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.
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.
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??)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
This new interest is the stuff of daydreams. I have zero skill with jewelry making and the investment in real silver smithing or wood carving tools is too much to contemplate. But, Pinboards are for dreamers.
And wishlists and library books, too. Lots of reading up on the subject, and filling fantasy shopping carts. But a realistic acknowledgement of my abilities (and budget and time and space and spreading my DIY interests too thin) is checking my “Buy Now” trigger finger.
Any secret talents among my readership? Jewelry makers? Wood carver? Sculptor?
I haven’t been too into garment sewing, lately. I’m knitting a baby sweater and finishing my mitts while at work. But, mostly, I’ve been drawn to a series of differing craft disciplines and garment ideas.
I’m not sure what brought it on, but I’ve been falling in love (again) with embroidery. Maybe it was commiserating with my coworker about our mutual lack of skill at it….
I often find something I previously struggled with totally easy after a break from it. Will taking up stitchery, again, be the same? I brought some of those metal purse frames to make myself a little something. As I have TONS of floss and a few hoops and borrowed technique books from the library, I’ve managed to limit my new supply intake to just the frames. I’m rather proud.
I looooooove sewing with knits!!!
After working on my Coppelia muslin (it was PERFECT….until I pressed the neckline and now it’s all crumpled at the back neck ) I wanted something super quick to work on.
Enter, Skirt as a Top’s, Scoop Tee.
It’s, essentially, the most awesome little white tee in my wardrobe! I took in the side seams just a bit (right where my body naturally curves in between my boob area and belly) an excess of fabric there really bugs me. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of the hem, which I just serged and left un-hemmed. That collar is one of my best efforts. A great staple. So super simple. And QUICK!
I could use half a dozen. They’re the perfect thing to cover the waist/hips on those slightly low rise pants days and clingy in the right spots, while skimming in others. Which is partially down to this mystery fabric, which I dug out of a bin in the Garment District. I have it in two more colors. The edges DO NOT CURL. Amazing!
This burst of sewing came from a fit of creative inspiration courtesy of one Jean-Michel. I was inspired to add a little Basquiat flair to my life and did so in the form of a King Pleasure mani!
The red polish, with the perfect name (I Red a Good Book!!!) and that little white crown brought a smile to my face, all day.
And last night, I added even more red to my life when I finally swapped out the buttons on this thrifted cashmere cardi.
I put my little handmade pin on it to complete the art theme!
Hey, all!! This here (comfy, like lying in the clouds of the Gods!) sweatshirt has been done for a while. But, there was a bit of a shake up with my Britex guest blogging gig.
But more on that, later. Let’s talk about the sweatshirt. Yes?
With winter fully set in here in Brooklyn, I was immediately drawn to the “double” in the description of this double-faced rayon knit. It implied double warmth and double softness so it was, therefore, double good. With the fabric selected I thought…what to make? This was the project I dragged out my copy Built By Wendy Home Stretch for. I used a slightly altered version of the Flashdance mods. But, looking back, I might have liked that super off the shoulder look…good thing there is no shortage of fabric in my home.
With my three pattern pieces ready to go, I drafted some super simple cuffs and a hem band (or, you know, I just cut the hem band) and I was off to the races. Or, to the sewing machine. The project was done so super quickly! Maybe an hour? Paired with leggings, it was my wardrobe for the next two days
What more can I say? That I’d like to sleep in sheets made from this fabric? That I could EASILY make a dress, leggings and a slouchy sweater and be all set for my PJ days. For there are several days a month where I need to wear as close to jammies as I can get. Tomorrow is one of them.
As for me, I hope to get into my new patterns, this week. And try my hand at some baby knits for the hubby’s niece. Hope that knitting curse was broken with the completion of Frida’s heart!
This monster cowl HAD to be photographed in front of some monster street art!!
This is pattern no. 1 from Drape Drape Book 1 made up in some cotton knit I bought while on my last Garment District roam with both visiting and local sewcialists. It’s pretty light weight, so I didn’t serge the seams or the cowl’s interior edge. It would have been too visible from the right side (I also didn’t feel like changing the serger thread, let’s keep it real).
I tried to reduce the bewb revealing depth of the cowl by removing some width from the center of the front (1/4 inch) and back (1/2 inch) pattern pieces. I then added that width (+ a bit more based on the width of a fave top) to the side seams. This was partially successful as the front is at a totally comfortable, for me, depth. The back is still suuuuper draaaaaaped.
I also fudged the fit a bit more by increasing the seam allowance (by about one inch) when I attached the F&B at the shoulders. It was enough for the front, but not the back. That damn bra strap refused to stay hidden. The wind was partially to blame.
Here’s an outtake of me trying to tuck the top into it.
I might attach some little loops to connect the shoulders to my bra straps for extra security, but as I won’t be wearing this version to work, I think it’s fine to stay, as is. Version 2.0, which will be baby pink and paired with pencil skirts, will definitely get some. It will also be teeny bit shorter (to hit at the waistband of my bottoms) and I’m contemplating using the front pattern piece to cut the back, too.
What do you all think?
I realized that I forgot the best part of a guessing game,
So, I’ll be giving away two patterns, one to Amanda who guessed which type of oterwear correctly.
It’s a CAPE!!
The other pattern will go to the person (and if more than one, a randomly selected person from that pool) who can guess which pattern it is.
Here’s a photo I posted on instagram while I was tryng to decide on the final finishing.
I’m so excited to show you the final product!!
EDITED TO ADD:
Lizzy got it right!
Before I can dip into all of that super delicious fabric I posted about (which has the added bonus of reminding me of the lovely company I had every time I look at it) I have a bit of housekeeping to do. This cold snap is just the thing to get me moving on finishing my Britex project!! I’m super excited about it (I put it on partially finished and I felt FABULOUS in it) and I want to get you all excited, too!
And play a little guessing game.
You might know that I’m using some lovely wool fabric.
I hinted on Twitter that I would be dipping my toe into dum-dum-DUM
And I mentioned, once upon a blog post, that I felt ready to rock a specific type of outerwear.
who wants to guess what type that is?