooth check is a duotone textile pattern, characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. Houndstooth checks originated in woven wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. The traditional houndstooth check is made with alternating bands of four…

Read More Read More

Butterick B5145

Butterick B5145

Back from our not so great holiday to Squaw Valley and feverishly sewing. What have I been working on for my first project for 2008? This cute jacket, the short version. With a lovely 1/4 inch houndstooth wool purchased last week at Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley.  I’ve never sewn with houndstooth before so the first thing I did before cutting was study the fabric. I realized that houndstooth is a very distinct pattern that has a direction. And much…

Read More Read More

Back to ballroom

Back to ballroom

So Dancing With The Stars started up again, and with that came new inspiration to make a ballroom dress. That…and I just bought 500 bucks worth of fabric from Denver Fabrics inventory liquidation. Okay, seriously, what could I do – the discounts were just STARING at me! Good deals on dancewear fabric are hard to pass up. I hope that the new owners keep selling the dance fabric. Although it looks like the site has been bought by Fashion Fabrics…

Read More Read More