Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Butterick 5348 Revisited

I originally made and blogged this dress a little over two years ago here. I had never actually worn it because it was just a bit too "little girl" looking for me.

What a difference a belt can make! I pulled the dress out and paired it with a belt and wedges which keeps it looking feminine but much more grown up looking. I'm inspired to see what a little accessorizing can do with other outfits too!

~ Jenny

Friday, July 6, 2012

Swiss Dot Top and Burda Pants

Here are two more projects inspired by my Spring/Summer 2012 wardrobe. The top is actually one I added in. I thought the floral print would work well with the color scheme and would be versatile in that it could be paired with several of the bottoms and jackets. The ankle-pants are actually a mock-up of the yellow pants in my inspiration photo. I'm still on the prowl for the perfect shade of yellow, stretch denim or twill fabric for my "real" pair of pants. I also want a pair in pink, like a hot pink.

Let's start with the blouse...

Simplicity 2892

I made view C which is sleeveless, has a pleated neckline, and waistband. I used a cotton swiss dot from JoAnn Fabrics. I spent just under $10. It is very easy to sew, spent about 3-4 hours making it up. The only change I made was to grade the waistband up one size from the rest of the blouse. I was afraid it might be too tight but turns out I probably could have got away with making it all one size.

I am very pleased with the blouse! It is nice and lightweight for the warmer weather but will work great under cardigans and jackets later on.

Next up is the pants. I used Burda Style magazine, issue 07/2010, style 103.

These are a slim fitting pant. They have a jean styling with front pockets, a front zip fly, waistband, belt loops, and back yoke. You can't tell from the pictures but there's also quite a bit of topstiching detail.

I used a black stretch bottom weight, also from Joann Fabrics. I spent about $19.

They are relatively easy to see with some knowledge of pant construction. I did have to consult some illustrated instructions for constructing the front zip fly though. I spent about 5 hours sewing them.

I like the styling of the pant. And they are a very good fit, straight off the pattern without any adjustments. My one dislike is they are a bit high waisted for my preference. They go above my belly button which isn't the most flattering fit for my shape. I usually prefer 1-2 inches below my belly button for comfort of wearing and I think they are more flattering. I know I could probably lower the rise but I don't want to fuss with it. I'll just look for another pattern with lower rise.
I don't know that I will make my colored pants using this pattern. I'm actually leaning toward a skinny fit jean pattern so that they will transition into Fall/Winter. But these are a decent, basic black pant.

Ha! I'm trying to do my amateur model pose while the little one runs amok in the background!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!!

I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday! Our country is blessed with freedom and brave women and men who fight to keep our freedom.

 We had an all American lunch complete with hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, and beer!

I wore my blue striped cami top, one of my first blogged creations! It was perfect for the scorching heat. I paired it with my cut off jeans shorts and my red flip-flops for my all American look!

Love all the flowers! This is at my mother-in-law's house. She's quite the gardner!

My two guys! The little on is just over 16 months old, can't believe how fast he is growing!