2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. And I’m gladly sharing it with you. My goal for the New Year is to take more care of my little  space on the web. Happy New Year, friends, and stay safe! xxx

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

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A dress to love!

Hello, friends! A lot of stitching behind the scenes here, although no blog posts (shame on me :) ). Here’s my latest project: the EYMM Off the shoulder dress and peplum top.

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Pattern details, from the pattern description:

“The ‘Off The Shoulder Dress & Peplum Top’ by EYMM is a simple and modern top and dress with an inviting neckline finish. The upper and mid sleeves are fitted, with a looser, open wrist and a longer length. Unlike many cowls that have unfinished edges, this cowl neck is completely finished. The simple tucks added to the cowl keep the distinctive drape lines, whether you’re sitting in one place or moving around. The dress has 2 lengths, 2 sleeve lengths and 2 bodice length options, plus the peplum top looks great with jeans or slacks. You can use a variety of knit fabrics from cotton lycra jersey knits to warm sweater knits for the bodice and skirt. You can also use a large variety of woven fabrics for the gathered skirt option. Dress it up or down with different fabric types and colors. The women’s version comes in 10 sizes from misses XS to plus size 5X. “

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The pattern is rated as suitable for an “Advanced beginner” and I totally agree. There aren’t difficult areas, except maybe for the cowl, but the instructions and the photos are detailed and the entire sewing process is pretty smooth. If you can sew a straight line, and follow written instructions, you can sew this!

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I made a size L. Long sleeve, circle skirt, above the knee length option. I used a jersey I ordered online – I had bought 3 m of it, and only have some small pieces left. I don’t remember the content, probably polyester and 5 or 6% spandex.

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No belt here – I prefer it belted because I like waist definition on me :)

Conclusions:

1. This dress was made with zero – 0 – none alterations of the testers’ pdf version! Of course I’m happy! This means not much work to do for me as a tester, and as a sewist, well, I’m happy to find out that Kymy, the designer behind EYMM, really drafts for us curvy gals! This was my first EYMM pattern, but it definitely won’t be my last! In the final pdf pattern version, the sleeve was taken in a bit and shortened, too, and there are now two cutting lines: one for the peplum top and one for the dress bodice.

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2. On my next onlie order for fabric I need to include some other jerseys and novelty knits. I can see more dresses and peplum tops in my life now! This is a “dressed down” version, but can you imagine making the top in one single colour, and the skirt in a print? The skirt can be also made of woven! And I can’t tell you how many compliments I had on the dress and on how well it suits me! And the interesting cowl! For me, this is a winner!

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The pattern was released as part of the Sew Fab Bundle sale, together with other 9 new patterns from different designer. Find more information: Click here

Well, what do you think? I sure know I’m happy when I wear it! :D

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You can see a peek of my full slip I wore underneath, oops! :D