This is the Classix Nouveau Refined Peasant blouse from Hot Patterns.
Speaking of Metro Textiles, I was in NY two weeks ago, and paid Kashi a visit. I got a load of lovely knits for Alaska wear! I also went to Sposabella with my niece Christine, my parents, and my sister, because I'm making Christine's wedding gown! We picked out our fabric, but I am waiting until the muslin is finished, approved and fitted before getting the fabric. It's Alencon lace and satin. The basic design is going to be a takeoff on Princess Grace's gown -and I'm using this pattern as a base. And I think it looks pretty similar to the gown worn by Princess Kate at her wedding.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Since I live in Alaska, I wanted a kuspuk, which is kind of like a tunic traditionally worn by Yu'pik women here. I have seen Yup'iks and other Alaskans wear these, but mostly, for dress and traditional cultural celebrations. On occasion, I see women wearing them at places like the airport (and mostly, it seems, these women are on their way to places like Bethel, which is a large Yup'ik village in western Alaska).
I made mine using fabric and trim inherited from Nick's mom, Carol. She was an artist and a quilter, and when she died, I got some of her cottons. Most of these are now used up - I made a lot of aprons a while back and gave them as gifts. But I have a few pieces, still, and the print on this dress is traditional for a Kuspuk - usually they're made of printed cotton with rick rack trim, or similar other trim.
This is the pattern I used. Being that I'm in Alaska, I was able to pick it up easily at a local quilting store. I don't think they're easily found outside Alaska, except by webstore/mail order. At least, I never saw one of these before I came to Alaska a year and a half ago.
Here is a great website from a lady who makes and sells Kuspuks. You can see here some different design variations.
I think I will be making a second Kuspuk, but the second one will not be of traditional printed cotton. I'm thinking a lightweight silk might be interesting.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I like to study how different designers create simple designs different ways, and in my constant quest for something different, even when it's a 'simple' t shirt, I purchased this t-shirt pattern. It's the "Guest Designer" Mimi G series from Hot Patterns. I used a striped lightweight knit from my friend Catherine. She gave this to me a while ago...maybe years ago? Anyway, I love the colors, I love the fiber content (wool and rayon), and it's soft and elegant looking, I think.
Here are some things that make this t shirt pattern a bit different from others I've used:
1. The 'hi lo' hem. I've seen this look featured in some fashion magazines recently. The front of the hem is high, and then curves to lower in the back.
2. The back seam is curved in at the lower back curve. I sometimes put this in myself when using other patterns, and it was a nice feature to have built in to the pattern. This of course is a bit more flattering, as the shirt narrows in where I do.
3. The little insert at the upper shoulder. This gives an additional design opportunity. To make it without the little insert is easy...just overlap seam allowances at the join. In this case, I used the insert feature to add some design interest using the stripes.
Stripes can be challenging to match. I hand baste like this to create stability of the seam and then when I machine-serge the seam, it doesn't slip. In this fabric, one of the stripes zig-zagged. Matching was impossible, so I just went with it. Notice I put the zig zag at the waistline, so as to break up the stripe visually. Thus, it is hoped, not 'widening' me when I wear this. Horizontal stripes are widening, visually, but I believe the zig zag breaks this up.
The neckline was easy. I cut the fabric so that it was with a stripe on the straight of the fabric , joined the ends, folded it over, then applied it to the neckline with the serger.
|Snowy likes to help.|
|Sometimes I have to stop sewing and pet him.|
|Here's that neckline again, sans Snowy.|
|Finished! Time to go hiking...|
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I got this book, "Famous Frocks", before I moved to Alaska last year, and I've made two things from it already. Here's a tunic of stretch velvet, which I wear with thick tights and boots up here in Alaska. This is a good 'going out' outfit - dressy but not over the top. And with snow and ice on the sidewalks from November through March up here, I don't wear high heels much in the winter. Too slippery!
The designs in this book seek to be reminiscent of iconic music and screen heroines. Featured stars include Madonna, Rita Hayworth, Stevie Nicks, and Diana Ross.
The designs are inspired by - but are not really copies of what these icons wore. For example, the photo above is me wearing the "Diana Ross" style tunic. Diana's stage version was made of a woven, but this version (and in fact most if not all patterns featured in this book) are meant for stretch knits.
This design was straightforward and easy to put together. I traced the pattern and went from there. The authors give several ideas on how to 'mix it up' design-wise, so I added some slits in the sleeves.
I used my serger to construct this outfit. No problems, and the pattern seemed to be drafted nicely.
The photo was taken in the Captain Cook Hotel, here in Anchorage. The painting behind me features Captain Cook's foray into Prince William Sound. I like going into the Captain Cook to look at the paintings now and then. This structure is 20 stories high, and was built in the 1970s. It was the first 'high rise' built after the 1964 earthquake devastated Anchorage.
I made the "Rita Hayworth" dress from this book also, so I'll post that here, too, once I get a photo taken.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The cushion is, of course, a place to sit while taking off the shoes. I made piping for the edges. The fabric came from my friend Julie, who has a business serving clients in NYC and on Long Island in home decoration. I brought some of it up with me to 'elegant-up' the last frontier, so to speak.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I bought this pattern several years ago.
I bought this pattern several years ago.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Here are directions ..
Basically, you take a cork board, staple or glue batting to it, wrapping it around the edges. Then, do the same thing with fabric. Then do the ribbons. I added some buttons at the ribbon intersect. Nick helped me stretch the batting and fabric, and then I did the rest.
This is our 'happy board' so we can remind ourselves of things we like as we come and go from the house to our cars. A no sew project (except for the buttons).
I'm sewing a dress right now. But I will be doing a seat cushion to match this board later. Stay tuned!