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Pattern Picks: Vogue Fall 2012

14 Aug

Vogue has come out with their Fall line up of patterns, here are some of my favorites


Love the color blocking and the lines.  It seems like it would be a very flattering dress provided the V neck doesn’t end up being too low.  I love how they color blocked it so that the lighter color is in the middle, and it gets darker toward the outside.  Instant slimming!


I love this cardigan!  I could totally see myself wearing it.  I wonder how well those folds at the top stay so perfectly folded though?  Do you think they would be kind of flappy? Anyone have experience with this style?


A quite lovely wrap top.  It’s pretty plain, but I think it looks flattering.  The fit (should) at least be easy because you can just wrap it around your body to conform, although the front might turn out gape-y.


I included this one, just because I thought the style lines were a little interesting.  The shirt is a little longer in the back than in the front, and it has some nice shaping.  I’m not too sure I like the cowl though, it seems kind of wimpy, don’t you think?


I like the one sided drape on this top (View C) the best.   A wrap dress is such a versatile thing to have in your closet!


I think I just love the fabric on this one.  Large hounds tooth anyone?  Don’t mind if I do.


This coat shape was all over the runways this year.  I’m not sure who (other than models) can pull it off though.   Instead of defining the waist, they have added more fabric making a kind of egg shape.  Obviously super skinny super tall people look okay in it, but would a normal person?  Would the extra fabric disguise a little bit of a tummy, or highlight it?  This is one of those shapes I’d have to find in a store and try it on before I wasted my time (and fabric) trying to sew it!

What were your favorites?  Have you ever taken a chance with a clothing shape?


Make This Look: Calvin Klein Fall 2012

13 Aug

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.  I don’t know about you, but I was majorly side tracked by the Olympics.  Now that they’re over, I’m hoping to  get back on the blog train with some more regular posting. Starting with Make This Look Monday (oh how I love alliteration).  Once August rolls around, I always find myself thinking about Fall, even though it is still blazing hot, and not due to cool down any time soon!  Something about back to school shopping makes the promise of a break in the heat seem just around the corner.  I could totally see myself in this winter white coat by Calvin Klein, complete with silver belt and knee high boots.  Meeeooow!

Make This Look: Calvin Klein Fall 2012


So tell me, did you find yourself wrapped up in the Olympic spirit too?

Burda Style August 2012

7 Aug

Well August is well on its way, and I haven’t given you my pattern picks for the August issue of Burda Style.  The horror!

Well, here they are



A very pretty scarf like neckline shirt.  Can’t wear a jacket with it though, it completely loses its appeal when viewed from the front.



A plain, but wearable dress.  The gathered neckline and raglan sleeves should make it easier to fit at least.  Not quite sure about the shiny material though.  Or the birdcage.  Who walks around holding a birdcage anyway?  Maybe she’s sad her bird didn’t much like the ugly cage she picked out for it and now she has to throw it away?



Another scarfy neckline top.  This time, the scarf is in the front.




A peplum top, one of the trends from the spring.



A very nice dress.   In black it’s hard to see the construction lines, so here they are

D0esn’t that look nice?

and finally



An inverse kick pleat.  I don’t know about you, but when I golf, I do it in heals and look confused by passing birds.


Well, there you have it folks, my picks for August.  What did you like?  Do you ever give the models commentary or a back story?

Simple Sewing With a French Twist

2 Aug


When I checked out Simple Sewing with a French Twist from the library, I thought it would be a technique book for some reason.  It is not.  It’s a pattern book!  And also quite thick


With any pattern book, I recommend checking out out from your local library like I did or thumbing through it at the book store before purchasing.  That way you’ll know if you are actually interested in the patterns it contains.

There were a couple of cute ideas in there like covering the back of a chair with buttons


or a bathrobe wrap


and even a bean bag and parasol


All of the patterns are super simple, so they (mostly) just require a ruler.  In some instances they include a pattern, but you have to copy it at a copy shop with a certain % enlargement.  There is a small section in the beginning which describes some basic sewing and seam finishing techniques.

It was a fun book to look at, but probably not one I would purchase.  I felt like I could figure out how to do most of the projects in the book, and the ones I couldn’t you needed to have a specific object like the skeleton of the parasol around to do.

So I give it 3 spools out of 5.


Make This Look: Yves Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2012

24 Jul
Make This Look: Yves Saint Laurent Pre Fall 2012

McCall’s Patterns Fall 2012

19 Jul

Can you believe the fall patterns are out already?

My favs:


I never would have thought to pair a cowl neck with a collar, but I really like the way it looks!  (At least in the picture).


If you’re not ready for the crazy cowl/collar combination, there is always a classic cowl.  I love the 3/4 length sleeve and the side gathers.


I just love the back on this one!


A little plain, but very wearable I think.

Have you noticed that most of the patterns this season are Fashion Star patterns?  What do you think about them?

WIP: Butter Yellow

18 Jul

I have the pieces all re-cut out and a plan in mind..