Thursday, April 22, 2010
I cheated a lot on this... I used the skirt hem as the shirt hem, cut the front from the back and the back from the front, using the pre-existing button band. Which all added up to a two day sewing project. Yay!
The skirt I used was made from a slippery cotton lawn. It was a bit tricky to sew, even though I starched the heck out of it. This was also my first time sewing french seams and darts.
Colette Patterns rates the Sencha blouse as a beginner project, but I think I would have gone a bit nuts if this had been my first project. Or even if I had done all the button band and hem work. The blouse also requires fabric with a lot of drape, which in my experience means slippery. Not so easy right off the bat. I would say it's more of an intermediate beginner pattern? Definitely a fun, well drafted pattern with clear directions.
Have I mentioned I love highly tacky prints? 'Cause I do.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
As my only studio course this semester I took an artists' books class with one of my favourite teachers, George Walker. If you're at OCAD, I highly recommend his classes, as he's one of the most enthusiastic and inspiring people I've ever had the chance to learn from.
The first of our two major projects was to create an altered book using discarded ones from the Reference Library, which is a massive library in downtown Toronto. I was lucky enough to snag a book of Sylvia Plath's poetry. My basic idea for the piece was to visualize the way a book exists differently wherever (and of course by whoever) it is read. In this case, I placed her text within the Canadian landscape, as played by Toronto and a map.
The photos were taken by our lovely and talented class assistant, Amanda, who's work you really need to check out.
The book now has a permanent home at the Reference Library, and you can even take it out like a regular library book! It's official title is Their Shadows must Cover Canada, which is a line from "Crossing the Water." The full poem is pasted to small photos tied to a little envelope, and you can see it in the second picture.
I've got a ton of photos of all the little details of the book, and its other pages, but I still miss the little guy. Sometimes it's hard to let a piece go.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I like the pleats a lot, and the pull on construction works with my lack of zipper knowledge at the moment. And I've got gathers down. This dress also supports my total need for pockets.
I definitely need more dresses, since I signed up for Me-Made-May-Lite (or memamali as my boyfriend insists on calling it). This means I will be wearing at least something made by me every day in May. I have a feeling this will result in many out of season knit scarves. Better get sewing!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This was supposed to be my project for the knitting Olympics, but I didn't end up finishing it for another week or so. Considering my first finished lace project ended up taking somewhere in the realm of three years, and I still have another half finished scarf from at least that long ago, I'm moving up in the world of FO lace. The pattern is Ysolda's Ishbel and the yarn is Fleece Artist Classic Merino Sock. The yarn is super soft, and I've been wearing it non-stop in the weeks since I finished and it shows no signs of pilling. Hurrah!
In other news, I'm on my last two weeks of term, and am floored with the worst head cold ever... I'll be back in mid-April when everything calms down a bit.