Monday, May 30, 2011

So not in my colour comfort zone

I usually don't wear powdry or nude or just generally very light colours because I'm blond and pale and usually I don't want my clothes to be the same colour as my skin.
So there was actually no reason for me to buy the beige flower fabric. But... it was on sale and I loved the pattern and I'm a fabric addict so I couldn't help myself.
The first plan was to make something for my Mum out of it, because she likes and wears these kinds of colours but in the end I made myself a dress out of it anyway.

And as so very often I turned out to really like it! And I can say that since I made this a few more beige-ish garments have moved into my closet.

The pattern is completely self-drafted, for the skirt I used this very useful tutorial by burdastyle and the top is basically just a square with holes for the arms and neck ;)

Do you guys do that as well? Buy fabrics even though it's not your colour or something? And do you think there are colours you shouldn't wear if you look a certain way? Oh and how do you like my new retro sunglasses? I still feel a tiny bit silly with them on... I have to get used to the look :D

So many many questions... :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cookies

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For those of you, who actually came over here from burdastyle in search of cookies :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

So... it's another dress.

Seriously, I just couldn't come up with a creative title this time... sorry :)

I had had the idea for a dress with a sort of see-through "neckline region" for quite some time. I also had had the chiffon with the purple dots for quite a while. Why these two things didn't find together any earlier is a total mystery to me. It seems so obvious now :)

As with my asymmetrical dress I used the pattern no. 101 from burdamagazine 02/2011 to get me started and then obviously changed the top and added the strip of chiffon to the skirt.

Besides the aforementioned chiffon, the dress is made from rather heavy cotton sateen, which is great, because it gives both the bodice and the skirt the needed stiffness. The dress is also fully lined with black lining fabric.

By the way: the place I'm at in these pictures is my Mum's gallery (she's a jeweller). Many thanks to her for letting me use it as a background! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.

This quote by Edward Abbey fits both this dress and my wonderful, lovely, gorgeous friend Beccy who is wearing it.

I gave it to her about a year ago and it suits her so well! I adore sewing things for her, because she can wear the kinds of things that would look ridiculous on me, but which I still find cute and want to make :)

The flowery fabric is a very soft cotton which was simply a really lucky find.
The pattern is once again a burda magazine one: issue 5/2010, no. 114. I used it with no alteration, everything pretty straightforward.

As there's isn't much more to say about this dress, let me just say this: Beccy, du bist mein liebster und bester Honiggeist :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Asymmetrical

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This project started out as a draping exercise originally.
I wanted to see how a skirt would turn out, if the waistline is differently high on the left and right sides.
I really liked the end result, though, so I decided to keep it!
All three visible fabrics are jerseys, the lining is a striped cotton I had lying around.

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The top part is based on pattern no. 101 from burdamagazine 02/2011. You can get in on burdastyle.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sneak Peaks

I tell you guys, I actually have quite a few new things to show you! But... I didn't have time to take pictures yet. Sorry.
So, instead of showing you my finished projects, I thougt I'd give you a little sneak peak at what I'm working on right now :)

This gorgeous, patterned fabric will soon become a 50s inspired dress (my favourite style at the moment...) with a tailored top and an a-line skirt. The white fabric will be the lining and I'll probably do some piping, made with the red bias tape. I'm also planning on adding a cute little peter pan collar in red, but I haven't found the "right" red yet.

And these beautiful darlings are going to be the start of my next historic project! As predicted I'm not able to stop dabbling in historic fashion and I am going to be making a rococo/baroque dress! I'm really looking forward to it, although I have not the slightest idea where to put the finished dress... with the huge skirt it will probably take up the entirety of my room :D
The white fabric is a linen like weave for the chemise (I'll be making a sleeveless one this time so I can also wear it under my victorian evening bodice. I've been heaving problems with the sleeves of my chemise showing under that one.). The creme coloured cotton is going to be the paniers and the gold jacquard is for the corset.
Oh, I'm SO excited to get started on this one!
Also, though I didn't put it in the picture, I just bought 40 metres of steel boning. That's a whole lot of steel... but the corset is going to be fully boned and the rest is for the paniers. I'm hoping there will be some left over, so I can make another bustle for my victorian dress (the one I have now has plastic boning... I don't like that.).

Other plans include a cosplay for a friend, a new Harry Potter robe (including a new and improved tutorial and maybe a downloadable pattern) and at my current internship at a costume tailor I'm working on a bellydancing costume. So many projects, so little time... :)