Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Leopard print in action and new projects

I wore my new silk blouse to the city today and received two unsolicited compliments - one from my client and the other from my daughter. I am wearing it with my Vogue 8426 skirt made in March 2009 and an Anthea Crawford pure wool jacket I bought at St Vincent de Paul for $25.


I am pleased to report that my health is much improved and I managed a little more sewing over the Easter/Anzac Day break. I'm sewing another blouse in silk chiffon using the body of Simplicity 2732 and the sleeves from McCalls 5433. So far so good, pleasure to sew and surprisingly cooperative fabric.


I also helped DD2 sew a mini skirt. It is a copy of one she wanted from American Apparel that I refused to pay the $64 asking price. She proved remarkably resourceful, using my pattern drafting book to draft a simple but very accurate pattern and did all the sewing herself - very neat for a new sewer. Her sewing has increased her 'cool girl' status at school. She wore it to a party with flat tan biker boots (mine), one of my black t-shirts worn baggyish and long silver necklaces (pinched too) - very Alexa Chung. Her friends are placing orders for their own skirts. More recently DD2 been seen flicking through my Burda magazines.

















23 comments:

  1. WOW - cute skirt - she may have "the bug"!!

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  2. Gail that blouse is just beautiful and being silk must be beautiful to wear too. Great outfit!

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  3. Love the blouse.

    I have such fond memories of Anthea Crawford dresses when i was growing up. Every girls dream and they were so beautifully constructed.

    Love your jacket also.

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  4. Awesome! Both the blouse, and the fact that your daughter is showing interest in sewing - I want a girl! My son is more talented at wrecking his clothes (via the skateboard) than making them...lol

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  5. Great to see the next generation starting their sewing adventure! Also glad to hear it makes her a 'cool' girl!

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  6. Cute blouse and I really like your skirt, too.

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  7. Glad the HK silk turned into a gorgeous blouse. I think it's great your DD2 sewed a skirt - better lock up your stash!

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  8. You look fab! I love those colors together. Congratulations on your daughter's achievement, I hope she is bitten by the sewing bug!

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  9. Sewing is apparently cool with the younger set. How cool is that? It was certainly never cool when I was her age.
    Love your leopard blouse and the styling is great.

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  10. Great outfit! Lovely to see your daughter is becoming interested in sewing. Sewing seems to be having a resurgence amongst young women and becoming hip doesn't it - it's very good to see.

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  11. You look so put-together! Great look. Also, loving the photo of your daughter pecking over her pattern piece on the fabric. Just super.

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  12. Gail you look stunning in that outfit. I love the animal print! And you must be so happy that your girls are showing an interest in sewing! My DD did when she was younger but it just didn't stick!Darn!

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  13. I am so envious that your daughters are taking an interest in sewing. It will never happen with mine; she just doesn't think the way that a sewer has to in order to create. Glad you are feeling better.

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  14. Congratulations on your resourceful daughter! Does that mean you only "have" to sew for yourself now? And, I always love the combination of animal print and red. You look great!

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  15. I love adding a leopard print to my outfit. You have made some great blouses lately. And I love that your daughter is sewing! I was just wondering if one of my girls would ever have an interest.

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  16. Love your outfit and your new blouse looks divine.

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  17. Glad to hear you're feeling better! And that's cool about DD2. I have (overall) good memories of my mom helping me learn to sew, so hopefully she will to. (And stick with it.)

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  18. Lovely leopard blouse! I hope your daughter sees the attraction in being able to copy expensive stuff herself, rather than keep pestering M&D for $$!

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  19. Sorry to hear you've been ill, but glad you are feeling better now! You've made some beautiful print blouses lately, and definitely an autumnal air to them. I likey very much!

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  20. Oooh, that's so satisfying to hear you knocking off American Apparel... their designs are so simplistic I don't understand how they can charge such outlandish prices!

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  21. And on the way to fashion independence! Woo Hoo!

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  22. Isn't delightful to see your DD sewing? I'm hoping my DD start to sew soon. Your blouses are really nice.

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  23. I really love pops of well-done animal print and this definitely classifies as such.

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