New from the DOMESTIC ARTS FOR CRAFTY GIRLS SERIES
15 Patterns Included!
Simple but elegant fashions requiring minimal sewing and cutting! Each modern and stylish piece is made using a single pattern piece, which is then snipped, trimmed, twisted, folded, and stitched. Each garment is accessible to even those with little sewing experience but also novel and appealing enough to attract experienced sewers. Projects provide readers with the inspiration and instruction to make customized, versatile wardrobe pieces that can be made in any range of fabrics and worn in combination or alone for a variety of style and fashion effects.
Each project featured in this book is made from a single pattern piece. Requiring minimal investment, simple sewing techniques, cutting, and creative yet simple folding, fashions can be made out of a range of fabrics providing limitless styles for each pattern. Many pieces can be worn multiple ways and in many different combinations with other pieces, ensuring endless style variations and to create an all-purpose wardrobe for all occasions.
Sheila Brennan is a designer who has worked in top companies in the fashion industry in New York, London and Paris for over ten years. She is both a talented designer and a skilled patternmaker who has always questioned traditional ways of looking at clothing construction. She is inspired by designers who are known for their innovative approach to fashion, such as Issey Miyake, Madeleine Vionnet, and Comme des Garcons.
I simply adore sewing simple things, so this is the perfect book and collection of patterns for me!
This being summer, and a hot one at that, this little dress called to me!
But being the recycler/upcycler I am I thought this pair of pants made from a way cool chartreuse plaid would make a great little dress.
Yes, those are my blue toe nails, I was reading someone else's blog and they left their toes in the shot so I figured I could leave my blue cuties in too!
First I cut the pants apart at the inseam and side seam. I cut all edges straight along the paid lines (really handy I must say!) Then serged everything back together to get one large piece of fabric ready to work with.
Then I laid out the pattern on the fabric as indicated.
The TIP of the day: I like to used polished rocks as pattern weights. They are so pretty and feel great to work with.
I then serged the top raw edge and then the back seam together. As you can see I made a few variations on the pattern. I changed it to a scoop neck instead of a v-neck, just a personal preference. I also just folded the top edge under and stitched instead of using seam binding. In this case the fabric was a stretch cotton so it has a lot of ease. I also used raw edge strips of seam binding for the straps and draw string casing. Well there you have it, my new plaid duds! I highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of the hot new One-Piece Wearables and whipping yourself up some "fierce" outfits!
And since we're on the subject of "fierce" little dresses,
The new season of Project Runway just snuck up and was there in my DVR!!! I had no idea it was starting-what a treat! I loved Kelli's dress with the dyed and bleached vacuum bags- was so thrilled to see a crafty girl win!!!!!
So after you finish making yourself a fun new outfit, sit, have a refreshment and pop on over to see what my fellow Crafty Bloggers are up to:
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