Month: January 2015

Sweater Coat — Burda Style #113

Hello Fam!

Here is a cure sweater coat I made a few months back from Burda Style #113.  This pattern is extremely easy to create. With putting the pattern together, cutting and sewing I would say it took about three hours.

I did make a few alterations to the pattern. I cut the small size and it was still swimming on me so I curved the waist area a bit so it would not be so boxy. I would also suggest measuring the sleeve in the bicep area as this sleeve is created on the slim side.  This fabric did not have much stretch too it as it was some kind of woven tweed knit I obtained from Mood Fabrics on sale.

Its very versatile though and you can wear it with almost anything. While they suggest about 4 yards of fabric, I did not use my full 4 yards and had quite a bit left over.. Which can be annoying as I don’t like throwing large scraps a way.

I love the high-low part of it and it can be dressed up or down with jeans and as I have it on here a cute skater skirt and knee boots..

Thanks more to come 🙂

Cute Leather and Wool Skater Skirt McCalls 6842

I fell over the moon with this cute skater skirt that Beaute J’adore made last year. I had the leather and wool for sometime but I did not make it until this season. I am soooo glad that I did. I found that this pattern ran very big for me and I had to trim it down several times.  I did make mine a bit longer than the pattern as I am bottom heavy and it just looks better than thigh skimming..

It looks perfect with high boots and I have not had the opportunity to wear with otherwise..

No additional alternations to the pattern but I added about 3 inches to the hem..

Sweater: Ann Taylor “Old”
Necklace: J Crew “Old”
Boots: Not sure

September 2014 Open House at McCalls HQ

Hello Fam….
I know its been a while and this post is long over due lol and I thought about writing about this everyday! Dern! it I am finally getting the opportunity to sit down and write about it.
So as a blogger and follower of McCalls Pattern Company I got invited to an Open House / Tour of the company! I was so excited to be able to visit one of the oldest pattern companies and see the actual in’s and out’s of the organization.  I got to view where the patterns are actually created and graded. We saw the actual samples of garments and some even got to try them on! 
The best part was meeting some of the bloggers I have followed for quite a while and meet new bloggers! We received a tote bag full of goodies and free patterns and there were giveaways in which I did not win *bummer!* I also met a few of the actual pattern designers, marketing reps, and the social media guru Meg! Which I had met a few other times.. it was a great time and I hope they have an Open House again.. I would be there!
Here are a few photos from my adventure below….
This is a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge that I captured from my cab on the way there.. dude was driving on 5,000 lol

Another bridge photo…

I can’t remember her name but she was showing us actual sewn samples that you see on the pattern envelopes and the pattern spreads..

This adorbs lil lady is Oonaballoona! she is a fabulous sewer — mostly of out of box and un-traditional style.. So New York Style so her! She is as adorable in person as her blog!

This is the first time meeting Peter Lappin who made that adorable blazer he had on.. I wanted it for myself! There is another blogger next too him but I am not sure of her name.. sorry!

Guess what this is! Its the famous Fabric Closet.. I died and went to heaven in here!

This is a vintage sample dress sewn next to the most fabulous drawing!

While this little guy — Swatch was not at the Open House he is a resident of Mood Fabrics that I frequent when I go to New York! 

Just a photo outside one of the fabric stores..

And this dude (I think) was found in Dakota Trimmings.. he/she is a big one!
Thanks for reading this post more to come!
Love ya XOXO *mauh*

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