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Feb 28, 2014

New Patterns & New Fabric Swatches!



Lots of ground to cover today so let's get to it.

First, thank you for all your encouragement to apply to be on the Great American Sewing Bee or whatever that show is going to be called.  I'm just wondering if television would ruin my film career; Mr. Mayer thinks it's just a fad.

I received two new patterns in the mail today.

Did I mention that I'd picked up Butterick 6164 (from 1992, and how) on eBay earlier this week?   I'm going to muslin the shorts in View C.  I'll probably add a front fly to make them more masculine looking.  And no florals or Elaine Benes hair.





My goal is something like these Comme des garcons culottes.



I picked up a swatch of this charcoal gray worsted wool today at Mood.  I'm not really a black person, though black is also a possibility.



I also looked at (and lovingly caressed) some gorgeous genuine lambskin, which I thought I'd use to make something like the tee shirt/vest up top, or the sleeveless version below.





The vest doesn't have to be leather, but the lambskin is so incredibly soft and luxurious.  It could be black, white, or just about any other color or color combination. 

I also saw this striking floral cotton print that looks almost like a photograph.  I think these are irises but I'm not certain.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to commit to it, however, so I came home with only a swatch.



I could see it as this Miyake jacket (the other pattern that arrived today, Vogue 1541, from 1994).





And speaking of Miyake, I also picked up a swatch of this pleated polyester.  I love the way it looks but I'm not sure I'd know what to make with it.  Any ideas?



I'm not sure if I've mentioned that our March Mood projects are supposed to be inspired by something from the 2014 spring/summer fashion shows: hence all this designer name-dropping.  That's not normally my style.

And that's it!  I hope your projects are going well and that you're staying warm.  We're expecting more snow on Monday -- hard to believe but true.

Have a great day, everybody!

18 comments:

  1. I would make a culotte with the pleated polyester. Gosh I can find me some. I had shorts/overall in high school made of something similar that I have been dreaming of recreating, if only I can find the fabric (I know hard to imagine any such thing looking pretty but I swear it was the coolest thing I ever wore lol).....I would love to see what you will make with it.

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  2. I was going to say the same thing. Use the pleated poly for the culottes.

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  3. OK, you have to do something trendy.
    1. The "straight jacket" vest is absurd.
    2. The pleated culottes will be feminine even with a fly. (OK for Cathy, but not for Peter)
    3. The flower print might be great for the Miyake...if you love it, go for it!

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  4. There's a gorgeous shop here that sells garments made of pleated silk. They have lots of jackets similar to the Miyake and they look great.

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  5. I like the pleated fabric for the jacket. I agree that in the skirt it will be too feminine. I love the trendiness of this. Can't wait to see it.

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  6. I have to say, I admire the audacity of the skirts, although personally, at 60, I can't imagine an appropriate context unless I was hiking in the Scottish highlands. But the Miyake jacket intriques me. Although, in white it takes on the aspect of a lab coat that my dentist might wear, the simplicity of it could really highlight some beautiful fabrics, and allow for some interesting details.

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  7. I love the turn your sewing has taken. I just sent some similarly pleated fabric to Meg Grand because I had no idea what to do with it either. I had tried draping a wrap dress but it wasn't very good.

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    1. Thanks, Lisette. I want to be a little more fashion-forward. Re the pleated poly, I could see a shirt (or blouse) or simple skirt. It's so soft and thin and stretches like an accordion.

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  8. looks like peonies on the floral print to me, possibly poppies.

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  9. I think the culottes need crisp pleats in the front..maybe partially stitched down. Full gathers look too feminine. Also take a look at issey miyake vogue 1729....I think its simple and more your style.

    And maybe a distressed or slightly metallic leather for the vest.. so its not so clinical

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  10. I made a dress (fitted bodice, drapy skirt) out of a pleated fabric like your are pondering. A note about it's properties that may be helpful in your decisions: I cut out the pattern without pre-washing. After washing and air drying, the dress is form fitting for about an hour, then the wrinkles start to relax and it grows slightly larger than original. The weight of the full skirt may exaggerate this property.

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    1. Did you underline the bodice, Marjorie?

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    2. No underlining. (That would help to control the stretch though.)

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  11. You know you can treat that pleated poly like a knit. I'm not sure what the stretch % is, but usually 40% is good for a tee, simple and classic. It would really be kickin' with some leather trim.

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    1. That's good to know. Thanks, Claire!

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  12. I kinda love the idea of another pair of Thai Fisherman Pants in that pleated fabric. Very swooshy and allowing the "accordian" to move freely.

    I also agree with Jacquelyn in that the vest as presented in the fashion show looks too clinical.

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  13. Looks more like gladioli than like iris.

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  14. My UPS guy delivered yesterday in a brown kilt (matching is uniform shirt.) Amazing...

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