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Sewing tip #2: Smocked Sleeves – pattern 119, Burda 20/2020

Version française ici I remember quite well the day I saw this delicious green fabric, I immediately fell in love with it. It was at the end of a long day as a home seamstress in Paris ( I promise, one day I’ll talk to you about my work). As tired as I was, I wanted to give myself a treat, something I really liked. I was wearily walking down Rue de Sentier and decided to go into one of the fabric shops: TissuMarket. As I told you before, ti was an instant crush… the texture… the luminosity of that bright yet deep green! I thought of a simple “geometrical” top. I bought that fabric and rushed back home. Still, I decided to pass by the magazine store before, and there it was… the 20/2020 edition of Burda with pattern 119! Anyway, a few days ago I decided to start this project. The construction of the top went super good up until I got to adding the sleeves. I did not like the halfway smocked …

Tip #1: Adjustable waist belt

Version française ici Recently I discovered Carl Jan Cruz’s work. An emerging Filipino brand. Amongst all of their fabulous, seemingly 100% locally handmade pieces, I discovered a detail on a pair of pants that wondered me. An “adjustable waist belt.” Frankly, it never occured to me as an idea but, as it always happens with good design, it is an obvious solution. I suppose it may bit bulky for some. However, if you handle it with style ー as Carl Jan Cruz did ーyou can achieve great results functionally and  aesthetically. It is an excellent way out of the eternal “fitting pants quandary ” (specially curvy ladies, like me), way smarter than those hideous elastics waists some brands use for the sake of sales and finally….. it looks pretty cool. You can order these pants via Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s online store or at Carl Jan Cruz’s Photos: Maryam Nassir Zadeh website