Black Denim in the Summer: Seamwork Leonora Skirt
Good to be back after the AMAZING response I got from my last post. The kind words you all sent me warmed the cockles of my heart and made me feel more welcomed in the sewing community than ever. I'd like to welcome my new readers who come from BUST mag and Roc Girl Gang, or even if you just found me by accident. This blog is about welcoming kind thoughts about sewing, bodies, self care, and mental health. Also cute pics of my boyfriend and his dog.
Okay: Let's talk about Leonora. I subscribed to Seamwork Mag 5 months ago and honestly I've been really into it. I've heard some other sewing ladies express issues with their sizing but as a plus size lady, I find them to be flattering once fitted. I did find that they run very large in comparison to body measurements. The first Seamwork pattern i used on myself were the Weston Shorts (coming to the blog soon) and I had to take in at least a couple of inches on each side. But I cut out a size smaller on the Leonora and i had really great luck with it. I did take in some curve in the hip, which i felt was odd because i consider myself to be a very "hourglass" shaped woman with a small waist and large hips. Why do we compare our bodies to fruits and time pieces? Be whatever the fuck you want. I'm now referring to myself as a Russian Nesting Doll shaped body.
For this skirt I used a black denim from Joanns that I'm not super thrilled about in total honesty. I LOVE a dark, warm, matte denim with a soft grain and a strong hold. This is the darkest denim I could find, it's definitely black but it has a white weft which makes it a little shiny in a way I don't like. For my current project, Ginger Jeans, (ah!) I ordered a denim from Mood that literally is my favorite denim i've ever laid hands on. It's exactly what I've always wanted and I was very nervous to cut into it for a long time. It felt sacrilegious. I also used the Leonora to practice my denim hardware application, which is still my fave part of the process. Hammers! Metal! I felt so tough.
Sorry these pics are a little blown, It's mad cloudy in Rochester so I figured I would be safe. Apparently not! Also my skin is so pale you could use it to check your teeth whiteness in a mirror. I'm trying to learn more about my camera to provide that quality content.
I'd love to see what everyone's been sewing for summer. I've been thinking of making this skirt in the new Tinted Denim by Cloud 9. Maybe in heather or mango? Let me know what you think!