Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two Boylston Bras

My first two gorgeous silk and lace Boylston Bras!!!!!!
 I have never had such beautiful, luxurious, elegant & sexy bras!!!!!!!!
It is as satisfying as making my own jeans!!!!!!!
I used the most amazing sandwashed silk and stunning lace. This silk was scraps from my Hummingbird Ribbon Shirt. http://www.sewgadenzia.com/2016/05/my-hummingbird-ribbon-shirt.html
Again I am grateful to Lauren's Boylston Bra sew-along that I followed step by step https://lladybird.com/?s=boylston&submit=Search.

I changed the pattern in several ways by; making two pieces of the upper cup so that I could add scalloped lace only to the inside of the upper cup. This is more comfortable because it leaves no lace to rub on the underarm. I shortened the fabric part of the bra strap because I had the feeling that the strap would slide off my shoulder when I lean down to one side.
I changed it so that ALL the seams are hidden inside by adding a lining of the same unbelievably  sumptuous feel of sandwashed silk on my skin.
I  used a bra cup but did not add underwires because I do not like how they feel. And I took an inch length off the frame and added it to the back band to give it more room for power mesh so that it has more stretch capabilities.
The pink Boylston Bra I made first and thus it has all the mistakes I made on it so that in the end it is too small!😞
I used beautiful hand dyed silk so you can imagine what a bummer it was to find out it didn't fit in the end. The red one is a size bigger and has all the changes that I learned by making this one. NOW I will PIN ON THE BAND and HOOK & EYE, HOLD IT ROUND MY CHEST to see if it fits BEFORE  sewing the band on. If it appears like it will be too small I can always lengthen my power mesh pieces.
"There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
spirit on the body."
Rumi

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Owl Blessing Dress

I made a dress to bless the owls!
 I designed a simple princess seam knit dress that is comfortable and flattering.
 With block printing.
Here is Colette's inspiration and tips on block printing:https://blog.colettehq.com/inspiration/creating-a-block-print-lily-5-tips-tricks
 Also with side pockets because I always need to carry the cell phone.
"Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."
David whyte

Saturday, January 14, 2017

First Ever Bra - Watson!

I an SO EXCITED about my first bra I ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My dear Watson http://clothhabit.com/watson-sew-along/ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 I am in love! I didn't even do a muslin! But I couldn't have done it without Lauren's GREAT HELPFUL blog posts https://lladybird.com/2015/09/15/completed-blue-lace-watson-bra/ and her tips on bra making https://lladybird.com/2015/08/28/bramaking-tips-tricks-ive-learned-along-the-way/ !!!!!!!!! Lauren has been my inspiration and so so so helpful as I have learned to sew!!!!!!!!!!! 
It fits me perfect! Much better than it fits my red girl! And, still I did make some alterations; 
The sewing is far from perfect but I had to do some figurando in order to make it to my specs. I have always hated the scratchy feel of lace, seams, and some elastics so I covered the cradle seams and side seams on the inside with a nice soft strip of white knit fabric. This is why you can see two rows of topstitching on the cradle instead of one row. 
I put in bra cups and covered that with the opaque stable bra lining whichI also used for the cradle lining. 
 I didn't have the proper underarm elastic and so I used a decorative elastic and folded it over the seam. My seam would have been too fat folded over (as is in the directions) because of the bit of bra cup that was in the seam. 

I got my bra making supplies from Bra Makers Supply https://braandcorsetsupplies.com.
AND I just ordered some more supplies from https://www.etsy.com/shop/TailorMadeShoppe?ref=pr_faveshops  and beautiful stretch lace from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LingerieFabrics?ref=pr_faveshops for my next bras.
Sweet Darkness
"....The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all other worlds
except the one to which you belong."
David Whyte

Friday, October 21, 2016

Running Rain and Wind Jacket

Finally I made a jacket that is great wind and rain proof for running in the mornings!
 This is from a mcCall's pattern #7026.

 I Love the style lines on this pattern.



"I want to know
 what I am
and what I am
involved with by loving
this world
as I do"
David whyte

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Natural Dyed Tee Block Printed Tee and Skirt

Fall - The most beautiful time of year!
A tee-shirt is dyed with cochineal and block printed.


  
I love doing this block printing!
 It's Apple season!
 The tee-shirt is organic cotton and hemp knit fabric.
 The skirt is a commercial dyed knit fabric.
"Hold to your own truth
at the center of the image
you were born with."
David Whyte

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Alameda Dress and Blue Corn Harvest

I love the style lines of this dress!
 The Alameda dress is a pattern by Pauline Alice http://www.paulinealicepatterns.com/alameda-dress
 It has princess seam bodice, wist-line belt, front pockets, and a flounce at the bottom of the skirt! All qualities that I love!
 I harvested my corn today and the colors of this dress are somewhat similar to the corn.
I used a light weight linen fabric and lined the dress with silk. 

 Every year I am AMAZED by the beauty of the corn!
 I lengthened the top part of the skirt about 8 inches! 
 It would have been a very short skirt which I plan to do on a different dress.

I am once again blessed with a beautiful harvest!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Natural Dyed, Block Printed, Self Drafted, Clothes

Here are some clothes I drafted, dyed with natural dyes, and block printed.
 I love this open back on this shirt!
 I used cochineal dye.





 I made all of these cloths with organic cotton knit.
 This is dyed with sandalwood.

 With my peach tree behind full of peaches!






 More cochineal dye.




 This is dyed with cutch - the heartwood of the acacia tree.










 Again more cochineal dye.





 I love the way the dye makes movement!