I’m up today on an innovative sewing series called “The Fashionable Type” hosted by Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy. It’s a series devoted to letters and words in fashion! All week, bloggers have been showing creations based on all aspects of typography: graphic tees, home decor, and clothing items inspired by type in the form of words, letters or numbers.
This challenge was a new one for me, as so far, I’ve never included any letters or numbers in my sewing. I came close to making a pillow with a huge JE T’AIME! embroidered on it… but since embroidery is a tad foreign to me, I quickly altered course.
I pondered on my own connection with letters and words. I remembered that as a little girl, the best thing in the world was to receive a letter in the mail!!! I would get so excited imagining the message hidden within the travel weary envelope adorned with colourful stamps. And that memory led me to creating a little skirt for Alix, with a heart kissed envelope pocket hiding a secret missive of love….
The pattern is self-drafted, although loosely based on Straightgrain’s Tiny dress. The pocket design was completely trial and error (with a huge emphasis on ERROR) but I had a blast doing it. Oh sure, it’s missing refinement but I kind of love it that way (or so I like to tell myself)! Besides, you don’t see any mistakes, do you? Wink wink!
The letters for “Je t’aime” were written using my Janome machine.
For the back of the love letter, I chose a fabric that Alix has been in love with since I made a Caroline dress with it for her little sister…
The main fabric is ponte di roma in navy. I added red bias tape to the hem of the skirt and I am sooooo proud of my application. Seriously, I have to publicly pat myself on the back with this one… oh, bias tape and I have not been friends in the past. Like not at all! I’ve been left quite frustrated on numerous occasions after some completely failed attempts at sewing it on. But this time around, with the help of a new foot, it was a success! Woohoo!
But….. the photoshoot…. this was a tough one. If you visit my little blog often, you’ll know that photographing Alix is a feat that has literally taken me to new heights! Generally, the issue is that Alix won’t stand/sit still for me… so I end up running madly after her, trying to change my manual settings as I go.
But in this case, sweet sweet Alix was simply in no mood to be photographed. She was refusing to look at me, pretended she couldn’t understand my prodding, tried to remove her clothes, and then finally broke down crying. What follows is the best of the bunch (minus tears)… I tried again on a second night and there was no getting her to cooperate. Oh well! I know better than to push things!
Everyday of this series Stacey is having a giveaway on her blog. Check out the shops in the giveaway below and be sure to enter! Make sure you check out all of the other posts by some fabulous bloggers as well! So much inspiration!
And if you’re feeling inspired to create something with typography, head over to Stacey’s blog to link up!