Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vogue 8088 with short sleeves

I had a large piece of linen-blend fabric in a citron colour in my stash, waiting for inspiration. I decided that Vogue 8088 with short sleeves and interesting embellishments would be great. I took the two piece sleeve pattern and pinned the back of sleeve seam, then cut it in one piece to a 6 inch underarm seam length.
The embellishment is two ribbons, and fabric stitched in place, and then bronze hot-fx squares attached in random pattern. The result is light and artsy. I love it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Simply Cute Skirt

Sweet little birdy, loves to pull fibre from my knitting! Just like a baby, everything goes into her mouth! Seems she likes mohair, the current yarn on my needles.

This is a cute new skirt. A wrap skirt pattern, fastened with button on the inside of the waistband, and decorative metal clips on the hip. The clips allow the wrap to stay closed, even when sitting. I find sometimes the wrap style skirt can gape when sitting. This is a good solution! The clips are sold in the button section of the fabric store.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shorts and Cool Dress

I have spent the day in the sewing room. I finished three pairs of shorts! The shorts are very simple at the top, no pockets, no waistband, no belt loops, and a back zipper... designed to lie flat and smooth under hip length tops.

The only thing to make them different is the hemline detail, so I did some fun things with plackets and buttons...

and with a cargo style patch pocket cut on the opposite grain.

I also made a loose fitting tee shirt dress, from a two way stretch cotton, lycra navy-white pin stripe. The pattern is a really cool Vogue (1234) that has a seriously interesting construction that shows off the stripes in lots of different directions. The instructions are well thought out, and easy to follow, although this is NOT a beginner pattern!
I decided to make a matching belt that is just 2 inch strips, braided and sewn to a snap buckle. The fabric is so stretchy it fits perfectly. Very pleased with this dress!

What a great sewing day it has been... :)