Wearable Wednesday Carolina Herrera

Last week was so painful for my gaudy soul- I declare a palate cleanser week- who better to get us back to stylish cooing that The Herrera? Coo with me:


I can’t figure out if the print is layered or just has that effect- this collection was a nifty mosaic thing going on-


This skirt- don’t you just see things and think how fun would that be to sew?


Coat Envy- I just know it’s strokable!


Purr……purrr…..someone perfected that layering business!


A box of candy canes to anyone who tracks down this fabric for me!!!


Did you think I could make it all the way to the end without one snark? I did try- but look at this bodice? How could I not? It’s a strangely fitted test pattern! Phew. I feel better now.


Oh, one more thing- feast your eyes on our 2015 Jungle January badge! Glorious, emiright??


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Yeah, it’s a year end review- skip it if you want!



Yup, it’s a year end post. I know,  50% of you hate it and 50% of you think it’s a fishing for compliments experience. We shall see.

Blog truths: Often the makes I love the most and wear most are not  the stuff that gets the most blog endorsement. I don’t even blog some of my staples- cuz who wants to read about another top with 3/4 sleeves.  Often we post things that we want to love, we try to love, but we just know are wrong. What makes us do it? For me, it’s pushing the dream- I wanted my time to have been worthwhile, but sometimes it isn’t. Then I dream on and try to make the poses flattering enough to hide that parts I know didn’t work. I’m still making some clothes that don’t work for my body or my lifestyle. So for me, year end posts are about ripping off my personal sewing bandaids and planning for the next year based on what works for me and what I like to wear.

Ready for whiplash? Here’s the worst make of 2014:


Whew! Do I wear it? Yes. Do I think it’s the best use of fabric and pattern….no. Every body flaw gets it’s own focus in this one. I swear, I can see my belly button. I come home with bruised ribs and a woozy headache from sucking in all day.  Oh, mercy. Resolution: more attention to waist/hip detail and fabric choice!

This is so much better- still boxy, but the structure and fabric weight keep everything in there looking better! So a good combo of fun to sew, wearable and spiffy!

blue calhoun5

Back to the bad: Ok, I’m not petite, I’m not short waisted- I’m fat-waisted. I have minimal room at the waist for too much going on- this pattern is for the willowy and I made it anyway. Because….I don’t learn? Because it looked cute on the envelope. What a sucker! Spoken like the person who bought a ’99 VW bug! Also, those damn ties got stuck in doors, in the dog, under my desk chair wheels….do I wear it? No. I made a darling little unblogged top out the the excess and sent this one away!!!


Ok, so did I learn anything? Yes!  Simplicity 1431- curve friendly, waist defining- sleek, but swirly. Hmm….you deserve a remake!


Inching toward fit with a curvy retro vibe, but not hitting the mark- I throw on a cardigan with this at work- which takes all the cute away, and all you get is HUGE skirt being manoeuvred all  day. The sleek side panels of the Simplicity dress have a softer angle outward and give me the look I’m wanting with less ‘are you going square dancing in that?’ feels. It also suffers from ‘if it looks strange on the envelope, why would you think it won’t on you?’  syndrome.  I give it a 5- even the French judges didn’t like it.


Ok, we’re almost done. Here’s a favorite of my year that I think straddles the fit, fun and wearable best for me.  Mccalls 6739. God I love a sleevelet.  I bought this same upholstery print in another color family and it will see a summer make. I wish I had that latte right now…..


Ok, now here’s the 4 that made the people at Goodwill shiver with horror when  they opened the box:

PicMonkey Collage

Only Bruders gorgeous presence makes the collage palatable! So children, my lesson was: keep at it, but remember the shape I have and stop believing the envelope! Sometimes a bad ideas cannot be unbadded.


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Do I hear a growl?


If we could swap all the animals,
Just imagine it,
Sewing up a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine lining with a tiger,
Smocking with a cheetah
What a stylish people we would be!
If we sew with the animals,
Learn their fiber counts,
Maybe wear some antelope to tea,
We’d sashay in elephant and eagle,
Buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig and flea!
We would catwalk in polar bear
And python
And we would cuddle up in fluorescent kangaroo
If people asked us,
Is your hoodie rhinoceros?
We’d say, “of courseros!
Jealous you?”
Sorry Dr. Doolittle, I just couldn’t resist!
Ok, Cats and Kittens! It’s time for the 1st (of hopefully many) Saber-toothed Swap! We’ve shared our love for the kittehs and the slithery snakes and the zazzy zebras, now let’s bring the jungle joy full circle with an international show of textile love!
On Sunday January 11, 2015, Penny, the Library cat and I will select partners for all the species who want to play and I hope that in early February, you will all open your mail and say ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!’
Because Leopard love is not a one month thing- Cheetah is forever! So help out your fellow stripey stitchers with a care package of PUUURRRRRFECT style!
Hey, even the jungle has rules, right?
-Any fabric from store or stash- let’s keep it under $20 if possible.
-If you wish to only ship in your own game preserve/country, let me know in the comments
-Leave an email address in your comments – I’m new to the Swapping Game, so please be gentle! You have until 01/09/15 to join the safari. My helpers and I will get your partners to you on 01/11/15!
Please let’s get everyone’s packages to them by mid- February and please post your pretty parcels for all to see!
Oh, one more thing, don’t forget to punch some air holes in those boxes, we don’t want any animal prints passing out in shipment!
So please, join us in our fun and frolic!

Simplicity 1543- gets foolishly Exotic

Now, just keep playing that in the background while you read- it will really enhance my stuff! I scooped up Simplicity 1543 during one of those $.99 sales where you are limited to 10 and its more of a challenge that you really need- you go from 3 you know you will really enjoy sewing to ‘well, I may need a toaster cover pattern shaped like Yoda, yeah, ok…..’ Well, that was a bad example, cuz if they sold that, oh hell, I’d make it.


I really enjoyed how the envelope tried to cool it up for us with this ‘perfect for at home, running errands & travel‘. Dang! Why don’t you just say, braless shut ins watching the View will totally rock this look! Well, since I do aspire to a lifestyle of never sucking my stomache in, I went for it. But then I cooled on it, because I got the notion that it was for knits and ugh- pocket placement……so while I was doing a little rearrangement of the bins and sending some undesirables away (I’m looking at you, most of my Suede Says purchases) and what happens? GAUDY EPIPHANY!!! Yes, the paisley and cheetah clad baby angels descended on bungies (like they do when I’ve had caffeine and cookies for breakfast…so often) and pointed to the fabric I got on a whim- wait, that isn’t really making it stand out- all my fabric purchases are whimmy…..ok, THIS whim purchase. A huge silk-ish panel with a familiarish face on it. Yes, I believe it’s Shanghai Lil!!!


Well, Here she is in all her glory! Now, 2 things changed with my version. Tastefulness The pockets and the side vent hem. Lil would have lost much of her garishness due to pocket placement. I considered matching the print (which would have taken too much of the fabric for a summer top out of this glorious beasty) but the top stitching still would have detracted from it for me. So what to do! I did an inseam pocket – since I always need a place for my phone and a steamed dumpling or two.


I am now a serious fan of this pattern and these sleeves! I used a braided cording to add a little pop of the turquoise and I’m quite pleased. Now a warning for the dainty: it runs big. BIG. BIG. I did mine XL and it isn’t fall off the shoulders huge, but it could definitely use some tapering on the sides.


Dear Simplicity: no more drawings! Show us a real body on the envelopes. Or was the model too busy being perfect at home, running errands and traveling? I mean really, we all love pastel drawings of a young Kate Beckinsale, but stop being so artilly deceptive. Mkay, Thanksandbye.

shanghai 6

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Wearable Wednesday Elie Saab

The holidays can be super busy for a girl like I. Luckilly Elie Saab knows my lifestyle and designs as tho I am his muse.

Last week I helped out at a homeless shelter- I know how much joy my presence brings to the less fortunate. I wore this and no, I did not let them touch my puff-balls.


I popped over to the Vatican,  Francis squealed with pleasure at my visit and his plate of pickle rollups.


On tuesday I helped bathe and groom dogs at the shelter.  So a long skirt would have been impractical, of course.


Wednesday was an at home day- I mostly knitted beanies for preemies and did some yard work. So, super casual.


Thursday, I took a group of little urchins to the mall- I showed them how to spot a knock off Prada, then we had corn dogs. So inspiring to serve others! Again, they couldn’t touch my puff balls.


So exhausted- friday I rang the bell in front of the hardware store for the Salvation Army.  Funny story- my 3rd best tennis bracelet flew off and hit an elderly gentleman, has that happened to you? Yeah, so common.


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Wearable Wednesday Baja East

Androgynous per Merriam- Webster: neither specifically feminine nor masculine; suitable to or for either sex

Androgynous per Baja East: Ugly enough for the both of you!


I’m loving these fabrics, but are they warning us of an Ikat apocalypse?


Is it connected on the sides? And yet, she STILL needs to hike them up??


Uh..oh, just no…


Some of these just remind me of when you tried to wear your shirts as pants when you were a kid-



This is what I think Prince Valiant has under his armour.


Where to start, where to start…..


The last outfit you’d ever want to be arrested in:


Ok, this eyelash sarong will make you popular in the holding cell….


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Wearable Wednesday Osklen

Well. Shall we address the hem or the stylist caplet she forgot to take off?


Ok, just- what- no. Sheer bodice and granny panties? Mind blown.


Um, crotch bib?


Do you hear that? It’s my WhatTheWhat meter. It’s exploding.


Ok, I quit. Osklen has broken me. See you next week.



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From Wadders to Fabulous Fit!

As usual when I put out my gaudy Bat Signal in the sky above the sewists Bordello, I get great suggestions for help. My Simplicity 1277 has had its sleeves removed and a bias edging added. I also tapered in the princess seams to remove the armscye gap. Now I’m a lot more satisfied with it. So if my flanks can handle the uber-toasty flannel, this will be a between seasons frock. I thank everyone who stared intently at my armscyes and brought forth excellent help!
To get my mojo back to flowing, I visited an old favorite- Lisette 1878- the Diplomat dress. I love this shift shape and I’m always thinking I need to try a contrast fabric, but it’s just so comfy and pleasing on its own, I save it for fabrics that I want to fly solo! I know form pics are not as much fun as real wear shots, but I have a reason.


Check out my cleavage owls!!  ‘Hey, eyes up here, buddy!’


I like this Peter Pan forest camouflage from Fabricmart. Does anyone else find top stitching to be restful? I get in my little zone and pretty soon I’m walking toward Pemberly in an animal print pelisse and bonnet…..yes, Mr Darcy, you do need to dive into the lake…… 2 billion BBC viewers can’t be wrong!


Whoa, ok lets move on and look at my new project. Did you notice Ms Holloway looking a little different? Over the last few years, Ms Holloway has suffered several falls. If you’ve never seen a 4 dachshund run for the roses thru a house, let me just say it’s exhilarating and destructive. No surface is left unclimbed or raced thru during a spontaneous dog sprint. The last time my mannequin got in the way, her neck plate broke and now her shoulders do not stay in their positions properly. I’ve been stuffing foam pieces into her shell to hold her stable. Not the best permanent solution. I debated a new form, but I was reading The Curving Sewing Collectives post on forms and the Fabulous Fit system looked really interesting. So off to Amazon I went and it arrived Tuesday. I paid extra for the lumpy Plus version that comes with 14 pounds of instant oatmeal to smear on the butt portions for added realism. You know how I like my realism!

I spent several evenings perusing the instructions and online to prepare for this event. I didn’t find the printed instructions nearly as helpful as all the reviews online. This highlighted part of the instructions is my favorite- how did they know I like to stick pins directly into my real person?


Now today with the help of TCM, Bruderlein and I shall attempt to build a mannequin so close to my dainty bunches that Mr B will ooze with guilt for how attracted he is to it! Speaking of Mr B, he is unavailable this weekend to assist me, so I’m in for more help than usual- of the 4 paw’d kind. The kind that really help you sort your foam pads into edible piles under the sofa.
Now, I have gathered my supplies, started cooking the oatmeal- I added raisins to simulate my butt accurately; and selected the Bette Davis movie that will accompany this fiasco. Time to go!
1.One more view of some of the  many links to youtube videos to help- this link is to Penelope! Now I can avoid it no longer- it’s time to start measuring my chassy.
2. After hanging blackout drapes, turning off the phone, checking the entire house for surveillance equipment and blindfolding my judgemental cat, I have stripped down to my Wonder Woman underoos, and am poised in front of the mirror with my tape measure.
3. Basic measurements, hip, low hip, waist, high bust- alright, I can do this, I’m only tearing up a little bit.
4. I’m a good person. My size is not a reflection of my worth. I am a good person. God loves me and my Mother thought I was the smartest and the prettiest. Breathe in, breath out.
5. The rest of the measurements are to help you get the most accurate and personalized form possible. They are very technical and I shall try to be as meticulous as- CRAP!!!! HELMUTT GET YOUR ROTTEN SELF OUT OF THAT BOX!!! DROP IT! DROP IT!! DROP IT!!! BAD BOY! BRING IT BACK!


6. Ok, I’ve retrieved all the foam bits from the yard (I threw on a robe) and under the sofa and from his crate, I am ready to get back to the measuring.
7. Holding measuring tape end at tip of right collarbone and bring across to vernal apex of left shoulder blade. Record distance divided by measurement of both bust points. Um. Ok. Let me look at the pictures again. I can’t reach my apex. Ok, Bruder will hold the tape in his mouth and stay perfectly still while I circle him and drape the tape measure around myself, not twisting it. Whoa. I think I got it. Phew, I have a charley horse now.


Better sit down and watch the movie for a bit.


8. Must have dozed off- Liesl drank my chai tea and I missed the movie. Damn. I’ll go get more tea and check out the leftovers from last evening……OOH corned beef and cabbage!


9. Now, let’s just whip thru the rest of these measurements- I can skip the thigh business, and the upper arms, ok! Let’s get to the padding of the form.Mutty, you can keep that pad, but I need the rest! I’m serious!
10. I have covered  Ms Holloway with the sleeveless cover and it’s a lovely white stretchy material- durable and thick. I’m going to pin my lovely lady lumps directly to this cover, then slide the other over top of it when I’m done.
11. Now, I’m going to place my pads in each location based on my scientific findings and use the tips to make sure they suit me. I have forward sloping shoulders like a Bronte character, so I’ll pivot the shoulder pads forward and down.
12. I have a high waist and fuller hips and a slight swayback. Gees Louise, I’m a monster! I should be living in a belltower scaring the local children! I should ring a bell to alert unsuspecting mothers that I am walking amongst them- lest I curdle their offspring in the womb! Arrgh- this is too much. I’m going to build a pillow fort for Bruder and I and think about this for a while….with an éclair.
13. Now, I’m all cried out and ready to put the cover over her, easily securing the new dimensions.  Ok, I gently roll the top cover down over my padding. This honestly requires at least 4 hands. It’s like trying to put pantyhose on a greased squid that is having a stroke.  I’m glad I pinned the pads down, tho at one point I yanked one side too quickly and my left butt cheek flew across the room. Don’t think that happens every day. So go slowly on this part- don’t permanently harm your squid.

Alright, I am clear headed now, I knew this would be difficult, but it is worth the effort, Ms Holloway looks lovely and I am quite pleased with the results.

I present you with a musical tribute to my day:


Um, in case you are wondering- no one paid me to endorse the Fabulous Fit system- I’m sure if a company read one of my reviews, they’d reconsider any thought they might have had about my spokesperson-ability! I’m mean really, they’d definitely get what they paid for!

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Wearable Wednesday Holly Fulton

Mother Fulton is missing a lot of placemats.



I’m going to need to borrow those eye-shields, Ma’am.


Let’s just say what we are all thinking. BEWB SWEAT!


This is a blue plate special of wrong with a side of pit cleavage to go.



I’m still getting a little pot holder, kitchen linen vibe, but it’s ok.


‘Louis! Turn up the music- she’s wearing the skirt!’

‘I can’t hear you over that squeaking, Ben, what?’

“never mind, Louis, you muttonhead. ‘


Joseph told her he wanted to play more games in the bedroom. Wanda obliged with a parchesi skirt.


Oh, I pray to Coco and Betsey that you can see what this is doing to her bust.


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