Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Look A6053 Skirt

I finally made something out of the fabric stash that my co-worker brought me from China. This skirt is view C of New Look 6053. I've made views A and B before. It's a very simple pattern with a zipper on the side. I fully lined the skirt because the fabric is pretty lightweight. The fabric was very easy to sew with, and it irons so beautifully but it does get creased quickly too. Overall I'm very pleased with the way it turned out; unfortunately with the cold weather coming up I won't be able to wear it much until spring. 

The print is so beautiful. I love the length of the skirt as well - it reminds me of the gabriola by Sewaholic. A couple of more views below:

This skirt will be my garment for November MAGAM. The theme this month is 'natural' and I think this fabric fits the theme well with its beautiful flowers.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simplicity 8053 Shirt

Hello everybody, I hope you all are having a wonderful Fall/Spring depending on which part of the globe you live in. I finally got my sewjo back and completed this shirt that I'd started a while ago. I used View A of Simplicity 8053. It's such a great pattern and can be used with just about any type of fabric. I found the fabric on sale at JoAnn; as much as I love plaids I'm really surprised I hadn't made anything with this type of fabric yet. It's so soft and feels great on the skin, irons very well and is just perfect for fall. I'm already thinking of going back and getting more of it in different colors. 

I completely forgot to match the stripes before cutting the fabric, but I still love how it turned out. There are two pockets on the front - they're not very visible on the above picture though. 

The pattern has the yoke being made with a single layer of fabric, which I thought was really strange so I went ahead and cut two pieces of the yoke and attached them with the wrong sides together. I've decided to participate in the MAGAM challenge, so this shirt will be my garment for October. I think with my current schedule making one garment a month is definitely doable. 

Have a wonderful week everyone, and happy sewing!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fabric Haul From China

One of my co-workers just came back home from China and brought me some really beautiful fabric. I'm so excited - I think this is going to help bring my sewing mojo back. I've been under the weather with seasonal allergies. This year the pollen count seems to be higher than usual. 

I love the feel of the fabrics - I can't wait to figure out what to make. They are really great quality and the prints look  beautiful. 

The one above is silk - it feels soooo great!

I hope you all are having a great week. Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

McCall's M7186 Dress

I can't believe summer's almost over! Not that I'm complaining because Texas summers are not very nice. It's definitely time for me to start thinking about fall and winter sewing. I decided to make this dress with fall-appropriate fabric. I used view C but skipped the gathering on the shoulders because this fabric seems to work better with clean lines and less detail. 

The back is made from one piece - which makes the dress a really quick sew. I'm usually not a big fan of McCall's instructions but these were easy to follow since there's not much detail to the dress. 

There's a standing collar at the back, which comes as part of the front pattern piece. If you're skipping the sleeves like I did, then you only need two pattern pieces for the dress. Hopefully you can see the fabric better in the zoomed in picture above - I bought it at JoAnn but I don't remember what type of fabric it is. 

My son wanted to be in the pics, too, lol! He's starting kindergarten tomorrow and he's super duper excited. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

GO TEAM USA!! & S1101 Dress

Let the games begin indeed! I'm gonna be wearing this patriotic dress while watching the Olympic games this month and hoping for Team USA to get as many gold medals as possible. The pattern is another Jiffy (surprise, surprise!), and comes together really quickly. I really love the pattern so I know more versions will be made soon. 

I love the straps at the back! The fabric is from JoAnn - it was on sale during the Fourth of July weekend. It was such a fun dress to make, and it's very comfortable. 

Hoping and praying that all our athletes have a safe stay in Brazil.Go Team USA!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

African Print Sorbetto

So, last week was Colette Patterns' Sorbetto Week - what a perfect excuse to make another sorbetto! My husband found this fabric among some old items - it was brought by my mother-in-law from Zimbabwe more than ten years ago. There was less than a yard of it and I couldn't fit both pieces of the pattern. Then I remembered that Carolyn has occasionally incorporated lace into some of her garments - so I decided to cut the front piece and insert lace to make it fit. I found the lace at Wal-Mart of all the places! The fabric was labeled as 100% Zimbabwean cotton; it irons so well and doesn't wrinkle easily. I'd love to have more fabric like this. 

 I finished the hem off as a high-low, and used seam binding for the neckline and armholes. The sorbetto is really fun to make because it comes together pretty quickly. I've worn both of my previous ones so many times, so it's definitely great to have another one. 

I'm so glad I was able to make something out of this little bit of fabric; I love all the different prints on it. It's quite comfortable as well. 
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer; mine's been busier than I thought it would.
 Happy sewing!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Butterick B5982 Dress

This Butterick pattern is very similar to this Threadcount pattern - the Threadcount version is available for free in pdf. Initially I was going to make the dress using the Threadcount pattern but it comes in 57 pages that need to be cut and taped together again! It's definitely a lot of work so I was very thrilled to find the Butterick version at the recent pattern sale at JoAnn. The pattern comes with 5 main pattern pieces, and comes together pretty quickly. For the bodice, it has separate pieces for cup sizes A/B, C, and D. Since my normal cup size is D - I just went ahead and used the size D pattern piece - bad move!! Their cup sizes are a bit bigger than regular bra sizes so my dress has excess fabric around the bust. Next time I'll have to use the C-cup pattern piece. 

The pattern comes with a belt - but I didn't have enough fabric to make the belt. When I bought this fabric I intended to make a top. The fabric is a silky print and it was really great to work with - it irons so well and feels great on the skin. I'd definitely like to make another version - probably in linen. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sleeveless Summer Top

This top is my first attempt at pattern-drafting. It's something that I'm very interested in learning. I followed Sandy's instructions for drafting a kurti (Indian traditional clothing). She has a lot of free patterns on her blog but they are not your ordinary pdf patterns - she instead provides you with instructions to draft the pattern for yourself. Drafting the pattern was so much fun, but my measurements were not accurate - my pattern ended up being too big, so I lost a lot of material trying to downsize it.

Overall I'm pleased with the top, but I think I'm going to re-do the front opening to make it neater. I had a hard time with the edges of the front opening. 

I really love the high neck collar. I'd like to make this top again in a heavier material after summer's over. 

Anyway, today is Memorial day here in the U.S. - we're honoring and remembering those who died serving this great nation. May God bless all our men and women in uniform, and keep them safe.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sewing History│Cubism Influence on Fashion

The Musician, 1917-18 by Georges Braque

Cubism is considered the most influential art movement of the twentieth century. It transformed the world of art with its emphasis on geometrical dimensions and use of flat planes, multiple colors, and collage. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque are credited with the development of this form of art. The influence of cubism spilled over to the fashion world and brought fundamental changes to the design of clothing in the early twentieth century. The three-dimensional clothing of the 1800s was replaced with two-dimensional clothing.

Example of 1800s silhouette 

Clothing designs became flat, just like cubist art, and the puffed up sleeves and round silhouettes transformed into flat silhouettes. 

New, flat silhouettes

The influence of cubism on fashion certainly didn’t end in the early twentieth century – more and more designs today are picking up on the other aspects of cubism – particularly the geometric shapes and bold multi colors. 

Credits: Martin, R. Cubism and Fashion
London Fashion Week

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Simplicity 1059 Dress

Another Jiffy pattern - they work well for my schedule right now so I'm totally going to become the "jiffy lady". This pattern has been sitting in my stash for a while now - I wish I'd gotten to it sooner. I can see myself making more versions of this dress for the summer. The dress doesn't have bust darts - it has shoulder darts at the front and back. That was a first for me but I love how it came out. 

I only had 1.5 yards of this fabric because when I bought it I thought I was going to make a top. So I used a different fabric for the facings. Luckily I was able to fit all the pieces onto the 1.5 yards - this fabric works so well for the pattern. 

I love it much more with the sash from the same fabric - but you can wear the dress with a regular belt. I tried it with a black belt but I didn't like how it looked. 

I hope you all are having a great week. Happy Sewing!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NL A6053 Skirt & S8523 Top

I'm starting to work on my summer wardrobe - I need a lot of basics for the warm weather. This is my second version of this skirt; last time I made it in a longer length. The pattern is very simple and goes well with most types of fabrics. For the top I used Simplicity 8523 - view F. This pattern comes with a variety of necklines so I plan on using it to make several tops for summer. 

I really like both of the fabrics - the white one is very delicate and frays a lot so my serger definitely came in handy. They are both lightweight and perfect for warm temperatures.

I hope you are all having a great weekend. Happy sewing!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Inspiration│Styles of Japan

Black-patterned white silk chiffon by Hanae Mori, 1989. (Mori was the first Japanese designer to achieve international standing)

Japanese fashion has heavily influenced Western clothing since the 19th century and continues to do so even today. A lot of their designs combine Japanese traditions with contemporary features. They are known for simple, yet sophisticated designs. 

Red silk damask dress by Claire McCardell, 1950. 

The wide sash in the above dress resembles the Japanese obi. I love the detail of the pleats. The neckline is made to resemble a kimono neckline. 

Gray and black pleated polyester by Issey Miyake, 1989

The above dress is futuristic yet its extended shoulders resemble a man's over-kimono. The short sleeves project outward resembling an under-kimono

Yellow, black and white sequined black silk crepe with black silk velvet by Valentino, 1987 -88

This cocktail ensemble was inspired by Japanese decorative arts. 

Source - Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress by R. Martin and H. Koda

Hope you have a wonderful week and happy sewing!