|Saturday, June 23, 2012
Design Outside the Lines Sisters
Home again after an incredible week at 5Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon with a group of highly inspiring and deeply creative women.
Right from the get-go, we spread out into our studio workroom where there was an invigorating buzz of creativity and always something interesting going on. In this photo it is day 1....the room got more wildly jumbled and full and interesting as the days progressed!
Each retreat changes me, expands me, sends me off on new directions. It is an honor to be part of the magic that happens when 29 women gather together to explore, create, learn from each other and from themselves. Hard to put it into words, but I've put together a group of photos that partially tells the tale.
|Diane Teaching: We have formal and informal teaching sessions.|
|Myrna and Diane collaborate.|
|Work in Progress!|
|Andrea setting up her sewing machine|
|Marie draping on the dress form.Gayle designing|
|Maggie's blouse is inspired by the photo from the Schiaparelli/Prada show at the met. Not only is the blouse pieced, but the front bodice inset is shaped too! |
|Diane paints on fabric using a looooong hand fashioned brush during an outdoors painting session lead by Diane Ericson.|
|We set up a pop up store in the classroom....then some of the participants set up their own store in the adjoining dining room.|
|We set up a cutting area, here Maggie cuts....and check out her cool T-shirt!|
|Joanne is a master felted who is having a blast crossing over into sewing!|
|Stephanie brought her great jacket using V8752. Love the pop of the wild plaid used in the hood and the facings.|
|Gayle's fabulous canvas bag with layers and layers of paint inspired others to try this out too.|
|Surface design layers elements on a garment in progress.|
|Mary used this clever and practical method of using a clear plastic copy of her pattern to lay out her design on fabric. I always learn something cool like this from the participants!|
|Karen Miller made a bag using the astonishingly beautiful fabric she creates with Katazome, Japanese stencil cutting and dyeing. I came home with a piece of Karen's gorgeous silk, now am pondering what to make with such a precious noble fabric!|
|Summer Reading Recommendations from Friends and Customers|
|Sunday, June 17, 2012
Summer Reading Recommendations
I'm making a stack of books to read over the summer, some on my iPad, but, I also love real books, and most of the fashion and sewing books are, thankfully, not available electronically. As I write, I'm in beautiful Sisters, Oregon with Diane Ericson and our fabulous assistant, Mary Glenn, where we will be setting up our hands on studio for the Design Outside the Lines retreat which begins today. Our largest group ever, can't wait! I'll be posting over the week.
I'd love to hear your favorite Sewing/Fashion/Design related books, do post them on Facebook or shoot me an e-mail: email@example.com with Favorite Books in the subject line.
|Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sewing Summer Pants
Even though summer is coming on very very very slowly here in Oregon, I know the day will come when I want a lightweight soft little pant for hot days. When I want to whip up a fast pant, my fall back pattern is the no side seam pant from Vogue 8397, which is out of print, but seems to still be available from the Vogue website. I keep making new paper pattern versions from the original, and this season have narrowed the width and cropped it a bit. Taking a cue from details I saw in Paris clothes, I've used a tie and tuck instead of the darts as shown on the pattern.
Even though this is a tried and true pattern, I still fit as I sew. The pattern does not have pockets, but I build in small hanging pockets made of light/smooth lining fabric attached on the inside front edge along the elastic waistband.
|Link to Vogue 8397|
|I call these, 'Read My Pants'. Made in our Antique Letters (sorry, sold out) fabric, cut on the cross grain. |
|Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Orange Dress
I came home from Paris hungry for an orange dress. I tried on several version, took photos, but did not find just the right one to buy...a good thing.
For my first post-Paris sewing project, I used our new Gorgeous Orange Crinkle Knit for V8813, AKA the little vintage French house dress.
The fabric is a bit challenging. Love the feel and crinkled texture, which stays with washing, but flattens out when pressed....I had never experienced this with other crinkled/wrinkled/pleated fabrics. I nearly gave up. Then I figured out the solution, NO pressing!
Like a good little sewist I pressed everything as I sewed it, so the center back seam looked flat, then I had flattened out the edge of the pocket. Things were not looking good. Adding an elastic casing along the pocket edge saved the day. On the center back, I added a casing and threaded a self fabric strip through it. In both cases it helped the overall design and look.
Will wear it with wild knit leggings. I used the Cristine Jonson leggings pattern in our Santa Fe Knit,which is a light tissue knit, the perfect weight for summer, it feels wonderful and I like the way it adds just a flash of colors at the hem of the dress. The leggings took just under an hour to cut and sew.
|Saturday, June 2, 2012
Beth made her version of Vogue 8709 , and modified it into a vest. She narrowed the front bands, deepened the armholes and deepened the pockets, squaring off the bottom. She eliminated the tuck at the center back peplum too.
The fabric is our Inky Navy Linen, which has an appealing creamy feel and drape. She made it for work (deep pockets), as a warm layer....walks 1 mile, then crosses the river to her car or golf cart or even rides her bike all the way here! The navy vest looks great over Beth's colorful knit tunics & tops and trademark 'tattoo'-like leggings.
We have fun dressing up for each other!