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!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

McCall's MP331 Dress

I'm so glad that this dress turned out well...the instructions for the bodice were not very clear to me. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding McCall's instructions. So I ended up just doing it my own way - which wasn't hard because the pattern only comes with a few pieces so it was pretty straight forward. The pattern comes with a waistband - but it looked so weird on me with the waistband. So after attaching the waistband I ended up having to remove it - so. not. fun! Trying to undo seams on a knit fabric is just horrible.

I really like the pattern - I always find myself buying patterns with a cowl neck. I totally need more variety! 

The fabric is a shiny ponte knit that I found on sale at JoAnn (as usual). It's very comfortable and the quality is great. 

Hope you have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

South African Fashion Week

Designer: Gert-Johan Coetzee SS16

This week is South African Fashion Week, and I couldn't wait to see the new designs for Spring/Summer 2016. I was expecting to see a lot of great designs, but the first runway show didn't have much to offer. These are some of the few items I liked from today's show:

Designer: Somerset Jane SS16

Designer: Lumin SS16

Designer: Gert-Johan Coetzee SS16

Hopefully the rest of the week's designs will be much better. 

Have a wonderful week and happy sewing!