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Winter Vogues already!

It seems very early to be thinking of winter patterns -we have yet to have a single day that makes me think of fall!  Still, I am happy to see new patterns (as always!)  Vogue patterns fit me very well, and I find that they suit my style.  It seems like a strong collection to me – plenty of styles that fit my taste, and also some that I personally don’t like, but for which I can see the audience.  Not a lot of real crazy stuff.  I don’t really get why so many winter patterns have short sleeves, but I figure I can wear a sweater (it’s hard to find a dress with sleeves in stores too!)   So… on to the patterns!

First, the designer patterns:

1207, a Cynthia Steffe design

I like this silhouette – it reads sort of bohemian to me.  The back is fabulous.  I love the fabric the original is made of!

1206, a Kay Unger design

On the other hand, I don’t like the sample fabric here at all – I mean, I love leopard, but the color of this one is weird.  The line drawings show how nice this design is, and the ruffle is right up my alley.

1205, also by Kay Unger

I’d imagine that the two Kay Unger designs from Spring were big sellers – her dresses are simple, flattering, and classic.  This doesn’t work for me in the solid, but the black with the one zebra strap is to die for – I may have to copy that exactly!

1209, a Rachel Comey design

Once again, this doesn’t read “winter” to me, but I think it’s very pretty.  Certainly “on trend,” so to speak.  I hate the sample color – I am so tired of pale beige!  I like the back more than the front – I almost wish the little peplum went all the way around.  I avoided wearing low back things for years, because I have a large mole back there.  I can’t actually see it, but in my mind it was huge and awful.  Sewing (and taking photos for sewing) has shown me that it is not, in fact, all that bad at all, so I think I could do this dress.

8687 – Vintage Vogue

There are two new vintage vogue patterns.  I don’t care for the other, but I love both parts of this one (with the skirt shortened of course.)


Love this knit dress pattern (stable knits will work best I think.)

8701 – Vogue Wardrobe

Someone at Vogue must like plaid – these wardrobe patterns are always illustrated that way!  I really like the jacket with the (also cute!) dress.


I cannot turn down a high waisted pencil skirt.  This is rather like several other patterns, but I like the waistband enough to probably buy it.

And as for the crazy… I would not actually wear this coat, probably, but somehow I think it’s really cool.

I don’t know… the scallops fool the eye in an interesting way.

But perhaps I’ve just been watching too much Project Runway.  I somehow have gotten my husband addicted to the current season, so we’re re-watching all the seasons, since he’s never seen them.  It’s funny because he doesn’t pay any attention to men’s clothes, but he always has opinions about mine!

I’m looking forward to these being in stores.

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Self Stitched September Days 23-25

We are nearing the end of the month!  I feel a little bit like I cheated, since I was so sick that I probably spent an entire week in pajamas.  I don’t have a photo from day 22, but I was wearing my Simplicity wrap cardigan.

Day 23

Dress: Simplicity 2443, blogged here

Cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted

Shoes: Anne Klein

I love this emerald green cardigan – it’s one of my favorite colors, and one that seems hard to find (olive and yellow greens abound, but they look like death on me.)  The great thing about this dress is that you can wear anything with it.  And it’s so comfortable!  Definitely a winner.

Day 24

Dress: Butterick 5415, heavily modified

Shoes: Franco Sarto

Belt: Forever 21

This dress is actually a new finish, but I am not feeling it.  I’m going to write up a review for patternreview, but it won’t get its own entry here.  Let’s just say that the unaltered pattern is not very flattering.  I ended up taking this dress in a ton on the top and (oddly enough) letting it out in the hips, even though I had used a larger size for the hips.  It’s very strangely proportioned.  And the sleeves were humongous, about as unlike the pattern illustration as you can imagine.  In addition, I have come to realize that I hate high, wide necklines – my shoulders are proportionally a bit wide, and I don’t like how this emphasizes them.  It’s a bit matronly as well, due to the really high neck.  But ah well – it sewed up in only an hour and a half, and the fabric was dirt cheap, so it’s no real loss.  I am beginning to wonder about Butterick patterns and me, but I do have a few more to make – it could be that I have just made poor choices. I should have known I would not like this one, due to the lack of shaping, but I was determined.  Does anyone else do this?  Carry on with something even when you sort of know it’s not a style you like?

Day 25

Skirt: Colette patterns Beignet, blogged here

Top: INC, thrifted

Shoes: Sofft Parma

It was too early for my usual photo spot.  I’m still on my sickness schedule, and I got up today (on a Saturday!) at 7 am.  I love this skirt so much – I really need to make another!  I’m going out for lunch with my in-laws today, and we might be going to the Irish festival (I was supposed to be singing there, but I am not exactly 100% yet.)  It’s been near 100 degrees this week, and today it is finally cooler – I am so happy to wear sleeves!

I’m going to work on another dress this week (this time with a muslin, unlike my last project.  I can sometimes get away without on, but I find I am happier if I at least try out the bodice!)  I may also begin the muslin for my Chanel jacket – that’s going to be a long project, since I am still on a trim search (I have decided on self fringe, pleated black ribbon, and a chiffon ruffle… now I just have to find the ribbon and chiffon!) Does anyone have any advice for preshrinking a loosely woven wool tweed?  I will not launder the finished jacket of course, but I am loathe to take my fabric to the cleaners.  I usually do the dryer/damp towel method, but I hesitate here.  Maybe I should steam shrink?  I do have a steamer…