Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two Colette Sorbettos

 The Colette Sorbetto has been a staple of my handmade wardrobe and it's one I always recommend to friends who want to start sewing their own clothes. They just released a new version with sleeves and extra large sizes! Yay! Did I mention that the pattern comes at an awesome price? It's FREE! It's one of those amazing things that seems too good to be true but doesn't disappoint!

 I made my first Sorbetto out of a tropical print that had been handed down to me. The color is AMAZING as well as the flower print! My husband even really likes this shirt!

The second shirt was made out of some leftover gingham fabric from a dress that I am making for my daughter. It's going to be my Easter shirt of course, going along with my crazy holiday shirt pledge!

Go here for more information about how to sew the Sorbetto!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Progress

Planing a capsule wardrobe has been a blast! It has come with plenty of editing and changing of plans too, on the other hand!

I found a better floral fabric and then decided to base the rest of my wardrobe colors around that. I have less colors altogether that I am working with but I think it works better! I made an Everyday Skirt in a denim fabric that was more thick than I originally thought so I took the skirt in some until I liked it. I added a scallop skirt I made a long time ago to the wardrobe and I made a Pendrell blouse that I think turned out fantastic (the fuchsia one above with the ruffles)!

I made a navy striped shirt that did not turn out! It was my first time sewing with knit fabric and even though I took it apart and resewed it a three times (!!!) it was still not right. It was too big and I'm tired of working on it now. I put it in my repair basket and perhaps I will try to fix it later, but maybe I won't! I made plans for another kind of shirt just in case.

Below is my updated plans for my capsule wardrobe! We'll see how it changes as I move forward but I'm liking the plans I've made so far.

After all this you may ask, what is a capsule wardrobe? From the it says, "A mini wardrobe of really versatile pieces that you love to wear". If you are wanting to delve into the process of making your own capsule wardrobe, use the formula above (which can give you 96 different outfits) or look up Wardrobe Sudoku and use that method. The Wardrobe Architect series on the Colette Blog has been so helpful for me and I also loved the book The Curated Closet

It's been fun to take a look back at all changes I've made trying to make a wardrobe that works for me. I hope this month that I can sew my floral shirt and skirt! Wish me luck! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dress Like Your Grandma Challenge

 I find the subject of family history endlessly fascinating. When I heard about Mrs. Hughes' Dress Like Your Grandma Challenge where one gets to sew an item of clothing to recreate an ancestor's picture, I knew I had to join in! Sewing and genealogy?! Yes please!

I used the top of pattern Butterick B6212
to make this shirt. I have a few things I still want to tweak about it, but it is good enough for now!

I chose to make a copy of my Great Grandma Jackie's sweetheart shirt because I always thought it was so pretty and it was from one of the few family pictures I have. 

My Great Grandma Jackie was a very different person than I am. She was very funny and popular. That information always intimidated me, a very introverted nerd! She was an extremely talented pianist and she was very fashionable.

Doing this challenge was so much fun! I get that I am not the greatest hairstylist and maybe this whole look works better for my grandma, but it's still neat to see oneself besides an ancestor! It's cool to look back and think about where one's family comes from and hear the stories of their lives!

And because I can, I am also adding it to the 2017 Vintage Pledge Pinterest board!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Belle Inspired Emery

 One fact about me is that Belle from Beauty and the Beast is my home girl. My soul sister. My spirit animal! Whatever you want to call it. She has been from 1992, that's how far back we go. We both have brunette hair, we both love books, we both want more than this provincial life, and we both fell in love with Beasts (ha ha, I kid, I kid! About the last similarity anyways... I love you Matt!).

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the live action Beauty and the Beast for years and I am so excited that it is here! I had to make a dress to go with it.

Will you accept this rose?


 I wanted a dress that could double as an Easter dress, so I found some perfect yellow eyelet fabric. I have been meaning to have an excuse to make a gorgeous Emery dress from Christine Haynes patterns and this seemed like a perfect one! It really was such an easy pattern to follow with great lines.

I think I kind of do look like Belle!

What was Disney thinking hiring a famous Hollywood actress to portray Belle in their upcoming movie! They should've picked me! I killed in my fourth grade production of Rumplestiltskin!

I will be linking up to Akram's and Judith's Easter Dress Sewalong (even though I am a tad early!) and Allie's Social Sew!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Update

My newest obsession is thinking about my "Winter Berry" capsule wardrobe and how I can do it justice! I don't want to spend a fortune but I don't want to compromise on what I really want since I will be sewing each garment. I want the right colors, the right mood, the right patterns, ect. I want it to be flattering for my coloring, body shape, lifestyle, budget, and most importantly my dreams! 

In my last Craftsy class I took, the teacher suggested first finding a print you'd like to wear and then gathering the other colors you'd like in your wardrobe. Well, I did it the other way around! I picked out the colors I wanted first and then tried to find a print I wanted that would match them. It is harder to find a print that way, and maybe the one above is a bit of a stretch for the colors I want, however I don't think it is very off base either. I was looking for a cool, not too bright or bold, small floral with pink, blue, and purple. This fabric is speaking to me! We'll see how I feel about it in a few months, but I think this will work.

In my last post I talked about the 12 garments I need to make a wardrobe that can be style 96 ways.
The patterns I would like to use are the following (I think about this project so much I almost have them memorized!):

Navy Pants- Liv Bell Bottoms (drafted into flares) from Sewing Vintage Modern (sorry, I could only find an image of the book its from)

Navy Jean Skirt- Simplicity 8019 

Navy Striped Shirt- Liesel + Co Maritime Knit Top

Navy Blazer- Butterick B5926

Maroon Tweed Jacket/ Oversize Cardigan (I can't decide which one I really want yet, and the pattern could be either)- Simplicity 2154

Maroon Shirt (maybe with a raised collar)- Susie Blouse from Sew Over It

Maroon Maxi Skirt- M6966

Grey Skirt- The Alberta Street Pencil Skirt from Sew House Seven

Light Purple or Pink "Sweater Set" (I can't decide what I want more and I'm using two different patterns to sew the pieces)- Fitted Cardigan from the Gertie Sews Vintage Casual book (couldn't find a picture of it, sorry) and the Orla shirt from Tilly and the Buttons

Printed Blouse (Floral Fabric above)- the Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It (Agnes for Knit)

Printed Skirt (ditto)- The Everyday skirt from Liesel + Co. (M6966 for knit)

So here is a mock up of how the colors will work with each other...I'm hoping they will look good and I think they will!

 (I used a Burgundy instead of the maroon mentioned on the top image and I think it works better! Also I'm planning to use the Barbie Pink as a lipstick color!

I have collected these patterns over the years from sales and many I have won in a few competitions! Now all of my pattern hoarding is paying off. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Sewing Goals- Capsule Wardrobe

 Last year I had a baby and was just happy to get any sewing done at all!

I always feel I don't get enough sewing in, but when I look back at the year, actually I have! I sewed all these outfits (just the fur wrap for the Cruella costume) and also two curtains, a plain black shirt, a blanket repair, a refashioned button up dress, a baby doll basket, a blessing outfit for my son, a red gingham bombshell swimsuit (yes! a swimsuit!), a red polka dot Sorbetto top (it looked great on the dress form but terrible on me!), a Franken-pattern two piece gingham nursing dress (another flop), three pillow case dresses, and a Christmas Nativity Sorbetto top. I even won second place in the Vintage Pledge Competition with my lemon dress pictured above (side note, that dress is NOT "a lemon"! It's one of my most favorite!).

I did do a lot of work on the Wardrobe Architect series in 2016 and found it fascinating! It really gave me so much direction and clarity about what I want to do with my sewing. Now I can walk through the fabric stores and instead of coveting everything, I can discern what is a good color/fabric/style for me!

However, I am very unsatisfied by the colors and outfits I chose last summer. I bought the Craftsy Class Sew to Flatter and it was amazing! It had awesome tips about how to pick the right colors and styles to flatter one's body and draw attention to one's face, which I didn't realize should be the goal of fashion but it makes sense!

From what I learned, I am very sure that I need cool colors and silver jewelry to really accent the coloring I have (dark brown hair, olive skin, blue eyes). I kind of already knew that but it was good to have it reinforced! I've decided the above colors are what I want to aim for (but I might also go for a emerald green, black, or light yellow!).

 These colors in particular I want to focus on. They seem like winter, berry sort of colors. Is it too cheesy that I think of them as "Winter Berry" in my head?

In the class, the teacher also mentions a formula for having the fewest amount of clothes but getting the 96 different outfits out of them. 

Here is a basic sample of what she suggested while adding some specifics that I want to make for myself (these also correlate to my #makenine2017 found on my instagram account):

 So I am sticking with navy, maroon, grey (darker than the photo), light purple, and a light pink floral for my colors and fabrics. I think they vibe with my need for cool colors, comfort while chasing after kids, and the vintage/romantic/feminine style I hanker after. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day and Night Dress Challenge

Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This has put together a really cool sewing competition called the Day and Night Dress Challenge. To be apart of it, one must sew a day dress of any color and a night dress that is all black (I double checked with Elizabeth just to be sure!). I really enjoyed this challenge, and yes, worked really hard too! My house is a disaster and I will probably have to take a week off of sewing just to catch up on my chores! 

 I call this my Zooey Deschanel moment ;)

 I wanted to take pictures outside for this "Spring time" dress, but my whole town is covered in snow and ice!!!

 Daisies are one of my favorite flowers!

 ~Shoulder bows are so hot right now~

 The before mentioned Elizabeth took photos of her night dress with her violin so I had to as well!

Yes, I can play violin. Once upon a time I thought I was going to go pro! But I didn't and I don't regret it at all.

 I am a big Project Runway fan but only in the last couple years figured out what the judges mean by the word "cohesion". To put it plainly, it means the same kind of person would wear all the clothes in one designer's collection. Well, from watching all the amazing entries that have come in for this competition, I must say everyone has their own "cohesive aesthetic"! I hope mine does too! I love vintage, French style things and maybe my dresses won't come across like that to everyone, but I certainly am reminded of those things when I wear them! I love these dresses and plan on getting a lot of use out of them! I used a Frankenpattern hack of Butterick B6259, McCalls M7087, and the sleeves of Simplicity 2444 to make my day look dress (a more modest copy of a Forever 21 dress from long ago that I couldn't afford at the time but I never forgot). I straight up copied the picture on the envelope of Butterick 6582 for my night dress. I've always wanted to just take the artist's cues for fabric on a pattern and I'm glad I got the chance to this month! I also used Simplicity 2444's sleeves for the night dress, I just cut them a little shorter. Also, I am very proud of myself for yet again trying French seams! I love how they look!

Thank you Elizabeth for putting this together!