So here goes with my quick round up:
Breaking myself in gently with some basic shorts
Maybe sewing shorts doesnt seem that revolutionary but I should explain that I haven't worn RTW shorts in about ten years as they just don't fit. I'm still learning about fitting but I think i have a long lower torso, swayback and high hip thing going on. RTW pants and shorts are a pain to fit. I started with a basic New look pants pattern, made a muslin and shortened to shorts length before cutting into a leftover piece of stretch cotton sateen. Result- shorts that fit!
Oona inspiration: bright florals, pattern hacking
Tie-dye silk, I mean c'mon people! Any excuse to sew tie dye silk!
This outfit started with the fabric. It is totally out of my usual choices but I fell for it in the shop, and the guy started dropping the price until I was walking away with 1.5m for £15. And its pure silk in the most amazing vibrant turquoise and pink. I sewed a basic kimono jacket using a tutorial from the Elle Apparel blog. Its a simple enough design to let the fabric sing. Another local fabric haunt of mine, Calico Laine, had some awesome hot pink linen/cotton so with my shorts pattern tweaked I decided to knock up a second pair to go with the kimono. I see this as being a "beach to bar" laid back summer outfit. I have already worn the kimono over a basic black dress a couple of times, its great for keeping the sun off my shoulders.
Oona inspiration: bright patterned fabrics, pattern hacking, sewing without a pattern, letting the fabric do the talking.
Never walk away from awesome fabric, no matter how it presents itself to you
I found a size 26 jersey dress in my local charity shop. Im about a 12/14 so there was no way it would fit. But the fabric... Oh my the fabric! Purple viscose jersey painted with a metallic gold ikat-type design. And i think the dress had never been worn. At first I thought about removing the sleeves and just taking in the side seams. But I prefer a dress with a waist seam and I had plently of fabric to work with. I used the Kitschycoo Ladyskater bodice pattern and added a basic gathered skirt with the remaining fabric. I tried to draft tulip sleeves from the original sleeves but they went totally wrong and I didnt have enough fabric to rework them. No big deal, I just zigzagged clear elastic to the armhole seam allowances, flipped it under and topstitched. I love how this dress turned out. I would definitely go hunting in secondhand and charity shops again. Its a great opportunity to be creative and if you can find garments cheap enough there really isn't much to lose.
Oona inspiration: bright prints, sewing without a pattern, trying something new, making it work!
Thank you to the Sewcialists group for coming up with a great challenge and thank you Oona for the inspiration!