"Women who wear black lead colorful lives"
Hello sewing and fashion loves happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulously creative weekend filled with loads of sewing and/or crafting in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. I have to say I personally had a very busy weekend filled with sewing projects, a few meetings, a photo shoot and of course finishing up some work for the second Nina Ramel Pattern coming to Bootstrap Fashion Soon. I've been so busy with the pattern and planner projects that I haven't had a chance to sew anything for the past 30-45 days (maybe longer). So this weekend I made a point of focusing on my sewing projects first before tackling anything else on my to do list.
As luck would have it the weekend I made plans to take pictures of my work the weather decided not to cooperate bringing rain, thunder and lightning! Ughh Considering how much we need the rain here in California I decided not to complain and simply make the best of a wet situation. LOL My photographer and I did our best by snapping shots whenever the weather let up which of course made for a longer than usual day. We did however manage to get some great shots of this first look and even managed to squeeze in a few of another before the weather prevented us from going any further. On a side note shouts out to my fabulous photographer Jerome Ming lee of JML photographer for hanging in there with me and making the magic happen. I truly don't know how he pulled off these shots considering how horrible and muggy it was outside but he did! Smooches Ming!
Anyhoo if you recall I mentioned last week that I would be sharing information and tutorial sessions on how to drape your own basic blocks in the coming weeks. Well what go me started with the idea of sharing what I know about draping was the response I received after posting a sneak peek of today's ensemble in one of the facebook sewing groups I belong to. The response was so positive I thought instead of trying to explain how I achieved the look without a commercial pattern why not simply show them. Now I have to say, before you can drape this type of pattern you have to learn the basics blocks first. If you don't understand the basics including the information from last week's introductory session then there would be no point in me sharing how to drape this top. However once you learn how to drape and true your basic blocks the world of fashion draping will be open to you! With that being said I can't wait to share what I know with all of you but in the meantime enjoy this look with the expectation of one day being able to drape it yourself!
This top is so easy to drape and while I had to draft the sleeve and the skirt (also easy) I loved the results so much I made it in a wine colored wool and matching neoprene skirt with a couple of adjustments of course. Yes when going from knit to woven/wools you have to adjust your patterns as you must allow for ease! This skirt is a knit blend (the same I used for the Nina Ramel Jumpsuit Pattern sample) and was perfect for this wrap top and skirt. When I made the second wrap blouse I not only adjusted the pattern adding ease for movement but I extended how far the top wrapped around my torso which I actually loved more than this one. Oh well live and learn and now I have the perfect finish pattern for both knits and woven fabrics!