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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Few New Fabrics

 I received three fabrics from Fabric Mart last week.  I ordered the two prints because Carolyn posted that it was a good sale.  So I followed her advice and clicked over there and I'm glad I did. 
I like the Trendy Rayon Challis prints and will make a couple of dresses.   The red one is Embroidered Burnout.  Not sure now what it'll become.

A Sorbetto Weekend

As mentioned in the previous post, I downloaded the Sorbetto top.  And this must be a world's record for me because I have sewn up two so far.  Wore one Sunday. 
One of the writers on the Sew Weekly did 7 Days of Sorbetto and that inspired me to go back to the Collette Pattern site and download the top.  It's so easy!   The first one I used a lightweight print just picked up this year from the red tag section at Joann's.  Last year I made a skirt from this same fabric that was not in the clearance section.   Anyway, this is so easy because it has only the front and back pattern pieces.  You see a sleeve pattern in my picture because some kind person whom I can't think of right now, drafted a sleeve pattern that I will try in my next couple of Sorbettos.  There are no facings for the neck and sleeve openings.  You can use your own bias tape made from the fabric scraps which I did in both of these tops.  Or purchase a matching or contrasting bias tape.  You can make several of these in a day if you want to just sew up a few.
I asked my daughter to take a picture of my top and she did just that.

Here's my granddaughter who I think is a 5 year old supermodel!  When the camera comes out, she is there with her pose whether she's supposed to be in the picture or not! 
Her mom made the skirt and her top is sequins.  I don't know where she bought it.  I'm not sure of the skirt pattern, but she made two skirts at the same time and I'm sure she'll probably wear the other one next weekend.

The second sorbetto is exactly as the first except I used a remnant leftover from a dress that was sewn two years ago.  The fabric came from Fabric Mart.   I did not follow the directions for the Sorbetto.  Didn't read them.   It looks similar to the picture though. 

Do I Have Enough Patterns!

I always tell myself I am not going to buy more patterns.  Here is what I have on hand:
Two rolling carts that have four sections and are packed to the max. A lot of these patterns I've used and hope to again.

The patterns here I've selected to make in the very near future, like the next week or two or three. Maybe not all of them, but most. These items will complete my summer sewing.
Here are some more I've got nearby.

This stack has some "I might sew soon" styles too.

This is my first pattern cart.  Most of the patterns are probably ten years or more.  Lots of Vogue designer patterns in this cart.

Some of these are patterns that were laying around that I was going to 'sew' last year during the spring/summer and maybe fall season, and I just put most of them in here. This is a bin that I inherited last year. I have two empty drawers.

The patterns in here are kind of dated, but some I've sewn, and some not, of course. I put them in here because I knew I wasn't going to use them anytime soon. But I revisit from time to time.

And this stack of magazines from Burda, Knip Mode, Octobre, and a few others.  There are possibilities here.  But the tracing part, I just can't seem to get into. 
Oh, I almost forgot to mention (confess), I've downloaded lots.   The Sorbetto for instance.  I've made two of those already. 

So I ask, do you think I have enough. 
My answer:
Sadly it's no because I saw a Simplicity top that I think is so cute S2026.  Someone had this on their site about two weeks ago.  At that time they weren't on the Simplicity site.  Also, this jacket, S2024 just saw this when I went to look for the top.  Although the jacket reminds me of another they had maybe last year.   I guess this is a new category for them.  Sew Simple, only $1.99.  So no need to wait for a pattern sale.  And that's the thing.  Without the sales, there is no way I could have accummulated this many.  Well maybe, when I was working in corporate America and there weren't sales every other week!    I do share my patterns with my daughter who sews, but she's as bad as me.  Sometimes we have the same pattern.  It's so fun to rush to the pattern sites when they announce their new patterns.
Go check out Simplicity and plan to add more patterns to your stash too...
Have a great evening everybody!

Another UFO - Vogue 1127 - Blouse

I finally finished the blouse from V1127.  It's been cut out for over a year and this blog post had been saved for over a week.  This was part of the UFO challenge over at Sew Much Talent. 
 The pattern guidesheet instructs you to make french seams.
 There are fabric loops on the neck for the opening above the slit. 

Pattern Description: MISSES' JACKET, SKIRT AND BLOUSE: Jacket is fitted, cropped, lined, long raglan sleeves and standup collar. Skirt is straight-fitting, lined and 1" below normal waist with waistline facing, back darts, back slit and invisible zipper. Length is 2" above mid-knee. Blouse is semi-fitted, sleeveless, front and back gathers, back neckline slit, gathered standup collar and ties.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like the style, the neck and collar ties.

Fabric Used: A chiffon print from Joann's.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I might sew again in a fabric that's not so sheer.  I do recommend to others.

Conclusion: I kept looking at this pattern and I'm glad I finally finished it.