As I said in my last post, I had a couple of ideas for my recent Hawaii trip. I think this sheer stretch two-piece is so fierce.
Saturday, 28 January 2023
Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Wednesday, 7 September 2022
An even lovelier shirred cutout dress with puffy sleeves and a tiered skirt! This time in floral poplin
My sweetheart and I were invited to attend a friend's wedding in Hawaii! On Kauai, no less, which is an island that we hadn't visited yet, but had heard wonderful things about. We had planned to check it out back in January but that trip was cancelled because of Omicron.
I was so excited to attend this wedding and I knew I had to use it as an excuse to make another dress!
Saturday, 11 June 2022
Monday, 6 June 2022
Saturday, 13 November 2021
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Oh, hello friends!
It's funny how my sewing mojo comes and goes and lately things have ramped back up a little bit. I think I'm in good company in that I'm feeling like a return to in-person work has sparked a desire for an updated wardrobe. Have you felt that, too?
And I realize that my tastes have changed a bit over the last couple of years!
I'm more committed to comfort but also willing to experiment more.
So I made this fantastic dress after seeing many gorgeous iterations on Instagram
I've been thinking lately about what a disservice it is to think about "flattering" clothes. I remember all the lessons I learned from What Not to Wear about how to dress your body type and what would be most flattering and what to avoid and lately I'm really annoyed with all of these concepts. I'm not really sure why. Maybe because I don't like limiting my clothing options? maybe because it makes me feel like my body is inadequate or unworthy of certain types of clothes? It's something that I'm not really sure how to put into words. Especially because I still want to look good in my clothes and I still struggle with body image. There are things that I don't like about my body, and I'll never be happy with, but I've also done a lot of work to get stronger and fitter and I'm proud of that. But on the other hand again, I'm happy with the work I've done partly because of the aesthetic improvements, and it's hard to admit that that element still controls what I do and how I feel.
All that to say, I'm usually glad when I ignore the fashion "rules" in favour of making a style that I'm really excited about. Even when it's not that "flattering." Case in point, this Lola tank dress from Stay Stitch Pattern Co. Not exactly what Stacey London would recommend for a pear!
Fuck it, though. I love this dress.
The fabric is a rib knit from Blackbird Fabrics. Even the colour of this fabric isn't something I would usually choose. In the online store and IG posts, it looked more decidedly brown whereas when I saw it IRL it has a pretty strong green cast to it. So much so that I thought about dying the fabric a darker brown to disguise it! But I'm glad I didn't because the weirdness of this colour is actually really enjoyable.
The pattern is a pretty easy make. The trickiest part is attaching the binding, especially because the amount of stretch needed is different for different types of knits. My armholes don't fit perfectly and I probably should have gone down a size, actually. Even so, I've gotten tonnes of wear out of it and I'm sure I'll be posting more Lolas soon!