I never thought I would ever be part of any Fashion Week -- let alone one for the super cool Madeit Patterns -- but here I am. And to celebrate I even put on my fancy mustache. Olu has all the details and the blogger line-up here.
For someone who was always behind the times (you do not want to know how I dressed in junior high), the fact that I am now making such fashion-forward clothes seems so crazy. Just ask my sister. Okay, maybe don't do that. She knows too much.
This first version of the Drop Top is my test version, and though the neckline is a bit wonky due to my lack of experience with such a drapey knit, I still love it. I was pleased that my seamstress mom was impressed with the top (though maybe not so much with my sewing, haha!).
Thanks to my mom, who took the two photos above, I have rather "powerful" upper arms and shoulders for my size, so I used the bicep adjustment in the tutorial and it did wonders for how the top fit on me. Other than that, I made the pattern in the size XS according to the instructions, and it fits very comfortably. Best part? It's such a quick sew.
For the show, I wanted to make a fun, holiday version with a bit of pizazz. While I was mulling over fabric choices, I received my order from Style Maker Fabrics with lots of goodies inside. If you sew for yourself and you haven't visited the shop before, I urge you to head over there. Like now. See what I mean? I love practically everything in the shop, but the Metallic Twill Weave Ponte Black/Silver caught my eye. Maybe this could work?
It was difficult for me to capture exactly how this lovely fabric sparkles and shines. I apologize for these weird indoor camera selfies. Maybe it's time to invest in a tripod and stick to outdoor photography, haha.
For your entertainment, you get these awkward Emi-pretending-to-be-on-the-catwalk photos.
I think I need to work on my Blue Steel pose. I look like I'm trying to get water out of my ear.
Now you might have noticed that this fabric doesn't drape as well as the first one I made. Well, my advice is (after having unpicked both sleeves) that if you are planning to stubbornly disregard the instructions and sew with a ponte knit that doesn't have much stretch, you should probably baste the sleeves first before you commit to sewing them.
These outdoor photos show the fabric color better. As my husband was away and my mom back in the States, I turned to my other reliable family member: my 5-year-old daughter (my 3-year-old still cuts off my head sometimes or decides that pictures of leaves on the ground are more interesting than her mother).
With the exception of a few blurry ones, I think she did a good job. I had wanted to find an interesting backdrop for these photos, but the cold weather combined with my daughter's foot injury meant I couldn't go with my original plan. So here I am standing in the parking lot of somebody's apartment complex.
Okay, so now for the fun part. The giveaway!
If that weren't exciting enough, Madeit Patterns is offering 20% off in the shop during Madeit Fashion Week with the code MFW2016. Go on. I know you want that Groove Dress, too.
Thank you, Olu and Anna, for having me on this tour with some pretty fabulous ladies! Thanks for visiting and happy sewing!