Elaine, otherwise known by the moniker of The Selfish Seamstress, says that she loves to design and sew garments, but only if she gets to keep them. What a greedy gal! Although she likes to swagger and say that she is tough as nails, we don’t think she is as selfish as all that; look at this free downloadable PDF sewing pattern she has on her blog! She says, “This is a pattern for a dress inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s….. The dress is a lined sheath with armhole princess seams on the front bodice, darted skirt, darted back, and side invisible zipper.” We adore the elegant back, with its unique cut-out shaping that mimics swooping butterfly wings, and know the perfect black stretch wool tricotine it sew it in!
Amanda visited Britex Fabrics all the way from Ely, United Kingdom, and bought two jacket lengths of Italian wool tweed to make jackets for her children. One of them was this Italian olive and turquoise tweed wool blend. and the other was another coloration of this luscious tweed fabric. She used Vogue patterns, and we think they turned out superbly! We especially love the red buttonholes, which act as a charming foil to the blues.
CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS – Thursday September 1 – 6-8pm! Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. September’s CRAFT BAR is sure to delight the dressiest of dandies and dandizettes! Join us in welcoming back local favorites Britex Fabrics, whose fashionable staff will teach you how to make your very own pair of spats. Choose from beautiful fabrics provided by Britex, learn the basics of hand sewing and construction, and get inspiration from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art’s gallery. After this CRAFT BAR, you’re guaranteed to want to strut through town looking snappier than ever in bespoke spats. $5 includes admission, tips and tricks. Drinks kindly provided by local (and MOCFA) favorite Trumer Pils.
What do you do with a 5′ long hot pink zipper? Aniyia crafted this joyously vibrant guitar case from Britex Fabrics’ goods; one hot pink zipper, cushy batting, and sturdy strap materials…..all from Britex! She says, “I couldn’t have done it without you ♥”
From Britex Fabrics to Mickey; Melody machine-sewed this exquisite quilt, and Sharman picked out the charming Japanese focus print. This friendship quilt is constructed of a lively mélange of mossy green and plumy purple fabrics, with the patterns of each swirling square being reminiscent of an open camera aperture. The quilt is 44.5” by 61”, and took Melody 173 hours to complete.
We love how Andrea at Unsung Sewing Patterns: an archeology of home sewing reconstructed this 1898 men’s shirt pattern in tracing paper, and then stitched it up in working person’s blue chambray. She used Cosmopolitan Fashion Company 655 – Men’s Outing Shirt for this fascinating glimpse into the world of antique commercial sewing patterns. Typical for patterns of this era, it came with minimal instructions. I adore the hip gussets; they add a wonderful detailed touch!
Amber and Brandi of Hip Hostess, and our hostess’ with the mostest created a cunning bridal birdcage veil…and then graciously shared the tutorial! This confection is fashioned with Russian veiling, silk organza and feathers. You could just as easily make this millinery bon mot for other occasions; it would be a chic chapeau in dove grey netting, with black feathers and a gleaming silvery silk flower……perfect to wear to the opera!
Jessie from Some Things I Have Made created a four part tutorial on drafting a bespoke pencil skirt pattern, including a très chic French back vent. Once you’ve drafted this, you will have a pattern exactly unique to your charming curves! This style is perfect made up in nubby fall wool tweed. Jessie says, “It’s not that hard! Really. While a circle or A-line four-gore skirt may be simpler to fit, the classic pencil skirt is just as easy to construct, especially when you know it inside and out because you’ve drafted the pattern yourself. Furthermore, it’s a great one to make yourself because it’s so fitted–why wrestle with a pattern made for somebody else’s smaller hips and bigger butt when you can take careful measurements and make one that fits you perfectly? This pattern is unlined–I just wear a slip with mine and wash the slip instead.”
Christina of MeadowLarking has an amazing tutorial on CraftZine, How-To: Cyanotype Print on Handknits and Crochet! This hand printing technique is uniquely suited for knit and crocheted items. We adore the wonderful effects one can achieve by varying the yarn color and design motifs! Perhaps you could make a collection on handmade potholders emblazoned with William Morris motifs…… or maybe baby sweaters adorned with vintage alphabet illustrations.