Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Projects

I'm nearly finished with 2 projects that I have started in September.  OMG!  This is super-de-duper fast for me. 

Of course, I made another pair of pants.  I love a the pants from V8541, they are so comfortable for work.  Especially, working a 10-hour schedule - comfort is a must!  This time I used a Pink Polyester blend fabric that I purchased on clearance from  I just need to finish the hem and sew in my label.  That should be completed today.

And, drum roll please.  I made the fabulous V1250 cowl neck dress.  Well, it's not finished.  But, I am believing that it will be totally fabulous.  I ended up using the Green designer polyester jersey knit from  There's not that much work to this dress - now, I see why so many people have made it! 

Designer Polyester Jersey Knit Zebra Light Green/White

Hopefully, I'll be able to take pictures in the dress this week and post a review on PR.  I won't post a review on PR for the pants - although, I will do a post with pictures here on the blog.

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More Patterns --> Means More Fabric!

Since, I've ordered 7 new patterns from Vogue the other day.  That meant that I had to order fabric, so that I would be able to make the patterns.  **Don't judge me!**

Even though has announced that they are behind on fulfilling orders - I placed an order with them.  Mainly, because I know that even with the delays - I'll have that fabric within 2 weeks.  And, with the sale prices (plus, the additional 30% off of clearance) I can't help, but feel like a winner!

So, this is what I ordered and here are my plans.....I purchased a jean weight machine needle and thread - along with this fabulous fabric!

Rayon Blend Iridescent Shirting Butter - 2 yards
Rayon Blend Iridescent Shirting Butter
I'll make a shirt out of this, but I ordered it because I loved it every time I looked at it.  LOL!  Fabric 0-0 Love!

Jacquard Suiting Roses Maroon - 3 yards

I'm thinking V8815 (short sleeves) with a pair of V8541 elastic waist pants. Or, I could make the short sleeve V8840 with the shorter length pants.

Crepe Knit Chestnut - 2 yards

I had V1250 in mind when I picked this out!

Yarn Dyed Rayon Suiting Plaid White/Pink - 4 yards
Yarn Dyed Rayon Suiting Plaid White/Pink
I love this so, so much!  I want to make a jacket / skirt combo from this.  I would love to be able to wear it in January for Grandma B's 80th Birthday celebration (either, the dinner or Sunday Church Service)!  I'm kinda slow, so I need to get started immediately. V7975, the trim that I'm able to find will determine which jacket I make, and I'll likely make my V8541 elastic waist skirt (since, I would prefer a skirt with a back vent).

Designer Polyester Jersey Knit Zebra Light Green/White- 2 yards
Designer Polyester Jersey Knit Zebra Light Green/White
I want to make a shirt from this.... I need to see it up close to determine exactly which one, but I'm leaning towardsV8534 (with the bow) or V8840

Now, I just need to plan out the order that I need to complete these projects.

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vogue Patterns $2.88 Sale!

OMG! Just ordered 7 patterns from Vogue while they are having this crazy $2.88 pattern sale. 

I was going to write about how I haven't been feeling that well - caught the bug that's been making the rounds around the office at work.... Blah, Blah, Blah.... Back to the real story!

Starting from the top
About a week ago - I wrote about my FBA problem.  Well, these patterns will help me get it together:

Vogue 8534

Vogue 8536

Vogue 8840

Vogue 8815

Dress Success
Everybody made this dress this summer, but I didn't have the pattern:

Vogue 1250

Full Wool Jacket? 
Well, I'm not sewing metal!

Vogue 7975

Vogue 1320

Hurry, order your patterns before the sale ends Thursday night!

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

Taking a moment to reflect on the lives that were lost on 9/11 and praying God's protection over the lives of our Military, Police, Fire and Homeland Security members that work tirelessly to keep us all safe.

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Monday, September 3, 2012

Full Bust Adjustments?

So, I haven't made any tops - yet.
Well, I did make 1 dress, but it wasn't a shirt or a top.  And, the pattern says it was loose fitting.
I've been looking for top patterns - I just haven't found anything that I was dying to make... if you know what I mean.
But, if I haven't made any tops - that means that I haven't made any Full Bust Adjustments......
Que the soap opera drama music - you've got to know where this post is going.

Now, I've been working like 10 hours on making this halter top jumpsuit (NL6757).  I know - I totally missed summer.  This was on my list as a Summer project, but initially I didn't have enough fabric (see One Project Down and Out).  I'm at the point where I need to insert the zipper.  I pinned down the zipper - tried it on.  And, you totally guessed it - I can't get it to zip up over my breasts!


You can't even imagine the number of happy dances - I have done up to this point.  I've never made a halter top.  I've never made a jumpsuit.  This IS my most challenging project to date.  And, most importantly - even without the zipper - IT looks like the pattern envelope.  AND, it doesn't fit!  <Insert hissy fit.>

So, I'm moving on to my next project - the jacket from V8541 (hopefully, I'll have more success).  And, I'm putting this jumpsuit to the side for right now.

Hopefully, I'll work on some other projects and figure out a snazzy way that I can make a full bust adjustment at this point in the game.  (P.S. I already tried the sports bra over my bra and that didn't help.)  Otherwise, I'll finish the project and give it to my mom for Christmas.  We are shaped the same - except her breast are a little smaller (like, I'm DDD and she's D) and she's shorter than me.

Here's to making lemonade, when the need for a full bust adjustment has given you a lemon!  LOL!  (At least, I've been making happy noises - and, dances - in the sewing studio.)

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I made a Pencil Skirt!

Last weekend - I was on vacation.  So, I had the opportunity to do some sewing!  Oh, yeah!  The only real problem is that I've made a lot of bottoms (1 dress, 4 skirts & 2 pants), but ZERO tops.  I gotta fix that!

In addition to the red pants, I made a Pencil Skirt! And, it is so, so cute! 

Here's the official Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Mimi G's Pencil Skirt / Free Tutorial

Pattern Sizing:
I made this based on my hip measurement.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it does.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were super easy & it's a project that I was able to complete in about 3 hours (start to finish).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Loved everything!

Fabric Used:
Rayon Challis print from / it was on sale for about $3.99 per yard - 1 yard of 45 inch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No changes made.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will make this skirt again!  And, yes - I would recommend this pattern to others....

Fast, beginner friendly project. 
I want to thank Mimi G ( - for providing the free Pencil Skirt tutorial (

Thanks Beverly Reece from work for taking my pictures - I hate that we were rushing....

Needles Up, Always Audrey