Zipper issues and pattern window shopping!

So I had hoped to have finished my Sewaholic Holyburn skirt and blog it but as it stands this is what has held me up….

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I hate invisible zips! Grrr! #sewing #sewcialist

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So I got another zip out and will be making further attempts this afternoon when wee ones are sleeping ;-). The skirt is a muslin; my sewing goals for this year are to improve the quality of my sewing and making a muslin is a good stepping stone.

In other news I have been pattern window shopping which is one of my favourite procrastination techniques online. Vogue have released their Spring 2015 patterns. As I was having a sniff around, the inspiration to write a post hit me so here goes. I will start with the ones that stuck out..

That back look so lovely with the rounded yoke and drape of the fabric.

The first picture for this jacket is all great, I instantly loved that yoke and the panels. But then I clicked on to the other views and this. I don’t think that collar works for me.

Disappointed by the front of the jacket. If I was any good at drafting I would have a go at changing the front to a button placket and lengthen the front.

Not too sure what is going on here with V9096


It looks like she is keeping her hand in front of the jacket to keep it from flapping out……


Actually looked interesting

Looks comfortable, if in a maternity kind of way

But then I saw the back..

That back just looks…off, the panel isn’t actually in the center of the back between the shoulder blades. Its asymmetrical.


The fabric choices don’t do it any favours

V1442 just plain confuses me. This reminds me of when in the morning after the school run I figure it is a good moment to go to the toilet. As soon as I sit on the pot.. sure enough.. the doorbell rings!  I of course get off the pot… no toilet break for me.. cause I have to get downstairs and deal with the courier before  my 2 year old opens the door and signs for a parcel (It has happened before!).  Sighing with relief that I caught the courier before he did his 2 second attempt at delivery, I look down a only to realise that my dress is tucked into my knickers! Sigh! Seriously though is it just me who doesn’t get this dress?


I still just don’t get it.

And in case its still not clear

Yes! Someone actually approved this!

Ok on to the ones that I actually like..

You get a lot for your money here with trousers, sleeveless shirt and jacket.

The trousers are close-fitting, tapered with an elastic waist (They had me at elastic waist ;-) .I really like the interesting yoke detail on the shirt

Those simple clean lines. Love that sporty racerback feel!
The front looks very comfortable as well! This would be a great addition to my work capsule wardrobe.


Lovely simple classic! Love the neckline.

Such a cute top that I can see me wearing it with jeans, making a dress by lengthening it. V9085 is one of my favourites of their spring releases.


Interesting. I like them but cant think where I’d wear them.


Interesting take on a shirtdress.

On V9077, I am normally mistrustful of patterns that don’t have a real life model. In this day and age of digital photography I don’t get why such a big company like Vogue cant make a test garment and photograph it for all to see…..unless if it has issues and they have to rely on pretty illustrations (sewers’ paranoia perhaps?). I wish I could say I wasn’t a sucker for pretty illustrations but I am which is why this is here. 🙂

And finally for the wild card – a pattern that is …..beguiling??..


Nice take on a classic.


Now I have to spend weeks deliberating whether to buy or not to buy, basically enjoying the thrill of the chase! And also finish the Holyburn skirt 😉

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by!



14 thoughts on “Zipper issues and pattern window shopping!

  1. I have yet to master the invisible zipper , definitely on the to do list! You tube has some has some helpful tutorials. Love your pattern review, I agree some of those patterns are really unflattering!


  2. A couple of good blouse patterns in the new Vogue collection, and I’m always a sucker for the Ralph Rucci patterns, but like you, I thought many of these were just a little … off? I’m willing to take some risks with what I wear, but much of this collection didn’t seem worth the risk.

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    1. I agree! Too much risk especially for the price of a pattern. I am in the UK and Vogue patterns never go on sale like I sometimes see on US websites. I do think the racerback shirt is going to be quite popular as well as some of the blouses. I will probably get the jacket, sleeveless shirt and trousers pattern since it works out at £5/ piece.


      1. There are ways to work around that. Willing friends in the US have been known to ship sale patterns. Even after shipping, you can save a bundle if there are several you want. Let me know if I can help you with this.

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    1. Yes me too! Its been taking up so much of my headspace these last couple of days 😉 I am thinking it would work with a cotton lawn or a chambray. Thank for the follow Kyla!

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