A lost week...

A lost week...

I'm beginning to think of bias as a black hole....

Its fascinating and confusing and incredibly technical.  I guess I naively imagined that there were not a whole lot of ways you could cut, or sew or hang it. How wrong I was.

I've spent the last ten days just reading...books, internet articles, magazines... and watching...and asking...and draping...and hanging sample after sample of silks..

(and dealing with all the fun that comes with another round of renovations and improvements to our house as well, this one will be my last fixer upper, I've had enough)

and, I think I finally have a game plan for my camisoles

Its a more complex plan than I had originally considered but the thought of having six beautifully made (I hope!) garments is driving me to get it right.

and it goes without saying that its going to take up some blog posts as its facinating stuff....or I think it is!   so I will save that for another week.......

but today I am in Baltimore for my last class of the year... (where I will also be driving Susan mad with bias questions I imagine!)

I finally decided on two projects .....

The first is one of the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen or indeed owned, a scant 2 yards of Swiss embroidered organza that I have been hoarding for three years.

I saw it on my first every trip to Mendel Goldberg ... and it became the most expensive fabric I had ever bought.

and honestly at the time, the only reason I could justify it was because I got some of it for free,  3/4 of a yard to be exact... (try walking away from that...impossible!! )

When Alice was measuring it, she spotted the tiniest of holes, seriously the tiniest of tiny holes... about 3/4 yard in and so she gave me that section for free....(its hard to sell such a small section, and I knew I could work around it!)

I kept thinking that it should be used for a jacket or dress, but neutral on my skin tone is just appalling, I end up looking half naked and drained  

So, I have decided on a midi skirt, something I can dress up or down. 

I love the simplicity of a longer skirt with a little heel/boot and a very fitted top but I really really want that big full round skirt and I'm short of fabric by at least a yard....so there will be lots of sewing and piecing scrap lace back onto the skirt sections I think...

Image from Net a porter.com

and should there be time, I have a second project all lined up..

I ripped this image from a magazine a few years ago.  I think the fit and flair along with the substantial lace is divine (could be aging though?!) 

and have always kept half an eye out for lace just like that...

So, when last Thursday I was in Mood fabrics spending some lovely gift cards, I spotted with laser like vision some guipures similar to those used above, I immediately snapped up a few yards..

(as well as a stash of Prabel Gurung fabrics that had just arrived, as you may have seen on my Instagram..such good/bad timing!!) 

They had two sizes of circles, one is very large and thick (24" wide )  and the smaller is drapier and more lightweight (54" wide) both have a glorious subtle light metalic sheen which just makes them glow and they match single yard of floral guipure I already own, should I want to embellish further..

Now I just need to decide if I make a dress or go for separates to get more wear ...I like the idea of the two below, although the peplum is really not my thing.

 I think once I get it laid out and a pattern roughly placed things will become a little clearer..

 

Marfy free pattern sew along... 

The amazing Sandra of Sewist Stitch has done it again with this beautiful version of Marfy 1756, from the free pattern sew along.

Its really really tempting me to make another, its so gorgeous!  and impeccable as always...

You can find all the details of the make here...

 

Wishing everyone the loveliest of weeks, I shall have loads to share next Monday :-)

Leisa

Cotton embroidered Organza and divine Guipure...

Cotton embroidered Organza and divine Guipure...

A Malvarosa and some fall sewing plans...

A Malvarosa and some fall sewing plans...