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Project MyWay #13–Ella Moss Knock-off Dress

It’s time to stop dreaming and get sewing! The first project on my list is a season spanning dress. I liked both of these designs from Ella Moss’ Fall 2007 so I combined them into a dress I know I’ll wear a ton–with a scarf and cami now and later with black tights, booties and a black leather jacket. (more…)

Tailored Jackets for Fall

As I’m perusing the media (magazines, web, movies and t.v.) looking for fall fashions to sew, I’m uninspired. Usually fall has me drooling over beautiful clothes done up in sumptuous fabrics. Haven’t found many worth passing on at this time, but I will share what I do find.

Here’s an article from Fabulous Over 40 with their picks of the top jackets of the season. For the most part, I agree, though I’ll add more ideas as I find them. (I do love the Armani pictured above–perfect to dress up or down.)  (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 1

Even though I still have dozens of summer fashion I hope to stitch up, I guess it’s time to start gathering ideas for fall. At least I’ll have a place to start when the weather starts turning (because you know I’ll probably wait that long to start my fall wardrobe–I need to get in the mood).

Here’s an article from You Look Fab that outlines the major trends for fall. The photo is a new Donna Karan outfit at Neiman Marcus–a good season spanning look.

Hints of Autumn from You Look Fab

Project MyWay #10–Silver Linen Blouse

On Friday night I met some old High School friends for “tennis” (I haven’t played in 10 years or more, plus, I’m still on crutches, so I was the audience) and drinks at the country club. I grew up doing things like this and don’t have much interest in it any more, but I wanted to see my friends and look nice.

I pulled this picture of Ellen Pompeo in a J. Mendel blouse out of In Style magazine’s June issue. I thought it was really classy looking. I’m so tired of poofy clothes! I think women over 40 look ridiculous in empire waisted billowy tops and dresses.

Unfortunately, the pattern I used for this blouse is a discontinued Style pattern. You can re-create the look with any sleeveless blouse pattern.

I cut my own collar from the collar stand pattern piece included with the pattern. As long as you have the correct neckline shape from any collar pattern piece, you can redraw to your heart’s content! This is how my change looked (I tapered it at the upper edge):

I bought a gorgeous piece of white silk organza with the idea of making a sheer blouse, but I keep whacking off hunks of it and using it as interfacing! It’s great to use inside light weight fabric when you want some stiffness, it makes my collar look nice and crisp.

I wanted a really clean look, like the Ellen Pompeo blouse, so I finished the fronts with a 1″ topstitched facing and then sewed the fronts together (topstitched) instead of using buttons or snaps:

It really turned out great and looks chic and casual with a pair of white pants.

Ta-ta for now!