the sif jacket

I’d like to introduce you to a little project of mine that’s been bouncing around for a little while in my head, and hanging around on the dress form in my room, taunting me with its incompleteness!

It all started back in December with this image of Sif, from Thor: Dark World:

Sif, you need your own movie!

As soon as I saw her armor, I knew I had to do something with it. It’s so tough and pretty, I knew I wanted a jacket with similar colors and lines.

I had just been loaned the dress form by a friend over the holidays, so I thought I would try my hand at using it to put a pattern together (rather than my usual, sketch, measure, math, sketch, cut, cry, re-measure, cut, sew, cry, undo, cry, give up, return three months later and kinda sorta finish it)… It took a while for me to figure it out (and avoid being too costume-y/cosplay-ey) but I finally got it down to something I liked with minimal wasted newspaper.

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The front changed a bit through trial and error, but you can see how many pieces I planned to sew together..

I had trouble finding images of the back, this being one of the few I did find:

Sif’s costume from the back

So I kind of drafted what I thought would suit the front, keeping the separate pieces for the top part / shoulder, and the arrow detail which would allow for some accent color.

Three pieces per half

Three pieces per half

I settled on a grey suiting material and red suede for the accents.

Sewing it together was fun and slightly nerve-wracking. I’m happy to say I used all original pieces except the very front bust. The original center-front pattern I drafted was too close-fitting on the bust for a jacket (more like a dress), so I switched three pieces out for one.

Here is a first look before the sleeves are added:

Sif jacket - the front!

Sif jacket – the front!

 

Sif jacket - the back!

Sif jacket – the back!

I’m pretty happy with it! 🙂 I think it’s going to be a pretty good Sif-inspired jacket. Not too bad for my first real try with the dress form, I think.

It’s still a work in progress, though… I’ll keep you posted as things progress!

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sew bow ties are cool

Kind of wanted to make my own bow tie… Found this great blog with an awesome FREE pattern! But, sadly, unable (LAZY) to print right now, so I figured I’d try my hand at drafting my own… let’s see how this goes 🙂

Did I mention I’m really feeling floral bow ties?

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work out clothes fabric!

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Got my fabric for my work out clothes! I’m really excited. I was trolling the Fabricland sale section, and found some purple knit for a short top (I’m thinking sports-bra style), a lovely grey t-shirt fabric with purple flowers for a tank top, and a striped light / dark grey knit for a little hoodie.

I couldn’t find the right jersey for yoga pants, though. I did find some black nylon / spandex in the remnants section that I picked up but I’m not sure if I’ll be using it for work out clothes or for another project…

Anyway, this is my color palette! If I actually ever head to the gym, I plan to add with some more greys, and some bright greens and yellows 🙂

Excited to sew! Still not so sure about the whole running and sweating bit, though…

work out clothes!

With my attempt to complete a sewing or knitting project every month, I’ve decided I need to plan better. I have some unfinished items hanging around my room for occasions or seasons that came and went. Now I’m thinking of the huge closet of fabric I have and what I can make for the upcoming season…

I signed up for the gym (have to fill out those membership forms!) but the work out clothes I’ve seen have been a bit pricey for me…

So, I think I’ll be adding work-out clothes to the to-do list of things to sew. I’m feeling especially inspired by Adidas by Stella McCartney, and the lovely lines in Titika’s (Fall / Winter 2013-2014) Collection.

I really like the Stella gym bag… so bright and cute!

I’ve never done active wear before, so it’ll be a challenge, even for finding the right kinds of fabrics and colors… Wish me luck!

Spring-spiration

Floral Dress, Red Valentino – via style.com

 

I am loving the Red Valentina collection on display at style.com . The floral dresses, with their full, gathered skirts, are so cute. With some more length (or on a short girl like me), they would be so office appropriate for the spring with a blazer or the right scarf. 🙂

Throwback: izmaylova dress

It has been a hectic February! I was out of town for work and it has been just an exhausting return. I am behind on posts for February and for January…

So I thought I’d do a quick throwback Thursday look at my Old Years Night dress of 2012 that I made inspired by an izmaylova dress worn by Vanessa Hudgens in glow magazine (the Dahlia dress). It has a great sheath dress style silhouette with side cut outs, and lace at the neckline for a sheer look.

The Dahlia dress by Izmaylova, via their style blog

I decided to construct my own version by combining an adjusting two patterns  I already had – one for a princess seam sheath (for the lace and main body), and a strapless bodice to guide the shape of the top under the lace bodice. Back then, I did not have this helpful image compilation so I kind of had to guess at parts of the construction.

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My version was made from lace, an off white knit and I used beads instead of feathers:

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Maybe not as glamorous as the real deal, but I was happy with how it turned out, especially being able to control the size of cut-outs and the length of the skirt. I also think the champagne and amber – toned browns looked nice with my skin.

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I wore it to an Old Years Night event with friends where we danced our feet off 🙂

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