September 26, 2013

When a project looks pretty much perfect I get an adrenaline rush. I will never jump out of a plane, but I think I get a similar sensation from impeccable topstitching.

i'm a pretty huge fan of this skirt.

orange hair: light mountain henna in red // top: American Apparel
necklace: scalloped brass // shoes: Sam Edelman(similar)

functional pockets
PatternGrainline Studio Moss Mini
Fabric: Stash denim that I’ve had for years! YAY! So pumped that I used it.
Mods: None! I cut a size too small, but guess what? A size too small just makes it a high-waisted Moss Skirt! No big deal. ALSO, I didn’t have any grey or blue topstitching thread so I used the triple stitch function on my machine. I think it looks just as good if not better because there weren’t any tension issues.

moss mini

moss mini

moss mini

The zipper was really easy to install thanks to Jen’s tutorial.

I tried three times to stitch a buttonhole. I don’t know what is up with my machine, but we’re experiencing a pretty serious problem. It kept jamming or even going the wrong way when I had it on the automatic function. In retrospect, I’m glad it didn’t work out because I think this particular version looks better with a clean front and a hook and eye closure.

There will be several more of these in my future. I can’t recommend the pattern enough.

Finished: Box Pleat Skirt

March 30, 2012

pattern: simple box pleat skirt – two large rectangles for the skirt, two small ones for the waistband.

fabric: poly/silk/wool faille from Mood

The fabric is so, so beautiful in person. It’s shimmery and has a lot of body. I was able to iron it on high heat without any issues, so I don’t think the poly content is too high. The waistband gave me the most trouble. I couldn’t stitch in the ditch by machine, so I did it by hand. The result is a bit messy on the inside, but it was one of those things I just had to get over.

Finished: Paperbag Skirt – Simplicity 2413

March 30, 2012

pattern: simplicity 2413

mods: none

fabric: black cotton twill from Joann’s

I should’ve made this out of a floral or something bright. I don’t think black is the right color for this style. The fit is pretty good although there’s a bit of weird poofing in the back. Next time I’ll play around with the back pleats to make sure they’re flattering.

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