Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Rest of the Wardrobe

Here are the other pieces of my summer sewn wardrobe.  They are all made using patterns that were very popular, with lots of positive reviews, and coverage on other blogs.

The skirt shown with most of the tops  is view C of Simplicity 2451. I use a size 14 for the back and a 16 for the front as that is how I am distributed below the waist. I lined it to reduce wrinkles.

This sleeveless top with contrast band is made from Simplicity 2892. I wanted to incorporate the tribal trend into the wardrobe so I used a rayon cotton print (Hancock Fabrics) with silk ruching and neck ruffle.



This sleeveless top in a teal crinkle poly/cotton voile ( Jo-Ann Fabrics) is sewn from Burda  07-2007 -119.  To keep the crinkles from stretching in the armhole and neck line area during construction, I use bias fusible stabilizing tape to hold them in place. Burda magazine instructions quite often recommend this type of tape and I find it very helpful. My original supply came from Judy Barlup but I found a cheaper source at.fabric.com fusible tape


I collect 1980’s Vogue blouse patterns because they were designed for woven fabrics,  unlike most of the top patterns nowadays, and they have interesting details. Patterns from that time were designed for shoulder pads and generally need to be modified if pads will not be worn. I made changes to the shoulder seam and sleeve hole opening to remove the space for the shoulder pads.

View A of Vogue 2504 was made in a variegated purple print silk (EOS). I love the print.  But this fabric is overprinted with tiny plastic squares, which made it a challenge to iron and give the fabric a shiny snakeskin look. I washed the fabric several time in really hot water hoping to eliminate or dull the coating. It didn’t work.

 Butterick 5185, a twist top with angled hem lines was made  in a non stretchy shadow print cotton knit . Thi stop was fast to make and easy to wear.

And lastly Simplicity 2554 view F - A sleeveless blouse with flounces sewn into front and back shoulder princess seams in a purple, clay pink and black silk print ( G Street Fabrics). I love the colors.  This is one of those multiple style top patterns where some are designed for knit and some for woven fabrics. Wovens are recommended for this top, but it has been made successfully in knits.




I have still not started my fall sewing. I have purchased a few fall fabrics, and am studying the Sept. fashion magazines from France, Britain, and Australia, which I buy at my local Barnes and Noble book store. Earlier this week I attended an Accessorizing Workshop given by a local image consultant. A small group of us met at Nordstrom’s for the initial lecture on “using fabulous accessories (shoes, belts, jewelry, sunglasses) to make an outfit spectacular” while considering body shape and hair and skin coloring. Then we trouped on down to  the Chico’s, Black Market/ White House and Ann Taylor stores where she showed us the on trend accessories at each store and used us as models to illustrate flattering style and proportion. Then it was back to Nordstrom’s where we had a homework exercise - “Pull together a flattering outfit, clothing and accessories, for yourself from any department in the store.” It was fun roaming about the store, selecting shoes from the shoe dept.  choosing jewelry, picking cool sunglasses from the teen dept. and why not …high end garments for my outfit. Yes, I did have to explain to the clerks what I was doing, but they were very helpful. It was not easy task for me. I think it was harder because of my sewing background. I kept thinking “If only they had a jacket in this fabric, but in a more flattering style,  or if I could just find a  pair of cropped pants in this particular color..." rather than accepting and working with what the store had to offer.  But I got an A on my homework assignment, and seeing the latest clothes and accessories gave me a lot of ideas.  And to my husband’s relief, I did not buy a thing.

17 comments:

Summer Flies said...

Beautiful ... I love all the blouses! Some really interesting designs and I have the last simplicity one to sew when i finish uni. It is already 30deg Celsius and it is only 20 days into spring so it's going to be a hot one.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

great wardrobe, and I especially like that teal blue top from the Burda pattern - love that style. Sounds like a fun (non) shopping excursion.

Janine said...

you have been a busy girl.
It amuses me that you are studying an Australian spring magazine because we are BEHIND you in fashions and we are studying your autumn ( fall ) fashions.

Bunny said...

Major gorgeousness here! And such productivity, wow!

Eugenia said...

Wow! You have been making some really gorgeous pieces - how nice to be able to open your closet and see so many wonderful things to wear! I think the idea of going shopping without buying anything is something that my husband would approve of!

Cennetta said...

Very nice end of the season review of the beautiful blouses you've made. Each one so polished and beautifully made. Looking forward to the inspiration you'll give during the fall season.

Joy said...

Fabulous wardrobe. I really like all the blouses, with the interesting details.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a lovely wardrobe of tops! Thank you for showcasing all these patterns.

I have completely lost my ability to shop. I get fidgety and impatient and hate everything in the store.

Rosy said...

Beautiful clothes! You've created a very interesting costumes and much work is beautiful, I'm sure all the husbands of the world approve this form of shopping ....

Tia Dia said...

I love all your blouses! They are all so unique and the styles are so pretty. The accessories workshop sounds very fun and useful. I would love to attend something similar. I've lots of accessories, but, honestly, a very limited idea of what to do with what, when!

kbenco said...

Such beautiful blouses. Did you make them just recently? I like to make a few things at the end of the season so that they will be "new" for the beginning of the season next year.
Your workshop sounds like fun.

Gail said...

Love all the blouses. I have the last Simplicity pattern - for some reason I thought it was a knit only pattern. You have inspired me to make it up in silk for the coming Aussie summer.

senaSews said...

You have been quite a prolific sewist. Your garments turned out so nice. My favorite is the first top: Simplicity 2892. Nice idea to mix-match these two fabrics.

Gabrielle said...

Wow - what a lot of sewing! I especially love that last top, but all your creations look so nicely made (note of envy)... And I seem to always learn something at your blog: I need to remember that idea with the fusible tape! Your assignment at Nordstrom's sounds fun, it would be very interesting to see everyone's ideas!

While I'm here I also wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog, I really appreciate your taking the time to do this.

Linda said...

I love all your blouses!!! I really love the 1980 Vogue pattern. I need to seek that one out myself. Lucky you to have such great stores in your area. I need to make a shopping trip to Richmond soon.

Isabelle said...

Haven't you been busy! Your blouses are so pretty.
I hate shopping as well. It's never quite good enough anymore is it!

Vicki said...

Some lovely tops there! I desperately need some new tops :)