Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Morning Inspiration/It's All In The Details

GOOD MORNING from Chicago!!!

I survived the weekend! What a whirlwind weekend it was. The weekend began with a party that we hosted for our dance club. The party was originally supposed to take place the previous Saturday, but we were rained out, so they asked if they could come the following Saturday. The only problem was that we were hosting a fund raiser for the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. But once I thought about it, I decided, why not? So a party on Saturday and a party on Sunday. The weather cooperated, and everyone had such a lovely time, success! I'm exhausted, but it's one of those 
good types of exhaustion. A little rest and I'll be as good as new :) 

So many of you really enjoy when I do a post on details. Details are what give our garments that special little punch and make people stand in amazement when they find out that we made out garments. So this morning, a few ideas that sparked my interest and that I thought you might enjoy as well.

I thought this was interesting. The sleeve was extended to allow for the pleats and then given a special touch with the studs. This could be done with beads as well.

Love the combination of the Boro jacket and the Sashiko stitching.

Now this is one of those tiny little details that just floats by the eye, but gives a garment a special spark. Love the added touch of the tab on the edging of the sleeve. This is from Rolling In Cloth and you can check out the entire post HERE.

Men's clothing can offer a well of inspiration. Love the special detail of the buttoned cuff.

How about this cuff? So subtle and yet, huge impact. The bias strip on the white cuff and the red stitched buttonholes and buttons. 

Here's another great cuff. This time they used blue buttons with blue stitched buttonholes, and edged the cuff in the stripe.

Check this out! A pocket in a placket.

Another sweet idea. If you give it a try, just make sure your stitching is super secure!

Love the simple button loops on this front placket and how the welt pocket has been accented.

Another subtle, but interesting detail on a cuff. This is on a wool coat that was manufactured in Scotland.

This button detail is on a pair of pants, but this would also look great on a sleeve.  

Love how the sleeve was accented with the hand stitched detail. All you need is a crochet hook!

Vintage garments can provide another well of inspiration. The collar was extended as well as the front button placket and then folded back. 

And finally, have you ever had a t-shirt or sweatshirt that you loved but the sleeves shrunk in the wash? Add a thumb cuff and what not make it stand out?!!

Hope you have a wonderful week! I know I will, I'll be doing a lot of sewing this week. My niece's wedding gown is tops on the list, and then a few other projects that I'll share soon :) So, a happy week in the studio. Hope you get a little creativity worked into your week too! 

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  1. I love this post! All the details ! Great, I like the first one the most , something that I will keep in mind for a next project. Thank you and have a great week too!

  2. Saved almost every image to my Pinterest board, thank you!

  3. I love all these details & how much they can improve a so so garment .
    I've done back to back parties & fundraisers before & it actually is easer .

  4. Love the detail posts. Always lots of inspiration.

  5. Oh my gosh, I want to do all of these!! Thank you for this post. I'm saving it for later.

    What sort of dancing does your dance group do?

    1. Ballroom dancing, and BTW, I stink!!!

    2. Haha! I used to do mostly west coast swing and hustle, until my knee made me stop. Now I'm hoping to get the new high-tech stem cell treatment for cartilage regeneration so I can get back on the floor again. Nothing gave me greater joy than dancing.

    3. I am hoping to clone my cartilage. Or borrow my children's. They wouldn't mind....
      I do love these detail posts. Thank you so much!

    4. I would love to get involved in a swing dance group as that's truly my favorite. I really like our balroom dance group, lots of nice people, and it gives me a chance to dress up as the dances are all formal. But, swing dance gives me the most joy. Wishing you the best with the ten cell treatment. My husband had some issues with his knee and it worked well for him.

  6. Wonderful details! They help make sewing fun.

  7. Wonderfully inspiring, as your inspiration posts always are. I want to try all of these but will probably have to settle for one or two 😃

  8. So glad you made it through the weekend, and sounds like you had a grand time!

  9. Marvelous post! I collect details---sketch, photo, or notes---of all the exquisite details I see during our time in Paris every year. I have many, many ideas---and not nearly enough time or skill to accomplish them. By the way, it is really smart to have two parties on one weekend. You just clean once!