This was a wee bit of a last minute addition. I happened on the fabric at king textiles, when I was looking for fabric for the wedding dress toile. Because clearly I needed more to do… I decided it was meant to be a slinky dressing gown for Ju to get ready in….
Three weeks ago, my sister got married, in Paris, France, wearing a wedding dress made by me… eek kinda can’t believe that is a sentence I’m typing!…
I actually feel a little mean not plunging right in with a post about THE DRESS. However I run the risk of writing a novel trying to cover all the details, and I was actually pretty stoked with the finished toile garb. So without further ado here is the next part of the Wedding Belle’s – the toile – V1102!
So a week ago I got some pretty exciting news… my sister Ju is getting married!
Which means the creative bat signal has gone out in my family… which for me means I have a wedding dress and matron of honour dress to start creating!
One of my favourite things about moving to Canada has been the chance to celebrate 4 distinct seasons (NZ can have these all in one day)… which means 4 actual seasons of clothing, and most importantly coats!
I’ve been mulling a autumn/fall parka for quite some time, trying to design the perfect parka – mostly because the previous jacket I made is still going strong 9 years later – so I was worried if it’s not perfect I’d be stuck with a dud.
On this pursuit of perfection I’ve been collecting inspiration for a while on Pinterest/RTW/and taking stalker pics of cool styles on the street. (Do any other sewists do this? I seem to find myself staring a little too long at a cool detail on someone’s jacket/bag. Often the memory won’t be enough so I’ll take a sneaky pic on the go…creep)
To combat the analysis paralysis, as I always work best with a deadline (apparently the thought of being cold in fall was not enough…) I committed to completing this jacket as part of Slow Fashion October… as you can see given it’s now March that panned out swell. However of the 5 months this has taken only roughly 10% was actual sewing! the rest was all them scribbles you see below!…
This wee project is hands down the most epic and insane I have ever undertaken, and a perfect example of my inability to say no to a challenge!
I pushed my sewing skills to the max. Learnt more in the short space of time, than I think my whole sewing career to date. Ended up saying yes to everything I declared I would not do! But, most stupendously I welcomed my serger into my life!
This tale all started when my sister-in-law approached me about making dresses for her bridesmaids… I was half flattered, half terrified.
Hi, decided to kick off this blog with one of my more epic refashion projects of this year. Sneaking in just in time to fulfil my resolution to actually start this blog before years end, and getting my vintage pattern pledge entry in!
This is a tale of lucky multiple Salvation Army findings all aligning: