Vogue Pattern V9305 Review

Wow, do I love this pattern!

When I saw it in the Vogue Pattern Magazine, I couldn’t wait for it to be released. Once I had the pattern, I had to search for a fabric that would work for the top.  I love the Elliot Berman Textiles burnout that I found, it is amazing. Light weight, comfy and gorgeous. Click here for Fabric Info

I have been looking for a pair of slim leg pants with a good fit for quite a while.  It is a cut that is  hard to find for a woven.  V9305 fits the bill for sure!

The first pair I made I used a fabric from my stash, a lightweight tencil.  The pants have a flat front with a waistband – very flattering.  For great fit (especially for someone that has a boxy figure) they have an elasic waistband in the back. Wow, do I love these pants (Oh ya, I said that already) 🙂

I made the first pair just as the pattern indicated.  Of course, I needed to make a few adjustments.  They legs were way too wide (not really a slim fit).  I took them in an inch beginning at the hip and crotch on each seam, that equals 4″ on each leg – lot of extra ease there. That gave me the leg I was looking for.

Then I had to go to pattern work to make the other two adjustments, which you can see here on my June Makes Vlog. I shorted the crotch lenght 1″ all the way around the pants (front and back) on the tissue.  I did this by folding the pattern down 1/2″ on the front and back tissue pieces.

The last adjustment I made was to take up the “saggy butt” fabric.  I cut the tissue from the inseam just below the crotch – to but not through the leg to the side seam.  Then I overlapped the inseam side by 1/2″ and taped it together.  This took out a tappered 1″ from the inseam and elimiated the sagging.  Make sure you do this on the front and back. You can see this adjustment in the video here.

The second pair I made from a Tropical Weight Wool from Mood Fabrics.  It has a little bit of stretch to give it some movement and prevent bagging.  I made these with the adjustments I made above and they fit wonderfully.

I am trying to make more outifts instead of “one offs”, so I paired them with a matching Ogden Cami.  This will look great with a fun jacket or sweater.  I also made a lace jacket to wear over them for the complete look. Learn more about this look here.

Some things that are great about these pants:

  • They work well for someone that does not have an hour-glass figure.  Although they would work for all figure types.
  • They are super flattering with the flat front and can be worn with or without a belt, tucked or untucked.
  • If you are on the weight loss train (funny, I’m actually stuck on a train right now – apparently going no where), they will carry over a size or two and still look great!

This pattern is easy to edit to achieve a great fit, I suggest you give them a try and the top is super cute too.

Look Great, Feel Great, Be Great!

Sandi

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Shoes in the City – Which Kate Spade Shoes to Wear??

Are sandals really appropriate for city walking, public transportation riding and general health issues??

Men get to wear Dockers or Sketchers and they are good. Sneakers, depending on the brand can be amazing or super dull.

Women on the other hand…..

Today I was in the city, I had to ride the commuter rail, take a cab, and walk several miles.  It was 80 degrees and muggy (a little rainy too).  What was I suppose to wear? I had a meeting at the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office, shopping at the Design Center and dinner with one of my daughters.

I considered sandals with a toe catch, but knew my feet would be sooo dirty. Plus, sandals are no fun in a downpour, and yes it did and I took a cab.

I opted for some older, but very cute Kate Spade New York Kicks – white and pink  with Chili Peppers. They are a little funky, a little cute, and a little practical. They don’t really go with everything, however, when I was walking and took a zig instead of a zag, I was happy I had the Kicks on.

I’m on the train home and now I would kill for the open, airyness (is that a word?) of my pair of cute pink Kate Spade Sandals. My feet are tired and sweaty, I know, Iknow, TMI. These are my favorite Sandals – I am a huge Kate Spade Fan!!

As we pull up to each stop, I notice shoes.  The lady next to me is all power suited up and sporting a pair of Nikes (I’m guessing she has office shoes in her oversized backpack squeezed between our seats). There were several women at the last stop that had really cute flip flops.  How long can you walk in those?

Of course, there is the occasional fashionista with stiletto heals. I’m thinking she will be paying for wearing them in 20 or 30 years, her feat will not be “happy” feet for sure.

I say, bring on winter when we can wear all kinds of boots and let our feet be happy AND still look fashionable! Oooh, maybe I should get some new Kate Spade Boots….. I am loving these!!!!!

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Sandi

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Shopping in New York City

Where are the best places to shop in New York City?

Everyone has their favorites, for sure.  Below are a few of mine.

The challenge is always how to get there; Plane, Train, or Automobile? I have used all three, it depends on how many of us are going and if we are staying overnight.

But on to shopping! My favorite!!

The Garment District in New York City is layed out in a grid pattern, and is generally considered to be between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue, from 34th to 42nd Streets. There is a great information on the neighborhood on Wiki.

Top Three Must Visits

Mood for sure. They have three floors of amazing fabric.  If you are lucky you might spot Swatch, their mascot terrier, he is usually tucked in somewhere out of the traffic.

 

B&J Fabrics has the most beautifully curated fabrics.  They have a wide selection of shirting and suiting fabrics, and also a large collection of silks, dressmaker cottons, and more.  I recently purchased a silk chiffon, it was pricey but sooooo amazing (you can see it here in my recent NYC Fabric Haul Vlog). I picked it up when I was at the DG Expo New York, in July.

Elliot Berman Textiles is a glorious wonder of fine Italian and French fabrics, priced very reasonable.  I purchased some Italian knits at the DG Expo where they had a booth.  They are always a pleasure to work with. You can see my EBT Fabric Haul Video Here

I prefer to stay overnight, my favorite places is the New Yorker.  It’s a block from Penn Station.  So if I fly or take the train, I can access Penn Station easily and, more importantly, frugally (more money for fabric).  The New Yorker is also on the edge of the shopping district and is the perfect home base. Last time I was there, it was pouring, we were soaked from shopping.  When we got back to our room, we didn’t want to go out again and search for dinner.  There is a cute little diner, right off the New Yorker lobby.  It was perfect! We didn’t get wet, we had a lovely dinner, our server was super nice (always a bonus) and we were tucked in watching HG TV by 9:00.

Next time you go into New York City for a shopping trip, let me know.  I always love seeing what everyone buys.

If you are in Central Massachusetts and you want to join me for a guided NYC Shopping Trip – our next one is September 14.  Click here for more information!

Sew What’s Fabulous,

Sandi

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