Hi, all. Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day!
A slow sewing speed is the new normal in my sewing life — let’s hope it’s temporary. Therefore, I am sharing an in-progress item with you, having given up hope to finish it for wearing and sharing with you today.
About this oversize neck placket:
I came up with a new way to attach a neck placket and what you are seeing here is the first try. The size seems like a placket on steroids, and that is on purpose. Then comes making and refining a few more, where hopefully smaller and reasonably sized plackets will emerge. Will my idea make it easier to attach a neck and/or sleeve placket? That may be for you to judge when I do share it with you. Stay tuned, as it will take time to simplify it further than the placket’s current iteration. For this first try, I’ve used a white, puckered cotton double-gauze from Sew Much Fabric, which is a quintessential mid-summer fabric. It is a cool and breezy kurta in progress, in case you’re wondering about the final outcome.
Hey look! The House of Valentino is making it easier for sewers to knock off their stuff:
It seems like a needle felted embellishment on wool, with additional beadwork. It gives off that iconic Valentino vibe, and seamstresses out there who are familiar with wool felting should go forth and knock it off. Or, are those red leaves appliqued? What do you think?
Look #25 is a refashion artist or scrap-buster’s go-to project – just grab a blue shirt, some old lace fabric, applique as shown. Wait, the Valentino design team removed the blue fabric from the back, making the lace section transparent, with individual flowers “dripping” down on the blue. The Vogue editor who did the write up about this collection speaks of this in more glorious terms than I have, though. Read it here.
Hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day! I appropriated the yellow tulips from my daughter, who had a birthday very close to Mama Day.