Gingham Inspiration

Gingham Inspiration
Suddenly I decided I need a new sun dress. I just love gingham its such a classic print.  I am really glad its currently fashionable again.
  I am currently moving and extremely busy- but today I got bit by the sewing bug.  Most of my sewing stuff is in storage, but a few things are still here in my house.  Including a very nice piece of navy and white gingham seersucker.  It was 4 yards worth and plenty to make a dress.  I used the same skirt pattern as my little white dress   .  For the bodice I used this diagram  and my custom bodice sloper. (one of the best things I have made, if you don’t have  sloper based on your bodies measurements I highly advise you to make one.  To find out more about how to do it look here)
I cut it out and sewed it all in one day today.  It is almost finished, just needs the bodice lining sewn in and a hem.  Look for a finished garment later this week.

Spring 2014 Mood boards

Spring 2014 Mood board
Spring 2014
Just a collection of fashion images from around the web to help me plan my spring and summer wardrobe and sewing plans.
I like to do this to help keep me on track and to quickly recall outfits and items I loved.  I find that I am easily distracted when shopping or planning and need a way to focus on what I really want to buy and to sew.
How do you plan your wardrobe purchases and sewing plans?

Little White Dress

Whitedress beachcasualwhite dresseveningwhitedressHooray for my finished dress!
Well I am very happy with it. Here’s my review from pattern review.  If you are a member feel free to vote for my entry!  If not, you should join, pattern review is awesome and a great resource for all things sewing related.

Pattern Description: A fabulously easy dress that is a great basic with some nice design details and a beautiful neckline. The easy design allows easy design and fitting adaptations. Try to replace the front and back tuck with a princess seam if you would like a more fitted look and eliminate the pockets for a less sporty and more simplistic and sleek version.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46, I made the 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but I changed the skirt to a circle skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? i didn’t really use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit, this bodice fit me perfectly as drafted with no alterations necessary. I liked the neckline and he midriff band.

Fabric Used: White cotton eyelet. Fully lined in white cotton batiste.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Many they are as follows
1. lengthened the midriff band about 3 inches
2. lowered the back neckline to make it more summer friendly
3. changed the skirt given to a circle skirt, self drafted from this tutorial Click Here

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes great pattern so well drafted, and the circle skirt tutorial on the by hand London site is great also!

Conclusion: This is my entry for the Little White Dress Contest. The first photo is my beach styling shot, next I styled my LWD for school and errands, last up is my evening look!
I have made a little deal with myself to sew only free patterns this year to keep sewing costs down and to explore all the awesome free sewing patterns out there. So I decided to enter the LWD contest and put my resolve to the test. I even have a pinterest board with free pattern links on it, free pattern board. So far I am pleased, this pattern was great. I almost always have to alter patterns with the big 4, but did not here. I love the fit and my new dress seems quite versatile. I have already thought of many more ways to wear it!
You see my planning board Click Here on my blog.

Little White Dress

Little White Dress
Thought I might join the Little White Dress Contest over at pattern review.  Here’s my inspiration board.
As a challenge to myself and to save money I am going to use as many stash fabrics as I can this year and sew with free patterns online.  I want so show that sewing doesn’t have to be expensive and showcase some of the awesome patterns that are available for free on the internet.

2014 Little White Dress (Jan 16 - Feb 15)

Vogue 1051- Wool Pants

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Finished these great wool pants late last night, they are a part of my mini wardrobe for Pattern Review’s contest.  See this post.

Read the review here

Well I love them, they fit great and the fabric is so nice.  Its a lightweight wool suiting that I got years ago from the Pendelton Mill Ends Store in Milwaukie OR.  It’s very luxurious.  They are very flattering, I especially like the flat front pockets and the curved waistband.  Here are some detail photos.

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And the back pockets close up

P1020172I will show photos of them on me when I get my composite review up on the contest site.

I’m off to sew up the jacket and the top to complete my wardrobe.  My top is almost done and the jacket needs hemming and a lining.  3 days to go so I am going to have to power sew to finish.  Wish me luck!

Chanel Jacket Dreams

Chanel Jacket Dreams

ThewallinnaI just joined this sewalong.  I have been working on a pinterest reference board here for sewing a Chanel type jacket.I have my fabric- a beautiful black boucle fabric with a lovely silk charmuse lining- also black.   I still need buttons, and trim.  I am thinking about making my own braided trim.  The jacket I am using for inspiration is the one above on the bottom right .

I joined Pattern Review’s mini wardrobe contest. Here is my storyboard

Mini Wardrobe

I am currently sewing the jacket.

The pattern I am using is this one- (see this post for my planning board).
I am getting a good fit.  it may be a candidate for the Chanel type jacket which I will sew next month after the contest ends