recent sewing projects

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing over the last few months, not all at once, but when I have some spare time between this is how I have been spending it. Why not more knitting – knitting for me? Well because if I am working all the time on knitting samples, pattern writing, editing knitting patterns, sometimes I want to be creative in other avenues. I also don’t have much spare time, and I can finish sewing projects relatively quickly, even with the amount of hand-finishing that I like to do. And there is the rather large stash of fabric to choose from, many fine wools and things I have been hoarding for quite some time now, and it is time to turn it into clothes. And I can’t forget about the fine items I get to keep when I am finished: I can make things of far better quality fabric than I can afford to buy in ready-to-wear. I have made a lot of skirts lately because they are quick to finish an I wear them a lot. I love making dresses, but I don’t wear them as much in the winter.

photo by Anthony Biancardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this skirt from a length of Avoca Tweed that my Mom brought me back from Ireland. Wow, it was a long time ago now, this has been stashed for quite some time, but I am glad I waited until my skills were such that I could do a good enough job for this fine piece of fabric. The fabric is like butter, it’s absolutely gorgeous and soft and has such a pretty little herringbone pattern in orange and blue on the beige background. It is lined with rayon bemberg and I handstitched the zipper. The pattern is Burda 7531.

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Next up, a pleated wool skirt:

photo by Anthony Biancardi

It is Burda 7147 made in a vintage grey wool fabric in small plaid pattern with flecks of orange. I appropriated the leather fastener from another skirt.

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More grey wool! A solid grey this time, with a little bit of a felted finish. This is also lined in rayon bemberg. The pattern is Burda 7132. I love the shape of this skirt! It’s so comfortable to wear and the pleats were super fun to make.

photo by Anthony Biancardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this one out of a silk tweed and lined it in a silk printed with gingko-shaped flowers. It’s really short, it is for wearing over leggings. It’s an out-of-print Burda pattern. The kilt straps are from my stash of vintage findings. I used to be a “vintage picker” and I would also pick stuff for the notions or buttons if the garment itself was not in good shape.

photo by Anthony Biancardi

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Lastly, a bit of fun:

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A froufy tiered purple crinoline made of rayon bemberg and netting, just because I felt like it. Yes I am aware that “froufy” is not a word. However, I use it frequently to describe garments of this sort.

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I actually get pretty dressed up for someone who works at home. I don’t feel the temptation to while away the day wearing a Slanket, even though no one would know and I could totally get away with it. Getting dressed for work is one of the things I miss the most about working outside the house.

3 comments to “recent sewing projects”

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    On February 11th, 2013 at 10:29 am, Pat Sylvester said...

    I loved this post!! I have a stash of fabric as well, it never really diminishes because I continue to add to it! I go through periods of also needing to sew, to play with fabric. I knit and crochet, embroider, and a myriad of other crafts but my main deal just now is designing and making jewelry. For some reason I need the variety of creative outlets. For many years I did custom sewing and truly miss it. You have inspired me with your lovely skirts! Thanks for your creative genius and for sharing it with the rest of the world!

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    On February 11th, 2013 at 10:56 am, Robin said...

    Thanks Pat! I find my knitting benefits from the things I learn from my other interests, and it is easier to keep my ideas fresh if I take creative breaks and work on other things.

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    On February 11th, 2013 at 3:46 pm, Julia Grunau said...

    You make me wish I could sew. And/or hire you as a wardrobe consultant. Simply gorgeous, Robin.