MADE | High Waisted Tweed Pants

Near my house, there is a craft shop called mano creare. It is owned by Okadaya, but tailored more for moms. They curate their stuff so as to attract moms who make kids' bags and lunch box covers for preschool. Most of what they have is cotton with cars, buses or ballerina prints but, occasionally I can find more exciting treasures. I found this beige tweed on the end of the winter sale rack for just 900 yen for 1.5 meters. The fabric has a wide width, approximately about 145cm so I immediately thought of making a pair or wide legged trousers. The fabric has nice weight and have slight sheen to it. I have drafted a high waisted pants pattern and have been modifying over the past few months. It started when I made these shorts and I loved the fit. It sits on natural waist, covers the belly part with the front tucks and the back accentuate the waist and butt. So I used the variation of it to make these jumpsuit for a customer, wool top and pants set for myself(which are yet to be blogged), and these pants. I added back pockets which are never going to be used but it is a nice detail. The buttons are a gift from my friend, who found many vintage buttons at a flea market in England.  I also made the front pockets, but it was not until I finished that I realized the design flaw. Since the pants are high waisted, they should have been placed on the side, from about five centimeters from the waistline so you can stick your hands in. Turned out I have four pockets that I won't be really be using. The hem is wrapped with beige silk satin bias strips (left over from this dress). These hidden details are nice! Nobody will look at it or notice it but it's ok. It satisfied the maker's ego. Worn with crossover back chambray shirt (blogged here) and Superga sneakers. I've also worn them with stripe shirt. Wide leggs are nice so I can wear leggings and long socks inside to keep warm.I am satisfied with the end result and already started thinking of making another pair for warmer season. Maybe in bright red linen with cropped hem? These earrings are also my recent make. I took a jewelry making workshop. The group get together once a month to make different jewelry and the fee is usually 1,000 yen. 最近作ったツイードパンツ。 型紙は自分で作りました。 ハイウエストでフロントにはタックでスタイルが良く見えるような型紙作りを心掛けました。 ショートパンツバージョンはこちらで販売しています。 生地は近くのmano creareで。セールで1.5mカットを900円でゲット! ワイドパンツは中に色々着こめていいですね。 最近は寒くてスキニー+セーターでありがちコーデになってましたが、ワイドパンツをワードローブに投入して、少し変化が楽しめそう。 Find me elsewhere:

Floral Embroidery Dress

floral-embroider-dress-by-vivat-veritas-blogThis is my first completed project of 2017! Embroidery dress. I started on this in late November and it took me (according to my work hour log) about 70 hours. I went through two seasons of the BBC show, Poldark while stitching this together.

I made this dress for a customer and she will use it some kind of performance. She plays some kind of musical instrument. The inspiration comes from this Lilly Brown embroidery dress. I was intimidated at first by the number of embroidery pieces that would be required to complete the dress, but I decided to give it a try.

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The dress is made of satin and chiffon. Since it would be difficult to embroider directly on chiffon without causing the fabric to pucker, I embroidered the flowers on satin, cut around the embroidery and applique on chiffon. It might have been possible to embroider directly on chiffon if I use the embroidery machine, but I did not have an access to it this time nor the time to play around with it. Has anyone have experience with embroidery sewing machine? embroidery-flower-pieces{Flower pieces embroidered on satin, before being attached to chiffon}back-of-the-embroidery{Making sure the back is as pretty as possible}boning-wedding-dress{Boned lining before being attached to the dress. I use white washi tapes to cover the ends of the bones, tip I learned in Tatiana Kozorovitsky's class.}embroidery-dress-vivat-veritas{Dress in works before the lining is attached.}elasticized-back-panel{Elasticized panel on the right}

The dress has boning in the bodice and padded at bust area. The back has an elasticized panel with invisible zipper inside the lace-up panel so a bit of adjustment is allowed. The customer is smaller than my dress form but because of the elastic back and lace up, the dress still fit the dress form. hem-adjustmentI waited to hem the chiffon skirt until the very end. I knew with the weight of the embroidery, some parts will be weighted down. I put the dress form on chair and mark the new hem line with erasable marker. Then I cut the chiffon hem and finished it with rolled hem. Overall, it was a great experience making this dress. 2017年初めて仕上げたドレスはこちらの刺繍ドレス。 リリーブラウンの5周年ドレスに似たものを作って欲しい、と頼まれて製作しました。 刺繍はすべて手縫い。一針一針、時間をかけて縫い上げました。 そのままシフォンに刺繍をしてしまうとツレてしまうので、サテンを土台にし、刺繍したものをアップリケしていきました。 製作時間約70時間! 大変だったけれど、お客様へを羽ばたいていくドレスを見るのは嬉しいです。 chie sig2Find me elsewhere:

MADE: Khaki Wrap Dress

khaki wrap dress by vivat veritas blogAt the beginning of the Summer, I purged some of the clothes in my closet. That purge included ridding some clothes I hand made in the past like this dress, high-low skirt, shirt dress (Archer pattern modification) and this floral skirt (I kept the top). They were made four years ago and worn many times, so the fabric was starting to fall apart. The floral skirt was nice, but the organza insert felt too sexy for me to wear in my daily life as a mom. As sad as I was to part with my creation, it also gave me an opportunity to make new summer clothes! Since I made this parka, I wanted to incorporate more of khaki color in my closet. I have a lot of white and black as basic neutral colors but just black and white felt boring. As I always do, I browse through Pinterest to collect pretty images of the dresses to pin down what I want to make. I pin those in my "Fashion" board.

khaki dress inspiration board by vivat veritas blog{1 | 2 | 3 | 4 } khaki wrap dress details Here is the end result! I think it looks like the closest to #4 above. I might be able to wear it in the fall as well with a black turtle neck inside. The fabric is from Nippori Tomato, second floor knit section. It's a medium weight jersey with a bit of velvet like feel in the right side of the fabric. It's soft and comfortable!

The pattern was borrowed from my recent client work. I lengthened the skirt length by 5cm and added big patch pockets on both sides. I love the pockets and use them often to hold key when I am running out of the door.

最近自分用に作ったカーキ色のラップワンピースです。 クローゼットの中には入れるハンガーの数を決めていて、それにかからないものは出来るだけ人にあげたり、リサイクルショップに持って行ったり、状態が悪い場合は処分して、服だらけにならないように気を付けています。 断捨離についての本読むの好きなので笑 今年の夏も、着ていないものを随分処分しました。 その中には自分で数年前に手作りしたものもあって、別れるのが少し辛かったのですが、 やっぱり生地が駆使されて薄くなっていたり、丈が短く感じて長いこと着ていなかったりのものばかり。 なので心を鬼にしてさよならしました。 クローゼットのスペースが空いた分、新しいドレスを作りました。 カーキ色のシンプルラップ(カシュクール)ドレス。 ポケットもつけました。 出掛けにささっと鍵とか駐輪券とかを放り込んでおけるので便利です。

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