A new blog look, one finished skirt, a new project and more Marfy pics!
Marfy 0757 guipure lace skirt
I can't tell you how hard this was to photograph, I need a sold background I think, I'm going to try again tomorrow..as its stunning in real life...
So while I've already written everything there is to say about this Guipure skirt, I would like to add that I am incredibly happy with it...and am wondering what to use my other yard and a half left over for!
and below are a few pics of the unfinished neoprene. Its really just a shell, no hems or waistband at all...and it would have been better with another inch or two taken off the fit but....
I still wish it had been a keeper, the fabric finish reminds me of a lightweight wool and the fact that it shapes your body and is really warm, makes me think I might attempt it again with a different neoprene...
Next time I am in the garment district I'm going to smell them all before buying any!
A new look...
Anyone notice the new blog header today?!
I've been looking for an illustrator I loooooved for almost two years without much luck, then last month I stumbled onto Jennifer Vallez's site and knew instantly her drawings would work perfectly with my garment photos.
I emailed her immediately and would have begged or bribed her, had she not said yes within hours.... and a few weeks later I had the originals on my desk.....and the pdf's on my laptop.
It was such a fun collaboration, I emailed pictures, she emailed pencil sketches, we emailed about fabric details and colours, bags and shoes.... truly, I enjoyed it so much I will probably have new pictures made yearly!
and here they are.....whimsical, impossibly perfect and ageless!! I adore them..........
and now - of course, my girls are begging to have pictures made of when they were young, as Jen also draws the most beautiful family portraits......and really how could I not?!
*this is not a sponsored ad...I paid full price for my prints and not only were they very reasonable but also worth every penny !*
Marfy free pattern jacket 1756
When I planned the sew alongs back in December, the first three months of this year were relatively free, but I now find March getting more complicated by the day.
I have visitors again for a few weeks, spring break, a week away and Susan Khaljes's camp couture to prepare for, among other things.
And as the first week of April is camp couture and I need a week to get through laundry alone when I get home - I want to move the jacket sew along to the beginning of May.
and make it a little more complex than originally planned.
Couture tailoring, pad stitching, roll lines, stay tapes and back stays......as well as light tailoring with fusibles and how and when to mix the two.
We can talk about adding chain and trim, pattern alterations for quilting.....bound buttons holes and machine made....and anything else you ask for :)
I will have a list of supplies by the third week of April and we will begin the actual sew along on May 4th.
It will be a slow, post heavy detailed month, broken into sections so you can pick and choose.....
Marfy free pattern blouse pics and Marfy pics
There are some new pictures in the galleries at the top...and again I can't thank you all enough for sending them to me, and as you tell me there are lots of blouses and skirts in various stages of construction....keep the pictures coming, no matter how long it takes for you to finish!!!
Ann just made these three gorgeous versions..... and just look at those sleeves, amazing!!
You can find all the details on her blog AniliN on construction, fabric choices etc.
and I am so happy to show you Mette's work......we have been emailing for a year or more, as we were both making 3171 at the same time...so as well as pictures of her amazing dress, I also have her just finished jacket to share. Marfy 2745.
I love the lines on the jacket so much, and keep thinking how flattering that waist shaping would be on so many different body types.
and as for 3171 - still my favorite pattern ever.
and Tracey needs no introduction after her spectacular little French jacket debut last year..... I had the absolute pleasure of spending a week in Baltimore at camp couture with her last year, and get to do it all again this year.....she has extraordinary style, is truly the nicest person you can meet....and is so much fun to be around.
So when she sent me pics of Marfy 3197 last week, I instantly wanted it. She said her inspiration was both the Saint Laurent grunge season and Sherlock, hence the plaid. Brilliant!
I'm using 0757 with princess seams to quilt a little French skirt this week. My unofficial and much appreciated sponsor Alice gifted this vibrant, interesting and textured boucle and I can't wait to do it justice.
So that's it from me.....the kids go back to school tomorrow after almost ten days. Think of me enjoying the peace and quiet while quilting away!
Have a wonderful week.