In a BBC interview broadcast in April 2012, Frederik De Klerk said about Nelson Mandela: ”When Mandela goes it will be a moment when all South Africans put away their political differences, will take hands, and will together honour maybe the biggest known South African that has ever lived.”
Rest in peace, Madiba.
I can@t pinpoint why this released has got me excited like Vogue patterns hasn’t been able to do in a while. Is it the fact that the patterns and the fabric choices are resolutely festive without being formal? Or maybe the fact that one has the feeling that the designers at Vogue have been watching the looks on the runway very closely this time (if you haven’t, you definitely want to have a look at Toy’s blog!)? First the winners. These 5 made it straight to my wish list:
All the patterns above have design lines that allow a play with colors (though color-blocking is so last season :)) or fabrics and textures (lace, leather, …). But I’m not sure that these design lines make adjusting these patterns easier…
You think it’s a high-waist maxi skirt? Wrong! It’s pants! Look:
Now on to Vogue 8946:
The fabric is quite distracting here, so let’s have a look at the pattern drawing:
Makes me think about this other dress from Burda (from May 2008! shown by Her Honor the Selfish Seamstress) except that Burda’s is for woven while Vogue’s is for knits:
Now in the nay category:
this top and skirt combination by Guy Laroche, Vogue 1372:
I’m in awe. I can’t understand how this and sexy Vogue 2899 can be born from the same mind.
And then this dress from Tom and Linda Platt, Vogue 1373:
Is it me or does something about the hanging seam on the picture above seem wrong? In any case, it doesn’t live up to its forerunner from Oscar de la Renta from the 90s:
Of course, between the winners and the “nay”, there’s a whole range.
What do you think about the newly released Vogue patterns?
This pattern bloomed all over the blogosphere in Fall 2012. And although I did buy the fabric specifically for this pattern a year ago, it took me all this time to get at it. But I don’t regret it. I was lucky enough to have reviews such as AlisonC‘s hinting to the fact that I was better off cutting the skirt on the straight grain, owing to my loosely weaved fabric. And thanks to lazylinchen‘s tutorial, I was able to add a lining fairly easily. I didn’t do any modification, except shortening the sleeves by approximately 15 cm to a 3/4 sleeve length. I treated the fabric as a striped fabric and matched all seams. I also added some bra holders. And that’s it!
The fabric is a wool blend that looks like a tweed. The color is violet with turquoise and pink threads running through.
I’m sorry the only pic of me wearing it was made by a 6-year-old with a 2-year-old trying to get some attention That’s the best I can achieve these days.
I have hoarded quite a few issues of Knipmode (thanks to Melissa‘s reviews) but sewn nothing from them. Not anymore! I got this particular issue (September 2009) because of an Oprah Winfrey dress knockoff but it’s this sweater that got made first:
Here’s mine, still waiting to be worn, because the fabric is a mohair blend (doubled in front, as per pattern) and the weather just hasn’t been cold enough for me to wear it yet. Not that I’m complaining about the weather, mind you.
It looks much better when filled with a real bust than sadly hanging but I’m trying not to procrastinate the blogging like I’ve been doing for months now
I really didn’t want to think too much about a FBA on this one so since it’s a knit, I simply graded from a 42 at the neck to 46 at full bust/armhole to a 44 at the hips, then since it’s knit, sew the side and sleeve seam in one go at the end, allowing me to adjust the fit. I love the extra long sleeves, which I sew a thumb hole in, allowing me to wear it with that slight variation. The sweater is quite long, just like in the magazine, I might go back and shorten it, we’ll see…
While I’ve been following my blog roll, I haven’t sewn nor posted in a while. Maybe that’ll change, maybe not. Right now, the project I’m planning is this knitting pattern by Ysolda Teague in a still-to-be-found luxe yarn (Kashmir or the like):
Though fall is upon us, I won’t be knitting this for me, but for my mom, who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer and will probably lose all hair in the next month or so. Unlike Kristin‘s mom, mine lives in a third-world country, in which health screening measures do not exist. Everyone does what they can depending on what they can afford and what’s available. So my mom’s cancer wasn’t diagnosed at an early stage, she only underwent an examination because she’d felt a lump in her breast. Lucky she’s been performing breast self exams regularly for decades. She’s now undergoing chemotherapy in Canada.
I’m a pharmacist and I’m approaching the situation as such for the moment, trying to assist her from afar in all medical matters. But I also spent some of my youth in Cameroon, where death is a sad matter, yes, but also a natural part of life, at least for grown-ups, and that gives me some serenity regarding the fact that cancer is a disease that is not always healed, although I’m hoping for the better outcome.
If you read this, chances are high you live in a developed country. Take advantage of the health measured offered to you wherever you live. Do yearly check-ups. Go to whatever regular screening depending on your age and risk factors. For my part, I had my blood glucose checked in the last week (my mom also has diabetes, like her sis and dad before her) and will be seeing my gyn in the next weeks. When is your next appointment?
I’ve mentioned AnaJan here a few times already and if you haven’t been following her yet, well, there will be no reason not to at the end of this post. Because she’s now released the first pattern to her sewing pattern line Stepalica, and it’s called the Nougat dress. This is the kind of garment that will make people jaw drop when you tell them it’s self-made. First, have a look at view C:
“Ah nothing too special here”, I hear you think. “Just a couple of rotated darts.” Then have a look at view B:
Still in doubt? Then here’s the tech drawing of view C and Ana’s rendition of it:
Now you see what I mean now, right? Now if you’re already squinting your eyes at the tech drawing and trying to figure out how to fit this dress and match those seams, fear not: Ana will be hosting a sew-along to walk everyone through the process of making this dress. So now there’s no reason to not dive and get the pattern from her Etsy shop (or if you feel lucky, hop over to Miss Dibs). It is a pdf but Ana conveniently explains which pages to print depending on which view you’re intending to make.