It’s not a complicated top, just Marimekko’s version of a woven tank top with a contrasting yoke. But it’s a learning experience to see how the fashion design house makes a sleeveless, woven tee. This is my child’s request – that I copy her top in another fabric, close in fit and style to the… Read More Copying Marimekko
Have you wondered how horizontal lines in dress bodices in highly expensive garments at the bust or above bust level are so straight on a curvy body? It’s never this smooth and straight in stuff you’ve made for yourself. I hereby reveal to you that the unblemished straight seam is achieved with dart manipulation, even… Read More What Dart Trickery is This?
Hi readers! It’s amazing how long I’ve hung around in the sewing community. Some things which were new many years ago are now reintroduced to a new audience. Then again, there are revelations (sewing and otherwise) which make me happy and excited to gain that new knowledge. Today, I have thoughts and links to share… Read More Trivial and Important Stuff in the Worlds of Sewing, Fashion, Literature.
Hi all! Well, almost like Gucci’s. Here’s my ode to a high fashion look that I occasionally become obsessed with. This time it’s a weirdly attractive set of short jammies that is photographed on the model as if she’s ready to step out in public. Well, below is my version. Heh. The entire look is… Read More PJ Bottoms Like Gucci’s
Hello, what is that appendage on the front of my pear shaped neon yellow top? Why, it’s a vintage style coin purse (see last week’s post)! The inspiration has been inhabiting my subconscious for at least 3 years since I saw this image of a tweed skirt on Pinterest (image is from the FIT archives)… Read More Yellow Pear Pique Top (with Bonnie Cashin’s “Purse-Pocket”)
Back after a long hiatus!! Hi, dear readers, you may have seen this particular tunic before, but this time — it’s on me (all my photos by BrianCampbellPhoto) and not on the dummy. Inspiration A Few Process Notes I’m sharing this on the Designin’ December online group initiated by Linda of the Nice Dress. Thanks,… Read More Assymetrical Neckline – Again
My curiosity about clothing design and design details in a historical context knows no bounds. It seems that some details in modern apparel which seem so new and fresh can be traced back into the ages. Conversely, I love new and innovative design which has never been seen before. One such new-old detail showed up… Read More Tied, Asymmetrical Neckline
Everyone names their clothing, right? Last week was the “Sheet”(dress, that is). Here is my Blue Lagoon. Heh. This is the latest iteration of the button down, but a bit longer, sleeveless and with a side flare. The inspiration was a Rebecca Minkoff version of a shirtdress, and the sewing stars seem to have aligned. I… Read More The Shirt Making Continues: Blue Lagoon
Oops, I mean “shirt” dress. Made with a bedsheet. In the interest of the Rs – Recycle, Reuse, Refashion and Repurpose, I’ve used a bedsheet for the first time to make a garment. Hey purists and snobs, it’s okay, it’s a trial muslin but it is a “wearable” muslin. One fine day, the nether regions… Read More “Sheet” Dress
This wardrobe item is a resounding success, in my opinion. One look at the pattern (Vogue1596) and I felt warm and fuzzy …. know that feeling? Then there was the plan to tweak this pattern to make the entry for Designin’ December. The Fail: it’s not the pattern, it’s ME trying to knock off a… Read More Success (with a tiny fail on my part)! Tracey Reese Vogue Pattern