Friday, September 30, 2011

Everyone Makes Mistakes

Made from  Suzanie Cotton Linen in Licorice from Tina Given's Pernilla's Journey line available here
I made a half-circle skirt with a black knit elastic waistband- so easy and so flattering.  I lazily did a serged rolled hem too, making it a super fast project - less than one hour, if you don't count the time it took to hang it before hemming.  But maybe I should have made it more thoughtfully.  Perhaps you can find my mistake...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Fall Palette Reveals- Calliope Still Crashin'

I have two versions of Kwik-Sew 3758 completed, and am still of the mind that I would like to wear nothing else but this dress all year and see if anyone notices. 

I made a plaid circle skirt with a contrast lining for the Circle Skirt Sew-Along..

the calliope crashed to the ground..

photo inspiration giving me opportunity to quote Springsteen in my Fall Palette

It's been fun refining my Fall Palette, but it's has been less inspiring to write about apparently.  Also I am mad at Colourlovers for only allowing 5 colors in a palette..Here's my final Fall Palette I guess.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Successful Half-way Mark (Self-Stitched September)

Here's a collage I made featuring most of the outfits I've worn for Self-Stitched September.  This has really been fun, and not as much of a challenge as I feared.  Even the repeat outfits were worn again for the love of the garment more than my running out of options.  Also it's been cool to re-use things as weather turned abruptly cooler in Minnesota.

Here's a collage of some of my repeated outfits.  I try not to completely replicate the outfit when I've replicated the garment.  The Yabba Dabba Do skirt has actually been worn 3 times because of it's casual comfortable factor.  I haven't really tried to dress that one up, and will strive to do so before the end of the month.  The third showing of that skirt was an absolute replica of the first outfit I created with it, brown hoody and moto boots.  I've also worn the Claire Cami dress twice, and because of the warm weather it was essentially the dress; once with boots, once with manly wing tips.

I actually have garments completely unworn thus far, some because they are samples in the shop- some just overlooked.  My gold cafe dots tee hasn't made an appearance, nor has the Park Ramble Wrap.  I am clearly skirt-centric.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Self-Stitched September Day 13

Just some pictures of Froggy Went a Courtin' with a cardigan I took in yesterday's blissfully autumnal weather.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Froggy Went A Courtin' Dress

Last week I finally made Kwik Sew 3758, and adorable pattern used by Patty for her "No Fuss Knit & Cotton Dress" class.  It's a pattern of genuis because it appears to be separates, but is a knit top with a gathered skirt (not a full dirndl- more of gathered to the amount of a classic babydoll) and an obi-style wide belt.

Available online here, ask for Indigo!

I'd been contemplating which fabrics from my stash I might use to make a version of this up, when we got Tula Pink's Frog Prince in stock in this Indigo colorway.  I had been charmed by the other colorways we'd had in stock, how could I not be?  Not only is it a frog prince, it has a fly in the middle of what looks like a sacred heart to me, and when we got the Indigo in, I fell hard.  I decided to make the belt in one of the Prince Charming coordinates, Turtle Bay (also in Indigo) available here online..

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Simplicity 2655, the "Yabba Dabba Do " Skirt

Simplicity 2655 in Dagmar by Alexander Henry
On Tuesday I was slummy again for my day off, but I didn't look slummy in my recently finished "muslin" of Simplicity 2655 (view E).  I say muslin, because I was really just testing the pattern for size/etc, but wanted to be able to wear it.  Since I wanted a skirt to ride on my hip, rather than much higher on my waist- I decided to make this pattern up in size 22, but since I sewed most of it on the serger, I could have sized down to 20, because this skirt certainly does have a low rise now.  It's impossible to call the yoke a waistband yoke, since it falls a good inch below my belly button, and my natural waist is about 4 inches above my belly button!  It's a hip-yoke, I guess.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Basic T-shirt

Featuring  Kwik Sew 3036
This is what I wore to sit around with my nose running on Sunday.  It was comfy.  It made me really, really happy that I had ever made something as simple as a plain white t-shirt too.  I will say that I doubt I would ever give up my store bought tees, so soft,cheap and plentiful at superstores, but this t-shirt was cheap and easy to make and I love how thick and lofty the Micheal Miller interlock is.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Denied! (wherein we come to a fork in the road toward my Fall Palette Wardrobe)

My Fall Wardrobe Palette has been thwarted!  I was planning most of my separates around this Anna Maria Horner velveteen, of which I was going to make a jacket and yesterday I watched a lovely customer buy all we had left.  Stupid me, I could've controlled my destiny, but instead I lost out.  Boo.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Soul Blossoms Claire Cami Dress

This is my favorite dress of the summer.  It's the Claire Cami Dress by Serendipity Studios, and it's so comfortable and flattering that I would mow the lawn in it.  Oh wait, yesterday I did mow the lawn in it..

Improving My Mettle

Reproduction picture of  9/2/2011 outfit.
'I, Laura of ‘schmatte?' blog sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept '11. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item, more if I can, each day for the duration of September 2011′

I think I can...I think I can..

Yesterday I wore 2 different me-made outfits (one while mowing the lawn!) but I was a picture-taking failure, since I didn't get home to my photo studio (the front porch) until after dark.  I will strive to do some recon with that today.  I was so sad yesterday that it was too hot for boots.  Today it might be too wet, but I might just push it anyway,

Update:  Here's my carefully reproduced outfit.  Anyone in my bias skirt class last night can vouch for its integrity!