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?
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)?

OK, let's get started with Part 1!


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wonderful skirt!

See that look on my face? That's the look of a woman who is feeling very smug about how wonderful her new skirt is.

Right?! I used a scrumptious Oscar de la Renta silk twill from emmaonesock.com. I ended up buying about twice as much as I needed and it still cost less than the polyester skirt that was my inspiration. Booyah.

Plus my version has pockets, so that's a definite win.

Even the inside is pretty. I used some lace trim to finish the raw edge of the hem.


I was pretty lost in terms of matching thread for the invisible hem stitch, so I used grey thread, as per Gertie's handy tip.


Also, look how nice these pictures turned out! My friend Brian took them for me again. Woot!


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Poofy skirts are my jam

Oh man, don't you just love a poofy, pleated skirt?

I've spent the last few months thinking about making a big, poofy, wonderful skirt. I've got one that is blue and white and I wear it constantly. One of the first things I did when I bought a sewing machine was to alter the skirt to fit at my waist, to make the most of the A-line.

Lately, I've been seeing so many wonderful, full, A-line skirts. I have to get in on this!

In particular, I'm quite taken with this Ted Baker example.


Friday, 13 June 2014

Work dress

Damn! This dress is so good I almost wish I had work tomorrow so I could show it off!


This is the perfect summer work dress. And comfortable. The main fabric is a white and blue-almost-black patterned stretch cotton. It has on or two percent synthetic fibers that give it just a little bit if stretch. I lined the bodice with white cotton and the skirt with white bemberg. The contrast binding is black dupioni silk.


Only so much I can do to minimize my backside but I think the yoke goes a long way to balancing top and bottom.