Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dressed in Silhouette

It's been a while since my last post. I've been to Ottawa to visit my two little Sweeties! Riley has a little baby sister named ( Gulp) Poppy! ( I can't make myself like that name!). She is five months old.

Of course I've continued to sew. I was awfully tired after finally getting everything ready for the Mini Wardrobe contest ,so I made some simple pieces, four in all and all using Silhouette patterns.

I made this simple wrap on time for the contest but didn't include it. I love this thing.

It's Brooke's top  #95 and very easy to make. The wrong side shows on one side though.It is really quite elegant worn with slim pants and of course is a great little extra layer of warmth for those of us who are always cold! The fabric is a very lightweight slubby poly lycra.

Brooke's top, Yoga pant and top made using the Swing dress , all patterns by Peggy Sager.

Then I made Giorgio's top #312 which is my favorite tops pattern at the moment.I love how this fits and flatters. I wore this yesterday while shopping with my sisters and got so many compliments from sales ladies

I'd been wanting something animal skin and this printed poly/lycra is quite subtle, I think. I can wear this with browns,ivory, and blacks so it's very versatile.

My last two items are both Yoga pants, Silhouette #3400.I can't praise this pattern too much. The fit is excellent and the cut ,oh so flattering. Again, I got lots of comments on these.They are fitted to the knee and then they flare just a little the rest of the way.(Notice my animal print pumps . I love them!!!)

Here, I'm wearing the tan Yoga pants with Giorgio's top.I used RPL for these  and this fabric works very well for these pull on pants. It has just the right amount of stretch.

The other pair is a very versatile grey with a subtle stripe.The fabric is also a little stretchy. This time I added an invisible zipper because I was afraid they wouldn't go over my hips but it really wasn't necessary after all.
I've paired them here with V1261

Next time I'll show you a warm topper that I've designed myself, made out of this beautiful chunky sweater knit t and I'm also making brown stretch denim skinny jeans.

Now I have to have a look at what you're making! More later from

PS.Jvenny said "What's with telling us about grandbabies and not showing us so here they are!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Self Drafted Purple Plaid Shirt/Jacket

This is the last post I promise about my PR Mini Wardrobe.

If you haven't voted yet and are a PR member (you don't have to be a paying member), there are many beautiful collections that deserve your vote.

My last garment is this last minute piece that I only dreamed up Friday night. The contest was over on Sunday so that worked into a lot of work and stress. Why do I do these things?

Here's my inspiration piece from RTW. I bought this shirt for $7.00 just so I could copy the collar. My version is different in most other aspects. This one is very 80's. I made mine with higher armscye and narrower shoulders.
 I used an old McCall's shirt pattern as my base and worked from there.  

I got up Saturday morning and had to draft my pattern, creating the different details as I went.I had to cut out the shirt making sure to match the plaid. I sewed up to 10:30 that night without a lot of time off. I still wasn't finished.

 Sunday afternoon right after church, I went at it again. It was done by 4:00 but I still had to take many pictures.

At midnight I still didn't have my composite up but I guess somewhere it wasn't midnight yet because in spite of being late it went through. Whew! What a relief!

Here are a few detail shots.The collar closes with snaps.

An alternate way to wear the collar

The back

The pockets which don't match up the plaid in the photo but they've been fixed. The sleeves are loose and 3/4 length.

The fabric is a light as a feather wool. The jacket is unlined. I thought this piece would add a punch of colour to my Granite Grey wardrobe. I'm still considering shortening it a couple of inches but not sure yet. The buttons are a little heavy for the fabric so I'll be on the lookout for replacements.

I love it like this

...and this

More pics here.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Burda Style Raglan Dress

Some of you may have already seen this project as it is part of my PR Mini Wardrobe entry.

This is probably going to be a favorite garment and I can see wearing it for years to come.

Here it is..

It's meant to replace this dress , also a Burda, which I made over 10 years ago and is going to go live with one of my sisters now.

The Burda Raglan Dress which is in the Nov. issue of 2008 and is #118 was easy to make. There are only four pieces to this pattern including two piece sleeves.
It features  curved lines joining the front and back to the sleeves. ( Please ignore the little darts in the neckline. I took them out.)

I was able to use the wide selvedge of fabric for the neck band.

I added shape to the dress by curving the side seams at the waist as the style was quite boxy.

The only other alteration I made was an FBA which I eased into the side seams rather than sew a bust dart and I flattened the shoulders a bit to allow for my sloped shoulders. Oh and I lengthened the sleeves.

This is the kind of garment which will be easy to accessorize and which can be dressy or casual.

I love it!

I also love the muslin I made to test the pattern.

The fabric is a stretch lace I bought years ago from Julie at Timmel Fabrics.I had never found what I wanted to make with it so I decided to use it for this.

I made it tunic length, left it straight at the sides and I love it belted like this.

I cut it crosswise so I could use the selvedge which is scalloped for the hem and sleeves.

And I just happen to have dark grey boots!!!

And quite coincidentally it perfectly matches the granite grey of my Mini Collection.

More pics here  .

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

 Well, it was touch and go there for a while but I did it! I made the deadline and got my stuff together and my Mini Wardrobe is up on the contest gallery. Voting begins tomorrow.Here ia  alink to my album on Flicker.

I'm not going to go into detail in this post about the two new pieces because I'm too darned tired.

 I'll just say that I made the Silhouette Wrap and loved it but it was too sheer to go over the stripes so I made  a plaid topper instead. I'll post on that and the dress later in the week.

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