Monday, December 30, 2013

Trending the Luxe T-Shirt

While I love the new luxe seatshirts, the large amounts of ease in "sweatshirts" do not wear well on this over-50 body!  So I chose Vogue 8536, a close fitting tee shirt.  I cut a size 14 in the shoulders and size 16 in the body.  This gave me a good fit in the shoulder/arms and a tad of "sweatshirt roominess" in the body.

I eliminated the side seam vents and lowered the hem one inch at center back and center front.  Lowering the back hem one inch is a tip I learned from Susan Khalje.  A curved hem is more slenderizing than a horizontal line.  Since the pattern of the fabric at the front hem has horizontal lines, I curved the hem line on the front as well.  These slightly curved hemlines really improve the look of the top.

I used Scallops for the front only and used Black Rib Knit for the back, sleeves and neck band.  These fabrics sewed up nicely.  I don't have a serger so used a straight stitch, slightly stretching the fabric while stitching, and then used a zig-zag stitch 1/4 inch into the seam allowance.  The fabric didn't mind one bit!

I love these two fabrics together. The subtle shine of the Black Rib Knit pairs nicely with the silver metallic thread in Scallops. Together they gave me a fun, casual holiday top with just enough sparkle for this introvert :-).

Love, Love, Love this Cathy!  
This would also look great with a pencil skirt and silver metallic shoes for a dressier look.  Thank you for the review!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Burda Style January 2014

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Weekend Glam!
sleeveless jacket #106-Cream/Brown Faux Fur

This loose fitting blouse looks best with a pencil skirt or slim pants.

Be ready for your first special occasion of 2014.
wrap-top dress #107-Silk Charmeuse-Red for the bodice
and Red Rose for the skirt.

Couture dress by designer Aquilano-Rimondi

Plus Size
Love this for work!

And this would work for causal Friday.
blouson jacket #132-Black/White Micro Check

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Purrrfect....Burda Style 10/2012 #118A

I love when I can pull a pattern out of the envelope, go straight to the fabric, cut it out and sew it up without any worries!  Well, the only time this happens to me (and I'm not dreaming) is when I've made the pattern before.  This pattern is made for wovens but I think it's best made from a knit.  See no zipper!!!

But I never say may see it again in a stretch wool.

I'm also thinking about making it this summer without sleeves.  But for now long sleeves are purrrfect......