Showing posts with label self-drafted. Show all posts
Showing posts with label self-drafted. Show all posts

Monday, February 13, 2012

Splat Skirt

I made a skirt.  I tried on said skirt.  I don't have a clue what to wear with it.  This is obviously not a winter outfit (hence the inside photo). 
Splat Skirt 1

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Fabric: Silk chiffon print from Fabric.com and black bemberg rayon lining
Pattern: My own - 2 gathered rectangles of chiffon, 2 smaller gathered rectangles of lining, sewn together with a grosgrain ribbon slapped on top.  Invisible side zip - this tutorial was indispensable in dealing with the chiffon and lining with the zipper.
I'm feeling rather ambivalent about the skirt at the moment - I want to like the ruffled top edge, but I'm really not sure that I do.
Any thoughts on winter styling for this one?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Easy Peasy


If only all of my sewing experiments turned out so well...

Pattern: Self-drafted (or, on-the-fly cutting with fingers crossed)
Fabric: Probably polyester sweater knit, from P&S Fabrics on Broadway.  

This dress was originally inspired by this dress from Modcloth:

The shawl collar looked so cozy! But after seeing the dress on actual humans, I wasn't in love with the way it sat.  So I knocked-off the rest of the dress and did a wide scoop neck instead.


The trim is two tubes of fabric, twisted and hand-stitched along the neckline.  I stabilized the back of the neck with velvet ribbon and my twin needle (a new love!).  I shirred the waist.  It was my first time shirring, and definitely not my last.  It's like magic.  Or, you know, elastic thread and a few straight lines.  


And, since this is, after all, a sewing and knitting (and other things) blog, a knitted cowl for your viewing pleasure:

Pattern: Cast on something like 70 stitches, and knit round and round until I was out of yarn.
Yarn: Karabella Margrite Bulky, 2 balls.  It was horribly splitty, but very soft.  

The cowl makes up for the missing shawl collar, and it's nice to have a pop of color.  I'm not big on pink usually, but I love this berry color.

And now for the three day weekend! Three day weekends were made for sewing, in my opinion.  I'm going to delve into take two of my corduroy dress project, and try to stop by a fabric store for some muslin.  I don't have any right now, and it's so hard not to jump headfirst into cutting my good fabric!
Do you have any big sewing plans for the weekend?