Pattern Review: Vogue 2934 Vintage Vogue Cropped Swing Jacket

I eyed this pattern for quite some time before I “adopted” it. I particularly loved the loosely woven version with the visible threads. But I worried that my fondness for the jacket was for the fabric rather than the pattern. Plus, I no longer wear tops tucked in; I hide my abdomen under fabric, and leave the cropped looks for the slim. Fortunately, I decided to ignore those concerns and buy the pattern.

I made View A, with the single button.

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Pattern Review: Vogue 1324 Donna Karan blouse

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as it came out, and eventually bought it. It’s a very pretty blouse, and the fabric flows and drapes unusually. Garments like this are the reason I sew! However, the pattern has a number of errors; very poorly edited, which is unfortunate because it could have been a great pattern. Other sewists address the problem with the skirt (to be reviewed separately, once I alter the pattern and make the skirt). For the blouse, they talk about how the sleeves are far too drapey and annoying, but I found some additional glitches. Once those were all resolved, the end product is very wearable, comfortable and attractive. But there were some additional things worth noting, if you’re still thinking of making it.

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Pattern Review: Vogue 1152 Rebecca Taylor casual dress (needs photos!)

I needed something for casual parties, or a family dinner, or out for casual dinners out. The plunge-front DKNY top is perfect for when I want something a bit sexy, but would definitely not have been appropriate for the recent dinner with colleagues! My bought casual dresses for summer are either very, very loose (hiding of the figure) or are snug across the bust (don’t always fit!). And both are black, not a nice, summery colour. And then I saw this Rebecca Taylor pattern: a bit fitted, but not snug. Really, an adult version of a classic little girl’s party dress. Perfect!

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Pattern Review: Vogue 2923 DKNY jacket

I’ve been wanting jackets, particularly for spring and fall. It’s that time of year when the temperatures can’t decide whether they’re warm or cool, and so your attire has to be flexible. But it can’t be a suit, since they’re not worn that often anymore; something on the sharp side of business casual. And, I’ve also been wanting to experiment with linen. This is a great jacket pattern for both purposes.

I’ve loved the look of this jacket from when the pattern came out. I was interested in wearing it open, not closed – it looked terribly boxy and preppy in the line drawing. The camisole was cute, but impossible to hide bra straps, so not feasible for me.

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Pattern Review: Zip skirt

Zip skirt (with Butterick 3344 top)

Zip skirt (with Butterick 3344 top)

Back when I was in university, I saw in a fashion magazine a long straight black knit skirt featuring a metal zipper as the front slit. I loved the look, and as a new sewist, I promptly copied it. It was a great, but no longer fits. With fashion (re-)cycles, I decided it was time to make it again!

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Pattern Review: Butterick 3344 Lace Tee

Butterick 3344 in lace

Butterick 3344 in lace

Lace t-shirts are fashionable of late. I particularly liked them as “casual nice” attire, for going out for dinner or drinks. Can pair with great jeans or slim pants and high heels, or a cute skirt, and you’re good to go. I decided I wanted one… just better. I wanted it in a colour, and I didn’t want to have to wear a camisole with it (I thought they often ruined the effect). So I made it, and it turned out perfectly. The benefits of sewing!

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