Behind the Seams of Re:Fashion, Season 2: MADMAXI !!!

On the streets of New York, most people hear me coming, and turn slowly in wide-eyed terror to get a glimpse of the large, intimidating beast that is surely barreling down upon them. Nope. Just me. 5’2 of clomping heels, swirling fringe, jangling bells and a large mass of curls COMIN ATCHA. 

My favorite clothing makes NOISE when I walk. I love it when I make noise! Sometimes I speed clean the house yelling BANGCRASH just to make it more fun. Ask Rob. It's one of his very favorite things. This little dress is noisy both in color and in volume! I think of it as my mad maxi. Thunderdome in technicolor. Partly because of the frantically paced trip I took while adding trim upon trim to it, in an effort to fix my miscalculations on that hemline. She used to be super long! And super weird! You really do need to see the before on this one:

YOWZA. That’s a SKORT under that open floor-length panel, a panel that displays the wrong side of this polytastic madness. AND CHECK THE BACK VIEW. Y'all, the back view of my dress was WAY WORSE...the technicolor warning bars of the tie occupied an entire side of the back, right smack dab across my booty, which I happily model for you in the episode

But I saw all that color on the hanger, and knew it was meant for my scissors. And when I went too haywire with the shears, trim came in....POM POMS! LACE EDGING! LANTERN BELLS!

I'm fond of all of the episodes, which I feel I can say humbly, because it is largely due to the wonderful crew that we shoot with. But I'm especially fond of this one! It's the last episode we shot, number 6 for Season 2. On most sets, the last shoot day is the hardest-- people are tired from a long week, especially as the hours grow longer, but not with this gang. There were so many bits and bobs on this one: panels, french seams, lapped seams, gathering, reworking the sleeves, hemming, reconfiguring prints, ripping and reinserting invisible zippers, and allllll that trim work...IT WAS A LOT! But the mood that day was just as fantastic as it was the first day. (And, at that point in the week, we'd found the sweet spot in the day for caffeine Nitro, so 🤪)

I've gone out of order in my recaps here, because I think these next two outfits are appropriate for Transitional September Styling, la di dah. I'll be back in a minute with another transitional look, that I think is probably the fan favorite for this season ;). Til then, you can catch all six episodes exclusively on Bluprint

Happy almost weekend, peeps!

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Sewing In the Wild...YouTube, that is.

Self-drafted floral maxi dress with tie front

I am nothing if not stubborn. To wit: this dress was a self-drafted job, wrangled when I HAD TO HAVE some version of several tie-front dresses out in the summer Big 4 offerings. 

Self-drafted floral maxi dress with tie front

I am nothing if not impatient. To wit: I was not near a Joann's, and could not wait for shipping. 

I am also nothing if not FORGETFUL, cuz my sewsister Sonja picked up this pattern for me like WHO KNOWS HOW LONG AGO and I have yet to carve out a freaking hour to squeeze her, and take whatever number of envelopes I've gone scatterbrained on, off her hands!

So, if you'd like to make this dress, do have a search through McCall's summer dresses. There are several there that fit the bill. And though I'm pretty pleased with myself for drafting it on my own, I'll readily and happily admit, I love Big 4 patterns. Especially McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue. (Are they Big 5 now?)

As usual, my photographer was a bit more concerned with the composition than the details,  like the tie front and exposed lacy zipper...

...so you get a flat lay of Sewing Splendor in the Grass.  

(I'm pretty sure that's inappropriate speech.)


I made sure he got the pockets 😂

SOOOOOOO.....these were snapped at the end of filming a little ditty for our YouTube channel, a ditty which includes footage of me actually moving and twirling in the dress, with closeups, courtesy of Rob "Shoots-From-The-Ground" Harriell himself! YES! We have not forgotten our YouTube promise! Our first bonafide, made-from-scratch video is live TODAY. In it, I climb a tree fort, battle some small children, tell some stories, terrify you with my lack of manicure, and maybe teach someone out there how to slipstitch a hem.

I hope it brings a smile to your face as we close out one of our last summer weekends (I'm finding it exceedingly hard to type that).

Happy Sunday, Sewists!


Behind the Seams of Re:Fashion, Season 2: Fancy With Feathers!

Rob & Marcy Harriell, Handmade Vest, Feathered Cap & dress

If you didn't catch yesterday's Sunday Sewcial, check it out, cuz THIS THE PAYOFF.
(He. Made. That.)

Rob & Marcy Harriell, Handmade Vest, Feathered Cap & dress

And this is us in our naturally silly state after we try to be all fashion model-like.

Feathered floral dress

Hey y'all! Welcome to our photoshoot for episode 2 of Re:Fashion Series 2, in which I get crazy with feathers! I'll be honest with you, I decided to tackle this look because I've had a burning desire to get it right ever since trying it out in...oh, let's see...

Feathered floral dress

HOLY COW NOVEMBER OF 2012! YOWZA! Almost 7 years ago, back when I was with the Mood Sewing Network (and back when I wrote my blog posts ee cummings style), I thought it would be super cool to make a body con skirt out of feather trim. Here's the link to that post (you've been warned regarding Proper Capitalization).

Feather trim

When stomping 'round the garment district, I'm often asked where to buy feathered fabric. This happens more often than you would think. I suppose I come off as the kind of chick who would know this information, which pleases me. The answer (which is much the same as the answer to "where do you buy pretty bias trim") is: you make your own!! The how of it is detailed in the episode, and if you're looking to nab some feathers of your own to give it a go, these are the ones I used

The 2012 skirt wasn't a fully bad idea, but it had its problems--for example, sitting was not an option. In this jammy, sitting is no problem.

Feathered floral dress

Walking is another story. As usual in my sewing journey, I run into problems and figure out solutions as I go. Just, on camera this time. The end result is: the only walk you get in this garment is a wiggle. Which is just fine, when you have this guy on your arm helping you teeter down the street...

The handmade Harriells

This dress in its natural state ended just short of where the feathers begin, and oh, the back...let's just say it didn't leave much to the imagination. You can, of course, get your Sewing TV fix and see the A to Z Re:Fashion on Bluprint. This is one of my favorite episodes, it's a great way to add drama (and length) to almost any garment--and of course, we do fun things to Rob. Naturally. 

Feathered floral dress

It's a short post today, as I'm typing this from my lunch break on a shoot in downtown Boston. This summer has been a flurry of work, which is honestly unusual for the business! 

Re:Fashion 2 is live on Bluprint, as you prolly know from my yammering. If you're in need of a summer sewing fix, and fancy some feathers, catch episode 2!