Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Getting Ready for Couture Camp aka The Black Vera Wang

I'm so excited about my project for Susan Khalje's couture workshop in New Orleans next month. I've veered drastically from my original idea of a trenchcoat. I saw this Vera Wang pattern and had to have it. As Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric I collaborated with Roz and decided upon this gorgeous 4-ply silk to be lined with silk charmeuse. If you've never sewn with, or even felt the weight of, 4-ply silk you are in for a treat. It has the weight of a heavy crepe with a slight sheen on one side and a more matte finish on the other. It's just decadent. This is a special order item for Roz which she is happy to order for you and it comes in 98 breathtaking colors.

The pattern is Vogue 1585, an OOP Vera Wang design. It is classic and timeless. I'm making the shorter cocktail version.

The bodice of this pattern calls for a two-way stretch illusion and bridal button looping for the back. I plan to make covered buttons for the loop closure.

I've done as much as I can on my muslin and will let Susan tweak it to perfection:

Stay tuned the week of August 6th as I bring this beautiful fabric to life. I will be learning some new techniques and using fabric combinations new to me. Can't wait!
Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gotta Love A Halter Top!

This halter top is Pattern #105 from the new July issue of BurdaStyle and this floral print viscose poplin from Sew Much Fabric is the perfect fabric for it! This pattern needs a lightweight, drapey fabric to show off the pleated detail on the bodice and the poplin fills the bill. Here is a line drawing for a better look:

I left off the ties and lengthened mine 2" but otherwise made no changes to the pattern. I will tell you that the side zip is not necessary. The cut-in shoulder style and deep V in front lets this top easily go over your head. Skip the zip!

I'm wearing my top with Grainline Studios Maritime shorts made from black double cloth linen that I got from Sew Much Fabric several years ago. Love that stuff!

This July issue of BurdaStyle has lots of cute summer makes:

Personally, I think my halter top is every bit as cute as the one in the magazine!

Maybe even cuter!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy sewing!