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!!