Monday, December 16, 2013

Style 123


This suit was inspired by a 1955 Givenchy design.
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This is dress has a princess line bodice and dropped waist.
Stay stitch the curve on the bodice side front.  Clip curves.

 Stitch the bodice pieces.

 Shoulder seams
 Stitch the lining to the bodice at the neckline and the armholes.
 Side seams
 Underskirt and lining, cut about 1/2" off the bottom of the lining.
 Stitch the skirt to the lining, under-stitch.

Press the center fronts of the overskirts.

 Stitch the overskirt to the bodice.

 Hand stitch the back opening to the lining.
 Stitch the lining to the center back.
 Hem the overskirt
 Stitch the front facings to the hem.

 Stitch the skirt lining to the bottom of the skirt.
 Under-stitch the seam.
 Gather the skirt lining to the lining yoke.
Gather the skirt to the bodice, stitch up the center back seam.

Fit the lining yoke to the bodice by making a few tucks at the waistline.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Style 122

This suit was inspired by a 1951 Balenciaga design.
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View A
The side fronts are stitched to the center fronts, and the side backs are stitched to center back.
 Shoulder seams and collar

Jacket lining

Stiff tulle gives the sleeve ruffles body.

 Fold sleeve ruffle in half.

Ease stitch the tops of the sleeves and gather stitch the sleeve ruffles.

 Sleeves and ruffles stitched to the jacket.
 Jacket lining stitched to the jacket.



Use pinking sheers to remove the fullness in the seam allowance (optional) 

Press peplum seams open.

Press side seams open.

Hand stitch the sleeve lining to the sleeve ruffle.

I can't even say what these look like.

Hand stitch the ends of the sleeve ruffle together.

Hand stitch the lining to the suit.


Darts and side seams

Cut off bottom of skirt lining.

 Under stitch the lining.





 View B 

 Cut 1/4" off the bottom of the sleeve lining.


Stitch lining to the jacket


 Mark the beret opening

 Hem the beret opening and stitch the hat pieces together.

Use pinking sheers to reduce the bulk in the seam allowance.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Style 121

This Ensemble was inspired by a leopard coat worn by Jackie Kennedy.

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Make sure to cut all the pattern pieces going in the same direction of the fabric's nap.

Stitch the darts in the jacket fronts.

Stay-stitch and clip the curved seams on the front facings.

Mark the tucks in the front lining pieces.

Stitch the center back seams, clip the curves.
Stay-stitch the neckline.
Stitch the ends of the collar.
Ease-stitch the top of the sleeves,
 What the coat looks like before the lining is stitched in.
Inside the coat.
Stitch the zipper into the center back of the dress.
Stitch the lining to the dress at the neckline.
Inside the dress.

Press the seams open.
Hand stitch the lining to the back opening.
This was my first time putting a zipper into a doll dress, I really like the results.
Mark the stitching lines on the lining.
Stitch the lining to the gloves.
Stitch the gloves together.
Hat lining
Interfacing fused to the hat pieces.
Wonder-under fused to the edge of the hat.
Lining fused to the hat top and the hat crown folded and pressed.
Hand stitch the crown to the top.
Zig zag the edge of the scarf.