Saturday, May 28, 2016
This first set was made from some patterns I created for myself. A pair of boyshorts which are close to perfection, just need to change the cut on the front of the leg a smidge. I made it a bit too straight, it needs a slight curve to sit just perfectly. The simple bralette is Perfection, sits just right and is so comfy.The addition here of some thin elastic sewn between layers around the bottom helps keep the bralette in place and yet you hardly notice it when wearing it. So often things just need that slight little tweak to make them so much better ;0). There is definitely some more of these in my near future. Am also thinking I will do some more modifications and create the perfect summer top which I can wear on those humid days where layers of clothing are not your friend. AKA "I don't wanna wear a bra today"- said with a slight whine.
Then I decided to cut out my other standbys, the Sarah longline from OhhhLuLu, and the panties from Cloth Habit. The main difference is I decided to use FOE on the legs which I am really liking. Don't know why but for some reason I haven't been using FOE on my panties that often. My daughter suggested the addition of pink to give it a bit more pop.
The fabric is from Spoonflower ;0), so love the options of their prints. This is a modern jersey, a print called Police Box Blue Plaid designed by lilbabythangs. If you haven't guessed I like Dr Who. Spoonflower is great to let my secret inner geek out(actually it isn't really a secret).
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Next Black
The Next Black is a documentary that I stumbled across the other day. Was going through the various documentaries available on Hulu and this one was recommended for me. So well I watched it. It discusses various ways that technology is changing the world of fashion. Wearable Tech is touched upon along with the possibilities of using fermentation to create cloth. Fermentation is so popular in the food industry presently that it is no surprise that it has also entered into fashion. ETextiles and fabric innovations are something I have been researching off and on for a while now so I enjoyed it.
Beyond Biba A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki is well worth the watch. Biba was a fashion house from London that had a brief and influential life during the late 60's, early 70's. London had a drastic effect on pop culture history during this time and Biba was part of it all.
Whenever I see imagery connected with the department store I always think I wish this still existed. It was such a perfect example of complete packaging and marketing and it all had an Art Deco edge. Sadly because of an economic turn in England and corporate differences the department store was short lived. Barbara Hulanicki and her partner Fitz actually just chose to walk away from the business and the Biba department store did not survive long without them.
Both of these films are worth watching, each is about an hour long. The only thing I warn is they may take you "down the rabbit hole" to learn more.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
It's the first day of May and a big month for a large part of the sewing community. The start of the MeMadeMay Challenge.
I realize that I haven't participated since 2012 which actually kinda surprised me, or I should say I haven't participated formally. This is something I have strongly believed in for quite a large chunk of my life.
So this year my challenge to myself is to wear something made by me every day of the month. This will not be very hard to accomplish so I am adding a few of my own twists. The first being to introduce my daughter to the art of sewing and have her start making some of her own clothing. This will be instead of her hoarding scraps of fabric(she definitely takes after me here) or picking out lengths of fabric at stores going "Mom can you make me ......." The start of this process was picking out a pattern, having her trace her size and then proceed to cut out her project.
So her first project and hopefully not her last is to make herself a pair of capris out of this colourful knit. It has pockets but she insists she only needs one, and "you know that will be easier then putting in two, right" ;0
My next challenge is to make myself the perfect pair of jeans that actually fit well. Something I have been meaning to do for a while. And the last and probably the hardest is to get all the bins of fabric sorted(have been hiding them in the basement - outta sight, out of mind lol).