Monday, November 23, 2015

Wearing Handmade

Finally, here is the finished version of my Cascade Dress for grown ups. After the pattern was sewn up, I died the entire garment using a natural dye method with black beans. I then added vintage lace details, also naturally dyed. I still think there are a few changes I'd like to make down the road if I continue making the pattern, however, I am quite pleased with the final result. A lot of time and love went into this dress. It has a comfy playfulness to it and wearing it makes me feel young at heart.

After working on my Cascade Dress, I decided I needed a break from the drafting and turned to a published pattern for my next project.

I chose The Peplone Jacket Pattern by Tina Givens. I had found this beautiful deep amethyst linen/rayon blend at my local fabric shop and just knew it would make quite a statement. So it did! I loved working with this fabric and may have to hunt down some more,

I used some organic cotton scraps I had for the pockets and sleeve trim, and a fantastic big vintage button I got from my mom some years ago. This worked up wonderfully. It's a very full fit coat-like garment reminiscent of the turn of the century boho movement. To be accessorized with a languid pose and an artistic flair. I love it truly. I can't help but feel decadent and creative whilst wearing it.

 I can see that my promise to sew more for myself is taking some interesting turns and I'm really enjoying it.

Have you made anything lately?

See you after the holiday, be well!


Cut&Alter said...

What beautiful garments!! I love your Cascade dress and the colour it's now turned out.

storiesofobjects said...

You look very pretty in both of them!

Frances said...

Both your cascade dress and that fabulous purple coat are so beautiful. I think that they suit you so very well, with their vintage feeling and contemporary touches. How grand to have that perfect button.

Might I also mention that your sofa is a beauty.

You've got me thinking of doing some sewing for myself...perhaps it will be on my mental list of 2016 intentions.


Cat Amador said...

oh dear...i think i need to make both of these! they look gorgeous on you! and you are the second one in a week i have run across using black beans....i think someone is trying to tell me it!

Jazzie said...

Well indeed! there's nothing in this world that can make a sewer more happier than wearing her own made dress.

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Purrfect Haven said...

looks fab, especially love the colours, really suits you and so individual!
Happy New Year, Helen, Darcy, Bingley and Fred x