Wednesday, September 23, 2015


If you know me, you know I love Halloween!  So when I was asked to make a Once Upon A Time "Rumplstiltskin" costume, I was beside myself with joy!!!

It was a bit of a struggle to get the collar right.  It required shaping and painting, and even fire.  Yep, I burned the edges to take that vinyl appearance away.

And here is what evolved:

I will say though, it was worth the effort!

Next time I'll show you the replica I am making of this costume...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pattern Review Simplicity 1104 Cynthia Rowley

So I went to the fabric store looking for some specific Simplicity patterns because they were on sale for $.99.  Woohoo!  I love when they do that.  Course I've probably bought 50 patterns that have never been cut ($50 sitting in my files) but who cares.  I saved on each of them.  hahaha

Well, turns out the fabric stores are learning marketing tricks from the grocery stores and have placed some patterns at eye-level making them even harder to resist so I ended up with an extra.  But I think this was $1 well spent.

  See, irresistable!

I had this navy blue and white, houndstooth fabric laying around that I got a good deal on a couple of years ago. This just seemed like the perfect pattern to use it on.  (I still have 2 1/2 more yards because when something is on sale, it becomes SO attractive!  Am I right?)

And it turned into this:
Simplicity 1104

This two piece outfit looks like a dress when worn but I can wear the top with skinny jeans or the skirt with a white blouse.  Versatile is the way to go!

Top Back

Skirt Back with Vent.

Fits pretty well but you will notice I had to add a modesty panel to the top because it cut so low on me.  This is the stuff you are supposed to learn with on cheap practice material but whatever.  Next time, I'll reduce the depth of the neckline before cutting.


So, about the pattern.  It was pretty easy to make.  The darts are different than what you traditionally see but made for a good fit, and after rereading the directions a couple of times they made sense.  The skirt was SUPER SIMPLE.  The most difficult part for me was the binding.  I don't do bound edges a lot so it took a while to get right.  But now I feel more confident about doing them and they make for a really pretty and smooth hem.  Both pieces have an invisible zipper but that is my favorite style so I consider that pretty simple too.  As you know, practice makes everything easier.  

Overall, I love this pattern.  The darts make for easy fitting and pattern pieces are minimal which always makes me happy.  I'm the girl who searches for recipes based on number of ingredients so that is quite appealing to me.

Fabric recommendations for the top and dress include not only woven types such as linen, sateen, batiks, brocade, crepe, poplin, and taffeta, but also sturdy knits such as ponte and double knit.  My fabric is more of a double knit.  It doesn't have a lot of stretch but enough to make sizing different than for a woven so I chose a smaller size than usual and it worked out perfectly.  Usually I have trouble fitting the bust area but I didn't have to make any bust adjustments. I did however have to take in the sides.  What you need to know is that your fabric choice and fit preferences play a big part with the top and dress.  I had to take in the waist area which is unusual for me, but the fabric is a bit stiff so it stood out more than I liked and flared more than I like.  If I were to use a fabric like crepe with a softer hand but no stretch, I would go up a size and work from there.  It would probably lay closer to the body and the flare would be less of a problem.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this pattern from Simplicity and Cynthia Rowley.  It can be fun and playful or dressy and dramatic.  Plus the ease of construction makes it especially appealing.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wedding Dresses Spring 2016

No, I'm not getting married again.  I just love dresses.  That should be the name of this blog but whatever.  I can't help but look at dresses and dream of wearing them.  My favorites are vintage but wedding is near the top too.  So, I present you with "My Favorite Wedding Dresses at This Time."

2016 bridal wear is bringing lots of fluff and ruffles, lace and feathers, and swirling layers.  Many are quite beautiful but some are just over the top gaudy.  Plunging necklines make a huge showing, literally.  I have to wonder what a young woman must be thinking or rather her father must be thinking of those types of dresses.  Yikes!  Illusion bodices run rampant but and that makes me ask, Undergarment anyone?"

I found all these dresses on  
Christos Wedding Dress - Spring 2016Cristos

Galia LahavAngel Sanchez
Sareh NouriVictoria Kyriakides
So, if you had to choose, which would it be?????
Post a comment and let us know!