Sew-a-Long Stalling

I am so sorry to have left you all hanging with the Mandarin shirt sew-a-long! I have been dealing with a very sleepless two year old at my house and running on fumes.

Things are in such a state, I’m not even sure where my one good bra is! I know that I wore it sometime in the last couple of weeks….but I can’t remember where I took it off…and it has yet to surface in the clutter (and mountains of laundry). Haha!

I promise I will be back next week with a post about constructing your muslin. I can’t promise I’ll have found my Kris Line by then….but there will at least be sewing 🙂

Off the Rack ~ Pinup Girl Clothing “Peasant Top” vs. Vixen by Micheline Pitt “Powder Puff Top”

I’ve long been a fan of Pinup Girl Clothing (as attested by the many reviews I’ve written here on Hourglassy). But in the last year or so, the quality and customer service have been suffering.

Additionally, I’m feeling that the designs they put out seem more and more juvenile. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but as I get older, I’m gravitating more toward clothes that look more authentic vintage and less kitschy. Of course I’ll always stick by my bright colors, but more and more I’m choosing prints that are less cartoony and silhouettes that are less doll-like.

As such, I was pleased to see that Micheline Pitt, former PUG model and senior designer, has branched out into her own company called Vixen by Micheline Pitt that’s already getting rave reviews. Micheline was responsible for the “Deadly Dames” PUG range, which was a sexier, more mature and occasionally racy line of garments. After a falling out with PUG, she’s taken that style and run with it.

To be honest, so far there isn’t that much by Vixen that I feel the impulse to buy. The makeup prints and all the pink do nothing for me. But I’ve read tons of positive reviews, and I recently joined a Vixen Facebook fan group in which Micheline herself pops up to answer questions and give sneak peeks of upcoming items. I’m really impressed with the customer service and positive feedback, so last week I used a coupon for DollMeUpDarling.com and picked out a “Powder Puff Top” to try.

Since I need another black or red shirt like I need a hole in my head, and goodness knows I can’t keep a white shirt clean to save my life, I went with the only remaining color—light pink.

I’m not much of a pink wearer, especially baby pink like this, but I’ve also been looking for a potential replacement for my PUG peasant tops, and thought it would be a good idea to compare the pink Vixen top to my pink PUG top. The PUG peasant tops are not entirely boob-friendly, but they come in an array of colors and go really well with high-waisted bottoms, so they’re a good basic despite the fit issues.

Unfortunately for this review, the PUG tops are actually in the midst of a redesign, and I only have the old style. So this comparison of the two shirts is going to be outdated pretty soon. But I hope it’s helpful in the meantime!

Both these shirts are a medium, and I measure 37”-29”-41” with a height of 5’6” and bra size 28G–30G (UK) depending on brand. In these photos, I’m wearing the Fantasie 4510 Molded Smoothing Tee-Shirt Bra in 30FF.

First up, here is the old PUG peasant top:

peasant old

And the new one: [Read more…]

Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-Long: Day 3

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Ok, the last two weeks have been a little complicated (Supplies)(Piecing the pattern)(Pattern Adjustments)…and we haven’t even touched fabric yet! Never fear, we will finally do that today. Get ready to cut out the fabric for your fitting muslin! Cutting out a sewing pattern is a fairly universal process, so if you’ve done this before, just go ahead and do your thing! I’ll just share some of my tips and tricks below.

For this step, you will need:

  • Your adjusted (if necessary) Mandarin Shirt pattern pieces
  • Fabric for your muslin, washed and prepped
    • I bought a plain, non-stretch cotton fabric (similar), as this will not need to be a wearable garment. It will only be used to check the fit and make further adjustments.
  • Pattern weights or pins
  • Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pencil, tailor’s chalk, or other fabric marking utensil
    • I am a HUGE fan of the Pilot Frixion highlighter for fabric marking! It removes with an iron.
    • I also caved and used a Crayola washable marker for parts of this….again, not a wearable garment, so removable markings aren’t as important.

Firstly, for your fitting muslin, you don’t technically *need* to use all of the pattern pieces. It would be a good idea to cut out one of every piece so you can practice doing the steps before doing them on your final shirt. But the minimum pieces necessary to check the fit of the garment are: [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Lady K Loves “Hug Me Baby” Jeans Finally Restocking!

Good news for my fellow readers who are just as curvy on the bottom half as the top half! After a long delay due to being forced to switch denim suppliers, Lady K Loves is finally restocking their amaaaazing “Hug Me Baby” jeans for figures with a high waist-to-hip ratio. I reviewed these amazing vintage-style pants back in 2015, and have yet to find any other jeans that fit or feel as good. I’ve been dying for a pair in black, and now I finally have my chance again.

However, since pre-orders via the Lady K website have apparently been problematic in the past, they’re using Kickstarter to accept pre-orders and offer other goodies like tee shirts and tote bags. You even get a £5 discount if you pre-order. So get to it! Visit Lady K’s blog to read more details, or go straight to the Kickstarter page.

And please share the news! I’ll be devastated if the Kickstarter goal isn’t met and I have to wait even longer for my jeans!

Here's me in my fabulous Lady K Loves "Hug Me Baby" jeans.

Here’s me in my fabulous Lady K Loves “Hug Me Baby” jeans.

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