Month: March 2017

Flow Away Like a Butterfly!

HI Fashionistas:

My latest make is a beautiful flowy and drapey self-drafted circle top that makes me feel like a beautiful butterfly.  The colors on this fabric are so vibrant, and the color combination on the fabric is one of my favorites:

This fabric might have been the most beautiful fabric I have ever touched. It is a silk cotton blend, feels so soft to the touch. Has more body than a pure sheer silk, and while it was slightly more stable because of the fiber content, I did have some challenges that I will talk about in this post.

Here is a view of the back and side view: 

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So in love with these sleeves!

Here is the fabric I selected.  It is abstract, if you look at the large pic of the fabric air drying, you will see it has large butterflies. So when I ordered the fabric, I knew I had to make large flowy wing-like sleeves!

I did not know exactly how to pretreat this fabric since I typically don’t work with delicate fabrics.  I wasn’t sure if this needs to be pre-shrunk, or whether it should go to the cleaners. So I asked the fabulous Erica Bunker, who is a seasoned seamstress and has worked with a range of fabric types. She suggested I wash and press it. I did not have the heart to throw this fabric in the delicate wash in the machine. So I hand washed it. And that was so much fun.  I love to touch and feel fabric. Something about hand washing the fabric made the creation of this garment a lot more personal 

I let the fabric air dry overnight.

The top was freehanded, no pattern. I will show you a sketch so you know how to make your very own top: I declare this as the laziest pattern in the world if you decide to make a paper pattern. I just drew on the fabric itself.

On the neckline, I did a bias tape. It came out beautifully. Here is a closeup of the neckline/ neck finish.

I had just the right amount of bias tape sitting around. I did attempt to make bias tape from the silk itself, but it was not stable enough.

Now lets talk about hemming this top- I ran into some challenges here. I tried the rolled hem foot on my industrial, and I could just not get comfortable enough with it. If I were doing a rolled hem on a straight hem, that would not be an issue. But hemming circle hems can be challenging as is. Add in the slipperiness of a silk, and that makes the hemming more difficult.

So upon the advice of my mentor. I tried the rolled hem on my serger. His name is Sergio, and for the most part, he is good to me. But he just shred the silk to pieces.

It’s not his fault. My thought is that an all purpose thread was too heavy for this fabric. So I resorted to YouTube land and found out that you can add stability to silks by roll hemming 2 layers. So I tried that and it worked. I folded over the hem and rolled hem. I disengaged the knife and then trimmed really close to the hem as shown here. The hem is more “lettuce edgy” than I would like, but I can live with it.

Honestly, I meant to take this online class about sheer fabrics, but time got away from me. Now you know this is the next class I am buying.  I studied with Sara Alm at Apparel Arts and she is brilliant. I probably would have saved a lot of time and trial error had I taken the class!

They say that rolled hem is the ideal finish for sheers, but I think I would have preferred a bias tape finish on the hem as well. I might come back at a future time and apply the bias tape to the hem.

Overall.. I love this top. It’s light and fresh for spring! I paired it with white skinny jeans. I have not worn these in months and I definitely had to jump up and down to squeeze into them!

I ordered 2 yards of this fabric. What I loved about this project is that the amount of waste was very little. I used a majority of the fabric to make the top from, which is one big circle (donut) and the remaining fabric was used to create an infinity/ circle scarf.  I love an all white outfit for spring with a pop of color. I’ll share the scarf with you soon! It’s my new favorite!

The sleeves, the neckline, and the print are my favorite parts of this butterfly top.

I hope that you enjoyed reading about this make. I am getting started on my Mommy and Me Easter make after this one.

Hope you are having a fabulous week.  See you with my next make.

XOXO

Vatsla

Behind The Seams: Mommy and Me Clothing Ideas

HI Fashionistas!!

For Valentine’s Day, Fashion Behind the Seams debuted another mommy and me outfit to show the endless possibilities to play dress-up with your kiddos. It’s a great way to bring you closer to your children, and the results are undeniably cute.

Some people feel weird about looking too matchy-matchy, but it all depends on the people wearing the outfits. While couple outfits can look tacky at times, matching mother and daughter ensembles are absolutely adorable. Even celebrity moms, such as Kim Kardashian, are coordinating their clothes with their little ones. Last year, fashion reporters went crazy over Beyonce’s shoot in Paris with Blue Ivy, as Who What Wear documented the duo wearing matching florals from Gucci in different designs. The Lemonade singer has always been a role model in areas like female empowerment, music, and style, as her makeup artist reveals her tricks to contouring and strobing on The Scene. And now, she inspires us with family fashion goals.

I mean, Isn’t this mommy and me outfit absolutely adorable?!!

Now, moving on to the DIY stuff, sewing up our own mommy and me outfits:

 

 

There are a lot of sewing projects out there that you can tailor to your measurements and desired fabrics. So without further ado, here are a few to help you get started:

Shibori Dresses

Sew in Love recently shared her creations that are quite fun and perfect for summer trips to the beach. Because she loves to craft, she decided to customize her fabric using the Japanese tie-dyeing trend known as Shibori. It makes her designs completely unique and gives her plenty of colors and patterns to work with when making her clothes. This also could potentially be a tie-dying project for you and your child. As the blogger mentions, it’s hard to find dress patterns that will look good on both an adult and toddler, but the designs of her shibori dresses are quite versatile and will look great on any mother-and-daughter pair.

Split Sleeve Top and Dress

What works as a top for you will look beautiful as a dress for your daughter. Burda Style offers another sewing pattern for matching mom and daughter outfits, but this is probably one of the cutest. It’s simple in design, yet the way the fabric is draped on the sides is ultra chic. It’s a fashionable ensemble to wear to any occasion, whether you are on the beach or out to lunch in the city. Make sure to customize this outfit with jewelry!

Mix and Match Prints

Love to mix and match prints? Try making your dress using one print and your daughter’s dress in another, using pieces of each other’s fabrics to create accessories. Daily Mom went for bold orange and white horizontal stripes as her main fabric and a baby blue and white polka-dotted material for her daughter. She used her daughter’s dress material as a fabric belt on her outfit, while she added an orange octopus pattern on her kid’s neckline. Her daughter also wore an orange bow on her head.

Personally, I feel I am totally comfortable with mommy and me outfits, I am actually currently working on my next one. I posted this on Instagram last week:  I received this gorgeous fabric from Organic Cotton Plus and can’t wait to sew with it.

As you can see, this fabric is a very “happening print”. To keep the look balanced, I also ordered a limestone colored solid broadcloth. This will be the bodice for my daughters dress, the bright print will be the skirt. To ensure that this mommy and me get up does not look tacky, I will make a classic well-tailored peplum top for me in the solid color, and the print will do a mysterious “peek-a-boo”!

I cannot wait to share the details of my next mommy and me outfit with you!

Do you have any of your own Mommy and Me outfits or patterns you would like to share with me? Please leave me a comment below!

Happy Saturday sewing and see you soon!

XOXO

Vatsla

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