Posts Tagged ‘costume’


The not so exciting sale

May 14, 2010

While I’ve bought a lot of my fabric on my travels and quick  jaunts into the fashion district in the last couple of cities I’ve lived in, I still make fairly regular trips to my local chain fabric store particularly for my patterns, thread and notions. They were having a major sale recently and I went down eagerly with dreams of all sorts of fabulous new pieces to add to my stash and imagine all sorts of futures for.

I came home with some sale notions and one measly piece of fabric. Nothing else spoke to me. I find a major problem I have when I go fabric shopping is that I find the texture I need but not the colour, or the colour I need is in the wrong fabric. This time I found a horribly scratchy polyester in the colour I wanted and some lovely cotton twill in every colour but. Have any of you had this experience?

Ah well, the green suiting will become summer pants to go with the Vogue 1170 blouse I’m planning to make.

But first, a sneak peak at the costume I’m finishing this weekend. This is the stitchless part of it

… intrigued at all?


Afraid of the eighties

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

I hope the bunny delivered a sufficient amount of chocolate.

So I’ve finally finished the bottoms for my SWAP. Photos will be coming but I want to put some effort into them this time and take them outside now that the snow is gone and the neighbourhood near our new place is a touch more scenic than the old place was.

I’m down to three blouses, a vest and a dress… and it’s April 4th so we’ll have to see if I can pull this off.

I’ve been agonizing over one of the blouses a bit.


The plan was to do Vogue 8598 view B (the blue one) in a cream silk. I thought the silk would lend the right texture to the sleeves and make them flowy and a little whimsical, since controlled whimsy is a major aspect of my plan.

But I’ve been looking at the pattern and starting to wonder about the sleeves.

You see. I’m also working on a vest and the thought of combining the vest with this billowy sleeved blouse brought this to mind.

Now, I happen to really enjoy the movie Labyrinth and someday I would love to re-create a couple of costumes from it. This wasn’t one that I had in mind though.

While I’d be okay with echoing it, I would prefer not to look like I’m channeling the 80’s too much as they didn’t flatter me a whole lot the first time through, and, overall I’m pretty happy that their revival is over.

I’m also concerned because there’s a suggestion on Pattern Review that the fit of this pattern is hard to work with and I know my FBA skills are fledgling to say the least.

I don’t want to tear my hair out over something that makes me feel about 25 years out of date in the end.

Anybody have any opinions to share?