Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Franken-dress and more blue makes

Hello! Spring is here. It is pouring and pouring the wet stuff but at least it's not the snowfall that's hitting other areas! 

I have made a blue linen dress, dubbed the Franken-dress, just because I was just "playing" with pattern pieces. I have patched pieces to the bodice and sleeves, I have crooked seams, etc and if I did it on a plain fabric you would really see all the "band-aids".  Because the print is a busy floral I was able to get away with it (I think).
I tried some simple hand embroidery on what was supposed to be the front placket. As I did not need buttons I decided to do the embroidery just for a bit of whimsey. The front plackets overlap at a wonky angle. 
The fabric is a lovely Japanese linen purchased from Miss Matatabi last year.  All in all, it worked, it's wearable!
Next up, I decided I needed to sew some pants. This is the 101 Trousers from Merchant & Mills. The top is the Lou Box Top from Sew DIY which I made last October but for some reason did not blog. I haven't worn it much as it was too cold by then I think. I'm sure I will make another one but use a more drapey fabric than this double gauze (Nani Iro) and maybe go down one size. Maybe.
Now, onto the trousers. They are full and drapey. For the waistband I abandoned the drawstring for a wide elastic and it worked out beautifully. The length of the trousers is really long! I am 5'11" (180cm) and I was able to get a deep hem (2"/5 cm).  
The only thing I would change next time is to shorten the rise. It is really long! The fabric I used is a cotton/linen blend purchased locally. 
I think I have a fixation on blue clothes!  I think I need to paint that wall a different colour for these photos! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Latest makes from the sewing table

Happy Sleepy Sunday.  Time change always messes me up, especially losing the one hour today!

I've been happily sewing away these days. You may have seen some on my Instagram feed. Here are three of the latest.  All the fabrics are from Miss Matatabi.

1. Top 64 from Merchant & Mills, in Nani Iro double gauze, Birds Eye View. This is such a nice cozy number.
2. Blouse Marthe from Republique du Chiffon, in Nani Iro double gauze.  Look at the colours next to the Naomi Ito calendar - nice match!

3. My favourite dress pattern, based on hacking the Hemlock tee from Grainline Studio. The fabric is a beautiful linen from the Nani Iro Spring/Summer 2016 collection. 
I liked the selvedge and decided to use it to add a band around the bottom of the sleeves.
I figured if I got tired of the selvedge I can always roll up the sleeves, like so. 
What can I say? I love this dress. The linen is just amazing. It's light but not too light and it has a nice body to it. It will be interesting to see how it wears over time.

That's it for another update. I am happy to say I have a few more things cut out and ready for play! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!