Monthly Archives: December 2011

holiday weekend sewing studio: sweatshop or workshop?

i had thought there was, but now i cannot find, a post by the selfish seamstress where she describes the wonders of a sewing weekend free of her fiancee and any other obligations that basically ended up like this: “Usually … Continue reading

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simplicity 2183: casual fridays and UFOs and the importance of really good separates

pattern: simplicity 2183.  two down, one to go. time in area 51:  3 months excuses:  boredom. how i finished it:  slow and plodding, one seam at a time.  ironically, the same way i finished the first version of this blouse … Continue reading

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vogue 7397: at last, my completed outfit (UFO parade, day 4)

pattern: vogue 7397, view E.  love the asymmetrical hem, and i knew from the very first day i owned this pattern (2 years ago) that i wanted it in camel fabric.  i had seen a woman in neiman marcus walking … Continue reading

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advance 8516: because sometimes you just want to be a 50s co-ed (end of the year UFO parade, day 3)

pattern: advance 8516.  for now, just the skirt portion – a gorgeous, long pencil skirt with back pleats instead of a walking vent.  i do have fabric at the ready to make the blouse and even the weskit, but for … Continue reading

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simplicity 2312: end of the year UFO parade, day 2

pattern:  simplicity 2312, skirt portion only.  great 1930s classic i picked up from stitches & loops a while back, because how do you ever have enough 30s-style bias skirts? time in area 51:  9+ months excuses:  none.  i cut the fashion … Continue reading

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mccall 7286 (close enough): end of the year UFO parade, day 1

pattern:  mccall 7286.  sort of.  the version of the pattern i have actually is drafted to include more of a cuff than a cap sleeve, but i’ve discovered i don’t like a dramatic shoulder cuff (expect more on that in … Continue reading

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casual fridays: mauverina top with purple cords

is it just me, or do fridays this time of year seem even harder than usual?  maybe it is because of the holiday season–many days at work are so slow as to seem like fridays, so the week seems longer, … Continue reading

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colette pastille and meringue: i want one of each in every color

i got dressed this morning quickly and easily and, for once, sort of excitedly.  i had bright colors and easy-to-wear separates. liberty of london blouse in “symposium” paris amazingly with a medium-weight silk/wool blend i was comfortable, i was work-appropriate, … Continue reading

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casual fridays: my finished top from simplicity 2183!

victory at last!  this week i actually got some work done and finished the “mabelle” version of my simplicity 2183 top, made from a moulage with modified sleeves and neckline. as you can see, the design changes really make the … Continue reading

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vogue 7937: a flying saucer with no excuse

this was my not-so-modest ambition way back in october:  my tailored marfy vest, which i thought, no way will i finish this…ever; and my second (third, actually) iteration of vogue 7937, which honest-to-goodness takes about an hour and a half … Continue reading

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