Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vogue 8731: They all can't be winners

I love the way Erdem utilizes border prints, especially this one worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
This fabric has been in my stash for awhile, waiting it's turn. I was initially excited to order it, but as it sometimes happens with online fabric purchases I was a bit let down. It is a very thin, clingy knit. Vogue 8731 was my pattern choice, since I had great success with it right out of the pattern envelope, as you can see here. Unfortunately, I had to scrap my plans for the longer, tunic length due to this fabric's clingy nature. The sleeves are made using a thin, burn-out knit off of the Red Tag table at JoAnn's from a year or so ago, which I also used to bind the neckline.



Too bad my inspired design fell short.....as is obvious below. This top does nothing for me!


(Photo taken at the Saturday knitting group at the local Tim Horton's)


Even with my disappointment, this top isn't a complete wadder, tho not sure I'll wear it outside the privacy of my own home  :-)!

Final thoughts: great pattern, pretty fabric but poor quality. Win some, lose some.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Simplicity 1796


Simplicity 1796,view A, fabric from JoAnn: a poly crepe of some sort.
I made this dress last August for my trip to Paris, and wore it out to dinner at Le Train Bleu.
Boy, was it hot that evening.....much different than today's 14 degrees F! I haven't worn it since, as I needed to revisit those neckline gathers. So I ripped back some of the neckline binding, took out the gathers and resewed them. Much better :-)
I love this pattern and the many creative options that are available with it. I've already pulled fabric for another version.....thinking Spring!

Simplicity 1796
Simplicity 1796 Misses and Plus Dress Line Drawing



Stay warm, all those in the Midwest!