Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Anthropologie knockoff--The Fluttering Pencil Skirt

I have a habit of looking at and drooling over the clothing. I have drooled for about a month over this Fluttering Pencil skirt pictured above. I waited patiently for it to go on sale from its $158 price. It did not--it sold out!!! It is supposed to be back in stock, but it will just sell out again. I decided that I might could knock it off. My first concern was the flounce and the side pleating.
A wonderful blogger named shams has a blog called Communing With Fabric. Over at Stitchers Guild she gave me the most wonderful instructions for how to do the flounce. Then, without me even asking, she sat down and drafted the skirt and then explained in great detail on her blog here and here how to do it. That was the NICEST THING EVER!!! shams, thank you so much. I just followed her instructions and started with a very basic pencil skirt pattern--mine was from BWOF. I won't go into the details because it is exactly what she described on her blog, so I would just be repeating her. Here is mine:

Here is a side view of the pleating:

Whoops!!! My lining is too long--do you see it? Picture ARE worth a 1000 words. The fabric is from It is a mint/purple/ecru small plaid suiting fabric.

The shoes are Aerosoles suede "Self Pretty" from several years ago. Now, the next anthropologie skirt I want to knock off is this one:

The design is not so much the issue in this case as finding the sweater fabric or a similar sweater fabric. The design looks like a simple a-line that has been pulled up at the side front and tacked down. Does that sound correct? But the fabric --has anybody seen it?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Simplicity 2633

First, thanks to all of you who commented about my hair post. After washing it a couple of times, it seems to have evened out. I even got a compliment on it from a waitress last night at a place we went to eat. I am seriously thinking about tackling it myself, though.

Anyway, I bought Simplicity 2633 awhile back during a Hancocks Fabrics sale. I loved the pleated sleeves and I love ruffles. I used some forest green fabric that I found in my stash. I have no idea where I got it or how long I have had it. I am guessing I have had it at least 5 years. I don't even know what it is. It is lightweight like broadcloth but it looks sort of linen-y. It sure does wrinkle and it is hard to press them out.

I made this top to go with the pants I have on with it. They are cream colored with light gold stripes. I got them a couple of years ago on deep discount at Express. If I had it to do over again I would make the top a little longer because I wear a belt with it. It is okay in length though for that. I did not make any alterations and sewed a size 12 straight from the pattern. I really love this top and wore this outfit with it to work on Thursday.

Here is a closeup of the sleeve and of the front.

For the life of me, I don't know what that white dot is on that sleeve. I didn't see any lint when I took the pic, but it was probably that and the flash picked it up.
As far as the inside goes, I pressed the seams flat and serged the edges. Until next time, God bless you.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hair color---is it really that hard?

This is a non-sewing post because I need to vent. Just to keep it on the sewing topic, I have a new top and a new knitted sweater to show you in a couple of days. They are finished, but I want to wait until I have them with an outfit to photograph. Thank you for your advice on how you buy patterns. I ended up not buying any patterns. I am trying to go on a non-buying ban for awhile.

I went to the same colorist for 6 years up until about 4 monthsago. At that time I decided that I wanted to try out a little red in my hair and, then if I liked it, go a bolder red. When I showed her the color that I ultimately wanted, she told me she would not do my hair that red. It was like a friend of mines . She did not give any explanation. I felt I could not go back to her, so I went to someone new,and she did my base color a reddish brown and put in fine blond highlights. I loved it. The second time I went back to her I showed her a pic of what I wanted. The pic I showed her is in a magazine. I tried to scan the pic, but it did not show up well. The hair on this model is very close.

except the one I showed her has a few more highlights through it like this

I am not sure how this is showing on your monitor, but it is somewhat auburn-y looking. She said she felt that it did not look natural and wanted "her redheads" to look natural. She fussed wtih me over it, so I just let her trim my split ends and did not go back. Eight weeks ago, I went to someone else and showed her a pic of what I wanted. This person came highly recommended to me. She thought it was beautiful, but she said she wanted to be sure that it was what I wanted. I told her I was absolutely sure, and she said she was excited and went on and on about how much she liked to do red hair color. She even took the pic to the mixing room with her. I was very impressed with that. When she got through with my hair and blowed it dry, it did not look like the pic. My hair had really no visible red in it. I asked her about it and she said that she was really afraid to go too intense the first time someone got their hair colored red. She didn't tell me that before she did my hair. I don't feel like I got what I paid for. I hate confrontation, so I said thank you and left. My hair was really pretty, and I am thankful it was not a disaster, but it was not what I paid for. I cried all the way home. It had blonde highlights, a few reddish highlights (they really didn't show up unless you looked for them), and some brown streaks. I was just so frustrated that I had shelled out about $250 over the past three or four months and still didn't have what I want. I could have spent that on fabric and patterns.
Fast forward to today. I went back to my same colorist to give her another chance today. I told her she did not get my hair as red as I wanted it 8 weeks ago, so I showed her the same picture and she said she would do it. It was really hard to tell in the salon if it looked like the picture because of the low lighting. When I got home, I held the picture up to the mirror beside my face in the bright lights of my bathroom, and my hair looked brown upside the pic. I just took a deep breath and decided that I was going to have to go to someone else. I didn't really examine it closely. After getting out of the shower tonight, I looked at it very closely. Can you tell that I teach math and science? OH MY GOODNESS!!! There are some places where it this reddish burgundy at the roots, but brown below. It is a little splotchy. I am upset. When I calm down, I am going to go to her and ask her to fix it, but I don't think I can talk to her on the phone now without crying. However, part of me just doesn't even want to deal with this. Is a couple of shades of nice red in your hair with some highlights really that hard to achieve? I am beginning to think I can do my hair as well as the colorists I have been to. Have any of you had similar experiences? Do you have any advice? Thanks for listening (er, reading) to me vent.

Friday, September 4, 2009

How do you buy patterns?

Today and tomorrow, Hancock's is having Vogue on sale for $3.99, Simplicity for $1.99, and McCalls for $0.99. There is a long list of patterns I want that, with the sale price, comes out to about $35.00. However, I live about 1hr, 15 min away from my Hancock's. I truly don't want to drive there tomorrow to get the patterns, and with no more time than I have to sew, I probably wouldn't end up being able to sew all of them by the year's end anyway. I am trying to figure out if it is worth driving to get them. Vogues and Simplicity are on sale on, but they are twice the price I would pay for the Hancock sale. Also, I would have to pay shipping. Gas is not an issue here in the consideration--just the drive. This led me to wonder about some things:
1. Do you buy patterns without a time frame in mind to make them? That is, do you buy them if you just like them, knowing it may be a couple of years before you get to sew them?
2. Also, do you order your Big 4 patterns online, thus paying more, or do you only buy them on discount at Hancock's or Joann's?
I was just wondering...