Happy Valentine’s Day: I made a silk slip!

It’s February and that means it’s time to sew something sexy and sassy! Collette’s Seamwork issue is out and has some lovely ideas for lingerie sewing. It inspired me to sew a slip. I have a RTW one made of stretch polyester and thought, hum, I can do better than this.

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I looked through my stash and decided to use some black silk and lace that I had found at a bridal designer’s fire sale. I had never worked with silk and it was a dream to cut. I used Sewaholic’s slip tutorial, which was easy, and even sewed my first french seam (I don’t know why I’ve always hesitated to try it out-now I’m hooked).

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Yes, people, I stitched all of the lace, that I cut out from a large piece…

I cut out the lace, sewed it on by hand with a running stitch and slipped it on. Oh, la, la, it’s soooooooo pretty and silky smooth. I think I could sleep in it. I now need to make silk pyjama bottoms.

I’m so excited about sewing lingerie that I’m reading Orange Lingerie’s Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction. After seeing Lladybird’s post on her new bra, I bought Cloth Habit’s Watson bra pattern and ordered a bra and panty kit from TailorMadeShoppe on Etsy. Yay!

None of my bras seem to fit for more that a few months now, so this will definitely be a good investment.

Have you ever thought of sewing lingerie? What have you made?

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Maternity Sewing for 2016

One of the best things about sewing is that you can daydream and plan your sewing. You get to pick your patterns, find your material and make it happen. It can also be a little overwhelming because, let’s face it, you want to buy ALL the material and make ALL the patterns. So here is my attempt at bringing it all together.

I’m 5.5 months pregnant and I need clothes, especially dresses, and I have to get on the home decor for the nursery and make some baby clothes (OMG so fun!!!!):

  1. Sew Over It: Ultimate Shift Dress (and a slip)

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Ultimate Shift Dress

Full confession on this, I’ve already finished the first one using the Mood Fabrics polka dot cotton poplin I bought last summer. Sew Busy Lizzy made a beautiful skirt out of it.

The second one is almost done. I love this dress! I bought the material in Montreal last year and I thought it was a cheap black polyester crepe (it was dusty, in a corner and $5 a metre). It turns out it’s a lovely wool blend crepe that is super soft with faint herringbone stripes. I made the dress 2 inches wider at the waist and 4 inches wider at the hips. It now has a soft A-line swing dress shape that gives me room to grow and it looks amazing. It’s a little see through in the light, so I’ll make a black silk slip from my stash.

2. April Rhodes: Date Night Dress

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Date Night Dress

I think the loose fit and the butterfly sleeves are going to be so pretty. I’m using some vintage 40’s rayon I found on Etsy. Ah, Esty, I love you.

3. Burda maternity dress 6957

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Burda 6957

Not the greatest pattern photo, but it has the potential of a DVF wrap dress. This awesome geometric knit print will be so funky and it was only $3 a metre at Fabricland, yay!

4. Burda maternity dress 012015

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Burda 012015 Maternity Dress

I’m worried she’s laughing so much that she’ll have a little accident. Nevertheless, it’s a nice pattern and I’ll use a rayon I bought at Fabricland that I’ll need to line because it’s see-through. I think the drape will be beautiful and the pattern is very office friendly.

5. Closet Case Files: Carolyn Pajamas

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Carolyn Pajamas

Because let’s face it, when I get home, all I want to do is curl up in my pajamas and read a book.

6. Megan Nielsen: Viginia leggings

I only have one pair of maternity leggings, so these will come in handy. I ordered a nice black knit from Girl Charlee that I can’t wait to try.

That’s it for now and it’s a pretty long list. I hope I can get through it and start some baby clothes too!

What are your sewing plans for 2016?

10 reasons to sew

I often wonder why I love to sew so much, so I thought I would start this blog by listing the top ten reasons that come to mind:

  • I can see something in a magazine or have an idea and create it
  • I can make everything fit (I’m 5’9” with insanely long arms)
  • I don’t need to buy as much clothes and can spend the money on shoes and handbags!
  • I’ve discovered all kinds of cool indie pattern companies like Sew Over It, Named Clothing, Closet Case Patterns, April Rhoades, Colette Patterns
  • I can be creative, drawing and designing or modifying a pattern, and picking the right fabric from my (ever growing…) stash
  • I now know what it is to be passionate about something, obsessively pouring over anything sewing related, visiting thrift shops for vintage sewing gear or tracking down obscure japanese fabrics
  • I can finally use my button collection
  • In a few short hours, I have a new dress, or top, or skirt
  • There’s an amazing sewing community out there that you can connect with
  • My mother, my mother-in-law, and my grandmother all love to sew and we can talk about it for hours on end

I’m excited to start this blog and share what I’ve learned. Are there other reasons why you love to sew? Let me know!

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