Hello, and pardon the unsophisticated pun, which, I’m afraid, might be here to stay. As you may guess said “awesome sews” are beautiful clothes made by other sewists that I like so much I want to spread the word about them.
My own sewing newly revived by the miraculous repair of the machine* is nowhere near that Holy Grail standard but very much in the category of repeat offence. I celebrated Mr. Zippy’s** return to the land of the living by immediately sewing up another Scout tee and Laurel tee. No photos, no proof, no worries, though.
There is hope that I might expand my simple top repertoire thanks to the Hayden top from the new Seamwork.
Hayden from Seamwork Magazine, illustrating my topic.
Who knows when that might happen, though, as even with the machine back and running I would be like the tortoise to the Machineless Sewist’s olympic gold medalist hare — and she’s machineless (which, given her sewing speed, should be machine-free). Here is her Hayden, whipped up what seems like minutes after the pattern release. It’s beautiful and I’m really sorry that it doesn’t fit.
That’s the first garment I would like to share with you. The other examples of perfection in their simplicity are mostly dresses. Here they are:
- Liza Mae’s take on this ’60s shift pattern. The piecing on the front yoke gives it a certain je ne sais quoi — because I have no clue how to define it but it made that dress so much cooler for me than the envelope art would have me believe was possible (and I love me some wacky pattern illustrations!)
- This terracotta rayon dress. I’m always in awe of Carolyn’s sewing and her sense of style. In this case what she’s done with the pattern is really magical — if you click on the tiny pattern envelope at the bottom of her post you will see that she really went beyond what it advertised.
- This black dress worn — and, I’m guessing, made — by Natalie Purschwitz during her Makeshift Project. Sadly, the blog post doesn’t offer any details about the pattern. It reminds me of the Pattern Magic books, but I’m not sure that that’s where it’s from.
- Once again, a dress by Liza Mae — she’s made my dream of the ’90s here. Well, it’s not my dream if you just showed me the pattern envelope. That would make it merely a memory of the ’90s.
- Jo’s great version of the Kenedy dress. I agree — I like it without the ties!
- Lindsey’s version of the Astrid wrap pants from Named Patterns’ new collection. I’m not sure I could pull them off but I’m really intrigued by the design.
What’s your idea of perfect simplicity?
* teamwork with my talented husband, helped significantly by online tutorials
** yes, that’s what I call my machine; it had to come out eventually