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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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 wonโ€™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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Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

IMG_9672Today, 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 jeans, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. 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’ll finally feel more like myself again, because I am decidedly a dress kind of gal. I think I’ll have an understanding of what a butterfly must feel like when it emerges from a cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

This is another make that has been finished for many months. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

I 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. Continue reading

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White Lace Shirt & Orange Corduroy Skirt

IMG_9717Many months after the first teaser, I finally have some pictures and a post to share with you about my white lace shirt.

I often wear this shirt with my orange corduroy skirt that I finished around the same time, so I decided to make this post a doubleheader. Continue reading

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Grey Tie-Neck Button-Up Dress

IMG_9291I 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 last week 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.

This dress was actually the first thing that I drafted. My 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The dress I’m making for her will have pockets on the bodice and a regular collar. I first planned for this dress to have a regular collar, but I decided pretty last minute to extend the collar into ties. Continue reading

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Blue Skies Are Callin’ Dress

IMG_8589This is the sleeveless and cowl-less variation of my Verity dress/shirt pattern. I cut this one out before I made the changes to the pattern that I noted with this version from earlier this summer. That’s why the bodice is still too short. Oh, well. Who cares? I still like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

The dress has a flared skirt, just like the first one. This time, since I was working with a striped fabric, I decided to make a chevron on the front and back seams. I should have let the fabric settle before hemming the dress, but I didn’t think about it. I sure have been throwin’ out a lot of “shoulda, coulda, woulda’s” lately.

I made the chevron point down instead of up. Why? I just like to be contrary sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜› Continue reading

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Pink Lemonade Shirt

IMG_7523Wow, I am so behind on posting about completed clothing. In the interest of catching up, I’m going to keep this post short.

Today, I’m showing you a yoked sweetheart top that I made using the same pattern I used last fall to make the sweetheart top with the lace yoke. Continue reading

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Strawberry Sherbet Exercise Top

instagramday31I finally made some cute active wear for myself. It’s been a long time coming, as I’ve grown more and more frustrated with RTW clothing of all kinds. I used to think that it wasn’t worth my time to make items that I would just use to exercise in and get dirty. But you know what? I’ve realized that it’s even more important to be comfortable when exercising.

This exercise top with a built-in bra is the first of the active wear items I made. I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago.

My biggest complaint is having to wear a sports bra even when an exercise top has a built in bra. That’s three layers of material, and I usually still have significant bouncing action. Most tops don’t give the level of compression that I need. This top has a built-in bra and it does a pretty good job. Continue reading

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Dress for The Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge

IMG_7885My dress for the Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge is complete. Here it is!

This dress is Great Gatsby inspired, and as I said in my planning post, this project is also in honor of my great grandmother, Frances Coles. Continue reading

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A Summery Dress & Some Spiky Thistle

IMG_7446When I saw this thistle on the side of the road, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for a couple pictures. Unfortunately, a couple of pictures is all I got in because there was a sudden influx of passersby.

I tried to take one of those giant thistle flowers home with me, but there were spikes on everything, including the leaves. Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever been close enough to thistle to realize how “thistle-y” it is. Ha! My penchant for doting on weeds is becoming well-documented. I’m once again guilty of being a weed-lover, because I think thistle is really cool looking. If I could’ve taken one of the stalks home with me without getting bloody, I would’ve.

Anyway, let’s talk about the new dress…I have made this design several times over the past three years, or so (the ones below are some of the custom orders I did through my Etsy shop). It usually popped up in the form of a top, with a cowl or a split cowl. Continue reading

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