Monday, February 25, 2013

This is Why I Always Make a Muslin

This isn't really supposed to fit this way. It's a little big up top, it's a lotta big in the middle, and it's too small at the bottom.  What is it supposed to look like?

Yeah, I'm not sure I want to put in the time to make the changes that I will need to fit this thing.  The Portrait Blouse in Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing is similar, so I might just try that out instead.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Inspiration: Orla Kiely 2013

So, I grabbed this picture of one of Orla Kiely's 2013 fall dresses from City Stitching with Christine Haynes:

Hello sullen young person.  I'm not that drawn to the fabric or styling, but you may see a faint resemblance to my kimono sleeved modified Simplicity 1693.

So if I extended the hem to right below mid thigh, I might have something cute to wear over leggings this spring.  Maybe. I think the fabric I choose is going to make or break this.  I'll keep the shorter sleeves because they are more flattering.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Simplicity 1693 (Modified)

I've had a piece of nice-ish polyester in my stash for a couple of years now, but it was pretty small, so I was looking for just the right sleeveless shirt pattern to pair with it. I grabbed Simplicity 1693 (crazy hat shirt), but really wasn't into the whole sleeveless thing. So, I decided to make the kimono sleeves view.

You may notice from looking at the pattern envelope, there is no kimono sleeves view.

No problem. I just drafted them myself. Instead of using one of my million pattern drafting books (which I love and used often before I started being sick ALL THE TIME,) I just followed the instructions in the January 2013 Threads magazine. Reading it was what made me realize I wanted to do it in the first place. It's a fairly easy thing to do, and is nice when you want sleeves, but may not have enough fabric to cut out extra pieces.

Pattern: Simplicity 1693 (Modified)
Fabric: A nicer polyester I bought at Joann's back when I was still buying fabric there.
Sewing Details: I made view D, but drafted kimono sleeves using the instructions in the Jan 2013 Threads magazine. It was a simple change that I nailed on the first try (I made a muslin of course.) I got lazy, so instead of using homemade bias tape for the neckline, I just followed the instructions and used store-bought. I cut the back out as one piece instead of two, which works for me, but if you are someone who needs that center back seam there for adjustment, it's how the pattern is supposed to work.
Final Project: I like it. It's just a simple shirt, but it will look nice with both jeans and skirts. I'm not completely sold on the neckline, so I may modify it for the next iteration.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I Like to Talk About Movies

For those that are interested, I have a new film review project called Super Awesome Film Club. It's a new YouTube show featuring me, my daughter, and our friend Nick talking about movies. In our first episode we try to answer the question: Why is Die Hard so Darn Good? Check it out if you are so inclined.  (I am wearing one of my Colette Patterns Violet blouses, so yeah - this is sewing related.)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Killer Cold

I have been attacked by a cold that started off super mellow, but is getting nastier every day.  Ugh.  So, no sewing here.  (Lots of couch lounging and romance reading.)  But something sewing-related recently happened to me: I won a giveaway on Burdastyle.  As someone who never wins anything, I was very excited to find that I had won PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art back in December.  Here is a picture of my goodies:

I was only expecting to receive the book (which is super cool btw,) but also included in my package were some spoonflower Burdastyle fabric, bright pink thread, a Burdastyle pen, and instructions on how to make a gathered dress from DIY couture.  Pretty cool!  I am very inspired by this book - which shows artists who use embroidery in their work - and am planning a super cool spring skirt with some crazy embroidery.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Attack of the Lounge Pants

Yeah, I made some more lounge pants. I wear my pink ones so often, I decided a needed more. You know, just to make sure I didn't wear them out right away. (The pattern is McCall's 5989)

Cotton Hawaiian fabric from one of the Fabric Mart stores on Oahu.

You may not be able to tell, but this is a camo made from little army men. It is a very lightweight twill I got from JoAnn's a million billion years ago when I was still buying fabric from them.

If you'll excuse me, I have some lounging to do.