Everyone is putting up inspiration photos and planning out spring sewing.
I can put up some inspiration photos, and some I just find plain fascinating, but I'm at the point where I need to not plan too far ahead in my sewing. I'm coming off 9 mos of PLANNED sewing, and I want some spontaneity right now. I want to sew what the spirit moves me to sew.
That is likely to change on a daily basis.
And, I still have something like 30 garments to get made for my sister in swift succession.
Anyway, on to some eye candy and then todays project:
The dress on the left is in the University of Virginia's Collection of Historic Dress
(do go take a minute to look at the collection. total Eye candy.)
The dress on the right is on the cover of the current issue of Cadena, the Spanish fashion magazine that sells fabrics through Fishmans here in the US. (those links may or may not work, I've edited so many times they don't look right anymore)
Tuleh dress that is on my radar. I think I know exactly which fabric I'm going to use.
I'm thinking this silk chiffon/satin stripe print that I picked up in Traverse City before I moved here will work beautifully.
I'm finally settling down to not fighting my figure but sewing what I know works on my shape - and this is one. Like the pattern? It's vintage 1980's. I'm seeing a lot of 80's influence on the runways now.
Next up is This Bottega Veneta that has been on my radar too since it walked the runway. How nice of KnipMode to reproduce the pattern, and many thanks to Sigrid for pointing the way there to me.
It's very reminiscent of a dress that I made in 1979-1980(?) out of lemon yellow Qiana. I wore that dress until it fell apart. I loved it. And, I've looked high and low without success, trying to find the pattern. I must have let go of it somewhere along the line. Well, I was lamenting this fact to my friend Sharron earlier this week, and what did she do, but call me back 4 hours later saying she had it in her pattern stash - uncut still in factory folds in the envelope. WooHoo! I'm seeing her Friday morning (oh, that's tomorrow) and picking it up from her.
Meanwhile, I'm taking a sewing day for me today. (I'll still finish hand sewing in the lining tonight on my sisters jacket, but today, It's all about ME).
In the washer right now, on delicate setting, is the Anna Sui silk gauze that many of us got from Fabric Mart when they had all that fabric for $4.99/yd
Well, if you have a piece of it, I'm here to tell you that I'm very disappointed, upon getting it out to work with it today - to find that the print is seriously off-grain.
There is a reason those fabrics were selling so cheaply. (and there is a reason that 90% of my stash is Not cheap fabric).
I pulled a thread this morning, and evened up the edges to check grain. This is how far off the print register is.
this is an odd piece. I've never worked with anything quite like it.
the yarns are crimped, much like the yarns used to weave crepe
But the weave structure is plain
and fairly open, creating a fairly sheer fabric.
I'll let you know at the end of the day what I've decided to do with it.