Sunday, September 20, 2009

What I've Been Doing Lately

I've been wanting to post about a few different things but have been just too busy to spend much time on the computer. This past week ,I hosted the monthly meeting of the Retired Teachers Group for my area and of course I had to clean every inch of my house.

It was a great success and the big plus is that the house is very clean now and I can sew to my hearts content for the next few days.

Toward the end of August I started sewing a few transition pieces for the early fall. I also wanted to extend the wear of this suit .

Using this New Look pattern,



I made these navy loose flowy pants which are OK and fit well.



I'm not in love with the fabric though but we all make mistakes sometimes. The fabric was a rayon/nylon (of all things) mix and I liked it before I turned it into pants but now I don't think it has enough body. But they do look well with this jacket. (I forgot to get a pic of the two together ).

Then I made this Sandra Betzina top and I love it. It actually looks exactly like the pattern cover and I didn't change a thing .
Here it is!





I've worn it a couple of times and have gotten compliments each time .
The fabric is a fairly light poly/lycra. I do feel I have to wear my Spanx with this one as it is a snug fit. (I made size C ). A thicker knit might be a better choice for the next time and I do intend to make it again.

Then I added this jean jacket which I've made several times before.



It is this Burda pattern and an absolute favorite.



The fabric is a very finewhale corduroy which was in my stash for years.I never could decide what to use it for but I really love it as this jacket.The buttons are sweet aren't they? My husband pointed out that they had hearts on them and since I'm really not that fond of hearts I turned them sideways . I think that makes all the difference don't you think? LOL.



Here are the three pieces together.



And for more pics, look here.

Have a great week everyone and here's hoping you find time to sew!

15 comments:

Michelle said...

Very pretty!! I love that red cord jacket!

gwensews said...

Nice outfit. The Betzina top is very interesting, and love the red jean jacket.

Ivalyn "Tee" Jones-Actie said...

Very nice job! I just look at the top pattern in JoAnns this weekend. It does exactly like the one on the cover.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Hi Diana, your outfit looks great on you.You did a wonderful job on all the pieces. They look perfect.
I was into Fabricville last week,Brenda told me you were off hosting the meeting :) I'm sure it was a great time. Hopefully I'll see you next time I'm in. Have a great week.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Very nice outfit! Love how all three pieces work so well together!

Birgitte said...

What a beautiful ensemble, a classic.

Claire S. said...

Great outfit ! Love the jacket especially. One of these days, I'll have to attempt one.

paco peralta said...

all perfect and divine, I love....

greetings, Paco

Jenny said...

Very nice! All those pieces will go with a lot of other things, I'm sure. I want one of those jackets. :-)

Linda T said...

That is one lovely outfit. I especially like the jacket.

Vicki said...

Great outfit! And a very interesting use of stripes on that top.

Linda T said...

Hi, I had to stop in again and let you know that I kept thinking about that jacket pattern. I went over to Ebay a couple of days ago and there it was with only about one day left of bidding and no bids. I got it! and it's on its way to me now. I'm so excited!

ClaireOKC said...

I saw that Sandra Betzina pattern in the Vogue book and it looks fabulous - lots of play in the strip to make you look wonderful - love that sort of thing. And that short jacket is wonderful 8905?...6905?...is it still in the book?

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

I love the whole outfit. and the jacket... I love the red. Thanks for sharing

Linda T said...

I want to thank you again for turning me on to this pattern. I.LOVE.IT. I've completed my first one and it came out very nice. I'm anxious to make another, but I'm still dithering over what fabric. Right now I'm just impulse sewing--not alot of wardrobe planning, but I'm having fun!