Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sewing Jots & Tittles 10.20.11

"Sewing Jots & Tittles" is my weekly post where I get to ramble on and on about sewing related stuff that's been on my mind. Here what's been bouncing off the wall of my mind.....

-Shut In & Sew.....
 After a Really BUSY week and a busy one planned for next week too, all I want to do is stay in and sew this weekend. I'm looking forward to finishing up Simplicity 2246. Unfortunately I didn't get to finish it for last weekend (since I decided to take my time and slipstitch the front button plackets---I just wanted it to be super NEAT) but I just have to add the sleeves, collar and buttons and I'll be done. It's coming along quite nicely. Here's pic with sleeves pinned into place. It doesn't look like much now but with buttons and a belt I'm hoping it will be real cute:) I hope to wear this on Sunday!

 I'm looking forward to starting a couple more projects this weekend. I REALLY need to get a move on the sewing. The weather's turning cooler and I need warmer clothes to wear. 

-It's just that serious......
 I bought some of the new Buterick patterns and nearly flipped out when they didn't have this pattern. I mean it would be one of many coat patterns I have but for some reason I just LOVE this pattern. I love the short version which in my opinion would be so sassy. Well I couldn't wait for it to go on sale again and chance missing it for a second time. So I went and bought it 40% off of the full price. So much for the $0.99 sale. But I just HAD TO HAVE IT! I hate when some patterns make me that crazy. Oh well, at least I can rest easy now.

-Fabric on the Way
I mean I really haven't been buying any fabric lately. That's good since I need to really sew down my stock and would rather do that. But I do love to catch a good fabric sale every blue moon. Such was the case with my recent purchase. I was able to get some really cute clearance fabric and score free shipping, a 15% discount and apply a $10 credit. I came out of that deal with 4 different fabrics (7lbs.) and some bias tape for around $37. I can't wait to get my fabric.

-On the Blouson kick
Most of you know that the main reason I made this dress was because I wanted a casual dress that would work great for the winter months when paired with boots, scarf, and a jacket. Although I love this dress and my changes to the pattern, I wanted a dress that was a true blouson. Well I stumbled upon this pattern and love it.
The reason I wanted this pattern was because it resembled this dress I saw in the Lucky magazine. I love the styling suggestions for this type of dress.
 I have wanted it forever!!!! I did manage to buy some hunter green knit in my recent purchase. I hope it will work for this dress. Wouldn't it be cute paired with a cute vest or a scarf???

-Boots to Buy
I'm in desperate need of dressy black boots and some casual brown boots with a chunky heel. DSW sent me a coupon for $20 off a $49 purchase. Hmmmmmmm......I don't have a local store (the nearest one is 2 hours away) but I may have to check them out online! I'm not a big fan of online shoe shopping but for those savings I may make an exception. I just checked out there clearance section HERE and found some cute booties, wedges, & boots.

-So behind
I'm about 4 episodes behind on watching Project Runway on Lifetime and I haven't been able to catch the Rachel Zoe, Fashion Hunters, & Mad Fashion on Bravo. Sigh.... Fortunately Lifetime allows you to watch episodes online. So at least I'll be able to catch up on Project Runway.


  1. That coat pattern really is fabulous!

  2. I love that coat pattern its perfect.

  3. I also love the coat pattern, and the blouson dress. I had been saving my money to do some fabric shopping in the mainland, and then my trip, which was to happen this month, got postponed. I was so disappointed :( But I couldn't resist having some new fabric so I found some neat things online too. I can't wait till my goodies arrive.

  4. Like that Butterick pattern for the coat also. I think the dress pattern will work well to make the dress like the one in Lucky magazine. Happy sewing weekend.

  5. Sounds like you got a great deal at it's making me want to go take a look! Can't wait to see your completed dress - looks great so far!

  6. That is one seriously cute coat. I'd be nuts over that too!!!!! Love it!

  7. Victoria - I've made M6200 twice now and it is a great pattern. The only suggestion that I have for you is to omit the interfacing on the sleeve bands (if you're making the sleeve band view) and just make them a little narrower for a snug fit, and depending on your arm length, perhaps lengthening a smidge.

    The first time I made it, it did per the instructions and the sleeve bands were too crisp and not flexible enough for a comfortable fit and hit directly on the elbow, which was super uncomfortable (and I did use the proper lightweight knit interfacing).
    So the second go at it I added 1.5 inches in length and left off the interfacing and I believe I took a half inch out of the width of the bands and it worked perfectly!!

    I guess I really should just write a real review of this pattern and get it up on PR, ha!

    Can't wait to see what more you make for this fall/winter!

  8. cute dress pattern and I almost bought that coat pattern but refrained :) for now.

  9. You are an enabler! Ok, actually, I'm easily lead astray. That coat is very cute, and I've just spent a half hour on DSW- I didn't even know it existed!

  10. If it'll make you feel any better, I did get the coat pattern during the last Butterick sale!


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