Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vogue 8634 Cowl-neck Tunic

I was going to make that McCall’s dress but then I decided I needed a sweater more than another dress. It’s been chilly here. Like in the high 20’s and low 30’s. I used the same terry fabric as I did in this red dress. I didn’t have enough fabric to make long sleeves so I made longer “short” sleeves. I like the pattern although there is some pulling across the bust and the seam is a little high on the bust instead of under the bust like I think it’s supposed to be. This fabric isn’t really all that stretchy so maybe that’s part of the problem. I do need to lower the top section a bit. I think I’ll make it again in another sweater knit.
ETA: One thing I forgot to mention yesterday is that I took it in about two inches around the waist and then left the hip area alone. Otherwise, it was very loose.


I like the length with this pair of jeans and my boots. I really like the drapey neckline.


Wow, I look really washed out in these photos. I swear to you that I’m not sick or ill. It much just me the early morning light and the flash.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Minky Sale at (damn them!)

Yea . . . um . . . it’s been chilly which made me look for fabric and I had to . . . um . . . buy some. Of course. As if I could look at and not buy. So, ya’ll know that my living situation changed a while back. I now have my Boy Toy living with me and he comes with another kid-let so now that’s four. I recently bought a five bedroom house but you guys know I’m a selfish woman and have my own sewing room. So, the twinlets share a room and the “new” kid-let sleeps in her own room. It works out well because the Twin Things are now separated at school and like to be together at night. The New Chitlin is two so she wakes up at night sometimes and needs her space for time-outs and such. Anyway, where am I going with all this? Oh, yea, blankets. Twin Things have a predominantly hot pink room with lime green accents so I thought these two fabrics would make fantastic little blankets. I’ll make the other side a pink fleece. 
Kaufman Minky Cuddle Ribbon Party Kiwi/BrownKaufman Minky Cuddle Block Party Kiwi/Brown


Cussing Boy (example 1 and example 2) has a black and red room so I thought this would be a good choice for him.
Minky Cuddle Candy Cane Black/Red


Little Two Year Old has a pink and black room so this should work with just about everything. I love these little owls. Are they cute or what?
Kaufman Minky Cuddle Night Owl Carnival



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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giving my kids the addiction . . .



My girls recently got this sewing machine. We’ve already made a Barbie blanket and a little purse. What intrigues me is that it’s a chainstitch machine. There’s no bobbin (awesome) but the stitches unravel like a bitch (not awesome). It also includes little decorative snaps that we used on the purse and Hello Kitty patches we’ve put on the blanket. I did have a hard time adjusting the tension but I didn’t really try too hard either. We mostly focused on keeping fingers out of the way of the needle (who needs that little protective needle cover?) and not being afraid of the noise of the machine. It’s not loud, mind you, but little people are scary that they will be sucked into the machine.

Very. Fun. We’ll be doing a lot more of this. Maybe I can even get you some action shots. Little Girl #2 was very proud of the things she made.

Friday, October 21, 2011

6282 v. 1250

So, I’ve made the famous Vogue 1250 draped front dress. In fact, I made it twice (take one, take two). I love it. It’s great and sexy and comfortable and has a wonderful drape. I love it in every way. But do you guys ever get the itch to try another pattern that’s just like one that you already have?? I picked up M6282 the other day with my Vogue dress in mind. I love the Vogue dress but I want to try the McCalls one now. There are some obvious similarities between the two like the draped front and the cap sleeves. There are also some subtle differences like the 6282 has a little ruching at the waist, 6282 has the option for a higher neckline, 1250 has that interesting back seaming detail while 6282 has typical side seams. I’m curious to see how they are different on the body.

Has anyone else been tempted to try both of these? I’m hoping to crack this out this weekend.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Don’t I need these in my sewing room?

I found this wall art at Fred Meyer of all places. They are cute but I think I’ll wait until they are on clearance.

I’s too cheep.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another Vogue 1250–Black and Sexy

I had to do it, Ladies. I had to make another one. This one is black a little shorter. I head to Vegas next week and this would be a fun party dress. This fabric is a lot drapier and I swear you can see my xiphoid process from the front, it’s that low.

I love this pattern. Nuff said.



Here’s a lightened up page so you can see the draping.



Next up: Jeez, I don’t know. It’s getting chilly so maybe some sweaters.