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Friday, April 7, 2017

Vogue summer pattern update

I bought the Guy Laroche, the Anne Klein, and the Patricia Keay.

I can't stop thinking about the Laroche; it's such an interesting design. How do you even put that together? Metal or covered buttons? How does the overlay work? Why those sleeves? Etc. I kind of want the pattern just for the instructions.

Then, on the PatternReview roundup, I saw the amazing original version:



THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. Much better than the all-white version:



I fell in insta-love with the original version and am now trying to figure out how to rent or borrow an embroidery machine to make it happen (either that, or learn hand embroidery, which is a whole new world and something I was thinking about trying anyway).

Oh, SEWING.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

new summer Vogue patterns

I love Vogue, but there's not a lot I can do this time around (long, ruffly dresses do not work on short people, and open backs and cold shoulders are not my jam). But I'm looking at these:

V1543, Anne Klein

Dig the pleats in the front. Wondering if it would work in linen? Really wish they'd used plain fabric for the photo.


V1550, Paco Peralta

Not sure if this would work in short-personville, but I really like the shorter top and pants together. I like the Paco Peralta jacket, too.


Unsure about:

V1549, Sandra Betzina

That's some excellent fabric, but again, you can't really see the lines in the photo. It looks boxier in the line drawing?


V1548, Guy Laroche

Appropriate short-person dress, but not sure about the overlay (is it totally detachable?) Could be good, could go so, so wrong.

Those sleeves are amazing, though. I almost want to just get it and Frankenpattern them onto other things. I like the back seams too.


V1542, Patricia Jeanne Keay

Except I don't really need a party dress. (Unless I do. Just in case, right?)



Gah, I just looked over this post and it's "not sure" about everything, isn't it?

Sewing news: Not much happening in that department lately, mostly because of life insanity, but I'm hoping to get back to it soon. I get sad every time I look at my stash. Soon!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

oh hi!

It's been a while. I haven't really been sewing as much, although that Sandra Betzina dress is still in progress and I'm thinking about a couple of projects.

But a couple of things!

First thing: I went to the Women & Textiles Expo in Lowell yesterday and met up with Deepika and a few others from PatternReview.

hi!
It was really fun! I think it's the first year for the expo, and I hope they do it again next year. There were lectures, a makers' table (we made scarves out of cotton and fleece strips), vendors, and a fashion show.

Here's Deepika trying on a jacket from B. Felt:


She bought the blue scarf from them:

B. Felt! #goals
The fashion show was pretty amazing. Here's what won Best in Show:




Why yes, that is a reversible coat with a map of Amsterdam made out of felted organic merino wool, no big.

I bought an amazing red woven scarf (you can just see it in the top photo) from Elizabeth Springett:


Her friend, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, made it. She uses just one finger to move the shuttle. Gorgeous work.

So yeah, fun day. It's filling the Worcester Sew Expo-shaped void in my heart. (But I'll still miss you, Cynthia Guffey.)

Second thing! We adopted this little dude.

Hey, ladies.
The shelter named him Rensselaer, and we've been calling him Ren or Rennie or Captain Rensselaer Sassypants or (suggested by Facebook) Snake Plissken or Nick Furry. The non-working tiny eye on the left is a birth defect, but he sees pretty well out of the right. He's super-pouncy and snuggly and fun, and he likes pizza, vegan yogurt, and hemp milk a lot. (Ask me how I know.)

That's the news for now!