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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Valentino linen dress

Hi friends!

Remember I bought this gorgeous Valentino fabric in Istanbul back in September?

I finally made something with it!

I was hoping to finally make a dress like this Carolyn Schnurer number that I've been in love with for years.

Alas, the Valentino fabric had a little too much orange in it already, so using orange to contrast would have clashed too badly. Instead I used the always accommodating navy blue.

God damn, this dress is hard to photograph argh!

I used the Heidi from Burdastyle, which I've made a few different versions of. This time I re-drafted the skirt from my skirt block, since the original pattern was not quite right and I didn't have the patience to fiddle with it when I have a perfectly fitted block. I just added the princess seams in the front and pockets. There's not even a vent so it was dead easy.

Whelp, moving right along.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Style Crush: "Min"spiration

Hi friends!

Can I take a second to appreciate Mindy Lahiri? Queen of the pattern blocking!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Summer Fabric Binge!

Oh, hello there, I'm back! I've barely posted anything in ages. In the last year I've started going to the gym again and also joined a big band. I'm so grateful to be playing again but I've barely got time to sew anymore!

I recently finished my first garment in ages (I'll be posting pics soon). I've got the sewing bug again so last week I made a significant fabric purchase! Nothing like a fabric binge to get those creative juices flowing.

As always, I'm sticking to I love the detail they include in their descriptions, they're always responsive to questions and helpful and I trust them!

Below is a roundup of the fabric that I ordered and my sewing plans.

Pleated skirt:

Since I made a few floral pleated skirts last summer (this one and this one), I've had a hankering for one with horizontal stripes. Look at this delicious silk I ordered!

I will use the same pleat measurements (I can't really call it a pattern) as the floral skirts but I think I'm going to not have the top of the pleat stitched together. The inverted box pleats will open right at the waistband, rather than a few inches below, to make it look more like the inspiration pic above.

Paneled sheath dress:

I wear my two self-drafted princess seamed sheath dresses (whew, what a mouthful! They're here and here) so much! They're perfect for the office and I always get so many compliments. I'm going to use this cotton sateen I bought to make a version with contrast panels like the pic below.

So many more pants!

I love the floral pants that I made so much that I must have MOAR!

I'm going to make a floral jersey version using this delicious rayon.

Inspiration pic:

And a tribal jersey version:

Kinda like this:

I have a road trip coming up in August, so I'm planning to basically live in these.

Something else!

I also bought this fabric because I have been eyeing it since the got it in. I got the last piece!

I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to make with it. Maybe something like this?

This fabric is polyester which I usually avoid like the plague but fuck it. YOLO. Now I'm thinking I might make one of those dresses that looks like a separate skirt and blouse, with this panel fabric on the top and some cute pink tweed (never thought I would be considering cute pink tweed) on the bottom. Not sure if cute pink tweed is really my thing, though.

So basically

I can't wait to sew up a storm! Also, some friends got married and in one week we're going to to a fairly formal dinner to celebrate (the groom will be wearing a tux). I would love to make a glamorous jumpsuit (even more surprising to me than the pink tweed! Major charachter development here on Wardrobe Dysfunction, TBH) but I'm not sure I have the time. What should I do? Do you think I would get lots of use out of something like this?

GEORGIA MAY JAGGER (Valentino, £2,250): I think this is just ghastly. Georgia May, who looks eerily like Kate Moss rather than her mother, in a jumpsuit made of nude lace; surely the most overused, ubiquitous,  doily-like fabric in human history

I mean, I definitely would, right?