Just a little taster of what i am working on at the moment, a bohemian dress using only stash supplies.
Here i am taking to the sleeves Edwardian lace that came from a long time defunct silk and cotton skirt.
This dress appeared on last may’s Burda magazine and as it is really my style i dug straight in.
I chose a piece of cloth from my stash, a mint green seersucker cotton with white polka dots that originally came from my grandmother, so i suppose it is vintage. It is a really really lovely light piece of cotton, but there was not much of it. The instructions call for lining in the top half of the same material, but i did not have enough, so I went with an even lighter plain white cotton. This created a problem, as the seersucker is slightly elastic and the cotton lining is definitely not.
Fudging ensured. And when fudging starts modifications follow and projects become UFO, so i did not finish*till last week, then the weather was too bad to do a decent photo.
Wile i was working with my mother in the shop i spotted a lovely piece of ribbon that reminded me of Pan di Stelle biscuits. Ummm, goody.
I added it on the sleeves and that went well. I added it to the breast gap, as being a big girl, the original dress was a bit too revealing. I tried sewing it directly to the waist but that was a mistake as the seersucker stretched. Had to undo and opted for a belt.
I hemmed the skirt 2 inches high than i would usually do, and let the underskirt hang down. As i was having stretching problems there too i used double-sided iron on stiffening to keep the ribbon in it place before sewing. This had the added advantage of giving some body to the hem. Yes, i also pleated the underskirt twice, cause i like it like that.
So now i look like a Disney princess, and i totally love it.
*still matching missing belt.
My mum has an Owl obsession.
Sorry about the shameless plug, but it’s my mum, and i love her.
Here are two new hair clips. Well, the first one is actually old, but as i used the same style i might as well post them together.
First one up is a basic steampunk thing, but i went for blue, as it part of an Alice in Wonderland assemble (more on that an other time).
Two layers of shimmering ribbon looped and sewn together, then sewn to the hairclip. A real clock face and gear a glued on in the centre, along with tiny rhinestones.
The second hairclip is to wear in my ponytail when i am duelling at my lightsabrer club.
The bow is done in the same way as the previous one, with shimmering ribbon, looped twice. The centre is the club’s symbol I did in fimo.
I finished this clip in a rush as I wanted to wear it at this week Fight Night, the first event of 2014, so i had to use the dreaded glue gun and I ended up attaching the bow a bit off-centre.
Oh, in the symbol at the centre glows in the dark, most appropriately.
*recipe for 1.5L punch, if anybody cares.
1 part cedar liquor 15% (and goes to the knees)
2 part water
1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
2 table spoons of sugar
½ apple, sliced.
This was first posted on the 30th of May 2012 on the Necchi Sewing Machine Club
This is a monthly instalment mainly for my own edification, just a catalogue of creative stuff i have managed to do or not do this month. December 2013 is cheating because i started late, so I’ll just aggregate stuff.
Just a quick review to set myself off.
Today i bought myself a little Xmass present, because it was half price in the book outlet (yes there is such a thing as a book outlet, like a book remainder warehouse but on the high street)
It’s a book in a series of text books for people studying fashion design. I have a few that explain basic pattern block construction. This book does not contain any pattern, it is just a catalogue of every possible neckline and neck decoration ever, and it is AMAZING!
Pages and pages of necks and collars and decorations, inspirations from winter jackets to day dresses to frilly evening décolleté, and even some dresses for the total drape look. It does have a sister book with photos of necklines taken from fashion shows, but i do not own it, so i can’t tell you if it is worth buying. This one is.
It is a great resource book if you are a professional fashion design or you sew for yourself, but be prepared, the sheer amount of pretty images can be pretty overwhelming.
I DETTAGLI DELLA MODA – Disegnare Colli & Scolli
Elisabetta Kuky Drudi