Monthly Archives: October 2008

Be still my heart!

I always get excited when I receive an email from Hot Patterns – last week was no exception! God, how much do I love these new patterns?!?!?!?!

I was just thinking that I’d like to make some sort of cardigan in a sweater knit – a cozy, long cardy with a ’70s feel. Along comes the Metropolitan Sweater Dress, Cardigan and Top! I LOVE the notch/split on the band – a perfect little unexpected detail.


I’ve also been looking for something different in the way of a dress so the Metropolitan Good Times Dress, Tunic & Top is a must-have for me. I want to make the dress with the placket neckline in a funky printed knit. I also love the tie-neckline which I’d leave open.


I have some wool doubleknit (with lycra!) that would be perfect for this little jacket, the Riviera Boulevard Cardigan Jacket.


And, how cool are these gauchos? They are divine, perfect for my black boots.


I can’t wait to add these to my collection!


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I’ve made four new dresses in the past few weeks – three of them with fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics! You’ve already seen the Kimono Dress I made last month, here are a couple of work dresses from New Look 6429. I had originally made this pattern a few years back when it was first released. I don’t know why I waited so long to make it again – it’s a real gem. This is quickly becoming a favorite for work because I don’t have to fuss with it at all, just toss it on and go. I’ve made three short-sleeved/collared versions so far this month and am planning on one long-sleeved version before I give it a rest. If you haven’t tried this pattern yet, what are you waiting for? The cut is sublime and it goes together in a snap.


This print was a bit of a challenge to match but I’m happy with how it turned out.


I used the border for the collar, cuffs and neckline binding (which you can’t see here).


No matching here, this one went together in a few hours.


I used Palmer/Pletsch Sheer to interface the collars on both dresses.


I also made another version of New Look 6648 (fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics, of course!). I absolutely adore the sleeves on this version. And, yes, it is positively x-rated without a cami underneath. 😉 I did discover that this is just perfect over a bikini when you want to cover up just a bit – much better than a big baggy t-shirt.




Filed under Fabric, New Look