I downloaded the free Tessuti knit top, this was my first downloaded pattern. And, a perfect choice too. The knit blouse/tunic pattern was easy to sew and I now know why all the raves for this top. I love it and can image myself making this in several versions. The only thing I added was about 3 inches to the sleeves. It sewed up very fast. I had enough fabric left over to make a knit skirt as well. The fabric came from JoAnn’s. I want to get the Tessuti dress pattern as well. The download/sewing pattern had 15 pages and came with no directions, so if you are new to sewing or downloads you might need a bit of help but it seems pretty self-explanatory. I may just be a convert to download/patterns yet. Here are some photos of my rendition. Continue reading
However, this being my first wrap dress I’m not totally convinced these are the universal dress every fashion editor makes them out to be. This one is extremely hugging at every bump and curve. It tends to droop, so I’m constantly futzing with it. I tied it rather tight at work and it felt a bit restraining. The fabric was very soft and it did feel like wearing pajamas which isn’t a bad thing. I don’t know I’ll need to wear it a few times to see if I want to make another one or maybe try a different knit that isn’t so body conscious. Do you like wrap dresses? Any suggestions? See more of the pattern review and alterations. Continue reading
Ya, I’ve been away for awhile. I miss blogging. I finally got a little free time and decided to update my wardrobe and whip off a little blog post to get back into the swing of things. Maybe reading Advanced Style got me fired up. Looking at all those grandma’s rockin’ their style made me look at my own wardrobe and how I can spice it up. I am in a deep frumpy rut and need a forklift to get me out. I love the A-line and have made many. But, it’s all looking a little too dowdy. Here is a before and after. What do you think?
All I did was take up the hem and taper it more at the hip to hem. Do you have any ideas for de-frumping the wardrobe?
I am so happy to announce that I am now the Web Editor for Sew News magazine. You can find out more here on the magazine and all its sister publications. I am working on the web side of things, lots of social media, blogs, websites, maintenance, CMS etc. I must admit I do feel a bit like the fox in the hen house. I never imagined being surrounded by sewing, knitting and quilting people, books, machines etc and get paid for it. Over the moon…
I made a run to the local thrift shop and thought this vid pretty well summed it up.
Probably should of washed this…..
In Threads magazine March 2013 Threads announces Amy Butler’s new line of fashion fabrics. And, I gotta say they are lovely. This new line is really a breath of fresh air. Some of her other fabrics were great for aprons or tote bags and pillows but for my clothing choices I found them to be too loud or something. Just color combos I wouldn’t normally wear.
Can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of yards of these beauties. The fabric comes in voile, rayon challis, sateen, velveteen, cotton and linen. What do you think? Click here for more pics Continue reading
After God knows how many hours spent on this ridiculous pant issue, ripping out, re-doing, re-cutting, darting, crying, buying more freaking fabric and on and on, turns out I was putting the damn waistband on upside down. Can. Not. Believe. It.
Do tell. What has been your silliest mistake. To date. 🙂
Probably my favorite era for fashion is 1920’s. Check out this colorized video of 1920’s fashion and the music is really the bee’s knees. There is an orange coat that is stunning and could quite easily be copied. The coats have amazing linings. Love the hats, the music the fashion. How about you? Do you have a favorite era for inspiration?
We might need this as we head into the season.
Here is a little dose of history. It’s over 9 minutes long but it’s quite interesting. At around 5:30 watch the human sewing machine!
Tell me again at what point does this become a problem? Should someone be giving me an intervention? In another attempt to avoid actually creating and using a pattern, I thought this weekend would be a good time to clean out the pattern drawer which is really more like a larger Rubbermaid travel trunk.
Here’s the breakdown
The obvious comment would be – Don’t get caught in the rain wearing one of these. Check out these lovely dresses made out of paper.
The Scott Paper Company created a paper dress that was sold by mail for a 1.00 in 1966. Done has a promotional stunt women all over the country sent in for the dress. And really, think of how easy it would be to hem.
Originally from Nepal Gurung now resides in the United States and has made a big entrance into the fashion scene (He’s dressed the First Lady several times). His designs are edgy yet feminine with amazing tailoring. The prints and graphics are breathtaking. I not only love his styles but his outlook. He is heavily involved in charities that aid women and children forced into slavery and prostitution. When asked about trends he would never like to see come back this is his response. Continue reading
For the video pick let’s take a look at the popularity and in my not so humble opinion the utter ridiculousness of the saggy, baggy pants worn usually by men. Guys who wear this look like they have a load in their drawers. Their gait is severely compromised and running is all but rendered impossible. Why this trend has continued for this long boggles my mind. Let’s all say it: “Brother pull up your pants!”
This sewing machine is created by Sarah Dickins who won the James Dyson Award for her design. She finds her generation frequently tosses clothing in the trash rather than mending it. Most sewing machines have a steep learning curve and can be complicated machinery. Often times one needs a set of classes just to learn how to operate it.
Dickins set out to design a machine that was user friendly and could do general mending and could be used straight away. I have not tested the machine but would love to. It has a beautiful design and shape to it and I certainly would not want to hide this machine in some dark corner. You can read more here on her award and design process.
Would a machine like this keep you sewing?