Saturday, February 7, 2009

The MUST-SEW Spring/Summer Sewing List

It is time to plan for spring-summer, and here is my list:
1. Drapey Cropped Full Pant
At first I cringed at the sight if harem pants or even at the fuller pants with front pleats. Then, I saw a photo of DVF’s Allen pant (see below)... And I was sold! I had to have a pant like that.
I have already drafted and muslined a front pleated pant, and am looking for the right fabric now.
Also, Burda 7653 (below) is something that appeals strongly to me.

2. Knit Maxi Dress
I am still looking for the perfect design; however, Elizabeth and James’s dress is my favorite at this point:
with these Caroline Hedaya dress running a close second:
I don't have patterns for either of the dresses; however, both seem pretty straight-forward to draft once you decide on the desired fulness.
3. Jumpsuit
Still have no favorite design but these are the RTW pieces I am looking at for details right now:
The 2nd and 3rd pieces (by, respectively, Paul and Joe and LARok) are most likely what I'll choose.
A Jumpsuit will be interesting to draft. I've never attempted a one-piece, so it should be either very interesting, or extremely frustrating, or both!
4. Proenza Schouler’s Top
Isn't this beautiful... So simple, yet so sopjisticated!
I'll cut this on bias and add structure by inserting boning in the upper side seam
5. A skirt:
I don’t have any summer skirts and this skirt by “by Malene Birger” is my design of choice:
I actually own this skirt and will be coping the pattern.
6. A casual tank(s)
I love tanks and am looking forward to making some slouchier versions - both knit and woven ones. I know many will frown on my inspiration, but here it is nonetheless - a slouchy silk tank by Alexander Wang:

This Burda 7661 View B could work:

How cool will it be if a looser silk tank is layered over a more fitted rayon tank and the rayon peaks from underneath?! I love the idea; I guess we;ll see how it would translate into reality.

7. Flirty Woven Camisole(s)
I like both the Rag & Bone button-up tank on the left and the Ella Moss Tiered camisole on the right. Don't know if I'll make both, but one for sure.

This Burda 7643 View C

Burda WOF 2005-05-111
Of course, I will be also making things for DD but this is something I don’t plan for, it is the spur of the moment kind of sewing.

Friday, February 6, 2009

"All sort of Things" kind-of post!

Thanks to the ever generous Marita from I hag this in my mail yesterday:

I am planning on working on these three projects:

Marita is having another giveaway of Patrones mags, so go check her blog!

On a completely different note, I thought I should show you my 3y.o.'s daughter recent creations:


As far as sewing, I am working on two muslins: for a skirt and a top, looking for fabric for them and for a pair of pants the muslin for which is finished. I am also trying to decide on my SS'09 sewing plan. School started for me 2 weeks ago and time for sewing will be very limited but I'll try and squeeze some projects in.

Lastly, my dear step-father-in-law who passed away a year and a half ago and left many Hermes, Fendi, Gucci, Ferragamo, Etro, etc. ties. He had hundreds of ties, my MIL gave away many, and has now asked me to list on Ebay the last 50. I tried but because of their counetrfeit policy I can only list 3 every 30 days (or something equally ridiculous). I am looking for ideas how I can sell them. There is no local menswear consignment store, I already checked into it. I can set up an online store but I don't know what traffic I will bring. Anyway, pls share your ideas with me. If you want to peak at the ties, click on this link: