so I've had this white cotton eyelet forever, just waiting for the perfect summer project to put it into. So here we are: I designed this top and drafted the pattern a couple weeks ago, but all the hand-sewn bias took forever.
details: blouse is unlined, except for lined yoke. Top part of yoke is sheer ivory net, and bottom has stitching detail and (flat, not corded) piping. Everything is trimmed with 1/4-inch bias that I made from some red printed cotton. It has a shirt-tail hem, and oh yeah - it ties in the back at the neck. =)
so my mother got this fabric for me years ago at a garage sale for Habitat for Humanity (she also scored me 5 yards of navy silk dupioni, so I think it evened out). It was really not my taste - too bright, too crazy, and polyester to boot - but I hung onto to it because, well, it was from Mom. =) But I finally came up with something fun to make out of it, since loud patterns seem to be everywhere these days. So, I give you the loud* shirt!
*note: yeah, I know, loud is a relative term. But this print is pretty loud for me! I usually wear neutrals! =)
details (if yer interested): empire seamed, gathered bust, side zip w/hook, trim is cotton twill tape. sleeves are puff, but slit over top of arm (and gathered underneath along twill tape ties). Length of neck ties to be decided. =)
whaddya think my public speaking students will say? will they run for the door, or just laugh?
I am FINALLY getting some of my recons done this summer AND getting my "I want a new wardrobe for fall!" fix at the same time. I had two old (holes worn through) cashmere sweaters that had been my boyfriend's. I fulled them in the wash, then used the good parts (the backs, and two sleeves) to make this. I lined it with some blue knit cotton leftover from another project - I thought this would give the sweater more structure, and trimmed the edges with home-made bias tape (also to give structure). The sleeves are kind of bubbley/origami-esque. I might tack the extra down into a tuck with a button, but I haven't decided yet. There is a leather tab that slips over one of the brass poppy buttons at the neck to open/close. What do you think?
back (yes, the hem dips down in front)
Here's the tutorial that was requested. If you have other questions, feel free to ask! =) (apologies if this pic is big)
hello, hello! Yesterday was the Swedish celebration of Midsommar and I *just* managed to finish this in time. I originally designed this skirt as a dress, thinking the panels over the hips and gathering underneath could make a neat drop-waist silhouette, but I just couldn't get it to work without a seam at the waist. So I cut it off and only recently went back to work. There is a center back seam with a hidden zipper and hook-and-eye closure, skirt is unlined, and all the embroidery is in cotton. Since my pictures are large for my craft blog, I'm only going to post a couple here, but if you would like to read more about my colour choices and where I got the flower pattern, come visit me at Pacific Rain!
back - the "seam" you see is embroidery over the edge of the side panel. (sorry, blurry!)
as always, all questions and comments appreciated! cheers!
Once again, you can blame Anthropologie for this. =) Their PRINT catalogue this spring left me feeling that my wardrobe was inadequately UN-printed. Enter: the lightweight summer top! The floral is a silky lightweight bit I got in a swap. I'm assuming it's a poly or maybe a rayon? The navy trim is silk dupioni, which ended up anchoring the lightweight fabric really nicely. The top is really simple, just pulls on, nice and loose for hot days.
the only interesting detail here are the straps, which I designed to arc inward from the shoulders, kind of like a racer-back look on the front. It took quite a lot of drafting to finally design it so it would lay smoothly, but I'm glad I did:
and the back
questions/comments always welcome and very much appreciated!
Anyone feel like weighing in? I picked this Lux top up for a song at one of those great post-holiday sales at Urban, but it needed something. It is sheer, with an opaque vertical stripe, sleeveless, deep V, a little drawstring gathers under the bust for an empire line. So, I worked this poppy (inspired by a drapery print in an Anthro catalogue in 2004) in satin stitch, french knots, and basketweave. I've been thinking... maybe I'll do a little more - like shadows/silhouettes of poppies/leaves in muted taupes and dusky blues (to mellow the palette a little, so it has that bleached summer feeling), continuing on either side under the empire seaming. or should I stop now? It's for my Midsommer celebration, so I have some time left ... help me decide?
woo! I received from sneeg on saturday! I have been sick all weekend, and these fingerless gloves definitely cheered me up. I've had chills, so they have actually come in handy despite the 80-degree temps! get your wisting fingers ready!
don't I have the weirdest, smallest pinky fingers ever?
hey! Nyxxie hasn't had a chance to post pics, but invited me to do so, so here's what I sent her! She was super awesome and gave me full freedom to play and make a wisty-inspired surprise (sorry the pics are so big):
my dress form isn't quite the right size, but you get the idea!
If you're one for details, like me: it's an 8-panel, unboned, underbust back-laced corselet. It's lined with a darker pink canvas (for strength, since it's unboned). I embroidered it with a nautical-tattoo-inspired swallow and five styles of stars.
I also whipped up some pink dangly earrings, but I forgot to take a pic, oops!
woof, I am SO glad I finished in time - I've been embroidering for almost two weeks! I'm popping this in the mail tomorrow for the OWS #20, but I am so excited with how it turned out that I wanted to share. I promised knitting_nyxxie a wisty surprise after I saw she had a peachy-pink underbust corset and smicksy's lovely bird tree corset on her wist. Here's what I came up with (starting with Roethke's corset tut, and then altering freely):
my form's not quite the same size, but you get it. I used sailor/nautical tattoos for the stars. There are 5 different styles sprinkled across it. The lining (which you can't see) is a nice heavy linen/cotton canvas in a deeper pink colour.
back lacing with steel grommets and blue ribbon
I'm so in love with it, I'm sorry to see it go! I hope it fits, I haven't played with this pattern before! And I really hope nyxxie likes it ... what do you think?