After a period of involuntary hiatus and regrouping we are gearing up to our next pattern releases! It’s been great to interact with our customers on Instagram and by email the mean time. We also received great feedback from our development group and other members of the sewing community so you can expect to see some changes around here in the coming months.
But before we go more into all of that, we thought we would share some of the visuals that drive our aesthetics these days and the direction we are taking!
We hope that some of those inspire your sewing as much as does for us! If you want more Ready-to-Wear inspiration for each our patterns, you can follow us on Pinterest where we keep a board for each of them!
The Yasmeen skirt was born from our desire to have a statement skirt that introduces a hint of the the over the top feel of the 90’s runway shows into your every day wardrobe. Its design lines celebrates women’s curves, in a way that we hope is reminiscent of the King of Cling, late Azzedine Alaïa.
John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture F/W1997
Yasmeen Ghauri for Valentino, early 90’s
Azzedine Alaia by Patrick Demarchelier
While the skirt has definitely a special occasion feel to it, your choice of fabric and styling can transform it completely. For a very dressed up version of Yasmeen, choose a fabric with a sheen to it. The drape will dramatically affect bottom of the skirt looks. In a taffeta the flared bottom will tend to stay out and give a very formal look, while in a more fluid fabric such as silk, the volume will only appear with movement.
Roland Mouret Aries Skirt
Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2014
There are also plenty of ways to make your skirt more casual. In the winter you can try a wool version, to be worn with a chunky sweater, or a leather jacket. In warmer weather, a linen Yasmeen worn will flat sandals will take you easily from the beach to a nice dinner out with a chic resort look.
Flared Crepe Alexander McQueen Skirt
Finally, you also have the option of playing with the length. You could experiment with an ankle grazing skirt in an airy fabric for fluttered hem effect. The modern proportion will look very chic whether you pair it with heels or with sneakers for a cool yet polished feel!
Alaia Fluted Maxi Skirt from Net-a-Porter
Olivia Palermo Street Style
Do you want more inspiration? We collect images in a dedicated Pinterest board for you to look at (and for ourselves!!). Don’t forget that you can also check Instagram for #yasmeenskirt since our testers have already started to post their amazing work!!
Are you ready to get started on your very own Yasmeen? Don’t forget to share it with us!
Whenever you cut a garment on the bias it’s generally a good idea to use the “lost” corners of the layout to cut some extra bias strips. 1 1/2 inch is a versatile width to bind edges or seams, or make spaghetti (rouleaux) straps like we are showing you today!
To cut delicate fabric like silk and chiffon, we recommend sandwiching it between two layers of paper. Dotted pattern paper is what we like to use, we buy it locally but you can find it here.
After ironing your fabric lay it in a single layer over a first layer of paper. Use the edge of the paper to align the selvedge perfectly.
Then carefully unroll the second layer of paper over the fabric. Again align the paper edge carefully to the fabric and the first layer of paper.
Lay your pattern pieces over the second layer of paper and draw 1 1/2 inch Bias Strips wherever you have significant remnants.
You can store your additional strips by pinning them together and hanging them close to your sewing machine. They will come in handy more often than you think!
For the spaghetti/rouleaux straps, fold your strips lengthwise and sew along the folded edge, at no more than 1/8″ (3mm).
The secret to nicely rounded strap is to not trim the seam allowance and to use a loop turner. Alternatively you could use thread on a tapestry needle but it will be more difficult.
Insert the loop turner all the way through the strap and make a small notch about 1/4″ (6mm) from the end to pull out the hook.
Pull the loop turner gently, moving and easing the fabric as you go until it is completely turned out.
Congratulations, you made a beautiful strap ready to be installed on your Kate Bias Top or Christy Slip Dress!
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