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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. Β 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 I decided to bead the neckline, I was close to finishing the project and did not want to mess up at this point. So, to prevent distortion and shrinkage, I beaded onto a layer of mesh that was cut in the same shape as my neckline and then I top applied it using WAY less stitches that I would have if I had beaded directly to the garment.

So, you still like her as much as before?


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    Clare Mountain

    It’s beautiful Maddie! So well made. The insides are almost as pretty as the outside, ha! Thank you so much for sharing your process with us.

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    Amazing! Simply amazing! The close-up shots made your Matchy Marchy even more attractive! You’ve created a truly timeless outfit!

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    carrie elias

    Simply awesome……love it!

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    Amanda Adams

    Totally love this! She is even more amazing up close (is it weird I just engendered your outfit?) Love the attention to detail!

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      oh don’t worry, I engender all my projects πŸ™‚

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    Of course we still love her as much as before!! Matchy Matchy is a beauty, inside and out!

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    Bekuh Browning

    Thanks for sharing these tips, tricks, and behind the seams glances into your recent sewing project. I feel like I’m walking away having learned something.

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    oh yes. yes i do. i like her so much now i want to buy her gifts, feed her bonbons, and get her a little drunk. EXQUISITE.

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      Laughing out loud right now. Seriously.

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    Amanda Russell

    Oh how beautiful… I love the glitter ties, and the beading looks even prettier up close!! Great idea, beading onto a separate piece of fabric, so as not to distort your fashion fabric – it just makes too much sense! πŸ™‚

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    Fabulous project! The glitter ties are particularly fantastic.

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    Wowsers! I love the glitter tieeees πŸ™‚

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      The glitter ties were my favorite! I go a little nuts when I’m in Paper Source. It can get bad.

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    I’ve been so excited to see these! Love the colours of the tweed close up, and those sparkly ties are such an excellent touch.

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    Me again. πŸ™‚ This looks really cool! You really did bead the crap out of that thing. Looks great, though. I don’t think I would’ve had the same level of patience. And I wasn’t quite sure what I expected the tweed to look like, but it is really interesting and bright! I enjoy it, and I hope that you love love love the finished product.

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    This looks beautiful! However (unless I’m missing something?) would it be possible to see the whole piece?

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    Katie Sims

    This looks like it’s turning out great! I can’t wait to see it on you!


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    The beading is amazing, I am so impressed! I love the way the pearls go with the tweed.

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      It’s vintage and classic, right?

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    This is so freakin’ cute. I love how it turned out!

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    i love the idea of beading on mesh rather than right on the fabric. very smart. also, how do you wash these garments? sparkly ribbon and beads seem like a no-no in the washer. do you have to hand wash or just delicate cycle?

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      Great question. I don’t machine was many of my nice clothes – I hand wash. I fill my kitchen sink with warm/lukewarm/cold water (temperature depends on the fabric), I then add detergent or shampoo (again, the type of soap depends on the fabric of the garment. Because silk is a protein fiber, it can be washed using hair shampoo). I’ll then add my garments and agitate off and on for about 10 mins. After, I’ll hang to dry, shaking in between so they don’t get stiff. When the clothes are about 90% dry, I’ll put them in the dryer for a quick 10 minutes to fluff them up.

      Can you tell I that I like clothes πŸ™‚

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    Ruffles Gazebo

    so beautiful!!! id love to se a pic of it full front on/back!
    the beading idea is so clever! it’s all so beautiful!!!

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    Sky Turtle

    Very pretty! I like the fabric and the glitter ties:)

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    Meg the Grand

    She is just so so pretty with the glitter ties and sunny yellow and beads πŸ™‚ Positively magical, really!

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