Over the weekend I finished up one of my biggest ever projects for Vogue.
2 patterns: A pair of shirts and a trio with 2 tunics and a T-Shirt. Playing with a concept I've wanted to try, the collars and sleeves on the shirts are interchangeable, and the necklines and sleeves on the knits are too.
7 Tunics & T-Shirts
(plus the 'test' versions of both I made for myself)
Fabrics chosen not only for photography but to have year 'round appeal.
To be released for late fall/holiday., & I can't wait to show you!
Once the package left my hands, preparations for my upcoming Paris/Italy adventure began in earnest.
The first step is when Katherine and I have 'the great try-on', where we audition what goes in the suitcase. Likely candidates are pulled out of the closet, put on a rack and we spend Sunday morning giving the thumbs up/down.
I've been craving paler colors and need a couple/few pair of pants. Into my stash and back and forth to the ArtBarn to find the right fabrics and importantly, the right shade of gray to work with my tops....there are so many tones and hues...more than 50!
Settled on a pale gray cotton/lycra stretch woven...this a sure thing and a black and white tiny check in a puckered, poly a bit on the crisp side (not so sure if this would work).
These two patterns are tried and true, chosen to work with my existing tops/jackets etc. The 'try-on' session revealed that a narrower more pared down silhouette worked best.
When I cut, I always add 1" along the side seams in addition to the existing seam allowance for insurance. Important for the pale gray as light colors don't look good if they are too tight.
Important for the crisp weight check woven too so they have the right amount of ease.
I want to keep the original narrow hem width, so shape the side seam during the final fitting.
Doesn't matter that I have made each style many times, each new pant demands thinking about the fabric, cutting with care and fitting as I sew.
Completed the 2 pair in just over 24 hours!
|This fabric is from my stash. I made a 2" hem so the bottom can be turned up when it gets warm.|
|The black and white checks is called Sophia, sold out for now, but my supplier is sending a couple more bolts, watch for it to be re-posted on the website soon. This is a 'sleeper' fabric, will be great for travel.|
|I used a plain black woven for the facings and fly pieces as multi layers of the textured check would be too thick. The fabric pressed beautifully tho.|
A darker gray pant and a light weight linen jacket....stay tuned.
I am officially VERY excited to be leaving for Paris in just 2 weeks, so there is still time for more sewing!
I've added a new fabric category to the website showcasing the quiet mostly neutral fabrics that are wardrobe workhorses like the pants shown here. Check this category to seek out all the essentials for pants, tops/T's, jackets/vests etc that are good for layering, travel and every day in blacks, neutrals and colors too.