Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Home Organization is Major Source of Stress for Americans

And here I thought it was just us sewists who get stressed.  Apparently clutter raises cortisol levels.
Guess I had better get cleaning, so I can lose weight.

The embroidery project will have to be shelved until Mid June, it's family time for the next two weeks... I'll need at least that long to sort out the clutter :)

More Embroidery Inspiration.

Emilio Pucci

Isabel Marant
One shoulder cotton top

Isabel Marant
Star cropped skinny pant

Mara Hoffman
Embroidered racer back maxi dress

Cotton skirt

Tory Burch
Embroidered Tunic

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sometimes, You Can't Find What You Want and You Have To Make It.....

I like these, I mean I really like these, ok not these exactly but that embroidery down the side of the leg has grown on me, and now I need a pair of pants with some embroidery.

First, I couldn't find the exact embroidery, close but no cigar.  Then someone mentioned that maybe copying the exact design wouldn't be desirable, and we create to express ourselves so off I went.

Last night with marker and paper, I came up with this.

Then I colored it in with marker, I forgot how relaxing coloring can be.

I ran it through a graphic design program and created a vector file.

This morning, put it through an embroidery design program.

Here is my first attempt in a scaled down version.

How cute is it?  I am so excited!!  Soon I will have those embroidered pants!  or a skirt.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Simple Dress Vibrant Print - Escada Interlock

The last post and the black bathing suit cover up had me thinking about how simple construction can be good for clothes that I wear on a daily basis.  So many patterns available are complicated, and the simple ones are so simple you think they can't be interesting, but in the last post a beautiful print is sometimes all you need to dress it up.  This is my new favorite dress for the summer.




It was expensive, so I only bought a yard, and very little is left, the white selvage was trimmed and used to face the sleeve openings.



Was a little unsure about the colors at the start but it looks great on me, and goes with at least 3 sandals I already own.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Look How Cute a One Day Project... or So It Seems... Seams

All you need are two squares or rectangles of fabric, and you can mix it up a bit by changing the neckline, some border print, ribbon or beaded trim.  Just remember to use crepe de chine, chiffon, or georgette fabric in as many layers as you feel you need to make it opaque or make a cami to go under it.

Day Birger et Mikkelsen

Roberto Cavalli
This has a waist casing and a thin silk tie.
I don't have shorts this short but you might.

Add openings at the waist wide enough to thread a silk tie through.

Anna Sui - silk Chiffon 
This one is a little more work, with the yoke piece and gathers just beneath the yoke (which you can't see because it's so dark).

So what body type can carry these off?

Apple dressing

My mother had a client who was an apple shape, and I had to design a few things for her, if I had to dress her today, here's what I would pick for her.

A dress that accentuates the under bust, and falls away from the body.  The length would be adjusted in proportion to her height.

Vineet Bahl

An open duster in a textured linen, the one below is a lace trench coat.
Alessandra Rich
 Temperley London
 Alexander McQueen
 Notte by Marchesa
Apples have the best evening wear options.

A jacket about hip length with a waist defining combination beneath.
Tory Burch Jacket

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Inverted Triangle dresses

What to wear when you look wider on the top and narrower on the bottom.  I would start with darker colors on top and lighter colors on bottom, and look for a way to add some width to the bottom to balance shape.


Giambattista Valli

 This silk dress is a little wider on the bottom, with an inverted pleat at the center.
Phillip Lim
 Something with a fuller skirt to help balance.
Temperley London

And I thought this one was interesting but would like it a bit shorter, or maybe a gauze panel on the bottom, to make it lighter, and I would lose the sandals.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pears in Pants

The famous pear in pants. These are my favorite, which looks like fitted from the waist to the widest part of the leg, and straight down maintaining a wide leg. The thing to consider here is that both of these examples are made out of a crepe with drape (and let's not forget the heels that are hiding under the hems).

These are cute and camouflage a bit.

Now if you'll bear with me, I also thing pears can carry off the harem pant look, and they might be a fun item to have in the closet.  I happen to love this outfit, I wish I could see the other half of it.  It looks a little like what we do when we come home with a lovely piece of buttery knit fabric, but better.

And because you know we live in jeans, these are fitted from the waist to the knee and flare.

Then there are the leggings, I like these on pears with the right top.  A peplum top that is fitted, with the hem hitting a few inches above the widest point would be a nice combination.

Here's another good combination, the hem is higher on the front and longer on the back.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I Like Pears in Dresses

So you say you are pear shape.  I wish I was, and I'll tell you why.  As an hourglass, if you are big, you are big all over.  When I get dressed, the top is big, the bottom is big, and if you don't point to the waist you have that is lurking, you just look big.  When you are a pear you are narrower on top, wider on the bottom and it's a very feminine shape.

Halston heritage 2013

carolina herrera 2013

oscar de la renta

akris 2013

BC says she can't wear a sheath... Camouflage

From everything I've read, they recommend the sheath dress for everyone... however I recognize that we all want to camouflage some area, but even within body types there might be challenges.  I don't like to show my arms, so I always want sleeves or sleeve caps.  I have a friend who always wants to show cleavage, she'll pick something to show that off.

So pick a part you want to show off, and one you want to hide and plan your dress around it, and if you can stand to wear them, get foundation garments to help smooth out areas.

If you like your decolletage...

This one is very daring but also pretty clever, because it accentuates (creates) the waist as well as the bust and neckline, and the design draws your eye up creating a vertical line. You could even add sleeves or capped sleeves and add a little more fabric to the neckline and it would still be very good.

Roberto Cavalli

What if you think you don't have shape and want to create an hour glass and you think your shoulders are narrow?  If your shoulders are wide, you can minimize the effect and remove the sleeves, or you could reverse the panel colors and make the side panels darker the center lighter.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Center panels are everywhere, some more subtle than others but how about this one, that is taking advantage of the fabric design?  This is a very simple dress, want to accentuate a waist?

Dolce & Gabbana

Add some detail to draw the eye to the waist..

What if you want to add curves to the top?  You can do it with additional fabric adding a ruffle or

Diane Von Furstenberg

With color to the top if you want to add visual width...

Diane Von Furstenberg

Or you want to visually reduce the top half 

Lela Rose