Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring on the Horizon

As spring starts peaking through I am looking for something new to wear to my work as a court reporter.  As a free-lancer I go somewhere different every day, so I really don't need a lot of different outfits, as I rarely see the same group of people two days in a row.

I really liked this Vogue pattern for the jacket, but I have to say it was not the easiest to make.

The skirt, on the other hand, was extremely easy to make.  A very simple straight skirt with a slit in the back instead of a kick pleat.  The fabric for this skirt was another Chanel and rather expensive, so I purchased just one yard and had to make do.  Therefore, I fringed the hem and love the way it turned out.
Both the jacket and the skirt are made of fabrics purchased from Helen Haughey,
And, of course, I must picture Miss Cuddles, who is always there to make sure I am doing the job right.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Rhonda's Ballerina Drape



Today I want to feature a sweater drape that I made from one of Rhonda Buss' free patterns that she offers on her blog/site on Fridays.  She is such a talented lady and so generous to share her ideas and designs.  I quite often make her patterns.  And if you like to sew or just love fashion, you should check out her blog  Or follow her on Pinterest, Rhonda's Creative Life.

The first sweater is made of a multi-colored, loose weave, sweater knit with three-quarter length sleeves.
I have it pictured over a cotton knit Tee that I made and embellished with a self-fabric ruffle around the neckline.

The second drape is for summer months, and is made of a loose weave, fishnet cotton knit.  I lengthened the sleeves and made the sweater itself longer.

This drape is so easy to make that even a beginner sewer could do it.  The whole thing took less than an hour to make, if you don't count actually making the pattern.