Thursday, December 21, 2017

McCall's 7591 Maxi Dress



Pattern: McCall's 7591 View D 
Fabric: Printed Italian Cotton/Viscose Challis from Elliott Berman Textiles

McCall's 7591 View D is a pullover blouson style maxi dress with elastic waistline. The pattern calls for tricot lining for the bodice but I used self fabric. The skirt is unlined. As per my petite alteration (I am 5'2"), I shortened the bodice an inch and the hem three inches. 

My motivation for this project was that I wanted to make a long dress to wear for the San Francisco Opera. Unfortunately, the finished dress was too casual for the evening concert so that I chose another dress... but that was okay!!! Now I have a new maxi dress for spring. 


相棒のこの一言を聞いた瞬間、頭の中で旅行日から新しいドレスを作る時間を逆算していました。サンフランシスコのオペラハウスはサンフランシスコ講和条約署名の舞台となった美しい建物。折角だからロングドレスを着て行きたい…。たった2日で仕上げるにはテストドレスを作って型紙を直している暇はないと判断して、選んだ型紙はMcCall's 7591 View Dです。型紙のパーツ数が少ない上ジッパーも不要なので手間もかからず、2年ほどミシンに触っていなかった自分にとってリハビリ的な意味でもぴったりなプロジェクトになりました。仕上がったドレスは想像していたよりもカジュアル過ぎたので、オペラには以前作った赤黒のカクテルドレスを着て行ったんですけどね。


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Black Shawl

My Facebook post a night before the trip back in September:

"Want to make a shawl in two hours. 
 It has to be all hand-sewing to retain softness. 
 Wish me luck! 

明日からの旅行に急遽持っていくことにしたストールを作るところです。柔らかさを殺さないように全て手縫い。2時間で仕上がるのか??? その後パッキングは終わらせられるのか??? なんともチャレンジングな夕方になりそうです。"

Of course, it took so much longer than two hours to finish. 

Fabric: Mixed content woven purchased from Emma One Sock
Dress: McCall's 5466 + Vogue 8555

I was truly fortunate to attend opera at the Semperoper/Le Nozze di Figaro and the Wiener Staatsoper/La Traviata in this me-made outfit. The trip was a blast and I will be ever thankful to the person who took me there. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hello Again!

I have to admit that I once used this beautiful fabric as a tablecloth for a dinner. Luckily nobody spilled wine or anything on it, but even if that happened, I could probably pretend that the stains were part of the painted design. For that, this was the perfect fabric for a tablecloth. 

However, I wanted it to be a skirt. 

Fabric: Hand-painted canvas-ish cotton purchased from Emma One Sock  
Lining: Polyester or acetate lining fabric purchased from Fabric Mart
Pattern: Skirt from my TNT dress (modified Vogue 8555 - out of print) plus belt from Vogue 1247
Cardigan: Elie Tahari

To support the hemline, I first thought of applying fusible interfacing. However, when I opened up my interfacing bag, I discovered few other choices: silk organza, netting, and a bias strip of hair canvas. I grabbed the hair canvas simply because it was ready to use. 

I was happy to see that the hem interfacing made a difference in the overall silhouette of the skirt.  

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! 

Monday, October 27, 2014