Every now and then, I’ll be posting a collection of sewing-related links here. There are wonderful resources on other blogs, great new books, so many places to get advice, learn something new, get ideas, be inspired – so, without further comment, here are today’s links!
- pattern-mashup peplum blouse by Clarissa Henderson; you can just take a well-fitting dress bodice and add a peplum skirt – easy!
- contrast detail peplum blouse by Lee; a lovely interpretation of the Victory Ava pattern.
I love how peplum blouses give you the visual effect of wearing a dress but you can wear pants with them. Or shorts. As needed.
Some good, practical sewing-advice posts have also turned up recently:
- 15 things home sewers can learn from industrial sewing; the name of the game is efficiency, and planning things out in a way that will let you get the most out of your sewing time.
- along a similar lines, a simplified Sencha blouse at So, zo, what do you know? – how to make quicker work of a very wearable pattern using a couple of methods common in industrial sewing: use overlocked seams instead of facings, a zipper instead of buttons, and closed side seams instead of open ones. All good ideas.
And last but not least, a couple of great reviews of Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. (Which book, incidentally, is about the opposite of the previous two links as it’s about slower, couture-style, time- and labor-intensive sewing techniques – but that’s sort of the point: there are garments that cannot be made quickly, and we are forgetting how to make these what with today’s ready-to-wear technology making its way into home sewing. I want to make several things from this book – a couple versions of the high-waisted skirt, the 40s-style dress with front zipper, blouses… if I ever have some free time, that is.)