Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Back to the button up shirt


A few years ago I made my first button up shirt (burda's 042010 Long sleeve blouse) and since then I've fallen madly in love with wearing shirts but I have yet to find the perfect pattern.

When I made my first shirt, I didn't like how baggy and relaxed it was so I made some adjustments to the pattern and then chucked it and stared over because I still wan't happy!

Blech.

Later, I reverse engineered another pattern, which I do like, but I want a more casual look for my next shirt.



I figured I might as well try to draft my own pattern. Right? Right.

Muslin 1:


As always, I used instructions from Patternmaking for Fashion Design. Also as always, my butt kind of gets in the way, made worse by the fact that this fabric is polyester and has more body that I would want in a shirt fabric.


I also also think that I should shape the back where it meets the yoke to reduce the wrinkles at a 45 degree angle at my shoulder blades.


The biggest problem is that it needs to be much longer, which should be pretty easy, and I'll re-shape the side seam to be more subtle below the waist. I'm going to extend the shoulder by about 3/8" so the top of the sleeve isn't quite so tight on my shoulder.


Hmmmm... how do I make it not make me look so pregnant?


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Poppy Skirt



Boom baby.
Another skirt because why not?
Again, this fabric is from emmaonesock.com. It has the most gorgeous colours! I really enjoyed the hand stitching parts of this project, because it was the perfect opportunity to admire the colour up close. Do you ever find that happens to you?
 My last skirt was silk and this one is cotton. I find I'm much more relaxed about wearing this one, because I'm always worried about ruining the silk one.

In these pics I'm wearing my cropped sweater again. It's been a cold summer and I've gotten so much use out of it!


Lookit how fun this print is!





And look at this! The purse I painted with stripes.



I added side seams so I could use my fabric more efficiently (I just had to buy a yard and a half instead of three yards). Side seams means pockets! 


I find that pockets look cutest positioned just below my waistband. I used this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. I've tried it a few times and this is the first time that my pockets worked out perfectly.


Perfectly disguised pockets!



As always, I used the grosgrain waistband instructions from Tailoring: A Construction Guide for Women's Wear by Cabrera.


Just for fun, I used a bright orange lace detail to finish the raw edge of the hem.

Monday, 4 August 2014

A study in coral

Happy August statutory long weekend!


So I made yet another Kwik Sew 3559 yoked jersey dress. This is the first one I've done with the short sleeves. Perfect to throw on on the summer weekends. I can even bike in it!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Squarepusher

As the girlfriend of a guy in a band, summer means festival season! It's so much fun to hear all kinds of music, enjoy the weather and dance.

I started drafting this pattern for this dress way back in January, and it's perfect for spending time outside in the summertime!

It's simple, comfortable, cool and pretty. So easy to wear!



Here's a pic of the insides. I took a little more care with this version than the last.


I stabilized the neckline and armholes with silk organza and used bias binding to finish the facings.

This fabric is also nicer than the other rayon I used to make up this pattern. No wrinkles!



Sunday, 20 July 2014

Wonderful pleated skirt instructions part 2

Hello again!





A couple of people asked me what pattern I used for my pleated skirt, so I thought I would post DIY instructions.

The basic construction is simple but the planning can be a little tricky, so I broke the instructions into two parts:

Part 1

  • What measurements do I need?
  • What fabric should I buy and how much?
  • How do I figure out these pleats?
Part 2
  • How do I mark the pleats on the fabric?
  • How do I sew the pleats?
  • How do I finish the skirt (zipper, waistband, hemming)?

Welcome to Part 2!



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Cutest bag ever

Every once in a while, I see something in a magazine or online or in a store that I just love. It doesn't happen that often but when it does, it's like


That just what happened to me when I saw the striped Sophie Hulme mini envelope bag.

Right?! Then I discovered it's $600.

Yeah.

So I've been looking for something similar for a couple of weeks and finally...

At Winners I found the perfect little bag. Cute and structured, nice hardware. $35.

About an hour of taping and spray-painting later and badda bing badda boom.

!!!!

It is so cute!

I'm so happy with how it turned out! I wish I had thought to take a picture of it all taped up, but I was way too distracted by my giddy anticipation of the finished product.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wonderful pleated skirt instructions part 1

Hiya!




A couple of people asked me what pattern I used for my pleated skirt, so I thought I would post DIY instructions.

The basic construction is simple but the planning can be a little tricky, so I'll break the instructions into two parts:

Part 1
  • What measurements do I need?
  • What fabric should I buy and how much?
  • How do I figure out these pleats?
  • How do I mark the pleats on the fabric?
  • How do I sew the pleats?
  • How do I finish the skirt (zipper, waistband, hemming)?

OK, let's get started with Part 1!