My Rachel Roy Dress Knock-Off

Back in December of last year, I was shopping with my sister and Mom at good ol’ Macy’s department store.  My sister was looking for new dresses for some holiday parties she was attending and I, who was about to start my RTW diet and thoroughly sick of having so many clothes, was “window-shopping”.

I was helping my sister pick out things for her to try on and I came across this dress in Rachel Roy’s Rachel collection

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That’s my Mom holding it up in the change room.

My sister liked it, but it was a little long on her and outside her price-point.  So, my Mom told me to try it on, for fun.

I can’t even explain how much I fell in love with it!  The colors were so beautiful and the mesh detail at the back was sexy yet cool, but most of all, it was sooooooooooooooooo soft.  When I looked at the composition of the main fabric of the dress, of course, it was a modal/polyester/elastane blend.  I say “of course” because all of the clothes that I own with a high modal percentage are super duper soft.

Instead of buying it, my Mom encouraged me to try to make a version myself.  Truth be told, it looked easy enough to make.  So I thought, why not?

Months passed and the dress went on sale, then on clearance.  I didn’t budge – RTW diet or not, it would be such a cop out to buy it after saying I was going to replicate it!

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(In the above photo, you can also see how the version on the model has the fabric print off center at the center back!  Tsk Tsk Rachel.)

I bought these 2 pieces of fabric from Jo-Ann’s last year.

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The first was to be my muslin.  The second (a modal blend which could only be dry-cleaned according to the fabric care instructions) was going to be THE knock-off.

Initially, I was going to pull out my TNT Vogue 1314 pattern and to begin drafting the back to include the mesh detail.  But Winter and Spring and then Summer came and went, I never got around to drafting much.

How fitting is it now that I’m taking a knits course and our first project was to make a dress sloper and an accompanying dress made from that sloper?  Kismet I tell you.

In our class, we made a bodice, skirt and sleeve sloper for knit fabrics.  Because of my slight sway back, my teacher suggested that for the best fit, I always have a CB seam and that it was up to me if I wanted to insert an invisible zipper or not.

After making up the initial dress sloper, I had to look up in our text book

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(amazing book for working with knits, by the way) how to convert the regular deep sleeve into a raglan.  I was really nervous about this at first because I didn’t think it would be very easy, but I was wrong.

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Pattern drafting blows my mind every time I try it.  I suppose I’m not used to having the freedom to make every design decision when working with commercial patterns, but being able to put the seams and design details wherever I want is super empowering.

I made up the first draft of the raglan dress in a turquoise printed jersey I got for $1/yard at the FIDM store.

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I found the sleeves a little tight below the elbows and the waist too loose.  I also decided to bring down the front angle of the raglan seam on the front.  I, then, made another draft/muslin to see the changes.

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I liked the changes, and decided it was time for me to work with the pattern to create the mesh insert at the back.  I generally prefer to wear a bra under dresses.  And I don’t really like when undergarments show underneath clothing so I wanted to change the mesh cut-out in the back so there was a bit more coverage.  I changed the cut-out into a more modest type of reveal.

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This version was getting really close!  But when I saw the “modest” back, I decided I didn’t like it that much.  I realized that the mesh should be more shaped and not go all the way to side-seam.  So, I decided to ditch the modesty and go back to the original design (closer to the Rachel Roy inspiration piece), as well as, tighten the dress at the waist and hips a little more.

The final dress sewed up in no time at all!  I was praising myself for taking the time to make all the muslins because my final dry-clean-only dress was perfection.

Or so I thought.

When I finished the sleeve hems, dress hem and inserted a neckline band, I noticed that the neckline was kind of droopy as I held it up.  I decided to try on the dress and lo and behold, the neckline was really loose and cowl-y!  I had made the neckline too wide/low and when I had inserted the neckline band (which I had made too loose) the whole neckline just flopped around.

I was soooooo upset as I had sewn up the whole dress with the overlock and finished with a coverstitch (read:  a lot of thread and permanently cut seams).  I knew I had to go in with my ripper/snippers and cut out the whole neckline band and tighten up the neckline at the front sleeves.  This literally took longer to do than sewing up the actual dress took – the main reason why I hate altering clothing.  But!  I pushed through and forced myself to do it (because it was a project that was due on Monday).

Below is the end result.  Not perfect and the raglan seams are a bit weird/puckery/bunchy, but it looks so much better and feels so much better to wear.

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In hindsight, I think it would have been nice to add some mesh detail to the sleeves (like a hidden cut out behind the forearms) to tie in more of the mesh to the rest of the dress but that can be something I can do in the next project (knit pants!).  I wasn’t able to take the mesh all the way to the hip like in the inspiration dress either because it would have interfered with my sway back adjustment, but I’m happy with the depth of the mesh on the back.  Since this is a  somewhat special piece because the dry-clean-only aspect of it doesn’t make it a daily wear, I don’t mind wearing some super sticky petals to show off the sexiness of the back.  I’m looking forward to wearing it this holiday season!

I’m so glad I made this dress as it truly was a year in the making!

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Re-create Rachel Roy inspiration dress?  Check!

Learn how to pattern raglan sleeves?  Check!

Use fabric from my stash?  Check!

Make a dress instead of buying it (as per the RTW fast – which has been quite the struggle for me this year)?  Check!

This was a 4-way win!

What Fall/Winter items are you making this year?  Any pieces that you’re finally getting to after a year?  Has anyone been super successful at the RTW fast or the stash diet?

The Perfect Jeans Quest Continues: Miss Jamie

It isn’t a secret that I’ve been on a quest to make the perfect fitting skinny jeans.  The first pair of jeans I made was a few years ago, and though it was an enlightening learning process which allowed me to take my sewing skills to the next level, I wasn’t 100% happy with the fit of the pants.  Not enough to move the pattern into the TNT pile, anyway.  And so the journey continued…

I had purchased Kenneth King’s Jeanius class on Craftsy last year, and I got to the stage of making the first muslin before I was distracted by other projects.

Then came the release of the new Finnish Named pattern line and the Jamie Jeans pattern!  I bought this pattern when it was released, traced and cut out the pattern but yet again, could not find the time to sew up a muslin!

Finally, at the end of last year, I was able to get myself together to finally start working on my Jamie Jeans muslin!

I had bought some very stretchy denim from M&L Fabrics in Anaheim.  I had initially wanted to use it for my Jeanius muslin, but decided to try it for my Jamie muslin instead.

I made up the muslin without the finishing details (no top-stitching or finishing the seams with my serger) because I just wanted to get a feel for the pattern steps and try the pants on as quickly as possible.  The pattern was really great to work with;  The steps were easy to follow, and all the pieces lined up and sewed up quickly.

When I tried on the finished muslin, I realized that I must have used too stretchy a denim because the pants were sooooo loose – not just in one place, but in all places.  Maybe this denim is better suited for a leggings/jeggings pattern?

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At first I second guessed what the fit of the pant was supposed to be, They’re supposed to be skinny jeans, right?  So, I went back to the Named website to see the fit of the pants on the model.  Yup, they’re supposed to be tight.

My version was also much too short and loose at the ankle which wasn’t the look I was going for.

I decided to make 2 changes:

The first was to choose a different fabric for the final version.  I went to my stash and pulled out all the denim.  One by one, I checked the stretch and recovery of each piece.  I decided on a piece that I got in the LA fashion district whose stretch was comparable to jeans that I own that have a composition of 98% cotton and 2% spandex.  Very stable with only a little bit of stretch.

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Secondly, I decided to add 2 inches to the length of the hem because I wanted to mimic the length of the jeans on the named model.

Then, off I went to sew up the final version.

This took me a lot longer to finish than the muslin.  I wanted a very professional look, so I really took my time with the cutting, sewing, serging and top-stitching.

This is how they turned out:

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Before adding the waistband and finishing the seams, I tried on the pants to make sure I liked the fit through the leg and decided to take out some bulk from the inner thigh.  I took out about 5/8″ and transferred this alteration to the pattern.

When I added the waist band onto the pants, the fit was suuuuuper tight at the waist!  Even though I would be able to button up the pants, I knew that I’d have to adjust the waist to have a more comfortable fit (and no muffin top).  Since these jeans were already cut and practically done, I decided that for me to really know how well this pattern fit, I’d have to make another pair.  This pair I put aside (without sewing on the belt loops) thinking it would be another muslin.

Luckily I had more fabric left for another pair.  I decided to sew it up using black top-stitching thread (which would make things go more quickly since mistakes would be less visible).

I used this fabric (that I used for my Vogue jeans pocket lining) for this pocket lining as well.

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It’s so perfect for pocket lining, don’t you think?

This is the result of the finalized, altered pattern.

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You can’t really tell from the photos but the fit of this pair is definitely the most comfortable.  The pants sit a bit higher on my hip than what I’m used to so it still feels a tiny bit tight.  But I think it is a good trade-off having the pants fit a bit higher and tighter at the waist because I don’t need to wear a belt with them and there is no chance of the waistband falling too low when I sit down.

After trying on version 2 again, I realized that though a bit tight now, they fit well enough for me to want to wear them, so I went back to the machine and sewed up the belt loops and added them to that pair.  I must say that I liked sewing up this pair the most because it was fun working with the gold top-stitching – I feel they make the jeans look very professional!

Here are all 3 versions together!

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Overall, I’m really happy with these jeans!  Though I wish they were still a little looser, and possibly lower, at the waist, I’m definitely happy with how they turned out and feel I might be getting closer to making a perfect pair of skinny jeans.  I’m realizing that when I compare them to my store bought jeans, the denim of the me-made pair is extremely stiff.  This is a big factor in them being wearable for me because I tend to reach for the most comfy pair of jeans in my closet.  Is this a sign that I just need to wash them a lot more (even before sewing them)?  Do you think the quality of my denim is just not high enough to get that store bought jeans feel?  Or do you think I’m just so accustomed to jeans that have a much higher spandex percentage?

Whatever it is, I still think I’m on a quest for a perfect jeans pattern.  Even during Me-Made-May this year, these pants were probably the most uncomfortable of my Me-Mades (although, thick and stiff jeans in the extreme heat was probably a bad decision on my part).

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Another close-but-no-cigar pattern.  If I can find the time this year, I will definitely get back to working on my Jeanius muslin.  Until then, I’ll probably be wearing my store bought jeans more often.  Have you tried making jeans?  Have you tried the Jamie Jeans pattern?  What do you think?  Do you think the perfect Me-Made jeans can be done?  Or is it safe for me to give up now?

Draping a Ruched Knit Birthday Dress

Hi everyone!

In this post, I’ll be showing you in more detail the dress I made as my 2nd project for my draping class this past Spring.  The assignment was to drape a dress out of a knit fabric.  I was excited about this project because I love knit fabrics as they are very forgiving and comfortable to wear.  I wanted to choose a style and fabric to create a dress that I could wear on my birthday (which was on May 5th).

The style I chose was inspired by this casual but classic asymmetrically ruched dress:

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This was my sketch (that my teacher needed to approve before beginning):

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The fabric I bought was (yes, again) from Jo-Ann’s.  When I first saw it, it was part of their newly released Spring collection and I just about died when I saw it.  Pink, floral, with neon – this is sooooooooooooooooooo me.

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The only thing that made me flinch was that the fabric is modal (yay) but dry clean only (boo).

Since it was going to be for my birthday, I thought, “what the hey” and I purchased 3 yards (and the price was a pretty penny even with Jo-Ann’s coupons) because I knew I would be doing some serious ruching.

Maybe this was my fault, but I trusted my teacher’s word (which I may never do again with expensive dry clean only fabric), but she insisted that it would be fine to drape and cut the fashion fabric without a practice prototype.  I am addicted to muslins so I was very hesitant about this, but I thought, “she’s a teacher, she MUST know what she’s talking about”.  Her reasoning was that the drape of each fabric is very individual and that it’s best to work with your actual fabric on the dress form.  So off I went to start draping on the dress form.

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The process was not that easy because my teacher wasn’t able to give instruction in the detail that I’m accustomed to, nor was she able to give enough hands on direction.  My ruching was far from perfect and I couldn’t quite get the technique down (I was basically winging it).  But in the end, I think I came up with something that is close to my inspiration despite the fabric being a busy print and my ruching being somewhat uneven in areas.

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I cheated a little and used the sleeve pattern for the plantain t-shirt as our teacher didn’t really explain how to do sleeves properly (let’s just say the whole semester was basically “do whatever you want” time in that class, and yes, that was completely frustrating for me).

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All in all, despite not really learning how to properly ruch or drape sleeves, I feel I ended up with a dress that I love that fits me quite wonderfully!  I think this says a lot about the quality of fabric (I love modal).  I wore it several times this past Summer, not only on my birthday (yes, that’s me at the Fabric Store in LA),

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but In  NYC as well.  It was a hit!

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I can’t forget that it was also in the RTW section of my school’s fashion show in May:

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Even though I wasn’t able to come out of it with a flat pattern to maybe one day replicate the dress, I’m hoping that if one day I take the advanced draping class, a more organized and knowledgeable teacher will be instructing the class.  Until then, at least I got a nice, wearable dress out of the experience!

A T-Shirt Dress Kinda Summer

Hi All and Happy “First-Day-of-Autumn”!!!

Today will be a quickie post just highlighting some of the t-shirt dresses I made and wore during Me-Made-May this year.

It was quite a hot summer here in Southern California this year and I’m glad I was able to switch up my work wardrobe a bit by throwing some dresses into the mix.  My style is extremely casual as it is, so the t-shirt dress is a great way for me to not overheat while still sticking to a style that I’m comfortable wearing all day.

3 of the fabrics from the 4 dresses I made were purchased from Girl Charlee, the last was a Michael Levine loft find.  All 4 dresses were made from a Frankenpattern I made from the plantain tee (bodice) and the Vogue 1314 skirt.  Looking back, I’m realizing that I should/could have altered each pattern to more closely match the stretch of each fabric I used.  But I’m only just now reflecting on that because I’m learning about different stretch ratios in my knits class.

Here are each of the dresses:

The first is made of a mint and cream striped ponte knit.

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This is a version made in a mustard and ivory striped cotton jersey.

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Here is a similar striped black and white cotton jersey (from the Michael Levine loft).

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The last, and my favorite is a camo cotton modal spandex version.  This version is so soft – almost as comfy as pajamas!

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For this camo version, I got stopped in NYC and asked where I got the dress.  When I explained that I made it, this woman asked me to make one for both her and her daughter.  This was extremely flattering considering… it’s a t-shirt dress!  What I’m discovering more and more as a fashion student is that, people tend to like most what you wear/make when it really reflects your own style and flatters your own body.  So, that was a really nice compliment!  And if anything, it is confirmation that my makes are starting to suit my personal style more and more – double yippee!

These dresses were constructed almost 100% on my serger and finished with a double needle.  The neckline edge finish was either self-fabric or black ribbing (for the camo).  I also finished the sleeves with ribbing on the camo version.  Super simple – easy to make and wear!  I think each of these will transition nicely into the Fall and will get a lot of wear out of them before the temperatures cool down over here.  What are some of your favorite Summer/Fall transition pieces?

Ah… Girl Look At That Body… Ah… I Work Out

Remember that LMFAO song?  I couldn’t think of a title for this post and that was the first song I could think of.  So, I apologize in advance if that song gets locked in your head for the next few days.  (I’m sexy and I know it – haha!)

I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I work as a part-time spinning instructor.  Though I don’t carry the most ripped and chiseled body in Southern California, fitness has been a huge part of my life since I was a teenager.  I love aerobics, any type of movement with jumping, dancing to the beats of music and of course, spinning.  I work out anywhere from 3 days a week to daily and so, I have quite an extensive workout wardrobe.

After making my first pair of workout tights back in January, I realized how easy it was to make workout pants.  And not only easy, but fun!  I could make workout pants from any spandex/stretch fabric I wanted – no color, print, pattern would be off-limits!

During Me-Made-May, I decided to make a few pairs of workout pants in crazy-printed, clearance spandex.  These fabrics, I think no one in their right mind would buy if they were looking to make a dress or top out of them.  They’re pretty “out there” - wouldn’t you agree?

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I found all of these on super clearance at Jo-Ann’s.  Though I can’t say for sure, but to me they looked like fabrics that no one wanted (unless just for practicing with), and for some reason, I felt that I could do something with them that could make them wearable.

I used the same pattern that I modified to make the Nike Knock-off (McCall’s 6173) to construct 4 pairs of tights that were 3/4 in length.  I used different colors of wide, non-roll elastic to finish the waist for a snug fit.

I previewed two during Me-Made-May, but the other two I have yet to reveal/document.  So here they all are:

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Wanna hear the craziest part?

Every time I wear one of these to the spin studio or to the gym, I get approached by complete strangers asking me where I bought them.  When I tell them I made them, they immediately try to put in an order with me!  Some even beg and plead and promise they won’t tell anyone they got them custom-made by me, but that they “need” them.  Isn’t that nuts?  People are a trip!  If they knew they were made from the sad fabrics at Jo-Ann’s that no one wants, maybe they’d be singing a different tune?

But isn’t that the beauty of creating?  With a little vision, we can create something new and beautiful with what was once thought of as junky, clearance items.  I, now, have plenty of work out pants to last me until … well, until they fall apart.  But I’m happy I found something for my active lifestyle that is so easy and fun to make.  I will be making a pair of knit pants from scratch (from a sloper based on my measurements) for my knits class this semester, so I’ll find out how that matches up to this TNT pattern of mine.

Do you guys work out?  When you do, do you wear bright, crazy colors and patterns?  Or are you more conservative and subtle with your workout wear?  What are your thoughts on these pants that I made?  Too crazy?  Not crazy enough?

Have a great week everyone!

Draping a Bustier Dress

Many of you who follow me on social media may have seen this photo that I posted back in the Spring:

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It was a mini sneak-peek of a structured garment, in my case, a bustier dress that I designed and patterned based on one of my favorite bras and a size 12 dress form at school.

I found the draping class I took in the Spring to be very challenging.  Aside from the class itself being not very structured (the curriculum was only loosely based on a textbook and the making of practice samples was not strictly enforced), I found myself having a hard time unleashing my creative side (in that, I am accustomed to obeying rules and having structure in most areas of my life).

You may remember the first of three projects in which I was to create “anything” out of unconventional (non-fabric) materials.  My least favorite project of all time!  I think if I had a second go at it, I would be able to get more creative with my choice of materials and silhouette but at the time, I really wanted to learn and I felt letting me do whatever I wanted wouldn’t involve any learning on my part.  Learning is not play-time!  Haha – I’m such an uptight scientist sometimes.

Anyway, the 2nd project was a draped knits project which you may have seen in my Me-Made-May 2014 collection.  It was the pink floral ruched dress that I made for my birthday – I loved this dress (and I hope to post in more detail about it soon).

Our 3rd project was a draped dress made of woven fabric.  This was difficult for me to decide on because I dress very casually and I didn’t have an occasion coming up in my schedule for me to make a formal dress for.  So I went on pinterest looking for inspiration ideas.

I love bustier dresses.  Over the years, Dolce & Gabbana bustier dresses have become an obsession of mine.  I dabbled a little in a bustier dress-making during the Little White Dress contest I entered earlier this year, but I didn’t quite feel like I got a hold on understanding the boning and construction part of it.  I made it out of extremely stretchy knit fabrics – probably my first mistake.

During my pinterest lurking, I saw this dress in Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection, and I was immediately floored!  “That’s it!”, I said to myself, “I will make a casual, colorful and fun bustier dress”.

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And so, I went to Joann’s and looked for some fun fabrics to work with.  I found this double-sided denim which which had a fun ikat print on one side and a cool tropical print on the other:

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I found a complementary light-weight fabric (still at Jo-Ann’s) that I could use for the piping detail.  I found this:

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It is a “silk-feel” polyester that had the same color palette as the denim.  Perfect.

In school, I am deemed a Joann’s fabric master.  But trust me, I see all the ugly fabric they have, too!  I think it’s all the years shopping at Winners and TJMaxx that has honed my gift for finding needles in haystacks.

Anyway, I made up a muslin of the dress before I cut into my fashion fabric of course.  I got the best advice ever from my corset teacher saying that I should make the cups pattern pieces by draping on my favorite-fitting bra.  After making up the cups pattern and sewing up the cups in muslin, I pinned the cups onto my size 12 dress form at school and began pinning muslin onto the dress form to drape the remaining part of the would-be princess seamed dress.  After making up the dress pattern and muslin, I sewed it together and tried it on.  I further altered the dress to fit it to my body the way I wanted it, then transferred the changes to my pattern.

I was now ready with a workable pattern which I added design details to such as a pockets.  I, also, chose to mix up the front and back of the denim pattern on different pattern pieces of the dress.

I made a facing and an inter-layer (made of coutil) for the bodice boning channels of the bustier and I interfaced the facing cups.

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Then, I constructed the dress adding piping detail into all the seams.

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The most difficult part was putting together the 3 layers of the bodice – this is something I still need to perfect because the neckline/cup seam was so thick due to the 3 layers and the piping.  I hand stitched the 3 layers together through the cup seams.  The dress has an invisible zipper closure, hook & eye and the hem is finished with hem lace and hand stitched for an invisible hem finish.  I had some of my fellow students tell me that the piping fabric I chose would be “too much”, but I went with my gut (and sometimes I like being “too much”) and stuck with it.  I think the piping detail is one of my favorite elements of the dress!  And of course, who doesn’t love a pocket?  (Notice how the print on the pocket perfectly matches the dress?  Sneaky me and my print matching!)

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This is the garment I’m most proud of this year as I draped the dress, modified the pattern and constructed it with advanced techniques.  With this dress, I  really feel like envisioned it and executed it from start to finish.  My mind is blown that I designed and draped the pattern myself!

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I think that if this wasn’t a school project, it is not something I would have ever made on my own.  This makes me realize that maybe I should create more ambitious projects and be more patient with the pieces I make.  I love everything about it and when I wear it, it feels like it is both, who I am and who I want to be - Colorful, whimsical, and playful while still being functional and well-built.

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I’m planning on using the pattern to make the base layer of a bridesmaids dress I’ll be wearing next Spring.  I’m really excited to make it and practice even more “couture” techniques I’ve learned in school.

Doesn’t it feel really great to make something you feel embodies your personality, style and soul?  I’m starting to get that feeling more and more with pieces I make and the feeling is exciting and kind of addicting!  What was your favorite make this year?  What print, colors, styles, silhouettes do you think embody your soul’s personality and style?  I’d love to hear about what garments you’ve made that make you feel the most “you”!

 

The Plaid Archer …

from my 2014 Winter sewing list.

Remember this list (from this post) everyone?

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Well, I finally decided to get back on it now that Spring and Summer have made their way in and out of my life.  Just to let you know, I didn’t just stop posting, I actually stopped sewing for a long, long time.  I’m OK, thanks for asking.  I was just putting more time into some other endeavors like travel, fitness, socializing and well, Summer!

Fall and “back to school season” seems to always get me back on track especially since I’m taking a knits course and a Tukatech (advanced pattern making using CAD software) course from now until the end of December.  This means I’m still really busy, but hopefully will have more motivation to post my makes.  I also miss the blogisphere dearly!  But, I digress…

Grainline Studio’s Archer.

I could leave my blog post with only those 3 words, and I know you’d understand.

This is everyone’s favorite button-up shirt – and mine, too!  My first version was on my top 5 hits of 2013 list, and it must be on everybody’s favorites list because this pattern is crazy-versatile.  I don’t even wear button-up shirts but I’ve had fabric put aside in my queue waiting for me to make more versions of it!

This plaid fabric had been in my stash for about 6 months before I started working on it back in February.  It is funny because I’d been searching every website and fabric store (including LA fashion district, Michael Levine’s and Mood!) for the perfect plaid fabric (perfect, to me, at least).

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I wanted something with red and black, but I didn’t want it to have too many colors – or resemble my Catholic high school uniform kilt.  I really looked long and hard, and when I finally found exactly what I was looking for, lo and behold – Ladies and Gentlemen… it was at Jo-Ann’s!!!  Honestly, Jo-Ann’s has great fabric!  Maybe there is a little too much polyester in their fabric section, but hey, if I’ll wear it, it’s better than buying higher quality stuff that will just take up room and sit in my stash, right?

Anyway, for my plaid version, I wanted to try using View A.  Some sewers have not been partial to the View B (a.k.a. frilly bum cover) version, but I LOVE that version!  It was what actually got me to buy the pattern in the first place!  But this time, I wanted to see how View A fit me.

I know a lot of people found the pattern straight out of the envelope to be a little relaxed in fit, but that is normally how I like my tops.  So, I decided to cut out a straight 8.

In my advanced sewing class last Fall, we spent a few classes learning about properly matching plaids.  I won’t get into too many specifics, but the technique we learned made it very simple.  First, we were taught to prevent headaches by cutting in single layers.  Second, we matched the plaid by lining up the pattern on the fabric perfectly on the grain and then matching the notches of the adjoining pieces to the plaid.  Honestly, it’s that simple.  As long as the grainline is right and the notches are matched perfectly, you get perfect plaid matching!

As my teacher said, it’s more important that the horizontal lines connect than the vertical – so as to not distract the eye from the flow of the plaid horizontally.

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What do you think?

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I purposely wanted a red plaid shirt because there is a pair of brown jeans that I have (as seen in the photo) that I absolutely love (soft like butter to the skin), but I don’t really have much in my closet that goes well with it (as I have a lot of black and grey tops in my waredrobe).  I think my new plaid archer looks great with the brown jeans!

Of course, it is a part of my “Constancia” line – named after my beloved Grandmother.

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So, there she is, folks.  The archer that took 7 months to complete!  Might be a record for me but I’m glad that I finished it!  I’ve actually been looking through the patterns/garments in my queue that I had planned to make for the Winter and Spring and I’m really happy to note that I still want to make them all!  I think that says a lot to being aligned with my personal aesthetic.  Yippee for personal alignment!!

I’ve made a new list for the Fall:

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Most of the pieces are garments I’m making as projects for my knits class so as not to overwhelm myself but I am carrying over what I was not able to finish last Winter.  The grey ruched modal dress, black knit blazer and the Rachel Roy knock-off dress are a few that I’m carrying over and hope to be able to wear this coming Winter.

Thanks for sticking with me in my on-again-off-again blogging schedule.  My plan is to blog more about some of the MMM’s I didn’t post about and my projects from my classes from the Spring.  Hope you’re up for it, there are few really special pieces that I’m really proud of in that bunch.  I hope you’re having a very happy September everyone!