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Black Tie Wedding Guest Dress

Today I wanted to share a dress I made (and wore) back in November, that I didn’t get around to blogging about!

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Drew and I were invited to two black tie weddings last year (both co-workers of his), and it was the first time I’ve been invited to such formal events. The first wedding in July resulted in my refashioned bridesmaids dress, and I originally wanted to make a black tie dress from scratch for the November wedding.

I had planned on making this Leanne Marshall pattern, and came across a really beautiful sequined vest I thrifted to use as the bodice, but all plans went out the window when I found an even better bodice option.

I found this amazing piece at a local Goodwill and couldn’t let it go. It’s 100% silk, beaded in India and a size small (perfect fit) for $5.99. At the time I had no idea what to do with it but this is one of those extremely rare thrift finds that you just have to buy (or is that just my logic?).

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I decided it was destined to become part of my dress for the November black tie wedding. The only problem was I didn’t want to cut into the embroidered bodice, and didn’t want to attach it to a dress I could only wear once. After mulling ideas around for while, the lightbulb went off (gotta love when that happens) and I had a plan!

By making a base bodice and an over-skirt, I would be able to tuck the embroidered top in and have it look like one full piece. Seamwork Ariane felt perfect for under the embroidery because wearing a bodysuit meant I didn’t have to worry about a tank top riding up all night and the pattern was already in my library. (For size reference, I’m just under 4’10” and made an XS and did not shorten the pattern)

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For the skirt, I drafted my own pattern. It is a simple A-line skirt with a gathered chiffon overlay. It’s a very basic skirt, but I really wanted the top to be the show-stopper. I loved the idea of a chiffon overlay, and went with a satin for the skirt. I do wish I went with a lighter fabric for the skirt because walking around and dancing felt heavy after awhile, but it still worked out.

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I am very happy I decided to make separates, and am so thrilled I didn’t need to cut the embroidered top to make this dress work!

Drew and I had a great time at the wedding, and they even had a mariachi band and donkey during cocktail hour! I had to beg Drew to take a picture with the donkey, and now he’s the one who loves the picture and shows everyone!

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Fabric Details:

Bodysuit: Techno Scuba Knit, Black (fabric.com)

Skirt: Telio Adore Duchess Satin, Black (fabric.com)

Skirt Overlay: Telio Zoe Chiffon Solid, Black (fabric.com)

 

I have two weddings to attend this year and am already planning my makes. They aren’t black tie, so my attire can be a little more relaxed. Here’s this year’s inspiration!

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I am obsessed with Colette’s latest pattern, Myrna (middle photo). Maybe it’s the fabric that drew me in, but I love the bust details and the short sleeves, and think this would be a great pattern for a summer wedding.  I’ve also been loving cap sleeves lately, and I’ve been craving to make a dress with an interesting back.

(Top left is from Modcloth, top right from Rent the Runway, the other two no longer have working links)

In reality, I have so many handmade dresses in my closet that I really don’t need to make any new ones. But it’s always a good idea to stretch your dress sewing skills every once in a while, right?!

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Printed Hemlock Tee

Back in November, Drew and I went to California for his friend’s wedding. We bought one way tickets months before, but none back as we figured we would use this time for a vacation. We had no plans, no hotels, no plane home but we were up for an adventure.

We decided to do a small tour of California, starting where the wedding was in Santa Barbara and working our way towards LA, to LAX. At each stop, I had to look up fabric stores. That’s a given, right? Our second stop was in the beautiful town of Ojai where I found this amazing fabric store Cattywampus. I love finding smaller shops because they usually have fabrics you can’t find anywhere else, and they sell curated goods that are usually online only.

Cattywampus has a beautiful location and really fabulous finds. I’ve secretly always wanted a boutique, and over time have wanted a fabric/craft store that held classes (I even found the perfect location that was for sale a few years ago) and this shop is everything I would want.

Their fabric selection isn’t very large, which means they really care about each bolt that’s on the shelf. I had a hard time deciding what to get and walked away with two cuts. (I blame my carry-on suitcase and knowing we would be fabric shopping in LA). One is an adorable hedgehog print that I’m saving for a fun bag lining; the second was this stunning lightweight cotton. I was really drawn to the print and was told it was hand-printed in India- which just made me love it more.

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I knew I wanted to make a top out of this print. Something simple, to let the print really shine. I had a few options in mind, including a Lou Box Top and Mandy Boat Tee. Ultimately I chose a new pattern: The Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studio. This is a free pattern that I’ve wanted to try for a while, and thought it would be a nice look for this fabric. (Just sign up for Grainline Studio’s Email List for the free pattern!)

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The Hemlock Tee is one size, so I did some major alterations to make it fit petite. I didn’t like the neckline, as it was way too wide for my frame. I cut out 1/2″ from the CF on the pattern, meaning 1″ was taken out from the center in total. I probably could have done an extra 1/2″, but didn’t want to cut too far in. I also shortened the pattern 4″, and hemmed an extra 1″, since the pattern is very long. The last alteration was while sewing the sleeves. I only cut 4″ of the sleeve pattern, hemmed the raw edge and folded in until the bodice seam. I saw a few hemlock tee’s with the folded sleeve and loved the look so I had to try it out for myself!

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After wearing my Hemlock and taking photos, I can definitely take it in a little bit. I can just hear my mom saying “this does nothing for you!” haha! But I absolutely love the boxy look. My daily uniform is slowly becoming skinny jeans, booties and boxy tops. As soon as I put this top on, I wanted to make a pair of black skinny jeans and a cute cardigan to finish off the look. There’s nothing quite like a motivating make!

My final thoughts on the Hemlock Tee: for a free pattern it’s a great base. I do love the look, and how many hacks there are in the sewing world for this pattern, but for petite figures, this was not a cut & sew. I am however, excited to have another pattern that is great for both knits and wovens and encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already!

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#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion

It’s the first Friday of the New Year and the first #RefashionFriday!

It’s pretty obvious I love sewing, and over the years I’ve dabbled in all different variations of sewing. Lingerie, Active Wear, Basics…etc., but the category that has always been close to my heart is refashioning. With every refashion I do, I feel a better sense of accomplishment than some regular apparel project. My creativity is tested, my environmental heart is happy, and I am always blown away by the response my pieces get.

When I share refashions, I’m often asked where my ideas come from or how others can start refashioning. I’m no expert in the field – but there are some aspects of refashioning I take seriously, and I wanted to start a new series to showcase my latest refashions, refashioning ideas, and your makes!

My (personal) refashioning rules:

  1. Make it wearable. When I used to hear the word “refashioning”, images of patchwork and franken-pieces came to mind. My refashioning style tends to steer away from pieces that look refashioned, and one of the ways to avoid this homemade look is to reference fashion from today!
  2. Don’t cut up precious vintage. I love fashion, and know a good, valuable piece when I see it. If it looks vintage, or has a hefty price tag in the store, do a little research before deciding to chop it up (the same goes for designer pieces).
  3. Keep an eye on today’s styles & shapes. I am always window shopping my favorite stores to see what pieces are not only selling in real life, but what new styles could fit into my everyday wardrobe. I’m on Modcloth.com & Anthropologie.com constantly!
  4. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Refashioning doesn’t just mean transforming a piece into something unrecognizable. It can be as simple as hemming, taking side seams in or adding/removing sleeves!

Refashion:

Today’s refashion is a direct copy from Chickie Walsh – yes I get inspired by other makers all the time! I loved her version of cargo pants to vest and had the perfect pants to experiment with.

I bought these cargo pants a few years ago and had a really awful shopping experience to get them. Long story short, it was a pain to have them delivered, and when they arrived, they didn’t fit properly (the waist is way too big). Because of the hassle, I decided to just keep them, and over the years they’ve gotten some wear, but I’ve never been in love with them. I replaced them last year with a handmade version, but still didn’t get rid of the original. After seeing Chickie’s version, it all just clicked.

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For this refashion to work, it was all about strategic cutting. I wanted those side cargo pockets right on the front, so the top halves of the pants were the front. This meant the bottom of the legs had to be the back. I ripped the seams in the crotch and all the way down the inner legs. I then chopped the leg pieces in half, having two waist and upper thigh pieces and two bottom pieces. Using my Kelly Anorak Pattern, I cut out the jacket front pieces from the pant tops, and the back pieces from the lower legs. I chose this pattern because I already knew it fit and I liked the style. The Kelly Anorak also has yoke pieces, which I needed since my pants didn’t yield enough fabric for the vest.

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I bought this amazing vinyl from Joann Fabrics a few months ago to make purse straps, and spared a little of my two yards for the front and back vest yokes.

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#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

I didn’t want to add closures to my vest since there was already so much action on the front, the thought of inserting snaps or a zipper felt like a huge project so I added a drawstring around the waist, like in the Kelly Anorak. I also made the drawstring out of vinyl, a little tough to insert, but I love the look.

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#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

Since my vest doesn’t have a lining, and I didn’t want to leave any raw edges, the neck and armholes were finished with fabric binding left over from pant scraps. Almost every bit of the pants were used up! (My awesome cactus shirt was a gift from my mom!)

Inspiration: 

Today I have a few winter refashion-inspiration photos to share to get those creative juices flowing! It’s a breezy 10 degrees here in Jersey today, so I’m all over the warm weather styles.

Give those hole-y jeans from summer a makeover with hand stitching and flannel inserts!

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Have a few sweaters laying around that just aren’t doing it for you anymore? Sew them together! Sweater refashions are so common, but for a modern take on it, keep it simple! Basic colors, and combining just two pieces can make the look clean.

Do you have a pair of cargo pants that need a makeover? Need a little more fabric than what you have to work with? Try a large piece of lace or chunk of sweater over the back like in this jacket.

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This #RefashionFriday will be a regular series, I’m hoping 1-2 times a month ( always a Friday! ;]  ) Have you done a recent refashion? Send photos and details to trish@trishstitched.com to be featured! And follow along my refashioning finds through Pinterest!

{Side note: I am totally aware there are other bloggers who have done “Refashion Friday”; I googled the title after coming up with the name and writing this post, but I’ll be putting my own twist on it – hope you will follow along!}

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2017 Rewind & Goals for the New Year

Happy 2018! This year felt like it went by crazy fast but as I look back on the projects I made, I’m surprised how many came from 2017! Here are my favorite projects from the past year!

I made two pairs of jeans this year, and both are on constant rotation in my wardrobe.

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My workout wardrobe got a huge boost!

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And dresses had their moment as well!

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Of course refashions were among the favorites.

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And prints had their shining moments:

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I also did some really fun projects for Janome.com!

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Every time a “New Year” comes around, it’s usually a time of reflection and I’ve certainly been reflecting on my sewing journey.

I’m in “refocus” mode and want to start blogging more and interacting more with the sewing community. I’ve had a lot of thoughts over the past year about sharing projects just to share, and sharing to inspire- and working towards finding a balance of making for fun & creating a wearable wardrobe.

I also tend to keep to myself in the sewing world, I will “like” and make comments online but in terms of having online sewing buddies, I’m not one to reach out. I think it’s the introvert in me – and that is something I would like to work on more this year.

For 2018, jeans are still on my radar. I’m excited to make more pairs and finally get rid of my RTW jeans. I can’t wait to make a few Blackwood Cardigans and Kalle Shirt Dresses. I am also really excited to do more refashions and I have a whole pile of clothes waiting to be transformed! I’ve also pre-ordered Melissa Fehr’s new active wear book that’s being released in March!

And in other news, I’m hoping to release some patterns of my own in the new year! After making my latest handbag, I decided I want to share my patterns with the world – not just my finished bags. I don’t have too much of a timeline on this, but it’s all in the works! Here’s my latest bag:

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I have so many projects for 2018, what are you planning on making?

 

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Seamwork Lilliana, Neenah & The Perfect Gift to Add to Your Christmas List.

Hello, Hello! This post is actually very delayed because of Thanksgiving. To be honest, my whole life feels a little delayed at the moment because of Turkey Season and working in the food industry. I have so many projects to get through, and not so much time to do it in! I promise once the holidays come to an end, my blogging will become consistent again! I have so much I want to share!

When Seamwork Lilliana came out I was so happy to see it. I love jackets – and have way too many – but always feel I need more! The Seamwork Member Exclusive for this jacket was the pattern I’ve been searching for. The asymmetrical front would allow me to get the drape jacket I wanted, just with a few pattern modifications and the right fabric.

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I used a beautiful faux suede from fabric.com called Telio Whistler Faux Suede Camel. It feels so luxurious and, as you can see, has a wonderful drape. As for the pattern, I lengthened the bodice pieces 2.5″ on the lengthen line and removed the front pockets. I added side pockets, so I completely eliminated the seam on the front to give it a cleaner look.

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I actually made this jacket awhile back, and was really struggling if it was “done” or not. The pattern calls for the jacket to be finished with bias binding, but the fabric I used was a little too thick for binding. I tried using store bought but couldn’t find the right color and the texture looked too off. I decided to leave the edges raw, and it is growing on me a lot more.

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I’m excited to have a solid jacket in my wardrobe, as most of them have some sort of print to it! I paired it with my Shortened Seamwork Neenah for this photoshoot but this jacket will be the perfect companion for fall dresses and skirts! But what it really looks great with is my new necklace!

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I’ve admired the work of Samantha Snaps (from fluffyland.com) for a few years now – and have followed along her making adventures since I was in college. Samantha sent me a dress form necklace and I’ve been wearing it since! It is the perfect gift to get your seamstress friend, sewing teacher, or just to buy for yourself! It’s also a cute and creative gift for the fashionista in your life!

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Each necklace is laser cut from wood, and there are four options to choose from. I had such a difficult time picking my favorite, but the linen called to me. Samantha also makes camera necklaces, and her latest product: Maker Signs! How adorable to display in your studio! I can tell you firsthand the quality is amazing, and the packaging is beautiful. This is truly a little work of art to wear.

Check out Samantha’s work on etsy!

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#Refashioners2017 Suits You: Suit to Coat Refashion

Happy Halloween! Life has been so crazy the past few weeks and I fell like I’ve fallen behind on everything! But I finished my suit refashion just in time for today’s deadline!

If you aren’t familiar with the challenge, Refashioners is a online challenge to refashion and win a prize! Last year the theme was jeans – and I made one of my favorite refashions- my denim bomber jacket. This year’s theme was “suits you”, taking an old suit and transforming it into something new.

I love seeing everyone’s creations, and while I’m pretty sure I will never win a refashioning challenge, it is so much fun to participate!

This year I had a plan even before the official rules came out. I felt so on top of my game, life was good. I bought two women’s suits, one pink skirt suit and a blue dress suit, and wanted to make coveralls. With the hopeful impending move, I had dreams of painting rooms and doing a ton of work to a house and thought a pair of coveralls would be the perfect wardrobe addition.

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Well, here we are at the end of October and still no house. We lost another dream home last week, so house hunting has been a really tough journey, not just time consuming, but so emotionally stressful. Because of everything that has been going on, I didn’t get to my refashion, and last week I knew I was cutting it close. I had no desire to make coveralls, and needed a new idea- stat.

Pinterest to the rescue! I found this great coat on pinterest and my mind was made up. I had to have something similar and I could transform my suit into this coat!

This refashion was actually very simple, but took way longer than expected. I cut the suit jacket in half, and attached the bottom half of the skirt to the jacket. This way I was able to keep the original hem.

For the hood, I was able to use more of the skirt, and used the original skirt lining for the hood facing. I used the hood pattern from the Kelly Anorak. To attach, I just removed the jacket collar and sewed the hood into the opening.

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I ironed out the suit lapels and turned them in. I originally wanted to add a zipper, but the ones I had were closed ended – which I discovered after sewing two different zippers in. So no closures here! But I like the open feel anyway.

I removed the sleeves to resize and change the cuff. I cut off about 2.5″ from the sleeve and made a new cuff with elastic. The sleeves are full length but I love them rolled up! The last step was to add slouchy pockets to the front. I used this awesome diagram from Madalynne, and took the fabric from the original jacket bottom.

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There’s nothing left but some scraps, buttons, skirt zipper and two massive shoulder pads that were removed almost immediately. I was hoping to add more detail and hardware like the original, but I ran out of time and supplies and really enjoy the cleaner finished look.

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Overall, I love my new piece. And I really love having a new piece that’s wearable. And, if you don’t follow me on Instagram (@trishstitched) you may notice my hair is a little different…11″ chopped off!

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Bridesmaid Dress Refashion

We are in the thick of wedding season right now, and Drew and I attended our second wedding this past weekend. When the invitation arrived, it called for black tie attire and my first thought was “oh crap, what do I wear?”. My second thought was “oh yes, what do I get to make?!”

The first step was to research what black tie actually meant, and I stopped at Rent the Runway for some inspiration. There was nothing I fell in love with but I did get a better sense of what was appropriate. Generally full length dresses but not ball gowns. This wedding was also when I would be meeting Drew’s boss and co-workers, so anything revealing was out of the question.

Of course, time went on and I still didn’t start making anything. The Spring/Summer is a really busy time at work so it just wasn’t in the cards to make a full handmade dress. I rummaged through my closet just for materials I could re-use, and instead came across the bridesmaids dress I wore for my cousins wedding.

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This was not my favorite dress. It was short, and the color wasn’t meant for someone pale, but the top had some beautiful detail. I thought it would be a great base to start with, and all I needed to do was add a new skirt!

I started looking for fabric online, with the idea of a print in mind (since that’s my style) and needed something to match the “champagne” color. I wasn’t finding exactly what I needed so I went shopping in my own stash! I came across a print that was left over from this dress, and everything fell into place.

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This refashion was so simple – and it resulted in something so different from the original piece! I took a maxi skirt sloper I made for my black maxi to make the skirt- just a basic sloper with darts removed.

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I was able to leave the zipper in place and sew the skirt right to the zipper, making this dress – FREE! I also wore the same shoes that I wore as a bridesmaid!

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The wedding was stunning. It was a very intimate ceremony and reception – we were part of the 75 invited guests. It was a fun night of dancing, with the Empire State Building so close by.

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I do have one more formal wedding coming up in November, another of Drew’s co-workers. I’m really hoping I have time to make the Leanne Marshall pattern I picked up, but fall is another busy time at work, so I will have to get started soon!

Have a great weekend!