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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Love Shack(et)

 Hi friends :)

I get so many compliments on my new schacket! I love when that happens!

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Lola L-O-L-A Lola

 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!

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?