Vogue 1314

A go to pattern (TNT) for anytime I don’t have enough fabric to do something wrapped, draped or just want a easy and quick sewing win. You cannot go wrong with this. The simple details in the pattern elevate what is essentially a simple sack into a smokin’ and work appropriate frock. Throw a lightweight tailored jacket on during the day for spring and summer then add some gaudy jewelry and platform wedges for going out on the town at night. Sadly most of my days are spent indoors at work, which is why I spend the majority of my sewing hours looking for and creating interesting work attire than can swing into my social life.

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My full review can also be found here.

Vogue 1314

Pattern Description:
Great form fitting and easy dress.
Pattern Sizing:
I cut the 6, usually I cut the smallest size in Vogue. Plus this is a super stretchy knit so I wanted to keep it tight enough to gather and not slouch.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I wasn’t about to lay in a window to take pictures.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t follow them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
EASY & FAST!!!!
Fabric Used:
A super stretchy and bright knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the sleeves, gathered the side before sewing it together and dropped the neckline about 1.5″. With the gathering I didn’t need the elastic on the sides. I also cover-stitched the sleeves, neck and hem line with the wide needle setting. The pattern is so busy you don’t pick it up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely, this is not my first time and it won’t be my last. Great for work because it hits just at or below the knee and great for going out because it is form fitting.
Conclusion:
Sew this!!! It is flattering for every body type and very easy to customize.

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Simplicity 1426

This is another outfit I made for Palm Springs. Sewing greatly reduces the amount of money I spend on trips, not only by making my own clothes versus buying but the amount of time I have available to obsess over what I don’t have but need. I actually have everything, so it is just a matter of chasing a shining object to forget about…

Any who. 

I knew all my ladies would be rocking some killer outfits but the idea of showing significant amounts of any of my pre-tan thirty something body just isn’t my style. I have always been too demure to be skanky since I decided when I was five to start wearing clothes.

I needed some pasties for this one since the fabric is not stretchy and the front can peek-a-boob when you bend over. Between all the excitement of dancing and drinking I didn’t want any accidents, plus the petals give a little lift which is never a bad thing.

Paired with a simple circle skirt that hits below the knees you have a classy, trendy and youthful look. With heels for going out or flat sandals for boppin’ around. Nailed it!

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My Pattern Review at sewing pattern review:

Pattern Description:
Bathing suit crop top hybrid.
Pattern Sizing:
Cut the 4 since I figured the cup size would be too large for my B’s if I went up a size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy to sew up, usually I don’t care for pleats, top stitching, lining or anything harder than a knit sack. But this was a quick and easy project.
Fabric Used:
Some cheap stuff from Walmart! I had been looking for a Hawaiian print for weeks. I was getting the oil changed in my car and found this in the superstore fabric section at $2.50y.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the chest band longer since I didn’t think the size 4 would make it all the way around and I don’t measure patterns, that would be too much work. So I cut the ends about 3 inches long on both sides. I ended up using velcro cut to size to close the back, I would prefer a bathing suit hook but have yet to find a 2″ version.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I might put bra pads in the chest for a little extra something.
Conclusion:
Perfect for Palm Springs, or Vegas, Hawaii or anywhere caliente. Paired with the circle skirt and peeking midriff it is classy instead of trashy.

DIY Kimono Cover Ups

What is better than four ladies going to Palm Springs for a getaway? Coordinating kimonos and cover ups, that’s what! I bought the black fabric at the Michael Levin loft in downtown LA where everything is $3 lb. It is super light weight and I got 4 yards. I wanted the zigzags to run horizontally so that dictated the size of the kaftan (aka rectangle) cover and the kimono. Everything is finished with a narrow rolled hem except the bottom. I serged the hem before sewing on the fringe trim.

Kimono Sketch

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The white fabric was super light weight so a rolled hem on anything other than a straight grain would not have worked. And a bias or facing would have been stiff and weird so I made two rectangles for the kaftan and tacked them together at the neck and past the shoulder. The kimono is one large piece on the back with two rectangles for the front. I used a rolled hem for the sleeves and serged the shoulder seam before rolling it to the back and cover stitching.

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Easy and super fast, just how I prefer my sewing projects.

Simplicity 1355

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I bought this funky fabric on a screaming deal at Hancock (~$2y) and wasn’t sure what to make. I wanted the dolphin front shorts with pompom’s. But, it is hard to find good quality small pompom’s that wouldn’t make the hem stiff or wacky. No pompoms it was. I used the short’s to this Simplicity pattern, very basic, overlapped the front 6″ and cut the hem radius with a large dinner plate. Added in a short stiff waist between an elastic band waist. The results are great as long as I rock a half tuck with my shirt because the elastic waistband gives me more back than I need…

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My review:

Pattern Description:
Jumpsuit, but I only used the shorts.
Pattern Sizing:
Cut a small.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Didn’t follow them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy to use and alter.
Fabric Used:
Silk something-or-other from Hancock.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Used the shorts, made a dolphin front overlap with a fixed front and elastic waste.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, and yes. I made the jumpsuit once but the back was too open. Next time I will try the C/D top.
Conclusion:
Great basic for altering.

I can blog that…

Inspired by an asylum in Bath UK for teaching young females household work. The idea was to get prostitutes off the streets and give them a respectable trade. If I had know when I was young that I needed to pay attention to these things, even to just survive (in style) on my own, I may have paid more attention as a kid. So here I go on adventures in home improvement, cooking, decorating, and gardening in an insane attempt to master the lost art of housework.