Monday, March 19, 2012

The Vogue 1280 Pattern Mystery - Solved

Vogue had one of their online sales recently and I picked up some new spring Vogues including this Donna Karan Vogue 1280:
Beats me as to why she has her leg crossed in that odd position but if you look at the line drawing, you can see that it has some pretty interesting details. Or a lot of pattern pieces :)
I learned quite some time ago (and from making a lot of Burda patterns) to read over the instructions fully before I cut the fabric. And considering the fact that all of the photographs are of a black dress that show no details, it was mandatory! Contrary to how the line drawing looks, the seams are created using strips of fabric. This trim is 'lapped' under the pattern pieces 5/8" (both pieces right side up) and you then baste stitch the pattern piece to the trim. You then have to lap pattern pieces together and top stitch twice. This all became very confusing. Are you left with raw edges showing - both the trim and the pattern piece? I even drove to Joanns to check out the latest Vogue Patterns Magazine, which has the dress on the cover. Don't waste your time, the pictures are the exact same as the damn oddly posed chick in the black dress on the website - no details! I saw that other sewers were having the same confusion .
So I asked Vogue Patterns on their fb page. They confirmed that yes, the trim is left as a raw edge.

Huh.

If I decide to do it their way, I will definitely be using a sturdy knit, one that will look neat at the edges. One could also use something like ITY Fabric - that does not unravel.
On the other hand, I could choose to fold the trim over.
Either way, this is a lot of piecing together and a LOT of topstitching!
I have to say, I'm not a fan of the raw edge, but I might try it out. I would love to hear what other people would do!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Waiting...

To move, that is. My blog absence has been due to the original mini reno, which morphed into a major reno on our Napa home, which I have been documenting on my other blog, Napa Project. Things have been going great, but it's been a lot of work, and time. I can't believe almost 4 months has gone by since we started renovating! We are hoping to move by the end of March, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
This is the current state of my new sewing room:

Before
I took this picture when we first viewed the house. It was a guest room and smelled moldy
After
Freshly Painted

Before
Closet
After

Redone Closet and freshly painted.


























Welcome to my blank slate! Nothing has been organized yet. I just threw all of my sewing related boxes in the room for the time being. I haven't moved my sewing machine or sergers because I am still sewing when I have time. But it is very discombobulating when I have all of my patterns/thread/notions at the house! But I am managing to fit some projects in! Clothing for myself, anyway. I have not started on the dining room chairs yet. I am going to wait until after we move and then decide on the best colors.

I have been combing the internet for ideas on how to design it. The most important thing to me is I want it to look colorful, fun, and most importantly - uncluttered.      

Love this
 
And this: