Hi everyone, I have been sewing, riding, reading, cooking...everything but writing PR reviews. I just am not motivated to review some of the sewing I have done. Of the patterns I have made recently, one is just a flared skirt, the other a cardi, and the third...well, it deserves some sort of review. Let's start here with that third pattern.
I have long wanted to make up V8684, a drop waist dress which will be OOP soon. It looks comfortable, interesting, and as though it might hide an extra helping of potatoes-always a point in a pattern's favor! Drop waist dresses are starting to show up and I think this Vogue pattern is a subtle nod to the trend.
I first made this up last fall in a tropical wool but I fiddled with it while gaining a few pounds, and the damn dress was too tight when done! Off to Goodwill...some lucky girl picked it up I hope. I then found some B/W cotton linen blend in my stash, and started again. I used a 10 for the neckline (too big still), 12 through the bust, and a 14 for the hips. I modified the back darts to be fisheye darts, and left the front darts alone. I carefully gathered the skirt to the bodice, and prayed that it would fit. It does fit, and in fact is a bit big. :-)
V8684 album Click to see other views. I am currently trying to style this in a flattering way. I like the grey tights and brown boots. What sweater or jacket would you suggest?
Next up is a cardi I have had on my "to sew" list for at least 2 years. V8559 I love Marcy Tilton's designs, and this pattern is so much fun. As drafted, the back swoops *upwards*, and the front of the cardi is a canvas for creativity. I had wanted to copy the ivory sample on the envelope, but decided to go with a bit more color. I found some pretty floral sweater knit at JA, and had some gray knit remnants. This is more my style-a little vintage and a statement cardigan.
I paired it with the dress, and with some MT pants...the plain black shell and pants appeal to me most. You are welcome to go to the album and see the other style choices: cardi album I like the cardi, and so do others who see it. It is hard to style right now, but will become easier when I have switched to my warm weather wardrobe.
Here is a picture showing the detail of the band-5 rows were topstitched in order to get a tunneling effect and add some structure to the plain grey band.
Finally, I have held onto an old Simplicity pattern forever, hoping to make the purse or the pants. Of course, desires can change and this was no exception. I was in a thrift store a few weeks ago and came across some bright yellow shantung. It was so loud, and so sunny...I had to take it home. I couldn't imagine that color next to my face, and I really didn't want a pillow. A skirt! Of course. To break up the yellow, I added a pocket using some remnants from my kitchen curtains, and then decided the pocket could use a bit more girly flare. I pleated the pocket, and also folded the flap to create some movement in the yellow. I added some buttons (Czech) for decoration. I love it.
I am currently working on a project which I love-it is sexy, but ladylike...pretty easy, but looks difficult...can be businesslike or casual. But, my lips are sealed and I cannot divulge anymore.
Until later-I look forward to your suggestions on how to style these three new pieces.