Saturday, 11 October 2014

Seeking Sewing Inspiration: Ted Baker

When it comes to finding inspiration for sewing projects, I often look to my favourite labels. If it's something I love enough and consider it truly unique (exclusive print/complex design) I will outright buy it. But often, I have epiphany's of all manner of creative ways I could interpret the design for myself, and pick and choose which elements I like and then start calculating how I could create the look I want. My favourite labels including Ted, and Australian-based Alannah Hill and Review feature one thing in common, significant attention to detail and modern interpretations of vintage styles.

Each have had an impact on something I have sewn, whether it be a colour, a fabric or embellishment. However the recent obsession with Ted has began mostly due to frequenting the stores at any chance when I was in London, and the fortunate opening of a boutique in my capital city. As Ted's online store does not ship to Australia this has opened up the doors for me. Unlike the obvious exaggerated embellishment of Alannah Hill, or blatant retro-inspired styles of Review, Ted's attention to detail is subtle. The label's designs are clean, and deceptively simple. With features such as engraved buttons with branding etc. PLUS, adorable punny quotes and comments on the labels of their products. Eg. The inside of my phone case says "Consider yourself protected" Adorbs!! 

But my current inspiration is for a monochrome bow shift dress inspired by both of these 60's-esque Ted Baker styles:

Top: Ted Baker Josa Bow Detail Dress
Bottom: Ted Baker Temberl Beaded Bow Tunic

I intend to use Simplicity 1609 (again)  a 1960's Jiffy pattern, featuring the bow this time.

Stay tuned to see the results!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

New Look 6184 - Fitted Sheath Dress

I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it! I loved how it was such a classic, flattering cut which could be used to show off some amazing prints! 

Sherbie wanted to be in the picture too!

This dress was unlined, but I like lining to make the inside finished beautifully and slip on easily.
I used an Italian static-free viscose/poly lining and a black and white rose print cotton poplin for the dress. To line, I simply omitted the facings and cut the dress pieces out of the lining. I always make the lining of a dress first because it is a cheaper fabric and serves as a muslin/toile should I need to alter anything. Luckily this baby fit right out of the packet. I cut a 14.

 Cutting out the lining...

Love that square neckline and the pleats!

 I'm always scared to cut into pretty new fabric!!!

 Narrow hem for vent. This dress didn't really need a vent, but I'm still glad to have it there in case I need to run :p

 Thane came to roll on my dress pieces... clearly there wasn't enough cat hair on there for his liking!

Overly-affectionate cat making my sewing harder...

Using the AMAZING wash-away wonder tape to position my invisible zipper!

 He also helped apply the zipper by chasing after and grabbing the zipper tape! tsk tsk

LOVE my invisible zipper foot!! 


Blind hemming goodness!

 All purdy and neat on the inside too!!!

Ta Da! Styled this baby with a hot pink patent belt as I LOVE pink with black and white.


Please feel free to comment and share!

Alyce xx

Simplicity 1919 - Threads - Pencil Skirt With Flounce

I've always wanted to make a skirt with a flounce back and this seemed like a good choice.

I ended up using a pink suiting fabric very similar to that on the envelope.
I cut a size 16 and it fit well right out of the envelope. Since I don't like facings, I ended up lining the skirt fully and using an invisible zip as I like the inside to be as lovely as the outside!

     Sherbie came to investigate!

 Yay for blind hem foot!

Just as purdy on the inside!!!

And ta da!


Please feel free to comment and share!

Alyce xox