It is that time of year, making the switcheroo from warm to cool weather.
This morning we are having our first big rain after a long hot summer
In the studio I am finishing up 2 patterns to send off to Vogue for Summer '15, have been working on these for 6 weeks and it is a beautiful moment when the instructions and pattern work are all done and the garments are packed up and ready to ship.
3 Dresses +
One pattern will have a dress + under layer T + leggings
The other pattern has 2 tunic dresses.
For a change, I rendered all in prints.
Will be released March 27, 2015, and we'll have a preview at the Puyallup Expo Fashion Show.
Each garment has a bazillion decision about fabric, techniques & fit. The right fabric for the garment, how the different fabrics will photograph and look on the pattern envelope, how the garment will look on different figures. We make prototypes in different sizes, then try on many different people and I gauge the success if they beg for a copy of the prototype pattern.
Katherine has been going through the same process in her studio and is sending off 2 new patterns to Butterick this week.
Coming next week:
3 new Marcy patterns in the upcoming Vogue release slated to hit the internet on October 1
Pattern #1: A raincoat/trenchcoat
Pattern #2 A skirt that is super flattering, works under the coat and is so easy to fit/make that I call it the 'morning skirt' because I can whip one up in a morning.
Pattern #3 A series of Tunics + T-shirt for knits, 3 different styles in one pattern that are designed to layer over and under each other, and all use the same basic block from armhole to neck, so you can interchange neck treatments and all use the same sleeve....plus, there is a sleeveless variation too. One of the tunics works as a top with the skirt.
Gearing up for Paris
Katherine and I had our ritual trying on and sorting of what to wear, (and what to sew) for our upcoming Paris trip. We go back and forth trying things on and editing ruthlessly. Some of the things I loved last year look tired or not quite right...which opens up the possibility of what to sew in the short time before leaving on October 14. In between now and then, we go to Las Vegas on a fabric buying trip and Katherine leaves directly from there to meet friends in Amsterdam, then we all meet up in Paris. The itineraries for our 2 tours is blocked out, and there is a small window of time for sewing a few things. I'll be blogging from Paris and will continue to post fabrics throughout the time I'm traveling....doing lots of photography and prepping for that.
Our wonderful ArtBarn staff will be on hand to ship your orders and take care of daily business.
|On the left, swatches of fabrics I'm auditioning to sew, on the right scarves and handbags.|
|The shoe basket|
holds shoes that are being auditioned.
Shoes are my downfall...can never seem to haul less than 5 pair.
What to sew?
After editing and culling, I have a short list, will use tried and true patterns. On the list: 2-3 pair skinny pants in black and gray. 2-3 layering tunics in black, purple, gray. Will use the upcoming tunic pattern and post in a future blog.
|Vogue 8859 is my go-to skinny pant pattern, I could wear these every day, must have a dozen pair. I make in a stretch woven or stable knit like ponte.|
I went out to the ArtBarn and came in with swatches, finally settled on these 3 which I tossed in the washer dryer and are now ready to cut.
Jet Black Stretch Woven SOLD OUT
is a cotton/nylon blend and is very smooth and a soft black. I love the presence of nylon in any fabric, it can add texture and or smoothness and is an indication of quality. I chose this out of our many blacks because it worked well with the tops I have and with the fabrics chose to make tunics. I like the smoothness of this fabric because other layers will slide over it easily. It is a good weight, on the light weight side and will be good if the weather is warm.
Boss Velvety Houndstooth is a beefy ponte that lost a bit of its crispness when laundered. I'm loving checks, plaids and houndstooth this season, this is a fun spin on a black pant and works with my tops and vest.
Charcoal Stretch Bengaline is smooth with just a bit of heathered texture and is part of a collection of bengaline in dark colors that are ideal for pants. Italian, so the quality is top notch too. The stretch on this fabric runs lengthwise, so I'll cut on the cross grain so the stretch goes around the body.
My plan is to cut all 3 pair at once and sew simultaneously. Stay tuned!
Other recommended fabrics:
Black Stretch Bengaline: on BUY OF THE WEEK UNTIL OCT 1
Katherine's beautifully stacked firewood
another sign of fall, ready for the first fire of the season!
Katherine takes on the task of stacking firewood throughout the late summer.
Katherine will be teaching and in the McCall/Butterick/Vogue booth at the American Sewing Expo this weekend in Novi Michigan.
If you are attending, do stop by and say hello.