Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Now why am I posting about this...because I had to find room in my "sewing books" bookshelves for the Chanel book that I purchased at the Met two weeks ago. And in moving some things around, I discovered a magazine holder that contained several older versions of Burda World of Fashion circa 1993-1995! I didn't even realize that I had BWOF going back that far. I knew that I had occasionally picked one up at the newsstand in NYC but I didn't realize that I had held onto them this long.
And this is what I made earlier this year:
Finally patterns found in my quite large pattern stash!
McCalls 6670 - OOP - see I haven't always had beef with McCalls! I have quite a few McCalls patterns in my stash!
Since I am a woman of a certain age ~ I definitely declare this look wearable! Now what about you will you make a jumper for the fall season? Or do you think it is just not for a woman over a certain age????
P.S. ~ I am not at my friend, Lisa's, house this weekend due to some personal issues with my children.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
This is a rare time in my life, because even though I am not sewing, I am also not buying fabric or anything sewing related... And it's not because I haven't visited the internet fabric sites...nothing is catching my fancy or I already have something like it or a lot like it in the collection. I am just experiencing a total sewing black-out! *ohmygosh*
I do have this weekend planned to sew at my friend Lisa's but I have been dragging my feet about packing. I can't decide what to take to work on even though I still have 8 items of summer sewing to complete. I also just found out that I need to change my vacation, one more time, because of meetings at work!!! So since my vacation is falling further back into September, I think I am going to take 7 days (not including weekends) because the vacation policy is if you don't use your vacation days by the end of the year, you lose them. I will probably end up with 11 days for a personal sewing vacation and to start sewing fall/winter. That will be a good thing, as Martha says!
Sooooo, I am just checking in and letting you know that I am still around. My sewing machines are taking a well deserved rest and my fabric collection is not getting any larger! It's just a sewing black-out! *LOL*
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
With Kashi and friends at Metro Textiles
Nabil - the proprietor has the best prices on linen and he always seems to have an amazing assortment of them! If you get a chance to visit his shop, tell him that Carolyn sent you and he will give you a great deal! This is where I purchased the black herringbone linen and I have been buying from him for over 8 years. He is my go to resource for basics. I can find it here, take it home and make it up!
I am so sorry that they closed the Annex. It was a brightly lit treasure trove and even though they have incorporated the two stores into one and the Annex was looking better the last time I was there, I still miss the original. I have been shopping at Paron's since they had their stores on 57th Street. Great pieces of exquisite fabric can be found here for amazing prices. A definite must see when visiting NYC.
This is where I pick up notions...zippers, rayon hem tape, ironing supplies, shoulder pads, plastic crystal hangers. You name it, they've got it. The only thing is that they are only open Monday - Friday until 5:30 pm. No weekends, at all!
I love this trim store! This is my go-to store for trimmings. I have been shopping here so long that the clerks know me...no small feat since just about everyone comes through here. And of course, Project Runway made them famous but they are still, kind and helpful with not only every kind of fashion & home dec trim but they also carry yarns and pillow forms. If you need it to finish off your garment, they have it!
Need a real vintage trim? This is the spot! Don't want to be bothered with a crowd but want good knowledge customer service? This is the spot! When I am looking for something unique and different, I head over to Tinsel. It is a must see spot if you are in NYC and right around the corner from M&J.
Shopping at M&J with friends
It's M&J what else is there to say!? Racks and racks of trims, buttons and appliques...braids for days...it can be an overwhelming presence. But go, take a deep breathe and plunge in. But be prepared for an amazing sensory experience!
These are a few of my favorite NYC Garment District haunts. But I have to be frank, I purchase way more fabric on the internet than I do at any of these stores. It is just too convenient to purchase fabric in the middle of the night in my pjs without having to leave home. However, when I am having a bad day at work and need to touch some fabric, the district is just one train stop away from my job and less than 15 minutes to nirvana!
So if you are in the NYC area ~ what are your favorite NYC haunts? And if you are planning on coming to the fabric district any time soon, please feel free to visit my favs but also don't be afraid to go into some of the smaller shops. You just never know what you will find there!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I saw this picture in People's August 2007 Style Watch magazine. Let's just say that the wheels are turning and ideas are forming...okay, I pretty much constructed "the new piece" on the bus on the way home. All I have to do now is get it out of my head and into a garment...so stay tuned.
Our Price: $4.35 per yard; 60 inches wide
Contents: 96% polyester/4% lycra
MISSES’ JACKET AND DRESS: Above waist, front button jacket has standing collar, raglan sleeves and pleated back. Dress has front and back yoke, cap sleeve, front gathers, back zipper, back slit and optional purchased belt.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
And the detailing on this dress was really stunning:
Of course a day in NYC is not complete without a trip to the garment district because like me, Lisa sews. She doesn't sew as much as I do and lately handbags and totes have been her sewing of choice. BTW, she was carrying an amazing tote that she had made with leather handles and the kewlest pockets both inside and outside the tote and she has promised to make a duplicate for me!
Lisa was looking for linen and she is as much a fan of Ebads Fabrics as I am ~ well I guess so since we've been shopping there for over 7 years! *smile* So we head downtown in a cab from the Met and end up hopping out at 37th & Broadway - traffic was a b*t&h! We stopped briefly at Spandex World where Lisa picked up three yards of a blue/brown paisley stretch. And then again at Pacific Trimming on West 38th Street where Lisa bought upholstery zippers. She also sews home dec.
But the real damage was done at Ebads. Lisa wasn't kidding when she said she wanted some linen ~ 25 yards later and another 15 yards of coordinating eyelet plus a length of silk charmeuse and lining fabric...the girl had bags that were almost too heavy to cart back to Grand Central Station! *LOL*
I, however, only purchased two pieces of fabric
an ivory eyelet and a brown silk charmeuse
along with a whole lotta lining fabric.
Then we stopped at Daytona Trimmings...I have an idea for the ivory eyelet...and I bought some trimmings and another roll of black rayon seam binding. By now Lisa was more than ready to head back to GCS - linen is heavy to carry - so she caught a cab at the Port Authority and I headed inside for the bus ride home.
I just want to leave you with a pic of the books I picked up at the museum. The Poiret book from the exhibit, Chanel - The Metropolitian Museum of Art (the book that accompanied that exhibit) and Fashion from the 18th to the 20th Century - The Kyoto Costume Institute.
As MasterCard would say, the afternoon was "priceless!"
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
First let me say that this is my "interpretation" of the Chloe dress. There are certain style elements in the original dress that I admired and wanted to incorporate into my version...but the original is sleeveless...and as much as I love my body, I love it best with some sleeves covering my fantabolious flabby biceps! *LOL*
~the different colored/fabric in the waistline section
~the flare skirt
~the three different colors and how they were incorporated into the dress.
However, due to my wardrobing needs, I needed to take those points and "corporatize" them. So here is my version of the Chloe dress:
1/2 yard of red linen from FM of course!
1/2 yard of red/black polka dot linen (this has been in the fabric collection for forever - the tag said 4 yards of linen from Cloth World ~ they have been out of business for a minute!)
1/2 yard of black linen - recent purchase from Metro Textiles. The rest will be used for the St. John's knock-off dress which is up next.
I used the pieces that I drafted for my version of the Chanel dress. So this was a lay down, cut out and sew adventure. The kind that I like best! *smile*
There are also some issues with my invisible zipper. I was trying to follow Els invisible zipper directions in her post on The Sewing Divas and I must have missed a step somewhere. I think in my quest to make sure that the different sections lined up in the back perfectly that I concentrated more on lining them up than following the directions. I will try them again on a solid colored dress or skirt because I really want to become proficient using her directions.
Other than that this was a pretty straightforward dress to make. In my opinion what makes it interesting is the different colored waistband. It will be perfect for the 100 plus degree day we are anticipating in NYC tomorrow. It will also work well for the all day meeting at work tomorrow. But most importantly, I won't be decked out all in black, I will be wearing a little color!
So, the first dress on the list is completed. One outfit down and eight more to go!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thank you for your email concerning McCall Patterns. Whenever possible, we try to provide our home sewers with the information they desire. We appreciate you taking the time to send us your comments about our patterns. It's so important for us to know how you feel about our product, and what we can do to make it better. Be assured, your thoughts and opinions have been forwarded to the proper department for review. You may want to visit our Butterick site to view the new edition of Connie Crawford Patterns, designed for plus size figures. Currently the selection is small as the patterns have only been in our catalog for 2 issues, but we do intend to add more designs with future isses.
So there you have it folks...I have been sent over to another division of their pattern company to hunt for fashionable patterns. I know that a lot of people like the new Connie Crawford patterns but I personally find them a little dowdy and am waiting to see what else is offered before I indulge. And yes, Marji, I know that Butterick, Vogue & McCalls are all one company...but since they attempt to do business as three separate entities, you think they would want to get my dollars in all three places...guess not.
The letter and the promptness of it did very little to change my mind...so I remain McCalls patternless in NJ!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
6. T-shirt and 6 gore skirt outfit from Simplicity 4076 (View C) for the top & 6 gore skirt from Simplicity 4074
7. Eyelet "Duro Style" Dress from Butterick 5031
So are you with me? Will you help me stay on track? I hope so 'cause I really would like to finish off my list and have some great garments in the process. BTW, did you notice there is not a single McCalls pattern on the list! *Oh well!*
Thanks in advance...it's appreciated!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
This time when I got the message that the new McCall's patterns were up on their website, it was with trepidation that I flipped into their site. Now I want to say two things up front...what is up with making little girls look trampy? Am I showing my age? Because the first two patterns in the "What's New" section aimed at tween girls makes them look a little streetwalkerish to me! Talk about age-appropriate!!!! And the next thing I noticed was that they had some really kewl and funky designs....*sigh* Finally!!!!
But what the???? The sizes only go up to an 18?!!!! Ummmm, have they missed the reports that most Americans are fatter now! And since pattern sizing is definitely smaller than RTW sizing who is this fitting???? I know they are trying to get the younger crowd to sew. Okay, I can flow with that but what happened to the older sewer who has a little more disposable income and who will say ummmm purchase a pattern at regular prices?
Anyway, let me show you what I liked:
First choice McCalls 5466 ~ hands down! Loves this dress! Love the tucks at the neckline. Love the black/white/grey plaid it's shown in! Carries the dress trend into fall in a lovely way...hate the fact that it stops at a size 18!
Second choice McCalls 5464 - a good all around jumper! Nice detailing and variations...interesting ways to wear it and a great wardrobe builder! And again only up to a size 18...What fat girls can't wear a jumper??! Give me a break! Thank God I have a pattern stash...I will rummage through the boxes until I find something similar but c'mon really. Can you believe this pattern only goes up to a size 18!!!!!
And this dress - McCalls 5467! Ohmygosh! I could really rock this with a jacket! Talk about not dialing up the same old dress/jacket combo that everyone else at work is wearing...I would be in whole 'nother league...but wait, repeat after me, it only goes up to a size 18! I know, they are worried that I would sue them because the pleats wouldn't fit over my not quite flat abdomen (okay I know its protruding but Spanx does help it look better!) However, they are neglecting the fact that I have skills. I CAN SEW!!!! I know that if I simply sew those pleats down a little that I could rock that dress! But fat girls obviously don't look good in that style...I guess, well at least according to McCalls. *sigh*
So what does McCalls think I, as a fat girl, should wear - McCalls 5484 a twist tie front dress that Burda WOF magazine has done several times and soooooo much better! McCalls 5485 let's just wrap me up in fabric and hope that I don't look like a badly wrapped Christmas present! Yeah, like someone is going to want to take the time to unwrap all that fabric to get to the present! And these gauchos that have been so overdone in McCalls 5452. Ummm there are links here because I just refuse to show this "stuff" on my blog! So once again McCall's has called me out! Telling me that I am unworthy of truly fashionable garb! See this post. Guess I shoulda listened and wrote them. Guess I will break down and do it this time!
Because I am beginning to think that McCalls thinks it takes up too much paper to grade some simple dress sizes up to a size 22, 24, 26! I mean that can be the only explanation for blatantly ignoring an entire size group! Guess I am heading over to Simplicity and buying patterns from them! At least they don't keep the fashion to just the skinny girls!
I'm out and soooooo disgusted!