a nonsensical post of whatever

9 Aug

i’ll be laying low this week… the tomato art festival is saturday (this saturday… eek!) and my booth stash is quite lacking. as it stands now, i’ve been feverishly sewing tomatoes & more tomatoes with no end in sight. well, saturday, anyway. so i won’t be unveiling any new clothing this week!

however, if you’re in nashville, i highly recommend stopping by πŸ™‚ our booth – the wicked tomato factory – will be on 11th avenue, in front of the green wagon! we will be selling tomato-themed art, jewelry, headgear, and of course tomato pincushions πŸ™‚

so this post isn’t entirely no-sew, have a cardigan i refashioned into LT-size:
cardigan - before

cardigan - after
pretty easy revamp! i cut the sides smaller (the original shirt was an XL… i usually wear an XS or a S), shortened the hem a few inches, reattached the sleeves much shorter. i love cardigans, but the ones that fit me are usually reeeal pricey & the cheap ones are always the wrong size! so glad i can sew πŸ™‚

i also started cutting out my fabric for the leopard print peplum jacket.
it would have started much sooner – it did start much sooner, actually, but i was having major fit issues with my muslin. i’m pretty sure the muslin still isn’t perfect but i totally gave up after the 4th one. whatever! it’s a jacket!

this kind of steamed me, though:
leopard jacket
laid out my pattern pieces


i ended up cutting the long sleeves out as well, because damn, i don’t want to waste fabric. it worked out perfectly in the end, though. well, perfectly if the sleeves are well-drafted i guess. i didn’t do a muslin of those because i thought i only bought enough fabric for short sleeves. LOL RIGHT.

i want to do some light tailoring with this jacket – bound buttonholes, padstitching the collar (but not the lapels – they are separate pieces from the jacket front so i don’t think it’s necessary) and a backstay. i have a beautiful teal bemberg rayon for the lining, and teal buttons. bring it!

i must get back to creating tomatoes. in the meantime, here is a present for you:
you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

6 Responses to “a nonsensical post of whatever”

  1. Amy August 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi! It was great to meet you at Oona’s birthday party. I’ve been checking in since then, and I have to say that your blog is fabulous. Good luck at the festival this weekend. And, I’ve had the same way-too-much fabric when following the fabric yardage suggestions on the back of the pattern. Fortunately, twice I’ve lucked out because I was able to get by with smaller-than-suggested pieces I had on hand. But, most recently, I have about a yard left of the teal I’m using for my Lonsdale. This time I don’t blame Tasia. She told me that if I cut on a single layer, not on the fold, I’d use less, but I didn’t realize I’d use almost a yard less!

    • lladybird August 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      thank you very much! and wow – i didn’t realize cutting on a single layer would result in such an excess. that is AMAZING. that fabric you are using is gorgeous, though, so i bet you’re happy to have the leftovers for another use!

  2. Andrea August 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Omg, I can’t wait to see your jacket. I adore leopard print. Nice seeing you at Oona’s bash. I hope you found your shoes. πŸ™‚

  3. Molly August 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I love the minivan! Go amurrica! Also, I get cheapo cardigans online from Nordstrom, but the juniors dept (called BP) and they can go down to 6 bucks!

    • andrespinedo August 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      I met the designer and the graphic designer of BP in norsstroms last year in Seattle. They’re really cool

  4. Becca August 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    The cardigan is a lovely color. Great job re-sizing it. That leopard print jacket will look so fabulous on you! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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