12 04, 2017

Grecian Inspired Beige Dress

April 12th, 2017|Sewing|

Beige!? Now that’s a color I’d never dream I’d see myself wearing again! But, I thought I’d give this shade just one more chance to redeem itself before I gave up on it altogether; the jury is out my friends… I LOVE it!! Oh yes I do! The combination of the fabrics texture and the cut is a winner in my opinion. This wool blend jersey knit is the most gorgeous feeling fabric I’ve worn and it was the only color available so I had to “make it work”

The corset belt I made last year takes the dress to a whole new level, and I’m all for experimenting new levels, the perfect color to complement the beige don’t you think? The dress I’ve self drafted using a little bit of math especially when it came to the plunging neckline. The right sleeve is intentionally longer than the left due to the placement of the neckline. The right side of the dress has been cut straight whereas the left side comes in on an angle from the sleeve down to the hem. Hope that makes sense.

This fabric required reinforcing on all seams to prevent it from doing that wavy wobble business that these light weight jerseys are so prone to, placing cotton tape on all seams certainly solved that problem. The neck line rolled over on itself which hid the raw edge nicely, whether this is a bad thing in sewing land or not I’m not too bothered, it looks neat and tidy to my eye. The sleeve edges I serged in a matching color thread and turned over with a straight stitch pressing down with the iron on a piece of white cotton so I didn’t scold the fabric, I did the same with the hem. The rope ties were made by twisting each individual strip then twisting them around one another tying off at the ends to stop them from unraveling, these were then sewn into the shoulder seam. The extra wide leather women belts make this silhouette a little more flattering.

I am totally loving on this length and silhouette at the moment, I am a big fan of drape, and proportion, and if it’s an exaggerated proportion? I’m all over that business like a warm flannel. I love how effortless this looks. I’ve documented my pattern and think if I come across similar fabric in the future a similar dress will have to be made. I could wear this number throughout the day and buckle up for a more dramatic look for the evening. A day to night look right there. It almost has that Grecian vibe about it or dare I say a sophisticated monk? Ha!

27 02, 2017

The Wandering Star Jumpsuit

February 27th, 2017|Sewing|

The weather is quickly heating up here so it’s best that I think about cool comfy clothes, I wanted an all-in-one to slip into that would take me from day to night and still hold up it’s end of the bargain that being, Summer cool chic. I was telling the ladies on Sew Weekly that this jumpsuit had to possess certain qualities in order for me to wear it, them being: (1) a perfect fit around the ankles, I wanted the leg of the pant to sit on my wedges the way they appear in the uber cool magazines, no ankle freezers and when I wear my sandals I wanted the leg to slouch and bunch around my foot, I know this sounds strange it’s just what I like in a pant (2) The crotch had to be cut lower because I like that whole baggy, effortless look in a pant. Are ya digging me? of course you are.

How about the print on this fabric? I know right! I was a little iffy myself when I found it in the bargain bin at Spotlight it screamed ‘jumpsuit’. I was a tad worried about the pattern going across my body, you know the whole illusion thing with stripes? but once I tried it on it turned out to be a perfect union. Phew!! and the pockets? well how can you not have pockets in a jumpsuit they just give it that extra casual flare don’t you think?

I’m really happy with the outcome, I self drafted these babies, they’re basically large pants with added fabric for the bodice the seam runs up through the centre front and back slightly tapered in at the top to avoid too much fabric bunch. Elastic top and waist with a tie to hold it all up not that it would fall down but I like the tie because it evens everything out proportionally, well that’s the way I see it anyway.

So there you go!! this weeks challenge was all about UFO’s not the extraterrestrial kind either ‘Unfinished Objects’ I don’t allow UFO’s in my sewing kingdom they’re too haunting to have sitting about starring at me whispering f i n i s h  m e , it’s bad enough having three books on the go.

These photos were taken in my local park just five minutes from our home where we like to have little family picnics and feed the ducks under the weeping willows. This here is the amphitheater where I attempted to sing Portisheads Wandering Star, I was under the illusion I was on key and sounded white hot like I do in the shower! but Steve (hubby) said I should just stick to my sewing and them are some wise words my friends, wise words indeedy.

Till next week you spunky thing you…

Happy Sewing, happy days.