Scallop fever #4: Detachable beaded scallop collar

My first project for 2012!
This little number was actually finished (and worn several times) in 2011, but it's only now I get to show it to you!
It was A LOT of work: more than 1000 pearls sewn by hand! It took many many hours, but I found the process of beading very relaxing!
What took me longer than making the collar was to actually find the pearls! I went to a few stores where I live and I could only find glass pearls, which were extremely expensive, considering I needed a lot of them. Whenever I would ask for plastic pearls, people would be horrified and tell me they are too cheap! Well, guess what? I didn't want to spend 30 or more euros in beads, so in the end I went to dear old eBay, ordered the beads from a Chinese seller for a steal and waited patiently a month for them to arrive.
This was one of those (frequent) times in which I wanted so bad to have a Jo-Ann store near home.

The end result is not perfect (there are some bumps here and there, the texture of the pearls is not completely smooth), but I love it. It looks good with basically anything and makes any outfit look so elegant and classy!
If you like this collar, go say hi to Megan Nielsen and thank her for her fabulous tutorial! It's just thanks to her that it exists!

To see the previous installments of my "Scallop fever" series, click here.

Scallop fever #2: Scalloped hem shorts

I'm really neglecting my blog, but at least I'm back with something I love. Meet the first pair of pants I've ever made!
I found the pattern for these shorts a while ago and I finally took the time to sew them.
Shorts are really in fashion this summer but I never wear them because I hate my thighs, but the design of these little shorts really won me over. I'm still self conscious of my thighs, but I almost forget it when I wear them.

 The pattern is from Pattern Runway and Sarah, the owner of this lovely shop, has agreed to answer to some questions for my blog, so stay tuned if you want to know more.
I was very excited to try a pattern from an indipendent company and I must say I loved it! It was very simple to assemble, the instructions were great and I loved the construction methods, especially the welt pockets. I also really liked that the seam allowance is just 1 cm, so that you can avoid a lot of bulk.
The fit is good: I used size M for the waist and upsized to L for the hips. I still had to add two little darts to the waistband, but that's an adjustment I always have to make. My hips and bum are quite difficult to fit, and that's also the reason why I had never made pants before. There is still some pulling and creasing (the cheap fabric I used doesn't help), but I'm satisfied. I especially like to wear them with a long top that elongates my torso a little bit.
I leave you with some photos of the details, which I'm sure will be appreciated by the construction freaks (I know I'm not the only one). Feel free to ask any question below, if you have one!

Scallop fever #1

I guess I'm not the only one who noticed the plethora of garments with scallop details in sewing blogs lately (I also featured a couple of them). I really love scallops, so I was very happy about this, and I decided to try some of the tutorials that my lovely fellow bloggers provided.

I started with probably the easiest one, the Day to Night reversible scallop hem skirt by Megan Nielsen.
It's a very comfy and versatile high waisted elasticated skirt. I used plain black cotton on one side (yes, I wear A LOT of black, even in the summer) and on the other one, the same blue fabric I used for my last Macaron dress. I hate to waste nice fabrics and I don't mind having two garments in the same pattern.

If you're going to try this, be very careful with your measurements: my version is a little shorter than I would have wanted, I'm afraid I failed to calculate the extra lenghth needed for the hem. And I used to be so good at math at school!

You'll see more garments belonging to this "Scallop Fever" soon, but in the meantime I'll be busy with another challenge...
If you're feeling this "fever" as well, please post links to your creations, I'd love to see them!