Saturday, January 14, 2017

French Seams For the Armhole/Sleeve Junction

I've been asked a number of times how I do a french seam at the armhole of my blouses, so I put together a little tutorial to demonstrate the process. It might sound difficult, but if you can sew a regular french seam you can do an armhole french seam easily.

The NUMBER ONE rule for sewing with french seams is to make sure you are using a somewhat thin fabric. I've attempted them before on fabrics like bottom weight denim and the outcome is bulky and happy-hands-at-home looking.

***Picture order is top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right.***

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Plaid + Black Color-Blocked Tracy Reese Knit Dress

The color blocking trend is alive and well. In fact, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it. To me, color blocking is using two or more of the same type and weight of fabrics in the same garment. Not to be confused with mixed materials, which is two or more different types of materials used in the same garment. (Of which I also have a Pinterest board for.) This silhouette - cropped top over midi skirt - seams to be a current favorite, and is a look I wanted to try out. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Clad In Plaid! - A Wool Mini With Side Button Detail

Today I'm sharing a wool skirt I finished several weeks ago that was suppose to be a fast and easy palate cleanse, but of course it wasn't. Fast and easy NEVER work out for me. Why do I ever think they will?! I can't even blame the pattern or the fabric this time. Nope, just me being picky and wanting to get it exactly right.

The fabric is a gray plaid from Mood Fabrics called "Park Avenue Wool Blend". I selected it last August when it was almost sold out because I really loved all the colors and textures woven throughout. Of course now it is completely sold out. (Usually this is when I link to other similar fabrics, especially ones I've had my eye on or have swatched, but Mood's website hasn't been working for me for the past few days.) I only got a yard in order to make some sort of skirt. I had no real plans and was just going to hang onto it until inspiration struck.