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April 22

Sewing Eye Candy

As you may have gathered from some of my posts this month, my day job is keeping me really busy, but it should calm down by the end of next week so I can get back to my regular schedule once again. 

As a result, I don’t have much to show you guys on my sewing related projects, since I haven’t had time to do anything in the evenings or weekends.  I did manage to cut out my shell fabric last night for my white linen skirt, which was a nice bonus. 

But what I do have to share with you today is some fun eye candy.  Ever since the CSPC, whenever I’ve come across an image of something that I like or a technique I’d like to replicate, I’ve been saving them in my ‘inspiration’ folder.  As you can image, I’ve amased tons of images, but here some highlights:

I think I love everything about this dress, the colors, the fabric, buttons, piping, oh my!  The contrast piping at the waistline and neckline shouldn’t be too hard to replicate.  But I love the little button tabs that are around the neckline, it seems like a fun detail to add to any exisiting pattern, don’t you think?  Oh, and this is a dress from Modcloth, as I think at least half of the images I’m showing today are.

Isn’t this a happy, summery skirt which would be perfect to wear on a bike ride with a white top and white accessories?!  The skirt pattern itself doesn’t look complicated, but the ribbon applique does seem challenging to get it all spaced out, just so.  I bet you could draw your design onto the skirt itself, and then just pin the ribbon on top.  I love this idea because it can be translated into so many different things: cardigans, necklaces, sleeve details, etc.  Source=anthropologie.

Don’t you remember a few years ago when these little fabric pieces were a big thing?  I think they’re lovely stitched onto this dress bodice.  It gives it a whole new life.  What would be cute is adding these little fabric bits to the bottom of a circle skirt in an interresting design (I’m thinking scallops).  But what a great way to also use up some of your fabric scraps too.  Source=modcloth.

Isn’t this a pretty little number?  They took such a basic, sweet dress and added a bit of grosgrain ribbon to create something entirely new.  So easy!  What a great way to update your old skirts or dresses. Change the ribbon to navy and white stripes and you got yourself a nautical dress. Source=modcloth.

This little skirt is from anthropologie, I came across it online back in the fall so its probably not available anymore.  Here it looks knee length, but I swear it was more along the lines of a tea-length skirt.  What I love about this is that it’s ever so slightly longer in the back than it is in the front, and it shows off the pretty underlining.  It seems so easy, but I’m strill trying to grasp how they did this.  There isn’t a hem (or stitch line) showing on the bottom of the dress, so I’m not sure exactly how it got all worked up.

This is another anthropologie beauty and classic.  I’m almost positive you guys have seen this necklace floating around the internet.  But to me, its another wonderfully simple way to use us some of your old fabrics and ribbons.  (The stripped flag is my favorite one of the bunch.)

 

This dress is also from modcloth.  How gorgeous this dress is with the inset mesh/chiffon bit at the skirt?!  Here’s a detail shot of the skirt hem so you can see what exactly is going on.

To me it looks like someone chain-stitched the mesh underlay to the skirt shell with the fancy gold thread. I wish I knew which fabric they used to avoid the fabric from fraying, but perhaps they used a lot of fray-check on it.

As you can see, I get a lot of great ideas from modcloth and anthropologie.  I do like fashion but I never buy the magazines much so I usually only get the trickled down effect going on, as well as reading your blogs for the latest news.  But I am curious, what are the shops, blogs, etc. that you guys turn to for sewing inspiration?

  1. Ashley / Apr 22 2011

    Ooh, what lovely eye candy! I think the yellow skirt with ribbon appliqué is my favourite :)
    Ashley x

  2. louise / Apr 22 2011

    oooh some lovely dresses :-)
    on the skirt with the underlining at the hem you should be able to recreate it by hand blind stitching from the inside – you’ll only catch a thread on the wrong side of the outer skirt fabric so the stitches don’t show.

  3. Gina / Apr 22 2011

    Beautiful! love the black dress!

  4. Karen / Apr 22 2011

    i would think for that skirt that you should sew the skirt and lining together from the bottom, right sides together, before you do the waistband, then encase both seams in the waistband. You would just have to make sure you had your length right from the beginning.

    • Liz / Apr 22 2011

      That’s what I was thinking too! I was just unsure about how to ensure the waist area wouldn’t get all bunchy. And the other tricky thing is making sure you don’t have either the shell or underlining pulled more than the other, which would result in a bubble skirt effect. Tricky business… :) But such a wonderful effect.

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