What in the world am I talking about?
Leslie of ThreadBear Garments and Fleurine of Sew Mariefleur are two women whom I admire greatly, not just for their sewing but as genuinely sweet and inspiring people. It's no surprise they are hosting this tour together. Put that with the patterns of Itch to Stitch, and you are sure to have a winner. Or, at least, usually you WOULD have a winner. Unless it involves me and my wonky sewing....
|My daughter makes this same face after she's done something she shouldn't have and is trying to pretend like nothing happened. |
Haha I don't need to wonder where she gets it from.
Hahaha, I am SO not even close to being as chic as the elegant Ms. Hepburn.
|I mean, you would never see Audrey Hepburn looking at her dress, going, "Hm, did I spill something on myself at lunch...?"|
I am smaller than an A cup, actually. A fact that I often choose to ignore, but fabric doesn't lie. You can't see it so well in the pictures above, but I should have adjusted for my actual bust size or else made the effort to dig out my padded bra, hahaha.
Since I was making this dress in a lovely ponte knit from Style Maker Fabrics, I thought I would go without the lining. I struggled a bit with the bias tape under the arms, but we made peace in the end. Where I really had a tough time was with the blind hem. Gah. Have I mentioned before that I am terrible at hand sewing and avoid it like the plague? I don't know why I thought I could do a blind hem by hand without practicing first. I don't even want to show it to you. I showed it to a friend, who is often too nice to say anything remotely negative, and even she cringed (sorry to hurt your eyes, Olga!). The problem was probably exacerbated by the fact that I had neglected to shorten the skirt to the appropriate length, so I had quite a lot of fabric to fold up and hem. (Don't worry. I cut it later and fixed it.)
I knew I wanted to make a jacket as well, as I seem to have a jacket obsession judging from all the RTW jackets in my closet, and the Salamanca Jacket was one I'd had my eye on for some time. Upon Michelle's advice, I decided the jacket should be the focus of the outfit. She suggested I use this beautiful, shiny metallic stretch crepe and it was perfect.
I foolishly didn't think about getting lining from her, though if I had, I would have gone with this. Instead I found some navy lining at a local shop, and ta-da!
I did the crazy thing and didn't muslin this one either! I shortened the sleeves a bit, figuring that I would need to because I'm forever finding sleeves to be too long. Turns out I didn't really need to, but I think I can still get away with it.
The pattern also calls for buttons, but I didn't want any showing on the front, sort of like a Diane von Furstenburg sparkly cropped linen jacket I bought years ago. I also like how it looks better open. I think, though, the next time I make this jacket, I will go up one size. Here I am, attempting a twirl, haha.
If you've seen some of the amazing looks on this tour, I know you will be like me and want to sew all the patterns! So, good news: you can use the discount code "holiday16" for 16% off ITS patterns! The discount runs December 3rd - December 12th, Midnight CST.
And more good news: $5 domestic (US) shipping on all fabric from Style Maker Fabrics, no code needed! There's a discount for international shipping as well!
Thank you so much for having me, Kennis, Leslie and Fleurine! Be sure to visit the other ladies for more holiday sewing inspiration!
ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016