Sunday, October 28, 2007

Another new dress....

I made this dress for a Halloween party on Saturday, and it is the first dress I have ever started and finished on the same day. I cut the first piece at 9am, and sewed the last hem stitch at 6pm. For 30 bucks of fabric (my favorite Duponi silk, with a silk lining) I think I got a pretty fantastic dress. I added fake blood, some costume jewellery, and black evening gloves for a Park Ave Vampire look. (The pattern is Vogue 9668 I think... out of print though).

The only downside is that I missed my friend (hopefully still...!) Lisa's gallery opening. Lisa I'm a schmuck and a louse. I'm sorry...

It still needs some work, and the only zipper I had was electric blue (Ill have to paint it black with a Sharpie marker and black nail polish), but I think it came out well...




C

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Executive Decision

The Marni dress is orange, brown and orange, with the same fabric at both top and bottom. Since my goal is to only use stash fabrics as much as I can, this seemed a good choice. I got some great advice on shade valuation though (see comments), and I'm going to keep that in mind as much as possible. I really like the way the colors look --- this will be just perfect for a Los Angeles Thanksgiving! I still need to buy some lining fabric, and get it finished, but this is more or less how it will look.

I never wear skirts this short, but I kind of like the length after all...

The other thing I'm doing is finishing old projects... next up is this double breasted, military style jacket from Burda 10/04. I got discouraged by my inneptitude at setting sleeves, but I really love the style, so I want to get it done for this winter. Balenciaga showed similar jackets in his Fall / Winter 07-08 show, so I dont think it's too, too out of style just yet.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Marni Dress...

I am finally making the Marni dress ("Tennis Style!") from the June issue of Patrones. I decided that I am only sewing fabric that I already own, and not buying anymore for at least a few more garments, but am sort of stumped on this one. The dress has three bands of fabric, and I am using a little of the left over blood orange silk for the top band. The middle band is recycled from one of the brown curtains that I made for the apartment in the Fontenoy. But what should the bottom band be? I have two potential fabrics. A pale green silk with embroidered flowers, or a brighter green silk. But they both seem too whimsical somehow. I think the final band should be midnight blue, and I've tried it out here with some jersey in that color. Thoughts?



Sunday, October 14, 2007

When all else fails...




I was kind of hoping this weekend might be more exciting than the last, with my Nerve date who was totally charming, but at least 10 years older than advertised. But no dates this weekend alas, not even coffee at CrapBucks round the corner. Come on guys, at this point all you have to be is attractive enough to make out with, I'm not looking for a great career, stimulating hobbies, or fancy digs. I can supply all those myself.

Anyway, no romance, but I did make a new shirt. This is from the newest Burda (10/07) and I made it out of some mysterious jersey that was in my stash. Sewing knits is always a bit of an adventure for me, and makes me wish I had a sewing mentor to turn to, rather than being 100% self taught. I used fuse web instead of hemming, which has always seemed like a bit of a cheat in the past, but it sure makes the sewing process faster. I adjusted for a sloping shoulder, but forgot to reduce the sleeve cap as well, which is why it looks a little poofy. Not totally sure about thsi, so I'll wear it tomorrow to see how it holds up over a day at the office.

Paired it here with my tapered Levi's that I got free at a clothing swap, and took in myself. Free outfit, sweet!


And this is why it takes twice as long to sew one tee-shirt as it should...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Forever 21, part two

I totally loved the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection, even though it seemed to get panned by everyone else... yet another example of clothes that will be ripped off left, right and center, by both evil, human-rights-abusing, planet-despoiling chains and home sewers alike....

Totally dug the flight attendant hats that he had tipping off the front of the model's bouffants, and that perfect little stew shoes they accessorized with. One girl even had a set of cherry red rollaboard luggage. Mine was scruffy black nylon, but whatever... one can dream.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

nudnik...



Aren't cute cat photos obligatory on a crafting blog?