BONUS- Using the “Scraps”

This is a bonus project. You know, when that one cut of fabric yields more than one garment?

BONUS!

This skirt, which coordinates nicely with the houndstooth, was made with the same neon dream fabric as this top (there’s still some left). At about the same time, too. I just didn’t have a proper camera to capture it! I took those pictures at work ;)

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

I could fill my wardrobe with tons more things:

Black and White and Neon and Bright.

A spring theme!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Dudes and Dudettes, this sew along has been a bit of a struggle. My sewing mojo wanted to go in a different non-slip direction, a burst of fitness caused some body changes which poked at my confidence (who knew I was so attached to my larger hips??) and the incredibly crappy camera I was attempting to use certainly wasn’t helping matters.

BUT!! FRIENDS AND HUBBY TO THE RESCUE!!

I got a kick ass camera for my anniversary (which was March 25th, in case you’re wondering) which takes nice clear pics with ease! He even got me collapsible tripod!
WIN!
Then, in an email exchange with my sewing posse, Ms. Oona gave me permission to move on (rather, she TOLD me to “ditch that slip and sew the thing that  makes you feel sexy right now.”). Sometimes, you just need someone to TELL YOU that what you want to do is OK. Right after reading that, RIGHT AFTER, I grabbed this super awesome, crazy houndstooth knit from Mood (purchased while my girls Lisette, Lauren, Clare, Latrice, Lucinda, Aleksandra, et all were in NYC) and (inspired by another gem of a babe, Ginger)
MADE THIS!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Self Drafted Skirt
(I use the term so super loosely)

Black : White : Houndstooth & SexyHummingbird-ish Top
(cut out using the top of this dress)

Scrunch

Double Houndstooth Knit, Strip of Black Ponte, Wide Elastic

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

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Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Link Up Your Sexy Makes!!

 

SSSA -Game Plan

So, Lisette pointed out that I never actually declared my official Sew Sexy Sew Along project. And the deadline is FAST approaching (what is it with me and sew alongs??).

I would love to make my very own, proper (as in non ITY stretch) slip!

I have a few options.

The Ruby Slip

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Simplicity 2693
Simplicity 2693, 1940s

Simplicity 4218
Simplicity 4218

Or, Simplicity 9115
Simplicity 9115, 1970s

This pile of blue deliciousness will become undergarment awesomeness! (hopefully)

Ruby Slip Supplies

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

Cation Design’s Dolman Sleeve shirt turned dress

+ Cake Patterns Hummingbird Neckline=

Lupita Dress!!

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

My slapdash frakenpatterning resulted in some post construction fit fudging that made this very easy make a little fiddly. I’m pretty pleased with the lower back, now as it pooled like crazy when I first tried it on.

Lupita Blue

This printed cotton knit loveliness is from Spandex House. I’m wearing my new slip underneath. I’m happy to report that it works!! Absolutely NO riding up!
Lupita Blue

I had a pretty awesome day that I topped off with a bit of Garment District shopping (more black ponte, some very cool double-faced, polka dot cotton and scads and scads of lingerie elastic) but, due to overbooking (or rather, underestimating how long things I agreed to do would take) I missed a scheduled conference call.

It’s so easy to derail a good day, isn’t? Too, easy.Lupita BlueI’m too happy with this dress to beat myself up for long. And, anyway, I’ve got kids to get to bed in a bit and some fiddly underthing sewing to keep me busy until bedtime.

In the meantime, I’ll put on the best can’t-stay-down song in the world and dance like no one is watching!

Sneakily Sexy

It is Sew Sexy Sew Along day #1!!!

Lisette and I suck as co-hosts as it took Clio‘s post to remind us that today was the day, lol

Somehow, I must have knew because last night I was struck with the urge to sew something slinky.

I cut out a bra (effed up the fold-over-elastic in a big way!), did some slapdash mods to this pattern to make a slip (the first go also flubbed the foe) and there’s also a (imho!!!) Lupita worthy dress that you’ll see later.

For now, how about the successful slip that was born this morning?
It’s a sneaky bit of sexy to wear under your clothes!!

Sew Sexy Project, the First

This ITY knit from Spandex House was part of a haul purchased to make my girls fun leggings. This unfortunate piece was cut with the stretch in the wrong direction. Yeah, how long have I been sewing??? This meant that there wasn’t enough leftover to try again.

Sew Sexy Project, the FirstThere was just enough for this! I really, really like how this turned out. You know, with the friggin’ FOE applied properly. Oy. I’m really pleased with how well it matches the fabric, too. I can totally see how all you panty and brassiere makers got hooked. It’s dead satisfying to have the perfect thing to wear under my clingy dress!

Sew Sexy Project, the First

That lace at the hem was in the stash, too. It’s from one of my grandmas (I have notions from both and did not label them all) so that makes it a little special. I can imagine how shocked my late grandma would be that I was even entertaining wearing a full slip! Oh, the things I fussed about as a youth. You really will understand  “one day”.

Sew Sexy Project, the FirstI’m so pleased with this fit (on me it’s a little less boob-y and a lot more hippy), I’m going to use it to rework the pattern I cobbled together to make the dress I’ll be wearing over this. There was much putting-on-pinning-taking-off-sewing-putting-on-pinning-taking-off….anyway, I like the fit, now. I should, it was hard won.

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes! I have so many plans buzzing in my head. The longer days and milder temps have me in a sewing mood!

Please let us know if you make something sexy!!

Ballerina Chic :: Coppélia

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Coppélia, in cream. Mods inspired by Rachael.

Something about a the crossover effect of wrap tops and dresses has always screamed understated sexy, to me. I mean, Diane von Furstenberg has forged an empire based primarily on this silhoutte. It’s an enduring style and when you make your own you can eliminate that which can make it hard to wear.

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My first version of this top was made with fabric with a little too much stretch. It could have worked if I thought to shorten the neckband, which when cut the length indicated in the pattern caused the neckline to behave oddly at the shoulders. I had already swapped out the sleeves for the well fitting ones from the BBW pattern I used here (FYI-that sleeve fabric was leftover from this top) and I shaved off several inches from the neckband in this version.

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I really like this fabric. Like REALLY love it. Enough that I planned to buy more, today. But, Kashi was closed when I got there. NY seamstresses, save some for me. I need more because I feel I must have one with ties, too. I can just see the layers they’d create highlighting the waistline of a well fitted black pencil skirt (perhaps in a Beckham or Wang inspired leather version??)

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This was, after all, dead easy to put together. Done completely on my serger. Applying the neckline presented a small challenge, but it was the only one. I could use a loosely fitted one for some dressed up causal styling, too.

More ballerina chic, coming up.

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Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

BBW Home Stretch Raglan (with slight Flashdance mods)
Done up in three fabrics: black and chartreuse ponte knit and cream cotton/lycra.
All from Metro Textiles in the NYC Garment District.

Winter BRIGHTS

I’m so super pleased with this! I love the bright color, the fit and the addition of another throw-on-and-go top to my wardrobe.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

I’m also really pleased that I found a use for the remainder of that cream fabric. I made another Coppelia with the rest of it. MUCH more successful than the first go. I used Rachel’s faux wrap mod. I have another, slouchier, one planned.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

I hope this creative streak continues. It was nice having something new to wear! That I didn’t have to buy! My knitting continues, too. I’m onto the left front of my Hetty cardigan. I want to push through to join the body tonight.

Off to ponder to some sexy sewing!! You should SEE who’s already on board!!

Get ready to get sexy!!

Sew Sexy Sew-Along 2014

Guys, I have fancy britches on the brain, again ;)

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The (hot, screaming, biased, ridiculous) debate about my muse that kick started this collection, Beyonce (and her incredibly sexy videos), also made me take some time to think about sexiness in general and our right as people to express it. I won’t get into the whole BeyDebate, here. BUT I will say that, sometimes, what is good for the  goose is not good for the gander…when the gander is a brown woman.

As I get older, I feel even more comfortable with myself and my looks. As a teen you couldn’t pay me to wear a tank top, lol. So I can relate to her increased comfort level being expressed through her wardrobe. In addition to my plans to sew up some sexy small clothes, I’ve been itching to add some more sexy pieces to my handmade wardrobe to push  my comfort level further, too.

But, as Suzanne says in this post, somehow sexiness and sewing don’t seem to keep the same company. There are some women who can make ANYTHING sexy (see: Mimi G and Nikki making the most basic of patterns POP with fit and fabric), but the sexiness is sort of lacking in my pattern collection. And like Suzanne said, the offerings from many pattern companies are decidedly buttoned up and prim.

So, my friends Clio and Nancy Drew and I are teaming up to hunt up some sexiness!!

Will you get Sew Sexy with us?

SSSA

Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • Fabric Shopping this Saturday – February 22 – (Not required, but certainly fun! Email Lisette at taponmyback(at)cox(dot)net for deets!)
  • Grab a Button here!
  • And join the Flickr group!

As Lisette said, we’ve agreed to leave “sexy” up to the individual. The three of us vary wildly in what we like to wear and our definitions of sexy will surely be affected by that.

Whatever it means to you, we enthusiastically welcome all!