Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2016 to begin although, before moving forward I would like to look back at my little learning experiences of 2015. Some fails and some success!
The first thing I made last year was the Snow Flake Dress Replica I was putting off from 2014. Whenever I wore this 1940s bias cut dress (on the left) I could hear rotten, vintage stitches popping left and right. Matching prints was a goal of 2015 so you will see it a lot here. Jan.1, 2015
My second dress for Jan. 2015 was Heirloom Dress replica. I wanted to learn heirloom stitching using winged needles, silk threads, hemstitching, slotted lace and pin tucks. The left is the original dress and the right is my version.
In February I sure was missing spring! I designed this dress from a photo. There is a lot of work in this dress that is hard to see due my excellent print matching. This Little House on the Prairie Dress Replica came out great.
The Christmas Dress was one of my favorites! It was a replica for my dear friend Leslie Ruby Randall. To be most honest I was scared of matching such a large scale plaid print but I did it anyways.
The really cool part was that she wore it on a shoot in Scotland! One of my makes made it to Scotland!
I learned how to make shorts, pants, fly zips, welted pockets, jeans and pants of all kinds. Here are just a few and I still have to say even after all this work, pants are hard people!
There were more pants and I promise you learning them was a lot of seam ripping to get my fit right for each pair.
Waffle Knits were a challenge. I made 4 things before I got it!
I did a few pattens hacks.
My favorite was the butterfly dress. I took hours researching something that I found to have not been created yet.
The Etch Graffiti dress was fun.
My Red Frida Dress Replica was another favorite.
Another Frida dress I designed in 2015 and replicated.
1910 Titanic Dress Replica.
The Alexander Henry Cat Dress
Colette Pattern Parfait I made reversible dress out of Cotton and Steel’s Tokyo Train Ride.
My velvet Liz Taylor Holiday Dress.
I made a cat costume from outer space just for fun. I learned working with this metallic rubbery knit too.
One the most challenging was Wearing History’s Ahwanee 1920s Blanket coat. It has welted pockets and all kinds of other things going on that are hard to see because I worked so hard matching the plaids.
Here are a few more non garment adventures.
Upcycles, I learned I can take large garments and remake them into well fitted garments. Wool coats make great hats and mittens too.
Behind the Scenes~ Here is the one that went in the trash. I had problems from the beginning and I was not having fun. Life is to short!
As for 2016 I’m wanting to learn new techniques, work with textiles I find challenging and try to make only solid printed garments. This means I will need to be creative and find ways to naturally embellish my work. I hope to pay close attention to precision and detail as solid materials will glaringly show any mistakes.
Feel free to leave me positive comments and thank you for reading.