Sunday, March 9, 2014

Start Your (Sexy) Sewing Machines! Fabric Choices and My Plans

It's Day 1 of the Sew Sexy Sew Along!

March 9- April 14

I hope you're all geared up for some sexy sewing! Unfortunately for me, this week is a no-sew since I'm on the road for work. But of course, I'm plotting and planning.

I was thinking about fabric for this project that can be connected with romance or sexiness. Silk is a sensual pleasure for both the wearer and the observer.  Leather is also sexy but in a very different way - it conveys confidence, power and eroticism.

Don't I Look Confident and Powerful?  ha ha ha

And then there is lace, the demure, romantic fabric. Lace can be pretty, sweet and innocent or even old fashioned and a bit mumsy (yes, I said it: Julia Roberts looked matronly on Oscar night). But if leather is a one night stand and silk is a seductress, then, at it's best and most sexy, lace is eternal and passionate true love.

Now, I know there are some who will be disappointed that I'm leaving the leather to one of my co-hosts. I think the other may go for something silky.  I've decided to tackle lace - a challenge since I'm just not into florals and prettiness. That said, there are more modern takes on lace out there that have more sex appeal. Case in point: the kimono robe I sewed from an animal print lace:

Not your granny's bathrobe

For the sew along, I found a Vince Camuto stretch lace at Paron Fabrics. I love that it has an organic, but not floral, feel.

My plan is to make it into a curve hugging dress. One possible pattern is this:

V1314 - A Tracy Reese Pattern that I've sewn as a tunic and then as a dress.

However, I may do some sort of Frankenpattern since I'm still enjoying how well V8670 fit at the bust both as a tee and the BCBG knock off version. I would add a skirt portion to make it a dress.

I could potentially do sheer sleeves and then a lace body, sort of like this Burdastyle number from Nov 2013 (minus applique, plus lace body).

Anyway, that's where I am today.  What do you think of my plans?  Could this be sexy?  What are your sexy sewing plans?  Or if you are simply a voyeur for this sew along, what are you working on?


Clio said...

Glad I saw this post because I'd totally forgotten that that's what today was! I love the idea of a lace t-shirt, it is something I certainly would never have thought up, although I do have a more hippie type white crochet one somewhere now that I think about it.

Clio said...

Lace tees rock! I had a great one that I, unfortunately, killed in the wash. Use cation when washing!

I actually forgot today was our start date, too!! I must have know on a subconscious level as I've been sewing since about 9:30 last night. I made an animal print slip out of ITY knit AND a very Lupita-esqe knit dress ;o)

I have to see how it looks on my dress form and snap some pics so I can post, too.

Clio said...

I'm definitely the voyeur for this one. I'm working on comfortable cardigans at the moment...
I like the Burda dress. That would look awesome in lace with sheer sleeves.

Clio said...

Ooo, I like the Burda dress idea. That would be fun to see made up in lace. Looks like I'm going with seductress since my entry will be silk, silk, silk! And in red too. :-D Working on the B5005 bag and then on with this sew along!

Clio said...

Oh I like your lace! I wish I could join in with this sewalong but too many other commitments. I'll be watching enviously from the sidelines.

Clio said...

I was thinking of making it into a dress.

Yes, yes, pictures!

Clio said...

This will be lovely! Your choices in lace are so unusual? unique? I can't quite find the right word. I don't often see interesting laces that aren't floral, so I'm a little envious of your finds!

Clio said...

All the laces on line are floral, aren't they? I snap lace like these up when I see them!

Clio said...

Yay red silk!

Clio said...

OHMYGOD, love that lace. Make everything in lace.