Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meeyooowwww Kay Unger 1329

Back to sewing, right where I left off!

This dress from my last post (Vogue 1329) worked out even better than I thought it would!
I took some cues from what I like in RTW, I made it more fitted than the previous post pic and I made it shorter.

I think the look is much more slimming.  Instead of just color blocking the front, I also color blocked the side back on the matching side.  If you will look at the picture in my previous post, you can see the black side front and the print showing through right behind it.  I've seen this in other reviews of this dress and in RTW and I personally think it looks a little awkward.

They made this pattern with a center and side back  which I think is a bit much for a pattern that calls for stretch fabric.

I think having the same color in the back side is more slimming and looks more uniform.

I wasn't sure if the leopard print would be over the top so I chickened out and wore it with a black jacket to work.  This kicks it up professionally and subdues the print.  I swear, in office light the jacket looks ore black than navy.  There is an upside to never being let out in direct sunlight, the blacks always match in fluorescent lights.


The other pattern that I have started and finished since we last spoke is a Marfy (couldn't stay away too long).  2415 is one of those unobtrusive tops that they slipped in with a jacket so great that I barely noticed the top.  That is until my fellow Fashionista Rita ordered it.

Did I mention that I finished it already?  In deep blue silk jersey from Universal Fabric Center In Rice Village.
I should be able to post pics when I wear it tomorrow.

All in all, I had a great 2 day sew cation.  I really need to do that more often.

Just in case you were wondering...

The key to uninterrupted sewing power
I know that I have been away for awhile.  We've been busy as a family working in the yard together.  After the last hurricane in 2008 when we lost power for 10 days, we decided to install a backup generator.  So, since I didn't want it sitting right next to the house we put it at the back of the yard.  This meant that we had over 100 feet of trenches to dig by hand for the natural gas and electric lines. It was a good way to get some sun and get myself in shape.  While we were in the trench digging mood, we ran irrigation lines from the house to both ends of the garden which runs all the way around the back yard.  This is the rock garden side, I promise the other end has a batch of tomato plants and fruit tree and looks much more impressive.

Yeah, its the white box in the middle of the picture. It doesn't look like much, but its the magical thing that supposedly keeps the house running (Air Conditioning included) during any power failure.  It runs on natural gas and is hard wired to automatically transfer for continuous power whenever the electricity is cut off.

16 comments:

  1. Wow. The dress looks absolutely lovely. The fit is soooo flattering onyou and I like the dress with the jacket.
    I am really glad to see you back, and very much looking forward to seeing the marfy top in the flesh so to speak. The pattern looks fab.
    Pleased to see that sewing will now proceed uninterrupted in the event of power loss too.

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    1. Hey Jenni! How are you doing? I love your new sweater, its so great to hear from you.

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  2. Wow. The dress looks absolutely lovely. The fit is soooo flattering onyou and I like the dress with the jacket.
    I am really glad to see you back, and very much looking forward to seeing the marfy top in the flesh so to speak. The pattern looks fab.
    Pleased to see that sewing will now proceed uninterrupted in the event of power loss too.

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  3. Wow! A lot of work (sewing and outsite). The dress looks great and you in it gorgeaous - what a great fit!

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

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  4. The dress is a true winner. Looks great on you and I like the office look with the blazer as well. A great piece to wear when you want to go out after work. After all that trench digging, I think you deserve a night out on the town.

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    1. What a great idea! But I'm on a roll... I'll have to drag JD out this weekend.

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  5. Sewing Fashionista Becki, that dress is FABULOUS!! The fit is great and you were very smart in the way you "blocked" the prints and solids. Very professional with the jacket. This outfit is a real winner.

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    1. Thank you so much for that fabulous fabric Ms Roz, it totally makes the dress!

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  6. I love the dress. I went to Universal Fabrics once and got crazy overwhelmed, I should give it another try. I'm very jealous of your generator!

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    1. Their is a method to the madness, but you have to kind of dig. Definitely refer to their website and print their 10% coupon before going, they aren't cheap but I have been able to talk her into giving me a discount.

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  7. Yeah, Becki, I agree with your assessment of how the color blocking should be done on side front and back. You look lovely in the dress, and very sharp with that (ahem) black jacket :) And Congrats on getting the backup generator installed where you wanted it to be!

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    1. Thank you Mary Beth, I have seen that in RTW too and it does kind of look weird.

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  8. Very flattering dress and agree with your colour blocking, much better. Oh wow, that is a lot of digging!

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  9. Great looking dress, it's a really flattering fit and I love the fabric combo you chose for the colourblocking.

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