I started sewing up this dress on Sunday afternoon and had it finished by Sunday night. This is Lisette Simplicity pattern 2245. I used a grey linen that looks more khaki than grey. I wasn't going to use any contrasting fabric for that front yoke, but decided to use that striped fabric I bought from IKEA and used for my homemade slippers. It provides a nice pop of color. This pattern was well-written and very easy to follow. There are some nice details in this dress, including the kimono-style sleeves and the cool on-seam pockets. I'm looking forward to sewing up the Market blouse and skirt pattern (Simplicity 2211).
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I finished this sleeveless dress this morning. It's Simplicity 2215 by Cynthia Rowley. I used some smart looking navy dotted cotton from Bolt. The pattern was straightforward and really easy to sew. Some of the details that I love are the pleating, which is not evenly spaced or folded on the front or back, and the side seam pockets. Modifications I made: I shortened the length of the bodice and the armholes. This will be a great transitional dress for spring layered with a tee underneath or a cardigan.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I also decided to do some yarn shopping this weekend. I headed over to Close Knit and purchased a bunch of yarn, some gorgeous Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Turquoise Mix and Oceanic Mix. I found this striped sweater pattern, Rayures, that was designed by Norah Gaughan and decided it was going to be my next project. I love the micro stripes on the back and the big cowl neck. It looks so cozy. I just cast on for the back and will work on it in between sewing projects.
Over the weekend, I went fabric shopping with Melissa. We headed over to Fabric Depot and Bolt. I ordered these Simplicity patterns last week and finally received them in the mail. The top pattern 2215 is a new Cynthia Rowley and includes a dress and sleeveless blouse. The other two patterns are from a new line called Lisette, designed by Liesl Gibson of the popular Oliver + S patterns. I got the Market dress, tunic, skirt, and blouse pattern and the Portfolio dress, tunic, and pants pattern. My score of fabric includes some grey linen for the Portfolio dress, some navy dotted fabric for the Cynthia Rowley dress, and some Michael Miller striped knit for a future undecided project. I decided to start the Cynthia Rowley dress first. I made a muslin this afternoon and once I make some adjustments around the armholes, I'll be ready to cut out fabric!