Monday, August 29, 2016

(Belated) Fourth of July Shirt

 Everyone has a strange quirk right? One of mine is the love of celebrating every holiday to its fullest, at least the major ones. Like Buddy the Elf for Christmas, but also Halloween, Easter, Valentines, and don't forget St. Patrick's day! Anyways, I always see these adorable seasonal fabrics and want to use them but really don't feel like making a quilt. So then I had a brilliant idea to use one of my favorite patterns, The Sassy Librarian Shirt, and make a subtle or not so subtle (depending on the cuteness of the fabric) shirt to wear!



 I really tried to get this shirt done in time for the Fourth of July, which is kind of like the Christmas of summer (I would know, being a holiday connoisseur). I thought this "Sommer" fabric was a nice nod to the red, white, and blue and would be a good summer shirt. Then life happened and I could not for the life of me make any progress on it, simply from a lack of free time.


 Then the Olympics rolled around and I thought maybe I could get it done in celebration of that!

Nope.


 Finally, the planets aligned and I got this blessed shirt done! I surprised myself and made the shoulder seams larger.


 I also made the executive decision that although this pattern is precious and lovely, it is a time consuming one. Free time is something I don't have a ton of so I am going to stick with my crazy holiday shirt plan, but use a less complicated pattern.


 Happy Fourth of July! I love my home country.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lemon Dress


 It's summer time! That means I finally have some time to sew.
 


 When I saw this fabric I fell in love! The lemons are perfect and the teal color is so fun. Then I saw a dress on a "Dapper Day" photograph that looked like the Simplicity 1459 pattern. I decided to try and copy it! I love how it turned out.


 I did French seams and a full lining inside. I have never made anything so nice (even though it is not perfect).


One has to have a drink of lemonade with a dress like this! It all makes me feel so summery and happy.

I'm linking this dress to the 2016 Vintage Pledge and Allie's Social Sew.




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! ;)