Friday, March 30, 2012

A trip down Vogue-memory lane

When I was young, let's say 16 years of age, I didn't exactly lead a glamourous, interesting and exciting life. Not that I was longing for such a life, but in my head I liked dreaming about it.
When I was even a bit younger, let's say 12 years of age, I remember my mother had some old 'Libelle's' (a Dutch women's magazine) in the house. They were from the 50's or thereabout. Those magazines were the start of my interest in fashion. Those women looked só stylish and feminine, which was a huge contrast to the fashion of those days: punk and disco. (We're talking 1978 here).
One of the first things I sewed was a pencil-skirt way below my knees, inspired by that style. Quite different from what the other girls wore, but I felt very confident in it.

With that interest came the fun of sketching and designing. With the bold 80's around the corner, it was just more fuel on the fire. I loved designing so much that I wanted to become a fashiondesigner. A few years I played with the idea of going to artschool, but once the time came to decide what I would do after high school, I shied away and decided (as I always like to say: "on a rainy tuesday afternoon") that I would follow a secretary-course instead. In those days that was almost a secure, one-way ticket to a well paid job and and therefore a more stable financial future. And so I did. A decision I have never regretted, by the way.

But the love for fashion, sewing and designing stayed. And the need to dream. One day I decided to buy a Vogue-magazine. This was really a huge thing for me. (And rather expensive!). I thought I stepped into another world. I think you can say that I was pretty much influenced by it. I even tried to copy things to my own life. I bought more Vogue magazine's in my life and I still have them all. But this is that famous first one, it is the 1983-March issue (and it looks terribly used up by the way..):

When I glance through it now, what strikes me most is that I can feel how much I absorbed those pictures back then. Like I was analysing them, top to bottom. With a lot of pictures that feeling is very strong, like this one:
Yves-Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

This  picture sort of comprices everything I felt and thought about fashion in those days. I wanted to bé that picuture.  And I still love it so much. Funny thing is: you could wear this tomorrow and noone would notice it's from 1983.

And now, many, many years later I still buy fashion magazines. I probably dream a little less, but I still enjoy reading them. And this is my latest buy:


The very,very first Dutch Vogue. HOW COULD I NÓT BUY THIS!!
But still, If you ask me in twenty years about this issue, I probably won't remember it.

So there you have it: my first and my last Vogue magazine.
I'm even considering to get a subscription.
Hmm...have to think about that one.

Have a great fashionable weekend everyone!!!

Gr.
Lilian

Friday, March 23, 2012

TNT (this time it means: Totally Nice Top)

My favourite TNT-pattern is this one:

Burda 2008/10 - 119           

Two thumbs up for this one! I tried it several times and every time I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it is to assemble and how great the effect is. It's total love and I'll probably be making more of this.
This is my latest project:


Apart from the sewingpattern being easy and quick, I can't get over how much I love this fabric. It's jersey with velvet on some parts of the flowers. The colours are very rich but demure at the same time. Funny thing is that I received this fabric by accident. I actually ordered other (almost the same) fabric on the internet but apparently it was mistaken for this one. Well, absolutely no harm done.

When it was time to topstitch and hem, I was already reaching for my black thread. But then I thought it would be fun to use a brighter colour for that. I had the perfect purple in my stash so I used that.

 
And talking about hemming: I lóóóve my twin-needles. Together with my serger they opened up jersey-sewing-heaven for me.


Here are two other pictures of tops I made before. The blue one I blogged about earlier. It was actually part of a mini-swap. Click here to see pictures of me wearing it. It's perfect for mild winter/early spring temperatures.
The one with the short-sleeves (I call that my African-T-shirt) was made in my pre-blogging years. Great top for summer.

 

I made another long-sleeved one (the first one) right after Burda published this pattern, but I don't have that top anymore. The fabric (altough lovely to look at) got a bit saggy and at a certain point I stopped wearing it. So it was time to say goodbye to that one.

Note:  Don't bother putting in a zipper. No need at all as long as you use fabric with enough stretch. (If you could use the fabric for a zipper-less t-shirt, than it's perfect for this design).


I hope you are all enjoying lovely spring-weather. Here in the Netherlands the temperatures are rising up big time. They could even reach 20 degrees (celsius) today and tomorrow. And this weekend the clocks will be changed to daylight-saving-time, or 'summertime' as we call it here (we like to get ahead of things, haha).

Hopefully my next post won't take as long as this one. But I can't promise anything. I have a rather full agenda at the moment and I'm still not an expert in time-management. (Will I ever be? Is anyone?) But the intention is there, and so are the sewingplans.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gr.
Lilian