Tuesday, 19 May 2015

DC Prep

Hi there! Whew, it's been a while, eh? I haven't been sewing as much as I would like to, lately, but I did manage to make a shirt. Just in time for my recent trip to Washington DC!

Here I am at the White House! This was my first time in DC. What a gorgeous city! The weather the first day was so hot I thought I was going to melt but then it cooled down.

I finished the shirt just before we left so I was excited to wear it! It's the same self-drafted pattern that I used for my last white shirt, but I slightly changed the shape of the hem and the side seams and lengthened the sleeves. Most importantly, this time I used different fabric on the inside cuffs and collar stand! Revolutionary.

When I made the last shirt, I noticed that there were some weird drag lines forming chevrons pointing at my crotch area. And then I totally forgot to try to fix it for this shirt! I spent some time adjusting the pattern this afternoon, so I think the issue will be fixed for next time. Of course, I've got, like, 7 button up shirts now, so I'm not sure when I'll make another.


One of my favorite experiences when I was in Washington was the insect zoo at the National Museum of Natural history.

Look at his cute little face!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Springtime dress

Hi guys! It seems like it took forever but spring is finally here! How is your spring going so far?

I know that every blogger will sympathize with me when I complain about how awkward it is to take photos of yourself in public! Exhaustively awkward, so I'm left without sufficient energies to come up with any kind of decent title for this jam.

The awkwardness was probably not helped by the fact that I was wearing heels on grass. Just wobbling around like I don't even know.

I hope I can make up for it with what turned out to actually be some decent photos. Credit is almost entirely due to the golden hour, and this handy new gadget we got for the camera.

It's called Miops and thanks to this little guy, I've got about a million pictures! You know how it always seems like you're taking lots of photos and then you get home and look at them on your computer and it's like: no, no, nope, what's my body even doing, why is my face? The Miops lets you set it to take X number of photos at X interval. You can take, like, 60 pic in a minute! Crazy useful.

Anyway, here are some more photos. I've got 'em so I might as well use 'em.

I used the same self-drafted pattern that I used for this dress and I'm just as happy with the results. This dress is so easy to wear!

I used this technique from the Slapdash Sewist to line my dress, the same as the first version. I took some photos of the dress inside-out but with the off-white lining, it didn't really look like anything! Here's the back view and you can see I'm just aerating the hell out of the turf.

Oh yeah, I also bought a crazy bright lipstick last week. It's Sephora's Lustre Matte lip colour in magenta. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it but so far I'm having fun wearing it!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easy slit pant hem tutorial

Hello all!

As I was making the muslins for the Burda Style Elastic Wait Pant, I realized that these pants get super narrow at the hem! I could always get my foot through but I knew that eventually it would distort the hem and maybe even break stitches so for my black crepe version, I tried adding a little split at the bottom of the outside seam. Also, I think it looks pretty chic, right?

I actually borrowed a friend's RTW pants that have this same detail to figure out how to do it myself. That was an awkward conversation for me (but Caela was super cool about it because she's super cool about everything).

Anyway, it's pretty easy but I thought I'd post a little tutorial anyway. Here goes!

Friday, 20 March 2015

The best pants

Hello pants! I mean hello friends! These are just as wonderful and crazy as I had hoped they would be.I knew that I needed photos that did them justice, so I took photos at the ROM. The sunlight was so wonderful! And the ROM is a cool-ass building.

This fabric, from emmaonesock.com, is silk with a little bit of width-wise stretch. It feels so nice! I'm glad it has a little give because the hens are very narrow. I stitched the hem with a double needle to keep a little of the stretch.

I used this pattern from BurdaStyle, but I changed so many things!

  • added pockets!
  • shortened by 4 1/2"
  • reduced the curve of the side seams
  • made more than half of the waistband elasticated (half was not enough!)
  • lengthened the back crotch seam and shortened the front crotch seam

FYI, it was windy. I was trying to work it. Right?

I can't wait for the weather to get nice so I can wear them all the time!

Edit: these are made with the Burda Style Elastic Waist Pants 10/2015

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Even more pants!

Hello there! After wearing my last version around a bit, there were a few more slight alterations that I wanted to try out. And that means more muslins! This is like, number 4? or 5?

For this version, I extended the crotch curve on the back only. I also included a small, non-elasticated section of the waistband at the front. Most important, I included pockets! I forgot to accommodate the gathers when I drafted the pockets so they gape a little, which is not ideal but these are such a slouchy silhouette that it doesn't really matter.

For this version, I also tested out the seam finishing that I will use for the final pair, so I've got french seams and felled seams throughout.

Edit: these are made with the Burda Style Elastic Waist Pants 10/2015

Now that I've given myself permission to wear this kind of pant, I'm considering something even more wacky.

Jumpsuits! Right? What do you think?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Drape-y silk pants muslin

I'll call this a wearable-ish muslin, because I wore it out but it's really not built to last. Parts of it may or may not be held together with tape.

This is actually my third muslin. I had to make the whole waistband stretchy, not just the back part, for it to fit over my tuckus.

You may notice that these pants are all about the bass. I've decided that I'm OK wearing pants that make a big deal out of my butt (not that it needs any help). For so long I've been choosing clothes based primarily on how well they disguise my rear but these days I'm like eh, fuck it.

Super glad that big butts are in style.

Since I really got to test-drive this muslin, I've realized that it needs a little less length in the front crotch (it gets a little diaper-y when i bend forward) and a little more in the back (there's definitely some wedgie action when I sit down or go up stairs). I'm also going to straighten the side seam a little. Since they've got so much ease, the side seam doesn't really need to curve around the hip. I think I'll make a pair in black wool crepe and then tackle the silk. So excited!

Edit: these are made with the Burda Style Elastic Waist Pants 10/2015

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Drapey silk pants

Hey, you know those drapey pants that have been a thing for a couple of years? The ones that usually have an elasticated waistband and sometimes even elasticated cuffs?

Like this.

Or this?

Yeah, up until a couple of days ago I hated them. And then I tried some on and now I must have some. I don't even care. I want them to be super floral, too.

Imagine how cool I will look once the spring weather hits! I'm assuming it will be spring any day now, right?

Anyway, here are some more photos I'm using for inspiration. 

Look at those floral pants! I will totally rock mine with a button-up shirt.

Oooh, or a blazer.

Hmm, these are a little low and a little short for me. Cool casual look, though!

Oh my gosh these look sooooooo comfortable!

At first I was thinking that I would use the Hudson pant pattern and modify it for a woven, like I've seen a few bloggers doing, but I ended up going for the Burda elastic waist pants - hot off the presses January 2015.

I like that these are a little less casual than the Hudson pants, since they've got a flat front waistband. I'm going to change the pleats into gathers, I think, and change up those pockets or omit them completely.

I've even ordered the fabric! This stretch silk charmeuse from Tahari that's already on it's way to me from emmaonesock.

I didn't realize that it was stretch until I'd already ordered it, so hopefully it works out! I think it will, though.

I have my pattern printed and I've got some cheap drape-y polyester to practice with so hopefully I can get a muslin done this weekend.

So excited!!!!