Monthly Archives: June 2012

camp chanel recap: almost at the finish line

mostly, what i have left to share is fell stitching.  hours and hours of fell stitching.  :-) at this point in the process–and i think i mentioned this before–i was so into it, so exhilarated by the sheer accomplishment of … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “las vegas”: the “hangover top”, better late than never edition (vogue 2962)

The Facts: Fabric: leftover liberty of london tana lawn “durie” (from modified/self-drafted simplicity 4903) Pattern: bodice portion of vintage vogue 2926 Year: circa 1950s Notions: zipper, sew-on snaps Time to Complete: 4 hours First Worn: June 22, 2012 Wear Again: … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “on holiday”: because a normal housedress would be completely boring

The Facts: Fabric: tie-dye souvenir t-shirt circa 1996; extra tie-dye fabric, hand-dyed by me circa 2011 Pattern: alabama studio fitted dress pattern (available in alabama studio + design) Year: 2012 Notions: none Time to Complete: 1 hour, for preliminary work.  … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “television”: an outfit for a companion at rest (better late than never edition)

The Facts: Fabric: silk/blend brocade in butterfly print from B&J fabrics (top); rayon/linen blend in taupe from paron’s annex Pattern: new look 6356 (top); simplicity 2451 (skirt) Year: the sleeve pattern is circa 1960s, but the rest comes from contemporary … Continue reading

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camp chanel reap: biggest seam allowances ever.

when last i left you, i had just accomplished my first bit of quilting. i had no idea that this was the last of the easy bits.  it’s interesting:  susan very specifically explained that the jacket, in and of itself, … Continue reading

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i sin so well…

not two days into my recovery from the splurge of camp chanel, i found the Holy Grail of vintage sewing patterns. more on the mondrian patterns at: PatternVault Paco Peralta PatternVault made Vogue 1556, also from the YSL Mondrian collection, … Continue reading

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camp chanel recap: where the thing i was most frightened of became the easiest bit of the jacket

day 2, tuesday, was about layout, thread tracing, cutout (fashion fabric AND lining) and….quilting.  if that sounds like a daunting one-day to-do list, it was.  and i was most nervous about two things:  matching my fabric (there is a slight … Continue reading

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camp chanel recap: inspiration and fabric choices

let me first direct you to marina’s excellent and thorough recap of her class last year.  it’s practically the same thing–i mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? day one:  fabric shopping ok, this was actually sort of … Continue reading

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camp chanel recap: the most important takeaway of the week

hello friends!  last week i had the amazing pleasure of taking susan khalje’s classic french jacket class.  to call this class an indulgence is a huge understatement, but if you have the time investment and can afford the fee, it’s … Continue reading

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