Sunday, December 26, 2010

Alex in Negroni

Alex in Negroni
I've been eagerly awaiting the day when I could post about Colette's first men's pattern, but sneaky little me had to wait until after Christmas! Negroni is a classic men's button up shirt with a slim fit and retro details. Sarai's directions are extensive and spot on making sewing a breeze, but for good measure I studied them while riding the bus around town! 
Alex in Negroni
 I chose a very forgiving flannel fabric from Mill End, and I spent seven hours at Modern Domestic finishing up the body of the shirt...man, I love that place and the gals who work there! The ease of sewing with their Bernina machines just makes me weak in the knees. One of these days I'm gonna drop a few grand on one of those babies, but until then I'll make due with my Brother and my bitchin' new Rowenta iron. Yes, I got an iron for Christmas, and it was exactly what I wanted (that sucker is worth every steam burn)!
Embroidered inside cuff :)
I used the Bernina b330 to embroider a little love note on the inside cuff. The machine made the embroidery easy as pie, but trying to wrap my mind around installing the cuff gave me the most trouble out of the entire project. The directions were clear, but I had a difficult time figuring out how to ensure the "i love you" would be on the inside. I ripped out so many stitches and tore off the interfacing twice before I got it! 
Sleeve Placket
I nearly cried upon realizing that the last button was missing! I kinda think the cat ate it, considering she was chomping on my sewing pins...reckless kitty! So, one cuff still needs a button, but I'll fix it up soon. 
Back yoke and pleats
Besides excellent directions and fit, my biggest praise for this pattern is that each and every seam allowance is encased with flat felled seams or hidden in the yoke. I love that I didn't have to worry about finishing seams with a zig zag or overlock. It's a men's shirt built to last! 
Alex in Negroni
Alex has been wearing the shirt everyday since I gave it to him on Christmas Eve. How'd I get so lucky?
Alex in Negroni
So, if you're a lady with a guy to sew for or a gent who likes to stitch a thing or two, I whole heartedly recommend giving Negroni a try!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Well-Stitched Little Miss

Colette Patterns: Nutmeg
I sewed a bralette and tap pants from the Colette Pattern Nutmeg...mostly because I wanted some lingerie sewing practice, but I was also inspired to try the pattern since there aren't many examples of the finished product out there. Check out my guest post all about it at Casey's Elegant Musings
Colette Patterns: Nutmeg
Colette Patterns: Nutmeg
Colette Patterns: Nutmeg
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Cute!Cute!
Colette Patterns: Nutmeg
Colette Patterns: Nutmeg

Friday, December 17, 2010

Versions of Joanna

Some of these songs from the Joanna Newsom tribute album are divine, others are ballady or just plain goofy and worth skipping...you'll see, or maybe you won't. I really dig Ian Cookie's Monkey and Bear & Guy Buttery's instrumental version of The Book of Right On. So glad these songs exist... 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1940's French Girls

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I love every single one of these dresses, but the third gal from the right is smokin' in that low cut little number and side swept hair.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December Playlist


This is a playlist I've been adding songs to ever since the leaves were still gracefully turning yellow and red. Now that the branches are naked and the rain forces us to huddle inside, I've finally gotten around to blending my favorite songs of late with a couple warm classics for good measure. Enjoy, my little dears!

Check out past playlists: August. March. January. As always, new music suggestions are welcome and encouraged!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Unforeseen Circumstances

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Tonight I'm attending my first ever fashion show! Portland's local lingerie shop, Lille Boutique, is hosting a show for an upcoming label called Unforeseen Circumstances. Not only is designer Teo Griscom's line of lingerie gorgeous and unique, but the website presents a really cool concept board style mash up of photos that directly inspire the line, fabric swatches, sketches, and of course, the finished result. I absolutely love seeing the thought process that went into making such beautiful danties! It makes me feel like I should be amassing inspiration for my own future lingerie line, and hopefully my goal #2 will help. This fabric looks as soft and silky as rose petals, which must have been difficult to sew but totally worth it. I nearly went batty sewing silk at Colette Patterns yesterday...it's so slippery! But alas, all this practice will definitely pay off when I'm ready to design some pretty underpinnings.  

Is anyone else going to the fashion show tonight?
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All photos by Unforeseen Circumstances.