Seamstress Problems #4
All seamstress’s, dressmaker’s and tailors go through trial and errors. For me that took place last night. Having cut out the pattern for the skirt I was making two days ago, I started sewing it all up (overlocking it first) as I put the skirt on I heard a VERY loud rip.
The skirt I made was too tight, around my hips mostly, I now have to start all over again. Redoing the skirt isn’t a problem it’s wasting fabric I don’t like. I’ve learnt that for myself I have to create a toile (a mock up of the fabric) before I cut into the real thing, some people don’t need to but I have to, I think it will save a lot of time.
I’ve re cut the skirt extending it with an extra 5cm although it’s a a lot bigger once I overlocker it again and place the darts in I’m hoping it will be the perfect fit.
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Although I’m working on costumes for my church (Hillsong London) yearly Christmas carol service which is less than two weeks away (The pressure is up to my neck). Nevertheless, I’m slowly working on a skirt for myself,
A Time To Reflect
I received an email from tumblr this evening, Wishing me a happy blog birthday. Today my blog is 2yrs old lol, I must admit this year I haven’t blogged as much as I did in 2012, this year I have only done 436 blog posts, last year 2012 I done 811.However, I do hope that in 2014 I will blog more sewing that I do and will branch off and have a balance of both fashion and textiles I think it will be good to show textiles designers, I actually don’t know any which is quite bad seeing as I studied textiles and fashion during my time at university but somehow neglected textiles and put all my attention on the fashion side, so it will be a new challenge for me.
I always get told by one of my good friends ‘I need to blog more things that I sew’ so this month I will try and record all the things I sew and post as many pictures as possible from the beginning to the finish garment.
I’m still journeying not entirely sure where I want this blog to go, but I hope everything will just fall into place somehow.
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One of my favorite shops ‘Cloth House’ window display taken this morning which pretty much sums me up.
Exploring Textiles Part 2
Years ago no one would dare to use lace, people (including myself) looked at lace as being old fashion or granny looking and was something that was only used for curtains or table cloth display. But, as fashion is constantly being updated lace has now become a popular thing within the bridal industry.
A few weeks back, a customer came into my workplace on the hunt for some bridal lace, a picture she showed me which I found inspiring, I was able to track down. Researching this bridal designer I found her work really elegant and perhaps non traditional.
Tulle lined jacket with silk lace buttons.
Fitted wool and silk crepe dress
Stretch cotton tulle top covered in lace.
Silk lace sateen sash tunic
Cotton stretch tulle tube dress draped over silk stretch sateen lining
Silk sateen bias cut dress with godets
Crinkled silk crepe dress
Bias cut silk muslin and organza dress
Organza and silk tulle stretch sateen gathers
Sateen and organza. Silk tulle coat with draped low back
Paris Fashion Week, Elie Saab SS14
Elie Saab inspires me to make beautiful floor length gowns, everything he produces is of a high quality and has not been rushed but has taken time, something that sewers often seem to forget, my motto is 'quality over quantity'
Most people focus on the silhouette shape but, with a textiles background I tend to focus on the detail, texture and fabric used. The one thing that caught my eye from this entire collection was the embellishment (which most likely was done by hand).
As usual Elie kept his collection classy, elegant and sophiscated
Colours: Emerald green, pink, white, red, black
Fabrics: Chiffon, lace, silk.
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Elie Saab Spring Summer 2014 Collection. 1