Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A new beginning

Well, I'm finally making a start on my blog!  This morning, Dahlia (my dress form friend) and I had a fashion shoot of many of the things I have made in the last three years since my Husqvarna revolutionized my sewing.  So: lumière, musique, voilà!

Blankety Jacket
This is an exquisite fabric I bought from Emma One Sock.  The pattern is Audubon Park by Park Bench.  The fabric is soft and blankety, and goes beautifully with a dark green velvet skirt.

The pattern is Vogue 1130, a lovely design from last fall.  I bought the fabric at the Puyallup Sewing Expo last year, on the last day, when everything was on sale.  Three yards for $30!  It's a heavy wool with a flannelly surface, very easy to sew and mold into shape.  The jacket is meant to be worn with a very short skirt, but it can also be worn on its own.  I wear it with gray woolly winter tights and my Pertinis.

This is a close-up of the pocket flap.


Kimono Silk Jacket
Sister called me last summer to say she'd seen a beautiful fabric at Nancy's Sewing Basket that was just me.  So I went to investigate.  I knew which one she meant as soon as I saw it.  It's a gorgeous (and expensive!) Japanese kimono silk. 

And I found the perfect buttons!

Olympia Coat
This a LaFred pattern (I love her designs!).  The fabric is a very heavy rough wool I bought at the Puyallup Sewing Expo a couple of years ago.  Also bought the buttons there.

It has a way cool windowpane pocket.

Spotty blouse
Another gorgeous find at Nancy's Sewing Basket.  It's a soft fluffy white silk with spots.  The pattern is Loes Hinse's Casablanca blouse.  I have used this pattern before and I love the way it fits, and the deep hem, which is almost like a peplum

A Summer dress
Dahlia couldn't get this dress over her shoulders, and pinning it on her just doesn't show the beautiful fit.  The pattern is Butterick 5049, by Connie Crawford.  Easy to sew, and the fit is perfect.  The tucks under the bosom give a nice bit a shaping without revealing too much middle-aged figure. I found the beautiful silk at Manhattan Fabrics last summer.  I call it the fetal animal silk; the figures are Chinese zodiac animals.