Monday, April 27, 2015

Vogue Hot Picks For Summer 2015


I am so amazed at the patterns for this Summer.  I have looked through the new looks and found that there are several must haves for my stash.  I've even got is figured out what fabrics I want to make my Summer picks with or at least think I want for them because I always buy a fabric for a specific pattern, but once I see the two together I change things around until it all makes sense.

Taking a quick look.

V1541- I love the look of this top.  It's nicely tailored with an interesting front peplum.

 The skirt has some surprising details, too.  I think this ensemble would be a definate must for today's fashion forward ladies.  The fabric choices are a plus in my book because "DENIM" is on the list.

Yellow, that's one of my favorite colors and V1445 sets the stage with some serious detail work.

 Very pretty shaped hemline.

Here, you can see a slight V opening  leading to a raised neckline.  No side seams, but this pattern uses edgestitching for detail.  Perfect for the modest conscious.

An exposed zipper gives the  back a lot of detail.  This was a must have fall in love moment for me.  Great every day, work, or date night dress.  Fabric suggestions are Crepe, Stretch Faille, and Double Knit.

Vogue 1448 Is on my list because of it's softness and it has pockets.  This dress looks like it was created with soft fabrics in mind.  I love how the pattern envelope dress depicts this pattern.  It really shows the designer's intentions for the dress.  Hopefully, I will get around to putting this one in my closet, but there's still more to view before I put this one on the top of my "ta do" list.
 Vogue 1449-  This is the cutest dress I've seen in a while.  It reminds me of some of the dresses from the 70s.  Details are in the pleats, sleeves, and the neck.

While the dress body is made from a Sateen, Crepe, or Lightweight Twill, the neck collar is made with a knit.  I can see many ways to put this lovely together and it goes at the top of must have ta do.

I have mixed feelings about my next pattern.  I haven't really figured out what draws me to this pattern, but I have to mention it.
Vogue 1454- I don't know if I am drawn to this or repelled, but this one is very interesting to me for some reason.

The overall look is very modern and "Hip".  I like the model in the black and white.  It's saying something to me, but I can't quit put my hands on it.


The details are in the skirt about mid thigh and the back of the blouse in the back.  This is an interesting pattern for me and most likely would be a challenge sense I'm not sure of my love/ hate relationship with it.  However,  I seeks a challenge.  What about you?

My "Sleeper" pattern is Vogue 9108 by Marcy Tilton.
My thoughts when I first saw this one was that I absolutely hate a dress and leggings together, but if I were going to put this together for me, the dress is what makes this a perfect lounge dress.

The center mesh piece on the bodice is so kool.  It has pockets and it's made with jersey fabric.  I absolutely am looking at this one in solids or some type of matching prints.  I think this one is a little busy, but the line drawings are what kept me interested.

The back detail with the straps make this "Sleeper" come to life.  I would put mine together with a tank for Summer wear.

Honorable Mentions:
Vogue 9103 
Vogue 9102 
Vogue 9107

Vogue 1447 
Vogue 9116 
Vogue 9101 
This pattern seems to be one that will have staying power because it is a natural free form Jersey fabric staple.  I would love to have one of these in any and every color known to fabric.
Vogue 9104
I love this dress.  I wasn't sure about the neck because the Summer sun can be hot, but I think with the fabric suggestions,,,,Crepe de Chine, Lightweight Jersey, Lightweight Broadcloth, the heat can be cooled down and I actually prefer the Crepe de Chine for evening and Jersey for a day look.  Which ever fabric design that you decide to come up with for this one is totally up to you, but play with it and have fun.  I'm thinking a Chiffon will make it stand out for a romantic beach wear look ie,,cover-up.

Wow, that was a brain full, but that's all I have for the Vogue Summer 2015 line of patterns.  I haven't delved into them as of yet, but I have high hopes and lots of vision for a few of them.

Thank you for joining me today and I look forward to our next post.  Until then,

Lot of Love\

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our Last Prom Dress 2015


It's that time of year when all the Senior High Schoolers are looking forward to "The Last Prom".   My daughter let me know that I was not going to be exempt from the festivities.  All the fun came my way just after I had signed up for the Sewing Pattern Review contest at the beginning of the month.

My oldest daughter decided that she wanted to go to the prom right in the middle of my planning for the contest.  So, instead of getting busy with my contest, I began putting together her dress.  There were a lot of pattern options that she liked, but ultimately she came up with something that suited the both of us.

 McCall's 6030 was the starting point for her dress.  We went to Joann and Hancock Fabrics to get things rolling.  I was happy and sad all at the same time.  My emotions were every where, but I fought back tears as I thought about my prom so many years ago.  My Mom went through a lot of last minute rushing in order to get me ready and I thought it would only be fair that I do the same for my princess.

My daughter decided that she would pick the pattern and I could figure out the rest.  I felt overwhelmed because I felt like I had my plate full, but I didn't want to let her down.  My mind was constantly between contest and prom.  I would have to take a few hours here and there between the 2 and finally I came up with a theme for my contest and the perfect fabric for her prom dress.  I ended up ordering the fabric (ebay) for the prom dress and the chiffon I got from Hancock Fabrics.  The rhinestone trim I found at Joann's.  I was amazed at the quality of this trim and we couldn't leave it.  Sparkly things are very much her hobby.

Once I got started with her dress, every 2 minutes she came in to check on it (She was off for Spring Break).  I couldn't think with her little eyes on me like a hawk.  The result was I had to wait for her to go back to school in order to get anything done.

Here she is in her "Last Prom Dress".

Oshja chose a red high heel sandal because she wanted a "POP" of color.  I thought it was a good idea and went with it. Shoes are from Belk.
Here she is with her date for the evening.  Thank you Tarrence for making this day a beautiful memory.  I just love this picture in vintage.

Masks were made by Oshja
We have now passed another mile stone and with each one I feel mixed with my emotions, but the thoughts that I feel the most are the moments when my mind wonders to "My little girl is no long a little girl".  There aren't any words right now that can really explain where I am, but I can say again in this life that I now know what my Mother felt.

No review for this one,  I basically went my own way.

Thank you for joining me today and I'll see you next post.  If you haven't checked out the PR contest, go over to their site and see what it's about.  I'll be busy trying to finish that off finally.

Until next time,

Lots of Love