Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What I'm Working On and the "Swoosh" Skirt

Yes, it's been a minute since my last post. Not much done by way of sewing as I have not been feeling that great. Badly enough to not be able to go on the Mother's Day fabric spree my family gave me as a gift. Now that's really bad, isn't it? The past few days have been better, so I am keen on picking up the project I'd been working on since I finished my daughter's dress. It's another easy wrap dress made from Vogue Pattern #8379. This time I am making View B with sleeves. Although I am steadily losing inches, I still haven't reached my upper arm toning goals, but that's another blog!

I am using a black jersey fabric from Vogue Fabrics. I toyed with the idea of making the skirt longer but nixed that idea.

If all goes as planned I should be done with this dress today. All that's left to do is sew the skirt to the bodice, the sleeves and the hem.

In other news, I have had my eye on a couple flirty godet skirts. While I only earned how to draft a basic A-line skirt in my sewing class, there are instructions in my pattern-making book for drafting godets. If I decide on a commercial pattern, I'll look to McCall's 5274.

While perusing the web I came across this really nice slide show put together by New York Time's photographer Bill Cunningham, featuring his NYC street fashion photo montage of the "swoosh" skirt.

Check out the narrated slideshow of fabulous skirts here: On the Street--Swoosh!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Vogue #8380, View B

Vogue pattern 8380, View B. The fabric is a cotton stretch print that I got on sale from Vogue Fabrics. I completed this dress a while ago but am finally getting around to posting it. I made it for my daughter. It's still not warm enough here for her to wear it, unfortunately. Chicago weather sucks lemons! Since the bodice is low in the front, she'll have to wear this dress with a little tee. Once I get some more fabric I plan to sew this pattern again for her, in View A. I like View B and will sew this one up for myself.

ETA: Hooray! It's finally warming up :)