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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Book Reviews

I recently got a new library card for the first time in many years. So I've been checking out the library craft section for sewing books! First up is The Party Dress by Mary Adams,
This is a really pretty book with delightful girly dresses. I especially love the bias strips dresses...sooo neat. There is not much technique advice on how to make the dress but lots of inspiration. Plus it comes with the pattern. I don't have a need for party dresses in my life so I personally wouldn't purchase the book but I do like this book. The second book is The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard,
I like and dislike this book. The pictures are wonderful and the directions are quite good. There is an couture waistband technique that I have never seen before and would love to try. However, I'm kinda disappointed that there are not more techniques in the book. A large part of it is binding necklines which frankly isn't all that special to me. I want to learn new ways of sewing. I'm on the fence on whether or not I will ever purchase this book.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Vogue 1121 Badgley Mischka

will preface this post to say this was to be a dress for a work Xmas party that didn't get completed until weeks later. 

I used Vogue 1121 which I believe is out of print and a light weight Maggy London brocade that I picked up from Fabric Mart during one of their sales. Since its always freezing cold out for Xmas parties I was looking for a dress that would be warmer. 

Lol, was photo bombed twice by my dog Sasha. 

I'm rather meh on this dress. Perhaps it'll grow on me after hanging in the closet for a while. There were lots a problems making this dress, some my fault for using too short of a zipper. 

Frankly most of the difficulties are the pattern. If you own this pattern, take my advice and chuck it. It's that poorly drafted. First, I took out 4 inches of ease!!! On a dress that is designed to be fitted. Then, I took out 1/2" of ease on the sleeve cap, why do some patterns do that? To top it all off, there is poor designing of the finishing of the neckline in the front. I'm not very happy with the final result and feel Vogue could have done a far better job.  

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year! This is the view out my front window for 2 months now with at least 3 more months to go of snow and more snow. 

New Years day was pretty quite. Did lots of sewing and shoveling of snow. I will have some new things to show you soon once I take some pictures. 

Fabricland had a 50% of everything sale so I got the bits and pieces for 4 different projects and stocked up on interfacing. 

I have set some New Year sewing goals in hopes to get some long planned projects done:

1) Try to find a TNT pant pattern. I desperately need new pants and if I can develope a TNT pattern I will have a template to work with. A Burda pattern is my next attempt at this. Both Sewaholic Thurlow and a Simplicity pattern failed for me last year. 

2) Sew a swimsuit! I'm especially nervous about this one as I'm going to have to lengthen the pattern. I have a long torso and have to lengthen all patterns. Ready to wear swimsuits cost me $80 plus as I have to buy the speciality suits. 

3) Full and half slips. I don't actually own a full slip and since I wear alot of dresses it would be a nice addition. Most of my half slips are hand me downs from my Mom and are too long. I need an above the knee one as most of my skirts are just above my knee in length. 

Happy Sewing :)