7:19 AM

Artsy Linen Top :)

As temperatures rise, and festivals are planned, in comes plenty opportunities are wear something a little "different".  The fabric I used is a medium weight linen from Fabric Mart that is currently sold out, but I believe will be restocked soon (HERE).

I drafted this top on my dress form after seeing a slightly different inspiration on instagram.  

The bodice was drafted with side and shoulder draping.  The side draping is 12 inches by the measurements from center front to center back.  The shoulder was 5 inches by the length of  a decent drape from the should seam and back to the shoulder seam.  There are 3 straps for each shoulder.  The second and third straps are shorter in length by 2 inches.

The side drapes were cut 2 pieces for each side and sewn together along the longest side with the ends free.  I then presses the pleats.

I cut 2 of every bodice piece and lined the bodice with it self.  I decided to put the zipper in the back but realized I probably could have gotten away with installing an invisible zipper on the side (after the fact of course).  I attached the bodice pieces as well as the side drapes.  

The shoulders were then inserted into the shoulder seams.  

Over all, I am pretty happy with the results.  I later found out the inspiration item that sent me in this direction was made of crepe.  I will definitely be making another one and even some one with sleeves.  This will be one of the items I present in a fall fashion show.  This would be a perfect top to wear to Art Basel right?

Happy Sewing! MUAH!!!


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4:39 AM

Spring Essentials Part 1.

I'm not sure what side of the world you are on, but Spring is most certainly no where I am (North East).  I got a late start on my spring wardrobe, so I opted  to make a few key pieces that will not only mix and match with current garments, but give me a great start to the planning of this year's outfits for outings, vacations, as well as the impending warm weather.  

I started this collection of essentials with the an off the shoulder tunic.  Off the shoulder tops, & dresses are on trend this season and I am here for all of it!  The used a chartreuse yellow 100% cotton voile that breaths extremely well for warm weather.   The fabric is sold out, here are some alternate shirting options (HERE) (HERE), & (HERE).  The pattern used is S1613 Cut 1 inch wider around the seam allowances than my normal size extended 6 inches into a curved and slit sides.  Instead of extending the top 4 inches for the elastic casing, I created a separate casing to attach the the top of the tunic.  

Sticking with the theme of spring tops, I created this really quick and easy circle tube top.  I drafted this top using my upper and lower bust measurements along with the same concept as a circle skirt.  The fabric used is a Purple/Coral Poly/Lycra Mesh-like knit.  This fabric is so beautiful, and the pictures do it no justice.  The chameleon effect drew me to this fabric in a major way.  This fabric is no longer available, as it sold out fairly quickly.  Check this beautiful alternative (HERE) & (HERE).  

Both pieces pair well with both jeans, shorts, and long maxi skirts.  I love white jeans, and had them in mind while working on these two.  I paired both outfits with purple heels. 

Next up is a duster.  Spring afternoon and nights can tend to be on the cool side, so why not add a light layer that can be worn all day?  I used the same mesh as my circle tube top white on white to bring out the color.  The pattern I used is M6884 which is a faux wrap dress pattern.  I constructed it as a true wrap dress and only finished the edges of the top and around the neck since this is mesh.  I also created a separate belt for the summer time when I can also used this duster as a cover all for the beach.  2 for 1!

Using the same pattern (M6884) I created a wrap dress with one of my staple fabrics for spring, florals.  I have seen this fabric in a number of retail dresses and had to have it for my own.  The fabric used is a Navy/Mint multi floral print Rayon/Lycra Jersey knit also sold out in very little time.  These ITY and Jersey options will work as a great substitute (HERE), (HERE), & (HERE).

Lastly is something a little funky!  The pants below were created with love, sweat, and tears on a whim.  I drafted these pants using M6930, eliminating the pockets and the darts, creating a center seam for both the front and back pieces, and inserting a gusset exactly 15 inches from the top of the pants with a 24  inch base to widen the pants dramatically.  

These are not your mother's bell bottoms!  The pants were constructed with a magenta crepe suiting that I have been holding on to for about 2 months.  While I do not like pink as much, I absolutely love the shade of magenta.  This fabric as well is sold out and is why you should stay on top of your Fabric Mart visits!  As an alternative, check out Fabric Mart's linen collection (HERE).  The colors that are available now are vibrant and spring/summer ready!  

I have a large list of items to create for part two, What essentials will you be creating this season?  

Until next time, Happy Sewing!


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5:43 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Plaids and Peplums

Spring is just around the corner, and I am still obsessed with plaids!  I wanted to officially end my journey with the color combination that originally lit the fire of plaids in my life this season.  The fabric used for these pants is a poly novelty weave suiting found (HERE).  I actually used the wrong side of this fabric because the lines seamed more in line with my taste (grainy and broken vs the other side)

Right Side

Wrong Side

I used Simplicity 8056/S0652 to create these pants.  It is part of the Amazing Fit series and had alternate back pieces for different body types.  I used the curvy option.  Unlike many of my other projects, I created this garment as per the manufacturer instructions with one minor adjustment, which was added 3 inches to the length.  The construction took a tad bit longer vs some of my go to slopers.  The level of detail is not that far off from constructing jeans.  I plan  on converting this into a sloper a well for future jumpsuits/rompers and pants suits.  The pattern also contained some great tips on interfacing and the waistband which also has facing.  

I used my inseam as the dominant stripe for these pants.  

My top is a basic peplum in painted leather (originally green) and was created using Vogue 8815 with an additional breast dart.  

The polyester was just light enough to wear today!  I hope each and every one of you have an awesome week.  Until next time...... 

Happy Sewing!!

- Jenese
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6:43 AM

Made By A Fabricista: Travel Ready Tracksuit

With a great deal of international and domestic traveling around the corner (and also back to back), I have been working on some functional, yet stylish travel gear.  Yes, I am the lady in the airport with heels on!  I have an extreme love/hate relationship with track pants.  As an avid gym rat, I stay clear of garments that have any type of elastic waist or draw strings.  Something about the way it feels against my skin creeps me out.

The fabric I selected for this post is a Maggy London rayon/poly/lycra sweater knit found (HERE).  I also used black and white Ponte knits found (HERE) & (HERE).  I have been wearing a ton of black, white, and gray tones lately, so this was right up my alley.

I used McCalls pattern M7199 for the jacket (view A).  I cut 2 inches off on the bottom as it was a bit long for my taste.  I used the black Ponte knit as a contrast for the upper side front, and the upper side back pieces of the pattern, as well as the sleeve cuffs.  I drafted the cuffs which are really simple to do.  If you need an idea of how to draft your own cuffs, there are a TON of youtube videos, and blog posts that can help to point you in the right direction.

For the pants, I used Vogue pattern 8909.  I drafted my pant cuff and waistband to keep it consistent with the jacket.  

For the top, I used the white ponte to create McCalls pattern M7127.

In all I really love this outfit.  The sweater knit is light weight, I can layer it in different ways depending on the weather, and the each piece can be worn separately to create other outfits.  This will definitely work for my day trips in London and even for long walks in Rotterdam next week.  

Until next time...
- Jenese 
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