Sunday, January 15, 2017

Some Sunday Miscellany

First, I started cutting out the Burda jacket. I still need to get lining, as mentioned, so don't look for it to be finished anytime soon!

Fabric up close. It's a wool blend herringbone with faint blue and green vertical stripes

So far I have the front and back assembled. Usually with projects like this I cut pattern pieces out as I need them - unless I'm worried about a fabric shortage. Then, I lay everything out. I've also cut everything single layer so far. 

Remember in my 2017 post I mentioned wanting a more casual style coat? Here are a couple I saw and really liked. 

I'm not trying to copy either, they're just inspiration...the types of coats that work with a variety of outfits. I think I'm going to use this Burda for my casual coat. I have a plaid coating that could work with the contrast pieces cut on the bias. Especially since I'll probably shorten this a bit.

Because sometimes you just have to treat yourself...I saw this adorable mug that was free with a coffee purchase. So I picked up some salted caramel pods for my Keurig (which, with shipping it was about the same price as just the mug. But "free"! LOL!!)

IDK how long the sale is happening (coffee and mugs are on sale). Code ASMG gets you the mug free.  NAYY!! I just think their travel mugs are cool and I'm always down to try new coffee brands!!

I also took advantage of the BMV sale and free shipping and picked up 2 new patterns. Between my BMV membership, a 10% off coupon code and free shipping I spent under $9 for two patterns. Doesn't really get better than that for Vogue!

Kay Unger 1537. I love the dress and coat separately more than I like them together.

Lia Lia 1531. 
I loved the drama, saw the RTW version and decided I would just jump off the ledge and make it!
You know it's winter so this is an 'in the future' project. 

Lastly, I was online and came across this Alice and Olivia dress from Spring 2017. It made me like the Burda (left) from 12/2016 a whole lot more!!! I would totally give it a waistline but leave the Burda hemline. I DO like it as a maxi but my brain says maxi dress = summer. And again, tundra. Summer doesn't come 'til mid-July! LOL!!!

So this dress will round out my 2016 Burda challenge! 

That led me down a rabbit hole and I really dig the A+O design aesthetic! These looks are what I would LOVE to achieve as causal spring/summer looks. 

So shameless copying because that dress above is $485...the studded jacket below is $1,395. A little bit out of my budget :-p

Other random sewing related things...

Someone had posted on IG about having an issue with neatness on the waistband of their jeans. I don't remember where I read it (it's not *my* tip!) but I did a jeans waistband this way and never looked back!

I assemble the waistband and facing, under stitching and all...then sew the facing to the jeans first, folding the whole assembly to the outside and pressing in place, then topstitching. It's neat inside and out!

Style Arc Sandra jeans - I'd used a dark blue for the bobbin thread.

I think I'm going to use M6886 and Rhonda Buss' sleeve tutorial to make a cold shoulder dress

Photo from Rhonda's blog

That's all, for now! :)

Up next, my review of M7476. I really like this vest and could see using it to make a 'duster' especially to mimic the A+O jacket!


  1. That is going to be a beautiful jacket when finished!

  2. Loving the jacket and the Kay Unger pattern is beautiful!!

  3. Your herringbone blazer looks great! Can't wait to see the completed blazer.
    Also the Kay Unger coat pattern looks amazing, I need to keep my eyes open for it herein in Germany.

  4. That's a really good jeans sewing tip. Thanks!

  5. Love that Kay Unger dress--I was thinking instead of the bars(?), I would use a scalloped edge lace to fill in (and stablize) the back.

  6. Fantastic tip on the jeans waistband. Is that the same method you sew waistband for trousers too?

    1. No, I don't fold up the facing seam allowance on trousers. Either just serge or bias bind it and leave it "flat" and just stitch in the ditch to secure.

  7. Your jacket is coming along pretty well. I can't wait to see the finished product.

  8. I love your casual coat choices! Also, V1531 was featured on YT with the designer talking about it. I don't know if you saw this, but oh, wow! I understand why you added this to your list. Here is the link: to check it out if you are interested.

  9. I too feel drawn to that Kay Unger jacket and coat. I love the dramatic dress and I know it will look fabulous on you. Thanks for the jeans waistband tip!

  10. Great dresses, but MAJOR kudos for sharing this cold shoulder tutorial! It never occurred to me that you could simply make your own on any top (total, duh, but hey!). Anyway, I really like your black and white dress :) Can't wait until it's 'summer' and you can wear it out of the house.


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