Saturday, January 6, 2018

Vogue 1525 - In Review and Not the Look for Me


I seriously debated this Rebecca Vallance outfit, Vogue 1525.  When the pattern was first published, I thought about purchasing it.  But then I thought; "No this isn't the look for me."  After seeing it made by others, I thought maybe it will work for me.

Well, throughout the entire process, I had doubts about the look on me.  In hind sight, I realized I should have simply made a muslin.  It would have told me a lot about how this outfit would look on me.

Over the weekend, I tried it on again.  I think it's the crispness of the fabric.  It has body and it falls away from my frame.  This affect makes me "thick" and I the outfit a lot on the maternity side. :-(

I think the fabric combined with the style is not a good match.

Anyway, this Chinese Red Stretch Blended Double Cloth would have been better used in a dress or jacket and skirt.  The fabric is medium weight with a crisp hand.    The good thing is I do have enough left to get a nice skirt.  Maybe I'll try that next. ;-)

As far as reviewing the pattern, it was easy to construct the garment.  It is available in sizes 6 to 22.
It's described as:  loose-fitting top has back invisible zipper closure, shaped front and back side panels, and long sleeves with in-seam invisible zippers. Semi-fitted pants have front pleats, back invisible zipper closure and side pockets.

There were no difficult or confusing instructions.  Pretty typical and easy to follow.

With looking at the pattern, my likes were/are:
  • The side panels of the top
  • The close or high neckline
  • Multiple cup sizes, reduced time in making adjustments
  • Style of the pants 
  • How it looks on me in this fabric
The alterations/changes made:
  • Lengthen the pant
  • Omitted the invisible zippers on the sleeves
  • Reduced the length of the shoulder seam
  • Adjusted the crotch of the pants
 As far as a sewing the pattern, it's not difficult and there are no confusing steps or construction techniques to follow.  And if this style appeals to you, go for it!  Be careful with sectioning the appropriate fabric type.  Double cloth is not for this outfit.

Again, my issue is with how it looks on me and the drape of the fabric with this outfit.  What was I thinking?

Happy Sewing!  My next project is a few weeks away.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vogue 8921 In Black-Metallic Gold Foil African-Inspired Stretch Velour

This is one of four projects that I'd hoped to finish before the end of 2017.  I barely made it finishing the hem on December 30th around mid-night.   This fabric is definitely the speaker.  No need for a lot of details to show it off.  So I decided to make another version of  Vogue 8921, view C, the first time I used this pattern was in 2014.

Forgive if the photo quality is not the best.  It is brutally cold in Illinois.  So no outdoor picture.  No way, no how.

My goal was to have this dress finished before Thanksgiving, in time for the holiday season.  But luck would have it, I missed the mark on making sure the pattern was consist on both side of the front bodice.  So last month I had to order another yard to re-cut the front bodice.  What was suppose to be quick and easy, turned into some tedious ripping out and replacing.  Once it was all done, it was a piece of cake. ;-)

First front bodice
Mood still has the fabric available on the website:  Black and Metallic Gold Foil African-Inspired Stretch Velour.  If you decide to try it, you won't be disappointed.  It has a soft and fuzzy hand.  The glossy finish speaks elegance.  You can make a super easy dress or some fancy pants.  Both will be a very easy sewing project.  My dress wears like my best pj's.  Easy on the skin and it lays gently against the body.

I did post a few pictures before my review.  First, because I wanted to include this dress in Moods LBD2017 Instagram challenge.  So this is one of two reviews that I will do this month for the network.  This black velour is a beautiful textile that should not go unnoticed.  So I did not to miss this chance to share my project and write a review.  

I had my usual adjustments with the addition of rising the front neckline about three inches and installing the invisible zipper closure at the edge of the center back of the neckline.  No hook and eye needed.  Because the zipper has inter-locking teeth, it does not roll down.

It was a bit of a challenge to get the print placement the same on both sides of the front.  I really think it is uneven as far as the spacing.  But the new front bodice halves are close to a mirror image and that was good enough for me this time. ;-)

I'm happy I finally finished the dress.  It is hanging in my closet, ready for the next appropriate social event to wear it.

That's all for now.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It's going to be a great year! There are so many things I want to share about my thoughts and plans for the coming year. It is my desire to be more present on my blog.

There were so many projects of 2017 that didn't get posted last year. I decided that I will post a few of the fall projects to jump start my blogging again. As I sat at the computer looking at the many project photos, I decided to also include some of my least favorite projects to stay true to the reality that all projects don't turn out as expected or don't look at flattering as envisioned.

There will be no long reflective posts for the year. I consider this the worst year of blogging since I started in 2007. Although Instagram and Facebook made it easy for me to neglect my first loved social media platform. The instant posts, five seconds or less to like or ignore, took far more hours than I anticipated.

One of the challenges I set for myself is to participate in Sarah Gunn's "RTW Fast 2018".  Currently, I buy very little RTW.  I'll see if I can do it for a year.  Anyway, this is suppose to be just a short post for starting the new year.

This week I will post two reviews:  Vogue 8921 and Vogue 1525.  Both outfits finished the last weekend of the year 2017.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Little Black Dress in Rag & Bone Black Polyester Crepe - Vogue 9239 View F

OMG!  It's been such a long time since I last blogged.  I've been struggling with projects and time to write it all down to share it with you.  Finally, today I was able to get a few pictures, some not the best quality, but good enough to show you my latest dress.

Months ago, I came up with the notion of making some solid color dresses.  As I look through my wardrobe, I decided that I didn't have any "new" solid black dresses.  So I search the Mood online fabric store and found this beautiful Rag and Bone black polyester blended crepe.  The crepey texture has a dry hand, but not overly crepe like some you found in local stores.  This one is smoother, drapes beautifully, and sews like a dream.   It's a perfect fabrication for flounces, full skirts and floaty palazzo pants.

The contrasting fabric came from a local store.  I didn't have enough to make the flounce.  So I thought it would be great to use a contrasting fabric and add a few accent about the neckline and waistline.  I think it worked out just fine.

I paired it with Vogue 9239, View F.  This is the second time I've used this pattern.  My first review is here.  For this dress, I made a few more tweaks to make the neckline smaller (I could have bought it in a little more, though.  I lengthen the sleeve by 1 inch and the skirt by 2 inches. The pattern only suggests that the bodice is to be lined.  I lined the entire dress.  

I like the fullness of the skirt and the way it moves as I walk.  The fabric feels great against my body.  There are a few areas that I noticed were as "close" to perfect as I would like.  But overall, it turned out pretty good.

If you planning to wear something black and floaty during the holiday season, this is a great fabric to make it with.  I thinking of getting another yardage to make a nice pair of palazzo pants.

Stay tune, more projects to come!  (I have some catching up to do. ;-) )

Parting Shot:  I always take one or two silly pictures just for fun.  Here I pretending to push the tanker.  ;-)

Happy Sewing!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rhonda's Draped Cowl Sleeve - A Few Notes and Pictures

All summer it's when a challenge to schedule photo shoots with my daughter photographer due to work schedules and other activities. But slowly and surely I'm trying to catch up with posting pictures of the garments that I've made this year.

Today I want to show Rhonda's draped cowl sleeve dress and top as I would wear them. For my dress, I used Vogue 1314. My fabric is from a shop that was going out of business in New York. I bought all that was left. This is a polyester crushed velvet knit. When I bought it home, immediately I flew it in the washer and the dryer. It washing beautifully. This was an excellent purchase. So here I'm wearing it in the park near my home. My earlier post of making the draped cowl sleeve is here.

Next, I'm wearing my paisley draped cowl sleeve top (McCall 6963) with Simplicity pants (Simplicity 8389). The fabric is a crepy two tone chocolate knit from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. It's very stretchy. So instead on making the waistband using the same fabric, it's a smooth lycra black knit. I omitted the belt.

This is the end of my current showcase of my Rhonda Draped Cowl sleeve projects. More on the other sleeves later.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 13, 2017

McCall 7445 - In the Orange

McCall 7445

These pants were made early spring, but I didn't get decent pictures of me wearing them until now. I first talked about them here and here.

This fabric is another winner!  It's a beefy polyester stretch woven suiting that is perfect for these pants.  I love the drape and how it slightly falls away from the body.

Trending now are pj's like suits.  Many celebrities are wearing them.  It's funny how "trashy" fashion becomes Haute Couture fashion in a matter of a few years.

Rihanna wannabees wore pj pants to the grocery store in a regular basis.  This year many designers are making fashion statement across the globe with their pajama like suits.

Anyway the top I'm wearing is ready to wear from JC Penny's.  It's light, airy, and floats with the slightest movement.  It has that "pj appeal", without looking like your headed for a good night's slumber.  So this is one way I will wear my orange pants this season.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tomato Red Bold - Vogue 9239 In Review

Red and Orange are two of my favorite colors.  Both are bold and vibrant. I love wearing these colors and hope to add more red and orange to my wardrobe during the fall and winter seasons.  So today, I'm happy to share my newest dress made with tomato red (red-orange color) ponte knit.  Here's my pattern review.

Pattern:  Vogue 9239

Pattern Description:  Fitted bodice dresses have front and back princess seams, full or slim skirt, and sleeve variations.  Separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A, B, C, D.

Pattern Sizing:  sizes 6 - 22; I used 14 neck/shoulder, 16 through bust area, and 14 skirt.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, the design lines are like the drawing and the photographed dress.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  The instructions were typical; nothing confusing about them.  Some of the construction processes I did not do.  Later on those details.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?   I love the sleeve and skirt variations.  Having the multiple cup size option and the princess seams are great too.  It's easier to make fit adjustments.

Fabric Used:  I purchased this lovely tomato red ponte knit from Fabric Mart during the summer.  They may not have it anymore as I bought the last four yards of it.  The pattern recommends lighter fabrics.  I understand why.  The upper body has additional pieces for the front/back shoulder area which adds some bulk along the seam lines.  Also, the bodice is underlined and lined.  This became a dislike as I sewed the dress.  But at the same time, I felt the underlining helps stabilize along the neck and shoulder areas, especially when you use a fabric with some stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Yes, I made a few.  They are:

  •  With my available cup size, I made minimum tweaks to the front bodice.
  • Swayback - I made a small one, but think I needed to go a little deeper to remove the winkles across my back.
  • No prominent should blade adjustment.  The many pieces to the back allowed me more adjustment options along the seams.
  • I added about one inch to the length of the bodice, which I could have skipped; maybe not.  But it looks like too much fabric in the bodice.
  • Skirt - Added an inch or two the length; rise the center back up by 1/2 inch.  My swayback causes the center back to rest lower than the rest of the back waist seam; and I didn't line the skirt.  This ponte knit is opaque.  

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I'm going to make this dress again, view C.  I have a very nice black crepe polyester from Mood Fabrics.  The dress was a piece of cake to sew. 

Conclusion:  I wanted to make this dress all summer long and finally I made it Monday before last.  It's a good make and I'm pleased with the results. But I do hope that with a lighter fabric it will be easier to press along those triple layers of the bodice.  I want make view C early November in time for the holiday season.

Happy Sewing!


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