Monday, February 21, 2011

No. 3 Classic Dress Pants

These are Vogue 8156, they are a dark dark Navy wool crepe, with a back flap welt pocket. I really like this pattern and I'll be sewing them up again very soon.


8156 front

The belt loops were eliminated giving the pants a simpler line. The cuffs were eliminated so that I could wear them with heels :).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

No. 10 Sweatsuit Alternative... linen pants & infinity top

Here's my selection for a sweatsuit alternative.

Top - Lightweight Rayon Spandex twisty top....

Front cross

Paired with some linen pants.

Hmmm I wonder how else I can wear this top!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Any Occasion Top - Completed!

Blog post here.  Pattern review here.

I feel a bit disappointed with how this turned out, mainly because of the clear elastic being so stiff.  I hope it will soften up in the wash.  The top itself is very soft and cozy, however!

Black stash fabrics

In preparation for the black dress and black pants, I have "sourced" from my stash the following fabrics.

Tasmania stretch superfine wool

Tropical weight wool twill

Crinkle Silk Chiffon

Embroidered Silk Crepe

Silk metallic chiffon

I thought maybe it would be better to consider the fabric first, since I'm sewing from stash, then pick the style for the fabric selected. Considering how much I like black, there is very little of it in my stash, I suppose it's because, it's not as exciting as a lighter color, or because shopping online for black fabric doesn't inspire me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

In Style Magazine Tim Gunn's Must Haves

This is handy, a slide show on the IS In Style Magazine website for
Tim's must haves.

Bravo TV still has some clips of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style episodes if you're looking for inspiration.

Friday, February 4, 2011

No. 8 -Day Dress done Vogue 1220 Donna Karan

Embroidered cotton dress with self sash.... from Vogue's latest pattern releases for Spring.

What is This?

Welcome to the Tim Gunn Sew Along. A group of women dedicated to fashion who have bravely decided to create the 10 Essential pieces!!

Available on Amazon

(From Tim's book "A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style")

1. Basic Black Dress - The basic black dress has been around for a long time. It is often called the "Little Black Dress", and it's true that shorter skirts on the basic black dress, when they hit you in the right place, can be more flattering than a long black dress.

2. Trench Coat - The trench coat is one of the pieces that is both classic and currently a hot fashion item. Most any store sells this piece now. It is great for fall and you can pick it up in a wide range of lengths.

3. Classic Dress Pants - Although it doesn't say black, this is probably what you want to look for. Black is flattering on all figures and goes with everything.

4. White Shirt - The white shirt is a definite classic. But it can also come in many different styles to make it look trendy and not dated or like a man's piece of clothing. Find one that accentuates your best attributes and minimizes trouble spots. For example, if you have wide shoulders, stay away from large collars.

5. Jeans - Everyone has a pair of jeans, but does everyone have a pair of jeans that make them look great? The wider leg, low-rise jean style has been popular (and still is) but a narrower leg is coming back along with a higher waist, which eliminates the unflattering "muffin top" look.

6. Any Occasion Top - Find something you look great in that can look respectable under a jacket but bring on the fun after hours.

7. Skirt - If you need dress pants then you also need a skirt. A skirt is womanly and can be flirty or businesslike. Nowadays women do not wear many skirts or dresses, which makes a lot of them fall into a rut of dressing sloppily or like men. See number 8.

8. Day Dress - Women also are not wearing as many dresses anymore. It was certainly liberating to go from the '50s when women wore dresses every day to wearing more practical pants for gardening, exercising, and so forth. But the dress does not have to be abandoned altogether. They can be very flattering, and there is nothing wrong with "dressing up" for daytime.

9. Blazer - The blazer sounds very masculine, but when you get the right one with a proper shape it is not. Women's blazers should follow the silhouette of a woman's body and accent the hourglass curve at her waist. It is also a perfect piece to put with the skirt or dress pants, and white shirt. Or make it casual with a pair of jeans.

10. Sweat Suit Alternative - As mentioned before, women wear fewer skirts and dresses these days. But some women have taken casual to the extreme and spend days on end in sweat suits. It is possible to be casual and comfortable without looking like a slob. Find a comfortable material (that's why this doesn't say jeans again denim is not as comfortable as a nice soft cotton) that you would want to wear every day. It could be khakis, cords, a cotton dress, or much more.

Bonus: One Indulgent Trendy Item

.... and don't even ask.... We Will Make It Work!!

A list of the Sewing Fashionistas and their blogs....




Relynn Dare