Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It is all about the "pintucked" shirt

Vogue pattern 1165 is a trend that I have being seeing everywhere in the stores. Personally I find it too difficult to sew. Just looking at all those pleats or "pin tucks" that I will have to spend doing makes me feel sleepy. Also I am not a fanatic of making shirts with collars and lots of buttons. Or lets say when I tried it in the past it just looked homemade.
There are a few reviews at Pattern Review mentioning that it is not a difficult shirt to make, but still I am not giving it a try. I am posting about this because I really think it is a better idea to go buy one. By the way I saw one yesterday at Target for only $19.99. The shirts are similar to the Vogue pattern, not identical.

The shirt from the top picture can be purchased at and the shirt from the bottom picture can be purchased at

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The fabric for the unpopular dress

The dress is taking its form but as I mentioned on a comment it won't fit for this Easter Sunday. I need to loose around 10 pounds before I can put this number. It looks great in the dress form which by the way has two inches more at my waist, hips and bust compared to what my measurements were before getting pregnant.

I will finish the dress anyways. I think I will be able to use it by the summer. As you can see the fabric looks like you could use it to make a reversible spring coat too or upholstery. It is very nice actually.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Unpopular Simplicity 0508

I think I bought this Simplicity pattern just a few months before getting pregnant. About a month ago, I purchased a very nice linen flower print fabric at Joann Fabrics. The fabric looks like it could be use for home decor but it is intended for apparel.
I was planning to use a vintage pattern from the 60's era and make a nice Easter dress. It turned out that two yards of fabrics was not enough which made me look into my pattern collection and decided based on the yardage and kind of fabric to use Simplicity Pattern 0508 printed on 2008. Can you believe there are no reviews of this dress at Pattern Review and also that this pattern is not available anymore at the Simplicity website? Was this an unpopular pattern or what? I did not find anyone who has made this dress. I googled it, searched more than twice at Pattern Review and got not results at all.
For now, what I have done is turning pretty easy. The dress is looking nice. I noticed that the sleeves may be difficult to attach and also the dress may not fit me because I cut it in size 12 and I have not loose that much weight but I will finish it anyway for the future in case it doesn't fit. I will start posting pictures of my "unpopular dress tomorrow".

Friday, March 26, 2010

Remember this?

Do you remember all the pj's I made using this not so easy pattern? My son is big enough now to wear them.
Here he is!

These turned great. So bad I won't recommend this pattern because of the issues with the collar. I ended up using bias tape.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vogue Summer patterns are available

Vogue Patterns website released their new summer collection. These are my favorites that I wish I could have time to make.

I will try to find time to sew this jumpsuit. V1185 is super modern.

V1178 is so pretty and flirty. Ruffles are still in for the summer.

V1181 Caftan. I am not planning on purchasing this pattern because I already own a vintage pattern that looks just like this thanks to Abby Sophia (Patternaholic). Nothing new about this one and if I ever make it I will stay home eating bom boms and watching TV. LOL!

V1186 is another 80's influence that we will be seeing this summer. I like the pants but not the jacket. Suits in the summer? Not for me.

V1188 is going to be definitely on my pattern collection. I would love to make these pants.

V8651 is an easy sewing project to update a wardrobe.

V1176 reminds me of Desperate Housewives.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simplicity 3582

Here is another project I finished while trying to clear my stash of all UFOs. As I said before, baby patterns that accumulate are the worst because if you don't work fast it would be money wasted. At least I got this one out of my way. This was a very easy pattern to use and I made lots of modifications to finish faster. I made a hot pink fleece vest for my daughter and it looks very cute, but it didn't look nice in the picture. So next time she wears the whole outfit I will take a picture.

Here is my husband holding my baby boy. He is wearing the brown corduroys I made.

For her, I used a printed flower corduroy fabric that I purchased on sale last winter at Joann's. I was going to add the ruffle and at the last minute I decided I had not time. So I edited it.

Brown corduroy for my baby boy.

I made this for him. It was very easy but I did not add the Velcro and the strip that goes with it. I was very lazy when making this project. All I wanted was to get it out of my way.