Archive | September, 2011

Vogue Winter/Holiday 2011

30 Sep

I was doing some last-minute pattern shopping online before the Vogue (3.88), McCall(2.88) and Butterick(1.88) sale ended and right before midnight they posted new patterns just as I finished paying for my purchase.  Arggghhh….I could have purchase the new ones.  Now I have to wait for the next sale.  Pretty good line up for this October.  Here are my picks:

Pamella Roland

Business in the front, party in the back.  I love the mix of the tuxedo lapel on the front and  the wild skirt flounces/godets on the back.  My favorite out of the new releases.

   Pamella Roland

Interesting use of  contrasting fabric meshing tulle and metallic fabric.

Tom and Linda Platt

Asymmetrical hemline and detailing  on the shoulder and waist.  Very chic and sophisticated.

Vogue Easy Options

The lace dress is big this year so it’s appropriate that Vogue Pattern jumped on the bandwagon and sell us a pattern with four variations of the lace dress, my favorite being the one the model is wearing.

Vintage Vogue

Nope, it isn’t a pattern from the early 80’s, even though this picture looks like it is, but from the 40’s (I think).  I love the cut of the jacket and it would look amazing with a pair of skinny jeans.  I  purchase this pattern for just the jacket alone.

Vogue Wardrobe

My wardrobe barely consists of business wear.  But if one day I had to acquire a wardrobe looking like a business professional this would be my go to pattern.

Very Easy Very Vogue

I love the whole color blocking trend this year.   If you hate it you can sew this dress up in one color.

Very Easy Very Vogue

Another color blocking pattern!  Though the model in the picture is wearing the solid color version of this top.

Vogue Pants

I have been obsessing over owning a pair of great fitting red jeans that doesn’t cost over fifty dollars.  This pattern might just end my obsession.  Hopefully the fit is a good as it looks on the model.

Vogue Bag

Another huge trend of 2011, the cross body bag, a little late on the delivery but satisfying none the less.  I can’t tell you how many of these bags I own and bought this year.  I have a brown bag from H&M, olive-green from Nine West, black quilted from Mango, silver from Coach and another in a snake print from Coach and to tell you the truth I am still not sick of the cross body bag.  I have to say this is one of the most fashion forward accessory pattern Vogue Pattern has released in a while.


Vintage Quaker Oats McCall Pattern Designed by Luis Estevez

19 Sep

One of the reasons why I started this blog was to get myself to sew more often.  However with the summer being sweltering hot in Toronto this year I wasn’t able to start on a project.  Now that the weather has cool down and I can move without breaking into a sweat I can finally start on my first project for this blog, a vintage 1959 Quaker Oats McCall’s pattern designed by Luis Estevez.  When I first saw this pattern I fell in love with it.  It’s demure with the length and coverage but yet sexy with the cut outs.  The sophistication of the design allows it to be worn both during the day and night.

I am not so sure about having the zipper closure on the front but for the muslin I will sew it as featured before making any changes.   The pattern is in a size 16 with a 36” bust and a 28” waist. The dress will be made in a black cotton pique with black cotton voile lining.

Since I bought this pattern uncut and unused, it has the original advertisement card featuring all three designs by Luis Estevez offered by Quaker Oats.

Metro Textiles in New York City

6 Sep

I didn’t have a chance to write about my wonderful shopping experience at Metro Textiles when I went to see the McQueen exhibit in New York City.   I heard about Metro through the Pattern Review forums and through other bloggers.  In fact, blogger Erica B has a YouTube video of her shopping at Metro Textiles and talking to Kashi, the owner.

Metro Textiles was the only fabric store I visited while I was there, only because I spent all my money there.  The selection was pretty good, maybe not as extensive as Mood’s but the prices were definitely lower than Mood’s.  The customer service was excellent.  Kashi takes the time to help you look for fabric and even recommend others that you might like.  He was never pushy or rude even when I didn’t take to some of his recommendations.  I recommend Metro Textiles for sewers looking for good deals on quality fabric in New York City.

Here are my purchases from Metro.  I don’t remember the prices for each fabric, but they range from $5/yard to $15/yard:

Fuchsia Sweater Knit

Purple Pattern Silk Chiffon

Peau de Soie with Cut Outs

Floral Stretch Cotton Print

Metallic Circles Jacquar

The best find for me was this Milly raven printed silk fabric.

This fabric was in a must have blouse from Milly’s last year fall/winter collection called the “Selina Bow Blouse” the  that was featured in the television show “Gossip Girl” .