I really don’t like summer, I did manage to go to the beach this summer which brought back childhood/teen memories of heatstroke and a constant blistered bottom lip, Oh god the pain! I remember holding a cold wet flannel to my lip to help soothe the agonizing burning feeling but upon removal it ripped the sunburnt skin from my lip sending me into a frenzied African dance around the lounge room which resulted in a constant lizard like tongue action where my tongue would dart out at different intervals and wet my bottom lip for a quick soothing fix; that was a long time ago, I don’t do that lizard thing anymore I’m all grown up now and have other annoying habits I’m learning to control. Jezz I’m getting a little off track here, anyhoo! I’m anticipating winter and have made a healthy start on my winter wardrobe which is kind of a part two to my Girl Crush post. I’ve made this jacket (and skirt) you see, I’m quite pleased with it actually, I’d love to share it with you. I’ve looked to the design gods for inspiration and think Lee Lin Chin would find it somewhat amusing to see that her style certainly had a helping hand in the process.
I’m not going to waffle on too much about the process cause I don’t want to bore you so I’ll just re-cap quickly. The pattern above is Vogue, the only really good patterns you want to spend your dosh on. This is my fav fitted jacket pattern, I’ve used pieces from this pattern to draw out the jackets silhouette the trick is to exaggerate! I’ve cut the right hand side of the jacket as pictured and have cut the left side a lot longer and wider giving me lots of material to drap and pleat which is what I see when I look at my favourite designers clothes— I love an unusual cut. The sleeves are only joined at the shoulder and armpit leaving a gap back and front for an undergarment, eg tailored shirt etc to peek through. I’ve added a flap at the top of the sleeves which has a draw string to pull the fabric flap up like a roman blind then guiding the drawstrings under my arms. The back has an elastic pocket which spans the bottom half of the jacket. it needed something on the back, the front of the jacket is a lot more interesting to look at. It cost only $10.95 I know bargain hey! the girl at Spotlight only charged me for 1 metre and not three, silly gen Y girl, she was like, dreaming of boys or somefink. So yay lucky me.
On my next ‘Sew You’ I’m going to talk to you about my ingrown toenail story it’s worse than my blistered sunburnt lip story, I just need to think up some sort of a segway hmm *deep thoughts*
What designer would you look to for a DIY and could you beat my blistered sunburnt lip segway?