Pattern Review: Retro Butterick B6734 Dress

Man, it has been a week. My mother passed away peacefully last Friday after a very long battle with Alzheimer’s. That was a blessing. She’s with Dad now, which is good. The family drama that accompanied her death? Not so much. I’m not going to bore you with the details; every family has its own version, I’m sure. It’ll pass, like a kidney stone maybe, but it will pass. Her funeral was today, and it was lovely. I was able to hold it together until the incensing of the casket. That killed me.

Sigh…

But, as they say, life goes on. Last week I bought Butterick 6734, a retro dress with some style variations. I’m not usually much of a retro girl, but I do like some of the styles from the 1940s and this one really appealed to me.

Pattern Description: From the Butterick website, “ Dress has shaped front with gathers, side seam zipper, shoulder pads, shoulder gathers, sleeve and neckline variations. A: Long sleeves with elbow darts, swan neckline and snap opening. Optional ribbon for bow. B: Three-quarter length sleeves, shawl collar and front buttons. Buttons are not functional.
Circa 1944″

I made a combo of Views A and B, using the neckline treatment from View A, the sleeves from View B, and omitting the buttons.

Sizing: 6-22. I started with a 12 at the shoulders, tapering out to a 14 at the bust and below, along with a whole lot of fitting stuff (see below)

Available as a PDF? It doesn’t look like it right now.

Fabric Used: Space Flowers Silk Crepe de Chine from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!)

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Juki MO654DE, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, ham, sleeve board, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needles, scraps of interfacing, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Of course, Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew from Wide to Narrow

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.

How were the instructions? They were great. I didn’t really need them but I did check them out and they are good.

Construction Notes: I made two muslins. The first was almost straight from the envelope. I say “almost: because I measured the distance from the shoulder seam to the bust apex and (as usual) it was too high. So before I did anything I sliced the pattern and lowered the bust dart one inch. Then I sewed it up to see how it fit. It needed a few mods. First, even though the bust dart started at the right place at the side seam, it pointed up too high, as you can see in this (sucky) selfie

1 - Lowered Dart Needs Adjusting

You can see that the angle of the dart is WAY above where it should be

Really sucky selfie, but the angle is better...

Really sucky selfie, but the angle is better…

I did a FBA, which I transferred to the pattern so you can see it more easily. The FBA added a little bit to the waistline, which alas, I need these days, and as with a wrap dress, I transferred the changes to both sides of the pattern.
3 - FBA and Dart Adjustment

I also lopped 4 inches off the bottom to make it a more modern length.

After the fitting was done, it was really quite easy to put together. I sewed all the seams with a straight stitch, and finished them with the serger.
Seam and Facing Finish

Inset Finish

I used an invisible zipper, stabilizing the seam with scraps of interfacing
Invisible Zip
Zipper Interfacing

The gathers were less full than I was expecting, though not in a bad way.
Front Gathers Detail
I haven’t decided if I’ll add the shoulder pads yet. I want to try it on first
Shoulder Detail

Likes/Dislikes: I LOVE it! I mentioned that I’m not usually a retro girl, but I do love the 40s. They suit me. And this suits me. I was going to finish it in time for my mother’s funeral, but it was really hot and humid so I wore a StyleArc that I made several years ago instead.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! This goes together easily and it’s a really pretty pattern. I recommend a muslin because it uses fitting norms that don’t necessarily match to today’s standards.

Conclusion: A winner! Here are pictures on Shelley. At some point I’ll get them on me.
Finished Front
Finished Back

 

And in Happier News This Week,

We moved DS the Younger into his dorm at college. He’s with his (marching band) tribe, and I guess we are officially empty nesters!

Wow, that time went by fast.

Wow, that time went by fast.

Happy sewing! I guess I’ll have more time for it now.

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 1325 Bolero Jacket

Okay, before I begin, can I just tell you? This week – I want to just end this week. I want it to be Friday. In fact, I want this month to miraculously turn into September. And even more than that, I want this year to turn into next year, KWIM? It has nothing do to with anything outside of my family. It’s just been that kind of week.

Sorry, had to let that out. Where were we? Oh yes, deep, calming breath. The Elves suggested I go home today after getting a phone call from my sister, so I took their advice and worked on my Simplicity 1325 jacket. They call it a jacket, I call it a bolero; it’s a bit of a hybrid.

I’m going to put this out there. Simplicity has GOT to fix their website. The pattern envelope back is unreadable and rotated.

Pattern Description: From their website: misses’ separates includes a knit crew neck top with long sleeves, a flared jumper dress or tunic with plunging v neck, pants and open front long sleeve jacket with ribbon detail. simplicity sewing pattern by in k.
Alright, here’s my assessment: semi fitted, unlined, collarless waistcoat style short jacket. I skipped the ribbon detail.

Ive been surprised that I was only able to find one review of the jacket in my searches. There are lots of reviews of the dress and top. I wonder if the jacket is the new throwaway piece. Remember a few years ago every pattern included a purse? Okay, sorry, that may sound snarky, but the jacket doesn’t really fit with the rest of this outfit. But it’s what caught my eye, so that’s good.

Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Sold out Italian Rose Print Double Cloth from Gorgeous Fabrics

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, Juki MO654DE, sleeve board, ham, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, Silk organza for interfacing, scraps of (bright blue) silk organza, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew from Wide to Narrow, Setting a Sleeve into an Armhole.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Typical Simplicity. Never more than 4 pages per pattern. But they were adequate.

Construction Notes: I made a muslin, and discovered that the front darts were WAY too high. Measuring from the shoulder, the bust point on this pattern is 9 inches from the shoulder. That is WAY too short for anyone I know who is over the age of 14. Do yourself a favor and make a muslin, then lower the bust point by an inch or more. The one other pattern review that I have found for this mirrors my experience so it’s not just me.

Lowering the dart on my pattern.

Lowering the dart on my pattern.

After I fit the muslin and transferred the changes, I cut the muslin apart to use as my pattern.

Using the muslin as my pattern

Using the muslin as my pattern

This approach has a number of advantages. First, you can use a single layer layout and save a lot of fabric. Case in point: The pattern envelope calls for 1.5 yards of 60 inch fabric. I had less than yard and a quarter (by a lot actually), and I was able to lay most of it out. I had to piece the facings, but that was because I wanted the rose motifs from the fabric to show.
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Because my fabric is reversible, I decided to use the reverse for the collar. And because the fabric is a double-cloth, fusible interfacing, as recommended in the pattern, could have disastrous effect, especially since one side (and not the other) has a crinkled finish. Instead, I used silk organza and sewed it in.

Sew-in silk organza interfacing on the right

Sew-in silk organza interfacing on the right

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Silk organza encloses the double cloth seam allowances

To finish the seams I used bias strips of silk organza in very bright blue (love!) for a Hong Kong finish. The exception is the sleeve seams, which you can’t see, so I used the serger to finish those. I also used bias organza on the hems. I used a slipstitch to hem the garment and the sleeves.

I finished the slashed darts with a hand-sewn whipstitch

Mostly because I didn't think about finishing the seams until later

Mostly because I didn’t think about finishing the darts until later

This is the inside of the jacket

This is the inside of the jacket

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Yeah, nice.

Sleeve hem with bias organza finish

Sleeve hem with bias organza finish

Likes/Dislikes: Cute jacket pattern that I think gets overlooked because of the easier pieces. The instructions? Typical Simplicity. This is one that will look great over a jumpsuit or jeans.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Not sure if I’ll do it again, but I do recommend it. Here are finished pictures on Shelley. It’s supposed to be hot and soupy for the next several days so I will get pictures on me eventually.

Front

Front


Back

Back


Conclusion: Cute jacket. Definitely worth a look beyond the pattern.
Happy sewing!

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Favorite Garments to Make

I’m working on a jacket today, Simplicity 1325.  Yesterday I was planning to make some knit tops that would transition from summer to fall, but I first decided to clean my sewing room at home. Seriously, it had been over a year since I have been able to see the entire surface of my sewing machine table. And don’t ask me about the piles of interfacing lying on my little cubby cabinet. The room had become overwhelming to me, and I couldn’t function in there, so clean clean clean it was!

How nice to not have to move things around just to sew a seam!

How nice to not have to move things around just to sew a seam!

In the process of cleaning, I came across the aforementioned Simplicity pattern. It’s got a rather cute Breton-inspired top, which is probably what induced me to buy it. And I thought about making that top with my knits. But then the jacket caught my eye.

This has possibilities

This has possibilities

Change of plans. The knit tops can wait. They are somewhat sweatery, and it’s hot. And on top of that, while cleaning my sewing room, I came across a remnant of a fabric that (sorry) sold out on Gorgeous Fabrics a few months ago. Eureka! One happy coincidence and I’m on my way.

As I was making a muslin, then cutting into my fashion fabric, I realized that of all the types of garments I make, jackets and coats are, by far, my favorite. If you look back through my blog, you’ll see that I make lots of jackets, and I make a new coat about every two years on average. For me, they are the most rewarding. I don’t know why. There’s something about the tailoring of a really good coat, the setting of a sleeve, the pressing and everything else that goes into making a well-sewn jacket or coat that gives me immense satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong; I love sewing other things, too. But coats and jackets are really the backbone of my wardrobe, and they give me the most pleasure.

So how about you? What is or are your favorite garment types to sew?

-Ann

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Pattern Review: McCalls 6996 Cardigan


Pattern Description: From McCalls’ website, “Close-fitting, unlined jackets have raised neckline with front or front band extending into gathered back collar, long sleeves and stitched hems. A, B: Lower back peplum and shaped front hemline. D: Self-belt”

I made View A.

Sizing: This is interesting. The website says 4-26, but the printed version I have is XS/S/M. I made Medium, which is equivalent to a 12/14. I can’t remember when exactly I purchased my copy, so they may have changed the sizing since I bought it.

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Designer Rayon Jersey in Steel, from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course).

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MO654DE, Naomi the Naomoto/ironing board, sleeve board, ham, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, two scraps of Pro-Tricot Interfacing, selvage of silk organza, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Tips and Tricks for Sewing With Knits, Just About Anything by The Pressinatrix, How to “Flat Set” a Sleeve.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were fine. I didn’t really need them. This is a pretty simple pattern to make, and it’s really well drafted and goes together beautifully.

Construction Notes: I did a couple of things differently from the instructions. Obviously, I flat-set the sleeve, instead of setting it in the round. They have you gather each center back collar pieces to a 3 1/4 inch length of purchased seam binding. Instead, I stitched the CB collar seam, then gathered that to a single 3 1/4 inch length of silk organza selvage. I prefer silk organza to seam binding for a few reasons. One, I have it lying around my sewing room all the time, so it’s essentially free. Two, it adds no bulk, and using a single piece instead of two pieces of seam binding reduces bulk even more, and three, it’s not at all itchy.

You can see the organza peeking out under the CB seam

I also stabilized the shoulders with scraps of tricot interfacing

I did narrow hems all around

Neckline Hem

Likes/Dislikes: I love the design lines: the quasi peplum

Not too peplum-y

The angled shoulder seams

And the general drape of the garment. There’s really nothing I don’t like.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Gosh yes and gosh yes! I could see making several of these, and I think they would make great holiday gifts too.

Conclusion: This pattern is a real winner! Here are pictures on Shelley. I’ll get some on me when the weather cools a bit more.

Front

and Back

My mojo is still going strong, and I’m thinking I would like to do something more along the couture lines. I have no idea what. But I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, happy sewing!

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Tutorial: How to Sew a Shirttail Hem Without Ripples

Yeah, sorry – my bad in the last post. I was writing late, after a long day, and DS and DH decided to stream “Stranger Things” on Netflix. Oooooh, shiny! I got distracted. BTW, that show is really creepy good. I love Winona Rider, and the soundtrack brings me back to my youth. But I digress.

Rippled shirttails make my eye twitch, whether it’s in RTW (which is inexcusable) or in something I’ve sewn (which is only slightly less so). The key to a professional, unrippled look is patience, grasshoppers. Here’s how I make a shirttail hem that doesn’t ripple. I did a mockup of half of the Simplicity 8166 hem for this demonstration.

1 – Sew your side seams and any other vertical seams as you normally would.

2 – Run a row of basting stitches along the hemline

I used white thread for contrast

3 – Fold the hem along the hemline and fold it again to form a narrow hem. Pin the bejeebers out of it. Seriously, I pin about every quarter inch, sometimes closer. Make sure you pin down the “stress points” – areas of sharp curves.

It’s a lot of pins, but it is worth the effort.

4  – And this is REALLY important. Before moving to the sewing machine, gently press or steam along the hem. I don’t even let the iron touch the fabric, I hover it about 1/16 of an inch above it and use light steam. But you can apply very light pressure if you wish.

Don’t worry about pin marks. They will come out. I’ve done this with everything from charmeuse to silk to wool and cotton, and I’ve never had an issue.

Post-pressing, the curve has “calmed”

5 – Sew your hem.

IRL I would remove the pins just before the needle reaches them, but here for speed’s sake I sewed over them.

6 – Remove the basting, press, and you are ready to go!

Look ma, no ripples!

It takes a little bit of time. Surprisingly not that much, and the results are SO worth it.

HTH and Happy Sewing!

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8166 Tunic

Despite the drought and oppressive heat here in Boston, my sewing mojo has been in full bloom!

Pattern Description: From Simplicity’s website – “Misses’ peasant style blouse and dress features a shirring or bow tie neckline to create a chic look. Pattern also includes skirt and pant”

I made the bow-blouse/tunic, view D

Sizing: 8-22. I made a 12.

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Easy Care Paisley Charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics. That fabric is, alas, long since sold out, but Here’s a Page with similar fabrics that would work well for this top (or the dress).

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MD654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, sleeve board, Clover Hold It Stiletto.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, Superior So-Fine #50 Thread (more on that later), Maxi Lock Thread (in the serger). Clear snaps, 1/4 inch elastic, Interfacing from stash.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Quick Tip – Using Pins to Mark Start/Stop Points, Setting a Sleeve into an Armhole

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? More or less (more on that in the Construction Notes section)

How were the instructions? Hmmm. I’ll give you an anecdote. About a dozen years ago, when I toured Simplicity’s then-headquarters on Park Avenue, I asked one of their folks about their instructions and why they were… less than I would like. Her response was, “We will never put more than 2 double-sided pages of instructions in an envelope.” When I pressed her, using Claire Shaeffer’s instructions as a counterpoint, her expression hardened and she said again, “We will NEVER put more than 2 double-sided pages of instructions in an envelope.”

Ooooookay…

Moving right along,

Construction Notes: I made an FBA
8166 FBA
I did NOT like their method for inserting the placket. The elastic was too long, and it just looked Becky-Home-Ecky to me. I applied interfacing to the plackets and sewed them into the CF opening as you would a sleeve placket, with the plackets overlapping. Instead of elastic/button closures, I used clear snaps as closures. I thought about using decorative snaps, but the ones I have in stash are just a skoosh too big, so I went with these.

Here you can see the snaps

I also found, with this method of placket construction, that I needed only 5 snaps, instead of 8 buttons.

I used my favorite way of setting a sleeve, and if I do say, it works great!

That’s a nice shoulder line!

One note: the sleeve elastic guide is WAY too big. You can see it in the pattern picture – the sleeve gapes away from the model’s wrist. The guide for a size 12 is 9 inches. I only needed 7 1/4 inches. My advice is measure your wrist and add about a half inch to 3/4 of an inch. That’s more than enough and it won’t cut off circulation.

Likes/Dislikes: I like the look of this pattern. It’s got a vaguely 70s vibe. I really dislike the way they have you construct the front closure, and I’m not crazy about the instructions in general.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I probably won’t do it again. I only need one of these blouses. Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Conclusion: Despite my reservations, I do like the way it turned out. If the weather ever cools here in Boston I’ll try to get a picture of me in it. In the meantime, here it is on Shelley.

About the thread. I was contacted by a very nice man from Superior Threads earlier this year. He wanted to know if I would be interested in carrying their thread, and sent me several samples. This one just happened to match my fabric well, so I used it for this project. I was suitably impressed! It is quite fine, as the name implies. They recommend using an 80/12 topstitch needle with it, but I think they target a quilting market, rather than a garment sewing market. It worked fine with a Universal 70/10 needle. I like it because it doesn’t shred. I’ve had a real problem recently with some Gutterman thread shredding as it feeds through my machine. I know it’s not the Pfaff, since other threads don’t have that problem. This thread seems to be strong enough to stand up to regular wear and tear. I’ll let you know as time goes. I’m the first to admit I’m not a thread expert, but this one seems like a winner. I haven’t decided if I’m going to carry it, but you can link to the manufacturer above. I receive no compensation for any links, and I am not affiliated with Superior Threads, so click through with impunity!

Not sure what I’m going to make next, but I’m hoping inspiration comes soon, since my mojo is going gangbusters.

Happy sewing!

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Poppy Zip Top on the Hoof!

I wore my Poppy Zip Top yesterday. I paired it with linen pants (purchased from Loft) and espadrilles. I had to go to Logan to pick up DH, who had gone to his high school reunion in Washington, DC. I was easy to find in the crowd! 🙂

Sucky selfie, but you get an idea of the fit

Sucky selfie, but you get an idea of the fit

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Review: StyleArc Poppy Zip Top


Pattern Description:  “This will become a wardrobe favourite. The slightly raised neckline, zip front and pleated back gives this style an elegant look that is both timeless and on trend. The design lines create a flattering shape. Make it with the new short elbow length sleeve or leave it sleeveless”

I made the sleeveless version

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Embroidered Cotton Eyelet – Grenadine, from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!) And OMG, can you believe it? It’s still available on the site. What a treat! Silk organza in bright red (waiting to get more for the site).

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, shoulder stand, ham.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10. Thread.

I used a Riri zipper that my friend Rosie sent to me from New York. Thanks Rosie!!!

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew From Wide to Narrow.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Bare bones, typical of StyleArc. They give you the basic order of construction. Fortunately, this top is very well drafted and goes together readily.

Construction Notes: First up, I made a muslin to test this out. I took some excess ease out of the upper chest at the princess seam lines. If you follow me on Instagram (GorgeousFabrics) you can see the steps I took. Once I did that, I took the muslin apart, pressed the adjusted muslin pieces flat and used them as my pattern pieces.

To minimize show-through, I used the silk organza as interfacing instead of fusible interfacing, as recommended in the pattern. The organza blends better. The eyelet has solid borders along both selvages, and I used those as the front facings, to give more support to the zipper.

I think it gives more support and a cleaner finish.

I sewed it together per the instructions. I finished the raw edges of the facing using a zigzag stitch. I under stitched the facing at the neckline

And at the hem:

Likes/Dislikes: I love this pattern! I think it looks great on. The pleats give it a peplum-y style without a peplum. It goes together beautifully. There is one error in the pattern to be aware of. The notches on the Center Back Under-Pleat don’t match the notches on the Center Back.

The pattern pieces match otherwise, so ignore the notches and just sew them together.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely, and yes! This top went together beautifully. I love the lines, and I think it’s really fun. I’ll try to get a picture of me in it this weekend. In the meantime, here are a couple of shots on Shelley.

Front

and Back

Conclusion: Another win from StyleArc!

Happy sewing!

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Clothes Make the Mom?

Bippety Boppety Boo

But, what if Cinderella preferred her “rags”? After all, she didn’t have to wear corsets or panniers, and her hair was definitely prettier.

Lately, a tempest in a teacup has erupted on the Boston Globe’s website. Last week, a blogger wrote an article titled, It’s Time to Reinvent the Suburban Mom. The author laments, “How did fleece and Lycra become the staples of the suburban mommy uniform? And why is it acceptable to wear leggings outside of the gym, or worse, when you don’t ever go to the gym? When did showering become optional? The suburban mommy needs a new uniform, pronto.”

She then goes on to list 6 items of clothing that every ‘suburban mommy’ should have in her closet. They include

  • “A pair of jeans that flatter you”
  • T-shirts
  • A “great silk shirt”
  • Leggings (Uh, lady, you just said they belonged only in the gym)
  • A Dress
  • A Blazer

All of these are accompanied by a paragraph explaining why people must adhere to this 6-piece capsule collection. Worse than that, the author insinuates that if you don’t stock your closet with these pieces, you are, in the parlance of our political times, a loser.

As you can imagine, this article elicited an… energetic response from readers, one of whom wrote a Counterpoint Article decrying the fact that women pronounce these judgements in a public arena (like the largest newspaper in Boston), while men get a free pass. She makes a bunch of other points, but that’s the one I agree with most.

I know it’s human nature to judge people by their looks, and I’m sure if I walk into a coffee shop with full frizz and no makeup, in shorts and a “Mother of Dragons” tee shirt, someone might think I’m a slob. Conversely, if someone sees me in fahncy jeans and a cashmere sweater with full warpaint, they might think I’m pulled together. But the fact is, I am pulled together, regardless of what I’m wearing. And I try really hard not to judge anyone else by what they are wearing, or how their hair/makeup looks. After all, I don’t know what their life is like, so why get all judge-y about it? I have other things to worry about.

Here’s my advice. Wear what makes you feel good. If that’s leggings, fine. If that’s a designer cashmere sweater over a silk blouse, fine. If you feel good, you will walk taller and have more confidence. It’s about you, not ‘them’.

In sewing news, the organza arrived for my StyleArc Poppy top, so I’ll resume working on that. While I waited for it, I also cut out a blouse using a new Simplicity pattern. This weekend I get to sew, lots, so there will be much to blog about. Until then,

Happy sewing!

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When Life Gets Ugly, Focus on the Pretty

Jesus, this month. How much heartbreak can we take?

To lighten the mood a bit, last week I met my friend Angela in New York and spent a delightful day with her. We walked from Battery Park to Chinatown, where we feasted at Nom Wah (Thanks to Rosie for sending us there. Best. Dim Sum. Ever!), then we caught the train uptown to see the “Manus Ex Machina” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So here are some pictures to remind us that when the world gets ugly, and God knows it’s been one ugly-ass summer so far, there is still beauty all around us.

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Neoprene couture wedding gown by Chanel opens the exhibit

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But what’s with the drag lines?

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McQueen metal dresses

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Can’t sit in this one

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Hussein Chalayan

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Dior!

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Crappy cell phone detail of the embroidery on the Dior dress

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Dior’s Petale

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McQueen

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Dior by Yves Saint Laurent

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This is made of plastic drinking straws

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Clear sequins over printed ombré silk jersey

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Halston

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Dior side by side with McQueen

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70s Givenchy, IIRC

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Iris van Herpen is one crazy lady!

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For those days you just want to look like a wooly bear caterpillar

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Valentino and Gres on the left, Iris van Herpen on the right

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Mummy couture

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Classic Chanel? Kinda sorta. That “tweed” is plastic

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Here you can see the “weave” of the Chanel tweed

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Cool idea for a shirt dress from Prada: zipper instead of button placket

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Only a sewing nerd would stick her camera under the dress to see the innards

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Hand crocheted lace

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Chanel fron the 30s

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The exhibit has been extended into September. If you have the chance, do go see it.

Happy sewing!

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