Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tank from the Loes Hinse Tank Dress Group Pattern


Another remnant project. I used this fabric last year for a project that didn't work out and had just enough to sew this tank. The fabric is another Textile Studios purchase--a woven rayon with some texture.

 I have made this pattern several times before in both dress and tank versions.


However, I wanted the back to have a little bit more coverage so I don't always need to wear racer back underpinnings. My test worked so it's onward with other versions of this pattern!

The SewWest Closet: old black jeans from Ross, the Foster Grants, and Th!nk Birkenstock-style sandals (also old but I'll hate to give these up when they're worn out).




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Look 6892



OMG, I'm loving this peasant blouse! I've been looking for a peasant blouse pattern since they're on-trend right now. This pattern came together very easily and features multiple views for a variety of looks.




This one was kind of an experiment, so I used some rayon that I bought as a remnant from Denver Fabrics. It has a rumpled texture, so is perfect for warm weather.

The pattern uses bias tape for the casings but I just serged the raw edges to finish, turned under, and stitched the casings just wide enough for the 1/4" elastic to go through. Faster and much less bulk to worry about. For the cuffs, I used some lace seam binding left over from another project. I liked the ruffly cuffs but may change to a simple casing for the next long sleeved version as they are not terribly practical.

The SewWest Closet: the black jeans are old from Ross and the platforms are by Vigotti. Foster Grants again!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Textile Studio Basic Top

I've been fooling around with this pattern and have already posted 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve versions. But it's summer--short sleeves come in very handy in the heat and as layering pieces.


For this round, I've been working on adjustments to eliminate shoulder pad ease. I think I've just about got it, although I'd like the sleeve cap to be higher on my shoulder. So that's the next round of adjustments.

Because I'm experimenting, I used a remnant of Kaffe Fassett rayon from Fabric.com that was left over from this Simplicity 2416 skirt that I made several years ago. I haven't been able to locate any more Kaffe rayons since then, only cottons. Since the top was a success, I now have coordinates that work together as a dress (with the addition of a sash that I also made from remnants), or with other garments.


FYI, that circle on the left front is actually lower in real life than it appears in the picture! :)

I'll definitely be playing with this pattern some more in the future since it's a quick make and a wardrobe builder.

The SewWest Closet: the shoes are B.O.C. by Born. Sunglasses by Foster Grant?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Quartet of T-Shirts

I hesitated to even post these because you've seen a ton of Kwik Sew 2565 T-Shirts on this blog. But I live in Ts, and I've been remiss in posting again, so here are the latest from my TNT pattern of all time.

The first three are from the now-defunct Textile Studios. I can't swear to it, but I know I bought several fabrics from there when they were going out of business.

The first one is made of a double layered synthetic that has dimensional flowers cut from the top layer that are tacked down to a base for a tattered effect.I'm still in the process of doing some additional tacking on the machine just in case. The neckband is a mystery knit that I found in the stash. It's kind of a swimsuit type of knit but I'm really not sure where it came from.


 The next two are ITY knits and were easy to work with.




The fabric from this one came from either JoAnn's or Hancock's some years ago. It's knit in a subtle Asian design as well as having the print. Long sleeves work well at the office even though it's very hot here. The air conditioning indoors can be quite cold! We're wearing red on Fridays to support a co-worker who's overseas with the National Guard, so that's another reason I used this fabric. 


I have three more short sleeved T-shirts cut out and ready to be made from this pattern; all are solids that came from Gorgeous Fabrics. They go together quickly, so it's good to have them ready if the urge to sew hits. 

And here's another picture of the pattern that I used. It's long discontinued but a classic look.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Oscar de la Renta at the deYoung, Part 4

Are you still with me? It wouldn't be Oscar de la Renta without ball gowns and red carpet.






The final gallery featured gowns that had been worn by celebrities. From left to right: Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz, and Nicki Minaj.


Some closer looks...





Thanks for your indulgence in looking at all these fabulous garments. I just loved the show and had to share it with you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oscar de la Renta at the deYoung, Part 3

Gardens were important to Oscar de la Renta, both in the US and his island home. This featured garments influenced by gardens and flowers.








Saturday, April 16, 2016

Oscar de la Renta at the deYoung, Part 2

Oscar de la Renta was from the Dominican Republic, so his work was strongly influenced by Spain.







He was also inspired by Asia, 





and Russia.