Saturday, May 16, 2015

Vogue 1291 Pattern Review and Me Made May 2015 Round up.

This is an oldie but a goodie! I made it back in 2013 to take to PR Weekend San Francisco. Sandra Betzina was teaching the seminar that year. I learned a lot about fitting and Sandra is such a fun teacher and person.

The highlight of that day for me was Sandra's reaction when I greeted her.  She pointed to my top and said she liked how I used a matching lace for the sleeves. She made me turn around and said that I did a great job! Her comment made my day!
Now onto the pattern itself. It's the Vogue 1291.

I used a ponte knit with a matching mesh lace I bought at Haberman Fabrics before moving to CA. I cut the size D and it fits right out of the envelope. The instructions are very clear and I sewed it up in one day. 

I did add a modesty panel to avoid wearing a tank under this top. I just cut up a triangle of the ponte fabric sewed it to the bodice starting at the base of the sleeves up to a point where my bra is not showing. 

I hemmed it on my Juki blind hemmer. I wear this all the time and wonder why I haven't made more of these.


This month, I signed up for the Me Made May 2015 challenge over at sozowhatdoyouknow's blog. Here's my pledge:

'I, Paulinakoss Bruce from, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear a me made garment each day for the duration of May 2015'.

It's my first time participating and I was excited about it! I take it as a personal incentive to try and finish some UFO's! I have a huge bin of them.

So without further ado, here's what I wore so far this month. Only a few days are missing because I didn't get the chance to take pictures. Oh well!

Unblogged dress but reviewed on Pattern Review

Jalie 3245 unblogged

Self drafted dress unblogged

McCalls 6078 unblogged

Sandra Betzina top.

Until next time.


  1. Beautiful pieces. Great pattern and fabric choices.

  2. Wow - you have some cool makes in your wardrobe. My favourites are:
    The Bullseye dress - brilliant stripe matching!
    Applique top & shorts - such a fun idea and looks so professional
    DVF top - gorgeous colour combinations.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your outfits during May '15 x

    1. Thanks Caroline! Your choices are on point! I too like those garments a lot!

  3. You look SEW beautiful in all of your me-made May garments! Well done with fun!

    Hugs and happy highways,

  4. Your me-made garments are beautiful but I especially love your batwing top. The purple is sensational and you look fabulous in it.

    1. Thanks Mother of Reinvention! That batwing top is one of my favorite!

  5. All of your clothes are so beautiful! Wow! You look fantastic in your DVF inspired top/ dress. Thanks for the sewing inspiration.

  6. Thanks my dear! Looking forward to another fabric shopping together!

  7. Wow Kossiwa you are AMAZING! Gorgeous pieces!