Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The bride-to-be came over tonight to have her measurements taken. I think I am as giddy as she is! At first I thought she wanted the kimono sleeve version of this Stephanie James dress, but it's the corset bodice look she going for (see above). The base pattern for the project will be Simplicity no 4070 (a big shout out to the helpful folks at Pattern Review who helped me with the pattern suggestions!).
Right now I see three challenges that needs to be figured out:
- How to make the hem scalloped. The bottom is a circle skirt with scallop edging, but you can't get scallops all around when making a circle skirt. So what is the best way to get lace scallop all around? Melissa (who owns the book Bridal couture) suggested that I attach the scallop edging separately. Another option I am pondering is using gores, maybe 8-10 or even more?
Any ideas on the best method?
- The tulle lining. Should it be a separate skirt or attached to the dress?
- The ribbon organza embellishment. We suspect it's made of real silk, but the only organza ribbon that the bride-to-be found in notion stores was synthetic. And it shows! It just doesn't look as refined as the original. Plus the original ribbon has an ombre look, that looks hand dyed. Is there such a thing as silk organza ribbons? Or do I have to cut it by hand?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I don't have much to say tonight, probably because I have written four articles for my day job today and must have run out of words! But I still wanted to show the striped top that I made this weekend.
I think it's time for me to start thinking about spring and warmer weather so expect to see a bit more colour on this blog from now on!
The shirt is also availble in my Etsy shop.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Remember the quiz show that I talked about ages ago? Well tomorrow morning I am heading to the tv-studio to film it. I don't know when it's going to be telivised, they shoot a whole weeks worth of shows in just one day. And if worse comes to worse I will only be on for a few minutes (if I fail to make it through the first round). I suppose you can't see the show outside of Sweden, but I will at least supply some screen shots and goofy captions here on the blog!
Anyhow, they sent me a long list with instructions on how to pick clothes for the cameras and apparently neither stripes, dots, white or black is recommended - which rules out about 2/3 of my wardobe! I guess dots and stripes don't work well with the camera and black and white makes you look "plain". Instead they advised me to "dress colourful" which is going to be tricky, since I wear mostly neutrals and I don't want to stand there like a lightning rod, just because I'm on tv. So I need to decide on that today. Right now I am leaning towards this blouse, hope the print is not too busy for the cameras.
I'll be back tomorrow with a report on how it went and hopefully I can sneak in some mobile pics from the set. Don't know how regulated it will be. See you tomorrow!
A note for Swedish readers. The show is Vem vet mest? med Rickard Olsson. They are apparently always on the lookout for female contestants, so if you are a female and up for some quiz show appearances you can apply for it on their homepage.
Monday, January 18, 2010
In between watching the premiere episode of the new season of Project Runway (yay! it looks very promising) and my new "guilty pleasure" The City (it's in New York, it's about the fashion world, - what can I say?) I have been a busy sewing bee the last few days. My latest knit top is a new version of this design . It's done in organic unbleached cotton jersey, the best I have ever got my hands on, it's silky soft and falls beautifully. I even managed to score some matching ribbing in organic cotton, so I am a very happy camper today.
It's available in my Etsy store and currently included in a Treasury (Etsy's user curated galleries). Go check that one out, because the curator has put together a very clever mix, where I share place with some very desirable vintage wallpaper tools (honest!) and a cool screen printed camera diagram amongst other lovely stuff.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Maybe I'll jinx it by announcing it in my blog but I have been asked to make a bridal dress. And yes it's the full monty with a corset top, precious lace, hand sewn embellishments and layers of tulle! I have done two corsets in my days, but that was 15 years ago, so this will definitely be a handful for me. But I do thrive on challenges. I know several of you readers are much more savvy with formal wear than I am so I will probably shout out to you regularly throughout this process!
The dress she wants is inspired by this dress (okay, a knock-off really) from Stephanie James couture. Though I have been married, wedding dresses are alien territory to me. I had a simple courthouse wedding and wore jeans, a vintage cardigan and a tank top (but it was made in silk!). So this is going to be one big learning venture, that's for sure. Maybe I should do some undercover research in bridal stores?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Sorry for the radio silence, internet in our neighborhood went bust last week and our ISP is clearly incapable of fixing it in a timely manner. So today I went to work extra early to publish a blogpost before the work day begin.
So what to do when you suddenly don’t have internet to spend your days away with? Well mostly I have been annoyed, but I have also taken up embroidery. I bought this amazing soft wool rib knit fabric a few weeks ago but didn’t quite know what do with it. But then I had what I thought was a stroke of genius – I could embroider it with a cross-stitch motif. The reality of the plan was however much more grueling, doing cross-stitches on a super stretchy knit is no picnic. I used one of those removable embroidery grids that I picked up in a charity shop a while ago, but those strands proved to be really hard to remove.
Love the scarf though, having this kind of crafted details does add a certain something to the scarf. And the end result shows that it’s totally doable to embroider knit this way, though it won’t look as exact and symmetrical as on woven fabrics.