Thursday, December 10, 2015

Colette's Wren Dress

Another perfect Colette Pattern: the Wren!
You can find the pattern here: https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/wren

The pattern is for knit fabric making it a perfect comfortable easy slip on and go dress!
I added about 6 inches of width in the front three panels at the hemline and tapered up to natural waistline so that it would be less form fitting in the front.
I LOVE this thistle print on this lovely thick knit fabric by Anna Marie Horner.
I added long sleeves for the perfect knit dress winter wear!!!!!
"Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!!!!
Let it sew, Let it sew, Let it sew!!!!!!!"

Willow Tunics

Winter Willow Tunics from Serendipity Studio.
HOO HOO HOOO. These owls are so cute!!! The fabric is cotton double gauze - the softest fabric ever!
It has a side zipper my favorite.
I added one side pocket for my phone.
This is the wearable muslin.
I made a curved hemline. This is an easy pattern and something very practical for my life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sophia Dress

The Sophia Dress is simply divine!!!!!!
 This is a pattern from By Hand London: http://byhandlondon.com/products/sophia-dress
 I LOVE this pattern!!! It fit me right off with only one muslin and tinny changes.
 The pattern is so cool, unique, and modern with darts that form a v. Easy to sew, fun to see the new and different way the bodice comes together, and a great fit for my body!
 My sister brought me the silk from china and I lined the bodice with a black silk habotai. 
 I used a six paneled skirt different from the pattern because I wanted to leave the floral print of the fabric as undisturbed by sewing lines as possible. 
 I also made a silk Bolero to go with the dress fro cooler days: The Bolero pattern is from Sew Chic:http://www.sewchicpatterns.com/victory.html. I love the way the V of the darts form a diamond with the arc of the bolero.
 Ff course, being silk the dress feels like heaven and moves with grace!
By Hand London Sophia Dress:http://byhandlondon.com/products/sophia-dress 

"Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into 
the conversation....All the birds
and the creatures of the world are unutterably
 themselves. Everything is waiting for you."
David Whyte 

Christine's Ceylon Dress

Oh my poor neglected blog! Happily I have been sewing just not blogging!
 This is a ceylon dress I made for my wonderful friend Christine.
 I used Colette's Pattern https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/ceylon. Funny how you can be friends with someone for millions of years but not until I sewed this dress for her did I realize how petit she is - less than a size 0! I used the sleeve from Colette's Macaron dress because I liked how the scallop of that Macaron Dress echos the neckline.
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 Christine is a fabulous landscape oil painter and she chose this lovely cotton with a print os deer, leaves and flowers. I loved working with it to get interesting ways in which the print lined up.
 I lined the dress with silk because it is a quilting cotton. The fabric is Amy Butler http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/amy_butler/bright_heart/oh_deer_in_plum. I love Amy Butler prints and Hawthorn Threads is a great place to get nice fabric.
 I also made a bolero to go with the dress. The pattern is from Sew Chic: http://www.sewchicpatterns.com/victory.html.

"So much of the satisfaction of life is in taking risks for the thing you love." Rod Maclver

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Red Cambie-Vogue Combo

I have always wished I had a red dress and here it is!
The bodice is the Cambie dress from Sewaholic Patterns:

 I love it so much that I think this may be the beginning of a series of red dresses!
 The Cambie bodice seems to fit me better than any bodice I have ever done! I LOVE the sweetheart neckline, the gathered front sleeve, and the built-in-belt!
 The skirt is fabulous with lining of each layer so that it moves and feels great. I used a bemberg lining which has that smooth silky feel of rayon.
 The belt gives my Aria Babylock a chance to strut her stuff and show off a little of how well she sings!
I used a red cotton/ linen blend that is a deliciously saturated red and soft to the touch which I found in Denver CO. at the Fancy Tiger: https://www.fancytigercrafts.com/fabric/moda/linen-mochi-solid/mochi-solid-red. YAY! Fancy tiger now has an online store so I can find other fabrics I need!
"When one thing dies all things
die together, and must live again
in a different way,
when one thing
is missing everything is missing, 
and must be found again
in a new whole
and everything wants to be complete,
everything wants to go home
and the geese traveling south
are like the shadow of my breath
flying into the darkness
on great heart-beats
to an unknown land where I belong."
David Whyte

Monday, July 6, 2015

Kristen's Wedding Dress

WOW! I finally complete Kristen's wedding dress that I have been working on for the last 2 months!
A thoroughly GLAMOROUS bride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 The bride chose a 1953 Halter Evening Gown from Eva Dress Patterns http://www.evadress.com/S4270.html 
 The lace was not part of the pattern but was an exquisite collaboration of the bride's and my imaginations. 
 She told me she wanted a key-hole back so I took off about 7 inches from the lower back and created this elegant back opening with some luxuriously soft venice lace.
 She is absolutely the most stunning bride I have ever seen!
The most luminous bride!!!!!!
In the front I attached the lace to the halter strap of the dress.
 In the back I was able to attach the lace to the dress under her arms creating a lace sleeve.
Breathtakingly radiant 
A DIVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now off to join with the groom!
I cannot do justice in words to the INCREDIBLE DEEPLY SATURATED BEAUTY I witnessed this day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 She SANG her vows to her beloved with the most full bodied voice and romantic devoted words I have EVER heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 The bride and Groom were so generous to allow 4 camera men, another camera woman and myself to follow them through the field after the ceremony for pictures.
 The dress moved and flowed gracefully as she walked.
 I was truly blessed to witness the most tender
  most privately affectionate
 most invocative prayerfulness
 most awe-inspiring glorious
 most high-spirited playfulness
 most heavenly divine
 released ecstatic joy 
 most sincere openness
 most devoted compassion
 most ravishingly lovely
 most harmonious sweetness
 most heartwarmingly faith-filled
 most surrendered affectionate
most gentle, loving
 most genuinely honest
 most delight-filled
 most kindhearted
 most rapturous euphoric
most magnificent marriage EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!