Saturday, May 3, 2008

To Mini Wardrobe Or Not To Mini Wardrobe

That is the question.  Like Melissa, I started contemplating this the other night. I'm a terrible planner when it comes to sewing. I love using silk and anything that sparkles :-), yet my day-to-day life is basically jeans and tees. We're going to Chicago in the beginning of September to do a third (and final) workshop of our bio musical, so I have a good excuse to add some 'sparkle'... "my kind of town"... and all that jazz :)

My one and only time in Chicago was back in the early eighties. Don't remember much since I was already severely overworked and sleep deprived from months on the road with "Up With People". Yeah, and now that that's out the box- horrible I tell you- I'll get back to the more pleasant aspects. My DH lived in Chicago way back in the days, he was part of "Second City". I'm really looking forward to see the places he's talked about.
Sooo... looking at my clothes, the timeline and my stash, there's only one choice: Black. And then I'll add silver for sparkle :-)

I just fell in love with this blouse from YSL Rive Gauche. The black one. But look at how they hang on the form; the white has the closure in front whereas the black is in the back. What's up with that? The surprise of those cascading flowers down the back is so gorgeous IMO, what say you? I haven't draped it yet, just making the flowers at the moment.

I'm using silk organza and silver metallic thread (steil stitch), stabilized with tear away and solvy in the hoop, and I go between computer and machine to change the sizes. I think the blouse is chiffon and the bodice is underlined with organza. Suppose I'll wear a cami underneath, not much of a 'showing bra' kinda girl. Here's the link to yoox YSL BLOUSE

I'm thinking to do one more blouse and a skirt and pants. But I have to do it step-by-step. I'm too much of a control freak and have to see everything as I go along. I so envy those of you who can pull together such fantastic storyboards. And then make them!! On time!! Maybe one day... It was quite hard to vote in the Wardrobe Contest. Marji's guidelines were very helpful, and I ended up voting for the one I felt was most pulled together and suited the person best.

Finally, thank you all so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave such wonderful comments. You brighten my day and help motivate me. And you also make me better at documenting the process and to include my thoughts- a quite new experience since I'm on the quiet, shy side. (always was, unless I was on a stage :-) )


  1. OMG!!! This is going to be GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

  2. What a cool blouse, I can't wait to see it all done. As you know, I'm on the same page as you, I can't stick with a plan well at all. I've been thumbing through my Burda mags this afternoon - I see so many things I want to make, but so little time - argh!

  3. Wow. amazing. Did I mention WOW?!! Hope you can see I love what you ate doing!
    As for the mini wardrobe, I am waffling too. Do I do a golf "foresome", or a more necessary summer theme. Or do I have time to do one at all?!!

  4. Wow, I never see stuff like that when I surf around. I am sure you will do better than the original.

  5. Wow that blouse is going to look amazing. Actually those gorgeous flowers would make almost anything look amazing! I also loved the pictures of your finished Sabrina dress too, a real piece of coutrure clothing.

  6. You are so amazing. Everything you make is breathtaking. Could you please just bang out a simple knit top one of these days to prove you're human?

  7. Fantastic! I cannot wait to see the finished garment. Your work is amazing.

  8. You are so talented!!! I have a tiny preference for the black one but both blouses are gorgeous!

    I'd love to see what you could put together for a miniwardrobe. Miniwardrobe go!

  9. This is truly going to be a spectacular project.
    I haven't followed the link yet (I tend to get distracted when I do that then don't make it back to the original post), but I'm looking at the black and the white on the mannequin and I can't tell front from back. Could be that with a YSL design, a somewhat androgynous drape is used and it can be worn either way by those who're part of the IBTC.

    BTW, I tagged you this AM.

  10. Wow, those black flowers are to die for. I know it's way out of my league, but if there is any remote possibility I could make one of those, I would be so thrilled! You are super duper talented!

  11. My apologies for being so late to the party, as you know, I just discovered your fantastic blog yesterday and am slowly making my way through.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blouse, stunning!

    Is there somewhere you have documented how you created your flowers? As many here, I would love to create something similar!

    What sewing machine did you use? Was it an embroidery machine or a regular sewing machine? What make and model is your every day machine?

    Thank you!!