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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Back to the button up shirt

A few years ago I made my first button up shirt (burda's 042010 Long sleeve blouse) and since then I've fallen madly in love with wearing shirts but I have yet to find the perfect pattern.

When I made my first shirt, I didn't like how baggy and relaxed it was so I made some adjustments to the pattern and then chucked it and stared over because I still wan't happy!


Later, I reverse engineered another pattern, which I do like, but I want a more casual look for my next shirt.

I figured I might as well try to draft my own pattern. Right? Right.

Muslin 1:

As always, I used instructions from Patternmaking for Fashion Design. Also as always, my butt kind of gets in the way, made worse by the fact that this fabric is polyester and has more body that I would want in a shirt fabric.

I also also think that I should shape the back where it meets the yoke to reduce the wrinkles at a 45 degree angle at my shoulder blades.

The biggest problem is that it needs to be much longer, which should be pretty easy, and I'll re-shape the side seam to be more subtle below the waist. I'm going to extend the shoulder by about 3/8" so the top of the sleeve isn't quite so tight on my shoulder.

Hmmmm... how do I make it not make me look so pregnant?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Poppy Skirt

Boom baby.
Another skirt because why not?
Again, this fabric is from It has the most gorgeous colours! I really enjoyed the hand stitching parts of this project, because it was the perfect opportunity to admire the colour up close. Do you ever find that happens to you?
 My last skirt was silk and this one is cotton. I find I'm much more relaxed about wearing this one, because I'm always worried about ruining the silk one.

In these pics I'm wearing my cropped sweater again. It's been a cold summer and I've gotten so much use out of it!

Lookit how fun this print is!

And look at this! The purse I painted with stripes.

I added side seams so I could use my fabric more efficiently (I just had to buy a yard and a half instead of three yards). Side seams means pockets! 

I find that pockets look cutest positioned just below my waistband. I used this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. I've tried it a few times and this is the first time that my pockets worked out perfectly.

Perfectly disguised pockets!

As always, I used the grosgrain waistband instructions from Tailoring: A Construction Guide for Women's Wear by Cabrera.

Just for fun, I used a bright orange lace detail to finish the raw edge of the hem.

Monday, 4 August 2014

A study in coral

Happy August statutory long weekend!

So I made yet another Kwik Sew 3559 yoked jersey dress. This is the first one I've done with the short sleeves. Perfect to throw on on the summer weekends. I can even bike in it!