December 24, 2010
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May 23, 2010
This skirt made from black cotton satin is almost complete, it just needs some hand stitches and proper ironing. I hope that I can show it to you tomorrow. In addition, I also started a shirt which is a modified JJ blouse from Burdastyle. You know what that means... there is a tutorial coming up, if my modifications work out. Also in the planning is a jacket that will complete the whole outfit. It's quite difficult to find an outfit suitable for an interview in the fashion industry as most of the normal guides don't apply to this.
May 16, 2010
This week I bought recycled paper for my printer, which was packed environmentally correct in paper itself. But to carry it home I had to get a plastic bag because I forgot to pack my cotton bag. How stupid!
So when I saw the pattern and instructions for this cute little bag on Burdastyle, I thought that it would be a great idea to make several and keep each in a bag you normally use. The pattern is from kaitui_kiwi and includes an easy-peasy tutorial.
May 15, 2010
May 14, 2010
The design house of Torrente was found by Rose Mett in 1968 in Paris. Before building her own fashion empire, she had worked for her brother Ted Lapidus, who apparently was a big designer during the sixties as he was featured several times in my Burdas from that era (maybe I will do my next forgotten designer on him). In the year 1971Torrente reached the status of a "Haute Couture" house.
During its high period, Torrente was worn by celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Nathalie Wood and its fashion was famous for its elegance. Madame Mett remained the CEO and art director of Torrente until 2003. The last Haute Couture show of Torrente took place in 2004. After this date it has gotten quiet around this once renowned French fashion house.
All pictures are from Torrente's Haute Couture shows of 2003 and found at Elle.
May 10, 2010
May 09, 2010
May 06, 2010
May 04, 2010
May 02, 2010
- 1 Longsleeve
- 2 T-shirts
- 1 Skirt
- 1 Dress
- 1 Top
April 22, 2010
Let's make a combined effort to reduce, reuse, recycle in regard to fashion!
April 20, 2010
1 kilogram of potatoes
April 18, 2010
I've been working all week, either at my part-time job or on my master thesis, that I did not find any time to sew something new. But I have 2 skirts, which are both half way finished, so hopefully I will have something new to show at the beginning of next week. After those two, I should definitely start making something other than skirts :-)
April 12, 2010
Oh oh, the first Sunday bookmark on a Monday. I hope this does not become a bad habit...
As I'm currently in skirt love, meaning that all I sew right now are skirts, it is not a wonder that today's bookmark follows this trend. This adorable draped pencil skirt was created by "The House of Mirth" and she delivered the corresponding tutorial on her blog as well.
Happy (Sunday) Monday!
April 11, 2010
Cardigan: H & M
T-Shirt: Jette Joop
Shoes: Deichmann (reheeled)
Today I was meeting some of my friends in Cologne for coffee. I wanted today's outfit to be casual but dressed up as I don't get many reasons to dress up currently because I spend most of the day working on my master thesis.
The skirt is one of my favorite things I have ever sewn. It's a copy from a Ferré designer skirt from Patrones 272 and combines all things fashionable right now bows, exposed zippers and paperbag waists. Here are the original photo and the technical drawing:
Unfortunately, the skirt is not shown on a model and so you can only guess what the finished skirt will look like, while the technical drawing has not much to do with the final result. The pattern is almost straight and so the belt cinches the skirt to a paperbag waist. You can find the detailled review here on pattern review.
April 04, 2010
April 02, 2010
Ever thought about why drug dealers are still living with their moms or what teachers and sumo ringers have in common? Me neither, but this book answers these bizarre questions in a very entertaining way backed by factual numbers. The authors certainly present a different point of view on everyday life and focus on the micro- rather than the macro-economics. A very interesting book where each chapter presents a new theory and backs it up by stunning facts.
March 31, 2010
Thanks everybody for your nice comments on my new grey skirt, they made my day :-)
As promised here is a tutorial on how to create the pattern for this skirt from a basic skirt sloper.
What you will need:
- Basic skirt sloper = straight skirt pattern with darts in the front and back
- Large piece or roll of paper (mine is from IKEA and intended for kids to draw on)
- Transparent paper (a small piece is sufficient)
- Curve ruler
- Set square
- Large ruler
Step 1: Copy your front piece of the sloper on the paper.
Step 3: Cut your yoke piece off the front skirt piece and cut away the dart. Glue the 2 resulting pieces on another piece of paper thereby closing the dart. It should look like this:
Step 4: Even out the lines of the yoke by using your curve ruler.
Step 5: Mark in the front skirt piece the pocket opening and the pleats with their length. You can use your hand as a reference for the pocket opening. Mine is 9 cm away from the side seam and has a lenght of 18 cm. The first pleat is 3.5 cm away from the pocket opening with a length of 7 cm. The second pleat is 4 cm away from the first one and has a lenght of 10 cm. I drew in the pleats slightly slanted as I did not want straight pleats but this is up to your decision.
Step 6: Draw in your pocket bag using your hand again as a reference. I also eliminated what was left of the dart. In my case, I could just neglect it as there was little left. If you have more from your dart, you could take it away at the pocket opening or at the pleats.
Step 7: Using the transparent paper copy once only the pocket bag and once the skirt piece with pocket opening and pocket bag. Don't forget to draw a parallel line to the original grain line in both copied pieces.
Step 8: Lengthen the lines of the pleats towards the hem.
Step 9: Cut your skirt pieces apart at the lines you have just created and at the pocket opening. Glue the piece containing the front center on another piece of paper.
Step 11: Glue on the next piece so that it matches your 4 cm mark and the first pattern piece at the hem. Repeat this step with the last piece. Your result should look like this:
Step 12: Copy your back skirt piece on a piece of paper. And draw in a line parallel to the top at the distance of 4 cm therefore it will match your yoke piece at the side seam.
Step 13: Cut the back yoke away from your back pattern piece. And just as you did with the front yoke piece, glue it on a new piece of paper with the dart closed.
Step 14: Also for the back yoke piece you will have to even out the pattern lines using your curve ruler.