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Fashion Revolution Week: Scarf to Shorts Refashion

Happy Fashion Revolution Week! It’s going to be a great week of awareness and I hope you are taking part – whether you are a maker, or fashion consumer, your voice can make a difference!

For the past few months I’ve been wondering how I could make a difference during this week. How can I have my voice heard, in a way that relates to my everyday missions? I absolutely love making my wardrobe and selling handmade bags. When sewing came into my life, I had no idea what an impact it would make. I fall deeper in love with sewing every single day (alright some days it totally pisses me off, but we all have off days, you know?).

As a maker, I love looking at Fashion Revolution Week as a week of motivation for the creative side of the fashion industry.  (You can read all about my thoughts on the fast fashion industry on my post from two years ago.) 

I believe it’s important to get through to the big fashion companies, but it’s also important to change on a more localized level. What every day changes can you make to your buying habits? Over the past few years (and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have seen this trend) I’ve been super interested in repurposing, and saving items already in circulation.

Refashioning has become a major part of my life. I love taking something already made and turning it into something new. It’s a challenge, sometimes more challenging than building something from scratch. I’ve also been encouraged to refashion more because my financial situation isn’t what it once was. I’m becoming more financially dependent on my sewing, and with moving into a new house, my fabric budget has gone way down. Second hand stores are not just a fun shopping adventure anymore, they are my fabric resource. It’s made me become a lot more creative, but it’s also made me happier about my consumer practices.

All that being said, this week on the blog, I’m talking all about refashioning & repurposing! I’ll be sharing a few refashions, inspirations, and facts about the second hand world.

Today I am sharing a brand new refashion! My wardrobe needs to get summer ready, and shorts are on the list! I’ve been needing some lounge shorts, that can also be a beach cover-up or pajama pants (my wardrobe needs to work overtime, people!)

I got this scarf a few years ago as a gift, and always loved the print (and the adorable tassels) but I don’t always reach to wear a scarf. I thought this would be a good lightweight material to make a pair of shorts, but since it was such a large piece of fabric, I thought I could do something really cool with them…make them reversible! Two pairs of shorts for the effort of one?! I’m in!

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I used Made with Moxie’s Prefontaine Shorts Pattern as a base and to keep them basic, omitted the binding and pockets. The trick with keeping the tassels on the hem was some creative cutting. The shorts required 4 pieces of material, so ultimately I cut four pieces (two front, two back) from each color way. To keep the tassels even, I marked where the tassels landed on the print side, and on the solid side I marked in between the print tassels, so they were all evenly distributed.

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For the most part, I followed the pattern, but started with sewing the hems together, which wasn’t the best decision. In reality, the best way to make the shorts reversible is by making two separate pairs, then sew them together during the waist band step. This tutorial is an excellent resource to making reversible shorts and I totally recommend following this along rather than my messy way!

I LOVE how they came out! They are really light and comfortable and think they will be a fun summer short!

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And the best part? I have TWO new pairs of shorts!

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Looking for a pattern to make your own shorts? Here are three FREE options to make a pair!

City Gym Shorts- Purl Soho

Boxer Pajama Shorts – Melly Sews

Tutorial to Draft Your Own Shorts – Refashion Co-op

I also want to share my first real video! I bought a phone tripod so I can take videos with my iPhone, and it’s opened up a whole world of possibilities! Take a look at my video below! It’s just a quick clip but I’m excited to make more!

Are you ready to join the Fashion Revolution? Check out how you can get involved HERE.

Want to get involved by doing a refashion this week? Send me your makes!

handmade wardrobe · sewing

Denim Kalle Shirt: Extended Cop Top

Really now, where has the month of February gone? It flew by and I didn’t get everything done that I planned on! I’ve mentioned a few times about house hunting and finally moving out of Hoboken, and I don’t want to jinx anything but we think we found the one! I’ll definitely have more details about this soon enough, but for now you can see where my brain is at based on my pinterest boards. I have a whole lot of home ideas going on- with a ton of focus on my future sewing studio!

Because of all the excitement with the house, my personal sewing has not been getting as much attention. But this super cute Kalle top would not stop haunting me, so here she is!

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I have a slight obsession with Closet Case Patterns because Heather’s patterns are so fitting for my lifestyle. She designs practical patterns that are meant to be wardrobe staples, and the ones I’ve made so far (Bombshell Bathing Suit, Kelly Anorak, Ginger Jeans) have proven their versatility in my closet. I loved Kalle when she came out. She is a super cute pattern that comes with three options: Crop Top, Tunic and Dress. I really wanted to see others versions of Kalle before diving in, because all three of those options were not common pieces in my wardrobe. I would want a regular top version, but didn’t know the best way to design it so I thought eventually I would get inspiration from the sewing community.

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Fast forward a few months and everyone is making Kalle. Every time I open Instagram- there’s another version! So I finally caved and bought the pattern. To make it fit my lifestyle, I either had to shorten the tunic or lengthen the crop top. I really love the hem of the crop top, so I decided to go that route.

This is technically a wearable muslin. I’ve had this lightweight denim hanging around for years from another project, and thought a denim version would be good to have. I didn’t have any blue thread, so I went with white and quite like the contrast. I say this is a win in my book. This top is easy to wear, has a cute fit for being ‘oversized’, and after a few washes, will get that worn in feeling of a great piece.

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The older I get, the fewer patterns I tend to buy. I’ve become very conscious about what’s in my stash and even though Joann’s has those great 5 for $5 pattern days, I realize that just because you have a million patterns to make doesn’t mean you will ever get around to actually making them. (I also have a few patterns from my own stash available on etsy because there is no way I’ll get around to making them!) I’m always on the lookout for basic patterns with options- and Kalle one is loaded with them!

Kalle has three lengths, two front button options, two collar options, and two back options – leaving lots of room to build your perfect style. My version is comprised of View A (full length placket) with a full collar, and back pleat. I cut a size 2 and to extend the crop top into a longer shirt, I added 4″ to each bodice piece at the lengthen line.

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I’m excited to make more versions, and to finally add mine to the amazing Kalle Shirt Dress posts online! Have you made Kalle? Do you have the sleeve expansion? That may be the next version I have to make..

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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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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?

 

handmade wardrobe · refashion · sewing

#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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Cactus Print Gina Shorts

Hello, hello! Are you still reading? I know it’s been awhile. Well over two months in fact. I swear there’s a reason, there’s actually quite a few. Many I can’t mention now because they are “works in progress” but some I can share. (Feel free to skip my reasons and scroll down to my shorts!)

Summer is always a crazy time for me, with work and just wanting to be outside, summer is my favorite season. But working on a farm, summer is so busy- growing and picking and selling…it all leads up to fall, the busiest time of year. But this year something happened, we changed the farm schedule to be “by appointment only”, in short terms I lost my job. But I didn’t really “lose” it, as I was working for my parents to help them and to have a flexible schedule. For me, the farm was never supposed to be a full time thing, but with my grandparent’s death and my mom needing to be away from the farm to deal with the estate, over the years I’ve taken on a lot of responsibility. But we are now at a point where my help isn’t needed, and I get to focus on my sewing. This is a very recent change, just the past few weeks – so this isn’t quite the excuse for lack of posting but I’m getting there.

Another reason this summer has been insane is because Drew and I are house hunting! We’ve lived in Hoboken for 4.5 years, and I am so done with this city. We’ve been searching for months, and lost our dream house to a much higher bidder, so the hunt has been rough. We are continuing to look, and I spend hours online looking and our weekends have been filled with open houses; it’s been a learning process, and I am very ready to find a home. But that still isn’t the main reason you haven’t heard from me in awhile…

The real reason for not posting is because I’ve been in a burnout phase. There has been so much going on that my body is tired, my mind is tired, and my creativity felt dried up. I’ve been avoiding sewing projects, saying “no” to people because I felt like I would just mess the project up, and my health has not been the best. I’m not sick, but I just haven’t been taking care of myself. I’m tired all the time, eat poorly, drink way too much caffeine, and have stopped running. Guys, it SUCKS to be in burnout. I’ve tried to make a few things, but it’s been so hard to get my sewing mojo back. These shorts should have been done weeks ago – in reality I could have made them months ago if I had the motivation.

I’m slowly getting back to feeling like myself, and I am definitely not all the way there yet, but my mind has been buzzing with ideas and if I don’t start sewing, I’m going to explode.

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These shorts have quite a story of their own. Months ago liz.crafty on Instagram posted a photo of her Selene Skirt in this amazing cactus print. I immediately had a vision of cactus print shorts and had to have the fabric. I was desperately searching for it for weeks and found it internationally! I was so close to checking out until the shipping costs rolled in. I was having a hard time justifying spending the money on the fabric alone, I just couldn’t spend on shipping. Slightly devastated, I sat back and continued to dream about my perfect shorts.

Some time later, I saw an Instagram post from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics and they had the fabric in stock! I hopped online to see if the green was still available and bought a yard and a half right on the spot. The fabric is so dreamy, yes more expensive than I usually sew with, but this was a special project. (Stonemountain is currently sold out, and I’m not sure where they are now selling this fabric but if you are looking it is called: Kokka Cactus Dobby – Green)

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Next step was to find the perfect shorts pattern. There are a lot of shorts patterns on the market, but so many of them are high-waisted! Those aren’t my favorite style so I’ve been extremely careful in my pattern search. Then came the Gina Shorts from SBCC Patterns.

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The Gina Shorts are specifically made for petite bodies, have a cute cuff detail and great pockets. They looked perfect! I made a wearable muslin in a size 2, and they were a little large. I dove right into my cactus fabric, cutting a size 0 and hoped they would fit. And they fit like a dream! I have my perfect summer shorts!

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My thoughts on the pattern: While I loved making this pattern, I probably wouldn’t recommend it to someone who has never sewn pants before. The instructions are very straight-forward, so there is no hand holding when getting to steps like flys or buttonholes. (I always turn to my Ginger Jeans e-book for these steps). For me, the instructions were great since I’ve made several pants before, and the shorts became a pretty easy sewing project, but for someone just starting out, I would have references handy.

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The pattern fit is perfection. I am 4’9″, very petite, and everything sits where it should on a petite body. I can’t speak for taller seamstresses out there, but for us short girls, these shorts are AMAAAAZING! My waistband sits on my waist, I have no gap in the back and they are the perfect length- not too long to be “mom shorts” but no where near booty shorts that I usually have to buy in ready-to-wear. I did size down based on my measurements, but I would recommend making a muslin.

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What I also love about finally sewing my own shorts is how much easier fabric shopping will be. Whenever I go to buy fabric for a new pair of pants, I can add on another yard and have plenty for a pair of shorts! I won’t be needing more pairs this year, but with fall starting to come through very slowly (it’s still 70s and 80s in Jersey) I’ve gotten a few wears out of these in just the past week!

I hope I haven’t run people away with my long-winded post, sometimes it’s very therapeutic to share what’s going on behind the blog. I do have a few big projects coming up and I hope you’ll look forward to my life changes along with me!

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Sew Together For Summer – Simplicity 8084 Silk Shirt Dress

Over the past year I’ve acquired three silky prints in my fabric collection – and I had images of all three of them becoming dresses. I’ve actually been wanting to make a shirt dress with one or more of them, but other, more pressing projects always got in the way. When the Instagram challenge #sewtogetherforsummer came up on my feed, I thought it was just the excuse I needed to finally make my dream shirt dress!

This challenge was introduced a few months ago, and I said to myself “I have so much time…I’ll wait to start”. Why. Why do I always say that?? Please tell me I’m not the only one to procrastinate! I actually did shirt dress research way back when the challenge started so I had my pattern ready to go, but didn’t decide on a fabric choice until yesterday morning!

Since I knew I wanted to sew with one of my silky fabrics, my pattern options became limited since a wide range of patterns were more suitable for chambrays or cottons. After looking over a ton of shirt dress patterns, I came across Mimi G’s Simplicity 8084 and loved the cleanliness of the pattern. The buttons were covered up with a placket as to not disturb the look of the fabric, and it had sleeves, which is something I was looking for!

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This was my first time sewing with a Mimi G pattern, and I enjoyed it! I will say, when the pattern said there was a youtube sew-a-long, I was expecting a little more than a 30 minute video. It did help me with my problem areas (sewing on the plackets and collar) but I think I’m used to the super detailed sew-a-longs from indie patterns, so I expected more.  This was just a small observation I had, definitely not a deal breaker if you are thinking about making this pattern! I’m happy the video was even offered!

In general, the instructions were good, again there were some parts I think could have had more detail but construction was pretty painless! The dress took a full day to construct, it actually took a few hours just to cut my fabric as I was being super careful to get the print even.

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There is one thing I need to point out for my petite friends. When I was tracing the pattern, I knew I would have to shorten the dress a bit. When I know I need to do this, I pay close attention to the “shorten here” lines, because I know I will use them. This pattern is so petite friendly!! There are actual lines that say fold here for petite! I didn’t specifically measure how much I was taking out, but I think it was about an inch – which was just enough! I figured I would take the hem up a little if needed, but I didn’t even need to do that! (For taller seamstresses, you may want to consider lengthening the pattern). I don’t remember the last time I sewed a Big 4 pattern without making some sort of fit alteration that wasn’t included in the pattern. So huge props to Mimi G & team Simplicity for the fit on this one!

For reference, I’m 4′ 9″ ish and cut a size 10.

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The only thing I didn’t do was make the drawstring out of my fabric. I have SO MUCH of this twill tape that I like to use it every time I need a drawstring. It’s much faster, and I like the contrast it offers.

I’ve mentioned before I don’t really wear dresses, but this has such a casual yet put together feel that it isn’t just a summer dress I’ll only wear once a year. I needed a go-to dress that I could just grab out of my closet if needed and this is it!

I picked up the fabric from Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon – it was on sale for $5/ yard. Guys, it’s SILK! For $5/yd! If I sewed with silk more often, I would have bought so much more but I contained myself! I’ve started buying fabric in place of objects as souvenirs when on vacation – so I’ll consider this my Oregon trip dress!

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I also have to re-press the placket down, I see it’s peaking open in my photos! I finished this dress last night and made Drew wake up early to photograph my dress for the challenge deadline (today!). He’s a good sport.

Looking for some shirt dress inspiration? Check out the hashtag #sewtogetherforsummer on Instagram!

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Mauve Embroidered Dress

Drew and I have three weddings to attend this year, the first (this past weekend) being his childhood friend where he was a groomsman, and the next two are for his work friends. When we got the invitation for the first wedding, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to make a new dress since I didn’t have a fun flowy dress that felt beach wedding appropriate. I had an inspiration photo from a piece I saw on Instagram and loved the feel and shape of this and set out to find something similar in a pattern. I also loved the embroidery and was excited to use my Janome Skyline S9.

For this dress, I was debating between two different patterns: the Acton Dress and Vogue 9252. Since I knew I wanted to do embroidery, I needed a bodice who’s lines would work with the designs I wanted to add. The Acton Dress lines looked tough to add embroidery and didn’t have the skirt I was looking for, so that’s where Vogue 9252 came in. The top had the same feel, but the skirt was flowy and fun. I actually noticed Vogue 9252 from Hannah over at Palindrome Dry Goods, who’s version is so pretty!

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This dress was “very easy” just as the pattern states. I was a little nervous since my last vogue make was very labor intensive and I was hoping that “easy” meant easy! I made a size 12 with a B Cup, which is definitely larger than I thought I would need to make but sizing was fairly accurate. I had to bring it in on the sides by 1.5″ each, so if I made a size 10, it probably would have been just right. I also shortened each bodice piece by 1″ to sit more at my waist. This dress is longer on my petite body than it should be but I actually love how long it came out in back. Something to keep in mind if you are making it, the hem will be higher on someone taller than 5′!

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Fabric came from Fabric.com, it’s a really stunning Mauve Rayon that was super easy to sew with and took embroidery very well. It has wonderful drape and I only needed to add lining to the bodice. What sold me on this fabric was the color. Just between purple and pink, it was different, and not a color I had in my wardrobe. (Click the link below to see the fabric!)


 

For the embroidery, I was pretty set on having designs on the top neck and the bodice edge, and was interested in something in the center, but it was hard to find exactly what I was looking for. I stumbled upon the Art Deco designs from Embroidery Library and fell in love! I used Art Deco Floral Border for the bottom bodice and Art Deco Floral Corner for the neck. After sewing the two pieces, I thought adding something in the middle might be too much, so I kept it simple.

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There were a few things I wish I thought about when making this dress. I totally forgot to add the pockets. I made the skirt, and then remembered the pockets. Since I serged all the seams, instead of ripping them apart, I just left the pockets out. Which isn’t a big deal, but I would have loved to have them. I also wish I thought more about finishing the seams in the skirt. Since this is a high-low hem, you can see the interior of the skirt. It isn’t a deal breaker, but the dress would look more professional with cleaner seams than serged edges. But, every project has it’s lessons and I’m still super happy with the finished dress.

The wedding was at a Yacht Club in Stone Harbor, NJ. It was a beautiful day; warm but windy! The bride looked stunning, and Drew and I had a great time celebrating with the couple. This dress on the dance floor was so perfect. The skirt was flowy and made it breezy when dancing and I loved having straps so I wasn’t pulling the dress up all night long.

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The next wedding is Fourth of July weekend- I’m still debating making a dress for this one. It’s black tie and I definitely don’t have anything formal enough, but don’t know if I have time to make a new piece. I was planning on wearing my Black Floral dress, but it isn’t quite dressy enough. I know I have to decide pretty soon…any suggestions?

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Me Made May Week 4 & Thoughts

Thirty- One days of wearing handmade. At the beginning of the month, the idea of Me Made May is super fun and doable. You have these grand plans in your mind to wear a great outfit everyday and take an awesome photo – and after like, three days, you are so over it. I am always excited for Me Made May because the past few years it’s really shown me where I’m lacking in my wardrobe, and this year was more eye-opening.

I really love how my Instagram feed changes over the month of May, and I find a bunch of new people to follow through the hashtag #mmmay17. It’s also awesome to see what patterns other sewists love to make, and I put a few patterns on my mental sewing list. The Ogden Cami was definitely added to that list as well as the Blackwood Cardigan.

Below is a round up of almost all my looks from Me Made May 2017:

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Week 4:

Day 22: Tribal Print Oslo (Repeat)

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Day 23: Floral Sports Bra (unblogged)

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Day 24: Kimono

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Day 25: Ginger Cargo Jeans

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Day 26: Refashioned Trench

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Day 27: Mandy Boat Tee

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Day 28: Black & White Sloan Leggings (unblogged)

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Day 29: Floral Shorts

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Day 30: Embroidered Astoria

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Day 31: Floral Refashioned Romper

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This year, it became really obvious to me what doesn’t get worn in my wardrobe. Like, glaringly obvious. I don’t wear most of the clothing in my wardrobe. I LOVE everything in my closet, but things just doesn’t get worn and I’m trying to figure out how to solve this problem.

I’ve done a lot of cleaning out, and have gotten rid of so much over the years, even handmade pieces but my closet is still over-flowing with clothes that have no use to me. I hate saying, “oh, I’ll just get rid of it”, because the truth is I still need some spring dresses and formal pieces, even though I don’t wear them every week.

Since starting to sew, any time an occasion came about, I would make something new. It was a chance to make a new pattern, buy new fabric, and of course, write a new blog post and take pretty pictures! But because I don’t wear these special pieces that often, they get made and worn once and then sit in my closet!

I think the next step in my handmade wardrobe is being really honest with myself about what needs to go. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of the Wardrobe Architect for years, and have mentioned doing it before here, but have not taken the time to participate. I’m also interested in “The Curated Closet“, but have some major reservations about it.

I will not turn my wardrobe into a monotone look. I love color and I love prints and that isn’t going to change. But I want to take away certain lessons from both of these projects: I want to define my style and shapes, and I want to weed out the pieces that I can do without (like a ton of dresses).

This past weekend, I did another closet binge and have created three categories for items I’m discarding.

  1. Donate: there are many pieces in my closet that are old, but still very usable. I do not throw away garments, but prefer to donate in the local bins. To be honest, this isn’t the ideal situation because I know a lot of these clothes still don’t go to proper homes, but it’s a chance for the pieces to live a new life.

2. Sell: I do have some pieces from designer labels, very low price designers but they are good enough quality that they can be sold online. My sister and I recently sent in our first bag to ThreadUp and we were very happy with the result. If you aren’t in a rush to get your money, and have good quality clothing, this is a great option. I don’t have the time to set up apparel on a site like Poshmark or ebay, so being able to send my clothes to someone else to sell is helpful. Even if I don’t get as much money as selling myself, that isn’t really the goal.

3. Refashion: There are a few pieces I love and don’t want to let go of, but they have potential to become something else more wearable.

This is all just a start to something bigger for my wardrobe. While I am trying to get rid of clothes, I am also trying to be very conscious about my sewing moving forward. I have a bunch of projects I’m currently working on and already bought fabric for, so to be sure they don’t become a one-time wear, I am taking extra time with them to make sure they are good quality and fit. I’ve even been taking the time to make muslin’s! (which is something I NEVER do!).

Have you done the Wardrobe Architect or read The Curated Closet? I would love to hear opinions!

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Me Made May 2017: Week 2 & 3

We are nearing the end of May and I still have handmade items to wear! The past two weeks have been going well, and we finally saw some nicer weather here in New Jersey, although it only lasted a few days.

Day 8: Moji & Lou Box Top. I love my polka dot Moji’s but feel like there’s a lot they don’t go with. I like wearing them with flowy shirts tucked in, so I paired them with my first Lou Box Top. I’m still not used to wearing causal, loose pants, so I never know what looks good with them!

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Day 9: Baseball Skirt. Another pattern from Sew DIY, the baseball skirt is awesome. It has a great hem and nice size pockets.

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Day 10: Sloan Leggings: I bought this floral active fabric from Joann’s and made a pair of leggings immediately after getting it. This is my third pair of Sloan leggings, I love each version I make! I’ll have a blog post about these soon…

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Day 11: Cranberry Anorak:  Since my Kelly Anorak came into my life, this jacket hasn’t been worn much but it is still a favorite make. I always seem to forget the time spent on a project after making it, but I do remember this piece took a lot of altering and time.

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Day 12: Ginger Jeans & Seamwork Oslo: One Day Without Shoes! I wore a pair of Ginger Jeans and my Tribal Oslo.

Day 13: Refashioned Flannel: One of my dad’s old flannel shirts transformed into a cuter piece.

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Day 14: Striped Lou: I’ve made so many versions of the Lou Box Top, and each one gets its fair share of wear. This version is the first I made with the longer hem, and I love how different it looks from the others! How awesome is it that one pattern can make so many different looks?

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Day 15: Galaxy Tank: A copy & paste tank I made a while back, with leftover fabric from a bathing suit.

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Day 16: Coffee and Sewing: My mom bought a silhouette paper cutter a few months ago and I’ve been slowly learning how to use it. A few weeks ago I saw a mug with “Coffee and _____” on it (I can’t remember what the exact phrase was) and thought how cute would that phrase be on a shirt! So I learned how to make it on the Silhouette and this is the result! I’ll also be blogging about this piece soon…

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Day 17: Sports Bra: Like I’ve said before, I wear sports bras even when I’m not active. And I love this one, so it’s been on rotation since I made it!

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Day 18: Colette Aster: I made this to see if it would be a good contender for farm work wear, and this day was my first day wearing it! It is the perfect blouse for farm work, and I will definitely have to make more.

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Day 19: Turia Dungarees: Yes, I love them and now I have to make a bunch of different pairs! I think I’ll make a regular denim short pair, and the more I look at black overalls on pinterest, the more I want a pair!

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Day 20: Refashioned Bomber: My project from #refashioners2016, definitely one of my  favorite refashions. This bomber was made from three pairs of jeans!

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Day 21: Cactus Lou: My latest Lou Box Top, made with a hacked back. I loooove wearing this top and can’t wait to wear it when the weather stays warm!

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We have less than a week to go, and while I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing handmade’s almost every day after Me Made May, I’m ready to go back to days where I don’t take pictures of myself haha!