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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

House of Jazmin

If you're like me, then you probably haven't a clue as to the programming on MTV. I discovered a new reality show - House of Jazmin. It chronicles the behind the scenes life of the 20 year old aspiring fashion designer Jazmin Whitley of Li Cari.

Yes, she does sew on a Bernina 830!

And her inspiration?
I think my biggest influence and inspiration would be Coco Chanel because just, like, the cuts and the fabrics and everything are so, like, my personal style. And so it's so, like, exciting to see all of her work and how she started with hats, and when I was young I started designing, like, sketches of perfume bottles. I was just attracted to design in general and so then as I got a little bit older it, like, went, like, all the way toward fashion.

NyMag

How many "likes" was that? Okay, how about you, like, check out this, like trailer of the, like show:



The House of Jazmin airs Tuesdays on MTV at 10:30pm ET, 9:30pm CT

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Article: A Fashion Writer Learns to Sew!

I read this article in the September issue of Vogue and it made me smile. Anytime someone, especially those that have access to high-end designer duds take an interest in sewing... well, I just get goosebumps! The author spoke of taking an interest in sewing lessons in order to make curtains and pillows. She discussed this with her editor at Vogue and the editor told her that learning to sew in order to make home decor was "bor-ing"! My sentiments exactly! (No offense to anyone who only wants to sew home decor, LOL.) She suggested that she make a dress! What a mar-velous idea! The author felt that since she writes about clothes for a living, she should know how they're made! I totally agree! I think ALL of the fashion writers and editors should take a garment sewing class.

The author's editor suggested Jason Wu (yes, "Inaugural gown Jason Wu") as a sewing instructor. We should all be so lucky!

Click the images to enlarge them to read the article:

ETA: I see a few of you questioned the use of the expensive dupioni for her first project. I say, why not? She knew that the dress would be photographed and put in THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF VOGUE!!! Surely you didn't expect for her to use "quilter's cotton" to copy Jason Wu's runway dress??? No need of playing in the shallow end of pool... might as well jump off into the deep end! Plus, she had a top designer to guide her hands. I always tell people when they ask me for advice, work with a fabric that you love! If money's not an issue, even if you fail, you can simply look at it as being "just fabric".

Friday, August 21, 2009

McCall's 5845 - Animal Print Sheath Dress!

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5845

Fabric: Grey and black leopard print - Poly Charmeuse

Notions: 14" invisible zipper

Description: Fitted, lined dresses A, B have extended shoulders, outside darts, low-cut back with back zipper closing, back slit and mid-knee length; dress A has purchased belt; dress B has belt with bow.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18, I cut the size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy enough that a beginner could handle this project with ease.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? When I first saw this pattern, I thought, "Meh, another sheath dress. But the pleats are interesting." But then, I looked at the technical drawing and say the back and was sold!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 inches to the hem. Had it not been for the length of this dress, I would have been able to sew this straight out of the envelope.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Doubtful that I'll sew this again, but I do recommend it.

Conclusion: I think this dress is very flattering and the low-cut back is downright sexy!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Butterick 5352 - Little Red Dress!

Project Details:

Pattern: Butterick 5352

Description: Pullover A-line dress, above mid-knee length, has lined, fitted bodice, tucks at neck, pleated front and stitched hem, cut-in armholes give halter effect.


Pattern Sizing: 6 - 20, I cut the size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were fairly easy. just be careful when making the tucks on the bodice and the skirt.

Fabric Used: Matte Jersey.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this dress. This is another of those dresses that look like a halter from the front, but provide full coverage in the back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 inches to the hem. No FBA was needed because it's a knit. Had it not been for the length of this dress, I would have been able to sew this straight out of the envelope.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Doubtful that I'll sew this again, but I do recommend it.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Butterick Fall Patterns - Slim Pickins!

There are only two patterns that I absolutely love and can't wait to get my hot little hands on!


Butterick has their own versions of tribute dresses to the First Lady! I actually like there's better than the ones from Vogue.





Anything you like?