Saturday, July 31, 2010

August 2010 fashion screensaver is here!

(as a fellow blogger, just click here to download
and use this month's screensaver or to print yourself a copy)

August always feels like back-to-school mode no matter how many years have passed since one last registered for classes.  The stores and magazines are filled with dreamy designer inventions styled and chosen by the editors.  They hope that we will take the delicious bite and wrap ourselves in something new - that we will be infused through their creativity with fresh energy and glamour as we prepare to pounce on the new fall challenges. Just the right pièce de résistance is so very invigorating.
In sketching this month's calendar, my thoughts drifted to denim worn simply with white cotton camisoles - the timeless way of dressing.  The look that found its way into brush and paint are from my book, Denim Revolution -- the ornate poet's beret with brass buttons and elaborate ribbons and the harlequin trousers with their plush ruby insets and gold braided bows.  Fun to make and so cool to wear.

Wishing one and all to enjoy August's gracious, grand finale,
of the sweet summer,

Liberty cotton lawn blouse, so pretty to wear and lovely to sew

Last summer I bought some luscious fabrics from Liberty of London.
And since then, have thought and mused about what to make.
Finally, after waiting way toooo long, I've started to sew.

Using NewLook pattern 6483 as the base,
An easy pattern, with a good fit that can be adopted to personal whims.

What I did:
- To the front pattern, I folded the front dart closed and slashed the neckline to add some soft fullness.
- To the sleeve pattern, the cap was slashed - to add some soft gathers in the cap.
- The seam allowance has been turned back and edge stitched.
- The cuff and hem were hand rolled and hand stitched, because the fabric is so yummy I just wanted to hand sew.
-Two vintage buttons were used at the back neck.
-I used silk thread, the fabric is fine and I think it is a better match with a silk thread. 

The print is Miranda, the fabric, Liberty's celebrated cotton lawn.
When you sew this fabric, and of course wear it,
you understand why it is so legendary and has such a devoted loyalty.
All the scraps have been rolled up and stowed away for something special in the future.
so here I am - in my new uniform,
the Liberty blouse, a sweater knit from linen yarn found in Milan
and patched and mended jeans.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The July fashion screensaver

Finally ('s only July 18th after all)
the July screensaver has arrived!
With this denim trimmed vintage slip as the inspiration for the sketch,
I wish one and all a most happy second half of July.
And may you stretch your summer weekend
with an extra dose of lasting, lovely pleasure!
Best wishes,

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back from vacation

One reaches up
and plucks a fig
for breakfast or a midday snack.
in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
has been so lovely.