Thursday, July 12, 2012

My First Vogue...V 1217

Review: V1217

At one of the recent sales that Vogue had online, I bought two patterns. I have been wanting to sew a Vogue for quite a while but I did not have the courage (to me Vogue are the master of all pattern companies, if you know what I mean) Both of the patterns I chose were labelled "easy". I thought since its my first experience I might as well be easy on myself  LOL. 

I must say though, that I really enjoyed sewing this was easy to sew (minimum alterations) and it turned out fabulous.

The fabric is a very nice brown on cream polka dot chiffon. I got this fabric on the sale table at an extremely low price :). Sale again!!! I'm always looking for a bargain. 

I lengthened the dress by about 5" just because the model's version is a bit too short for me. I always like that just above the knee look. ;)

After I attached the bow, I did not like how it sagged, so I tacked the end of it onto the neckline with a small stitch and that did the trick.

Check out that... oh-so-chic bow.

And the back...

The slip was the only troublesome bit. Because I lengthened the dress I also had to do the same with the slip. The straps for the slip are attached in line with my armpit, so I was not sure how much to add to have the same effect as adding 5" to the dress. I ended up having to cut the slip quite a few times to have it fall above the hemline of the dress. But by trial and error, I was able to figure it out.

This is definitely a a sew again pattern, I have already begun to look for a suitable print. I may try it in a different fabric and eliminate the need for the slip altogether :)

 So until I write again, happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Simplicity 4273

I have had this pattern for a long time and never attempted it, so I dusted it off and got into it. I was a bit intimated but the number of pattern pieces for the I procrastinated, and procrastinated some more, until I finally decided to sew it.

I sewed view A Jacket & D Skirt.

Please excuse the shine on my face, these pics were taken after a long day at work.

Below is my review:

Pattern Description: 
Jacket, Pant, Skirt and Dress Pattern

Pattern Sizing:
Size 8 - 24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
Yes, it did with some alterations but clearly I should have done more (do you see how the back fits)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Somewhat...I was a bit confused with the construction of the collar.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Directions for the collar construction.

Fabric Used:
Ralph Taylor (Linen Type)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I totally changed the collar; I scraped their pattern piece and cut one from another pattern and attached the collar the way I know how. 

I also added the sash for the necktie.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would sew again. I feel the need to conquer this pattern I also like the style. The pattern itself is okay.

I took quite a long time to complete this suit because I assumed that the jacket would be difficult, however in retrospect had I attempted it when I cut the fabric I could have completed it in a relatively short time. 

So until I write again, happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Quick and Easy

I wanted a nice flowing skirt to go with a top my husband bought me last year. I made this little number in just  two hours, with only one and a half yard of fabric. 

The fabric is a really pretty chiffon-type fabric with a bit of texture in between the print.

You can never go wrong with an elastic waist skirt...quick and easy. I must say it paired with the top as if they were made for each other :).

 The skirt turned out perfect...light and playful!

So until I write again, happy reading and thanks for stopping by!