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Iconic Sex and the City Tulle skirt with Erin

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:04:55 Europe/London

As a huge fan of Sex and the City, this project has the potential of being one of my favourites! You all know the opening credits to SatC, right? Where Carrie is wearing the iconic tulle skirt and gets splashed with water by the bus? It's not the only time that Carrie rocks the tulle skirt look, either.....

One of our bloggers, Erin decided that she was going to create her very own tulle skirt. Not only that, but she chose the most amazing colour.....and here are the fantastic results, showcased in a wonderful New York photoshoot! Well, where else...?! 

fuchsia tulle circle skirt central park

I'm calling this skirt Silliness and the City (or SATC for short). Because clearly, the thing that I needed in my wardrobe to prepare for a week spent in New York City is a puffy fuchsia tulle skirt. I wore it almost every day and absolutely adored it.

fuchsia tulle circle skirt 2\

It's the perfect wardrobe staple that carries from daytime wear with a t-shirt and slip-ons to a night on the town with a sexy top and heels. Okay, I understand it's not a wardrobe staple for everyone, but for me, this is gonna be a workhorse!

satin waistband on fuchsia tulle circle skirt

The fabric was given to me by White Tree Fabrics. It's a circle skirt with a bottom layer of cerise poly satin and 5 layers of tulle (what they call hexagon pure net) on top. White Tree has an overwhelming selection of nets, but I emailed with them about what I wanted to sew and what color I wanted and they sent me swatches of several suggestions which made selecting the fabric a breeze.
fuchsia tulle circle skirt hem

I opted to sew a plain 1" waistband, stabilized with a ribbon inside, and a standard zipper. The tulle and satin are sewn as one for the waistband and zipper insertion but are kept separate for the remainder of the side seams to maximize puffiness. I cut the satin underlayer shorter than the tulle by several inches so that the tulle-ness was emphasized at the bottom of the skirt. The nice thing about a skirt like this is that you don't need to hem the tulle, so even though there is 6 layers of circle skirt, the hemming isn't too big a job!
fuchsia tulle circle skirt

I will admit that I'm not 100% sold on my final skirt - it doesn't quite meet my vision. The problem? It's not puffy enough! I opted for a circle skirt to minimize bulk at the waist, but I didn't quite picture how nicely (i.e. flatly) the layers of tulle would lay on top of each other. I love the way it looks as I move, and it spins stunningly, but I want more puff at the bottom when I stand still. Fortunately, I have a couple of ideas for how I can improve it. I did a horrible hemming job on the satin since I was in a frantic rush to get it done in time for my trip (and I knew it wouldn't be seen under the layers of tulle) so I am going to go back and re-hem it with horsehair to give more volume at the hem. Additionally, I'm going to add a couple of partial layers of tulle, gathered and sewn on to the other tulle layers near the bottom so that the tulle doesn't lay flat on itself. circle-skirt-cutting-layouts
I realized after I had received my tulle that I made a total bonehead mistake when calculating the fabric requirements and ordered way too much tulle. Although the skirt was too long to cut the half-circles directly across from each other on the the fabric [A], I didn't have to put them all sideways as I originally calculated [B]. Instead, they can nest next to each other [C], saving lots of fabric. Doh! So, I have a bunch of extra tulle and am considering what to do with it. Happy to take any suggestions!

Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Erin's snuggly hoodie

Monday, 30 June 2014 12:59:33 Europe/London

If you've already spied our warm jersey in our shop and you're wondering what you might be able to make with it, Seamstress Erin has got a pretty good idea as she created the perfect lightweight (but very snuggly) hoodie with it.  

Take a look at her teriffic make in full below.  

vogue v8951 purple tunic hoodie

The highlight of the last couple weeks of my life? Not getting a subwoofer for my car. Not my brother's 30th birthday. Not even buying a wedding band for my fiancé. It's the fact that I can finally wear my leggings in public!! Okay, maybe that's a bit of hyperbole, but I've pretty much worn only this tunic since finishing it!

vogue v8951 tunic
I used Vogue 8951. The cover art didn't do much for me (frankly it looked a little boring and, well, middle-aged). But I love hoodies as comfy clothes and it is tunic length (a must since leggings are not pants) and I figured I'd give it a shot. And I'm so glad I did! (It wasn't until after I sewed it up that I remembered my friend Shams of Communing with Fabric had made a great version although, since she has the opposite body shape as I do, the final effect is different.) The pattern and delicious aubergine knit were sent to me by White Tree Fabrics. As I said, the pattern is functional but oh my do I luuurve this fabric! It's so snuggly and a great color and the perfect weight for just about year-round West Coast wearing. They call it a "warm jersey" which is a pretty good description - it's just a bit warmer and fuzzier than a normal t-shirt weight jersey.

And let me say it one more time - it's so snuggly!

side slits on purple tunic vogue 8951
The pattern calls for a mullet hem which is NOT my preference, so I lengthened the front to match the back. I could have made the top shorter as it's closer to a dress length than a tunic length, but I think leaving the slits on the side makes it wear as a top. I graded the top out for my hips, narrowed the shoulder by 1", and added some height to the sleeve cap so that the sleeve shape was less of a drop shoulder and more fitted although you can see that with the large neck slit and the weight of the hood, the shoulders droop down.
stitched neck facing hoodie vogue 8951
The front slit is finished with a facing and the hood seam is covered with a back facing. I really didn't want the top-stitching visible on the front of the tunic as the pattern instructs, so I tried to wear it with only the back facing stitched down. It didn't work. The front facing kept flipping up. So I caved and topstitched the front facing down and, surprisingly, it totally doesn't even bother me when wearing it. interfaced back neck seam
The pattern called for the entire front and back facing to be interfaced, but I didn't want to add too much structure since I wanted a drapey comfy top (and, honestly, I didn't have any more than scraps of knit interfacing on hand) so I went ahead and only interfaced the seam of the back neck. I also added interfacing to the seam of the shoulder seams to give them a bit of reinforcement (a tip I learned watching Craftsy's 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know).
purple hoodie knit
Like I said, I've been wearing this tunic over and over. To the point I may actually make a second one as soon I get moved. Have I mentioned that I'm moving? Yeah, I know, I can't stop talking about it (especially on Twitter. Sorry tweeps!) The moving truck comes tomorrow, I just ran out of boxes, and there's a ton to do. And Adam is gone for work for the weekend. I'm kinda freaking out right now! purple tunic in wind
Thanks again to White Tree Fabrics for sending me this delicious knit fabric! aubergine tunic hoodie vogue 8951

We absolutely love seeing our fabrics turned into something so fantastic and handmade.  We think Erin made a wonderful job of working with our jersey and we can't wait to see what she chooses for her next project with us!

Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our Bloggers - Erin

Monday, 2 June 2014 14:53:44 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome Erin Currie to the WhiteTree Blogging Team.


SeamstressErin Ph.D. is a biochemist who would rather be sewing. Always with a project in hand and a cat on her lap, she blogs about DIY sewing, knitting, crafting, quilting, and needlework at Erin has been sewing since she was a kid, started college as a costume design major, took a detour into biochemistry that she followed through to her Ph.D., and is now looking forward to returning full time to her love of sewing. Drawing on inspirations as diverse as science and vintage fashion, Erin makes fun things and has fun making things. 

Erin is our first international blogger, hailing from the US. You can find SeamstressErin on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and you can follow her sewing adventures on her blog.


Comments | Posted By Lisa Washington
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