Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A new skirt.

It's been a while since I've posted anything... things have been a little crazy, but I've had a number of projects underway, they should be finished by the end of the week so I'll try & upload some pics.

The first of these is a skirt I've (nearly) finished.

Fabric used: Heavy grey stretch jersey with a light yellow silk for the decorative draping.
Pattern used: I based it off a basic Butterick pencil skirt pattern (4392), with quite a few simplifications, (got rid of the zip & rear split). I also shortened it a bit.
What I like: The draping of the silk, I've been a little obsessed with draping fabrics recently, most of the clothes I've been making somehow incorporate this theme. I also like the contrast between the dark grey & mustard fabrics.
What I still need to do/fix up: I need to pick a location where the silk wraps around to, you can see it's pinned at the moment :S I'm having a little trouble balancing how much the silk sticks out at the side (accentuating my hips a little too much) with how low it hangs (because it can get trapped behind the grey fabric at the rear if it hangs too low). I'm also going to smooth out the side seams a little, there's one spot that's a bit lumpy which is annoying me.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

An unhealthy obsession

Nicholas Kirkwood, OMFG!

Since stumbling across a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes in a magazine a couple of months back, it's fair to say I'm now obsessed. I love how theatrical, yet still completely wearable his shoes are. I love the profiles of the heels, the changes in texture & colour and the strategically placed cut-aways. In particular I really like the cut-aways at the base of the blue pair, it appears as though the upper of the shoe simply floats on your feet.

It's such a shame that they're all well over $1000....

You can see the full details

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Birthday Present (Finished)

As promised some pictures of the finished product. It looks a little ill-fitting on the bodice because my friend is a couple of sizes smaller than me & I was too lazy to alter the bodice sizing just for a photo... :S

I didn't find any buttons that I liked, so I used gold buttonholes on both sides & a scarf to do the jacket up. I liked this idea, because you can change the scarf depending on what you're wearing, or you could use ribbons or something else to tie it up, you can weave it through different ways, using all or some of the buttonholes.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A(nother) New Project

I was cruising my favourite blogs tonight & found this posting from highfashiongirl loves you.

It was about a pattern for an Alexander McQueen jacket.

Aside from immediately falling in love with the jacket, I soon found out that you could download the patterns, FOR FREE! You can guess what I did next.

Now I just need some letter sized paper to print it out & I'm on my way to a super cool new coat.

Wish me luck!