mercredi 28 septembre 2011

Dresses galore

Let's get straight to the point: I haz pictures -finally!- of dresses I've recently made. First another trompe l'oeil dress, navy crepe for the top and white suiting tergal for the bottom:

Then my first two-coulour dress WORN (thanks to my Baby):

And two dresses I made for my mama, the R design from the latest SDB in white cotton veil and tropical blue rayon:

And an umpteenth version of her favourite dress, this time in cotton toile de jouy:

Last but not least you should have a look at this, so many beauties to see and so much inspiration! That's it, see you!

samedi 24 septembre 2011

A trip down memory lane

Growing up in the nineties my favourite designers were those who mixed florals with polka dots, bold colours and abstract prints, the Lacroix, Scherrer and Ungaro.

I was fascinated by the glamourous, joyful and self confident persona the models projected in their dreamy dresses and super cute cocktail suits and had sworn that I too would wear these as soon as I had escaped the torments of adolescence and the dress code of local schools. So these days when I'm a grumpy ageing b***h and I sneer at the younger girls' addiction to clothes and accessories I remind myself that fashion helped me throughout my teenage years and that looking forward to seeing the next collections in the magazines was the only thing that got me out of bed many mornings!
All this to tell you that I've made yet another rectangle skirt, this time with a most amazing polysilk that wouldn't have clashed in my designers' défilés :)

And this fabric screams nineties so much that I heard Supertramp's You win, I lose the second I spotted it:

See you!

vendredi 16 septembre 2011

I'm on a roll

All I can think of these days -apart from the usual- is DRESSES! I'm particularly happy with my latest creation because it's super cute and it helped me reduce my stash since it's made from remnants. Here's the thing:

The skirt is a basic dirndl in navy cotton with belt salvaged from two previously failed garments and the bodice is the SDB 4 N top (again!) in a remnant of printed cotton I used for this top.

I took a pic of the inside of the dress to show you I was able to get rid of some brown bias tape that just lay there and yellow bits of cotton to finish the armholes and neckline. Even the waist stay is old gros grain I had had in my stash for years, the only purchased thing is the zipper but I don't really mind :) Have a nice weekend and see you!

dimanche 4 septembre 2011

My little green dress

You know I'm so glad I haven't said in a previous post that I don't like wearing dresses made from one single colour/print because now I'd have a difficult time justifying the fact that I've been wearing this several days every week^^:

I LOVE this dress! I've modified the pattern to the SDB 4 N top to make it, I've gotten rid of the gathers and extended the bottom into an A-line skirt and added 5 rows of shirring at the waist and that was it. The fabric is medium weight polyester, it's easy to trace, cut and sew and it doesn't require ironing (!!!!!) but it is full of static electricity and clings to the body like crazy if I don't wear a half slip underneath. I like this fabric so much I bought some mustard, ruby red and peach for future projects :)
Actually I also had it in electric blue and made a quick dress for a date with baby using an old Burda magazine pattern, it doesn't look bad but I was a in a hurry when I sewed it and I think it shows:

See? The hem is uneven and the side zipper is wrinkly, so I will probably unpick them and do them again. I added a modesty panel to the original pattern because it's supposed to be a jumper and a side zip because I didn't use a stretch fabric as advised.
See you!