Monday, September 1, 2014

Kicking Off: Fall Essentials Sew-Along 2014

Today's the day! One of my favourite days in my yearly sewing cycle: FESA Kick Off!

Fall is often a very busy season for many of us, filled with activities that often have us running hither and yon. Making your items should be a form of relaxation; a time to slow down and enjoy the creative process. The goal? Stock your wardrobe with quality pieces that you will wear again and again.

FESA is open to all crafty types: sassy sewists, knifty knitters, and clever crocheters!  For those of you in the southern hemisphere, please feel free to sew your spring essentials.  You can make as many or as few items as you like.  Some participants create from each category and others from only one or two.

The sew-along runs from September 1 to November 30, 2014. I am so delighted to be co-hosting this year's FESA with Lisette of What Would Nancy Drew Wear! She's such a fun person (she's a costume designer IRL!) and sews amazing 70's style garments. 

There are seven categories for fall/winter wear to give you lots of inspiration!  Feel free to find your inspiration from any era - vintage or modern - and create your ultimate list of fall essentials.

The elegant Miss Phryne  Fisher in her signature trousers.

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
Trousers, skirts, legwarmers and more! Anything that keeps your lower portion fashionably cozy fits perfectly here! The chilly weather necessitates the donning of bifurcated bottoms and sassy skirts!

Beautiful Miette cardigan in cream wool with cowl.
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters! These wardrobe essentials can carry you from day to night, not to mention provide necessary layering to keep out the chill.

Stunning Washi dress with cozy layers.

Fabulous Frocks
Dresses of all styles; mini, midi, or long! Keep yourself warm in your modish designs, layering with tights and boots!

Ohhh Lulu Ginger Body Suit & Separates

Underneath It All
When you're spending months covered from the neck down, a glamorous underpinning of your choice adds a secret, luxurious touch that chases the cold away!

Tender Tootsies
Let's not forget your frosty feet! Socks, slippers and the like are the order of the day. Keep those tootsies warm and dry!

Cozy gingham flannel pajamas!

Those Cozy Nights
Is there anything better than snuggling up in a cozy pair of pajamas with a hot drink and a book whilst Jack Frost works his magic outside? I think not! Sleepwear of all types are the way to go here!

A classic red winter coat.

Baby It's Cold Outside
Coats, hats, and mittens donned to keep the cold at bay, especially when out enjoying the spectacular fall colours!

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I hope you'll join me on another mad crafting adventure!  Copy the code below and paste the button on your blog or website. Please leave a comment so I can follow along with your progress!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Great Pattern Destash

My Great Pattern Destash has begun!
I will be listing over 50 patterns, both modern and vintage, in my Etsy store.
Grab a bargain! Shipping is cheap, too!

Vintage patterns will appear more slowly as I need to take extra time to ensure that they are complete. 

Happy shopping!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Feminine Wardrobe: Ribbon Shoulder Shift

Hurrah for pockets!

All hail Japanese sewing books! As you can see from the enormously cheesy grin on my face, I am delighted with my newest make.  This dress is the Ribbon Shoulder Shift from Feminine Wardrobe.  I feel rather Phryne-ish in this dress.  I had to zip to the corner store after work yesterday and plopped my favourite cloche on as I went out.  Definitely Phryne.  Or Lady Mary Crawley minus the bitchiness. 

This dress has a lovely straight silhouette, but narrows at the legs.  It skims over parts I don't want to emphasize - always excellent in any garment - and is wonderfully floaty and light. I used some of my favourite linen, this time in a rich plum.

I whipped it up after work on Thursday night (yes, it's that simple to sew) and sported it to work the next day.  My boss remarked that it's like a fashion show every time I come in|! Heh.  I absolutely adore the shoulder gathers, which are done by inserting elastic in a channel on either side of the shoulder seam, but elected not to include the shoulder ties.  I have broad shoulders and adding the ties made me feel like they were shouting LOOK AT ME AND MY GIANT SHOULDERS! Not good for the social anxiety, folks!

The dress has simple pockets which are sewn into the side seams.  They are just the right size for my phone, which is great as I listen to Sherlock Holmes audiobooks on the bus.  Not music, me, but detective stories.

Striking a 'serious' model pose.  Look out, Zoolander!
Holy cow, this dress is awesome! Really, that's the most succinct thing I have to say.  I love it and am planning on sewing a navy polka dot version.  I think I'll try adding shirring to the back just to see how it changes the look.

If you're interested in trying Japanese sewing books, Feminine Wardrobe is very high on my recommendations list.  It is full of simple, yet beautiful, garments that are easy to sew.  Go for it!