To celebrate finishing up a long-term project for a future Vogue pattern I want to make some hot weather clothes. This summer's at home uniform is soft pants and light tunics. Using tried and true patterns I cut out a batch of pants and tunics in preparation for a visit from Diane Ericson who came over the hill from Ashland last week for a few days of fun.
We sewed in the studio, did some hand work sipping wine coolers at the end of the day, shared our current work, had great conversations, played with fabrics in the ArtBarn and did visioning and brainstorming around our mutual businesses.
Diane brought some of the fabulous garments she is working on and is currently featured on her website blog. A master of re-fashioning re-cycled clothes, she started with a pale pink linen gored skirt and a matching hunk of silk organza and went home with a gorgeous blouse.
You MUST go to Diane's blog to see the blouse and the other inspiring garments Diane brought to share during our visit.
Diane shopped the ArtBarn and took home these 2 stacks of fabrics.
My sewing goal was to use current fabric and a current pattern to make something to wear right now.
I started with Vogue 8876 and easily turned it into a tunic.
Eliminated the bottom band and the collar.
Changed the neckline to a V. (I do this when sewing the garment, fold it in half, match the shoulder seams and carefully re-shape and re-cut the neck.
Bound the armhole and neck edges with a gray stripe.
I shortened it a bit more and added a slit at center front.
Let a tiny bit of the bias binding at the armhole peek out.
Used Katherine's clever buttonhole invention: one large buttonhole held together with a bar tack at the center and two small buttons grouped together.
The pant is an out of print Marcy pattern for Vogue that I keep using again and again.
Has no side seam with a tuck and darts to nip in at the hem.
I added front patch pockets.
Used a gray French cotton (sorry, sold out)
Tunic #2 is made using our Sugar and Cream Stripe Knit. which I cut on the bias. This worked beautifully, hangs very well, really no different to handle than cutting a knit on the straight of grain.
I can't show the entire garment as it is a prototype for a future pattern, but here you can see how the bias looks and that neck and armhole use the selvedge edge as an easy finish.
My friend Carrie Marie Tasman is here visiting this week.
Known for her animal portraits, Carrie Marie is a fine artist, fabric designer and graphic designer (and dear friend). Click on the link above to see her blog and work.
CM brought her sewing machine and big computer along with dog Tully to hang with Vasco.
We're going to work on new graphics for display ads and the website and there will be more sewing!
I'm headed to NYC in a few weeks and am whipping up some hot weather city clothes.
Stay tuned and stay cool!