Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My DIY Animal Print Pencil Skirt In Triple

A few weeks back, I posted a few pics about a leopard print skirt  by Brooksbrothers.  I was kind of thinking about which of the design ideas I like the most and the skirt was the one that seemed to be the subtlest way for me to use animal print and yet not be so obviously BOLD.

I have not been a fan of animal prints in the past, but I found this awesome piece of double knit leopard print at that I had been eyeing for a while.  I finally decided a couple of days ago to give this print a shot.  I knew I wanted to make a pencil skirt, but after trying some of the online tutorials for pencil skirts (google search) I realized that those patterns were not going to fill the bill for what I wanted in a fitted skirt (tutorial coming soon).

Since I've always wanted to have matching Mother-Daughter outfits, I decided to make matching skirts for me and my girls.
 First up is mini Me, my little one.  I used a 2 panel pattern for her and my daughter..
Next, my oldest daughter.
Looking at the back of this one's skirt is really impossible.  She would not be still for a good picture, but this is the best she would do.
Finally,,Mom's pencil skirt.
I have a skirt with 2 lengths.  It's like having 2 in 1..

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  We definitely had a lot of fun. Until next time, LOLPOH


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Look 6388 Plaid And Pleats Are Back

Since I have not been able to use my peddle foot these past couple of weeks, I decided to cheat.  My oldest daughter was going to have a fit for a plaid pleated skirt.  I was surprised when she suggested a kilted looking skirt because she is always so plain and reserved in her black whatever she wears.

The fabric is one of my fabric excursion finds at Hancock Fabrics.  She picked out the fabric and she picked out the pattern.  Here is a look at how she styled her New Look 6388.
My daughter chose a TH black sweater, red knee hi socks with lace and a bow in the back.  She loves her little "Not so Leather" Leather jacket and she is rocking her white eternity scarf.  All she needs now is her book-bag and a bus, but unfortunately for me the bus isn't coming until next year..LOL

New Look 6388
Misses skirt with variations and lengths
Size 6-16
I didn't do any alterations to the pattern.  I went directly by the pattern details.  Overall this was a good pattern for this skirt.  I made view C in size 10.
I don't think that I will be making this one again unless I am asked, but it was fun and I enjoy it when I can find something that my daughter and I can agree on.  I do recommend this pattern as a staple for the wrap around skirt.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  Until next time.. Happy sewing and Happy Holidays,  LOLPOH,


Saturday, December 7, 2013

McCall's New Spring Pattern Line Up

Today I am looking at the new Spring patterns by McCall's.  I am very impressed by this new set of patterns.  I like that most of them are made with simple fabrics and the styles are going to be "Hot" for the coming year.  My must haves for right now, are.....

This pattern has a couple of different options to it.  I like the options better than I do the model choices.  Fabric suggestions are Poplin, Sateen, Cotton Blends, and Linen.  I am willing to wager that a nice Challis, Satin (perfect dress for bride's maids), or Voile will make this dress POP.

This dress is a mock wrap dress.  That's got to be an easy choice because all you do is pull it on over your head and out the door you go,,looking awesome.  Fabric suggestions are all knit and jersey.  This dress can be dressed up or down.  It just depends on you at the time that you are making it and what the purpose is for making it, but a nice black double/ponte knit would go well with this one.

Fabrics that I think would look good with this dress.
This dress is nice.  It is a close fitting T-shirt dress with different neckline and sleeve variations.  Fabric choices for this dress are knit and jersey.  It doesn't matter which one you pick just make sure you rock it.
This little number right here has a lot to offer.  I love how the fitted skirt is mixed with the open back.  At first I thought this pattern was the same as M6647, but it isn't.  The difference between the two patterns are small, but I prefer this pattern rather than M6647.  The fabric options for this pattern are Poplin, Sateen,  Cotton Blends and Twill, but I am going to go out on a limb again and say that satin and a bit of lace would dress the end results up a bit and make it similar to the previously mentioned pattern.
This has got to be the cutest outfit ever.  I like this set because it is something that I would be able to wear everyday.  This definately a dual purpose dress.  The whole outfit is beach worthy, grocery shopping, or just hanging out with friends.  I like this pattern all the way around.

Now, you know I like to save my best thoughts for last.  Pattern M6893 is that last thought  for me.  I admit that I don't really care for the model option, but the option with the polka dots has my attention.  There are several ways of mixing and matching this pattern to your own taste and that is an added plus for this go getter.  Fabric suggestions are kind of soft, but I am going to go with my gut on this.  I think casual fabrics like (cotton/ cotton blends) will do a great job.  BUT,,Linen or a silk-blend would make this dress really stand out in a crowd.  When I look at this pattern, I see this dress in a more solid fabric.  Satin and lace isn't going to do that for me with this pattern.  I guess I am going to have to test this theory out. (And I will)

There were 3 blouses that came out with the Spring line.  Out of the 3 there was only one that struck my fancy.
I have to stay true to the fashion gurus around the world "Peplums are OVER rated!"  However, even though this style has been put into overkill this year.  I still think that a wardrobe without a few blouses in this style would be dated.  So, I choose McCall's pattern style of blouse as my peplum muse.

Here is a jacket that meets my standard of traditional Chanel with a twist.  I like this pattern because it has a more youthful appearance.  Fabric suggestions are traditional Tweed, Linen, Boucle, and Crepes.  If you the right fabric combinations are  put together, you might pass fast with a great Chanel look a like.

As always, I enjoyed spending time with you.  Until next time, LOLPOH,


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Patterns That Are Perfect For's 12 Deals of Christmas Sale

I have been out for a couple of days and with good reason.  I went to the doctor last week only to find that I a sprained ankle.  I have been holding off telling this for a while, but I think now is the time to let the cat out of the bag.  It is so sad when your mind and heart are in one place, but your body will not cooperate with you in order to make some of those things happen that your mind and heart wants to happen.  I have been trying for weeks to get some of my well meaning Christmas gifts done, but it is difficult with a sprained foot that just will not cooperate when needed.  So, I have decided to post a brief word to let you know that i am still here and I will be back on the road to recovery really soon.  I am scheduled to go to physical therapy soon and I am not looking forward to the pain that comes with PT, but if it helps, then I will endure.

In the meantime, I have been pattern and fabric shopping for upcoming projects.  I have come up with some pretty neat combinations and I hope you like them and feel free to try them.  Right now, is having a crazy sale on their fabric with the 12 Deals of Christmas Sale and I don't want to miss out on this sale and I definately don't think you should either.  We tend to think about everyone else during the holidays, so why not think about yourself for a few minutes at  There is free shipping  on orders of 35.00 or more and their shipping is normally fast, but during the holiday season, it might not be as fast as normal.

McCall 6744
Butterick 5972

These 2 patterns have been heavy on my mind all Summer and they are not going any where right now.  But, they have an easy going Bohemian feel to them and both can be short or long.  I like the style of the dresses and so far, the one on the right by Butterick is taking full attention.  I found this fabric at the 12 Deals of Christmas Sale.  I think it would go great with either of these patterns,

The next pattern is really saying something to me.  I just don't know what it is saying right now.  Pattern  B5995 is one of those patterns where you can get more bang for your buck.  I like that it is a wardrobe pattern, but I am still looking for fabrics that I would like to see the different pieces made in.

I look at these 2 choices of fabric and I like the pink textured fabric as a blouse.  The cream colored brocade would be my choice for the dress, jacket, and skirt.

I have to admit that I am in love with B5984.  This dress pattern is very versatile and it has a vintage 1950s 1960s look to it.  The fabric choices are a little dressy, but knowing me, I will be thinking outside the box.

If I were going to keep the dress looking like the model dress.  I would use the crepe fabric on the left.  I adore this piece of fabric.

The fabric on the right is a crepe as well, but I would use it to make one of the closer fitting dresses. with a contrast collar.

Here is a pic of just a few fabrics that are on sale.  There are so many more fabric choices, so keep an eye out on this sale because every day there will be a new sale and it might be something in the decor department, notions department, or apparel fabric.

Thank you for joining me today.  Until next time I wish you Lots of Love and Plenty of Hugs!!!!!