Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dress Form - OH How Awesome It Is!

I wanted to show a quick example of how awesome it is to have a copy of yourself in a dress from. I drafted a pattern, but somehow it came out way bigger than I calculated. When I put it on, it was all over the place, and since it's extremely difficult to do a fitting on yourself, my fitting partner came up clutch. I threw it on, pinned it [since it is a tiny bit larger than your actual size [inevitable, as when cast, you still breathe and the cast will expand], when pinned snugly, it actually gives ease on the body], marked it up and the pattern was ready to go.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More Cowbell!

As I wrote in one of my previous entries, my wedding dress was selected to be in the Sew in Love competition. However, the selectors felt that it needed something more [we love your dress, but we want you to completely change it..HA!]. As they made comments, in my head I kept thinking "No, no, no, next, no." But to appease them I added cap sleeves and a fuller skirt, which I felt would do the trick. At the follow-up meeting, a new selector came in [without any previous knowledge of the original look] and said that "Is that it? It needs more drama." To which I replied, "This dress is an understated luxury, it's light and moves beautifully when worn by a person, not a stiff form." It's not about all the bells, whistles and bows; all that would detract from what this dress is meant to portray. But boy was she relentless: "More drama, more drama, really explore the drama." I feel that I can take criticism well, when it's constructive and helpful, but this...I left annoyed.

I am sure this woman thinks of herself as an expert. And of course there are expert opinions that carry more weight than an average Joe's...think "The Devil Wears Prada," but she is definitely not one of them. How do you determine if she is? If you are in the business of fashion (even if you are a professor at a university), you should dress in such a way as to inspire others to want to stand next to you, even if they don't know you. Being a good seamstress doesn't make you an expert in fashion. And fashion, after all, is subjective--it's really in the eye of the beholder.

So this brings me to the funny part of the frustration. As I sat staring at my dress for two hours, trying to come up with something to add to it, I remembered this SNL skit that just made it all better.

It said it all :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fabric Manipulation 8 of 9

A new version of fabric manipulation. 



How well the circular patterns appear is dependent on how tightly and evenly the thread is pulled.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Silk Tank

I've been working on several sewing projects, so I wanted to share one of many [to be posted] with you. Hopefully it will inspire you to design your own fun stuff to wear. 

Silk Tank: light, fashionable and versatile. The back is much longer than the front, in case you like to wear leggings, or leather pants, it covers the bum and makes it look sophisticated. Can also be layered with short sweaters. 

Very easy to make, especially if you have a serger. I just got one for Festivus [for the rest of us] and I must say it's the best thing ever. 

You will need 1 yard of fabric. I made the red one out of Crepe de Chine, and the blue one out of thicker silk chiffon [you would want something that drapes nicely]. Here are the patterns for the shirt front and back [all you need to do is print it and then tape together at corresponding numbers]. Size small, but it's pretty easy to grade up or down.

Enjoy! :)
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