by Dave | Dec 29, 2016 | Blog, Lucy's Sewing Lab, Tools and Technique
End of year traditions for blogging. Normally bloggers end the year with a recap of their blog titles. I’ve not decided what to end the year with, other than a BANG! I’ve been reading a lot of sewing and fashion blogs lately. One of which hits home since I’m not in my forties anymore and definitely not a size zero! I used Pinterest and the words curvy sewing. I was so glad to find the kimono listed under curves. It’s a mainstay in my wardrobe.
I wear it to social gatherings including weddings. My favorite site for curvy sewing I found through Pinterest. I created at sewing for curvy women board on Pinterest as well. Curves Ahead is a compilation of sewing tips and patterns for curvy women. Stitches and Seams has one of the better tutorials for making pants that fit our curves. Although I am not a plus size I want my clothing to flatter my figure. Curvy Sewing Collective has a great collection, many tutorials, and methods for ladies with curves ahead!
Boomerina has the best compilation for women with curves; an apple body shape. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll break it down; apples are ladies with more of a full tummy than booty. Her website has tips that are really helpful for the sewist.
- Wide stretchy waistbands- I use 1 1/2 braided elastic by Dritz.
- Avoid short or tight bottom half outfits
- Sleeves with a cap or that are short make us look top heavy (I refer to this as “booby out day” lol)
- Gauzy tops used as layering pieces that cover the belly are suggested
- Color blocking is our friend. Study the web for ways it enhances our figure and makes us look gorgeous!
- For more tips I really thing you should visit her website! It’s one of my favorites!
This is quite possibly not my end of year post, so check back for that. Most of all, ENJOY!
by Dave | Dec 10, 2016 | Beginner Tips, Fashion, Inspiration, Lucy's Sewing Lab
WHO, WHAT, WEAR is my fall back for fashion trend. I love that site, it inspires me. It drives me to do better. It makes me understand fashion. Sew what is not the actual name. The actual website is called WHO, WHAT, WEAR. I use this website as a sounding board when deciding what clothing I want to make and the articles of clothing I’ll skip! Let’s take a look……………
The most recent trend they discussed …… “the most expensive looking skinny jeans”. This is VALUABLE information for people like us who sew our clothing. I look at the article and take note then combine the little details into my me made jeans. The list on the website includes:
- high-waisted fit
- dark wash
- the right fit for your body
- high waist seems to be the most flattering on all body types
Top Trends of the moment
- Layering- turtlenecks and jackets under coats
- Tuck Your Joggers Into Your Boots
- Pair a Knit With a Chunky Sweater (push up the sleeves of the chunky sweater to show off the other style
- Jean jackets layered under coats, sweater dresses, and more
- Distressed leggings?
I LOVE (and the website agrees)
- Full sleeves- I’ve been doing this a few years. It’s quite simple. Start with a 3/4 sleeve and add enough length to make it a long sleeve by using gathered fabric. EASY PEASY
- Experimental denim- I keep a bin with outgrown jeans to use for fabric. I love patchwork jeans! Use your normal pattern. Place scraps in randomly….very on trend.
- Sweatsuits! Go stay at home mom in public and be fashionable.
- Leopard print was listed as the trend that we will still be wearing in 20 years! In case you are not old enough to remember 20 years ago……I assure you animal print was very hot!
- Plaid….plaid….plaid….if you have no idea where to start your fabric collection, begin here! Plaid is a mainstay for all seasons and versatile enough to become a dress, skirt, top, or pants!
ENJOY your fabric collecting and sewing up some of these amazing on trend pieces!