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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Peacock Apron on: October 25, 2009 11:07:09 PM

This apron is a combination of the McCalls Vintage Apron 3979 and the waistband directions from the apron in In Stitches.

The fabric was one I have had in my stash for sometime.  I loved it and wanted to make it into a skirt, but with just a little over a yard I knew that I was never going to fly.  So I waited for the inspiration to strike and my CathrineHolm pots and their combination of blue, green, and orange finally made me decide that my future fancy kitchen would need a fancy apron to don while making my culinary masterpieces.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burda Canary Yellow Safari Jacket on: August 04, 2009 07:19:23 PM

Pattern: BWOF 02-2009-112

Pattern Description:This shaped jacket with contrasting print is as classy as a fitted jacket and as sporty as a trench coat. The sewing pattern comes in petite/half sizes because this style is particularly suitable for shorter women.

Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 17-21.  Increased to a 23

Fabric Used: Canary Yellow Stretch Cotton Sateen from Downtown LA

Notions Used: Buttons!

Pattern Alterations: Increased to a 23. Eliminated the buttons and buttonholes for the neck area.  Did not add belt loops.

    * I really love the color.  I am afraid of it much like I am afraid of white but I love it...LOL  Smiley   Can't wait till it cools down some to wear it.

    * I had just enough of the main fabric to finish this jacket.  I had to use lining fabric underneath the flaps but it worked out well as it would have been pretty bulky otherwise.

    * Love all the details! But Holy Cow is there a lot of topstitching!  That is what kept me from getting this done quicker.  What made it worse is I am quite OCD about my topstitching so it is slow and tedious and will be ripped if it looks crappy.  Thank goodness for the adjustable blindhem foot.

Conclusion:Although I have quite a bit in the bad and ugly categories, I really do like this jacket.  I will not be sewing this again, but I would recommend it.   Now I just need to get a years supply of Scotch Guard!

For more pics, Check out my blog post at Peacock Chic:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spring has sprung on: August 04, 2009 07:10:12 PM
Super cute!! I love that you used fleece and made it look fashionable!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shirred Summer Dress - BWOF 07-2009-118 on: July 17, 2009 10:51:17 PM
Thanks everyone!! shirring is super easy so if you are inclined I would go for it!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shirred Summer Dress - BWOF 07-2009-118 on: July 17, 2009 11:19:28 AM

Pattern: BWOF 07-2009-118 Dress

Pattern Description:A shirred bust section, a wide hem flounce, a halter-neck strap plaited from cotton tape this dress of lovely printed batiste is irresistable and you will be too when you wear it!

Pattern Sizing:
Burda sizes 34-42.  Increased to a 46 and again in hips to a 50.

Fabric Used: Lightweight cotton and silk from Downtown LA

Notions Used: 1/2″ Bias Tape

Pattern Alterations: Increased to a 46 and again in hips to a 50. Eliminated the bottom hem flounce.  Added 7 more rows of shirring from 9 to 16.  Used elastic thread instead of zigzagging over elastic.

The Good:

Easy to make.  I had never done shirring before with elastic in the bobbin but it was quite easy.  I even wound my bobbin using the machineshhhh dont tell.  Actually the key was to skip the tensioning disc and instead go from the spool, through the first step as if to thread the machine and then to the bobbin.  This will give just the slightest tension and the machine will do the rest.  This is hard to explain but I will show a picture if anyone needs it.   The hardest part was braiding the straps, which was not that hard,  but did make my OCD flare up.  I have not braided in years, even then I only braided hair, and now we know just one more reason why I wear my hair o naturalLOL!

The Bad:

Not having a size A bra cup required the addition of shirring lines.  The pattern only called for 9 lines but that barely made it to the middle of my bust.  In the end I ended up with 16 lines of shirring but could have probably gotten away with 12-14 lines.  Either way, make sure to compare the front AND back lengths of the shirring to make sure it fits your bust.  Mine was a little too long in the back with the shirring that is why I say 12-14 would have been optimal.

If you want more pictures and details, check out my blog at Peacock Chic:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Maxi Dress from Burda!! on: July 15, 2009 07:46:26 AM
ahhh thanks folks!  Especially those petite ladies that have my fashion back!  LOL!

thats awesome, love the fabric.  can you wear a bra with it or do the straps make that not work?  I'd love to make a top like that if the straps worked
  I am wearing a strapless in this picture because I fear wardrobe malfunctions.  The style of bodice kinda helps to simulate a bra as it cups and the straps keep everything taunt but if you have a smaller bust the top would be just fine bra-less

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maxi Dress from Burda!! on: July 14, 2009 09:05:08 PM

Summer is here and I have been itching to make some summer dresses, especially a Maxi Dress.  Enter Burda with the July issue and I was off and running.  With fabric in stash, this pattern was cut and sewn almost immediately upon receipt of the issue.  Although some BWOF devotees did not find the July issue inspirational, I am in LOVE!

Pattern: BWOF 07-2009-116 Maxi Dress

Pattern Description:The perfect dress for your dream vacation. Its long, flowing, sun-backed and colorful. Contrasting straps trim the plunging V-neckline, creating a pretty dcollte.

Pattern Sizing: Burda petite/half sizes 17-21.  I made a 23.

Fabric Used: Knit fabric found at M&L in the discount section.

Notions Used: None

Pattern Alterations: I increased the size to a 23 and then again at my hips to a 25. Took in the top portion of the bodice by 1" and took off 5" of length at the bottom. Did not use the suggested zipper in the side seam

Ok, I know that some fashionistas do not like  Maxi's and especially dislike them on petite women.  However, I absolutely love the style and had to have it.   It just feels so comfy to me.  Probably because it is only a step or two away from being a nightgown...LOL!  Anyhoo,  I am hoping the abundance of  skin up top balances out all the fabric on the bottom half.  I tried to get the suggested day wear ankle length for my maxi but after 3 adjustments with the hem, I gave up so it is not quite as short as they suggest.

For more info and pictures, check out my blog posting for this dress at Peacock Chic: http://peacockchic.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/peacock-collection-09-bwof-07-2009-116/

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knife- Pleated denim clutch with buttons on: July 14, 2009 09:00:48 PM
super cute!! i love your obsession!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Follow the Yellow Brick Road on: July 05, 2009 09:22:55 PM
awesome and I love the name!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mushrooms are popping up! (origami) on: June 22, 2009 10:46:59 AM
OMG those are so cool and cute!!  What will you do with them?
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