Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vogue Patterns, Summer 2013

Well, the new patterns are up on the Vogue site, and as usual there are some crazy poses and questionable fashion choices. There are a few cute dresses, but the one one that caught my eye the most was a lovely Kay Unger dress. I think the style lines are nice, but this fabric is AMAZING.

There was also a lot of crap, but this is the one I wondered about the most. These sleeves are awful.

Aw well, it's Vogue's usual mixed bag of hits and hideousness.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Renfrew Top 2

I want it to be noted that this top was finished before the deadline of Faye's Essential Tops Sew-a-Long, but I had to go camping (as sometimes you do) and did not have time to photograph it. Although, posting the picture was far less important to me than the inspiration Faye gave me to finish my two tops in the first place.

The top is a little loose around the hips, which I think works better in my mind than it does on my body. The pattern is developed for pear shapes, and as I am an hourglass, I might want to take it in a little down below. Although, to be real, it doesn't really affect the wearability of this top. The fabric is a cotton/lycra obtained at my neighborhood fabric shop, Nancy's Sewing Basket. It does wrinkle easily (as was shown in my last version of this top) but I don't care. It's a t-shirt people, I'm not going to iron it once I step away from the sewing table. The sleeves and neck binding are leftover from the last top I made. I like that top quite a bit, but it's a little subdued for me. For this one, the only change I made was to shave a little off the shoulders. I may take off some more.

So yes, I have been off camping and it was awesome. We needed some warmth, so we drove down to Northern California. How do I camp with crappy arthritis you ask? We have a little Airstream. And I love it. I can crawl up in the back and read books if I am having a crappy day.

And here was the view from our campsite. So peaceful.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Renfrew Top

Okey doke. I have made my first top for Faye's Essential Tops Sew-a-long. I made the Renfrew top from Sewaholic Patterns.

It's a little ripply around the sleeve and hem edges because I had to go in and sew another hemline, since the first one wasn't deep enough and the edges folded under. (Normally, I wouldn't care so much, but it showed with this fabric.) Throwing it in the wash should take care of it. (Pressing can only take out so much with this cotton lycra stuff.)

You may notice from the line drawings that the pattern calls for bands instead of hems on the arms and bottom.

This did not work for me. (I made a muslin and it was a disaster.)  I may modify them in the future (to be smaller) but I found the shirt worked for me without them. This is the first shirt I have made mostly on my serger and the first knit shirt I have ever been satisfied with. The fit is not perfect, but it's a T-shirt and I'm not gonna drive myself silly trying to get that wrinkle over the bust out. (Also until I finish losing weight, I'm not gonna be perfecting the fit on anything. Waste of time.)

I enjoyed making this pattern, and I already have the fabric to make another one. The directions are clear, and while the bands didn't work for me, I can see how they would make the finishing look super professional.