Being one to go out of my way to avoid this word, the truth is that I should start embracing it. My style probably reflects more normcore than anything else. Regardless of always wishing to be one of those women on the train with crisp blouses, skirts and heels, or structured dresses and trench coats, on their way to their finance job.. I chose comfort over gloss. Even when I sit at my desk and dream of sewing a fitted sheath or button downs, by night time I’m reaching for cozy knits to sew. I’ve been wearing the shit out of this hemlock tee turned sweater. The fabric was purchased from that time I went nuts on black friday. It’s a sweater fabric made up of acrylic and god knows what else, so I tend to hand wash and lay flat to dry.
These are my second pair of Gingers, except they’re jeggings. There’s a mock front fly and it’s all elastic waist. These are waxy stretch which I love. Not a lot to talk about construction wise other than changing the waistband to enclose the elastic and omit the button. I didn’t include the front fly flap, and just created a mock zipper top stitch.
Tardy for the party, I wanted to recreate this Mcqueen dress for New Year’s Eve. It took me a while to get a starting point pattern and after looking at patterns for an hour I settled for Vogue 8615.
It seams (pun intended) that almost all of the vogue/mccalls/butterick dress patterns favor princess seams and I kid you not this was probably the only french dart dress on there. I semi lined the dress with a peach poly crepe that I thought was going to give me a rough time, but ended up semi alright. Whenever I’m faced with a project that I have no idea how to tackle it sits on the floor while I look at it for a while before deciding where to begin. The skirt was on the Mcqueen dress were inverted pleats all around, so since I wasn’t in the mood to do math, I cut a really long strip of fabric, pinned it to one end and started folding the pleats by 1/2 inch under and 2 inches over (if that makes sense). I didn’t want to recreate the bubble part of the skirt only because pleats and bubble hem means hell to iron out, so I turned the hem, pressed and hand stitched it all around. The tulle comes from a dress I had that I folded in half and stuck under there ha! But I really like the way Emma looked when she wore it with a tulle skirt under so.. yeah sue me.