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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Silk pants? yes please!

 Hi Friends!


It's so nice to be back out in the world. On June 30, I completed my two week waiting period after my second shot and the same day, a bunch of restrictions were lifted. Since then I have been relishing seeing people in person and just getting out into the city!




One very special treat included getting together with my friend Jason who is a great photographer as well as a great hang and just all-round lovely man. We had a great time haunting the alleys around St. Lawrence Market and I'm thrilled with how the photos came out!




These pants are based on some ready-to wear silk pants that I bought from J Crew back in the fall. As soon as I got them I started thinking about making my own version.


The ready-to-wear pants that I copied.



When I spotted this delicious Gucci fabric from Darrel Thomas Textiles I knew it would be the perfect match. Okay, also, how do fabric stores get their hands on designer fabrics? I would have thought that designers would just destroy anything they don't use, in order to keep control over their image and market. Or is this just "Gucci" and not Gucci? If anyone can enlighten me, I'm super curious!




Let me tell you, this is a deeply extravagant fabric. It looks delicious. It feels incredible. It has just the right amount of drape vs body. I am in love.




I've come to realize that I just plain love silk pants! Of course, you can't tell how happy I am from these pictures. Somehow I forgot to smile!


Naturally the process of actually making the pants was terrifying. The fabric is so expensive, and sold by the panel so I knew I only had one chance to get it right. Even then I had to do some piecing together to make the hems work (the stripes were right on the edge of the panel, so there wasn't enough fabric to turn up to make the hem without stitching extra pieces on. I was sweating).



Luckily, as I've gotten older, I've developed more discipline in making test garments and practicing techniques before just jumping in. With this project in particular, I was tracing the pattern from a finished garment, and I'm so glad that I ended up making a couple of muslins to make sure the fit was just right.




I also spent a tonne of time figuring out how to construct the pocket. I really liked the inseam pockets and the side seam piping of the original ready to wear garment but I had never made a pocket in this way before so it took daaaaaaays of trial and error and then practice to be able to make these pockets with enough confidence to do it on my actual fabric. The RTW technique, from what I can tell, is really different from the "home sewing" technique but I really like the result of this technique i just learned. Definitely going to use it more!




I'm so glad I put in the time! I'm about to show up overdressed to a LOT of brunches.






Friday, 1 January 2021

Obsessed with my new embellished sweatshirt!

 Hi Friends,

I'm so excited about my most recent make! Why? because it's the best ever! Feast your eyes...

Friday, 2 October 2020

Delicious dress

 Hi Friends,

You know I love chocolate! And silk. So what better fabric for me than this delicious confection?


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Bold Shoulder

 Hi Friends, 




Who doesn't love a bold shoulder? It's so funny to think back just a few years and the big shoulders of the 80s seemed like such a joke! Now, I can't get enough.

I have to say, there's nothing like a big, exaggerated shoulder pad to make the waist and hips look smaller!

Here's a looks that I put together based on the fabulous shoulder-pad-muscle-tees that I've been seeing all over instagram and the fashion blogs.

I didn't really sew either of the garment I'm wearing, but I did cut the sleeves off this XL men's shirt and stitch in some $1 shoulder pads, so yay me!

I haven't really worn this out at all, especially now with the cooler weather. Jackets don't really fit too well over this! But, it's a fun look, no?



I found great DIY instructions on this video by Blueprintdiy.

Some photography for this post was done by my friend Crateddozen.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Ankara dress magic

 Hi Friends,

I think we are, at this point, all aware of the magic of Ankara or wax-print fabrics.