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Contemporary Dresses

Stash-busting: Kay Unger Color Block (V1329)

Need a quick, comfortable, easy dress that is also figure-flattering?  Look no further than Vogue 1329. I’m not kidding.  This dress is easy, very flattering, and comfortable. And, if you want the ultimate, it would be easy to add pockets (which I wish I did, as I looked for them several times yesterday).  The figure-flattering […]

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General Sewing

Pre-treating knits. (HELP!)

It seems like every time I pre-treat a knit, the fabric grain (or the equivalent in a knit) becomes distorted or “off”.  They are perfectly fine when they arrive, but after I follow the instructions (always on gentle, no spin), the selvedges are no guide. Take this knit velvet, with cutout diamonds:   As you […]

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Contemporary Dresses Dresses

Summer Dress #3: McCall 7591

No, I’m not that fast when it comes to sewing.  Generally, the only time I can  work on the machine is after the little one goes to bed.  Amazingly, I can do handwork during daytime (non-work) hours. So I was able to work on the Marfy top and this dress concurrently. But this dress didn’t […]

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Contemporary Tops

Wool Sweater: Butterick 6388

BRRRR… it’s cold outside!  So I hear.  In reality, I’m sitting in shorts and a tee with the window open listening to the crickets.  Phenomenal Florida weather.  But I’m going to the land of ice and snow – and when I looked through my winter clothes, I realized I was in need. I purchased Butterick […]

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Contemporary Dresses

The Luau Maxi Dress that Wasn’t

Because I didn’t buy enough fabric and I ran out of time. The party was two weeks ago. I finished it yesterday. The inspiration and pattern choice: I had a vision of what I wanted from this dress, and I almost got there.  I’d seen the Sloane maxi dress from Lily Pulitzer and thought I […]

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Contemporary Dresses

M6612- Short floral t-shirt dress

I needed something super-easy to get things going again.  I did make a linen skirt, but didn’t check measurements (new pattern company for me) and couldn’t zip it over my bumm (silly me).  I have also done muslins for a pair of shorts and a kaftan which are up next.  Enter M6612 – easy close-fitting […]

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Dresses General Sewing Skirts

Little Hip Skirt, version 1, for my niece.

I made the Little Hip Skirt from Favorite Things Patterns, using an ITY knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (sold out).  I made it for her for Christmas, but I only recently received photos of her wearing it (and she was a reluctant model).  But she does love it! The first skirt I made for her was […]

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Contemporary Tops

Let’s Talk about Ease (McCalls 6796)

When I started this project, I had no idea how popular this pattern was (McCalls 6796).  I just thought it was cute when I saw it on another blog.  But fitting this on my body turned out to be a real challenge. I chose a beautiful sweater knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (sold out).  In retrospect, […]

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Contemporary Jackets

Thanksgiving Part II: McCall’s 6844

I love this cardigan.  McCall’s styles it well here, belted with a sequined belt (not included) that really shows the potential of this pattern.  It’s a basic, to dress up or down.  I finally got around to making it, for the Thanksgiving outfit.  This has been reviewed many times on Pattern Review, so I’ll keep […]

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Contemporary Tops

Knits and Necklines (View C, top, Vogue 1389)…

Last night I cut out the muslin for Wrapapalooza, but realized the machine was still set to go with a knit top I’d been working on.  In this case, I was making the top from Vogue 1389.  It’s the second time I’ve made it.  Last time was in a linen knit, and it came out […]