Guys, do you know Justine from Sew Country Chick? She's a super-cool, smokin-hot, LA mum of 5 who left the city behind for a craftier country life. Her story is fascinating and her blog is a rich source of DIY tutorials, cute home projects and inspiring handmade clothes for herself and her girls.
It's no wonder then that I jumped at the opportunity when Justine asked me to take part in her series, Sewing The Trends: Summer 2013. The premise is to incorporate a summer fashion trend into your sewing, be it an exact copy or just inspiration from the catwalk. I must admit that since I started sewing I cancelled my subscription to fashion magazines and replaced my fast-fashion consumerism with fabric and pattern acquisition instead. So I'm not as in the fashion trend loop as I used to be, but this is why it was quite thrilling to get stuck into this challenge.
Diane Von Fustenberg / Burberry / Christian Dior
The trend that really caught my eye was Metallic, or 'Sheen Queen' as it was tagged by the magazines. Metallic is so cool, but not something I would normally gravitate towards, or even feel comfortable wearing head-to-toe. So, I set out to make it wearable and came up with this sweet little number!
Isn't it a cute little top? I love how the floral skirt totally prettifies it - the whole outfit makes me feel so feminine. My make was
ripped off inspired by the utterly gorgeous Sophie's take on Megan Nielsen's Briar pattern. I traced off the cropped version of the Briar and shortened it by another good 2-3 inches as I'm pretty short-waisted. I then followed Sophie's advice by making the scooped hemlines shallower and drafting a 4 inch (excluding seam allowances) peplum. I don't have photos of this stage (but can do a tutorial if there's a demand for it), but it was basically a bit like drafting a very mini circle skirt.
I'm no stranger to sewing with jersey, but this jersey was particularly tricky to manipulate - due to its 'crushed' texture it tended to 'spread' out a lot under the pressure of my sewing machine foot. It was nothing catastrophic and the end result is great, because jersey is so forgiving. I used my 'stretch' needle with a zig-zag stitch for the majority of this make, but busted out my twin needle for the first time ever to finish off the neckline, sleeves and hem. Ironically, because of the jersey's texture you can't actually see the difference it makes, so I'll go into using a twin needle in a separate post.
I really like the high-low hem of this pattern, which is much more exaggerated if you don't make the alterations I did. I also think the curved breast pocket is really cute too!
In my head, I always pictured my metallic Briar worn with jeans, but I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to pair it with my floral skirt instead. However, I thought I'd show you how versatile it is, because it does also look cool the way I imagined wearing it originally!
Justine has asked an array of talented ladies to sew this summer's fashion trends, so don't miss out if you're interested in following the series:
Monday 17 June - Bethany from Lil' Bit & Nan
Tuesday 18 June - Me!
Wednesday 19 June - Shannon from Little Kids Grow
Thursday 20 June - Melissa from I Still Love You
Friday 21 June - Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings
Monday 24 June - Abby from Sew Much Ado
Tuesday 25 June - Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts!
Wednesday 26 June - Mercedes from Aventuras de Costuras
Thursday 27 June - Mie from Sewing Like Mad
Friday 28 June - Alida from Alida Makes