I’ve been on a roll since I got my sewing machine last December. I’ve only been sewing for about 6 months and look at all the things I’ve made! I would love love love to participate in Me-Made May next year, which is when you’re supposed to wear only clothes you’ve made yourself for the entire month. I’m still a looong way away from being able to do that, but I think it’s possible. Being able to make my own clothes is so empowering, and refashioning thrift clothes is a great way to save money and reuse what might otherwise be thrown away. Now, onto the post!
This is the Scout Woven Tee pattern from grainline studio. It is a beginner level pattern, and costs $6.50 to download. I used this navy ponte knit from JoAnn’s that I already had on hand, but I’m looking forward to making this in other types of materials and different colors.
I drew up the pocket pattern from scratch, and cut up an old Billabong tube dress for the contrasting fabric. I love the pattern and color scheme of the fabric, but I just never wore the dress much.
I was in between sizes, so I just went with the larger one. It’s meant to be loose fitting, but I think I will go with the smaller size next time.
This is the second time I’ve had to use easing to sew on a short sleeve. I simply cannot get it to look right! As a result, these sleeves have a bit of a gather, but not so much that I can’t deal with it.
And here’s this picture, because it’s funny 😛
In other news, I got an A in my intro to financial accounting class today!
It’s taken so long for me to get pictures of some of these projects that I’ve resorted to self-taken iPhone pictures Sorry about the quality
This first one was one of those huge, old-lady maxi dresses you see a ton of in thrift shops.
The dress has two side seams and one seam running down the back. I took in the side seams and shortened it, not bothering with bust darts because I was fine with having a loose fitting top. In order to make the neck and shoulder area to fit, I also had to take in the top of the back seam.
I really like the neutral palette. This pattern is similar to the one on my favorite romper that is too big for me now, so I’ll think of it as a replacement 🙂This pencil skirt is made from some charcoal gray ponte knit I got at JoAnn’s. I absolutely love it! I have some in light gray and navy as well, but haven’t decided what to do with it yet.
I based the pattern off of another pencil skirt, but made this one a tad bit longer. I wore this skirt to an interview yesterday.
I love this outfit! I picked this adorable pink crop top up in the mall on clearance. It’s pretty cheap, but I figure I can cut it up and make my own replicas whenever I’m done with this one. This skirt started out with an elastic waistband (in February), but I didn’t like how it looked. I ripped out all the old stitches and made a new waistband and inserted a zipper. This was the first time I’ve done any gathering before. It’s not very even, so I’m thinking about ripping out the stitches and redoing it. I have leftovers from this fabric so I might experiment with different lengths in the future.
I swear I measured everything, but the waistband ended up being a little tighter than I would have preferred. It’s very high waisted now, but it’s still a good length.
Thought I’d throw in a little extra here! I dyed this white t-shirt purple ombre last summer. My brother dyed one for himself too.
Big plans coming soon! And I’m still working on my Laurel dress 😀 Stay tuned.
I couldn’t resist; I finally ordered PDF version of the Laurel Dress pattern from Colette Patterns.
Here is the quick version I made yesterday. This is a size 2, and it looks like it will fit fine.
I’m so excited to make this dress! I will have to go fabric shopping soon. I have no clue what kind of color scheme/pattern I want. Hopefully I will find something cool in the limited selection offered in Richmond.
I’ve got several projects I STILLL haven’t been able to get pictures of, so keep an eye out! Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow, and I can get some of that done.
Until I get around to taking some decent photos of recent projects, here are links to some of my favorite Etsy clothing shops. My ABSOLUTE favorites right now would be the last two.
lapetitanina owned by Marina Palovaara
Simple and gorgeous
mrspomeranz owned by Dasha Pomeranzev
Cat prints + boxy and cute? Yes, please.
Love the retro feel. The red dress makes me think Joan Holloway a little.
All the comfy knits in one place, with attitude. Reminds me a little of NastyGal
camilliatune owned by Tracy
I always see Chinese and Japanese women pulling off these simple, really loose-fitting styles. HOW DO THEY DO IT? I tend to look like a big ugly tent.
OurLittleDaisy owned by Mia Green
SO in love with that romper.
ApartmentOfMeAPOM owned by Kate Brook
<3<3<3 Obsessed with this adorable house print. And those dresses are just perfect<3<3<3 I also think the model is absolutely gorgeous. I want my hair to look like hers every day.
Norwegian Wood owned by Angie Johnson
Plenty of graphics and prints. They have amazing necklaces and earrings too with lots of fringies and stuff. AND super sweet lingerie.
Here’s another thrifted dress I bought this spring. This dress fit me perfectly, but it was originally floor length. I love long dresses and skirts, but this one just looked like a dowdy gardener’s dress on me. So the only alteration I did on this was to hem it 🙂 Easy peasy!
This little silk bag is at least five years old. I ordered it from Baba Studio via Etsy. Since then, the store has grown and they offer lots of gorgeous bags and clutches as well as tarot cards and perfume. Check it out here.