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Made By A Fabricista: Is it pronounced "The-Koon" or "Tuh-koon"?


Hi!

Is it just me or do you find it almost impossible to pronounce most of the famous fashion designer names or labels?  When Fabric Mart received an inventory of Thakoon fabric, I was super excited, because I have seen beautiful makes by this designer!  However, when I attempted to share this great news with one of my new sewing pals, I realized, I don't even know how "Thakoon" is pronounced.  So I pointed it out to her on the screen instead, lol!  Luckily, she is also familiar with this designer and was able to tell me how to pronounce it correctly and I confirmed on you-tube..."tuh-koon".  Now if you are like me, and struggle with saying fancy designer names or labels, check out this cool you-tube video I found for a little help.

Okay, let's get into this month's DIY look!


This is a beautiful double-faced 100% silk satin.  Very luxurious sounding, huh?  Well it is.  The colorful print is gorgeous and I love the contrast black and white design on the other side.  It is very seldom that I feel overwhelmed by a busy print or fabric like this.  When making clothes with bold fabric, it is just a matter of knowing how to balance it out to create an interesting, but comprehensive and stylish look.  I could not wait to get my hands on this fabric to have some fun with it.  Julie from Fabric Mart did a little research and discovered that this fabric was used to make garments for Thakoon's 2015 pre-fall fashion show.  Guess what, there is still some of this fabric left, click here to get yours.  I also picked up a couple yards of the silk chiffon version (see here) and a different Thakoon lawn jacquard fabric (see here) during a sale.  Both are beautiful!  You all PAY ATTENTION to Fabric Mart sales, I have purchased really cool designer fabric for super deals!


Now we all know that sometimes things do not go as planned.  Well, I planned on making McCall's M7537, view C.  As I started stitching together the garment, I did not care for how the dress was looking.  I did not see the look I had envisioned for this fabric coming together.  Therefore, I stopped halfway through (as you can see below) to figure out a look I truly wanted to wear.  I was too excited about this fabric to continue making a garment I was not sure I loved.  I will probably re-visit M7537 with different fabric, because the pattern is very cute.


Since I had cut out all of my pieces for M7537, I had to figure out a look where I could salvage the fabric and remaining scraps.  I decided to go with the crop top for Simplicity 1099, view B.  I used two pattern pieces, the front and back bodices.  Instead of using the facings, I completed the edges with a hem or narrow hem.  Since my torso is shorter, I hemmed the top at 7/8ths of an inch to make sure I got the cropped effect and so that the design and details of the skirt could be seen.  I love the high-low effect of the crop top.  A benefit of using the double-faced fabric is that with movement or if the wind blows, you get a glimpse of the other pretty side. 


I took a little care in matching up the print on the wrong side.  I cut out one piece at a time.  Slippery fabric like this is prone to slide around when folded, which means it is harder to keep print lined up when cutting pieces on the fold.  So for cut-on-the fold pattern pieces, I cut one side, then flipped the pattern piece to cut the other side.  This gave me control over how the print was cut. 



McCall's M7537, view C, is designed in a way that two contrasting pieces of fabric are sewn together to create a gathered bottom for the dress.  I had already stitched the bottom of the dress together and I wanted to continue with the contrasting look; however, I did not want to make a gathered bottom.  The fabric is too stiff for a gathered bottom, plus I could tell it would not hang correctly.  Therefore, I chose to make more of an A-line structured skirt.



I split the center back of the previously constructed bottom and added an invisible zipper. I opened up the side seams and added contrasting pockets and attached a waistband.  I made slight pleats to fit the skirt within the boundaries of the waistband.  Notice that I cut my waistband with the contrasting print running in the vertical direction vs. the horizontal direction of the bottom of the skirt.  I thought it added a cool element to the look.





This is my first time making a garment in silk and/or satin.  I stitched this with a 60 sharp needle, which worked out well.  Here are pictures of the insides.




I hope you enjoyed, until next time...have a great month!

Yours truly, Tee
from Maggie Elaine blog

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness you are talented! It is amazing how you can change a pattern design and make a completely different look. I agree the fabric is beautiful....You look fantastic Tee!

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    1. Thank you bpatricia74!! The fabric is so gorgeous and I am thrilled that I made something out of it that I really love!

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  2. Beautiful outfit! I like how it looks on the reverse side too. Glad that you were able to switch gears in the middle and create something that was suited more to you.

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  3. Thank you Ann! So glad I was able to re-work the look!

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  4. Lovely as usual!!! It looks so comfortable ... FIESTA :)

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    1. Hi Monica! Thank you so much! Yes, it is very comfy! One of the things I love about it, the fabric is so silky against the skin. FIESTA!

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  5. Fabulous outfit. I love the way you used both sides. I also purchased some of this fabric and it is really special I have washed it several times to reduce the shine and soften it up.

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh, good to know about washing it. I gave it a good steam and I was planning on dry cleaning. However, I think I may try handwashing when needed. Thanks for the info.

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  6. This is stunning on you; I love it. And your workmanship, creativity and spunk are pretty darned cool, too. I especially love the bottom of the skirt where you used the underside of the fabric. It's a very rich look.

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    1. I really appreciate your comment Tacomapat! I love the bottom of the skirt as well, I think it really brought the look out. I was so happy that the lines flowed well once it was stitched together!

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  7. Good job - you're my inspiration...

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