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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 8809 - Two piece shirt! on: October 10, 2008 07:59:46 PM

Pattern: Simplicity 8809 (OOP, 1999), View B

Pattern Description: Out of print pattern for misses pullover knit tops with sleeve and neckline variations. I did version B which has three-quarter length dolman sleeves and a boat neckline.

Pattern Sizing: Size 12, 14, 16, 18. I made a size 18

Fabric Used: Random Knit Fabric from M&L

Notions Used:Little bit of Staytape at the top of the sleeve

Pattern Alterations: This was a very boxy design so I nipped in the sides at the waist a little

My first knit fabric top!!! Yay!! I dont know why I was so afraid of using knit fabric but it took me taking a class to finally delve in.  Now I am addicted. 

And It is only two pieces.  Gotta love that!

I also like the boatneck.  Since my collarbone is one of my prettiest feature I like to accentuate it when I can.

Also blogged here: http://peacockchic.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/peacock-collection-simplicity-8809/

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burdastyle Franzi Vest on: October 09, 2008 09:37:16 PM

Pattern:Burdastyle Franzi Vest

Pattern Description: Cropped Lined Vest

Pattern Sizing: Size 34-44, I upsized to a 46 and petited the pattern using BWOF measurements

Fabric Used: A woven with stretch and poly for the lining

Notions Used: 3/4″ buttons

Pattern Alterations:
Petite Alterations, left out the faux pockets

    * I love Love LOVE this vest.  I have already worn it two times and need to make more shirts that match it so that I can wear it even more.
    * This pattern was easy peasy despite the fact that it took me forever to finish because of my need for the perfect buttons
    * The pattern is FREE!!!  Gotta love free and the gracious nature of the Burdastyle designers.  I think the fit and sizing is almost, if not exactly, the same as BWOF.  I know I petited a cropped vest, but if I hadnt it would have really hung low on me like a real vest.

Check out my blog post for more details and pictures:
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Short and Sassy Pleated Handbag on: September 19, 2008 07:38:55 AM

Short and Sassy Pleated Handbag by Artsy-Crafty Babe

Fabric Used:
Linen-look fabric for handles and top panels, Joel Dewberry Ironwork in Eggplant on outside, Brown canvas fabric inside

Notions Used: 1 brass magnetic snap, Pellon 70 heavy weight interfacing, Pellon non-woven medium weight interfacing.

This purse worked up so quickly. If you need an instantly cute purse, this is it! I really like the size of the bag and the handle length in particular. I know that is simple to adjust but it is nice when you don't have to second guess the length. This one fit perfectly over my arm and on my shoulder which is where I like it.

If you would like more details and pictures you can check out my blog post at: http://peacockchic.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/finished-object-short-and-sassy-pleated-handbag/

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lolita Apron on: June 21, 2008 10:13:29 PM

Pattern: Lola (and Lolita) Apron by Sew Liberated

Pattern Description:
This mother-daughter apron duo will bring a flirty, retro flair to your kitschy kitchen. Inspired by a handmade vintage find, the Lola is a sure-fire way to get you cooking up a storm in style. The Lolas customizable fit assures a flattering apron for all sizes and body types. Make one for yourself, your daughter and grandma too!

Pattern Sizing: Lolita Size Small for my 3 year old niece

Fabric Used:
Purple Butterfly print from JoAnns

Notions Used: rickrack, 1/4″ bias tape

Pattern Alterations: None, at least not intentionally

Its so CUTE Grin!! The pockets remind me of lollipops! I cant say that I am much of a rickrack person but I definitely loved it for this apron because of the vintage look and the fact that it was for my niece.

For more pictures and details check out my blog post:


15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burdastyle Kasia Skirt DONE! on: June 12, 2008 12:11:09 PM

The pattern was FREE!!!! Such a great pattern found for free on Burdastyle. I dont know how I stumbled up on this site but it was great! you just have to print out the sheet and tape them together. It was a snap!! If you are in the actual size range of the pattern, which I was not, you can then just cut it out and sew. It also have full pattern instructions that were easy to follow. I think this is super cool!!

Pattern: Kasia Skirt - Burdastyle 6012

Pattern Description: Great for summer fun, this skirt features gathering of the pocket backing and bold bib-front buttons.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46. I increased the size to a 50 to accommodate my hips and badonk

Fabric Used:
Black on Black pinstriped stretch cotton from Journal fabrics, Cotton batiste for inside pocket

Notions Used: 1″ buttons, invisible zipper, black knit interfacing

Pattern Alterations: Increased the sizing to a 50, Added a center back dart to the yoke to bring it back to fitting my waist which is about a 46 . I also added 1 1/4″ to the length of the skirt and only hemmed it one inch

For more details and detailed pictures check out my Kasia skirt blog post at:


16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick 5181 - Black and White Dress on: June 10, 2008 07:29:40 AM

I love the fabric used as the skirt part of the dress. This fabric, found on a whim at Jennys Fabrics for $1.69 a yard, was the inspiration for the entire dress. I really loved this Photo from Nordstrom's ( http://peacockchic.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/collection-inspiration.jpg ) and adapted that to be my theme for a Black and White collection I am making over on my blog. I love the combination of the mundane with the shock of color. I did get compliments on the dress but probably because everyone was distracted by the skirt fabric and the shoes :O)

Pattern: Butterick 5181, View A

Pattern Description:
Misses Dress with lined, close-fitting bodice and slightly flared skirt in above mid-knee length with Center back zipper.

Pattern Sizing:
F5(16-18-20-22-24). I made a 16

Fabric Used: 100% cotton from Joanns and M&L fabrics

Notions Used: 14″ Zipper, Hooks and Eyes

Pattern Alterations: Changed Bust darts to gathers along the bust line. Trimmed the square shaped skirt of the dress into a slight A-line. Made View A but deleted the contrast hem and added the length to compensate.

For more details and a few more pictures check out my blog post:

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / BWOF 02-2008-117 Runway Trenchcoat DONE! on: June 09, 2008 10:12:24 PM

I love all the details of this coat. The top stitching is what attracted me to this coat the most. I just really like how it makes the coat stand out whether it is monotone or duo tone like mine. The cinched in waist due to the shirring coupled with the flair also gives you that super tiny waist feelingeven if it is just in your head :smile: I even like the detail of the attached snaps. It is all about the hidden treasures.

Pattern:Burda World of Fashion 02-2008-117 Coat

Pattern Description: As lightweight as a dress Numerous rows of smocking (that is actually quite easy to do) sculpt a feminine silhouette in the current X-line which is particularly becoming for petite women!

Fabric Used: black stretch cotton sateen with white cotton floral stretch fabric for accents on the collar, cuffs and hem. Both were bough at Michael Levine for $3.00 a yard. The floral fabric was the inspiration for the two color coat.

Notions Used: fusible knit interfacing, Pellon 934 Fusible Fleece, 1/4 double fold bias tape, size 10 black snaps

Time to Make: May 2-May 9 (7 days). Since I am a newbie to BWOF patterns. The instructions would throw me for a loop which made me take mental health breaks often. But ultimately it was the Hong Kong finish that consumed the majority of the time.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / BWOF 01-2008-125 Blouse with pleated puff sleeves on: April 25, 2008 09:04:10 PM

Fabric: Stretch Satin from Fabricland
Inspiration: BWOF 01-2008-125A Blouse
Modifications:Body mods in general. Two less pintucks per sleeve due to fit issues, trimmed 3/8″ off sleeve cap top to fit in sleeve.
Enjoyment Factor: 6 - Due to inexperience only
Time: 1 week

Drum roll please..I present to you my first Burda World of Fashion project!! I am so proud of myself for trying a BWOF pattern. I am also happy that I actually finished it because there were a few time I wanted to throw it out of the window

If you really like to sew, like making cool up to date fashions and don't mind some hard work and possible tears I highly sugges Burda World of Fashion projects.

If you want more details and pictures come check out my blog post:

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Emmeline Apron - Empire Waist Design on: February 08, 2008 04:38:08 PM

Everything about this apron was quickhow quickly I was asked to do it, how quickly I sewed it up, and how quickly I needed a Christmas present for my mom Smiley . So for it to look so nice, even close up, is both a testament to my improving sewing skills and how wonderfully easy the pattern is.

Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus Pond in yellow and Sun Dahlia in green
Inspiration: Montessori by Hand Emmeline Apron
Modifications: None
Difficulty: 6
Enjoyment Factor: 8
Sewing Time: 1 day

For more details and pictures you can visit my blog post at:
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag on: February 04, 2008 08:09:46 PM

This is the Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag from Montessori By Hand.  From the topstitching to the wool fabric, this bag came out so wonderfully due to the professional finishing suggested in the pattern.

I also like the fabrics I used which were fun yet still could blend with the business casual look so that my friend, the gift receiver, could use it at work.  She really like it and I like it too Smiley 

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