What is it about this dress that makes me feel so “En-Vogue?”  I know this is an old pattern, and that so many have made it before.  When I first saw this pattern I just could not bring myself to make it in the same black and white as the pattern envelope.  I liked the style for sure…that color blocking is really a very nice touch.  But for me, I had to wait to allow my creative innards to tell me what to make…that fabric jeanie in my heart had to rise up and give me a vision.  Color makes all the difference!!

I made so many alterations to this pattern, I feel bad trying to explain it all in written form….

Here goes, I’ll at least list the changes for you reading folk and leave a link to my video for you folks who love to see the work in action.

Construction and Pattern Details:
Vogue 1329 made in an Eileen Fisher ponte knit similar to this one here.

  • Created a v-neck
  • Omitted the back zipper since the knit is so stretchy
  • created facings for the lower armholes where there is no yoke
  • topstitched the yoke front and back and hem

Tissue fitting and evaluation on video explaining the alterations needed.

  • Erect back
  • gaping armholes front and back by darting the seam line on the yokes
  • Sway back adjustment across center back and side back
  • Created a v-neck 
  • 1/2 of a FBA on left front using slash and spread
  • 1/2 of a FBA on right side using slash (see video demonstration) along with absorbing the resulting side dart.
  • added an extra inch at the back hips only (video shows how to measure the pattern and determine hip level.)
I was so comfortable wearing this dress, that I’m already geared and ready to make this again in a blue.  However, next time, I think I’ll add a tad bit more to the hem.  Although, it felt good, I just like a little more coverage on my thighs for this style of dress for when I sit down.  Otherwise…as long as I have the v-neck, it is a win-win wardrobe piece.  The video of my changes are here…..

Okay, can I just say….we copy off of each other everyday.  We see and sew, see and sew, whatever our friends sew.  Every time someone sews something we like, our list of things to sew grows and grows, and grows.  This was not something I was going to sew.  I hated these pants from the first day I saw them.  Even when I saw them on a fellow sew-sister, I thought to myself, she only looks good in them because she is 5 inches taller than me.  Well, that changed one night when I decided to take a chance at her insisting I “just try them”. 
Even while I was laying out the pattern, I was wondering was this a waste of my time….until I put them on and this happened…

It was photoshoot time.  I have all the backdrop and camera with tripod setup in my sewing room so I don’t need to run out chasing the sun.  I like to sew more than I like to take pictures, but you cannot tell by these shots.  I was having so much fun with my photographer and assistant- the remote control, and my granddaughter.   BTW….she told me to pose with the jeanie prayer hands.

Construction and Pattern Details:

Vogue 1355, a Sandra Betzina pattern has one piece for the pants.  The same as several McCalls patterns.  But Sandras patterns all have a special sizing that helps us to get near-ready-to-wear sizing. She uses a lettering system to create her sizes.  Her sizes do give good solid consideration for the tummy.
ALTERATIONS: I just the size D for length and didn’t pay attention to the hip or waist because I used my base pant sloper/block or TNT to check the fit before I cut the pattern.  I over-layed my pattern block on top of this pattern and lined up the grain-lines to make sure the crotch and the waist seams were what I needed.  As it turns out, as with every other pant pattern, I lowered the front waist by 1.5″ and extended the back crotch extension by at least an inch and shortened the front crotch extension by the same amount.  
If you need a pair of absolutely quick and fun pair of pants to wear, this is the one.  Listen to a friend, in my case, Cennetta of The Mahogany Stylist, they won’t lead you astray.  At first I thought that extra fabric hanging between my legs would drive me crazy, but I haven’t really felt it.  Ohhh!!!  I have worn then these pants way too much.  So, I guess that means I need to hurry and make another pair really soon.
I used the lightest of weight rayon jersey from JoAnns, I had bought planning to make some polazzo pants a year ago.  These work just fine.  
RECOMMEND?? Absolutely!!

About a month ago I agreed to be added to a pool of folks for a fabric swap and be randomly paired with a swap partner.  We were required to exchange any piece of fabric from our stash. We were to sew it up in any way we felt best represents us and our esthetic. This group thing is bringing forth some serious sewing mojo out of me.  Because, I need, absolutely need, human interaction, not just online contact.  Combined with Periscope, this group provides the interaction of an IRL sewing group.  Okay, I think I have done my fabric justice, as well as made my swap partner proud. I present to you #thegreatfabricswapsmt finished garment.

vogue 1245

To my “fabric swap” partner, Kimberly:  Thanks very much for the fabric.  

I admit, I was apprehensive about working with this chiffon, with hopes I could produce something that would give it life beyond your imagination.  I had an idea immediately when I laid eyes on it for a shirt dress.  But, as I began manipulating it and considering my options, I decided that a shirt dress would make the fabric a little too “business” and take away from my style choices of “fun and frills”.  I wanted some type of frills added in to soften the hard stripes while at the same time maintaining its true nature.  So by juxtaposing them with chevrons and ruffles throughout, I felt I was able to get that fun feminine look with an obvious “manly” print.  Something, I learned, is normally a fashion faux pas.  The fashion world is not my go too place for making decisions to fit my own since of style and taste.  There just may be too many limitations for me. So, thank you for challenging me to think outside the box.

vogue 1245
For those Pericrafter folks who were up all night with me while I sewed this dress during my “LIVE” broadcast…I say thank you!!!   These ladies took the time to vote on the design layout of the skirt.  Whether to put the chevrons in the front and center or to use the straight lines on the front.  Click this link to see the 1minute video of what we did.  
You all are wonderful.  But for me, I must apologize, because, as soon as I got off that last “sewing” and “voting” scope, I totally, sewed the skirt on inside out.  So although, the Chevron was the clear winner, I just ended up with the straight stripes because I refused to take out all the stitching I had placed in the waistline for added security.  For those who voted on what color I would wear underneath…well, I guess I just broke my own rule.  The bra won out in the end, because I did not like the red slip I made right before taking these pictures.  With this being a Polyester Chiffon and the lining adding to the layers, it is just too much for our Houston humidity!! I was sweating while trying to get these pictures taken.

vogue 1245
vogue 1245 #thegreatfabricswapsmt
I believe it was the shiny tricot/something I got at Hancock that threw off the look of this dress.  I will still search for a more suitable lining later.  The black turned out just fine.  It actually made the dress look good…yet again, the layers are just too much for this heat.  I will save this dress for the cool fall/winter months.  Just know however, that it will absolutely get a lot of wear eventually.  Just not this summer. (sad face).  

#thegreatfabricswapsmt by Sewtofit.com
OOps…forgot to hide the bra straps.

Construction Details: 
The pattern is Vogue 1245 made into a dress.  I cut a size medium and lengthened it in the bodice by 1.5 inches and about 16 inches on each flounce/peplum piece.  All seams are french, and the hems are all machine rolled.  

The neckline and the waistline are finished with a banded channel for the drawstrings, which I cut on the crossgrain to give it a contrasting affect.  I really like how that came out.  

Until next time, you can always find me hanging out at Periscope.tv/Sewtofit.  What skirt design and underlay would you have chosen?

Unless you regularly read my blog, subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me live on Pericope, you wouldn’t know that I have been consistently working on a Wardrobe Fit-Along since July of last year 2015 in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric, an online fabric store based out of Texas.  We began with the White Shirt, then the Sheath dress, then I took a holiday break and did a holiday sequin skirt tutorial.  Currently we have been working on the denim jacket.  This Wardrobe Fit-Along is an ongoing process that I have been making regular videos for in order to discuss and tackle particular fitting issues found with each particular garment type and style in relation to different body compositions.  

Vogue 9037....Wardrobe Fit-Along

As for this jacket, I was not going to make it….I complained the collar was too big for my bust, then I complained that I didn’t like the way the back hikes up, and the front draped…. I bet I am one of the most stubborn person this wardrobe consultant has probably ever provided services for.  I have given her more grief and dismay along the way, than I care to admit, over her suggestions and recommendations for what items I should make for myself.  Yet every single time, I am giddy about the make, and it looks just as nice as she had said it would.  

Vogue 9037

So, why then, do I complain so much along the way.  Well, lets see, I’m just that kind of person, and it takes a special person to work with me.  Yeah, that’s the answer and I’m sticking with that story.  I don’t particularly like the little tie belt, however, I didn’t realize it would be a problem until I wore it to my function.  So next time, I may make a regular “belt” with this fabric.  I left the snaps out for no reason except, I just couldn’t find them…and I wanted to wear the jacket NOW.  You know right?

Vogue 9037

The jacket was extremely easy to construct…I mean easy, like my granddaughter could do it minus the hong kong treatment I did to the seams.  That part wasn’t necessary with this unlined faced jacket.  I just couldn’t stand the thought of seeing a lot of bare seams meandering about inside my clothes.  I just could not have that, it just isn’t pretty right?

So, if you want to continue keeping up with my shenanigans and wardrobe building, while learning something along the way, just stay tuned and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  I have plenty more fun, basics to fight about, fitting lessons to teach, and sewing tips and techniques to share.  Because that is what I do….I love to teach you what I learn along the way.  

As for helping you know exactly “what” looks good on your body, check-in with Roz each week, because “that is” what she does, a fantastic well educated textiles professional who is well trained in the art of wardrobe building.  Together, we are a powerful force. Now, all I need to do is find a dependable carpenter to get my sewing studio in order, and I’ll be able to sew more wardrobe staples faster.

Construstions Details:

I did a preliminary tissue fitting of the pattern to determine any major adjustment that may have been needed.  Usually, that is what I do to determine if I need to make a muslin.  I try not to always go right into an muslin fitting, because there are so many major adjustments that can be revealed by just holding the pattern up to your body or pinning it in place to check for issues.  In this case I checked the position of the tucks and whether I needed to lengthen the waist, etc.

Pattern Alterations:
This is Vogue 9037.  I cut a size 14. You can take a look at the video here for a thorough explanation of the changes I made and why. In this video I did not mention that I removed 2 inches from the bottom length of the front towards the end of construction.  I just did not like that sloppy, floppy look for my taste.  (1″FBA, Shifted the tucks for balance, sway back adj., and took out a little on the back neck, and did a wedge tuck in the lapel.)

Fabric: Linen/Cotton blend I purchased from Sew Much Fabric…this one is sold out, but her is the link for the black. http://stores.smfabric.com/linen-blend-denim-black/

Have you been following along with my Wardrobe Fit-Along for the last few months?  I would like to know if what I have been venturing on for all to see has been helping you or anyone you know.

My birthday was last month, and a fine month it was.  To celebrate I attended a nice little Birthday Bash for those of us 40 and up.  This was my first time going to something like this with people “my age” in a sense.  Funny, that I would refer to these folks as a group…but it is different mingling in groups where the age range is too broad, the conversation topics change from “in real life” to “selfies and FB updates”.   Although, I think I could have held my own amongst any group.
Oh yeah, this was another one of those, wait until the last minute to see what you will wear moments.  I don’t know how to do it any other way.  Well actually, I do, but I choose to make rush outfits.  

 I know I am not the only one who makes better decisions for clothing under pressure.  Mind you, I did not say make better clothes— I said, make better choices.  When given too much lead time to decide on the outfit for an event, and then to go all out with the fabric and findings choices, I tend to overthink, and second guess myself.  Although, the color was set, since it was an all-white event, the pattern choices were many, and the fabrications were all over the place.  Should I do silk, cotton, knits, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, you know the drill.

It was a toss up between this Guy Laroche Pantsuit- Vogue 2937, the Guy Laroche Dress- Vogue 2899, or the Donna Karan Strapless peplum pantsuit- Vogue 1076.  You see the one I chose.  It was easy to pick, since the dress was way too dressy for me and I wasn’t feeling that high neckline in 100 degree weather.

The Strapless was on top of my list and would have gone very well with my white linen, or even my white dupioni silk.  Again, though, my reservations were only due to my tendency to feel just a tad more covered up on the top.  HAHAAAAA!!! you say, the peplum suit is no where near modest!!!!   HA—HA—HA!!! Well, with the changes I made, I think I was able to leave just a teeny bit to the imagination and keep it “Classy with a bit of Sassy.”

The Bash was a classy affair for all birthday attendees.  I danced a few rounds and stayed cool because I lined the suit with a soft lightweight rayon knit, which is normally used for lining panty crotches.  (Go figure, right?)  A few of my friends and family came along to celebrate.  My sister was on point as usual in her RTW dress.  She can make anything look awesome.

I totally redesigned this jacket as follows:

  1. Front was redrawn to create an overlap for more coverage
  2. Drape Overlay- disregarded because it was too much fabric over the bust
  3. Front closure- became a center back invisible zipper because of the overlap
  4. Knit swiss dot lace mesh overlay on the bodice and back
  5. Sleeves- disregarded all together (mostly because I ran out of time…but it turned out it was better in the long run.)
  6. Peplum was self-lined as required but finished so all seams were enclosed 
Pattern considerations and alterations:
  • Lengthened the front by 1″
  • created an overlap at the center front of 2″ which covered for the FBA
  • No true FBA was done as I had planned.
  • Took a 3/4″ wedge out of back to avoid gapping.  (See right pic above..piece #5)
    The fabric is an Eileen Fisher Ponte knit.  The pants grew quite a bit as the night carried on, and became a little baggy compared to the photo I took before the night started below.  
    The movement put a little more pressure on the front closure, which was just a little tacking I used to keep it closed.  I had not thought out a solution to keep the front from going all the way to my navel.
    Every time I see a wide leg jumpsuit, I think of my Mom.  You see when I was a yungin… jumpsuits were the uniform to wear.  It seems that every thing that was once is now, and any of the fashions which were then, are here again.  It is back, “OLD School” is new again. 
    #DIY, #jumpsuit #Vogue Patterns @mccallpatterncompany
    I have made several jumpsuits in the last few years, a couple self drafted and a couple using patterns from Vogue and McCalls.  Now, everywhere I look,  I see a rise in the number of patterns available for this fun piece of clothing, and an onslaught of various renditions of said patterns by so many on Pinterest.  
    #DIY, #jumpsuit #Vogue Patterns @mccallpatterncompanyThis time I made the new Vogue 9116, although we all know it is really the old vogue.  Actually, it is the same jumpsuit I have been wanting from my sister for the last 5 years, except her’s is in black.  I will get to that color another time.  I just had to make this fun print for the summer months, poolside parties, and beach getaways.  
    #DIY, #jumpsuit #Vogue Patterns @mccallpatterncompany
    Pattern and Construction Details:
    All was very easy.  The pattern instructions were easy, the sizing was easy. 
    I cut a size 14 top and 16 bottom.  
    1″ FBA
    Removed 4″ from the pant legs because they were “WIDE” for sure.
    After these pictures I hemmed them another 2″
    #DIY, #jumpsuit #Vogue Patterns @mccallpatterncompany
    I hope you are enjoying this resurgence of jumpsuit fashions.  I know my Mom is enjoying all the patterns coming back.  Something she is really familiar with.  

    Stella got her groove back by going to the Bahamas, I thought I would work on getting or keeping mine back by checking out my pattern stash.

    With the help of some really nice matte jersey I got in New York and Donna Karan for Vogue patterns #2067, I was able to strike this pose for this picture.  No photoshop here y’all.  Just straight up all me, stretch marks and all.  
    It’s not easy trying to keep your sexy and be a grandmother all at the same time, and still be just a slight bit modest.   But I manage to try ever so often as not to wither away into that old lady, “mmm” what is she wearing kinda, it’s a shame, she should “dress her age”.  What the hell does that mean!??! Dress the way you want! Just make sure it is SASSY not TRASHy.  You feel me?
    The pattern is basically a wrap dress with the upper portion of the bodice detached at the front midriff forming a type of crop top which reveals just enough skin to keep it modest yet sassy. 
    It almost looks like the Vogue 1250 that everyone has fallen in love with.  
    Construction Notes:
    1.  All the edges are finished with elastic to make it really snug at the openings:  Neckline, armhole, under the bust, and at the top of the skirt wraps/overlays.  
    2.  The side seams are placed forward toward the front with the side hip dart at an angle toward the rear hip line.  A very nice touch indeed.  
    3.  The center back seam makes it extremely easy to grade up and down as needed and to deal with the dreaded sway back issues. 
    4.  With the front bodice piece being just that, a front piece, you can literally increase the bust and lengthen the front crop section to your hearts desire.
    Moving forward:
    I plan to make every single one of the views on this pattern in several colors.  They are great dresses to have on hand for any activity you might want to wear a “body con” dress.  Oh yeah!!! There is plenty coverage for Spanx and such and such if you so need or desire.
    Here a kick in the butt to aging and frumpy dresses!!! 
    …should flock together, unless they come near me.  I nabbed a few for myself to have indoors.  I love birds, their sound, the freedom they represent and the beauty of their flight…~and sitting.  Actually, sitting on my fabric, that is where they are this time.

     I thoroughly enjoyed making this top.  I was in such a good mood hanging with the birds, that…

    I video-taped my construction process, in triple time…time-lapse.

    This is such a deceivingly simple blouse, with several surprise designer details.  Definitely, another regular for my wardrobe rotation.  

    Pattern Description: it was described as….
    • Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. 
    • View A:  Front longer than back
    • mock wrap, pullover, 
    • fitted through bust, 
    • no shoulder seams, 
    • elasticized tie ends for casing, 
    • underarm inset, 
    • and armhole bands. 

    Pattern Sizing:

    Pattern sized 6-14 in envelope. I cut a size 14

    How did it compare to the envelope pictures:

    The picture was pretty clear. 

    Were the instructions easy to follow?
     The instructions were basic going into the construction, but then the instructions for the placement of the buttonholes for the front overlap had you put the buttonholes in only one side/layer, but at the end, they needed to be through both layers of the front. The waist seam allowance is turn upward to create the casing for the elastic.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
    I like everything about this pattern, especially the underarm inset and the bias banded armholes.

    Fabric Used:
    I used a polyester georgette/ crepe d’chine look-a-like from Hancock. It is very thin, but, being it is a dark color, I could get away with out lining.

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

    1. The Pivot and Slide method was used to get my 1.5″ FBA along with,
    2. Closing the neckline in by 1/2″ and,
    3. Taking out my “over 40inch” front neckline wedge”. (That’s what I call it now.) Just a wedge to cause the V-neckline to curve in enough to keep it from gaping on the top curve of the bust. (It is not scientifically proven. It is just what I do for me.)

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
    I have already begun dreaming of my next project based on this pattern. This is an absolute winner for me.

    Hope you enjoyed the video.

    Until next time.

    Well, hello all, today I come to you with two new pattern playmates.  We have the Katherine Pants, from StyleArc Patterns, sharing the spotlight with a true success!!!. a shirt from the Vogue 8747 patterns, which may very well become one of my favorite button downs.

    I don’t know about you, but I like to eat my dessert before my dinner…just in case I get too full, at least I had the good stuff first.  Thus, it is with this post…I will give you the gist on the top first.
    mardi gras colors

    Vogue 8747 top view D:
    I call this my Mardi Gras blouse, because a friend told me, after I showed here this fabric; “Oh, those are Mardi Gras colors!  How exciting.”  I had no clue.  I bought that fabric last year, and was just drawn to the beautiful watery movement of buildings nearly hidden in the print. I’m embarrassed to say just how much per yard I paid, so if you don’t know, then you are like I was, “Clueless”.  For those of you who do know about “Liberty of London”, can I join your club?  OOOOwee!! this stuff feels fine!!

    It’s made from some of the best cotton I have ever sewn, REALLY!!  I will shout that one from the roof top.  I did not know that “Liberty of London” was so special.  I do say that stuff is expensive!!  Yes, I did use all caps, and several exclamation points…that is how I feel.    Shoutout to Josephine’s Dry Goods in Portland, OR(non-sponsored)  Because, they had a boatload of the stuff and the finery was to die for and go to sewing heaven.  

    It takes time to “build” a wardrobe of lovelies, those pieces you will pick up and wear over and over again.  That is why it took so long.  This fabric was destined to become a button down the moment I lay eyes on it, but I still had to find the buttons.  Not just any button would have worked.  There again, they just floated into my life whilst shopping for a client I came upon these gems of the ocean to be added to this sea of buildings.  Feast your eyes, oooh my goodness is that not delicious or what?  That was my dessert.   YumYum, that smile is from the internal satisfaction I get wearing this shirt.

    Shortening the front band from apex to neck ensures modesty at the decollate’ for the over 40″ crowd.
    Construction notes for the top:  
    The pattern has multiple views to choose from, a regular with the Vogue basics line of patterns, a true bargain when you are spending big bucks for the material.   The pattern represents the hem as having a shirt-tail shape, but I don’t see it.  It isn’t as pronounced as I would have liked to have in the back.  I will take care of that in the next top.  There will be another, and another, and another.  (I’ll keep going and going and …..as with “Peewee Herman”)
    • NO FBA!!!  Yeepee!  I cut a size 14 as usual, but this pattern had the A-D cup bust sizing.  I used the D cup. (Actually, I think its a little too roomy in the bust, but it may be the design of the gathers along the front placket) 
    • I Shortened the center front between apex and the neck.  You see the little wedge along the front under the neckline.  That wedge is magic for the over 40″ crowd. (Meaning over a B’cup)

    • A swayback adjustment was taken as usual. (See piece 10 above…)  
    • Also added a 1/2″ broad back adjustment. 
    • Totally straightened the center back.  Vogue seems to always add a bit of a curve to all their princess backs, which isn’t something I need.
    • I did not lengthen the top this time, but I intend to do so on the next go around.
    • Lowered the back neck by 3/8″ 
    • You won’t see in the alterations, is that I added 1.5″ to the hips graded from the waist to the hem.  (I will add those changes to the pattern before I mount it to tagboard.)

    StyleArc Katherine Pants:

    First off, these are indeed tailored pants.  Another wardrobe staple for me aside from the button down.

    stretch woven wool.

    To be honest with you, this review has been in the making for quite some time, while I tried to decide how to present all the information to you.  I don’t want to burden your blog reader with too much information at one time.  So, I need you to tell me the format in which you want me to dissect these pants.   I only found ONE (1), yes, one pattern review on these pants.  I also contacted the designer for construction assistance with the pockets.

    The fabric is a fine light stretch tropical wool…which in and of itself gave me headaches when I tried to topstitch the center front crease seam.  It is a great fabric, but I think I might have a slight sensitivity to wool, because it really makes me itch when and sneeze to wear it or sew with it.  I equate this fabric to a high-end bengaline, because it has a cross grain stretch which resulted in my laying the patterns on the cross not the along the selvage.  I wanted the stretch to go “around” my body, I was thinking if I left it go up and down, then I would get saggy bottom.

    topstitching on the bernina 780 using tropical wool stretch

    Fitting notes:  “Balance in worklife and personal life is everything.”  But what about “Pattern Balance” in your sewing?

    In order to keep them straight and balanced at the center front where the seam is on the actual crease, I had to remember to make any width adjustments on both sides of the leg, inseam and out-seam, at the center leg seam…but I forgot just near the end, when I decided to add just a smidgen more right before I cut.  (((((WRONG MOVE….))))

    The legs are 20 inches at the hem, not to be confused with the “slim” 15″ leg of the barb pant I made here.  They should hang straight down from the side hip, and the crease “should” be in the center of the leg.   Because of this it’s important to keep the balance of the pattern when making adjustments. Most fitting guides tell you to increase at the sides. That’s doesn’t work.

    An unbalanced worklife.

    Come on my fellow pattern nerds, what have we resorted to with this fitting craze?  I have decided to wear these damn pants, no matter what the fit police say.  Posting my butt all over the internets, for the advancement of the sewing sciences, proves I love my rear end in all its round glory.

    I know, I know….“Andrea, of all people, you teach fit!! “You have blah, blah, blah..training, blah, blah, duh.”  So, what are you talking about, you should have ALL the answers.”   But wait…. I say, Fitting is a moving target, YO!! and at each junction you decide what part of it you are willing to forgo for the current fashion item you choose to construct.

    This is especially true if you insist on making different garments from a different pattern and different fabric with every project.  At some point, I just want to say, “enough is enough!”

    Thus, for me I have decided, in my own infinite wisdom, to forgo new pant patterns and just design around my sloper ONLY.  At least for a while, ha!  Right, we will see how long that last.  To get me focused, I signed up for Kathy Ruddy’s Craftsy class ” One Pattern Many Looks” when they had their last sale.

    The side front of StyleArc Katherine woven pant….notice the grain line, it would only prove why the pants tend to twist on the leg.  It seams this should be changed to line up with the body, and not be left the same after the alterations.  

    Please stay tuned for the next installment of this post giving you the full blown internal guts and gores of the pattern workings, the pocket making and the fitting of Miss Katherine.   Its deep yawl.

    ….until then, keep studying your patterns.

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    Thanks to Rhonda for all her hard work in making this contest possible.  You can now vote on your favorite entry through Monday, February 9th.  Of course, I know it’s me you can’t wait to vote for, so I made this fancy button to assist you.

    You can find the original blog post “Project Runway contestant or not?” here, explaining my complete process and inspiration for creating this lovely two-piece outfit.  The fabric was the main reason and inspiration for the challenge.

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    3. Cast your vote by clicking on the heart shape in the upper right of your selection.

    Everyone did such a wonderful job.  If I weren’t a contestant, I would have a hard time voting objectively. 
    What will I win?  I get to win an online class from Craftsy.com and personal satisfaction for actually participating.  Well, is that a win, or should I already have that.  Anyway, it was fun.