New fashion line


I haven’t really been posting here lately because I’ve been very caught up in pattern making, which I love. And my friend Claudia and I decided that we want to start a new fashion line, and so we have a new web site up now,

Our new fashion line is called Jade Nomad, and we’re doing women’s travel wear. We’re hoping to do a mini-launch for Spring 2013, and a full launch for Fall 2013.


One week, one pattern challenge


OWOP! I’ll be joining the one week one pattern challenge, where you pick one sewing pattern, and wear your creations styled different ways for one whole week, from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th March 2012.

I’m thinking of using the Colette Clover pants, since I’ve already made 2 pairs, and am currently working on my 3rd, a pair of denim trousers with a front fly. Since it’s winter right now, I definitely like wearing pants more than dresses or skirts, although I do have a dress on today with tights. It will be interesting trying to style the pants in different ways.

Cut-up Couture: Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew


I just received my new book from Amazon called Cut-up Couture: Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew, by Koko Yamase. It’s a gorgeously styled book that talks about how to refashion sweatshirts, t-shirts and dress shirts into chic clothes. I love the interesting ideas in here, but I think that the clothes wouldn’t look quite so chic with your standard thrift store sweatshirt, so I think I will make some of the garments in here, but using new sweatshirts.


Draped knit dress


I’ve been looking a lot at knit dresses, and really like this draped design.

Drapy white and peach dress


Alexander McQueen floral blouse
£995 –

Miu Miu suede shoulder bag
£720 –

Feather jewelry
$15 –

Self-drafted boat neck jersey dress


I just finished my first self-drafted jersey pattern. Here’s a picture of my dress.


I wanted a comfortable jersey dress that I could wear to work, and since I finished my patternmaking 2 class at Portland Sewing, all I want to do now is draft clothes.

I was looking for something like this.

I started with my basic torso sloper, and followed instructions on drafting a knit shirt from the book Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing. I first manipulated my darts into the side dart, removed ease at the sides, and drew my neckline. Then I eliminated my side dart by bringing my waist up by that amount.

Here’s a picture of my front and back draft.

I made my back neckline width 1/8 inch wider than my front neckline width to prevent gaping at the center front neckline. You can see on my back draft that my shoulder seam came out a little bit.

I cut a stretch lining fabric using the same front and back pattern pieces, and also cut out a facing. The lining covers the entire front and back, but not the sleeves.

I finished the lower edge of my facing with a serger, then basted it to the lining. I sewed the shoulder seams of both the lining and the fashion fabric, and then sewed my neck edge right sides together. I stitched the facing to the seam to hold it in place. Then I sewed my side seams, permanently attaching my lining to my outer by sewing all 4 fabrics at the same time.

You can see here that my lining is attached to my outer fabric.

I used my double needle for the first time. It was surprisingly easy to use, and made a nice finish that was also stretchy. They have great instructions here:

I’m not quite sure what the fabric is, because I bought it from the Annex section of Mill End, but it’s a woven not a knit, so it must have some spandex in it to give it stretch.

Weekly Sewing Inspiration: Jersey Dresses


I’m about to start designing and sewing some jersey dresses, so here’s some that I like so far.

Jersey Dresses

Etro print dress
$1,695 –

Emilio pucci dress
$1,335 –

Emilio pucci dress
$1,175 –

DKNY print dress
$391 –

McQ by Alexander McQueen draped dress
€171 –

Azzedine Alaia suede booties
€810 –

VIcenza pink bangle
£6.40 –