Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"City Confection"

So, I have been going to the Art Institute for Fashion Design for the past year and have been getting into the nitty gritty of sewing these past 6 months.  I've been through two Clothing Construction classes, Textile and Fabrication Analysis, and Trend Forecasting.  My favorite class, though, has been Patternmaking.  I once heard a professor say that patternmaking is the "make or break" moment for a Fashion Design student.  And I can definitely agree.  Luckily, I fell IN LOVE with this class and it led me to search for a patternmaking internship.

Anyway, blah, blah, blah.  Let's get to my final project!!!

 Eeeeee!!!  I am so proud of it, can you tell??  I decided to do two pieces, so the top is a peplum sleeveless blouse with a Peter Pan collar and the bottom is a simple pencil skirt.
 The top has a separating zipper and the pencil skirt has an invisible zipper.
 The top was a little big on the form, and if time had allowed I would have taken it in, but that was my last priority.
 The top has an all-in-one facing with a Hong Kong finish, and I lined the peplum with a beautiful cream-colored lining.  Can you tell that my inspiration was a cupcake??  I named the garment "City Confection."

 Don't pay attention to the fact that my kick pleat overlaps the opposite way of the "correct" way.  Just pay attention to the fact that I did a lined vent!!!  This process was not without tears, and I actually had to RE-DO it twice!  But let me tell you, if it had not been for the most amazing tutorial on YouTube, I would have been up s*%# creek without a paddle.  People, I have to share it with it you, not only because it is amazing, but because the guy in the video has a cute little accent as well;)

I literally have gotten 8 hours of sleep combined over the last 3 days, so needless to say, I'm due for a big ol' nap.  All for now!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Simplicity 1755

Well, the kids are in school, I'm finally feeling settled and now it's time to talk about my latest project.  It is one of the newest Simplicity patterns, 1775.  I fell in love with the silhouette and knew that I had to try it out.

My little one jumped in for the shot:)  I used a deep burgundy heavy cotton blend  that I actually received in one of my mystery boxes from Fabric Mart.
 I chose View A with the View B hem.  I also left out the pockets.

 I left the back collar open instead of adding button closures because I love the shape of it as is.

 This dress was all about the details for me.  I did a Hong Kong finish on all seams because I'm really into making the inside as beautiful as the outside.

This is a beautiful vintage button I found at a local fabric store...

This project took me quite some time due to the finishing on the inside seams, but I absolutely love it.  If I make it again I will shorten the bodice by an inch.  It is a little long and bunches slightly, but overall, I am quite happy with the results!