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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

First ever princess seams

I'm working on drafting a pattern for a dress with contrast binding (or piping? Help?). I decided to give princess seams a try to get some nice style lines happening.


Wow, my balance lines are wonky! But I think the adjustment I've made with the pins makes sense, yes? This is my first time making anything with princess seams, let alone drafting them, and I've designed kinda unconventional seams, with them meeting the neck hole instead of the shoulder or armhole.


For my next muslin, I'll be taking out length in the front (maybe not as much as I have pinned here), tapering to the side seams; taking it in a little on the side seams at the under arm; and shift the princess seams outward from the centre.


Yeah, definitely not going to take out as much as I have pinned. Ugh.


Back looks pretty good! I just drafted shoulder princess seams and a yoke.

I'll be carving out a little more of the pattern around the armholes and maybe the neck, too, but not enough to get my head through the neck hole, so I'll have to use a centre back zipper.

I really prefer to use a side zipper, to keep it less visible, but that's just not an option with the neckline I want. Matching up that yoke seam is gonna be a trick.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Inspiration post - dress with contrast piping/binding

I love a dress with a little piping or binding!

It's why I made this dress.


Oh, I made this before I started this blog. Anyway. I'm at it again!

Now, inspiration.

OK, what do you call this? is it binding? piping? It's flat, and for the most part it's part of a seamline, but not always.


There are almost too many options! I'll be using the bodice and skirt patterns that I drafted. The fabric that I've chosen has a black and white pattern, so I'm going to try to keep things pretty simple.

Originally I was planning to alter the bodice pattern to make princess seams, since I've never made anything with princess seams, but I'm really liking the look of the patterned dress near the centre of my collage, with a single line down the centre.

It would certainly be a lot simpler to just use my regular bodice and sew a line of contrast fabric down the centre, but I kind of want to try and get a closer fit with style lines.

What do you think?

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Crop top + skirt

I know I've posted each of these pieces before, but they were made to go together.


See? Pretty chic, right? This outfit is a lot of fun.


This outfit cost a fortune, so I hope I have more chances to wear it! The skirt cost over $50 (I used really nice silk organza and nice ribbon really adds up) and the top, all told probably cost over $100. Plus the cost of the muslin and all the extra zippers was at least $30. Yikes!


I've been wearing the top quite a bit, since it can be pretty casual.



Sunday, 4 May 2014

True Bias Cocoon Cardigan - Perfect for a cabin weekend!

Have you seen Kelli Ward's DIY Cocoon Cardigan tutorial over at True Bias? As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one for myself and I finally have!


Have you tried this tutorial? I was a little confused at first but things became clear once I started sewing. I had to kind of fudge the hems, especially the armholes, because you're just folding it under and the circumference of the sleeve tapers pretty dramatically, especially at the hem. I used a twin needle again, so it looks pretty good.


I used this wonderful linen jersey from emmaonesock.com. Ever since I bought my linen pullover with whales, I've been looking for linen jersey. Thank you Emmaonesock!


These pictures were taken at a little cabin that we rented this weekend in New Tecumseth. It was so nice to get out of the city and do not much more of anything. It was even heated by wood stoves! The weather was kind of drizzly but we did manage to get outside and explore the woods a little.


Even more exciting, I'm wearing my new jeans in these photos! These are the first RTW garment that I've bought this year and I'm so happy with them. In a recent article, Eva Mendes says "...jeans aren't easy, They're my worst nightmare," and most of the time I feel the same way but these make me feel pretty good! They're the curvy skinny ankle jeans from LOFT. Their curvy cut is actually curvy! Also they were 30% off.