Birthday dress

Hey guys,
So this year my birthday came and went with much less celebration as last year but I am very happy to celebrate life nonetheless. I am so over the moon and appreciative to God for keeping me going in these tough times worldwide. My heart breaks when I read news with what's happening with the refugees and those in search of a better life, even earthquakes and calamity; I cannot help and be thankful that my situation is better. It hurts when I think that I sit here all happy sewing while others are suffering; I am a deep down humanitarian. God knows I would jump on a plane go to the troubled places and try to save the world but I know I need to think of other ways I can help.....but I digress.

Today I am showing you my birthday dress. I made this dress in this amazing fabric for the little start-up I sew for called Benecaribe. This is one of the many designs that I did the pattern drafting and stitching for. It's a simple racer-back dress in a short length. There is not much trouble in stitching this dress up except for doing the edges at the neckline and armhole.

The fabric is so lovely! This dress is a simple style and it's definitely all about displaying this fabric. It really goes well with my skin tone and I quite like the pattern as well. It reminds me of the radioactivity symbol whereas my husband sees faces....haha

To do the edges I used self made bias binding strips about 1 1/4 inch wide. I first stitched it to the dress right sides together then folded it in half and stitched flat a little way in from the seam edge at the front. It looks great as a finish to sleeveless garments and it's seen a whole lot in ready to wear garments. I think most of the time special machines or machine feet are used to do this though so it's a little challenging to do it with the straight stitch foot/ machine. I'm not sure if there is a special name for this method.

Birthday smile :)

Thanks for stopping by, take care!


All black casual suit

Hey all,

As I start most posts....It has been a while! I am doing fine and I am sewing more than I ever have, just not for myself. I do about 15 items a week for a new line here in Trinidad and Tobago. In the not too distant future though I hope to whip up somethings for myself and to share some ideas I have for the future of Ariation.

Today I just want to share a few pictures of an all black outfit that I made sometime way back. I normally wear them as separates however I found myself wearing them both on this particular day. I really like the look of suits or coordinating pieces and sometimes the best way to do it is in black. The blouse is really a remake from a old favorite I previously had, and the trousers are a Rebecca Taylor  Vogue pants pattern I fell in love with.

The blouse I had was black as well but it was in a much lighter weight fabric, so the pleats sat like a dream and the sleeves gently floated around my arm. The current remake blouse is different all because I used a fabric with less drape and a different composition. When I made this top I really learnt my lesson that you must use the right fabric to achieve a desired outcome. When I finished the top the sleeves stuck out in a strange manner and I wore it like that for some time.  I didn't like the look so I did a fold and tuck with the sleeves, stitched them in place and I ended up with this origami like sleeve.The side view is especially nice.

For the pants I used the Vogue pattern V1357 - Rebecca Taylor . it's a great loose fit pants that can be worn casually or dressed up with heels. It's one of those front drawstring pants but I opted to leave the strings out. My fabric is some sort of crepe, I am not entirely sure, however it was perfect for these pants. This pants fit definitely represents my style and I literally wear them every week. 

The pants pattern has great details with the yoke at the front sides and back as well as a shaped and slitted hemline. Of course I had to lengthen the pants length a few inches well to get the above the ankle length. I also did add a few inches at the inner seat of the back pattern piece for more room for the rear. 

I hope you like it! I'm looking forward to the next post even though I'm not sure what it will be just yet :) Take care and God bless!