Friday, June 3, 2016

A Belle Dress and other Happenings


It's birthday season at our house! I always try to make a "dress up" for each of my kids. I usually try to make something I would've wanted as a kid, which isn't always something a parent should do, but it's worked well for costumes so far.



 This dress is like buttah! I think I want one in my size! To wear to the live action Beauty and the Beast next year! I'm not a nerd or anything.


 I found a dress I really liked for $3 (yeah!!!). It was just a bit too short for me so I bought another dress just like it and then cut off the skirt from one to add to the other. Voila! Magical longer skirt!


 Me Made May was difficult for me to be apart of this year. My body just doesn't want to snap back from having a baby! So therefore I don't fit into many of the clothes I have made in the past. I did my best to get this simple, loose top finished but it didn't until June 1st! Waaa! A day late. :(



I had to take in the sleeves, but otherwise this is an awesome, easy pattern!

I have lots of birthday sewing to do but man, I need to do some more selfish sewing soon! ;)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wardrobe Architect Week 10: The Capsule Pallette


Of course, I had a hard time narrowing down my colors. I thought for sure I needed more staples in black, white, and navy, but I want more greens, yellows, and blues in my wardrobe. Hot pink and red are also favorites so I want to incorporate them too!

Wardrobe Architect Week 9: The Capsule Wardrobe


I've made a list of a few things I'd like to add to my wardrobe this summer. My plate is pretty full, so who knows what I'll actually be able to get to, but I'd like to sew some of the following, and I could use them in my wardrobe:

Loose fitting shirts


Full Skirts (especially a chambray one!)


A vintage style one piece swim suit


A shirt dress


And I couldn't find an actual photograph of this, but a two piece wiggle dress



Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wardrobe Architect Week 8: Hair, Makeup, and Beauty


When it comes to beauty and hair, I want something pretty and classic, yet easy and minimal. I'm enjoying having long hair right now and intend on keeping it. Someday when my life calms down I want to try bangs! Yes, big Zooey Deschanel ones! Probably when I do it'll be out of style!

Wardrobe Architect Week 7: Exploring Solids and Prints


I love prints! They can add a lot of interest to clothes.


I am such a sucker for a fun novelty print! They can be really fun on kids clothes but they can also look really busy and overwhelming on an adult, in my opinion. I feel kind of childish when I wear them, depending on the print. Also, too many novelty prints can be hard to match with other clothes.


I do think that less is more and a good polka dot may look more plain on a bolt but it is adorable once made into a garment!


Same goes for stripes (and yes, I am including a chevron as a sort of "stripe")!


Plaids are another favorite! I think the tartans look great on fall/winter clothing and the gingham looks great in spring/summer apparel, but again, that's just my opinion.


I love love love florals! They are so feminine and I can't believe I haven't incorporated more of them into my sewing! That needs to change.

I did leave out geometric prints. I think they can look nice on others but I really don't like them on myself. It probably has something to do with my aversion to math!

I love this wardrobe architect project and I am really starting to get inspired! This slow, week by week set of posts helps me think about what I really want to do, even when I don't exactly keep a weekly pace up! ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Week 6: Organizing Your Palate (Revised)

Following the outline of this post I took into account all the colors I like wearing that would look good with my skin tone.


The first line are the neutrals I love. This made me realize I should say good bye to my brown skirt I never wear!


I am not an expert but I would say that these colors could be considered "near neutrals"


 Oh glorious pinks and reds, you are the accent colors I love!

I'm excited to go through this process and figure out how to improve my sewing/wardrobe!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wardrobe Architect Week Five: Your Color Story


I was just reading in The Fashion File (by the costume designer on Mad Men Janie Bryant) about the colors she gave to each character and how they fit in with their personalities. Betty wore a lot of icy pastels because they looked great with her fair complexion but also matched her "coldness" and Joan wore a lot of strong jewel tones to match her strength. I'm not sure what I want to say with the colors that I wear other than I like those colors, but I'm sure subconsciously there is something being said!

That being said I did my color homework with the exercises mentioned on this blog post and I thought it was interesting. I decided to look up a few of my favorite colors on pinterest and see what I could find.


Ahhh....these colors are just so beautiful and soothing to me! When I looked through my wardrobe however, I didn't see a lot of this (I did start getting rid of a bunch of things that I realized were not my style/color though!). 

Marie Antionette is one of my favorite movies and I love the colors on it too!


After doing some more research I discovered that I am a "bright winter". I've always kind of rebelled against the idea that I can only wear certain colors because often times I haven't had a choice, but I can see that sometimes certain hues make different individuals look better or worse. I remember making a bright orange dress for myself and it looked so wrong with my skin tone! I put some brown dye on it and it turned a lovely wine/rust color which was much better for me. I think I just needed a reminder of that!

 image via Cardigan Empire

After looking up winter color palettes I found a few I thought were quite inspiring!


I really like the subtle color variations. It's not something I see often in a wardrobe and I think it would be interesting to pursue.

I really love this bold red mixed with blues and neutral colors. I think this would be a more achievable color scheme for a wardrobe.

   
These colors seem very romantic and pretty, but perhaps a bit young. I find myself very drawn to them though so maybe I will go for it!