Summer Shibori Dress

blue shibori dress with pockets

Hello!  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been working on getting one of my patterns ready to release as a PDF and I have been neglecting my trusty sewing blog!  I took a break from the pattern to spruce up my summer wardrobe. Continue reading

Patchwork Shibori Skirt

I love all of the fabric that I dye and I really hate to waste any of it, so I always save the small pieces of fabric that are left over after I cut out a garment.  When I build up enough of them, I turn them into something new!

shibori scraps

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Rainbow Shibori Kaftan

My fabric buying budget has been a little low lately, but I won’t let that dampen my zeal for sewing!  Whenever I run out of new fabric I start hunting through my “archives” to see if there are any pieces that I can recycle.  I found a few test scarves that I made when I first started experimenting with shibori, and I thought they might look cool pieced together into a colorful patchwork of some kind.

shibori collage

Close-ups of the shibori scarves.

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Shibori Bridesmaid Dress

As I mentioned in my last post about making my sister’s wedding dress, I also made my dress for the wedding!  My sister didn’t go the traditional bridesmaid route.  Instead, she put together a color palette collage and had me and her close friends choose dresses based on that.  Continue reading

Handmade Wedding Dress

My sister got married this past September, and like all people with questionable decision making abilities and poor impulse control, I offered to make her wedding dress…

crazy screaming seamstress

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?

Just kidding!!

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A week of handmade clothing…

On Tuesday of this past week, I realized I had worn my own (made by me) clothes to work two days in a row.  I decided to keep up the trend and wear something I had made every day for the rest of the week:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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Handmade Wordrobe progress report

Wow!  I feel like I’ve been gone for a long time!  I have made some progress in the “making my own clothes” department and I wanted to share some pictures.  I thought at first that I should start with cold weather clothes because it was winter, but I decided it made more sense to work a season ahead so that I would have a collection of garments ready to go when the weather gets warm.  One possible down side to this is that it might be difficult to motivate myself to work on a wool coat when August rolls around… Continue reading

Before and After

I’m working on my handmade wardrobe and getting new garments together to photograph.  In the mean time I thought I would post some “before & after” pics of past pieces.  I’ve been taking pictures of my shibori fabric as I finish dyeing it, and then taking pictures of the finished garments and putting them side by side.

khaki shibori bubble dress

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Handmade Wardrobe Challenge

One of my goals for this year was to make more garments for myself, but I’ve decided to take that a step further.  What I really want to do is make most, if not all, of the things that I wear.  I know it will take time to transition to an all made-by-me wardrobe, but I think it will be really fun and exciting to try.  I love to make clothes and I always feel happiest when I’m wearing my own designs.

I put together a collage of the things I’ve made that I wear most often:

handmade garment collage

So far most of the clothes I’ve made are lighter warm weather clothing, so I’ve definitely got to get to work on some pants and long sleeve tops.  I would also love to make myself a new winter coat, but I’ve been saying that for three years now so we’ll see…  OK, wish me luck!

 

 

 

Belated 2013 Reflections, Inspirations & Goals

A few weeks ago I joined in the Top 5 of 2013 blog series started by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow.  I posted my top 5 hits and top 5 misses of 2013, but I’ve been procrastinating on doing the rest of the lists because I couldn’t think of five things for all of them.  I’ve decided to stop being a perfectionist and just post what I have. Continue reading