This is the first post of a mini series that will cover my attempts at making a jacket. Gasp! horror!
On March 23rd and 24th I will be attending a 2-day course on making a Chanel inspired jacket, hosted by the Yorkshire sewing school.
And I’m rather nervous… well that’s putting it mildly. I’m chuffing scared!!
So I thought I’d share some of my inspiration jackets to show what direction I’m leaning.
I love the shoulder inserts of the Sandro jacket, the satin trim on the Givenchy and the simple elegance of the Pyrus and Carven jackets.
The Jaeger jacket which is last has my favourite elements which is a dreamy looking softer wool and the ribbon trim detail.
Feel free to take a look at my Pinterest board for more jacket inspiration!
For the record I am not, and never will be, a Scrappy-Do fan.
He may have been the thing that killed the cartoon in the hearts of children all around the world.
In fact I’m not sure I know anyone who actually liked that annoying pup.
But the alliteration was calling to me.
I love pinning and will continue to do so but I really want to use Pinterest to drive action and results in my creativity rather than just being a mood board.
Last year I made few things from my pinterest boards.dress via A Beautiful Mess; cookie cutter pumpkin tutorial; tote made with ink blot tutorial
This year I want to aim for at least TEN makes from pins but would love to do TWELVE. A bit like the Pinterest Challenge (which seems to have gone a bit quiet lately).
So how are you going to do this Amy?
The “Don’t Just Pin In!” Challenge
I’m not going to allocate each month a pin but instead go with the flow.
I also want to action anything I’ve pinned that incorporates scallops into my clothes! And definitely in collaboration with the above point.
Recipes are encouraged as it will develop my cooking skills. Ideally I’d like to make more savoury food than baking but I am obsessed with sweet treats so let’s see.
And finally anything home or DIY related would be great to include.
My first pin turned to reality for 2013?
Fish Karahi – Fish cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and ginger to create a rich authentic taste.
I made this the second week of January by sort of following the recipe here and what I remembered of an amazing meal at from Akbars restaurant.
There are already some front runners for this year:
This is likely to be the next make. Piñata Cookies for Mr AR’s Birthday.
After that, this blouse by Charlotte Azou has been paper drafted using a similar pattern and I’m currently refining the collar.
Also lined up is this polka dot Topshop dress. I have fabric and a pattern ready!
Next, if I manage to overcome my previous fabric stamping fails I’ll be making a horse print dress just like this.
And if we move to a new house this year I’ll definitely be making a triangle quilt.
I want this exact style but with slightly different colours.
So do you use Pinterest for making mood boards? Or do you actually turn these pins into tangible real life makes?
I’m taking the Don’t Just Pin It challenge this year. Anyone want to join me?
**And yes I know I have one too many full points in my ellipsis but it took me sooo long to make the graphic and the button while poorly that when I spotted it I didn’t have the heart to amend it, even though the professional editor in me is very disappointed in my sloppiness**
I’ve written this blog post about five times now.
I’m both scared and excited to think about what 2013 will bring and my brain is racing at a mile a minute.
Unavoidable changes are heading my way and I’m trying to figure out how to roll with them.
I’m not going to start waffling on about all of that because it’s been a long day and this is still a sewing blog right?!
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Regardless of any drama the new year has brought, I’ve also done a smidgen of sewing!
I eased myself back in slowly. I put an elastic waist in a B5653 strappy floral top UFO that’s been lingering around since Summer.
This Butterick top is sort of a refashion and a muslin.
I salvaged the fabric from an old Topshop dress and wanted to try out the strappy view of the top before investing other fabric in it.
I’m already plotting many more versions of this is.
And I think it’d look lovely extended into a sundress. Yes yes I know we’re expecting snow this weekend.
Then I hemmed the striped NL 6808 I started before xmas.
Tweet peeps are sure to be sick of seeing this top. I’ve posted pics of it in every stage of construction.
Check out the bitching stripe matching on it though! On the sides and on the sleeves (this damn near killed me).
I also added an exposed zip to the back.
Roisin suggested a tutorial post which I’m eager to supply.
I will not be showing you the insides of this bad boy but will instead draft up something neater for show and tell.
I wore this one today and wasn’t most impressed with how I looked but think that’s just because I’m full of cold at the minute and in my mind I look I have bats nesting in my hair and the pallor of a jaundiced gremlin.
And on that delightful note I shall leave you for now.
I will return shortly with organised thoughts rather than the deranged stream of consciousness I’ve been trying to fight back…
It’s nice to be surrounded by your hobby with good happy little reminders that make you smile and your eyes widen as you get a bit giddy. It’s kind of how I feel reading lovely people’s sewing blogs but other things trigger this too.
Why the focus on this (probably obvious to everyone) obsession? Well Project Runway Season 10 starts TONIGHT in the US and I can’t wait until I can see a clip of Tim Gunn’s little face as he spies something truly horrendous being made.
I have a pinterest board called “Things that make me smile”. It does exactly what it says on the tin people. And I don’t always put sewing related things in there but a few have made me smile lately:
Other things making me smile is my new sewing compendium bought by my mum for me.
Such cute funny pictures (unintentionally of course)… got to love 80s photography.
This one is just generally awesome.
I also want to go to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at Leeds University soon but with the silly opening hours I need a day off work. Hope it’s good! I want to wander round in a jealous glazed stupor at the beautiful garments on display.
Hope these little bits made you smile too!