Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Seven-Week Challenge


It hit me, today, that I have exactly seven weeks left before I move. That means, exactly seven weeks to use all my fabrics (because I unfortunately can't bring them with me overseas!)

To help me stay focused, I am committing myself -- right here, right now -- to the completion of 8 projects in 7 weeks.

Is this reasonable? Maybe not.
Am I up for the challenge? Absolutely!

Details of my crazy project:

1- Make this shirt wearable. I found it at a second-hand store and I just love the round collar, the contrast between the light blue and the white, and yes, the puffy sleeves. Although I will be making them a lot less puffy and less 80's. It think it has great potential!

2- Make a 60's blouse from this mint green cotton (although this picture really doesn't do justice to its colour).

3- Turn this ankle-length wool blend skirt into a pencil skirt for winter. Also a vintage find.

4- Make the "Andrew sweater" for my boyfriend Olivier, as seen on Burda Style. This is member Kitzler's version.

5- Make something of this great 80's print fabric. A type of crepe I think.

6- Turn this dress into a top (an easy project for a little break).

7- Make something out of this print that I am absolutely in love with. I'm thinking a skirt, but I don't know yet.

8- Make a dress with this. I have a strong vision for this one!

Let me remind you: I will do all of this in seven weeks. I am counting on you, Readers, for your support and comments.

And now, as my sister would say:
Alright? Alright!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Black Pencil Skirt

Now for part 2 of my entry, a nice black skirt I made with the same McCall's 2129.

The zipper gave me a bit of a hard time, as you can see! I'll do better next time.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Green Grass Skirt

So I used McCall's 2129 for this project. It's a breeze to make and fits great -- I recommend it!

This is actually my third version of the pattern. I think I made the first one when I was 14 or something. The fabric came from curtains that I bought at a second-hand store. (I really do love the colour but it still smells of moth balls whenever I press it.)

Look out for the second part of this entry for a great basic black skirt!

Monday, July 19, 2010

My own Weekender Bag

I have been meaning to make this bag for a few months now, ever since I came across Ron’s post on his Weekend Designer blog. (I can’t recommend it enough, although, it is sadly no longer active… sniff, sniff.) You will find all the instructions as well as the pattern. Scrolling down to the comments, I found Sarah’s version of the Weekender, which really inspired me.

The ubiquitous Longchamp Le pliage was also a source of inspiration. There is something about the simplicity of this bag, with its clean lines and good proportions.

I’ve altered the pattern a bit. I used a sort of plastic-coated nylon (much like the Pliage) that I bought at Ottawa’s Rockland Textiles and leatherette (much unlike the Pliage, but friendlier to animals) that I bought in Toronto’s fashion district. I’ve made it a bit smaller, but, as you can see, it is still pretty huge! Contrary to my initial intention, this is way too big for an everyday bag.

But I’m still pretty happy with the result! I wonder who will end up using it more, my boyfriend or myself? I must admit that the complementary shades of dark brown are pretty masculine.

For those of you interested in the details:

And the handles were made with leftover fabric from another project that I braided and covered with leatherette.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Welcome to All Style and All Substance

I was 10 years old when I first started sewing, thanks in part to my grandmother who graciously subsidized my lessons. I come from a family of sewers: my aunts, my grandmother and my mother all nurtured my passion for sewing. My mom, an excellent seamstress, can be credited for my attention to detail and my patience.

Lately, sewing went from being an occasional hobby to a total obsession. The Project Runway series might have had something to do with it… Or else, it was the online community of sewing bloggers (including Burda Style). In any case, I now wake up in the morning thinking about sewing and go to bed at night thinking about sewing.

So, here it is: a blog about sewing!
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