Monday, December 23, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

This, people, is my color.



Once I found out that this was the color, I had to look for fabrics. These are all from (they are a sponsor of mine – if you click and buy, I get a cut!).

Sparkle Hatchi Knit Stripe PinkDesigner Sparkle Hatchi Knit Stripe Pink


Cotton Broadcloth LilacCotton Broadcloth Lilac

Slub Heathered Hatchi Knit PurpleSlub Heatherd Hatchi Knit Purple

Wool Herringbone Lavender/White
Wool Blend Coating Herringbone Lavender/White


Cotton Voile Paisley PurpleCotton Voile Paisley Purple

Silky Sweater Rib Knit RoseSilky Sweater Rib Knit Rose

Stretch Linen Pin Stripe Grape
Stretch Linen Pin Stripe Grape

Dupioni Iridescent Violet PurpleDupioni Silk Fabric Iridescent Violet Purple


Stretch Hatchi Knit FuchsiaStretch Hatchi Knit Fuchsia

Kimono Voile Paisley Dream FuschiaKimono Voile Paisley Dream Fuschia

Caprice Faux Silk PlumCaprice Faux Silk Plum

Amy Butler Blossoms Rayon ChallisAmy Butler Soul Blossoms Rayon Challis Sari Blooms Raspberry


Purple and gray is one of my weaknesses. Help me people. That wool herringbone in lavender is calling my name.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Burda Challenge 2013

A little recap of my Burda Challenge pieces, shall we?

January 01/2012 #110 – I wore this dress a few times on our Caribbean cruise. It’s comfortable and sexy.


February 02/2013 #109 – I like this top but I never wear it. It’s too tight to wear alone and I don’t wear many jackets.


March 03/2012 #126 – I wore these a lot in the spring. I wore them a bit in the fall too when school started back up. I get compliments every time I wear them. People like the coloring and the seam details.


April 04/2011 #122 – I like this top and have worn it several times. The color is a little scary. You really have to be ready for it.


May 05/2013 #107 – I love this top and I wore it all the time this summer.


June 06/2013 #110 - I plan to wear this dress to a holiday party we have coming up. Fun times with sparkle!!


July 07/2011 #110 – This particular dress was a dud in this fabric. But, and this is a big butt (har har), this pattern turned into my favorite dress of all time. It’s amazing what happens when you pair the perfect fabric with a pattern.

Same pattern, different dress! This is my most favorite thing I’ve ever made!


August 08-2012 #113 – I love this peplum top. I know that trend is probably here and gone, but I live in Alaska and we live in the past, ya’ll.


September 09/2008 #104 – I love this jacket and wear it all the time!


October 10/2013 #111 – The weird hip poochies still bother me. I get compliments when I wear it so other people must not be bothered by them!


November 11/2013 #105 – Ugh, do we have to go through this one again. To save myself the pain, just read my first post about it. DUD!


December 12/2013 #119 – I love this top. I plan to wear it to a few holiday parties this season. Again, fun with sparkle!!!




Some interesting observations:
7/12 are knit,
4/12 are dresses
only 2/12 are bottoms
4/12 are prints (I always think I use prints, so this surprises me)
6/12 are fabrics from the National City Swap Meet
6/12 are patterns from 2013 Burda magazines



I’m definitely doing it again this year. I think I will use patterns from 2014 only though. It was fun looking through my back issues of Burda though. I’m thinking of this for January . .



or these . . .


Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Jalie 2911 + 3245 in Merino Wool



How freaking cozy is this tunic? I used Jalie’s 2911 upper bodice with Jalie’s 3245 bottom to make it. I’m loving the tunic length tops with leggings and boots look. I’ve made several tops like this lately. This is my favorite. This is made out of merino wool and the fabric is fan-FREAKING-tastic. Oh, obviously we have been getting some snow. I think we are getting about 12” today. I had to take my pictures outside because it is so dark. The sun is coming up at 10:06am and setting at 3:39pm so there isn’t a lot of light. I’m working with what I have, people.


Love the booty coverage.


Lightened and with flash although with all the snow you can’t see much.


The 2911 top is considerable shorter than this and a little boxier. I narrowed it through the waist and followed the 3245 pattern. The length and rounded hem are straight from Jalie 3245.


Here’s an inside picture. The color is pretty close here. It might be a tiny bit darker in real life. It’s a thin merino wool that drapes well and has some stretch to it. You can’t really see it well but there is a very subtle herringbone design to the knit.


Here’s the inside. It’s a sport material with two faces (you totally can’t trust it! Get it, it’s two-faced? My humor is lame, I know.). The outer face is 100% merino wool and the inside face is antimicrobial 100% polyester. I may have a few bolts in different colors for those of you who are interested. I’ll set up my ETSY store with some goodies right after Christmas. I have some delish wool doubleknit too. Divine, I tell you!


Here’s the inside of the knit. It’s had to photograph inside with low light.

Happy, happy holidays to you people! Things are busy here! Hardly any time for sewing!!