Striping the Sheers

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Here’s my latest make! It’s Vogue 1301, in black silk organza and black nylon lace, lined and trimmed in pink silk twill. It should be great for warm weather socializing. I started with the pattern, then looked in my closet for fabrics that would go with it. My initial thought was to make it with velvet, but it takes a lot of fabric. I thought if I made it with velvet, it would end up weighing too much. So I went the diaphanous route.

I made a couple of changes to the pattern. The armhole seemed low, so I raised it a bit. After trying it on, I was glad I did. Also, the scarf piece, as drafted, was very long and very wide. I halved the width and kept the length. In addition, the pattern calls for the scarf piece to be permanently attached at the neckline. I thought this might make the dress hard to clean because the scarf would wrap around stuff in the washing machine, so I finished the neckline without the scarf, and just basted the scarf in place. I’ll remove the scarf for cleaning, then reattach it afterward. And I shortened the hem in the front. It seemed to me like there was just a little too much dress and some of it needed to go.

Back

Back

side view.  You can see the high-low hem.

side view. You can see the high-low hem.

scarf length

scarf length

seam finish

seam finish

front opening.  You can see where I basted the scarf to the neckline.

front opening. You can see where I basted the scarf to the neckline.

Another scarf configuration

Another scarf configuration

pattern

pattern

Another Take on the Hummingbird Leotard

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Summer is really sapping my blogging energy! I try to blog about most of my projects, because it helps me remember what I made, what patterns I used, etc. But, at this point, there’s a bit of a backlog.

The leotard from this post is less-than-ideal fit wise. I copied an existing leotard, and apparently I did not do the most accurate job. So I bought the Jalie leotard pattern, and the fit is much better. I used the same hummingbird applique as the previous leotard.

These photos were taken after my child returned from camp, where she wore both of the leotards. She said they were fine.

back view

back view

An Addition to the Flock

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My daughter is going to gymnastics camp this summer for a whole week, so she will need a couple more leotards. She wanted a purple leo with a hummingbird, so I worked this one in reverse applique. The ground fabric is a sparkle stretch, and the bird is a stretch velour.

For the pattern, I copied her existing team leo.

back view

back view

front view

front view

Put a Bird on It

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I did not mean to use this Portlandia episode as my personal sartorial and decorating mantra, but it happened anyway. As I was finishing up this coat, with birds on it, I realized that I just wallpapered my dining with, you guessed it, birds. So I figured I would photograph the coat in the dining room.

The fabric is a Dutch wax print from Vlisco. They have so many amazing prints, and I’m running a little low on fabric stash, so it seemed like a good time for a fabric splurge. I just love the color combo. And the birds.

The pattern that I used if from Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s coatmaking book. I’ve made this pattern before here and here. I tried to be careful matching the motifs.

back view

back view

side

side

front trench flap.  You can see my careful pattern matching.

front trench flap. You can see my careful pattern matching.

back flap.

back flap.

center back seam.  Notice how I matched the pattern ON A CURVED SEAM

center back seam. Notice how I matched the pattern ON A CURVED SEAM

back belt

back belt

The belt has a button loop to hold it in place

The belt has a button loop to hold it in place

I lined the body with self fabric, and the sleeves with silk twill.

I lined the body with self fabric, and the sleeves with silk twill.

Front opening and pocket flap

Front opening and pocket flap

Me Made May 2014 Wrap-Up

If you’re a longtime reader, you know that I never miss a Me-Made-May. I have so much fun with the MMM Flickr group every year, and this year has been no exception. The group is like a little party of supportive, accomplished friends to meet up with for a few minutes every day. If you want to participate next year, check Zoe’s blog next spring for details.

 

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lace trimmed tunic; and shorts that I made but did not blog about. And my new cowboy boots. Photo at Pattern Review Weekend in Austin.

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may19-0074
Tie-dye dress
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may18-0051

black denim jacket with plaid linen dress
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may08-173812
embellished jacket and wool skirt, and me at my daughter’s horseback riding lesson.
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may17-0038

Top blogged here; shorts that I made but did not blog about. I am posing with my new dining room wallpaper!

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may16-0024
raincoat blogged here; jeans that I made from a Jalie pattern but did not blog about.
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may15-9976

Wrap shirt blogged here; trousers blogged here

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may14-9966
Hoodie blogged here; skirt blogged here
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dress blogged here; jacket blogged here
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may04-9680
jacket blogged here
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may05-9720
quilted shirt blogged here; lace skirt blogged here.
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may06-9739
pattern magic top; hand printed skirt
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may07-9799
printed jeans and velvet top
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may09-9830
Cashmere and silk jacket that I made before I started blogging with denim patchwork skirt
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may10-9859
sparkly jacket worn with Jalie jeans that I never blogged about
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may12-9876
layered silk top with handknit skirt
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may13-9915

black silk shirt worn with a silk skirt made from an old Vogue Miyake pattern that I made before I started blogging.
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may11-11
layered skirt and seersucker blouse
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may11-3
lace dress
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may21-0345
dress with interesting placket
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may20-0207
linen top worn with high-waisted shorts that I made but did not blog about

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may26-0501
linen chambray dress
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may25-0493
2 shades of blue linen jacket with Liberty print twill shorts. I made both of these, but never blogged about either one.
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may24-0482
lacey lavender top worn with jeans that I made with the Jalie pattern
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may23-0383
dot print blouse with long blue skirt
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may22-0368
shibori dyed shirt with white linen trousers
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may30-0516
Here I am posing with my fabric and trimming stash, wearing a stripey dress.
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may27-0515
I am wearing sweatpants that I made and a sweatshirt from a batch that I screen-printed and sold as a fund raiser for my daughter’s school. I am currently sick with shingles, and have been wearing this outfit for the past 3 days.

And there you have it! Photographic proof that I actually wear all the crazy clothes that I make in my everyday life.

Flattr Me

You may notice a new icon at the end of this post for Flattr.  What is Flattr, you ask?  Have you ever experienced web content that was really great?  A piece of writing, a photo, a video, whatever, that made you want to thank the creator in a more meaningful way than clicking “like”?  Well, now you can!  Sign up with Flattr, decide how much you want to allocate every month to Web content, and Flattr away!  At the end of the month, the people at Flattr will divide up your monthly budget among all of the content providers you liked throughout the month.  Maybe each one will get a couple of cents from you, which is not much, but if I got a couple of cents every month from every blog reader, that would be kind of cool.

Flattr has been around since 2010.  I think it’s bigger in Europe than in the US, but I’m hoping it catches on here.  There are several blogs that I read where the author really goes above and beyond to write interesting posts.  I’m looking at you, Carolyn and Peter. Of course, since I know Carolyn and Peter, I could just buy them a cup of coffee or something, but what about bloggers that I may never meet, like Blair or Zoe? Maybe I would like to contribute to them, but not enough to actually send them money via Paypal? That’s where Flattr can come in.

So, if you are so inclined, I would love it if you would join Flattr and click on the Flattr icon at the end of my posts. I would also love it if you would sign up as a content creator on Flattr so I, and others, and show our appreciation for your efforts to entertain us.

There’s a speech that Courtney Love made way back in 2000 about the music industry, but it could apply to other creative industries, as well.  No matter what you think of her as a person or as an artist, the speech is well worth reading if you have any interest in producing or consuming creative work.  This is my favorite quote:

  • “I’m looking for people to help connect me to more fans, because I believe fans will leave a tip based on the enjoyment and service I provide. I’m not scared of them getting a preview. It really is going to be a global village where a billion people have access to one artist and a billion people can leave a tip if they want to.”

I read this speech ages ago, and obviously it resonated with me because it’s the first thing I thought of when I heard about Flattr. Here’s everyone’s chance to leave a tip that goes straight to the creator of the work you appreciate.

Wrapping the Shirt

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While trolling in my fabric collection for my next project, I came across this shirting that I originally bought think I would make a menswear-styled shirt. Then when I thought a bit, I realized that something a little more feminine might be nice. I looked through my patterns and came across this nice summery Vogue design that fit the bill. I like the menswear collar on the casual wrap design.

back view

back view

pleats and tie on left side

pleats and tie on left side

flat-fell seam with gap for the tie to go through

flat-fell seam with gap for the tie to go through

Vogue 7340

Vogue 7340

Well-Placed Accents

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This dress is finished just in time for the warm weather in the northeastern US this week! The fabric started out the lime green color, then I tie-dyed it blue, leaving some lime green as an embellishment. I like the way it turned out.

Back view.  If it look a little off, that's because the form is bigger than me, so the dress does not zip up all the way.

Back view. If it look a little off, that’s because the form is bigger than me, so the dress does not zip up all the way.

Shibori dyed trompe l'oeil collar detail.

Shibori dyed trompe l’oeil collar detail.

waist detail

waist detail

The lining is the same green silk faille, in the original lime color

The lining is the same green silk faille, in the original lime color

Vogue 2632

Vogue 2362

dye effect at hem.  I did not take photos of my process, but it involved accordion pleating, 2 jar lids, and clamps.

dye effect at hem. I did not take photos of my process, but it involved accordion pleating, 2 jar lids, and clamps.

Spring Shibori

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Today I shibori-dyed the fabric for my current project.

Cool Linen

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While poking around in my fabric collection for something to go with my new skirt, I saw this brown linen and loved it for the color matching with the skirt, and the contrast between the opulent skirt fabric and the humble weave of the linen. This fabric has a fantastic hand, and it retained its stiffness even after I washed it.

The pattern is from Burdastyle 2/2014, which is one of my favorite Burdastyles of all time. I shortened my version a bit so it would show the waist of the skirt. I’m really liking the slightly cropped top / high waisted bottom look this season. I also love the sleeve on this top. It’s in 3 pieces, and balloons out a bit. I sewed all of the seams as French seams. h

Front

Front

back view.  I did a small embroidery on the yoke.

back view. I did a small embroidery on the yoke.

Side view.  The front hem is shorter than the back

Side view. The front hem is shorter than the back

yoke detail

yoke detail

the cuffs are narrow bias strips

the cuffs are narrow bias strips

neckline

neckline

neck facing.  It's a bias strip hand-sewn in place

neck facing. It’s a bias strip hand-sewn in place

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