Hello dear readers!
Phew! I’ve migrated to a new theme (Oxygen) and after some hours struggling with how to get the feature slider to work, I’ve done my blog upgrades! What do you think? I think the theme is just beautiful and functional. I hope it helps everyone get around a bit easier and have a more pleasant visit.
But what was that stuff about new projects, hey?
Well, I took some photos of my sewing retreat outfit and at first they were a big fat flop. The light outside was just too bright and overhead (it was around 1pm) and my white skirt was totally washed out – you couldn’t even see the pretty buttons (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!). So, today I waited until an hour before sunset (as suggested here) and it worked much better.
But first, some deets (it’s what I do best)
The top was relatively straight forward, it was this pattern (click on picture to link to pattern)
Lovely how the model hides the clothing, eh? Sigh…BurdaStyle. Essentially it’s the flounce blouse without the flounce. But I had to do something creative, remember??? So, I made some fabric flowers following this tutorial and they turned out fabulous!
I made 3 and put them down one side and I think they looks quite artistic!
Now onto the skirt (click on picture to link to pattern)
Since I used a lovely linen/tencel blend and it was thin enough I used french seams throughout to great effect. The skirt has many seams and the french seams show just a bit and look fabulous.
But the one major thing I changed was how I did the facings. I try to incorporate little couture techniques into my projects. I read in Clare Shaeffer’s book that facings in couture sewing prefer to be extensions of the fashion fabric and folded over and not separate. The pattern had separate facings, but I decided to add 5cm to the top of each skirt pattern piece and interface only that bit. This was going to be my facing
Then sewed all the pieces together and folded over the facing. Problem here was that for some pieces the top of the facing was smaller than the fashion fabric at that point. This was easily solved by stretching the top edge of the facing using my steam iron. I only needed a few more mm anyways.
I finished the facings off with a hong kong finish with white cotton cut on the bias. Here’s what the skirt looks like from the inside. Beauty!
I really like the French seams and the HK finish – kinda multicultural, don’t you think? :P
Here’s the skirt all done – I used 4 self fabric covered buttons to finish her all off!
Here’s the whole shebang on me!
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve got a Gallery page on the top tool bar. Here I’ll put all my finished projects for your viewing pleasure!
Hope you Christmas shinanigans are going well – do you have time to do some sewing? If so, what are you up to?
Relax and Enjoy,