Sunday, 21 June 2015

waterlilies


Hey it's officially summer!  As I type kids are preparing to run out of the classrooms, teachers ready to let loose and I get a chance to quaff free champers get inspired by all of the amazing design work on display at the end-of-year shows in London.

My hubby is an architect who teaches at a university here, and after a long slog of a school year (mine of course, by association) I love having the chance to revisit that annual feeling of achievement and relief that's in the air - even if I know scant little about architecture.

So this year I made a dress for the event.  This heavy stretch cotton waterlily fabric is from the Stofftraum in Basel where I also got the fabric for my Edinburgh dress.
I think i'll just stand over here and drink some wine...

The pattern has kimono sleeves and a slightly tulip shaped skirt with a couple of volume-ifying tucks and pockets.  I already have a couple more on the go in different fabric and colours.
I'm no expert in architecture or fashion, but I do love when our interests meet.   (Kind of like how the best architectural bookshop in Basel is next to the fabulous Stofftraum - kismet!)

 Or, as the lovely Elsa Schiaparelli says in her autobiography:

"[Shchiap] felt that clothes had to be architectural: that the body must never be forgotten and it must be used as a frame is used in a building."

It's something to work towards in every new sewing year...

Happy sewing x

35 comments:

  1. Love the dress! what pattern did you use?

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  2. that picture of you drinking wine-- you are the wildest wildflower is a sea of neutral!!! absolutely gorgeous!

    i'm often struck & inspired by buildings here in NY-- like you say, no expert, but everyone can appreciate beauty ;)

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    1. Ha ha, bless you! Us sewistas can always entertain ourselves, in the drabbest of situations ;0)

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  3. I LOVE it! So springy and fun.

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    1. I wish I had 10 yards of it!!!

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  5. This is a beautiful dress and stunning fabric. I love those pleats on the skirt (and the pockets). Such a gorgeous dress.

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    1. Thanks so much Helen. This was the fastest pattern I've ever drafted...I must try not to overthink things in the future!

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  6. Love the dress - and great pics of the event!

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  7. What beautiful fabric--I love how you used it!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It was a joy to work with...serious colour therapy!

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  8. Beautiful. I love the length and I'd love to know more about the pattern too.

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    1. Thank you Emma! It's my own but I hope to share it.

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  9. Lovely!!! I love flowered fabric and the sleeves are perfect.

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  10. Absolutely the best dressed of the party!!! Love your dress, the print is awesome, so colourful!
    Great photos too!

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  11. so gorgeous! you look like a walking monet painting

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    1. Thank you!! I would frame this fabric if I could!!

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  12. Gorgeous dress! I love how you stand out so colourful,y againsth everyone else in that second picture.

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    1. Thank you Kat! Credit to the Mr. for spotting the opportunity! ;)

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  13. I really love your dress! So happy!

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  14. This is so pretty! You must have the best wardrobe... everything you make is so nice!

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    1. But that's what I think about YOUR wardrobe!

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  15. So beautiful dress! Just found your blog. - Really a nice one! :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by! :) Looking forward to seeing your makes too!

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  16. Lovely dress! This fabric is so cheerful :) Perfect for the summer and the colours look great on you. Love it!

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  17. Lovely dress! Look great on you!!

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  18. Dear Honig-design, please publish this pattern, this is so lovely ! Thank you a lot.

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    1. Hi Clo Tilde! Thank you and glad you like it! I am working on it ;)

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    2. Thank you in advance. I am so impatient. See you !!

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