Tuesday, October 16, 2012

i say never too much...and "never" too much.


holy hell i appear to be sewing with a plan. what has caused this completely out of character move?  possibly i didn't eat enough red meat last night.  in fact, it was quite the vegetarian day, i don't know what hit me.  cray-cray vegetables and their mind altering powers. 

this morning, i awoke with an urge to finish a beautiful and possibly extremely tacky neon green lace dress hanging over our iron staircase railing (read: garment rack), but had run out of the olive green silk i'm using for interlining.  (or underlining.  which is it?  is it both?) i ran out of it because i bought it without any plans for it.  so back to the district i go tomorrow.  this is slightly frustrating.

don't get me wrong, i like sewing without a plan.  i'm not sure i could completely sew with one, since it's really the fabric that inspires me 90% of the time.  but the tomato soup on my brain and the lace on my staircase inspired this fruity thought: maybe i could look at my stash and pair some stuff together... then collect the rest of the things i'd need if i'm lacking... so i could start and finish a project.

ground breaking, i know.  never been done before in the history of sewists, i'm sure.


so i dove into my stash and started mixing.  

you might remember some chatter about feathers and the entire ruggian clan putting the kibosh on adding them to my anna sui dress.  well, these feathers from mood are destined for a bombshell dress.  and surprisingly, i have most everything i need for it.


LOOK AT THE BOW!!! how have i not recognized the awesomeness of this pattern yet?  i found this silk print at paron's new location (i am so happy to see those lovely peeps in their new joint.  way better lighting, and nothing says fabric like window dressings of paper mache rocket ships and working toy trains).  of course i bought it without a hint of an idea why.  i kind of think i'm going to look like david bowie circa velvet underground.  or maybe hunky dory.  hell, looking like david bowie circa anytime works for me.

the first photo is destined to be a vest, oscar de la renta wool & turquoise silk remnants from the mood LA store i snagged this summer during two separate meetups with clio and tigress.  those remnant boxes have magical bottomless holes in them leading straight to some couture house in france. hopefully i'll pair this vest avec shirt, which will REALLY make my david bowie dreams come true.  

will you look at that... i now realize i'm going to need a pair of pants to go with that... maybe i'll need to make another plan...

26 comments:

  1. All very amazing fabric! :) So colorful and fun. i think fabric also inspires me most of the time, although mostly inspire me to buy them... and then I seem to be satisfied touching and looking at them for months (while working on other sewing projects), until I get the inspiration for what to make with that fabric... and it will stay in the mental queue for a while...
    Looking forward to see all these turn into clothing!

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  2. Though your hair is way cooler than David Bowie's, and I'm even counting Jareth the Goblin King. Though yours is less glittery. (Also, speaking of Jareth the Goblin King and glitter, if you have a shortage of internet time eaters, try Roommates & Girls Next Door:
    asherhyder.deviantart.com
    pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com)

    And I just love the comic-book-like faces on 70s patterns. It's my favourite era, face-wise.

    Don't forget to let us know how the plan is going along. You know, if you crack up somewhere in the middle and just do something completely different, I'll feel better about doing that myself. :D

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    1. i've already cracked up on number one, and then gone back again. it doesn't look promising.

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  3. It is underlining if I'm understanding your use properly...you're using it underneath the lace so it's not a peekaboo show when you wear the dress!

    Try as I may, I'm never really that good at sticking with sewing plans. I lay it all out there each season as to what patterns I want to make with what fabric, but more often than not, I get sidetracked or have sewing ADD and see something else that's "ooo shiny pretty!" And I tend not to get back to my original plan...maybe this fall will be different?

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  4. Oh I can't wait to see your feathered bombshell dress! And those fabrics you've got in your stash are pretty awesome! I am totally inspired by fabric all the time, it's like if you don't have the right fabric it's not worth sewing...

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  5. You always come up with the most fantastic plan-free projects! I can only imagine how awesome your sewing gets WITH a plan! ;)

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    1. ACK! but it could very well be my ruination!

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  6. So nice and bright fabrics!

    I always make plans and then do the opposite%)

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  7. I need me some of thos feathers. They. Are. Rad.

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    1. get you some girl. they are WAY sexier in real life than the online shot.

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  8. Another bombshell dress. With feathers. Awesome. I think my review of that class suggested the pattern was a limiting factor, but seeing as I've worn my bombshell dress several times this summer and how much use and love it gets around the sewing blogosphere, I should rework my comment. I can't wait to see what you'll do with feathers... By the way, though I seem to have gotten stuck on the bombshell dress, I love the idea of the bow blouse. Definitely a favorite.

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  9. I do the same thing! I've gotten to the point that I won't buy less than two yards of a fabric, so hopefully when I actually use it I'll have enough!

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    1. exactly! i normally go for three. but these remnants were too awesome.

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  10. I'm seriously in LOVE with that little jacket on the first pattern!!! I'm way into Bowie's style, though I agree that your hair is much less glittery than his though the feathers should even things up nicely ;p
    I was way into planning what I wanted to sew a while back, but I have not managed a single thing on the list yet! I'm in serious no-mojo mode!

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  11. Oona makes pants! Oh please do, I'd love to see what you came up with. (Feather welts?) That 3-piece suit is so cool... 70s patterns always make me gooey. I don't know what it is about them.

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    1. how i wish i had enough of this gold to make the whole set! maybe i should get some extremely cool lavender wool i saw and do the jacket & pants in it.... oh my god now i so want to do that...

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  12. I like where this plan is going. Any plan that involves David Bowie is a yes for me. I like how you're planning but even more so, I like how your initial plan is evolving into another one (pants).

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  13. someone made a peplum blouse out of that tribal fabric :
    http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/purple-tribal-peplum
    I love it!

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    1. que gorgeous! i've been on the fence about trying a peplum for myself.... it'll probably happen once the trend is over :)

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  14. BOWIE!!!!! I love his guts. I'm likin' these plans-- get going, girl! I wanna see this stuff stat!

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  15. Oh this is gonna be awesome!!! That vest is great. Those reveres are making my week.

    I'm also a fan of the pussy-bow blouse. Been wanting to make one for ages. You are gonna look so cute!!

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  16. I can't wait to see your Bowie ensemble. I've been looking at vests lately with a new appreciation. Must be my acquisition of the Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking. (http://tinyurl.com/cqnjddb) Soooooo 70s!

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  17. Dude. If *you're* planning, what hope is there for me? I see a future of capsule wardrobes and "top ten wardrobe must-haves" stretching ahead of me... (assuming I ever manage to make something for myself again, anyway...)

    On a lighter note, I was given some totally Oonalicious fabric today. I am torn---I think it wants to be a ridiculously loud maxi dress, but I might force it to become a drearily practical coat lining.

    Assuming I ever manage to make something for myself again, anyway.

    Can't wait to see Oona doing Bowie. Some things are so perfect...

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  18. I've been sewing with a plan lately too!! It's amazing when that moment happens of "this fabric will go with that pattern, and it's actually something I would wear!" I'm excited to see this lace fabulousness you are talking about - it sounds positively Oonarific :)

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