Hi, everyone! There’s a reason why serious wardrobe seamstresses are loathe to throw away leftover materials. Like a quilter; except, a quilter is a whole different animal. Actually, I enjoyed the fabric shortage part of this project. Miraculously, there was additional material in my leftover fabric stash that coordinated with the main fabric — as… Read More The Fueled-by-Fabric-Shortage Cardigan
Did you read last week’s post with basic information about Fabric Grain in woven fabric? A new question raised by me back when I was learning to sew was: Do knits have grain? Answer: Yes! Today, lets explore fabric grain in knit fabric in a basic kind of way. We all know that knits are… Read More Basic Sewing Concept: Grain in Knit Fabric
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)
I am incredulous that until now, I didn’t know about Manuel Pertegaz, a Spanish designer of the 1950s, who – get this – was invited to take over the House of Dior when Christian died in 1957. Pertegaz politely declined. I guess that opened the way for Yves St Laurent and the rest is fashion… Read More Manuel Pertegaz, Fashion Designer, 1917 – 2014
Well, yes, plenty. But not really. And, that’s OK. Re-claimed designs in the sartorial world can be regenerated and made to look new — but not really. Before I twist myself into a pretzel, it’s best to start splainin’ myself. There IS a ton of innovation in the fashion industry but it’s a given that… Read More Is Anything New?