pleats, silk, skirt, wool

Party skirt in silk gazar with drapey wool top

Back in Paris, I had the opportunity to visit a special Balenciaga exhibit at musée Bourdelle.  The theme was black: the garments were primarily black, usually displayed in black boxes, and some were even behind black curtains that you had to lift to view the dresses.  The pieces were stunning, naturally, but what was particularly intriguing… Continue reading Party skirt in silk gazar with drapey wool top

blouse, crepe de chine, draping, fashion design, handmade wardrobe, sewing, silk, stonemountain and daughter, tops, wvc

Draped silk blouse

I'm about halfway through my last semester at WVC and I am loving my draping class!  I've taken two flat pattern drafting courses, which were amazing too, but draping to create garment designs is just a whole different skill.   So much fun!Since I work on a dress form that has a similar bust size… Continue reading Draped silk blouse

britex, burdastyle, canvas, cotton, handmade wardrobe, horn buttons, mood, sewing, silk, snaps, water-resistant

Dress rain jacket with silk lining

My favorite "dress" rain jacket is now about 12 years old.  Despite its age, the lovely aqua color is still in style and fit is still so good...however, there are stains and discolorations that dry cleaning can't fix.  As sad as it is, I think it's time to pitch it.  Well, this is one of those… Continue reading Dress rain jacket with silk lining

astoria, french seams, handmade wardrobe, liberty voile, seamwork, sewing, sewing knits, silk

Astoria top + swishy skirt (take 2)

After sewing this version of the Astoria top with a swishy skirt, I knew I had to make more.  MORE! Alas, I only made this one more (despite my dreams of a closet full of them).  The overall style works well--cropped 50s inspired top with a voluminous skirt--and I like how it works with my… Continue reading Astoria top + swishy skirt (take 2)

dress, elastic, handmade wardrobe, leini dress, named patterns, rolled hem foot, sewing, silk, silk chiffon, stonemountain and daughter

Leini, the birthday dress

This past week marked the beginning of my last year as a thirty-something.  Eek!  There were several celebratory events (dinners here, here, and here--clearly I enjoy eating!), and for the latter two, I wore this lovely silk dress.The pattern is from Named, the Leini Dress.  I chose it for the simple design (to blend in better… Continue reading Leini, the birthday dress

alma, britex, colette patterns, cotton, granville blouse, harts fabric, linden, mood, myrtle, resewlution 2015, sewaholic patterns, silk, thread theory, vintage fabric, vintage pattern, year-end round up

Undocumented Garments of 2015

I don't need to review my year to recognize that I didn't blog a lot this year!   I sewed a lot less and had a lot less time to take photos and write posts, just in general.  But I sewed more than I reported, so instead of reviewing my "hits and misses" of 2015,… Continue reading Undocumented Garments of 2015

britex, britex guest blogger, handmade wardrobe, handsewing, resewlution 2015, sewing, silk, skirt

Fancy holiday skirt in silk taffeta

If you're coming from Britex, welcome! With the holidays coming up, surely there are a few parties to attend, right?  The iridescent magenta-black color of this stunning silk taffeta is so joyous and opulent that I knew it had to be a sassy, swingy skirt for an evening fête! When the fabric arrived, I was… Continue reading Fancy holiday skirt in silk taffeta

bag, britex, britex guest blogger, indie patterns, mrs. h, sewing, silk

Companion Carpet Bag in silk brocade

I can hardly believe I made this bag--I'm just so in love with it!  As my most recent Britex project, I've been thinking about this bag for a while--I picked out the fabric and pattern months ago, and sat down just this week to sew it.  It turned out exactly like I imagined! First off,… Continue reading Companion Carpet Bag in silk brocade

blouse, britex, handmade wardrobe, indie patterns, pattern runway, sewing, silk, stretch silk

Stella blouse in stretch silk

This Brilliant Abstract stretch silk charmeuse was seriously calling to me from the Britex website, so I chose it without a clear plan or pattern in mind.  Which, if we're being honest, pretty much describes 95% of my fabric acquisitions. In the hunt for a fabulous top pattern to go with it, I kept coming back… Continue reading Stella blouse in stretch silk