A Lemon Squeezy Home--Colores Brilliante
Hello everyone! I chose Mexico for my inspiration this week! When I think of Mexico I think of the words bright, bold, and beautiful. For the shirt I was searching for some Mexican embroidered fabric and happened upon Otomi Fabric...it is completely amazing in every way. Bright, beautiful, bold, and so unique. I love it. It takes the Otomi people a very long time, as you can imagine, to make the hand embroidered fabric and so it was out of my price range. What do I do when I can’t find the right fabric? I paint it:). I googled Otomi fabric online, printed an image I liked, used it under my fabric to trace the designs, then filled it in with fabric marker. I was hoping for a brighter red on a cream color fabric, but when I couldn’t find the right shade of cream gauze, ended up dying my shirt yellow, hoping for the best with the Otomi painted on already. Once I dyed and washed the shirt the red faded to an orange-ish color, but thank heavens didn’t wash out!!
I wanted to pair the feminine blouse with a great pair of skinny jeans. I used the Jamie Jeans pattern by Named and made my very first pair of jeans. It was a success! They turned out wonderful and fit me very well. And I actually really enjoyed sewing them. They were time consuming but after last week’s jacket, I was ready for anything. I made this Aztec inspired cardigan using the Swingy Cardigan by Burda. I omitted the pockets because I didn’t want them to flop around and be seen with this flowing cardigan.
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Groovy Baby and Mama-- A Duet
Bonjour - it's Trine Going Global. Or, at least going French - and Japanese. Trine going Frapanese!!! (Almost sounds like something you could eat - or drink, right?)
I've really been looking forward to this week's challenge. I knew right from the start that if I made it this far in the competition, I would make something chic and French inspired with Breton stripes. I just adore these horizontal stripes.
So, this is me going French in a fitted dress. I haven't worn a fitted dress in many, maaaaany years, but I kind of like it. Maybe because it's made of comfortable ponte jersey. I love ponte fabric - it's easy to work with and has such great drape and recovery. This striped version in particular only has a little but just enough stretch. The dress is based on the McCall's 5975 pattern. Unfortunately OOP but still possible to find on ebay or etsy. I eliminated the zipper in the back and tapered and lengthened the skirt by 10-15 cm as I wanted the dress to hit just below my knees. No other changes were made to the pattern. I really love the fit and look of this dress. The boat neck, the bust darts, the 3/4 sleeves, the skirt length. I feel so classy. Now I just need the Eiffel Tower in the background. Could that be arranged, Kelly?
As mentioned above I've also been a little Japanese inspired for this week's outfit. A self drafted drapey wide sleeved silk kimono cardigan. Finished with French seams, bien sûr. Of course the most elegant and perfect seam would be named after France. Inspiration/tutorial for the kimono was found here.
Chic, non?Cead Mila Failte! "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" in Gaelic. When we were assigned the theme of "inspired by a country" I knew immediately that I would make an outfit inspired by my second home, Ireland. I am actually a dual citizen, Irish-American. I spent many of my childhood summers running around the green fields of Ireland with cousins and a large part of my heart will always be there.
Sewing in No Man's Land--Lucky Of The Irish
Sewing in No Man's Land--Lucky Of The Irish
Idle Fancy--A Trip to Sweetish Hill
heavily embroidered traditional folk dresses. I was one such child and decided to revisit that past this week! This is my grown-up twist on the classic Swedish dress of my youth.
Since I planned to embroider this dress myself, I chose a midweight linen in classic Swedish flag blue, which could stand up to the weight of all that thread-work. Once I'd settled on a simple darted bodice, with a pleated dirndl skirt and slightly puffed sleeves, I started in on the hard part: embroidering! After a call to my grandmother, to discuss techniques I'd long forgotten, I embroidered a modern Scandinavian pattern along the neckline, in white and yellow cotton pearl. It took forever, but I adore how it turned out! It adds just the right touch of all that folksy charm from my youth. To keep the theme going, I edged my hem in three rows of yellow-and-white rick rack, instead of donning the traditional apron skirt over the dress.
For a bit of flourish, I also whipped up this cute little bow clutch, in a coordinated yellow leatherette, as a sweet accessory for the dress. So, what do you think? Would my Scandinavian foremothers be proud of all that hand-sewing? I hope so! This was, more than anything I've sewn in recent memory, a labor of pure love. More photos and details can be found at my blog, Idle Fancy.