|....and what WE wore:|
Nancy is an inspiring designer/sewist who works in our booth at the Expo. She also works at JoAnn's in Portland, and are they lucky to have her (and so are we). Nancy always sews something new.
4 days at the show.
She outdid herself this year, here they are!
|Gray knit stripe cardigan is V8795, view B, the black dress is V8582, lengthened to dress length and the white and black slips are OOP (out of print) V2148 Adri
|Both pumpkin and black knit cardigans are V8653. Nancy took in ease and used excess seams to do a self covered seam binding. The Big Plaid sheath dress is McCalls 2401...Nancy describes herself as short and cut it selvedge to selvedge. The pumpkin leggings are from an OLD OOP (out of print) Miyake 1729|
|Big dots black linen coat...OOP (out of print) Sewing Workshop Mission jacket
White shirt is V8707...lengthened & the big black ankle pants are from OOP Calvin Klein pattern.
|Jacquard knit jacket V8779, with facings removed; used a full lining instead. Nancy used hook and eye tape on both the front and back.
Her seersucker skirt is an OLD Burda. The black cloud burnout knit top is V8582, which Nancy tweaked to add the floating double layer peplum, which you can see peeking out below the jacket.
|Katherine's new patterns, Vogue 8793 knit top with zipper used as trim, worn with her hit vest pattern, Vogue 8777 in our Chanel matelasse.|
|V8793 in a collage of knit fabrics (sorry, we sold out of these)|
|V8793, zipper trimmed top worn with vest, V8777 in our Captain Midnight 'shrink-dink' fabric, constructed AFTER the fabric was shrunk. Katherine finished all the seams by hand, so the vest could be reversed.
|Marcy's Vogue 8709
As a dress in our Marc Jacobs Italian crushed silk. Inspired by other versions of this pattern interpreted as a dress, I tweaked the pattern for myself. Simplified it by cutting the 2 fronts the same, narrowed the front panel, lengthened the peplum (about 10 inches), lowered the front neck edge (so had to change the collar so it would fit the neck).
The good news is that the silk keeps its crinkle when laundered, AND that the dress was fun to sew and I love wearing it over leggings or skinny pants. Next I want to make it in a black knit to wear as a dress or cardigan-sweatery top layer; my version of the little black dress.
As a vest. LOTS of changes on this pattern to transform it into a vest (which I love). Deepened the armhole, changed the shape of the armhole so the shoulder seam is about 3" wide, used one front, narrowed the front panel, lowered the front neck edge (changed the collar to fit), lengthened the peplum, added a side seam to the peplum, eliminated the back pleat on the peplum, changed the shape of the back peplum (used a purchased garment as a guideline), then, in sewing, took in at the side seam and removed some of the skirty flare from the peplum.
I have made this shirt at least 8 times already, so I am familiar with the construction and fit....an essential element in making so many changes.
The fabric is a gigantic plaid in nylon, one of my favorite fabrics: it is smooth, supple, malleable, slides on easily over and under other garments. You could also use silk taffeta (I'd wash/dry it first).
The way the plaids do and don't line up is part design, part good luck!
|Worn with black underneath. The T is V8582, pieced in our black Parisian microfiber, one of my basic layering pieces and a narrow black pant. |
in black ponte worn over knit T, V8636.
|I used one of our Cool Combos from last season to make the collage T --- sorry, that combo is sold out, but we have more waiting in the wings. On this version, I widened/deepened the neck, used the selvedge edge of one of the fabrics for the neck edge and cut the 3/4 sleeves on the diagonal, which is a bit of a sewing rule breaker, but always seems to work.|
|Vogue 8777 Vest and V8636 T
Worn with pant V8774. The pant is Vogue's new version of a jean, which I like very much, here in washed silk dupioni, which I cut on the cross grain, using the selvedge as the hem.
The top and vest work very well together as a practical springtime spin on the twin set. I've just heard that you can tell a bona fide Missoni fabric by the looking at the selvedge. If the selvedge is shaped (as on this fabric), it is a real Missoni. I named the fabric Roman Holiday, and when I did a burn test, it reveals itself as poly, though it has the feel and lightly crisp drape of linen.
Katherine made the vest and T, using the selvedges on this knit down the front, then she rolled and hand stitched the lower edge. The vest is made straight out of the pattern package. The T, V8636, which we both keep tweaking as it is such a great basic, and the raglan sleeve nests so well under the vest. This version is lengthened 1/2" in the armhole, and then lengthened again at the hem (sorry, no exact # here). Selvedges are used on the T at the hem and neck edge.