Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lined Jacket Contest

I have started working on my lined jacket for the contest. I really thought about making something new, but I really wanted a summer version of Marfy 1637.
I know that there are a lot of cute new things, but I felt like going with something familiar.
I am making some changes though. I am narrowing the neckline by about an inch so it isn't so wide.
The upper collar isn't going to change (so far) so it should come a little lower on the neckline. I am thinking about taking the lower collar piece and making it a ruffle. I have a good bit of fabric left over, so I have some room to play with this.
I am also making it 2" longer by lengthening the bottom peplum.
You can see some of my pattern chages in the layout here.
The fabric is a fabulous silk/wool blend from High's which has a lovely gold sheen and a fabulous drape.
The lining that you see is a pretty silk charmeuse roll end from EOS
I promise, I will post pictures of my Marfy patterns. I haven't received my order yet, but there were quite a few wonderful things in that new catalog.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Break from Soul Sucking

I am back...

I have been away for awhile (understatement)

Not sewing much (understatement)

That perfect 45 hour a week job has taken a turn towards 50 hour soul sucking, but thats another story. "What do you look for in a job?" for another time.
I have finished a skirt from this wonderful navy window pain plaid:
Its McCalls 5523 and its quite worth the fan fair. Lovely potential for stripes and plaids. So, of course I went over board:
Bias plaid on the sides and the gusset in this dark plaid make it almost boring and plain, or almost over the top. The back has a gusset which adds flair, and the plaid looks quite interesting:

Check out those shoes!! Kenneth Coles gray snake and silver heels! I grabbed them over lunch one day.

This is another job hazard, lunch at Nordstrom!
I have never been a shop till you drop gal, but i have spent more time in Ann Taylor in the last month than I did in years before that. I haven't been around clothes hoarders much so this is quite new to me. They have closets stuffed full of cheap clothes, some of which they have NEVER worn!
They drag me shopping because I'm the best heavy. They want me to talk them out of buying the wrong thing and I can do that. "Do you LOVE it?" Am I the only one who asks this?
Shoes are my weakness. I'll show you my Kate Spades next.
Next i will post some spring plans, including another Marfy 1637 for that lined jacket contest.

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