Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fashion Week Is Filled With MC Jackets

Trends for fall that I've noticed.  Peplums, Motorcycle jackets, oversized outerwear, ruffles and prints in unexpected places.  I especially like the peplum and motorcycle jacket.  I was thinking about combining the two and then I saw the Nicole Miller runway show and there was a peplumed motorcycle jacket.

The last time I made a motorcycle jacket was many years ago and I made it from some sheer iridescent poly called "crystalette".  It was super cute, rather Barbie-esque  but I thought it looked good.  Now that I'm a "grown folk", I'm thinking a jacket built to match my personality and lifestyle is a great idea for fall.  I'm trying to decide between styles of motorcycle jacket. There's this style as well.

Either way, I want to build one in dark metallic linen and one in wool so I don't really need to choose.  

Anyway, it appears that motorcycle jackets are the thing this year.  I love a good MC jacket.  I spent an entire decade in one.  I've missed both the jacket and the attitude.  I'm looking forward to a new jacket and attitude.  

Monday, April 30, 2012

It's My Prerogative

I changed my mind.  I am sewing something.  I need some things to wear to the PR weekend and I'm hoping to make the Simplicity tour so I want to make something from Simplicity.

Dress and Jacket or Vest Cynthia Rowley pattern 2443 Simplicity

This outfit has been in the back of my mind since this pattern was released.  I really like it. It's just what I need for a day of shopping.  Since I'm frequently hot and cold, a linen jacket is the perfect thing for me.  I started the jacket muslin on Saturday.  I didn't have to make a huge adjustment (at least I don't think so, at this stage of the game), so far I've sliced the jacket front vertically in two areas, under the arm at the side seam and near the center front.  I'm adding in the necessary width and mirroring it on the bottom front band.  I really like the sleeve on this jacket, it's very straightforward. I'm probably going to omit all the front closure froufrou.  That's a bit much for me, anyway, I've got enough going on in that area without adding a bunch of fluff.
Navy Linen
I'm using the navy linen from Fashionista Fabrics for the jacket and the ponte for the dress.
Ponte di Roma

I was looking at the reviews on PR for this pattern and on reviewer made the dress with this same fabric.  Hers is adorable and I can only hope mine will be this flattering.  I wonder if anyone has made the jacket with the same fabric??? I like the idea of changing the jacket closure to a zipper.  That may be a better option for me.  

I'm off to the sewing room, since I've disavowed cleaning, cooking and the gym for today (knee issue).  How much can I do before the hubs comes home or before some other weird interruption????

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Vogue 8581 & Stuff

I actually did make one thing before I gave up on sewing for the time being.  I made this:

Vogue 8581
It's comfy and it's pretty cute looking, I can't help but feel a little like a pumpkin.  It was a super easy pattern to make.  Yes, there were multiple gathers but that wasn't any big deal, just fiddle-y.  I ended up stitching the neckband down by hand and then stitching in the ditch from the front side.  I also wasn't going to worry about those sleeve gathers so I used good ole trusty elastic and I used more elastic on the hem. (Whatevs with any pattern drama, ain't nobody got time for no pattern drama!)  I think it's okay but maybe not the best look for my rounded self.  I don't know, I really like wearing it, because it's super comfortable.  It fits a little better than it did when I first made it a couple of weeks ago, I may have lost a little fat. I'll probably make more for myself but maybe later.

I went to the JoAnn's Daffodil Dash sale today and I got a few patterns.  I bought the McCall's Laura Ashley peasant top (which in retrospect, probably wasn't the smartest thing to do)

A sexy dress for my future body (what? I limited myself to just ONE fantasy item) and what's with the stripper poses on the newer Vogue patterns?
and the Nancy Zieman cardigan.
I figure, that will be a good piece to have for the Pattern Review weekend, plus that's the only one that has any possibility of looking good on me.

On the diet and exercise tip; things are going well.  I'm having a fine time following the Primal Blueprint except that I think I eat too much and I've been doing Crossfit every other day since March 23rd (my first visit was the 21st but I couldn't make it past the rowing {the first thing!!}). I've purchased a jump rope for my sprint style activity on the off days and I'm sore all over.  It couldn't be better! I actually like that crazy intense workout program.  Yesterday was grueling but still fun, I didn't think I could finish and everyone was yelling encouragement and I actually did it.  Every time I arrive I'm kinda scared and nervous, by the time I leave, I feel like a pile of hurt but also really energized and rather proud of myself.  It may take a while but I plan on being here a while so I might as well go for it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spotted On TV: The Sexy Work Dress

The other night I was watching an episode of "New Girl" and here comes Eva Amurri Martino wearing this fabulous dress. I recognized the fabric immediately. I love what's going on with the diagonal placement of the stripes and the long brass exposed zipper down the back. Somebody needs to create their own version of this fabu dress. It's obvious by how "figure hugging" this is that there is spandex in there.

Vogue 1251
I seem to love this dress pattern, it's so simple but so interesting with all the crazy lines and details . This one's also a great candidate for color blocking.
McCall's 5927
Although, What is up with the sleeves and neckline on this one?  Proceed with caution.
Charcoal Pinstripe
Now we've got the fabric, how great is that!!

McCall's 6278
I like this one for the color blocking or in this case, stripe detail possibilities.

I also really like Simplicity 2648 and I tried to add a photo but it's just not happening.

Do you want to take on this sexy dress challenge? If so, take 35% off that amazing charcoal pinstripe with the coupon code "sexydress", coupon expires April 8, 2012..  

I hope I get to see some stunning dresses and you get featured on the Fashionista Fabrics Gallery!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Simplicity For Summer

Just as I've completely given up sewing for myself, Simplicity releases their new patterns for summer.  Alright fine, but just know this, I WANT!  I wasn't even going to go look but oh my am I glad I did.  There are some seriously cute dresses and you know I love me some cute dresses.  Now I'm even more inspired to do well at the gym, sistah wants to wear those dresses this summer (or some summer)!

My absolute favorite is 1802 by Cynthia Rowley and my second fav is also from Miss Cyn.  Every time I see her on tv, I could swear she's been smoking the kind buds, but clearly it's working for her.  I can't be any more pleased.  These are such interesting and feminine dresses with wonderful lines and an easy wearability. I can see a variety of body types in 1801, I imagine myself wearing it out shopping or for date night or on a day when I'm working in the office.

Simplicity 1798
Simplicity 1799
Simplicity 1803
I'm also a fan of the Project Runway patterns offered  by Simplicity.  I love the whole "add this, remove that, put buttons here, add a zipper" customization. I notice that as I am more concerned with other life issues, I'm a little less creative and those PR patterns force me to think about what I actually want my garment to look like.  

So there you have it, my summer dress picks from Simplicity.  Yay Simplicity! Good Job!