Pleaty Pleaty Please Dress x2

Today I have two dresses to share with you that I made from a self-drafted pattern last fall.

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The grey dress with flowers was the test garment, and the teal dress is the garment I made after I tweaked the pattern some more. The teal dress was meant to be worn to a wedding that we sadly did not end up attending.

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I was originally considering buying a dress, but I had the look of this bodice floating around in my head for a while, and I couldn’t get it out. I didn’t have a prayer to find something similar, especially when I factored in the particular color I wanted (it had to be a teal or dark emerald green color).

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I’m not sure why I still believe that I’ll ever be able to find ready-to-wear items that I like. I still go out and browse clothing about once a season or two, because it’s fun to see the styles of the moment. However, aside from undergarments and some active wear, I haven’t purchased more than three or four pieces of RTW clothing for myself over the course of the last several years.

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I used my raglan pattern blocks from this self-drafted shirt as a starting point for this dress. From that block, I drafted a basic surplice neckline for the bodice front, and a v-neck with center seam for the bodice back.

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I added the pleats to the front neckline by using the old slash and spread technique. The front bodice pieces have a self facing, and the rest of the neckline is finished with bias binding.

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Surplice and wrap necklines usually tend to gape or have a cut that is too low on me, but check it out, no gape and a modest neckline cut. *Party time!*

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The test garment is semi-wearable.

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The bodice was a bit too short and the waist was a bit too big. I also cut the skirt a smidge shorter to squeeze the dress out of a small amount of fabric. I added elastic to the waist, which is a look that I don’t much care for, but it looks fine with a belt. Unfortunately, the short length of the bodice could not be remedied.

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Anyway, test garments are important when creating new patterns, and it’s always a bonus when you can still have a wearable garment.

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Have you ever had an idea of what you were looking for in a garment but had trouble finding anything suitable? That is one of the many benefits of designing and sewing your own clothes (or knowing a seamstress who can make your vision become reality ;P).

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Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt

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This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from the last couple years.  I know that may not be evident from my face in some of these photos, but I really do like this garment. I just took way too many photos of different garments in one day, and I was 100% over it.

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I used the Deer & Doe Bruyère pattern. I omitted the sleeves, changed the armholes slightly and added bias binding.

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I can’t remember what sizes I cut, but (as with all patterns) I cut three different sizes for the bust, waist and hips. I do remember taking the side seams in when I made it, because there was a bit too much ease in some areas for my taste, but that is pretty typical.

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The shirt was actually a bit too tight when I made it (I was around 20 lbs heavier), but now it is a bit loose.  It still looks fine with a belt though.

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I really need to make full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, but when I made this, I was too lazy. Nothing a safety pin along the button band couldn’t solve.  :O I know, shame on me. But it has a looser fit now anyway, so I guess it worked out.

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When the pattern first came out, I was unsure about the shape. To be honest, it draws a lot of attention to my hips. However, I liked the design too much to pass it up. Besides, the older I get, the more accepting and appreciative of my body I am, so I’m not really self-conscious about it.

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I have worn this shirt a lot since making it almost two years ago. So, this fabric gets an A+ for wearability and washability. It looks about the same as the first time I wore it.

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The fabric is a vintage floral cotton that I was saving in my stash for years. I saved it for four and a half years, to be exact. I found the fabric on this thrift haul. I still can’t believe I finally allowed myself to use it. Looking back at that thrift haul makes me really miss the thrift stores in Maryland.  That’s probably the one and only thing I miss about living there. 😛

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The best thing about this shirt is that I can wear it during every season, because it works really well with a cardigan. How can you not love a garment you can where year round?

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Turquoise Blue Coffee Table & Lace Accent Lamp

Today, I want to share one of my favorite pieces of furniture that brightens up our living room.

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Normally, I’m not a huge fan of painted furniture. But, I really wanted at least one piece of colored furniture. The original piece was black with hints of red peeking through, which just wasn’t my style. Plus, since all of our pieces of furniture have been hand-me-downs, I’m always trying to figure out ways to really make them mine.

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Here is the coffee table two November’s ago. It is difficult to see in this picture, but the black had little hints of red peeking through. It just wasn’t my style.

So, I decided to paint this coffee table blue. About halfway through, I found myself wishing that I hadn’t made that decision, because it was a very time-consuming process.

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The first step before painting was sanding off all the old paint. This coffee table had two layers of paint on it, a black layer and a layer of red beneath it. If it had been possible to get every last bit of paint off, then I probably would have contemplated staining instead of painting. Unfortunately, that was definitely not a possibility. I even had difficulty making progress with an electric sander.

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My beautiful baby sister helped me get through that beast of a sanding project. There is probably even some of her blood staining the wood under the new paint.

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She stayed with us for a little less than a year (from August 2014 to June 2015), which was an absolute blast. Sisters are the best!

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It was a fun project to work on together, and I was very grateful for her help. I’m not sure I would have persevered through the project without her. It might still be sitting in the garage unfinished. ;P

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I had to fill in it A LOT of holes and divots, most of them had to be filled and sanded about three times. This table has already had a pretty long life, and there was ample evidence. We were able to get most of the paint off, except in a few spots in the cubbies, but I stopped taking pictures, because let’s face it, how many pictures of a half-sanded table are really necessary?

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The painting was the most enjoyable part, but unfortunately, I didn’t manage to snag any pictures. Probably because I had paint all over my hands. Yep, I am one of those people who can’t paint anything without getting paint all over myself at the same time.

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Anyway, the result is a nice bright accent in the living room. It will look much nicer against the contrast of a wood floor one day.

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These photos show my paper flowers that I made at the beginning of this year so that I would stop buying fresh flowers so often. ;O

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I was having a lot of fun experimenting with making little fresh flower arrangements for a while last year.

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Sometimes I used flowers from the store.

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Other times, I used a combination of flowers and foliage from my garden.

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This is one of my favorite summer arrangements made from items from our front planter bed: lamb’s ear, Echinacea (coneflower), and monkey grass flowers.

I still get fresh flowers from time to time, but having the paper flowers has helped me not pick up fresh flowers every other time I go to the store. Anyway, side trail over.

I also wanted to point out our little accent lamp.

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I got a little paint happy last year, so I painted the lamp, as well.

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The base of the lamp was originally white and it had a standard old pleated cone-shaped lampshade. I found a lampshade with a more modern shape at the thrift store, and I toyed with a few ideas before I decided to cover the shade with lace.

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The lampshade blends in with the color of the wall in that room right now, but one day that will change.

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I have a snake plant on that side of the coach and a Christmas cactus on the other side. They are in matching pots, because the look of these pots is exactly what I wanted. The peachy & coppery shades, correspond with some other decor and some bricks in the fireplace.

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I’ll give you some other glimpses of repurposed and DIY decor soon, as well as a peak at the progress in the Maryland house.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. What projects have you been up to lately?

 

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Pleated Raglan Sleeve Top & Thrifted Plaid Blazer

This post sat as a draft for over two years. So, let me just dust the cobwebs away here…Ahem.

I took these photos in our house here in TN, just before we moved in. So there may be some literal cobwebs in them. 😂

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The room in which I’m standing in the photo above is what became my sewing space. It’s a large upstairs space and it gets a lot of natural sunlight. So, of course, I laid claim to it.

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So, let’s talk about the shirt. This was made from a self-drafted pattern. As a reference point, I used a ready-to-wear shirt that had been a favorite, well-loved shirt for years.

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I knew I wanted a shirt with a pleated raglan sleeve, so I drafted a raglan top from my basic shirt pattern and played around with the sleeve until I arrived at the look I was going for.

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The two pleats intersect, with one crossing over the other, to create a flattering sleeve structure.

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Most normal raglan sleeves look strange on me, but this has become one of my favorite patterns. This top was just the first iteration of this design, and I have made a few small changes to the fit.  I even used it as the basis for a dress that I will share soon.

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There’s a keyhole in the back of the shirt, because, why not?

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When I first made the top two years ago, I liked to pair it with a blazer and jeans because it was winter.

IMG_9852I found the vintage blazer at a thrift store a couple of months before these photos were taken. It gives off a very 70’s vibe, which I don’t mind (in moderation). It was just a smidge to small for me in the bust region, but I wouldn’t button it very often anyway.

These photos are really making me want to go get bangs again. I feel like they make me look younger…Of course, I am two years younger in these photos , so I guess that’s a factor. 😛

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Happy Independence Day

Hello, friends! It has been a long while since I have been active on this poor neglected blog, but I have still been sewing (as if that is a surprise).  I finally photographed a bunch of makes to share with you over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few of them.

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I won’t bore you with details of my absence, other than to say that I was low on time and energy due to my job and some health struggles. The good new is, I’ve been taking steps to improve my health and my body is steadily healing. I am feeling more motivated than ever to share and interact with the lovely online sewing community. I have missed blogging and keeping up with everyone, and I have some exciting things on the horizon.

Anyway, since it’s Independence Day here in the US, it’s the perfect day to share an outfit with red, white and blue in it.

Deer&Doe Anemone skirt made from vintage napkins

I made this skirt and crop top combo two years ago for the 4th of July.

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The skirt pattern is the Deer & Doe Anemone skirt.

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The material was actually a partial set of vintage napkins that I found in a thrift store several years ago.

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I made the crop top from a large unworn knit shirt that was in my to-be-reconstructed bin.

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The outfit has a bit of a retro vibe, and it’s perfect for a picnic or just lounging around on a warm summer day.

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A Cuda ear made an appearance in the bottom right corner of the photo above. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you know that we got a super sweet German Shepherd a little over two years ago. His name is Cuda, and he is best buds with Newton.

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Speaking of Newton, he says, “hi!”

Not much more to say about the outfit, but I’ll have more project posts coming soon. I also have a vegetable garden this year, so I’ll share some photos of that in the home & garden section of the blog, as well as some photos of progress on our Maryland house (yes, we’re still working on it) and some other fun DIY home decor projects I’ve done over the past couple of years.

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Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid, for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear pants, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I am decidedly a dress kind of gal, so I haven’t felt like myself lately. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I think I’ll have an understanding of what it’s like for a butterfly when it emerges from its cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

IMG_9672This is another garment that I finished many months ago. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

IMG_9671I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had.

IMG_9678I also drafted a fun little peter pan collar because, let’s face it, I’m obsessed with peter pan collars. Deal with it! 😉

IMG_9691I plan to either create a tutorial for drafting a peter pan collar for Verity or offer a pattern piece. So, those of you who have the Verity pattern will have another collar option to choose from.

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I was having a lot of trouble getting the remote to work that day, so you’ll have to forgive its overt presence in some of the photos.

Both of the fabrics that I used for the dress were thrift store finds. While I can’t remember how much each of the cuts were, I’m sure this dress was less than $3 to make.

IMG_9674As you may have deduced from the pictures, the materials are not ideally paired. One is a lightweight knit and the other is a double-knit. I was aware of the material differences before I made the dress, but I’m stubborn, and I forced the union anyway. The weight of the skirt does pull the top of the dress down a bit. Aside from that, the combination was a success, as far as I’m concerned. It’s like an oddly matched couple; strange at first, but somehow it works.

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IMG_9681Oh yeah, I should probably address the purple cardigan. Unfortunately, I did not make it. When my mom and sister were visiting me last November, we found that one and a white one on clearance at Anthropology. The cardigans are totally my style and the exact length that I normally prefer. They also have some pretty details, and I have a feeling they’ll last me a good long while. You’ll definitely be seeing them in heavy rotation for the spring.

IMG_9670Well, there you have it: a winter wardrobe sort-of-staple. Now, if only spring would hurry up, so I can shed the coats and sweatshirts and feel like myself again. Is anyone else feeling the winter doldrums?

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White Lace Shirt & Orange Corduroy Skirt

Many months after the first teaser, I finally have some pictures of my white lace shirt to share.

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I’ve worn this shirt several times with my orange corduroy skirt that I finished around the same time. So, I decided to include that skirt in this post as well.

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Both of these garments were made back in November. The shirt was made from a self-drafted pattern. It’s a variation of the same pattern that I used to make this dress and this dress and shirt.

Despite what the gaping between buttons would lead you to believe, the fit of the shirt is actually not bad. I really should have used more buttons. However, I only had 6 of those pearly buttons, and they were the only buttons that matched. I’ve been working on using the supplies that I have rather than buying new supplies.

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One of the snags visible above was in the material before I made the shirt. I bought the lace at a thrift store, so I can’t complain. The other snag is from an unfortunate fingernail incident. Oh, the woes of working with and wearing lace.

After looking through these pictures, I also noticed that the collar is a bit uneven. I’m not sure if it really is that lopsided, or if it just needed a good pressing. I suspect the latter. No matter what, I still like the shirt, even with the snags and the shoddy collar. 😉

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I added an underlining behind the lace for the plackets and the collar because those areas needed more structure. I used a bias tape (made from the underlining material) to finish the neckline.

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The sleeve are my favorite thing about this shirt. Only one short edge of this fabric had that scalloped border. Lucky for me, it was the perfect amount for the sleeves.

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I have worn this shirt several times untucked, with jeans and a cardigan. I realize that it looks strange untucked with this skirt, but I didn’t feel like changing into my jeans. 😉

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The skirt was made from a self-drafted a-line skirt with inseam pockets. It’s like a Kelly skirt without the pleats and with inseam pockets instead of front hip pockets.

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My current favorite way to wear this skirt is with this vintage sweater that I found at a thrift store.

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Well, I feel better now that I’ve finally posted about some new garments. I can’t believe it has been over three months since my last post about a sewing project. Yikes!

I’ll admit to feeling a bit guilty about not posting. However, when blogging weighs on me too much or starts to feel like a chore, I’ve learned that usually means it’s time to set it aside for a while. I’m sure some of you can relate. 🙂

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Belated Happy New Year

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a lovely end of the year and that the new year finds you well.

What a busy and unusual couple of months this has been. I should have mentioned in my last post that I’d be on a bit of a hiatus, since I knew I’d probably be missing ’round these parts for a while. I’m aware that some of you probably couldn’t care less, but here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to anyway. 😉

Hangin’ with my mom & youngest sister

At the beginning of November, my mom and my youngest sister came to Maryland to visit me. We did a lot of chatting and hanging out around the house, but we did go out and do a few things as well.

I took them to walk around in Olde Town, Alexandria. Unfortunately it was a wet and drizzly day, but we still had fun. That same day, my sister got to ride the metro for the first time (I told her the novelty wears off pretty quickly, once you’ve done it a few times). Since she is a teenage girl, she also requested that we go to a nice mall, so I took her to the mall in Pentagon City.

My mom really wanted to go to Mount Vernon while they were out here, so I took them there. That was definitely my favorite activity that we did together because I love museums and historical sites.

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My sister’s Instagram collage of the day at Mount Vernon

It was great to just hang out with a few members of my family for a few days, since I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to.

Me, baby sis' and Newton just chillin'

Me, baby sis’ and Newton. Just chillin’.

Thanksgiving

Originally, we were supposed to hold Thanksgiving with my husband’s family at our finished house last year, but that didn’t work out. We had the meal at my in-laws’ house instead, but I still got to decorate the table. 🙂 I didn’t get any good pictures, and the computer I have with me doesn’t have any programs in which I can edit pictures, but these give you an idea of what it was like.

IMG_9516I made two table runners since the table was so long (this way I’ll have two that I can use on table of a normal length). One side of the runners is blue and the other side is brown, with a lace strip on both sides. It’ll be nice to have two different colors to choose from in the future.

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December happenings: moving & planning

Up until the beginning of December, my husband and I were working on our house in preparation for moving. I didn’t mention any details about the move in my last post because I didn’t know how soon we’d be moving.

Anyway, we’re now in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to my husband’s family. My sisters-in law and their husbands live in the Nashville area, and my husband’s parents are moving to the area in a few years. I’m very excited about this move, especially because this will be our last move for the foreseeable future. Let’s not forget that I may even get to hang out with the amazing Lauren, from time to time–if she’s up for it, that is. :-}

Since my last post (more than two months ago), we have traveled back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to set up my husband’s new shop. I’ll post pictures of the shop and the office once we’ve finished setting it up.

Luckily, I brought some of my sewing tools with me and I have a little temporary spot in the office of the shop. I have sewn a few things since we’ve been here, including these little potholders that I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

IMG_9662IMG_9665Oh by the way, I cut and dyed my hair red last month.:-D

Representing my husband's business in my pink BC polo

Representing my husband’s business in my pink BC polo

I’ve wanted to go red since last Christmas, and now I finally did it.

2014, So Far

Back to our current living/moving situation…We’re staying with one of my sisters-in-law and her husband. They have been extremely gracious, and we are very appreciative of their taking us in as temporary roommates. Alex and I are looking for a house, and I am working on getting a job here (Wish me luck!). For all intents and purposes, we’ve moved to Nashville. However, we will have to make a couple more quick trips back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to get the house finished and listed and to move all of our belongings.

After what turned into an unplanned, two month blogging sabbatical, I’m itching to get back to it. I’m excited to catch up on other bloggers’ makes and share a few things of my own. I’m looking forward to the new year with anticipation, and I’m excited about all the possibilities ahead. Now, it’s time to focus, get my butt into gear and make things happen! 😀

Here’s to a new year filled with joy, hope and the thrill of possibilities!

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture

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Plaid Shirt, Plaid Dress & a Pity Party

My, my, it has certainly been quiet around here for the past month or so. I’ve been fighting with chronic sinusitis for several months (since mid-July). It’s easy to take things like smell and taste for granted until both of those senses are removed from your life for months. It was especially difficult to get past the constant nagging fatigue and general feeling of being ill with no way to resolve it (Since it isn’t a bacterial infection, antibiotics are a waste of time and money, and you can only take Sudafed and other sinus meds for so long before they start doing more harm than good). Despite the post title and the tone of this paragraph, I’m not fishing for pity, just letting y’all know what’s been up in my corner of the world.

A couple of weeks ago I started having energy again, and we’ve made a lot of progress on our house renovation. We’ve picked up our pace on the renovation because we only plan on staying here in Southern Maryland until early next spring. Having deadlines to motivate us has been helpful. My momma and my youngest sister are coming for a visit in a week, and we’re having family and friends over for Thanksgiving. Luckily, we’ve had the help of my in-laws the past few weekends. I’ll tell you more about all of that in a renovation update soon.

Since my brain was a bit foggy for about a month and I’ve worked almost exclusively on house stuff the past couple of weeks, I haven’t made the progress I was hoping on pattern related tasks. Verity extended sizes are still on the way though, as well as a free pattern. Hopefully, I’ll have a sew-a-long for Verity soon. I guess I got a bit ahead of myself and with the changes to the renovation timeline, things are just moving a bit slower than I’d planned.

I did make some progress here and there with some sewing for the fall, as my fall & winter wardrobe is seriously lacking. That’s what today’s post is really about (I know, I know, I buried the lead). This top and dress were made using an altered version of the same pattern as the dress in my last post.

IMG_9156Since I was testing my different versions of this pattern, I used thrift store materials with limited yardage. That’s why the plaids of the skirt aren’t ideally matched at the sides or the bodice/skirt seam.  The horizontal plaid lines on the front of the skirt are not, however, crooked as the picture below would suggest. I guess one side of the waist seam got caught up under the belt. My biggest concern was that the plaids on the bodice matched on each side, especially along the darts. Nobody likes crooked boobs. ;-D

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The dress fabric seems to be a rayon blend of some sort, and the shirt fabric is cotton.

IMG_9183This dress version of the pattern has an extended placket. It’s more fitted at the waist and omits the elastic of the first version.

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My side bodice darts are a little wonky. I’ve adjusted them down now on the pattern, so they actually point toward the apex of the bust. As you can see, the front bust darts also needed to be adjusted for future versions because they end about an inch too high.

 

 

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I really prefer wearing this dress with a cardigan to break up the plaid a bit.

IMG_9401The shirt was made using my first draft of the fitted button down shirt. I just drafted a peplum option at the same time as the standard button-down shirt.

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I really need to tack the cuffs down all the way around.

IMG_9196I gave the shirt short sleeves because I tend to wear cardigans in the fall and winter anyway. This way I can wear it in the spring to.

IMG_9168The dress was made after some adjustments to the armscye of the pattern, but the fabric that I used stretched out. 🙁 The sleeves are really way too loose for my liking, so I’ll probably take those in.

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IMG_9192IMG_9205I tried to put snaps on the dress too, but the snaps weren’t having it. Apparently my placket was too thick. Needless to say, I was VERY upset when I had some holes to fix after my attempt at snaps. I definitely threw a tantrum: stomping, and fist shaking, and all.

IMG_9375IMG_9427Let me tell you, this dress is so stinkin’ comfy! Paired with tights and a cardigan, it doesn’t get any better for fall weather wear.

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I’ve got a couple of variations of the Verity pattern coming up soon. One version has a peter pan collar. I’ll also have some tips about adjusting the split collar depending on the fabric you use (the body and stretch of a fabric really affects the look of the split collar).

I promise, I will take pictures of my lacy top and the skirt I reconstructed to go with it. I also have one more top and an orange corduroy skirt to show you.

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Grey Tie-Neck Button-Up Dress

I really NEED more fall clothing, so I’ve been pushing myself to get some clothing done since the weather is a changin’. I’ve really been lacking in the button-up shirt and dress department, and I want so more clothes that are “fall appropriate” in color, etc. Anyway, I decided a couple of weeks ago that it was about time that I drafted myself a button-up pattern with several different variations that I could use to make myself pieces for my fall wardrobe.

IMG_9279This dress was actually the first thing that I drafted a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_9221My sister actually asked me to make a very similar dress for her, so I figured I may as well draft it in my size first and test everything out. 😉 The dress I’m making for her will have pockets on the bodice and a regular collar. This is the picture she sent me.

IMG_20130810_182704I first planned for my dress to have a regular collar, but I decided pretty last minute to extend the collar into ties.

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IMG_9232IMG_9292The fabric is a lightweight rayon material. The color was really difficult to capture, but it is such a lovely shade of grey.

IMG_9229It’s unfortunate that the dress is wrinkly in the photos, but I have to say it’s not bad for a full day of wear pre-photos.

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IMG_9297IMG_9244IMG_9282IMG_9281IMG_9269IMG_9230This is definitely my new favorite dress. It’s perfect for layering with a cardigan and tights when the weather cools off.

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Here are some detail shots.

IMG_9214IMG_9218I just love edge stitching!

IMG_9216The inside…

IMG_9212After drafting this pattern, I drafted a pattern for a similar dress with a non-elasticated waist. That version will have sleeves. I added darts at the waist in the front and back. I’m working on making this dress from a plaid material.

I also drafted a peplum to make a little button-up shirt. That shirt was actually the first item I made from this set of patterns, but I’m going to show that in another post.

I then traced the pattern and extended the bodice into a full-length shirt, and drafted a collar with a collar stand and a flat peter pan collar to mix and match with the pattern.

Since I like necklines to be a bit lower when there’s a peter pan collar, I decided to draft another shirt pattern with a lower neckline, as well. I just finished a lace shirt using that pattern, because of Zoe‘s comment in my last post. I’ve wanted a lace shirt for a while anyway, and that gave me the push to finally just make one.

Here's a little preview :)

Here’s a little preview 🙂

Due to my feeling really icky for several weeks and having no desire to take photos of finished garments, the list of things that I need to post about has reached ridiculous proportions. So, I’m going to skip over posting some makes from the summer and just move on to fall garments. I’ve got some variations of the Verity pattern to share soon, as well.

Things may be a bit slower than usual around these parts, as I will be spending a lot more time working on our house this next month. We have some pretty lofty goals and deadlines to meet on that front. I will still be popping in once in a while though. I hope everyone is enjoying the advent of fall.

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