Tuesday, December 22, 2015

a tale of remnants

I have this fushia silk crepe remnant from my previous project and I kept thinking what to do with it. I spent sometime analyzing my own wardrobe to find ways to expand it yet defines my style. I realized that all of my dresses and skirts are handmade yet all of my jackets are RTW in "safest" colors possible (blacks, blues and greys).

I'm always interested in making my own jacket that I bought this book ages ago and had signed up for 3 online courses. Plus, I always wanted to have a jacket in bold color.

An opportunity presented itself!

I used Butterick pattern 4610 which was provided with one of the online courses. I shortened the bodice by an inch and half, which I usually do, made a muslin, tried on and to my relief there were no alteration needed. Perfect!

As I wait for my  sleeveheads and shoulder pads to arrive, I cut the lining and the silk crepe. The lining is a blended shirt material that was a remnant that I actually bought from a fabric store. While I was block-fusing my jacket pieces, I realized that the side front and side back pieces for the lining were missing and I didn't have any fabric left! So rushed back to the fabric store. Unfortunately, the store didn't restock the same fabric of the same print, so I have to settle with another *sigh*

The button, pretty isn't it?

The button down shirt is Vogue 8772 ; I liked this so much I made multiple shirts with this pattern.The skirt is self-drafted, first seen here.

In other news, I participated in Burdastyle's Member Model Holidays Challenge. You can see my entry here. I'll be discussing the pattern modification, cutting and sewing process in my next post.

Until then,

Happy Sewing!

Monday, December 7, 2015

insta-recap: november, 2015

I have to be honest, I didn't do alot of sewing last month. In my defense, temperature finally dropped, the cold season is finally here and all I could think about is having a bowl of comforting soup or having barbeque for dinner. However, I did try something new:

I was watching food channel one evening, and the chef was making a marinade. I didn't get the name of the dish but I realized I got all the ingredients in my pantry: rosemary, thyme, lemon, chili flakes, roasted garlic, olive oil so I gave it a try.

I did tried something fancy and cooked a steak with chimichurri sauce. Plating is, admittedly, not something I am good at but, I am willing to learn.

Finally, got my sewing mojo back on, but my little George disrupted me by sleeping on my project, delaying it even further.

Another new is the Mexican Chicken Soup and Cheese Jalapeno Cornbread which is lovely and for sure, I will make these again.

Christmas is just days away and I am excited!

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Until then,