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Stripe and Floral Print Mix Dress

img_5169Last fall, I was especially fond of mixing prints together for outfits. So, I dreamed up this dress one day while looking through my fabric stash.

Now that fall weather is finally making an appearance, I am excited to wear this dress more again. The colors are very fall appropriate and it’s easy to put together layered outfits with this color mix.

I made this dress using the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte pattern. I just shortened the shirt into a bodice and added the skirt from my Verity pattern.
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Wheat Bushel Shirtdress & Superimposed Portraits

img_5154Moving right along through the unblogged garments…I’ve got another dress to share that I made last year. I made it around my birthday last August, so it fits a bit loose on me now, but not enough to bother me. I always wear belts anyway.

This dress is one of my favorite dresses, especially since it can easily go from season to season. I wore it with tights, cardigans and boots in the fall and winter.

The material was a thrift store find. It’s a rayon blend of some kind. The wheat block print is reminiscent of a fabric from the ’40s. Continue reading

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Pleaty Pleaty Please Dress x2

IMG_5345 (3)Today I have two dresses to share with you that I made from a self-drafted pattern last fall.

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.

I was originally going to buy a dress, but I had the look of this bodice floating around in my head 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 (a teal or dark emerald green color). I’m not sure why I still believe that I’ll ever be able to find anything RTW that I like anymore. I still go out and browse clothing about once a season or two because it’s fun to see the styles of the moment, but I haven’t bought RTW clothing for myself in well over a year (aside from underwear and a few pieces of activewear). Continue reading

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Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt

IMG_5207This 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.

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

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.

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. 😛 Continue reading

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Pleated Raglan Sleeve Top & Thrifted Plaid Blazer

IMG_9854This post has been sitting 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 these photos. 😂

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.

I knew I wanted a shirt with a darted 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. Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

IMG_5179Hello, friends! It has been quite 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.

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 have 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.

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A Negroni Shirt for My Husband

IMG_8728I have finally ventured into the realm of menswear. I finished this shirt at the beginning of the month, but I didn’t managed to coerce my husband into standing still for pictures until the end of last week. He refused to let me take his picture for a while because he doesn’t like having pictures of himself anywhere on the internet.

I’ve been saying that I would make him a shirt for years now, and I finally decided that it was about time I made one. I finished this shirt for his birthday at the beginning of August, but I had to make a few adjustments. So, he didn’t actually end up wearing it out until my birthday last week. Continue reading

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Turquoise Polka Dot Hummingbird

IMG_8051Being the procrastinator that I am when it comes to photographing projects, I have created quite the backlog. Rather than going in chronological order, I’ve decided to skip around and share some of my more recent makes. I made this top about 3 weeks ago.

I’d been saving this knit polka dot material for a Hummingbird top since I bought it at a thrift store a couple of months ago. It came in a $1 bag with mostly 1/2 yard cuts of material. I had a little more than half a yard to work with, but I was determined to make it work. Happily, I was able to just squeeze all of the pattern pieces onto the material. Continue reading

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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 5

IMG_20130530_175104I know we’re a couple days into June now, but here’s the final weekly wrap-up for Me-Made-May. I succeeded in taking my daily photos, but I definitely crashed and burned on the looking nice everyday front…

I’m glad that I participated this year, but I am ecstatic to be done taking pictures of myself everyday.

So, how did I do? Well, this was my pledge for the month:

I, Becca, of Creative Notions, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear a different handmade garment every day for the duration of May 2013. I also pledge to sew at least two new garments and two activewear garments.

I wore a handmade garment everyday, without any outfit repeats. Everything I wore was me-made, aside from cardigans and jeans. I did wear my jeans a couple of days, which made me realize that I really need to experiment with making a pair myself. I realized that most of my spring and summer wardrobe is made by me. However, if I tried this challenge in fall or winter, I would have mostly repeats.

I more than met my sewing goal, too. I made 8 new items, several of which have not been posted yet. MMM gave me the boost I needed to be productive.
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My First Kelly Skirt

IMG_7551Guess what? I finished a new skirt last week, and I can tell she and I are going to become good friends over the next few months.

I wore this skirt last week, as you saw in my MMM post on Sunday. I finally got around to taking some pictures of it.

When I came across the floral denim, I knew immediately what I wanted to make with it. As soon as I got home, I ordered Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt pattern. Continue reading

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