Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hello Spring!

Spring is here, finally! I'm really dreading summer, though; Texas summers can be very brutal. So, for this dress I used Simplicity 1609 - another Jiffy pattern☺. It only has two main pattern pieces and comes together very, very quickly. I found this fabric at JoAnn and I absolutely had to have it. 

With this pattern you can use just about any fabric you want - even heavyweight fabrics will do. It's absolutely great when you need to make a quick dress; I know I'm definitely going to make more versions. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Take care and happy sewing!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sewing History │ The Silk Road (丝绸之路)

I love silk! It is by far my favorite fabric. Its lustre and luxurious appearance can make any well-constructed garment look like a masterpiece. It was first developed in China by empress Lei Zu, who taught people how to raise silkworms and extract the silk. Silk was originally made only for the elite in China, mainly because the silkworm only has a lifespan of 28days and can only produce a maximum of about 3300 feet of silk. But the demand for silk increased when ordinary people became interested in it and it became very popular.

During the period of the Chinese Han Dynasty, the production of silk increased so much that it became a major export to Europe. Many nobles in Europe, such as Queen Cleopatra, became very fascinated with silk, which led to an increase in the demand for silk outside China. This increased demand led to the development of the Silk Road – a major trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Back in the day it wasn’t called the Silk Road, of course, but silk was by far the most traded product along this ancient route.

So much silk was traded along this route that, in 1877, German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen gave this famous route the name Silk Road. The Silk Road was used for a lot of cultural exchange between China and the West, and it was through this route that the technologies of silkworm breeding and silk spinning were transmitted to the West.

Credits: travelchinaguide.com

Sunday, March 13, 2016

African Print Peplum Dress

I really love this pattern - I used Simplicity 1650. My aunt sent me an African print fabric so I decided to make another peplum dress. The pattern is very simple and comes together pretty quickly.

I'm now comfortable using my serger so I'm enjoying being able to get things done more quickly. It is so worth it!

I'm definitely going to make more versions of this dress. I'm glad it worked out well with this fabric. 

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dior Inspiration

Thanks to seamstress and blogger Shams of Communing With Fabric, I got myself a copy of the book "Christian Dior" published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The book is a celebration of five decades of the amazing work of Dior. As stated in the book, Dior is a name symbolic of elegance, impeccable quality, and continuous modernity (Arnault, B.)
              I really enjoyed going through the book and seeing all his creations - below are a few of my favorites:

            "Ficelle" day dress, spring-summer 1949

The level of detail is just inspiring! He used a combination of silk and natural linen for the above dress.

"Mystère" day coat, fall-winter 1947

This coat is made of black wool on the outside, with layers of green silk taffeta on the inside. Very elegant! 

"Scarlatti" ball gown spring-summer 1950

According to the book, the spirals of ribbon and lace on this gown were hand applied along one edge so that they could stand semi-upright rather than flat. This gown was named after Domenico Scarlatti, an Italian composer. 

"Mayfair ensemble, without jacket, fall-winter 1955

Only Dior can make a simple black dress look so elegant. I love the pairing with a satin belt. 

If you would like your own pdf copy of the book, please visit The MetPublications website and download it. The book shows Dior's masterpiece creations between the years 1947 and 1957, so there's so much more to enjoy.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy sewing!!