Thursday, May 7, 2009

What I Wore Today

So, this is what I wore today:

Pants: made by me (Burda WOF pattern)

Burned-out tee

Alicr and Olivia vest (it was on a really good sale so I figured I'd get it even though I could make one, besidesm it is really well made)

Necklace: self-designed and made
Bunch of other vintage and not so vintage jewelry (ebay, TJMaxx, Banana Republic)

Aldo shoes... I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If enyone likes them, here is a link ( and with this coupon you get 10% off: STUDADV817002.

On a sewing note, I am really going to try to make the jacket with the pronounced sleeves. I don't know if I'll be successful, but will give it a try. As a starting point, I took Violet's advice ( and ordered two Winifred Aldrich's "Metric Pattern Cutting" books, one for general women's wear and one for tailored women's garments. Violet commented that the book provides instructions for changing a semi-fitted sleeve to a very close fitted sleeve and raising the bodice armhole. I'll keep you posted how the project goes, even if it is going south:)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Balmain SS'09 Inspired Blazer

I am in love with the shoulders on the jackets below. The first two are by Balmain, I am not sure about the third. In any case, I see the third as quite wearable for me, and am thinking on perhaps trying to make it. It is going to be the biggest drafting challenge I have eber undertaken.

Here is my analysis of the last jacket:
  • single breasted
  • peak lapel
  • 2 hip pockets
  • narrow sleeve (may be a 2-piece one)
  • high armhole
  • fitted bodice: princess seam or 2 darts

Preliminary sketches for the purpose of the armhole and sleeve:

I'd very much appreciate input and ideas about how to make it, as well as suggestions on a pattern I could start from for the bodice.