OMG I just realized that I did not blog about these items made for a little Kjer (pronounce kiƐr) that was born last December, on my own birthday! Shame on me. As welcome presents, he got a health book cover, similar to the one that his almost cousin had got about two years earlier, based on the very nice Healthy FreeBook by Farbenmix, this time with the boy’s name embroidered on the front page:
Kipling is bigger and heavier than I had thought. He is made of Superwash Merino yarn, filled with pellets at the feet’s ends and with foam secured in muslin for the rest of his body. Kjer is almost 6 months old now and I wonder if he’s learned to play with Kipling now…
I got to visit my grand-mother in April. Yes, my grand-ma is still alive. She’s probably older than 90 years old and let me tell you that she is more lucid than some people I know who are almost 30 years younger. She was happy to see her great grand daughters, so she picked a piece of fabric out of her stash and gave it to me, with the mission to have a garment sewn for each of her great grand-daughters (5 of them). For my daughters, I had dresses hand-made before we left. They got to pick the models themselves. The street tailors are so impressive in Cameroon. We picked the dresses from a catalog, she took like 5 measurements from my daughters, and within a couple of days, with 5 measurements and based on a sole picture i.e. without a pattern, this is what she came up with, for approximately 25€, a ridiculous prize:
I took the fabric remnant with me, knowing that within a couple of weeks, my two girls would be visiting one of their cousin aka one my nieces aka one of my grandma’s great grand daughters. Are you still with me? I haven’t seen my niece in a long time and I had little time for sewing so I had to find a pattern that could fit a range of sizes and would be fast to make up. The Feather skirt from Ottobre 3/2014, basically a paper bag skirt, qualified:
This is my version, a size 140 for an 8 year-old:
The front and back are basically two pleated squares with a casing sewn on and bands inserted. The contrast fabric is a Joel Dewberry cotton, I used the remnants for my Petal Sleeve Wrap Blouse. I made a scalloped hem and cut extra big side seam allowances, so the skirt could be adjusted if too small (I know her mom has a sewing machine) but this is what it looked like right out of my daughters’ luggage:
I had to cut her head off the picture so you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that she is brightly smiling. Mission accomplished!
Well, not quite. It’s 3 down, 2 to go, but since my sis is now sewing a bit, I’ll just give her the remaining piece of fabric and let her go to work :)
I’ve been wanting to sew this pattern since it came out. I love the high-low hem, and the soft curve that it creates with the sleeves hem on the original garment:
Problem is: I barely wear long-sleeve blouses, except under a blazer. But I figured the petal sleeve would be a nice match to the bodice wrap. Enter Rhonda’s drafting tutorial, a cute fabric by Vlisco and a matching piece by Joel Dewberry. The colors are much more vibrant IRL.
- graded to a 44 based on high bust measurement
- 1-inch FBA
- lengthened by 5 cm/2 in
- collar bias sewn on the outside with contrast fabric instead of the inside
- finished with French seams.
This is a nice and easy pattern (no buttons, no zipper, no pockets). However, keep in mind that this is a wrap blouse so it behaves like a wrap dress, i.e. you might be seen with a bare belly in windy weather :) Other than that, I like it.
OMG I’m so ashamed. Is my review of Vogue’s Spring style just 2 blog posts away? Although I promised I haven’t been lazy. I have V8980 (like), V9021 (not sure), V1392 (luuuv) and at last, a new version of V1258 (luv) all made up. But not a spare second for taking/editing pics. And starting tomorrow on a vacation of a vacation of the type I’ll need to go on vacation from when I come back.
What’s even worse, I feel like there’s not a lot to review this time. I actually feel a bit let down, even by Donna Karan, whose only pattern I’m feeling is this rather unspectacular number, at least for what she used us to:
I can picture it a voile. It would need massive lengthening for me though…
However, I think this Rebecca Taylor dress is the one that could start popping up on the blogosphere rather sooner than later.
I do like it a lot but wonder how that would work on a busty figure (aka mine) since it’s not that bra-briendly. And all those tucks! I would consider buying a specialty foot for those.
I rella like this Pamella Roland dress:
And although I’m strangely attracted to this Marcy Tilton dress/top
this is the new pattern with the highest cuteness factor:
And it’s reversible!
If you understand some French and are interested in haute couture, take a look at this video on Dior’s 135th runway…
Life will go on. Même pas peur. So not afraid that I will be getting an online abonnement as soon as available. There you go. But back to life.
So Vogue has released the Early Spring patterns (can you call it spring if you didn’t have a winter?) ans as usual, I like to documented my favorites and random thoughts.
V1437 Ralph Rucci: I love the signature sleeves. I want to make that jacket so bad but the fabric I have in mind is a ponte knit and I wonder if this would work.
Vogue 1440 by DonnaKaran: I like the lines of the jacket but am not so sure about the fringes. The top, however, I luuuust.
Vogue 1436 by Anne Klein: shirt patterns by Anne Klein are a sure value.
Vogue 9077: Not sure how the front bands would look on a full bust, but I like it.
Vogue 1433 by Tracy Reese: very unspectacular lines but the attached petticoat attracts me somehow. Curious to see how designers make this…
Other random thoughts:
If I were into vintage; I would love the vintage release this time around.
What are your thoughts on this collection?