Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pattern crazy

Butterick, Vogue and McCall's had some major sales on sewing patterns today and I practically cleaned them out!  It's easy not to feel guilty about adding to the pile of patterns in my collection when they're under $4 a piece, even though I haven't sewn in months.

My loot:

I had originally decided against this one because of the high neckline and almost cap sleeves.  high necklines just make me look big up top and I don't need the help.  And cap sleeves don't do my arms any favors.  But I was seduced by the open back.  With the twist at the top, I can lower the front neckline all I want without worrying about the shoulders of my dress slipping off.

This one caught my eye but didn't impress me first (my first impressions kind of suck, don't they?)  UNTIL I saw Gertie conceiving of a dress for a black-tie function.  It wasn't until then that I saw the real potential for the adorable detail in this dress.  And who isn't flattered by a pencil skirt and natural waist?  Well I don't want to know who, because I am.

I'll admit, this is one of those patterns I look at again and again because I like the styling of the photographs and the fabric choices for the modeled garments.  NOT the most important factors to consider when choosing a sewing pattern, but at $4 I let myself make the impulse buy.  Plus I'm loving blousy tops right now.

This is where I get my revenge for being too old to go to prom anymore.  Because I'm going to make this.. for [Goth] Prom!  Yes, there's a Goth Prom.  Yes, I will be there.

Does anyone else remember when this one came out?  It's the first time I remember being really impressed with the merchandising of Vogue's pattern books.  All of a sudden there were these fabulous formal gowns in BRIGHT colors, like parrot dresses!  And now it's mine.

The Galaxy dress.  
So many sewers have done this that I think it needs no introduction except to say that I've talked myself out of buying this pattern many times.  On the one hand, I should hate that it's a knock off of a designer dress.  On the other, it's a simple pattern I could (and should) draft myself.  But did I mention how long it's been since I've sewn anything?  I think it's safe to say that a finished project will be a lot more likely if I purchase the pattern.  Baby steps!

Let's just say this one's been a long time coming

Two simple designs made more interesting by a small detail.  I'd like to claim that I don't wear jeans and some variation of a knit top or tee every single day, but that would be a dirty, dirty lie.
I can't have too many tops for summer, when working on computers it's easy to slide into frumpy from "comfortable," so I grabbed a couple patterns to use on the growing pile of knit jersey in a space bag in my sewing room.

A name! I have one

I can't describe how frustrating it is to name a blog right now.  Every time I thought of something kitchy and sew-appropriate, it was taken. Eventually I just started typing them in to my browser to see just who had taken my name from me.. just to find they haven't made an entry in 5 or 6 years!  Not fair!