Monthly Archives: April 2012

my first giveaway win, unsolicited compliment, & sneaky peek!

I’ve been remiss in not posting this sooner but awhile back I won my first giveaway: 3 m of this gorgeous ricrac in one of my favourite colours; bright orange – from the lovely & talented Karen of DidYouMakeThat

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I received it in the mail a couple weeks ago but really wanted to have a project plan for it before I posted it… but I’m drawing a blank! I really want it to be used for something special cause I love the colour so much πŸ™‚ Ideas? πŸ™‚

Also as a side note I got my first non-friend or family compliment on a me-made item today; ironically the baby doll blouse I blogged about here. I did make it small enough to wear and it’s the only me-made I’ve worn to work… and voila! compliment from my boss’ fashion savvy wife; I didn’t tell her I made it, though cause I’m really not proud of it lol.

And now for a gratuitous cat pic (and also a sneaky peek at my Taffy fabric!):

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Colette Spring Palette Challenge

Hi All!!

I have edited my pinterest mood board for spring to reflect my sewing plans, and revised palette πŸ™‚

Check it out here

It was tough because I have a ton more that I want to make but I wanted to keep it simple, and be practical so that I can ensure that I finish everything. I decided to keep it to four pieces for now, incorporating the items I’m making for Sew Colette.

  • Item 1: Taffy blouse from Colette Sewing Handbook in dark blue print chiffon
  • Item 2: Licorice dress from Colette Sewing HandbookΒ in blue silk crepe ( I loved the book version so much I wanted to do one fairly similar)
  • Item 3: Jamie Christina Mission Maxi dress in cream jersey
  • Item 4: UFO black linen dress pants from last year hehe

I thought what I’ll do is, once the Spring one is complete I’ll make another for summer, and that’s when I’ll be adding my bolds and brights like my tangerines and red-oranges…. ahhhhh my favourite colours!!! πŸ˜€

I have some great plans for summer, like my first pair of shorts, a tangerine silk halter top and the Bombshell dress in a sweet black floral cotton…. whooopeeeee!!!!! πŸ˜€

Stay tuned and don’t miss a thing! LOL


Sew Colette: Truffle Dress Complete

Finally completed the March challenge of Sew Colette: The Truffle Dress!!

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I learned a lot on this challenge as well: how to install a facing & attach it to a zipper mostly. I also experimented with using spray starch to stabilize my fabric; a VERY fray-prone, slippery dress weight rayon. I lined the bodice with cotton batiste and I really like the feel of it.

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Overall I like the way the dress turned out… except that it’s a bit too tight lol. I can get it on but there’s NO WAY I’m wearing it to go out for dinner lol – I’d be afraid of a major wardrobe malfunction! lol. No worries though; I’m on a health & fitness plan and have been losing weight so I’ll bet I can wear it comfortably, soon πŸ™‚

Gratuitous closeups, including kitty trying to hide under it lol:

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Now onto April’s challenge: The Taffy Blouse!! πŸ™‚


Yippee!!! Spring!!!

My very favourite season of all is Autumn but there’s nothing quite like the newness of Spring to kick up a girl’s heels and rejuvenate the spirit – the smell in the air here in the Lower Mainland is intoxicating; Japanese cherry blossoms, all manner of flowers, shrubs and flowering trees – enough to delight the senses from dawn til dusk and beyond πŸ™‚ We are SOOO blessed!!

It’s also the time where for many of us we start dreaming of lighter clothing and outdoor activities – the weather is so mild here on the coast, we don’t get THAT cold of a winter, but it sure is nice when one can put away the jacket and wear a hoodie instead, and when you start noticing you need a pedicure for those open toed shoes you’re dying to have a chance to wear again πŸ™‚

All that being said, I’ve been on the prowl for a 50’s style sundress; the kind with wide straps, a straight across bodice and angled pockets, and LO!! Sarai from Colette patterns must have heeded my spirit’s call because what does she reveal in all its glory…..

LILY!!!

the absolutely perfect sundress: retro 50's chic meets modern bombshell - STUNNING!!

 

Colette Patterns has also released two other lovelies: another sundress – Hazel – with clever V-front seaming, perfect for stripes or border fabrics (I’m thinking of this in bordered eyelet at a later date) and Iris, the most perfect shorts I’ve seen in a long time: not too long, not too short, and with clean lines and shape, making them both elegant and summery – not at all frumpy like a lot of shorts look on me (i’ve ordered them, we’ll see if they look as elegant on my not-quite-as-willowy figure LOL)

I should be wrapping up my Truffle dress this week, and will be making some headway on the Taffy blouse this weekend so I’m almost caught up on my Sew Colette projects… this means by the time my new patterns reach me I might actually be able to sew them!! YIPPEEE FOR SPRING!!!! πŸ˜€


The Baby Doll Blouse for Giants

This post is a filler of sorts and an embarrassing way to amuse you loyal blogging buddies of mine… I am about to post some of the most unflattering horrid pictures of myself, in hopes you may get a chuckle too lol – I know I did!

Some of you may be familiar with Christine Haynes‘ book Chic & Simple Sewing; a lovely sewing book aimed at beginners but with some really cute styles that will appeal to all skill levels.

Well I decided, during my beginning stages of fitting the Truffle back in the beginning of march, to make a wearable muslin of the first top in the book; a simple short sleeved, yoked blouse. The sizing in the book is a little limited, but since my high bust measurement matches the bust measurement of the L, and the styles are not overly fitted I figured I could make it work.

I was diligent enough to measure the pattern pieces at the most fitted part and the bust, to make sure it wouldn’t be too tight (snort) but I did not think to go further than that so I was not prepared for what ensued…..

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Ok bad hair, bathroom shots, cell phone self portraits and gray yoga pants aside…. LOOK AT ALL THAT EASE!! I totally look preggers!! Which I most assuredly am NOT – I promise! I kid you not, I took a total of at least 14 inches of ease out of the waist and about 8 off the hips, grading between – and that still leaves the top very loose, not fitted or shaped at all!

After shot: still not the best fit but more wearable for sure:

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I was laughing so hard at my side view in the second pic, the top creating a tent pitched by my boobs; this top is crying out for some shaping in a big way!! I guess it’s not a very good style for me without some serious adjustment – but there are some other lovely, more fitted styles in the book I’m still gonna try πŸ™‚

All in all a valuable lesson… reminding me why I decided to learn how to custom fit garments in the first place… the world of fashion is not made for the generous of bust! lol… and the moral of the story, kids, is that I should never wear loose fitting clothing. Ever.

The end.


Comeback Weekend!

After a really long hiatus of general malaise and being very unproductive, I’m finally back to myself!

I’m SOOOOO behind on the Truffle dress for the Sew Colette, as I’d only cut out the bodice for my muslin. It’s due today so that means I have to do two projects in April to catch up lol. So today I did the fitting. I anticipated a 3/4″ fba (1.5″ total) so I worked that in right away, and was bang on – yay!

I also had the same back neckline gaping issue as with the Pastille (a full 2″!!) so I had my dear man pin off the excess then at the suggestion of my mum, trimmed off 1″ at the top center back tapering to 0 at the waist on each side, then redrawing the grainline parallel. Worked great!

On a side note, I just gotta figure a way to fix the Pastille now, preferably without removing & re-installing the zipper. I was thinking of enlarging & lengthening the back neckline darts, which just means I’d have to remove/reinstall the back neck facing (no biggie) Any thoughts? πŸ™‚

For the Truffle remaining pattern pieces, I also made waist adjustments at skirt and drape pieces to match the front bodice, moving darts & notches to match as well (yay me lol). Tomorrow I’ll cut and begin sewing πŸ™‚

I also made the executive decision to wad my blue chiffon blouse after laughing about the ridiculous fit with my mum. It was unsalvageable I came to admit, so on to greener pastures!!

On a brighter note, the Meringue is definitely salvageable so I painstakingly ripped the bottom facing off, redrew a gently curved hemline, & cut off the scallops, making it a much more flattering length for me. Just gotta hem it now! πŸ™‚

I also finished another project I’ll post pics for this week! πŸ™‚