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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.

Monday, 31 August 2020

Learning to fly

 Hi Friends!

So, historically, I haven't had a lot of confidence making pants. Partly, it's a fitting issue and partly, it's a construction issue. I've taken a stab at it a few times over the years and my results have mostly been lackluster. Whether they turned out to be unflattering, or uncomfortable (read perma-wedgie!) or just sorta not very sturdy, I didn't ever knock it out of the park.

One big hurdle was always the construction of the fly. It's complicated! And I really have a hard time picturing how it'll all come together until it's done and at that point, any adjustments that are needed are just too much of a headache to want to bother with.

But! inspired by some of the great 80s looks in Call Me By Your Name, this summer I took the plunge and actually spent time getting all the skills in place to make some funky shorts!

Adorable Marzia and her super-cute look! The great print that Elio is rocking! Heaven. I knew I needed in on this and I knew I needed to be able to make a fly to do it.

Of course, I could have used an existing pattern made by a professional to learn how to make a fly, but what fun would that be? I'm not sure if this is really the case but I kind of felt like to really understand flies, I had to draft one. Especially since off-the-shelf patterns never fit, so I knew I would be drafting the shorts pattern from scratch (or nearly from scratch), so yeah...

Actually, drafting the pieces themselves wasn't that hard. Because all the little bits are more utilitarian than about fit or look, so they're pretty basic!

My first attempt was using the drafting and construction instructions from the classic Patternmaking for Fashion Design. This was a learning experience, let me tell you. The instructions in PFD include a part of the fly drafted as part of the actual front of one side of the garment, but I didn't want to do that (no particular reason, just contrary). So I just sort of improvised. As a result (of that or maybe it was something else), the fronts ended up really uneven.

Functionally, quite good! but you can see the left side is reduced by about 1/4" more than the left side. 

Next, I tried using that old chestnut, Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing

I'm going to level with you. I don't remember why I wasn't happy with these instructions and I didn't even take a pic of the result, but yeah, it wasn't the magic bullet I was looking for. 

Luckily, I struck pay dirt! I think I saw something posted on IG and followed a link to discover a youtube sew-along video that I would end up using to construct my shorts. I liked this video so much that I created my own "playlist" to save it, so I would always be able to find it again next time I work up the energy to make a garment with a fly.

OMG so good!

Here's the final muslin before I cut it out in the actual fabric. So satisfying!

Well, I guess I'll leave it there for now. there are a bunch more details about these shorts that I'll include when I post the pics of the final garment. I just wanted to do this as a separate post because I'm so glad I finally got over my fear of making a fly! It was a good little lockdown project.

Are you confident about making a fly? What are your favorite resources that you learned from?