Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 'My Flasher Days Are Over' Dress!

I LOVE wrap dresses but sometimes Colorado weather can cause embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions when I wear them.  Flashing random people is not my favorite thing.  So, I was so excited to find New Look 6301!   It is a faux wrap dress!

I was really on the fence about this fabric.  You can't tell in the photos but part of the print has some metallic sparkle.  It is super busy in person.  It is a ITY knit I ordered from Fabric Mart last year.   I used the fabric thinking about it as a muslin.  If it didn't work out, I wouldn't be heartbroken.  Thankfully, once the dress was completed the sparkle and print didn't overwhelm me at all.  YAY!

It was a really lovely pattern to sew and bonus.......I didn't have to worry about the wrap edge stretching out of shape!  The only change I made was to add two inches in length.  I added the two inches below the gathers but next time I think I will add the inches into the gathers.  In the photos, the gathers seems really high compared to the waist.

All in all, I am pretty happy with this dress.  When I lean over.....no gaping.  When the wind is so strong that Toto flies by, I don't find myself flashing the world.   It is these simple things in life that make a girl's day.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 'I Can Even Move My Arms' Shirt - Simplicity 4632

I love this shirt!  It is so my style..... a bit of a cross between an art smock and a Bollywood pantsuit shirt.  I LOVE Bollywood style, movies, dancing......everything!   As much as I have always loved this style shirt, up until now I have never own a single one because I have a wide back problem.  I could never cross my arms in them before and I just couldn't find the right adjustments.   Thankfully, I ran across Sunni's AMAZING post and it changed my life!!!!  It was a super easy adjustment too! So, from now on, I plan to LIVE in these shirts.....so much more comfortable when you can actually cross your arms.

I found this fabric at Joann's....they have been rockin it lately.  I actually bought this same fabric in orange and made a cute dress this past summer.  Apparently, I just adore clothes made out of  tableclothy looking fabric.  :)  It is a nice linen blend with a super light and comfortable feel!  

I didn't have enough to add the adorable cuff like in the pattern so I just added a basic circle cuff at the half sleeve mark with a pleat at the top.  It just looks like I always have my sleeves pushed up which works great for me.  It was a really fast and easy sew.  I originally made it calf length but it didn't do too much for my figure that way.  Next, I tried thigh length but when I walked it bunched up a bit so I finally settled on a tunic.   LOVE!

Did I mention how much I LOVED Sunni's post!!  A TON!!  Thank you so much!  Seriously, what did people do before sewing blogs?  I learn so much and am so thankful for them all!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I Really Shouldn't Have.....Oslo by Seamwork

So, I kinda fell in love with the Oslo cardigan by Seamwork as soon as I saw it on Monday but sadly I had zero sweater knit in my stash.  The stash that has grown quite a bit over the past couple of months.  The stash that I swore I would not add another thing to until at least February (birthday month).  So, I decided to be super responsible and I put it at the end of my long to-do list.  Then, I had to stop by Joann's for some thread.  I found myself walking though the fabric department and I spotted this super cute sweater knit.  REALLY?  Jo-Ann's of all places!  So, responsibility flew out the window and I was sewing this cute cardigan up the same night.

I really love this pattern!  The construction is very thought-out and super fast.  I made zero changes but since my fabric had a lot of mesh I used my favorite stay tape on every single seam.  This thing should last forever!!!

I love the fit, the length, the cute cuffs on the sleeves....I just love it!  

Don't you just love my background today?  I was visiting my daughter and this trail is right behind her dorms.  It was super cold and I am still feeling pretty sick with this awful cold but we had a blast anyway.  

If you haven't bought this pattern yet, what are you waiting for?  Buy it!  It's $6.00 and comes with two super cute bag patterns too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Pattern.....Vogue 8951!!

Hoodies  and Colorado.  They just go together.  It is required wear here........they are practically issued at the border.  This is my FAVORITE hoodie pattern ever!  The construction process is super simple and the hoodie has a bit of shape to it.  Almost gives me curves!  My prior post have all the details.  Here and Here.

TA-DA!!  Even straight girls can have curves every now and then!! 

The fox fabric is a jersey knit from Girl Charlee and the heart fabric is a sweater knit from Fabric Mart.  LOVE them both!!!

I have a super awful cold that is lasting FOREVER (about 6 weeks).  The kind of cold that makes you wish you had just caught the flu instead because it would have only lasted 10 to 14 days. The awful cough is the worst.  Anyway, I have a ton of completed new projects that I photographed but the photo shoot took place the day before the awful cold came.  I look so sick and miserable so I am hoping to do it again soon.  I have been sewing up a storm.  :)))

Have to give both dogs some camera time. :)  Anyway, if this pattern is not currently in your stash, you should run out and buy it!  I have been thinking about added a bit of length to turn it into a dress next....I think it would be sooooo cute!!

I leave you with a cute peek at the neckline change I made.   Did I mention how much I LOVE this hoodie?