Tuesday, December 2, 2014

RTW Snooping and Stuff

Awhile ago I was in the store and saw these two tops and really, really, really wanted them.

This one did what woven blouses do on the full-busted! :)

Look at that pulling!!!! But I liked the style and that front yoke and started rifling through the pattern collection for a similar option. I realllly wanted to buy it and just commit to wearing it with a cami but decided not to.


This one was just overall Too. Small.

Well, it fit well through the shoulders and neck! Yep. Just as if I were to make a tunic I'd need the measurements of a 14 neck/shoulders, a 16 bust and waist and an 18 hip.

Those lines, that's my butt making the fabric it's own! The sleeves are too tight as is the bust. I *know* I have a pattern that can be tweaked to become this tunic! 

Today I found myself in Target and surprise! all sweaters were Buy one, get one half off. I need sweaters!!!

I bought these two, figuring grey and this heathered plum (I love jewel tones) would be great additions to the wardrobe.



And then I scored this sweatshirt for $6! And that red/blue striped "Breton" top for $5!


I was going to use V9026 to make a sweatshirt like this! I wanted these exact colors and had been looking for a quilted ponte. YAY!

Now, those pants - oy.

The colored skinnies were $8. The green looked better than the rose but they were both so chocked full of lycra that they were encasing my legs. No bueno.

I do not like my jeans to be full of lycra. Do. Not. Like. That's one of the reasons I've not tried any of the popular jeans patterns because they all rely on stretch. I was very happy to see that the SA Sandra jean is for non-stretch wovens. I need to get them muslined and hope to crank out a pair of jeans in December yet.

I have a lot to say about me and tops but I've started a 2014 wrap up and will leave it for that post.

RTW knit tops (cardigans, sweaters, etc) fit me really well while wovens tend to leave much to be desired.

I seem to have an easier time getting my me-made woven tops to fit well than knit tops. Is that odd or what?!? Maybe because I don't expect  to have to fit my knits much?? I dunno.

I hope to finish my V9032s in denim today or tomorrow - they're gonna be cute with that striped top!!!

13 comments:

  1. I'm with you Nakisha. The more rtw I buy, the more I am convinced that custom handmade is the way for me to go. Can't wait to see your new V9032s--that seems to be a good style for you.

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    1. Thanks Robin! Ohhhhh they make me happy!!! :) So hard to get photos during the week though now that winter is here.

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  2. Agreed! I go sneaky shopping every once in a while, taking pictures in the fitting room. I do it so I know what to make for myself in terms of styles and colors that look best on my shape. The only RTW I buy are jeans,cardigans and basic knit tops. Any woven tops I make myself because of that exact bust issue.

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    1. Yep. It helps me to figure out what I might want and even though I don't dress "trendy", I don't want to be out here looking all crazy and like I'm dressed from 5 years ago! :)

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  3. I have the same issue with rtw tops. The fit is always off in the bust area and for me the sleeves are never long enough. You have good self control, snooping shopping is something that I just can't do. I have come home with things that I shouldn't buy.

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    1. Ha! I've gotten much better about not buying things I know I am not going to wear!

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  4. RTW woven tops are off the table for me with my ginormous bust. I'll occasionally find a knit top that's okay, but that's about it. I'm wearing still RTW for jeans, because Old Navy's fit me half-decently, but one of my goals for 2015 is to start making my own jeans, too.

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    1. ON jeans are my go-to as well!!! Although my tailor closed and he used to take in the waist for me for $10! I always went up to size my hips/thighs but needed the waist taken in...Hmm...sounds familiar! :)

      I'm going to muslin the SA Sandras soon and hopefully make a pair this weekend. THen have plans to follow the sew-along for the infamous Jalie jean!

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  5. Rtw shopping is so frustrating..I have the same problem with woven rtw shirts..
    Sewing spoils us I guess.ha

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  6. I find shopping for RTW tiring - all that taking on and taking off - yes, sometimes it's great for checking styles. Having said that, it is useful buying things that fit, cos it gets difficult making everything.

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    1. Hahaha! I do often bail if I think I have to try something on in the store! :)

      I will continue to buy lightweight tshirts, sweaters, and jeans. Though I am going to start trying to sew jeans!

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  7. I find a company I love (haha, you know which one it is) and I only buy from them. Makes the challenge of fitting so much easier. Sarahlizsewstyle is right, making everything would be exhausting. I mean I dabble in other companies, but finding the right company that suits your figure really is very helpful.

    Pants are awful across the board, regardless of company. I *definitely* prefer how my me-made pants fit me to rtw.

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