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  • A J Stern Tee makes a very good yoga top

    My favorite line in the children's book, Eloise, is, "An egg cup makes a very good hat."

    Why does a J Stern Tee make a very good yoga top? It isn't so loose that it pools around my neck when I touch my toes; It isn't so low that it exposes my cleavage when I lean forward; It moves with me without clinging. In other words, I need a top that is tight enough to stay in place, but isn't too revealing or constricting. I decided to make a sleeveless J Stern Tee in a striped bamboo knit to see how it worked. It worked great! I didn't finish the edges, so sewing up the shirt was super fast. Thank you, Jennifer: An egg cup makes a very good hat, and your tee shirt makes a very good yoga top.

    I love the different directions of the larger stripes. Photo by Andrea Jones. I love the different directions of the larger stripes. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    The bamboo jersey is beefy enough to hide lumps and bumps. Photo by Andrea Jones. The bamboo jersey is beefy enough to hide lumps and bumps. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    It's also the perfect length. Photo by Andrea Jones. It's also the perfect length. Photo by Andrea Jones.

  • Sunny Gal Studio

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with Beth of Sunny Gal Studio. I have been looking at her beautiful clothes for a couple of years, and I was excited to see she teaches in her home. She lives 15 minutes from my Dad, so visiting him was a perfect excuse to learn more about sewing and fitting. I wanted help making a dress for my daughter Charlotte's college graduation in May. My original idea was to make the Truffle dress from the Colette Handbook. I took the liberty of doing a full-bust-adjustment on the tissue before making a muslin to bring to Beth's studio. Beth and I fiddled with the muslin and the pattern for a few hours before giving up. I'm not sure if my FBA messed up the pattern, or if the pattern just didn't work for me. After a delicious lunch, Beth pulled out a Butterick 5602 from her stash of patterns. It is a simple sheath dress with great lines and optional pockets. We traced it onto tissue paper and made a muslin. The most surprising thing I learned was that I don't need a full bust adjustment. My full bust is only 1.5 inches bigger than my high bust. We lowered the bust dart and made a muslin. The neckline gaped a bit, and the upper back was pooling a bit, so Beth made some tucks in the fabric, which we transferred to the tissue. Now I'm ready to make a great fitting sheath dress. If you live in the Bay Area and want to give yourself a wonderful gift, spend the day with Beth.

    Beth pondering the changes to the Truffle muslin. Beth pondering the changes to the Truffle muslin.

    Front of the sheath dress with neckline tweaks. Front of the sheath dress with neckline tweaks.

    Back of the sheath dress with pooling pinched out. Back of the sheath dress with pooling pinched out.

  • Project Selvedge, Week 6

    To kick off Missoula's Fashion Week, Week 6 of Project Selvedge asked the three remaining designers to create looks that could be sold at three Missoula boutiques: Cloth and Crown, One Eleven Boutique, and Green Light. Each designer did a great job researching and working with the owners of the three shops. 

    Johanna has ANOTHER super fun model! Her winning jumping jumpsuit was the look she created for Cloth and Crown.   Johanna has ANOTHER super fun model! Her winning jumping jumpsuit was the look she created for Cloth and Crown.  

    Jazmine created this lilac cut-out tunic for the owner of The Green Light. The judges commented that it would work for many body types. It would work great pour moi, Jazmine! Jazmine will be participating in the finale. Jazmine created this lilac cut-out tunic for the owner of The Green Light. The judges commented that it would work for many body types. It would work great pour moi, Jazmine! Jazmine will be participating in the finale.

    Erin designed a half-body kimono wrap for One Eleven Boutique. I loved it, but Erin was sent home this week. Great job, everyone.  Erin designed a half-body kimono wrap for One Eleven Boutique. I loved it, but Erin was sent home this week. Great job, everyone. 

    The Project Selvedge finale will be on May 2. Jazmine and Johanna will be battling for the grand prize. Johanna's baby is due May 9 -- Let's hope he or she cooperates and stays in mama's belly until after May 2. 

  • Project Selvedge, Week 5

    Hello Readers -- I'm back. And, happy to think about the wonderful world of sewing, instead of the currently stressful world of work. Two weeks of Project Selvedge have elapsed since I last posted. The designers were asked to find inspiration from their favorite children's books during Week 5. 

    Designer Erin chose the book Verdi by Janell Cannon. Designer Erin chose the book Verdi by Janell Cannon.

    Designer Christine chose the book The Stinky Cheese Man as inspiration. She made a linen dress with a belt of Designer Christine chose the book The Stinky Cheese Man as inspiration. She made a linen dress with a belt of "bacon" and "olive" trim. Despite the brilliance of the bacon belt, Christine was eliminated this week.

    Designer Jazmine chose Prince Lir from the book, The Last Unicorn. Her model was quite stoic and dashing in his satin and wool vest, with brass accents. Designer Jazmine chose Prince Lir from the book, The Last Unicorn. Her model was quite stoic and dashing in his satin and wool vest, with brass accents.

    Designer Johanna selected a conglomeration of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and all the other Mark Twain characters. She made her first welt pockets for this lined vest. They turned out perfect! Once again Johanna found a beautiful, edgy model for her garments. Designer Johanna selected a conglomeration of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and all the other Mark Twain characters. She made her first welt pockets for this lined vest. They turned out perfect! Once again Johanna found a beautiful, edgy model for her garments.

    All the designers and their models. All the designers and their models.

    For more photos of Project Selvedge, go to the Selvedge Studio Facebook Page.

     

  • Project Selvedge, Week 4

    This week at Project Selvedge, the contestants were challenged to make clothes with LED lights in them. The Missoula Public Library issued the challenge, and the world's coolest librarian was one of the judges. The ideas were wonderfully eclectic. 

    Johanna's model knew how to strut! She had so much fun. Spoiler alert -- this was the winning outfit! Johanna's model knew how to strut! She had so much fun. Spoiler alert -- this was the winning outfit!

    Johanna put the LED lights on a removable placket that fit on the back of her jacket. The placket is removable so the jacket can be washed. This is a cycling outfit -- safety first! Johanna put the LED lights on a removable placket that fit on the back of her jacket. The placket is removable so the jacket can be washed. This is a cycling outfit -- safety first!

    Johanna and her model posing outside. It's finally getting warm in Montana! Johanna and her model posing outside. It's finally getting warm in Montana!

    Christina and her model. They won the styling prize for the evening. You can kind of see the LED lights among the hexagons (my photography skills are to blame, not Christina's sewing). I think Christina's model will wear this dress a lot this summer.  Christina and her model. They won the styling prize for the evening. You can kind of see the LED lights among the hexagons (my photography skills are to blame, not Christina's sewing). I think Christina's model will wear this dress a lot this summer. 

    Erin and her model demonstrate the hidden nursing panel on her dress -- and, you can see the little LEDs in the pockets. Precious! Erin and her model demonstrate the hidden nursing panel on her dress -- and, you can see the little LEDs in the pockets. Precious!

    Erin's model demonstrates the nursing panel with a real baby! Works like a charm. Erin's model demonstrates the nursing panel with a real baby! Works like a charm.

    Jasmine's garment was the most interesting and creative. It is made of 10 stars sewn together. Jasmine couldn't afford quite enough fabric, so we won't show the lower half of the outfit on the internet. :) Jasmine's garment was the most interesting and creative. It is made of 10 stars sewn together. Jasmine couldn't afford quite enough fabric, so we won't show the lower half of the outfit on the internet. :)

    When taking a photo of the judges, I inadvertently got a shot of a member of the audience reacting to the lack of a bottom half in Jasmine's garment. When taking a photo of the judges, I inadvertently got a shot of a member of the audience reacting to the lack of a bottom half in Jasmine's garment.

    Gwen, who works at Selvedge Studio, created a cross between a teddy and a ball gown. Gwen, who works at Selvedge Studio, created a cross between a teddy and a ball gown.

    If you didn't already think Gwen was cool -- Look at her awesome tattoo! If you didn't already think Gwen was cool -- Look at her awesome tattoo!

  • First Love: Sencha #2

    I must say that Colette Patterns' Sencha top is my first love. It is simple, flattering, fun, and I don't need to alter it at all. Here is the second Sencha I ever made.

    So easy, so pretty in a Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones. So easy, so pretty in a Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Miss Mary Black with buttons up her back! Photo by Andrea Jones. Miss Mary Black with buttons up her back! Photo by Andrea Jones.

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