Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall and Goldenrod....




Goldenrod; my new favorite color.

As the seasons change and the aspen trees turn shades of gold, so apparently does my wardrobe.
The corset top tee is the design of Natalie Chanin. She has her own blog, and to suggest that it is worth a visit is an understatement. What are you waiting for, go! When you get back I am also going to recommend the book. Projects and stories celebrating hand-sewing, quilting, and embroidery for a contemporary sustainable style. What a mouthful, I took this right off the book. I found the description to be accurate.
I needed this tee right away, so I did choose to stitch it on the machine rather than by hand. The flower detail is also all me, you won't find it in the book. I just cut out a shape, scrunched it all up and stitched it down. The next time I make this tee I am going to make it by hand. It is so soothing when stitching with only needle and thread.

The skirt:
Vintage, isn't it wonderful? The pockets are inset into the faux front panel. Enlarge the photo for a great fabric close-up. I had to make the waistband larger, it was made for a 26" waist. I just let out some of the gathers and it's not quite as full.
Back to the sewing machine, my hot pattern came in the mail yesterday. Yea.

5 comments:

Darling Petunia said...

The flower is great and so is the skirt! The book looks interesting, but I'm waiting for it to be six months old, so I can get it through an interlibrary loan. Still swooning over that skirt...

Rachel said...

Both pieces are so beautiful! I've been on a purple kick for a while, but you are convincing me to try goldenrod as my new color.
Gorgeous!

tina said...

I'm an Alabama Chanin convert... great twist on the corset top! I've never been a hand stitcher, but when I bought the book I also wanted to do some good ol' fashioned slow hand work. it's not easy to retrain your "instant gratification" gene but I have completed a few projects BY HAND.

Miss Fitz said...

that corset is a T-shirt?!?!?! how marvelous!
nice work on copying your coveted j crew dress.

Angela Fehr said...

Is the pattern for the top in the book? I love it!