No matter if you can’t read French or if there’s no baby to be born soon among your friends and relatives, you have to have a look at this cute handmade item by Anne.
Whether you want to get fabric and patterns in or out of your stash, I’d suggest visiting the Stash Diet Swap.
Who’s perfect, I ask you?
Sewaholic can be considered an established independent pattern line now. I’ve only ever made Pendrell but I like and wear that shirt still. Well Sewaholic has two new patterns out: the Gabriola skirt and the Belcarra blouse*!
You know I’m a big fan of Ana, the creator of the Nougat dress. Well, Stepalica has a new pattern out too, and it’s called the Zlata skirt*. I was looking forward to pattern test it but had to bail out because of lack of time, what with my recent full-time job with the kiddies on the side (or is it the kiddies with the job on the side?). I didn’t want to risk opting in and not be able to finish on time. But I digress. Three variations are included in this pattern, plus a hidden one, since you can also make a skirt from the lining (and quite a nice one at that!). The sew-along will be starting soon. Check it out!
*Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid nor asked to advertise any of these patterns.
If you are in the US, I suggest you grab the February/March issue of SewNews, at it features several read worthy bloggers as contributors:
- there’s Ana of Stepalica, who shares on her blog how she became a contributor to the magazine,
- there’s Rhonda from Rhonda’s Creative Life, whose blog I love every feature of, from The Monday Morning Inspiration to The Wednesday Showcase (that’s got my blogroll busting) to the Fabulous Free Pattern Friday and even the Sunday’s Soup!
- there’s Liesl from Oliver and S, who doesn’t need an introduction anymore.
Go ahead and get it. I would if I could.
What better sign is there than the release of the Spring patterns? My favorites:
I really like the look but I’m afraid of wardrobe malfunction, what with the slit going open, plus the whole front seems to close only with snaps? And the petites mains at Vogue seem to have had difficulties with the easing of the sleeves. So it’s a careful “like” for this one. Also, a big fabric eater since cut on the bias but probably that much comfortable to wear.
I especially love the skirt. You know you’ve got a truly DonnaKaran pattern when it reads “no side seams” (here on the skirt and top). I’m really curious about the “applied lapels” on the jacket too.
Love the french darts but would ditch the patch pockets for in-seam ones.
I like the neckline pleats but I have a fear of this garment looking too matronly when made up, though I can’t put my finger on the reason why…
A classical yet versatile pattern.
Now for the rest:
Looks to me like the skirt pendant to Vogue 8955, though I can’t picture a non-formal version of this one, at least not in floor length.
DKNY’s younger take on the so successful Burberry skirt.
Nice, but I feel like I expect more from a designer’s pattern. But really, there’s nothing wrong with this pattern.
What is this? Is it resort? Help me out on this one, please.
What’s do you say about this collection?
Well, dear readers, I hope you spent Xmas in better settings than an emergency room as I had to. Luckily, it was nothing too bad and all is well now.
Despite the year-in-review posts that have been popping all over the blogosphere, I’ve been in denial about trying to do my own, until this popped up in my mailbox earlier today:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Yet I think if an artist on tour could only fill the Sydney opera 6 times, or if that was all the business of the opera in a year, they would both go bankrupt. But that’s not the point. Blogging is not about performance. And all in all, considering how little productive I’ve been, that’s no bad number at all. 2013 has been trying in more than one way to me, and 2014 will not be easy either, I fear. In the past, those are the times I was the most productive sewing wise. I can’t tell if I haven’t reached the point at which “life happening” turns into inspiration of if I’m beyond that, or if it’s the workload, what with the two kids and all, that makes it impossible now. Anyhoo, the fact out of this report that sums it up for me and ensures I’ll keep blogging no matter how productive I am and no matter how low the number of views are, is:
Your most commented on post in 2013 was Please Repeat After Me: Cancer SUCKS
So thank you for keeping on reading and
to you all.
Well, I don’t recall where I read that if you wanted to save money by sewing, you’d need to learn to sew your own outerwear (coats etc), underwear and sportswear. Patterns for outer- and underwear are really not difficult to find. And now for sportswear, keep your eyes peeled for Fehrtrade patterns!