Thursday, January 25, 2007

Look what came in the mail...

Or as a subtitle, "My Continuing Quest to Remake my Wardrobe into Corporate Chic!"

This Tamotsu Pattern ~
Vogue 2770:

Pattern Description:

Misses'/Misses' Petite jacket, Top, Skirt and Pants - lined jacket has princess seams, front buttonhole and button, front darts and two piece sleeves. Lined top has princess seams, concealed buttonhole and button closures and contrast bind. Mid-knee lined skirt has front slit (not!), darts, back zipper and shaped waistband 1/2" below normal waistline. Topstitching detail at center front and waistband. Unlined pants have fly zipper, sice vents and shaped waistband 1/2" below normal waistline with topstitching detail.

I bought this pattern for the jacket and the top. Two really cute elements that I can work with. The skirt and the pants are a no-go with the waistband on both starting 1/2" below the normal waistline?!!!! Who are they kidding ~ in this plus size body that means fat hanging loose and free in the breeze - I don't think so! Click on the hyperlink to see the back of the jacket! With all those seams there are a lot of fitting opportunities - where I can give the jacket the appearance of being closely fitted without it actually being so. I think this pattern will work for three of the four seasons - since I am sticking with alot of my already sewn summer gear!

This Wardrobe Pattern - Vogue 2939:

Pattern Description:
Misses' Jacket, Skirt, Dress, Shirt and Pants ~ semi-fitted, lined jacket has darts, pleats in front, princess seams in back, long sleeves with pleats, shoulder pads, fabric loop and button closure. Shirt and dress have darts, notched collar, two-piece long sleeves with slit (ooohhhlalala!), topstitching and snap closures. Semi-fitting straight skirt, below mid-knee has front princess seams, back pleats and side zipper. Straight pants have darts, faced waist and mock fly closure.

I like this pattern for the blouse, the dress and the skirt. I am not sure that the jacket would work for me...those folds in the front at the abdomen sort of say...."looky looky she has a big fat stomach!" Nah, not the look I am going for! However, I do like the seaming detail on the back of this jacket so I might work with those folds, maybe I can just tape them close and make a muslin up and see how that works...but it is really the blouse/dress that has me smiling. I already know what fabric I want to use for both pieces! They will be spring/summer/fall additions, since I just can't manage a dress when the temps are 30 degrees or less. I love the details on the skirt, princess seams in the front, pleats in the back - you can get them coming and going! These three pieces can be workhorses in my new Corporate Chic wardrobe!

And finally this "Five Easy Pieces" pattern ~
Vogue 8137:

Pattern Description:

Misses'/Misses' Petite Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt and Pants ~ lined long sleeve jacket has patch pockets (I don't think so!) topstitching and optional purchased belt. Unlined sleeveless top and dress have topstitched neckline and princess seams. Top has separating zipper ~ whyyy? Straight skirt and pants have back zipper closings. Skirt has back slit.

I am a dress girl! Have been since well probably since my mama first put me in one. I love how dresses make me feel like a woman so I probably have way more dress patterns than I will ever sew! But I just loved the seasonlessness of this dress & jacket combo - in linen it's great for corporate meetings in spring and summer...just take the jacket off when I hit the street. In fall made up in a nice wool doubleknit it will be classy & elegant and allow me to look pulled together with minimal effort which is necessary at 5:30 in the morning!

So this is what came in the youngest daughter has taken to calling these things, patterns, fabric swatches, magazines ~ just about anything related to sewing: "Fabric Porn!" She says that I get this look on my face that is almost like rapture. So she will say, "What fabric porn came today!" had to teach them to talk 'cause you got tired of trying to intrepret the different cries but sometimes....

Anyway, sewing dreams arrived today so I am off to gaze at them lovingly, to plan and to dream. Did anything good come in the mail for you today?


  1. Love the new "decor" on your blog!
    I have that Tomatsu pattern but haven't made anything from it yet. It will be a real treat to see how you use it! Keep us posted! (I know you will)

  2. Carolyn,
    You are in fine form made me laugh 3 times. I love your attitude about dressing the body you have--it is so healthy. You made me laugh about teaching kids to talk; I broke down and taught mine but I didn't teach her to roll her eyes? And she is only 9.

  3. Not today, but Wed. I got my fabric from Timmel for the SWAP. I got two vintage patterns this week, too!

    Wait, I did get something good - I got my acceptance letters for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Wearable Arts competition today!

  4. Just found your blog and the 'what did you get in the mail today' hit a trigger with me. I sell patterns on ebay and today received a shipment of 400+ patterns in the mail. I got to gaze with rapture all day as I sorted through them. Each size 20-24 pattern made me sit and think about how this would look on my body. I don't need corporate chic at all, but disabled chubby homebody comfortable clothes chic--and I'm going to figure it out! Thanks for a great blog. I'd like to see those SWAP garments.

  5. Carolyn, I just finished (except for the hem) the jacket for 2939 and have to say that even on my short, rectangular body it is slimming. I am using it for the 2008 SWAP so you can see my progress there. The pants came off well also, a pleasant surprise!


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