I hope you guys had a chance to check out STYLO Issue 3…
I waited until my kids were in bed, and then took my time looking at it. Just gorgeous.
So today I wanted to tell you a bit about my experience and the looks that I created. I was part of the 1 Fabric 5 Designers challenge.
When we were asked to be a contributing editor, we had no idea what fabric we would get to work with. It was so fun. One day, the fabric just showed up. When I saw the postmark was from Japan, I knew it would be good. I opened it up, and there was this BEAUTIFUL Nani Iro fabric in shades of beige and gold. With tiny colorful flowers. From Miss Matatabi. This may sound crazy, but I have never sewed with double gauze until now. It was so dreamy. Anyway…
Once I had the fabric, I had to come up with my designs. I started to look at patterns and slowly it all came together in my mind. Then, I had to find coordinating fabric. This was the tricky part. The color I wanted to bring out of the Nani Iro fabric was this gorgeous midnight blue/violet color. But I am telling you, apparel weight fabric in this color was sooo difficult to find! I swear I spent hours online trying to find a great coordinating print. I ended up ordering quite a few that didn’t work out. One day, I was wandering around Joann, and found this random floral voile in their bargain bin area. It was perfect and such a lucky find. It wasn’t quite the midnight color I wanted but it worked quite well anyway.
For my little B, I was so excited to sew up a Desert Rose Dress. I have been in LOVE with this dress since it came out. I can’t wait to make her several more when she gets a little bit older. I made it exactly like the pattern, with no alterations. I love this pattern! The only thing I would do differently next time, is add interfacing to the bodice since I used a voile with a heavier weight fabric for the skirt. But it is still such a great little dress.
I made my first pair of moccs to go with it, thanks to Peek A Boo Patterns Lil Papoose pattern. I have since made another pair and have many more on my to-make list! Love this pattern! For this look, I used a subtle purple snakeskin leather remnant that I had purchased in LA for $2. I altered the pattern a TINY bit.
Next, I made a little Faux Tie for Aaron. At first he balked at the floral design, but has worn it again without a problem. I just love it!
And finally, Emily. I made her a Ayashi Blouse from Figgys. What a great pattern. I did the bias tape neckline version, but created a tabbed sleeve and lengthened the hem. I want this blouse for me.
I also made her the Perri Pullover from CaliFaye Collection but really changed it up. I sewed up a much smaller size and shortened it a lot to make it a cropped look, since I paired it with a full skirt. The oversized, long version wouldn’t work with a skirt, but I can’t wait to make one of those for her to wear with leggings. I made this one out of a sweater knit and the neckband/cuffs were french terry.
The skirt was a bit tricky. Since I had never worked with double gauze before, I didn’t realize how heavy it is. To be honest, this skirt would have worked out quite a bit better with lighter-weight fabric. It still turned out cute, but I wanted it to be fuller and that just couldn’t happen with the heavy nature of the fabric. The tutorial for this skirt is in the mag.
The headbands were a last-minute addition. I used the Nani Iro to make Emily’s and the Glitter Tulle to make B’s. Here is the tutorial. I just loved how Emily’s “crown” turned out. It was just what I wanted for the look.
We took the photos at the beach, which, with all 3 kids, was quite a circus. The lighting was tricky that evening and boy I was sweating. I wanted everything to be perfect. I think I barely escaped a stress heart attack that night. 🙂 But it all worked out in the end!