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The Guts & Glory Of Matchy Matchy

So here she is, Matchy Matchy. Up close and VERY personal, this is the guts and glory of her, the insides and outsides, from above and below. I won’t get into detail about where or how this project came about – you can click on the footer (the pretty thing at the end of this post) – for those details. What I will get into are the details I haven’t explained. First is the shoulder seam. This isn’t really a detail but more of a clarification. Yes, the shoulder seam sits back on the form but on body – my body – it’s aligned. Because I do yoga more than I should, I naturally push my shoulders back like a ballerina. It’s nothing to complain about – I like this feature of mine – but I have to shift the shoulder seam back on my patterns to accommodate for it. Second is the glitter ties. Neat, right? The CB slit is constructed as any slit would be – the glitter ties along with a 1″ grosgrain ribbon (to act as a shield) were inserted between back neck facing and self.  For the ties on the shorts, I wanted to showcase the grosgrain ribbon – it was silk and from Paper Source and oodles of pretty and I wanted to show it. Okay? So I created an opening just like a welt or besom pocket. It was constructed as shown on diagram above. The only thing to note is that the opening is 3/4″ wide and the grosgrain ribbon is 1″ wide, which mean that when the shorts are worn, the grosgrain ribbon sits behind the back panel (and on the inside). Feel me? Lastly, beading. The act of beading causes shrinkage and distortion (see my tips for beading here). When…

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Tips For Beading

The guts and glory of Matchy Matchy will come next week. I promise. Before I show you the insides and outsides of her (Matchy Matchy), I wanted to give you some tips I learned when I spontaneously decided to bead the god damn thing (sorry god – please forgive my language). Matchy Matchy began a week after I debuted my me-made dress at my friend’s wedding in April. The project was intended to be simple project but turned out to be anything but. I chose a simple silhouette so that I could make a statement with the fabric. The fabric I had in mind from the beginning was tweed. A loose woven, tweed not only has a tactile quality that is perfect for fall, winter, spring, or summer but it has a history rooted in one of my favorite time periods – the 1950s. Even though the patterns the threads create are intricate, the fabric is associated with a simple time in American life. So when I spotted vintage, yellow, tweed fabric with lurex threads on Etsy one night, I caved instantly and purchased four yards. It wasn’t a bad purchase in the sense that I spent too much money but it was a bad purchase in the sense that I did not research the fabric beforehand. When that portion of the project came around, the research portion, I quickly learned I’d be in for it. Turns out tweed needs lots and lots of TLC and unfortunately T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili couldn’t wiggle me out of the hole I dug for myself. I continued on and did it all! I interfaced, quilted, hand basted, etc. When the project was coming to its final stages, I was digging the way everything was turning out that I decided to bead the front neck.…

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