Finally a Post!!!!! - A Dress and A Blouse

Finally,  I'm able to take time to write a post.  Well, my summer was crazy busy.  But things are beginning to slow down for me.  I won't bore you with details, but I will say my baby sister was married this summer.  I 'm very happy for her, but I have never worked so hard at a wedding.  Wooowee, I'm glad we are related. LOL!!!!

First, I would like to thank everyone for all the nice comments on my sewing room.  I was truly blown away.

I did manage to get  a dress and my white blouse completed this summer.  Not nearly as much as I planned, but something beats nothing.  Instead of two separate post, I decided to do one post.  So , I will start with V1382

Along with Kay Unger, Anne Klein is another designer that I like. This pattern is done in a color block on the Vogue's website.  However, I had a silk/linen black demin in  my stash that I thought this would be perfect.
I didn't care for the pockets, so I didn't include them.  I used the FBA for princess seams technique on this dress. An inch was added to the hips and a 1/4 inch to the waist. I usually underline my linen dresses, but I choose not to on this dress.  I wanted a more casual linen look, wrinkles and all. Beige top stitching on the seams and bemberg lining completed my dress.  I enjoy wearing this dress and would definitely make it again. 

Remember my posting on my white blouse?  Well low and behold its complete!!!!!!  My goodness I feel like a sewing load has been lifted and I can now move forward.  Here it is V8747 view A.

Why it took me so long to finish this blouse, I have absolutely no idea.  But here are the stats.  I used a shirt weight stretch cotton from Moods.  I cut the pattern in an 18 on the top and 20 in the waist and hips. Although this is a custom fit pattern, I had to add a 1/2 inch FBA. I had to increase the hips area by a 1/2 inch and the upper arm area by a 1/2 inch.  The finished sleeve would have hit the fullest part on my arm, so I increased the sleeve length an inch.
This is the first blouse that I have made and I have to say it's nice to have one that really fits.  This pattern will definitely be a staple in my collection. 
Well that is all the sewing I accomplished over the summer.  Next, I will post about my fabric shopping trip in New York last month.
I'm getting ready for fall sewing. I'm working on a different approach this season.  Instead of picking a pattern to sew, I'm looking at building a new wardrobe.  My style is changing and I not sure that it falls in just one category.  I like a classic elegant with a touch of spice style.  So, let's see were I will land. :)
Until next time........keep sewing!!!!!
PS.....the pants are Talbots


Crazy Busy!!!!!

Hello Everyone,

Just popping in the say hello.  I have been so busy, not much time to blog. However, I have managed to make a few items.  I will be posting within a week. 

Hope everyone's summer is going well.

Until next time.......keep sewing!!!


Sewing Room Pictures

I recently added my sewing room to "Photos of Your Sewing Space" on patternreview.  My sewing room has evolved over the past 2 years. I now have a space that I absolutely love. Currently, I am in the process of moving my pattern collection to a space that will allow for growth. I had them in a dresser that I out grew. So I decided to store them in a elfa drawer system from the container store.

If you would like to see my sewing room click here .

Until next time......keep sewing!!