Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Okay, I've always been anti-stash. I haven't got the storage space and I'm afraid that having an enormous pile of fabric lying around will be intimidating rather than inspiring. Well... fabric.com was having a giant sale and the deals were too good to pass up. So now I have stash.

I'll justify this stash by having a plan for each of my purchases. Of course I'll prolly change my mind as I go, but its good to at least try to have some kind of idea. Isn't it?

Fabric 1: Bubble

How about a special day dress with some kind of interesting neckline? Maybe a sexy wiggle dress? I love how the colors kind of clash. I'm tempted to start looking for mustard yellow pumps and a matching belt.

Fabric 2: Flower Field

This just screams shirtwaist. But I am terrible at shirtwaist construction. Getting the bodice and skirt to line up is torture. Maybe this could be a strappy sundress? Either way, I've got my eye out for a pale yellow or lavender wide belt.

Fabric 3: Cactus

Yes, that's right. The pattern in brown that looks like coffee beans is actually cactus. I'd want to go kind of rockabilly with this fabric but not too costumey. I think a wiggle dress dripping with rick-rack trim would do nicely. Or maybe a dirndl skirt? While I don't necessarily want to look like a cartoon cowgirl, I am very tempted to look for brown and yellow cowboy boots to go with this fabric.

Fabric 3: Licorice Dot

I'm a little stumped by this one. I like how Japanese the print looks so I'm sort of inspired to make a cheong-sam. That would be mixing cultures, I know, but I've been watching a lot of Hawaii 5-0 lately. A Chinese dress in a Japanese print seems so very Hawaii to me. But really, I think this would make a very nice sun dress or play suit.

The dreaming is almost as fun as the making!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Not Exactly Awful, Just Sort of Un-flattering

Here's what happened to the leftover pink fabric from the hateful dress.

This dress was a dream to construct. The instructions were simple, the fabric behaved itself. I used a rolled hem foot on the sleeves and bottom. Zip! Done. I couldn't have asked for a simpler project.

It just doesn't really look right on me. The shape and color don't work. I suppose I should stick to fitted dresses and traditional red-head colors. Pink is difficult for us pelirojas to pull off. Here is the pattern. Nice,eh?

Here I am, aping the pattern art in an effort to make myself feel better. But I don't feel better. It's sad to make something you can't wear. Maybe I'd feel better if I passed it on to someone who can wear it? I have a mod friend who may just find this dress (and pattern) in her mailbox.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Year, New Post

My new year's resolution will be to post here more often.

Okay, I said it. Now I have to do it. I'm going to shoot for once a week but we'll see how it goes. At minimum, I'll try for every other week.

I have two completed projects, a giant pile of recently acquired patterns, and a big box of fabric from fabric.com, all just waiting to be posted here. That should give me, ahem, material for a while.

Here are two of my new patterns. I adore the bateau neck on 4360. 4347 is lovely too. I'm rather fond of the slim version with sleeves. The full version is nice too, although I'd keep the sleeve short. I'm always drawn to full gathered skirts but they aren't really the best on me. I wonder if a crinoline would make any difference? I wouldn't want to be all poodle-skirt-y, but I think just a little bit of puff might balance out my figure and release some of the bulk around my hips from all those gathers.

I'm interested in who these pattern artists were and how it is that the same girls appear over and over again. Did the pattern companies hire models for each season? Are these women friends or relatives of the artist? I've googled but I haven't had much luck. I can't be the only person interested in this, can I?