Showing posts from June, 2014

A bit of Vogue Designer pattern nostalgia

I have to admit to a pang of envy when my fellow sewing bloggers mention sewing with some fabric they've found at the op shop. I often check out the fabric section in the op shops around here, and in over 6 years have come up with two barely acceptable lengths of fabric, which still sit in the stash. Otherwise, it's dubious stuff in awful colours. Erk. I seem to do better, however, with patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I picked up two Vogue Designer patterns from the early 1990s. What attracted me was not so much that they were Vogue Designers but rather because I was attracted by the writing on the envelopes by the former owner. These finds tickled me, and I thought I would share them here. This sewist it seems sewed for two lucky people: Kathy and Kylie. Her handwriting is almost a facsimile of my mother-in-law's handwriting (she was born in 1918), and she uses inches, so you get a picture of her straight away.

This Albert Nipon pattern in sizes 6 -10,  is a dress with …

MBM - Simplicity 2603 in Pine Lime Splice Merino

Simplicity 2603 is a cardi-wrap pattern which was one of the Patterns of 2009 on Pattern Review. I've made two of these in merino knit before in pre-blog days, and I have worn them a lot. They are great indoors on their own, or outdoors as a layer under jackets. That waterfall effect at centre front gives the look of a scarf under a jacket. I understand the pattern in now OOP, which is a bit sad. It's a cornerstone of my winterwear.
So this is Number 3. I made View D of the pattern which eliminates a wide cuff, and has a less flamboyant "waterfall" than View A. I have made both View A and D before, and while you are able to arrange the waterfall in all sorts of ways, the fact is I never do, and find the extra volume a bit irritating. So View D it is.
The fabric was purchased back in April from Tessuti. Tessuti called the colour Citron. You could call it chartreuse. My daughter took one look and called it Pine Lime Splice. If you are not from Australia or New Zealan…

MBM - Maria Denmark Pernille Pencil Dress

I had a very unusual experience when I prepared to make Maria Denmark's Pernille Pencil Dress, a few weeks ago. As usual I consulted the web to see what other sewist's experience had been of making this pattern. And for the first time since I started sewing, I'd come across a pattern that no one had sewn and blogged. Nothing even on Pattern Review. It was mildly disconcerting.
Since then , this post has appeared. Before that not much at all, apart from the Maria Denmark site.
The Pernille Dress appealed to me straight away. It is designed for ponti knit. It lacks a waist seam (I've always been short-waisted, but as I get older my bustline and waistline are getting closer and closer. Waist seams just feel uncomfortable). It is a raglan sleeve dress, with a boat neck, back contour darts for shape and a pegged hem.
Maria Denmark offers this pattern in B and C cup versions - you get either/or in the download. I ordered a C cup version. When it came to choosing sizes to cu…