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{ BURDASTYLE 04-2010-112 } Frills & thrills…

Mama mia, am I on a sewing extravaganza or what ?!….

This BurdaStyle pattern was featured in the April 2010 magazine as both a top & a dress version. I chose to make the top because I thought the dress might be a little shapless & to be honest, I did not want to line it. After you see my fabric choice, you will see why this ‘milkshake woulda brought all the boys to the yard” { WHAH } 🙂BurdaStyle_frills

see what I mean??? totally sheer ….

I used a poly chiffon sari (which I already had in my stash). Bright & cheerful all ready for summer to roll around. I can wear this with my white linen pants or with my denim shorts or a skirt, also over my cozzie…endless opportunities!BurdaStyle_frills_front

Ok, so now for the deets :

{ DESCRIPTION }  Blouse with elasticated off the shoulder frills.

{ FABRIC USED } As mentioned, I used a brightly coloured, printed & embroided poly chiffon adorned with specks of silver glitter (what appear to be white dots in the pics)! I photographed this top with a white tank top underneath to show the colour.

{ SIZING } I cut my usual BS size & it was spot on, although, the front & back really is just a box with armhole cutouts. The elasticated shoulder bits you can make whatever size you want….

{ INSTRUCTIONS } I did not use them, not only were they not in my language (from years of living in foreign countries) but the blouse was super simple to put together using your common sense.

{ CONSTRUCTION / ALTERATIONS  / CHANGES } Im not really a frilly kinda gal so instead of three frills, I only used two. I also used french seams on the frills area & in hindsight should have used french seams to the side seams as well – alas I did not! I used a bias binding to finish off the arm areas which worked a charm.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } * easy however since I used a chiffon, it made the hemming of the frills a { NIGHTMARE } , real pain in the ass. Chiffon is difficult to work with at the best of times but then I remembered { SPRAY STARCH }. What a revelation!!! I sprayed the edges lightly & let it set for a few minutes. Miracles do happen, the fabric became so much easier to turn over & stitch. WARNING : dont be over zealous with the starch though because there is such a thing as too hard!! haha.

{ SUM IT UP } A really cute little top. I would recommend it only if you have the patience with those frills though (depending on what fabric you choose of course).BurdaStyle_frills_back

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{ VOGUE 1027 } DKNY Finally…

V1027_front1Can you believe I finally got to sew V1027? Ive had this pattern since 2011…not sure why it took so long…oh yeah I do remember now, full time work plus evening studies & add a dash of relocating. { THATS WHY } Now that I have the time, Im munching my way through all the projects Ive been longing to make in the past few years so the PR Pattern Stash Contest seemed like a good excuse!

This dress has had great reviews on PR so I cant say Im too surprised with the results. It was super easy to sew up & its a { DREAM } to wear. Honestly…I think this first time experience with V1027 has left me so enamoured, that I may just start an affair with it….

V1027_frontOk, so now for the deets :

{ DESCRIPTION }  Calf length DKNY dress with semi-fitted, pleated and lapped bodice & in-seam pockets

{ FABRIC USED } a black & white  rayon lycra found at Fabricland in Canada during our Christmas 2010 visit. I knew instantly the fabric would become this dress even though at the time, I didn’t even have the pattern yet. During the course of 2011, I must have taken this pattern & fabric out a million times to start, but never got there & I could just kick myself now.

{ SIZING } taking the advice from many PR members, I cut one size smaller than my size however mine is still a tad bit big & I could quite easily take another inch off each side. I know now that I could quite easily have gone down 2 whole sizes & the fit would have been perfect. Since we know there will be many more of these dresses produced in my house, I can make the tweak with the next one.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } were easy to follow although I did not follow them 100%.

{ ALTERATIONS  / CHANGES } apart from the sizing, I also omitted the pockets which Im very glad I did as well as the elastic bit. My fabric is quite heavy & drapes really well so I feel like the pockets may have weighed the side seams down a little. I constructed my waist tie by simply turning right sides together, stitching to the notches & turning out rather than constructing the advised way. I also tapered my tie ends slightly.  I did not use the arm facings & simply turned over edges & sewed without any problems.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } * easy & quick

{ SUM IT UP } I loved sewing this dress. Its effortless & quick, but looks RTW in a matter of hours. Highly recommended & definitely a new favourite.V1027_backmmmay2013_day21

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{ THROUGH WINTER UNSCATHED } or am I ?

Holland 2010
Holland 2010

{ source : my own }

Its official! { SPRING } has sprung here in my ‘hood & Im rejoicing for having emerged through the perils of winter unscathed…without a sniffle of a cold or worse, flu!  It could be due to the fact that there was that breaking of my ankle, surgery & all that which kept me in hibernation for the best part of 8 weeks….so Im thinking, did I really emerge victorious?

There are more than a few bloggers out there dealing with cold & or flu a the moment & I pity you. I wish you health & a speedy recovery because there is nothing worse than shaking with the sniffles. { Bless you all }

After my last two posts discussing the pitfalls of living in the country & the disappointment with BurdaStyle, Im in need of a quick project to lift the spirit & give me instant gratification. What is your go-to pattern, the one that you know so well & always have fantastic results from ? Id love to hear, do share…

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{ SIMPLICITY 2892 } Version C

Simplicity_2892Weekend at last 🙂

This lovely top I made back the end of 2010 while we were still living in Holland. Basically, our house was packed up ready for the next relocation however my sewing machine & bits ‘n bobs were the last things to be packed. While the hubster traveled just before Christmas, I sewed into the wee-hours of the night making this & a few other things, the perfect thing to do when home alone!

From start to finish I loved making this blouse. I had been alerted to this pattern by Regan from Stitch in my side blog { REMEMBER REGAN? I MISS THAT GIRLS BLOG }. She reviewed this top & I fell head over heels, I decided to make it myself with polka & all. I used a white silk charmeuse with navy patterned polka which was really expensive but worth every penny. I french seamed and used the facings and bindings – the whole enchilada!simplicity_2892

simplicity_2892The only thing I dont like about this pattern is that its a little short for me so it rides up { SLIGHTLY } & I occasionally show my midriff…not a train smash but next time I would lengthen it. Its super cute & fits well (except the length as mentioned). Its a popular pattern of which many more cute versions have been made since I mine. I actually had this in my hands a few days ago wanting to make it again, however a New Look pattern won me over which I am almost complete so be sure to stop by again soon to see which one & how it turned out. I would recommend this pattern in a heart beat!!

Original PR review can be found here.

Have an awesome weekend.

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{McCalls 5241 (C) – 1 Hour Cardigan}

McCalls 5241-f

I made version C of this cardigan back in 2009 as I so embarrassingly disclosed in the previous post but once it was completed it just didnt feel right. The back was 100% correct length but the front tails were just too long & yuk. So it was boxed, until a few days ago. I had just hit a sewing mojo & I couldnt figure out why. I think my {ALTERATIONS BOX} has something to do with it though. I feel so guilty starting a new project when I have unfinished projects waiting to be attended to. So, one down & a few more to go to total guilt-free sewing!

I found this piece of knitted brown-with-gold-thread delightfulness in a store back in Holland when we lived there 2009-2010. Im not usually a brown lovin’ girl but paired with the gold thread, I was sold. I also loved the slight cable pattern which you can see nicely in this pic.

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After cutting off some of the length (which now made it version B), I wanted more fullness around the neck so I could also wrap it like a pashmina so I added around 30cm all along which I can now either fold over or scrunch & fling over my shoulder.

McCalls 5241-b

An easy {EASY} pattern which consists of just 2 pieces. No seams under the arms or shoulders…just make the holes & attached the sleeves. Knowing what I know now about this pattern & if I were to try it again, Im sure it would take me just 1 hour but for the first attempt…..how many hours in 3 years  ??? hahahahaha

Recommended for beginners +

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