Oh the weather outside is frightful…

… but my sewing room is so delightful!

Despite my sewing list growing by the day (“Oh I should make this for X… and this would be so cool for Y!”), I decided to squeeze in some sewing for myself. I’m not planning on going to any parties but one can always use a party dress in her wardrobe anyway, right?

I chose View B (the navy party dress) of Simplicity 2338 for its vintage feel:

My fabric is some silvery grey mystery polyester satin with (I presume) some lycra, on the medium-weight side. It drapes very well, but also holds its shape.

I brought the pattern with me at my last meeting with my tutor and she had great advice for me on how to adjust the pattern using my princess-seamed block and general overall adjustments. Turns out I don’t even have to lengthen the front to make sure the empire waist sits where it should be and I shouldn’t have to make too much adjustments for my sway back, thanks to the curved CB seam and the pleats. I will re-draft the front bodice pieces according to my block for a better fit, and use my sleeve block to re-draft the sleeve head. All in all, it’s still a lot of work, but I’m curious to try out my blocks “for real” this time. All I’ve done so far is make muslins to check the fit of the block themselves!

What’s missing under this skirt is some cute petticoat 🙂 I’ll try to find tulle and/or organza once I’m all settled at my vacation “resort” (in other words: my parents’ house ;-)) and whip one using online resources. It can’t be that complicated, right? Plus, I have a  sewing fairy godmother who can help me over there, so I can’t go wrong.

And with my silver shoes, I’m sure to be turning heads 😆

Silver Mary-Janes from the Beth Ditto at Evans collection 2010 - sold out, unfortunately!

But first on the list is my top-secret sewing, phase 2. And one pyjama top, so I can finally show you my “lounging” outfit for my “resort” vacation 😉

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Summer hasn’t even begun!

And guess what? Simplicity’s Early Fall patterns are already out! 😯

They really know how to work our addiction 😕 After they made you (re)plenish your patterns stash with their summer patterns, they just release some more to make you want to scream: “MINE! MINE! MINE!”

To be honest, there’s really just one pattern that makes me scream from delight: Khalia Ali’s 3699. I like the crossover top version, but the round-neck version has interesting sleeve variations too. I used to have a pattern from KA, it had a top with similar underbust gatherings, but seems like I can’t find it. Is my patterns stash so big that I cannot find the patterns I’m searching? Anyway, the pattern is long out of print I believe…

But before I rush and order this KA pattern, I’ll finish my summer wardrobe! I have too many projects waiting to be made, like some khaki’s for our camping/cycling trip next month, along with a few t-shirts. And a bunch of summer dresses of course!

Now repeat after me: I shall not buy new patterns before the end of the summer, I shall not buy new patterns before the end of the summer…

I’ve caught another bug…

First of all, thank you so much for your comments! It’s funny because I never thought I’d actually get comments from anyone, the blogosphere is so huge that I never even imagined that you’d find me 😉

Sewing hasn’t been on the agenda lately because I’ve caught another bug: a big bad nasty cold bug! 😦

Anyway, I did get a start on the custom-fit downloadable Pirate Queen Ahoy There Sailor Pants from Hot Patterns (don’t you just love their patterns’ names? LOL) last Saturday and I must say that the fit is great!! The lenght is perfect, the hips fit perfectly, and even without instructions they just went together beautifully and quite easily; all the pattern pieces match perfectly. Now the downside: they are really low-rise. And I do mean *really low* rise. Like Paris Hilton showing her crack sort of low rise (except that I don’t have Hilton’s body!). When I checked the pattern, it really didn’t appear to be that low, so I decided to make the pants without making any modifications. I know, I should know better! 🙄

So I’ll make them again, this time raising the waistline a little bit; 2 inches should be enough, because I do like low rise pants or jeans, I just don’t like showing off too much skin! I’ll be sure to post a picture of the pants when I’m done…

Oh and for those who are jealous of our fabric markets: there’s another one in my town at the end of April. That gives you about 1 month to find a way to come to Holland 😉