Friday, October 30, 2015

Laced Up in Metallic Paradise Pink Paisley Lace

That title is a tongue twister.  Say it three times fast.  Lol.  This lace is fused on a nylon textile that is smooth and opaque.  It is similar the Coral Scallop Edged Re-Emboidered Lace that is current available at Mood.  No need for me to talk about how gorgeous it is.  You can see for yourself.  It is a great fabric to use for the special occasion outfit that needs to be made in a hurry.

This project was supposed to be a two-day project at most, once I worked through the fit issues of the pattern.  It all started in July.  Yes, in July.  This is a "birthday outfit" for my daughter, which I didn't finish until early Wednesday morning. 

Needless to say, my  daughter was very, very happy when I told her it was finished and not so happy when I told her it was my October Mood project and we needed to take picture on a cold and gloomy fall afternoon.  Oh well, that the price you pay for "free" custom made outfits.

My journey started with pairing this fabric with New Look 6130; views C with sleeves and E.  This pattern has been on my to-make list for awhile.

It includes several views to complete a mini wardrobe:  Peplum top with/without sleeves and neckline and peplum variations.  A straight skirt and slim pants with zipper closures.  It is available in sizes 8 to 18.  The instructions were pretty simple with no confusing or difficult construction processes.

We worked out the issue.  The adjustments were made using size 12 and 10.

The neckline, shoulders, and upper chest are basically size 12. The rest of the torso I tapered down to size 10.  The skirt is also size 10.  Because my daughter has a pigeon chest, the upper back bodice (size 12) is very loose at the neck through the  shoulder blades.  I simply removed the access along the center back seam (zipper).  Additionally, the skirt front required darts for more shaping in the front.  The skirt was loose at the waist.

Likes: The cute peplum top with the princess seam.   I thought it would be a great pattern to use for my daughter, and luckily she did too. ;-)

Dislikes:  None.

I don't know that I will sew it again.  I have so many new and old patterns that I would like to try.  But I do recommend it to others.  It's easy and stylish. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Loafers Are Back in Style!

I'm so glad loafers are back in style! Here are a few styles that I pinned on Pinterest.

Wear to wear them

Chanel on the Runway

Pretty Emerald Green for the Gap

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Been So Long Since...

My, my, my how time does fly. This is the longest span of non-blogging I've done since I started blogging back in 2007.  I can hear Maria Curciarello, "When are you going to update your blog?  I keep checking for new content." 

Well, it's been with good reason. A lot is happening in my small world these days.

  • I'm working part-time (they think I want to work full time)
  • Lack of routine
  • Family matters
  • Looking for a new place to live
  • Vacation
  •  Sometimes I'm just to tired to do anything
This is unusual for me.  Long ago, when I was working at the University of Illinois, driving up and down I-57 among other things, I was three times as busy, but I was still able to sew and blog quite a lot.  Strange...

Anyway, I'm trying to get back on track.  I miss sewing and blogging.  When things settle down, I hope to do more sewing as planned in the new phase of my life.

So that being said, I hope to post some inspiration and a few recent projects this week.

Happy Sewing!


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