Friday, 21 August 2015

New silk skirt in Portland

Oh, hello there! What have you been up to?

I've been on a road trip down the west coast of the US, from Seattle to LA. My boyfriend went on tour with a band and I joined for the last week. It was cool getting to see the amazing landscapes of the coast and mountains, but I got hardly any time to spend in the cities! It was pretty hard sitting in a car all day without the reward of getting to explore some of America's most iconic cities.

Anyway, I had done some sewing in advance of the vacation in the hopes that I could get some great pics! They didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped but that's life, no?

While in Portland, I wore this gorgeous new silk skirt that I made!

I wish I had gotten to see more of Portland! We basically hung around the neighbourhood where the show was, which was pretty rough. We did get dinner at some delicious food trucks, though. Yum!

This skirt though, amiright? I've wanted a striped skirt for ages so when I saw this fabric on I knew I had to have it. It was quite sheer so I underlined it with white bemberg  which also gave it a little extra body and movement. Because nothing says road trip like a very fancy skirt.

Wheeeeeeeeee! So float-y. I just wish I had been able to get photos in a nicer location!

Oh, also pockets! I used the same pattern as this skirt (tutorial here). Only this time, I had the inverted box pleats open up right at the waistband, whereas with previous versions I had stitched them down for a couple of inches from the top.

Found my light. And my cheekbones. Thanks Tyra! If only it was the golden hour all the time.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Valentino linen dress

Hi friends!

Remember I bought this gorgeous Valentino fabric in Istanbul back in September?

I finally made something with it!

I was hoping to finally make a dress like this Carolyn Schnurer number that I've been in love with for years.

Alas, the Valentino fabric had a little too much orange in it already, so using orange to contrast would have clashed too badly. Instead I used the always accommodating navy blue.

God damn, this dress is hard to photograph argh!

I used the Heidi from Burdastyle, which I've made a few different versions of. This time I re-drafted the skirt from my skirt block, since the original pattern was not quite right and I didn't have the patience to fiddle with it when I have a perfectly fitted block. I just added the princess seams in the front and pockets. There's not even a vent so it was dead easy.

Whelp, moving right along.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Style Crush: "Min"spiration

Hi friends!

Can I take a second to appreciate Mindy Lahiri? Queen of the pattern blocking!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Summer Fabric Binge!

Oh, hello there, I'm back! I've barely posted anything in ages. In the last year I've started going to the gym again and also joined a big band. I'm so grateful to be playing again but I've barely got time to sew anymore!

I recently finished my first garment in ages (I'll be posting pics soon). I've got the sewing bug again so last week I made a significant fabric purchase! Nothing like a fabric binge to get those creative juices flowing.

As always, I'm sticking to I love the detail they include in their descriptions, they're always responsive to questions and helpful and I trust them!

Below is a roundup of the fabric that I ordered and my sewing plans.

Pleated skirt:

Since I made a few floral pleated skirts last summer (this one and this one), I've had a hankering for one with horizontal stripes. Look at this delicious silk I ordered!

I will use the same pleat measurements (I can't really call it a pattern) as the floral skirts but I think I'm going to not have the top of the pleat stitched together. The inverted box pleats will open right at the waistband, rather than a few inches below, to make it look more like the inspiration pic above.

Paneled sheath dress:

I wear my two self-drafted princess seamed sheath dresses (whew, what a mouthful! They're here and here) so much! They're perfect for the office and I always get so many compliments. I'm going to use this cotton sateen I bought to make a version with contrast panels like the pic below.

So many more pants!

I love the floral pants that I made so much that I must have MOAR!

I'm going to make a floral jersey version using this delicious rayon.

Inspiration pic:

And a tribal jersey version:

Kinda like this:

I have a road trip coming up in August, so I'm planning to basically live in these.

Something else!

I also bought this fabric because I have been eyeing it since the got it in. I got the last piece!

I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to make with it. Maybe something like this?

This fabric is polyester which I usually avoid like the plague but fuck it. YOLO. Now I'm thinking I might make one of those dresses that looks like a separate skirt and blouse, with this panel fabric on the top and some cute pink tweed (never thought I would be considering cute pink tweed) on the bottom. Not sure if cute pink tweed is really my thing, though.

So basically

I can't wait to sew up a storm! Also, some friends got married and in one week we're going to to a fairly formal dinner to celebrate (the groom will be wearing a tux). I would love to make a glamorous jumpsuit (even more surprising to me than the pink tweed! Major charachter development here on Wardrobe Dysfunction, TBH) but I'm not sure I have the time. What should I do? Do you think I would get lots of use out of something like this?

GEORGIA MAY JAGGER (Valentino, £2,250): I think this is just ghastly. Georgia May, who looks eerily like Kate Moss rather than her mother, in a jumpsuit made of nude lace; surely the most overused, ubiquitous,  doily-like fabric in human history

I mean, I definitely would, right?

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!