The high fashion industry – it’s just like us. I’m inspired by highest fashion looks, but are big designers furtively keeping tabs on what is happening in the sewing community? I like to think so. Members of the sewing community have long been inspiring each other to use their leftover fabric in creative ways and… Read More #Fashion Industry Does Stash Busting
If fabrics had feelings, I’ve totally insulted my beloved fabric stash. So why do I seek to re-make already made clothing? There’s that annoying, niggling issue of why remake old clothing when there’s a substantial fabric stash waiting in all its unsewn glory? Let’s move beyond the obvious talking points about ethical, economical, and other… Read More #Earth Month Post #4: What About the Fabric Stash?
Refashioning a cheaply made item goes against my grain, but sometimes it is OK to do so. This is a beach cover up by the Banana Republic brand, bought years ago from the company’s outlet store. I can see why it was in the outlet; can you spot the flaw in this picture? If not,… Read More #Earth Month Post #3: Cheap Fashion Upcycle
Wednesday Edit: Yay! Can include pictures – had to go another way to do it. This was before: (Hi Readers, I apologize for not including photographs of this refashion — because I can’t. Because the blogging software won’t let me. Rather than not post anything, I’ll direct you to my Facebook page where I’m posting… Read More #Earth Month Post #2: Refashioning Silk Jacket
Is it earth month yet? You can disregard that other “foolish” day associated with April 1; let’s celebrate by doing some sewing. In honor of the beginning of earth month, I completed a long ignored UFO (unfinished object). It started out as a “muslin” for a Sewing Workshop pattern, and it turns out that I… Read More #Earth Month 2016 Post 1: “Muslin” Becomes Wearable.
I love the “finished” look of sport elastic (aka multi-channel elastic) applied to appropriate clothing! One just needs to be mindful of a few things. Where it works: Children’s playwear, adult and kids’ pajama pants, boxers or lounge pants, loose, wide leg flowy women’s pants. If they’re dressy, I hide the waistband with an untucked… Read More Sport Elastic, 3 Ways of Installing
What do you think of “pajama dressing” in public? I mean, out in the street. Celebrities tend to love it as do Sofia Coppola in a Louis Vuitton pajama set, and Selena Gomez (image source), but the rest of us are hugely suspicious. However, I do recall wearing loose silky pants made with a DKNY… Read More Pajama Dressing
So we continue, and finish the jacket from last week, Butterick 6253. I am quite pleased with the finished garment, despite initial misgivings about using leather for sleeves, facings and part of the hood. Quite pleased, despite the fabric stripes not matching themselves and going wherever they want to. I chose the version with unfinished… Read More Fashion Week Sewing, Fall 2016
With this project, I’m reaching out to my inner Manuel Pertegaz, via Katherine Tilton’s Butterick pattern. I am loving the A-shapes in clothing now since they accommodate my pear shape. This Butterick pattern designed by Katherine Tilton has a ruffly look without being sickly sweet. This project became another exercise in dealing with fabric shortage. Materials procurement… Read More Butterick Pattern 6253 – #WIP (groan)
It is done. This summer I am ready to dress up a corner of my home with this paper pieced, water melon motif table runner. Not too bad, right? I’ll keep this a short post so you can just enjoy the pictures. I am thrilled with how the runner looks, and also ecstatic that this… Read More Summer Decor: #Paper Pieced Table Runner Done