Monday, 18 May 2020

Very Easy Vogue V9021: Red Flutter Sleeve Dress with Floral Appliqué

I've never owned a red dress, but I've owned this red fabric for many years, so I finally decided to make my red dress project happen.

The fabric is crepe and was purchased at The Wool House in Toronto (in the fashion district at Queen & Spadina).

The pattern is Very Easy Vogue 9021, which I've made twice before - once in green crepe, also purchased from The Wool House, and once in a polka dot cotton blend, purchased from Fabricland. You can read about those makes here: Very Easy Vogue V9021: Green Fitted Flutter Sleeve Dress and here: Very Easy Vogue V9021: Flutter Sleeve Dress in Polka Dots

Having made both the longer and shorter views of this dress, I already knew that I preferred the longer version, which is view B, so this is the view I made with the red fabric. Trying on my previous makes, I also realized that with a small adjustment, the fit would be absolutely perfect; therefore I added half an inch to the bottom of the bodice so that it would align properly with my waist. This adjustment also resulted in the fitted skirt sitting in exactly the right spot. Sometimes it's amazing what a big difference one small pattern adjustment can make in the overall fit of a garment.

When I was finished sewing the dress, I felt that I wanted to do something to make it unique since I already have two other versions of the same dress. That's when the floral appliqué caught my eye. I have a bag of about ten of these same appliqués sitting in a Ziplock bag on my drafting table. I originally purchased them from Amazon for a coat project that is on my Things to Make wish list. Using one of the appliqués for my red dress leaves me with plenty left over for my coat project, and I think it was exactly what the dress needed.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Refashion: Plaid Jacket

I bought this jacket for $7.99 from Value Village. It was boring and shapeless, but I liked the fabric so I thought it would be ideal for a refashion project.

The first thing I did was replace the buttons. I had a few of the buttons I wanted to use, but not enough, so I had to re-order them online. The buttons cost $1.00 each.

Next, I removed and redesigned the sleeves. I cut off about nine inches of the original sleeve and replaced it with a black, stretchy, embroidered fabric I had in my stash.

I removed the shoulder pads (this isn't the 1980's!) and added some trim to the shoulders.

Lastly, I adjusted the fit and re-assembled the jacket.

Adding the original price of the jacket from the thrift store and the buttons, this jacket refashion cost me $12.99.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

McCall's M7332: Uptown Funk Pink Jacket

I was inspired to make a pink jacket by Bruno Mars in his music video Uptown Funk.  I used pink satin to make McCall's M7332 jacket pattern with a satin floral print for the sleeve cuffs and the lapel.  I added a hat and sunglasses to style myself after Bruno Mars.

I would make a different variation of this jacket (like View D) again for fall.  Next time I think I would prefer to use a heavier weight fabric - maybe wool.  I think the vest would be a great addition to my wardrobe also.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Player 2 Patterns: Drawstring Pineapple

Here's the latest Player 2 Patterns sewing pattern - the Drawstring Pineapple Pouch.   Such a cute pattern to sew up and give as a gift or to store things in.  The PDF pattern is available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Very Easy Vogue V9075: Springtime Floral

Just finished this look in time for spring.  I've made Very Easy Vogue V9075 before - both the dress and the jumpsuit.  And I have even more fabric that I've already purchased to make it again.  Next time I will be making the dress from View A, but adding the sleeves from View B.

On the way back from this photoshoot, I went through the drive-thru for a coffee and the girl at the drive-thru window said she loved my outfit.  Then she called another girl over to the window to see it.  That made my day :) 

Friday, 19 April 2019

Player 2 Patterns: Cossack Fur Hat Pattern

I've always wanted one of these fur hats; it reminds me of the Boney M song Rasputin - especially the character from the 2010 Wii Video Game, Just Dance 2.  So I decided to make the pattern for it! Now you too can look like the 1970's super group, Boney M, by making your own fur hat using the Player 2 Pattern Cossack Hat Sewing Pattern.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Player 2 Patterns: 3 Button Pillow

Another new pillow pattern has just been released in my Etsy Shop!  The Player 2 Patterns 3 Button Pillow is a fast and easy pattern to sew.  Use it to decorate your own couch, or sew one a gift for a friend.

So far, I've made one using upholstery fabric and wooden buttons (as seen below), but I will be sewing a second pillow so that I will have a matching set for my sofa.