I downloaded the free Tessuti knit top, this was my first downloaded pattern. And, a perfect choice too. The knit blouse/tunic pattern was easy to sew and I now know why all the raves for this top. I love it and can image myself making this in several versions. The only thing I added was about 3 inches to the sleeves. It sewed up very fast. I had enough fabric left over to make a knit skirt as well. The fabric came from JoAnn’s. I want to get the Tessuti dress pattern as well. The download/sewing pattern had 15 pages and came with no directions, so if you are new to sewing or downloads you might need a bit of help but it seems pretty self-explanatory. I may just be a convert to download/patterns yet. Here are some photos of my rendition. Continue reading
However, this being my first wrap dress I’m not totally convinced these are the universal dress every fashion editor makes them out to be. This one is extremely hugging at every bump and curve. It tends to droop, so I’m constantly futzing with it. I tied it rather tight at work and it felt a bit restraining. The fabric was very soft and it did feel like wearing pajamas which isn’t a bad thing. I don’t know I’ll need to wear it a few times to see if I want to make another one or maybe try a different knit that isn’t so body conscious. Do you like wrap dresses? Any suggestions? See more of the pattern review and alterations. Continue reading
Ya, I’ve been away for awhile. I miss blogging. I finally got a little free time and decided to update my wardrobe and whip off a little blog post to get back into the swing of things. Maybe reading Advanced Style got me fired up. Looking at all those grandma’s rockin’ their style made me look at my own wardrobe and how I can spice it up. I am in a deep frumpy rut and need a forklift to get me out. I love the A-line and have made many. But, it’s all looking a little too dowdy. Here is a before and after. What do you think?
All I did was take up the hem and taper it more at the hip to hem. Do you have any ideas for de-frumping the wardrobe?
I am so happy to announce that I am now the Web Editor for Sew News magazine. You can find out more here on the magazine and all its sister publications. I am working on the web side of things, lots of social media, blogs, websites, maintenance, CMS etc. I must admit I do feel a bit like the fox in the hen house. I never imagined being surrounded by sewing, knitting and quilting people, books, machines etc and get paid for it. Over the moon…
I made a run to the local thrift shop and thought this vid pretty well summed it up.
Probably should of washed this…..
Our region’s latest sewing expo was in town. Yes, it was short on garment/fashion booths and yes, everything was over priced. But, I still managed to find things I had to have including 3 rolls of Swedish tracing paper. Thanks to Jane for directing me to it at the last minute. Got to talk to a lot of awesome sewing ladies and met some new people who love garment sewing and fashion. One group that was new to me was the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. They have some amazing classes and meetings for the pros and not so professional as well. Had a great time, don’t know how I couldn’t. Here’s a few pics of the day. Continue reading