Part One: The 3D Blouse
My latest project? A Blouse with a three dimensional element on the sleeves. I’ve finished the entire shell, today. I’m currently drafting the lining and facing patterns. I moved the darts into a circular inspired shape in the middle of the blouse. I can’t wait till it’s finished! Not seen is the cute peplum-inspired detail that starts at the waist and ends slightly past the hip!
I’ll have it for sale in my Etsy Shop…so stay tuned!
P.S: Davids Tea made an appearance in one of the photos. Spot it??
P.P.S: I love being able to sew my hours away to my itunes music. What songs are you loving??
As promised, here is my video from the Papillion collection at Vancouver Fashion Week 2013. I apologize, I was in the second row and runway lighting is harsh. It was a challenge to capture the garments as they made their way down the runway. If you would like to see an accurate view of the beautiful Papillion S/S 2013 designs check out their website here.
This was one of my favourite collections. Youthful, fun and unique…I had too many dresses and blouses I wanted to run off with! I loved the attention to details including cute floral, polka dot and animal prints, bib and pointed collars, blue sequins and bright, fun colours!
How was your weekend?
I am inspired by nature. There’s a strong feeling of enchantment and belonging when I am outdoors. This weekend, I was at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was remarkable to escape here and let my thoughts wonder through each branch and step. However, I don’t have to go far to find this love and admiration for the Earth’s beauty. It can be found in my neighborhood, in forests, high on mountains or drifting along a lake.
Suspension Bridge allowed me to enter a fairy tale. I felt like an elf walking on the bridges that were connected high up in the trees. When it rained, the shelter from the trees felt magical and loving.
As you can see, I finally purchased my coveted and favourite sweater from Roots Canada/Line Knitwear 2012 collaboration. Remember that blog post I did? Well, I hunted high and low. No local Roots stores carried this sweater. The staff didn’t even recognize it and couldn’t find it online for me either! I checked back for months. I felt very discouraged. I finally gave up on my dreams of wearing it to pieces. It wasn’t meant to be.
Fast forward to February. I walked into the Roots Outlet store for fun. I walked over to the women’s section and…*POOF*. There was my sweater. In my exact size. The only one there.
And that’s not even the best part. Not only was it reduced…there was an extra 30% off from the reduced price! I could not stop smiling. I think the sales associates thought I was crazy. What can I say, it was love at first sight!
Now, let’s get a bit more technical! It is a thick, warm knit made of acrylic, cotton and polyester. This is the same fabric content as my other sweater from the collaboration (check for my other review on their Vancouver inspired sweater here). I’m a bit disappointed about the price point (over $200). It should be wool for that price. However, the advantage is you’re less itchy and you don’t need to worry about allergic reactions. This blend still provides comfort and warmth. I also haven’t noticed any pilling yet and I’ve worn it too much.
The fit is lovely if you’re a fan of the boxy look. It basically is a giant blanket with sleeves. A tunic style, it looks great worn open for a casual look and belted for a more fashion-forward look. The beautiful draping adds a charm all it’s own. I love the colour blocked print: forest green, dirty grey, burgundy red and painted white all bring forth the colours of a Canadian woodland realm!
What are your favourite clothing pieces from this past fall and winter? What pieces are you looking forward to for Spring and Summer?
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Pattern drafting a new design…I’m excited for the bead detail and collar!
I listed this beautiful asymmetrical dress (finally) on my Etsy
I love this dress. It offers the best of both: knee length and maxi. I can show off my favourite heels and have fun with the maxi trend. I also love the brocade insert near the left side seam. It adds a sci-fi element to the dress.
I cannot wait to team up with my photographer friends and take some pictures of it!
What do you think!
A variety of garments are being sewn for my Etsy store! Here’s a little glimpse into a few of the items I’m working on.
If you haven’t yet…like my Facebook Page! I post my daily sewing, alterations and inspiration adventures there! You can contact me with any sewing/fashion related questions there too!
Hope you are excited for Spring and enjoying the end of Winter (if you’re in Canada)! Toronto (and Vancouver) Fashion week is nearly here!
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Happy Friday everyone! I listed a new item in my shop! My beautiful Elbow Length Shirt with an elegant cowl detail! What I love about this shirt is that you can also wear it off the shoulder and it is SOO comfortable!!!
Do you dress for comfort?
It feels like a hood day.
Have you checked out my Etsy SHOP yet?
Preloved is a line by Roots that recycles old, unused sweaters. The preloved sweaters are taken and reworked into a new, one-of-a-kind sweater! What a fabulous way to help the environment and stay trendy!!!
Highlights of Toronto/World Mastercard Fashion Week
Spring Summer 2013 Collections- PAVONI and PINK TARTAN
Montreal designers, Mike Derderian and Gianni Falcone are the creative forces behind Pavoni. In their 2013 collection, we saw 3 different looks: sexy cocktail dresses, romantic chiffon evening dresses and the big huge ball gowns. All three looks featured stunning bead work and embroidery which really made the gowns stand out that much more.
Extravagant is certainly a good word choice to describe this collection! Not everyone can wear these gowns, but they certainly are beautiful to dream about.Pavoni’s clients (like Shakira and Fergie) are some of the lucky ones who we probably will see strutting these dream-like gowns.
Designed by Kimberley Newport-Mimran, we see classic styles with some fun modern twists. The biggest attraction from the show? Re-working the staple t-shirt into bold shapes, patterns and unexpected fabrics like gold perforated leather. I loved the brocade trapeze coats and full brocade skirts…so lady-like, but modern with the metallic colours!
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Seafaring Dreams: Imaginings of Silk and Sun was designed by Montreal based designer, Melissa Nepton. The cruise collection first debuted at Montreal Fashion Week, but made another appearance at Toronto Fashion Week!
I loved her collection. Overall, I could see myself wearing many of the pieces because they looked so romantic, modern and comfortable. The stripes were a great touch! I would have liked to see some more colours, but I did like the accent colours: blue, beige and orange. Nice for a “cruise” line. Some of the key style details included:
- sheer silks
- cap sleeves
- ethereal maxi dresses
- palazzo pants (I like to call them, Princess Jasmine pants from Aladdin)
- tie-front cover-ups/tunics
Here is how Nepton described her collection:
The night came and went but she is still here, on the peaceful and deserted beach. Her free spirit wanders somewhere in the thick marine layer hung high over the ocean, her sun-kissed skin still humming, enchanted by the magic of the night. As rays of sunshine pierce through the moody skies, silhouettes draped in voluptuous fabrics emerge in front of her. Melissa Nepton’s 2013 spring collection is one of seaside luxury, teaming practical chic with audacious comfort. Inspired by movements, colors and her well-known maîtrise du détail, Melissa Nepton’s designs embark us on a luxury cruise setting sail on uncharted waters.
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Thanksgiving…the best time to play with trends and autumn colours!
Burgundy pants…nothing says Autumn quite like them. While I was baking with fresh cranberries, I couldn’t help but appreciate the colour, the smooth texture and glow to them. It made me wish my denim jeans had more of a “glow” to them (like leather!). Burgundy pants are fun for me to incorporate into my fall/winter wardrobe. They are darker in colour, which helps slim my legs but still goes with the coloured denim trend. The “skinny” cut also helps lengthen my petite frame.
The first outfit I paired with these pants was with a floral printed top and a large gold/red crystal statement necklace (thrift store find). I also added a tailored jacket to this look to make it more professional for church.
The second outfit was more of a comfortable outfit, for me. A French Connection cardigan with a slight “poet” sleeve and a lace Guess blouse underneath. The only accessory I paired with this look was my Dooney and Burke handbag. Added a great punch of colour and really made the outfit complete! I love this picture because fashionable Autumn and I really look good together, don’t we?
Overall, I had a lovely (fashionable) Thanksgiving! What did you wear?
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- Dooney and Burke
- french connection
- pumpkin spice latte
- skinny jeans
VFW (Vancouver Fashion Week) has been a fun event to watch. I have enjoyed seeing the creativity and fun. My three favourite collections, thus far, were: Xsenia & Olya, Gretchen Jone and Jessica L. Huang. However, all the designers I featured above were collections I couldn’t stop looking at!
To see more from the event click here!
Have you kept updated on VFW or your local FW? What trends have you enjoyed seeing for spring/summer 2013?
Thank you to Roots Facebook page…the wonderful staff has finally posted some exceptional photographs of their fall collection featuring those gorgeous collaboration sweaters I blogged earlier (you can find it here). I asked them if an official date has been set for the release of the sweaters and I was told the Vancouver sweater has already appeared in some stores! They told me the sweater should be available to purchased on their Online Store soon, as well! YES!
Burgundy is such an “it” colour of the season. Even my evening gown was made with that colour! Little did I know the colour was going to take off so much! I love how Roots used this colour in their jeans and accents in their clothing. A lot of people know Roots as a “sweatpants, hoodies and t-shirt” company. While, I couldn’t imagine not slipping into their sweatpants when I get home…I have to say, Roots has so much more to offer than that! Their quality of manufacturing and fabric choices is very high and not to mention all of their buttery leather products are produced IN Canada. That’s something the Canadian industry can’t always afford to offer any more. They also carry a nice line of organic cotton items and support many Canadian charities and events (the Parkinson’s walk I mentioned in my last blog was just one of them!) Another neat little fact about Roots…they started with shoes!!! So, if you visit their site…be sure to check out their fabulous shoe/boot section!!!
Here’s what Roots said about the collection:
Roots Explores the Alberta Badlands (15 photos)The Canadian Badlands. Even the name fuels your imagination and appetite for adventure. This stark moonscape of weird striped hills and otherworldly rock formations cuts a swath through southeastern Alberta. The Canadian Badlands has yielde— in Alberta.d some of the world’s richest deposits of prehistoric fossils and dinosaur finds from the ancient seabed. Some of the most important dinosaur discoveries in the
world were unearthed right here, including our very own Albertosaurus. You can almost feel the ground rumbling with the footsteps of the mighty beasts that roamed Dinosaur Provincial Park millions of years ago. Today this place is world famous for its dinosaur fossil finds. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park contains one of the richest bonebeds in the world.
This strange and beautiful place will fulfill your need for exploration and discovery. You can indulge your inner palaeontologist and be amazed by its history, both modern and ancient. The Canadian Badlands is another compelling reason to explore Alberta.
Learn more about the Canadian Badlands: http://bit.ly/QzQEXj
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Sitting down to a morning cup of, Love Spell Green Tea…I was happy to discover my two favourite “comfy and cozy” knitwear companies, Roots Canada and Line Knitwear decided to do a 4 piece collection together. What great news to welcome in Fall 2012!
Inspired by Fair Isle knitting traditions and the gorgeous Canadian cities: Banff, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (each sweater is named after one)…the capsule collection features cute details that Roots is known for…such as the beaver, maple leaves, geometric-inspired prints, trees, etc.) and Line’s famous “pops of colour” simplicity, draping and details. Judging from the 4 photos…I’m so excited to try on each piece once they arrive in Roots stores near the end of September!!!
Which sweater is your favourite? Mine is, Montreal! So wearable and can be dressed up or down!
Images courtesy of Roots Canada and I Want-I Got. :)