Sunday, January 21, 2018

Vogue !385. a Jacket.


Hi everyone. I want to send out a big thank you to all who visited or left a comment after last week's post. I was very gratified that I hadn't been forgotten . I appreciated so much all the kind things you said. It made me want to continue my blog for sure !

This post will be much shorter than last week's and that's probably a good thing, Lol. I'm showing a new version of Sandra Betzina's  Vogue 1385 this week.



This one came about when I was thinking of sewing projects for my Winter Sewing Group . I've made this a couple of times before and I always enjoy wearing it and get lots of compliments so I thought my ladies would love it and they did. Here it is.






I made view A but omitted the pleats on the bottom of the sleeve. I also added a couple of inches to the sleeve length.

The fabric is a stretch  cotton ? or rayon ?  jacquard from Fabricville that is so pretty in real life. I'm not sure the camera does it justice.



The trim along the outer edge is actually the selvedge. How lucky was I that it had some stretch too and was able to lay along the curves really well. I'm just so happy with this perfect trim for my jacket !

I want to assure anyone who has been afraid of trying this pattern that the neck treatment isn't anywhere near as hard as you would think, . It just requires careful marking of the darts which make up the ruffle. The neckline  lays very nicely along the neck. Oh, I just love this pattern !!!



Although the dominant colour of the fabric is red with blues, black and grays mixed in, these silver buttons were by far the most complimentary of all the colours I tried.

This jacket is a fairly quick make . I'd estimate that it took me six hours from beginning to end. I didn't do anything special to the inside. I simply serged the seams and resisted the urge to Hong Kong finish them..

This piece looks well with black, navy and gray but I only have pics of the pairing with black. My camera ran out of juice and I couldn't make myself do another photo shoot.






I gave my Sewing Group two other choices but that's for another post so please come back next week. I'll show you Hot Patterns Jetsetter poncho for one thing
and what I hope will be a glitzy surprise.

Thank you again for supporting my blogging efforts.






Sunday, January 14, 2018

I'm Back !

I really disappeared this time , I know. It's been over three months of not posting, no reading of other blogs and no sewing for myself. How did it come to this ?

You see, my sewing life has really changed in the past year. It all started when I got the idea of holding a Fashion Show featuring a Four Way Wrap, that a friend gave me the idea for, to raise money for our local Food Bank. After raising almost $800  after paying for my fabrics and after realizing how much people enjoyed my afternoon event. I decided to have a late spring show.This time I added a simple top to the array of wraps and a simple poncho type topper. This one raised almost $1200 and I was able to divide the proceeds between the Food Bank and the school breakfast programs in my community. I should say that my Sewing Group helped with all the little details of putting on  events like these including the modelling .

On Nov. 30 , we held a Christmas Fashion Show and raised almost $2000 !This time, I developed three main designs, as well as ponchos , capes,and a twist wrap  in addition to the original wrap. This show was the best one yet and it was really amazing how much the audience enjoyed themselves. My friends tell me I'm becoming famous and these fashion shows have become social events ! I think I've created a monster! There will be another one in May. In the meantime, I'm sewing a few things for myself.

I would love to show you the designs I came up with for my last Fashion Show. I hope you enjoy them.

We called this one the butterfly top. I've shown you this style before. The one below is made out of stretch burnout velvet.


Here is my own top made for Christmas . Isn't it pretty !!! My whole sewing group wants to make the exact same one. I bought a whole bolt of this fabric on sale for $3.00 a meter !!!



The next style was called the slouch top and I developed the pattern using this out of print Vogue pattern that I don't own. A lot of guess work and experimenting went into this one but I think I figured it out in the end and it sold very well. This one is a little crooked on the dress form.



This one is my own and I've worn it to death. I love this thing !


I found the inspiration for the next one in my daughter's closet. Here is what I came up with .We named this one  the pop top.




This one is reversible




The twist wrap came from one of Peggy Sagers' videos. It was fun to sew but needs a two sided fabric or at least a fabric that looks good on both sides like these.







I made a few of the short sleeved relaxed tops that I featured in my spring show and was surprised at how well they sold even in late November ,


This style is so flattering and slimming. It's a great cover up for a bathing suit too.



 I made various styles of ponchos and capes and they sold out so I don't have any to try on to show you.



Here is  the silent auction reversible cape I made . It fetched $135.00 and I was pleased  with that. Pictures aren't great though. 




I hope you enjoyed the mini fashion show I showed you. I want to do a post to show how to make the butterfly top because it's really easy to draft if you have a dolman sleeve top pattern. I can't tell you how much I enjoy wearing my tow verssions which I kept for myself...the one above and this one made last summer.

This week I made a couple of things for myself which I love. I'll show you next week so please come back. I appreciate any feedback , comments or suggestions you may have about my Fashion Show items.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Vogue 1552, Sandra Betzina's New Dress Pattern


Vogue 1552 really caught my eye as soon as I saw it and nothing could talk me out of it. The problem is that no one wears clothes like this in my world . And not only did I make it up once, but I made two all in one day !!


Here is my mock up version .
It sure doesn't have very much dress form appeal !


\i'm not quite sure what the fabric content is but it feels and looks like a lightweight burnt out cotton knit.

Having examined the pattern pieces, I knew that the bottom of the dress would be too narrow for my liking.

For my first version , I simply added a bit of seam allowance at the bottom of the back and sewed a slit opening.



Here it is on me. A little better I think than the dress form. I'm at a workshop I'm giving on my own version of Vogue 8605.



For my second version, or View A, I added about 2" to the bottom side seams like this.


The fabric is a poly / lycra. The sleeves and collar, rayon /lycra.

Here it is on the dress form


I think the collar should be deeper and I wish I had used my own method for a cowl collar instead .





And on my sister Pauline, who is more petite than me so it looks a bit large on her.


and weeeeee!!!!



We started to play with the dress and discovered we could wear it this way


And this way




When I showed my hubby this one he said,
"Well, what's wrong with that ? "
His code words for " I don't like it " Lol.

But, I think it's kind of fun and if the curve started lower and closer to the waistline, it would look a lot better. I doubt I'll make it again though !

Has anyone else made this dress and what do you think of it ?




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fun Summer Things

For  the past two weeks, I've been trying to sew a few fun pieces to end the summer with. I wanted to use up fabrics added to my stash the last two summers. Of course, these new pieces mean too many clothes in my closets. I've made a firm commitment that for every new piece I make , I have to give one away.

I've long wanted a long sleeved white basic top to wear under this , made two years ago.









I used the neckline of V8793   , but the body of Burda 6988, which is really one of my basic slopers and I use it for many things.

The fabric is a beautiful weighty rayon lycra from my stash.


The culottes ( I'm so happy culottes are sticking around for a bit longer ! I love them ! ) are View E of this pattern.




The fabric is a quite yucky faux linen from my stash. Faux linen usually makes up in great bottoms but this one has little drape so not what I expected although I've worn this outfit and it's OK. This outfit looks so much better in person !



Then I copied a RTW top I bought with the intention of copying it to use as a new garment in my next Fashion Show. This is such a cool piece and  I've made three versions so far and it's so much fun to make and wear. I'll be posting How To Make this top at Diana's Sewing Lessons a little later if anyone is interested in trying one. I love these tops. Here is the original .I forgot to take a pic of me wearing it before giving it to my friend Ruth who loved it. I'd rather make my own I guess.


It looks like a poncho until you spread your arms.

In this photo you can see the outline of the dolman sleeve.


Here is one I made.




This photo shows the back of the top. As you can see , the wrong side of the fabric shows so you need a two sided fabric or one that is pretty on both sides. This one is burnt out polyester.



This is what it looks like on.



This next one is a stretch mesh that looks the same on both sides. You'd see me coming in this one !!



 And finally, a semi sheer polyester that I absolutely love but this one is too big and long for me. I made it to sell but love it so much that I bought more fabric so I can make one for me.



I think these tops help to make the perfect hostess outfit. Oh ! But don't try cooking with theses on. The "wings" would not be safe near a stove. Lol.

I have a few other things made including a print jean. I'm not even sure if they are still in fashion but I bought a bright flowered canvas three years ago and was determined it would become jeans ! I'll show you next time.

Please let me know what you think, particularly about the last three tops. Do you think they would sell ?

Have a great week everyone.
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