Completed: gray knit and purple paneled peplum

I have two new shirts completed! I couldn’t think of an alliteration for this knit top, but it’s still awesome. I had just enough leftover fabric from the skirt I made a while ago to make a matching top!

Gray knit top and matching skirt.  Handmade by Conniya

I just love coordinates– just look at my Pinterest page haha. But this shirt also works well with the dreamy white skirt. This shirt is so comfy and the white skirt fabric also feels great against skin. Who says fashion shouldn’t be comfortable?

Gray knit top. Front view. Handmade by ConniyaI left the edges raw on purpose because I thought it looked cool. I still think so, but when paired with this skirt, I think it would look neater with a binding. I might go back and do that if I can scrounge up enough scrap fabric.

Gray knit top. Back View. Handmade by ConniyaI’m looking forward to making many more variations of this top. I’ve already got another one in the works. All I am going to say is…COLOR BLOCKING! It’s gonna be sweet.

This top is the same pattern as the clouds and swirls dress I’m still working on. (I’m wearing flip flops in this picture, which I don’t normally do- I HATE wearing flips flops btw)

Purple peplum top with gingham panel. Handmade by ConniyaI actually started this one before I started the dress version. Since I didn’t have instructions to follow, I ran into some time consuming technical difficulties (mostly regarding lining methods).

Purple peplum top with gingham panel. Front view. Handmade by ConniyaI’ve been wanting to make something with gingham for a while now. This gingham is from Grandma’s stash of fabric she let me go through. There wasn’t much of either of these fabrics, so this project made really good use of them. The shirt is more of a crop top. I would have made the peplum longer but I ran out of fabric. Since I’m not the belly baring type, I need to make a skirt or something high waist to wear with this. I’m really wanting to venture into the land of sewing pants and make some black trousers.

Purple peplum top with gingham panel. Back view. Handmade by ConniyaTo make the straps stay in place and be comfortable, I used elastic casing for the top back part. It’s a little bulky, but it works.

The next thing I want to to with this pattern is to add sleeves and raise the back. I actually hate wearing sleeveless tops- I usually only wear them at home or with a cardigan. I’m also wanting to experiment with flutter sleeves.

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In Progress: Clouds and swirls A-line dress

It’s been a bit since I’ve had a blog post so I thought I’d make an update of what I’ve been working on.

I’m almost done with this dress. The pattern for the fitted part is based off of a dress that I cut up – I never wore it because of various fit issues so I took what I liked to make my own pattern. In order to finish this dress I need to 1) hem it, 2) take it in at the waist, and 3) fix the zipper/back hem. But isn’t this fabric dreamy? Stole it (with permission) from Grandma’s stash.

In progress. Clouds and swirls fitted top A-line dress. Handmade by Conniya

Originally I was going to just do a plain rolled hem, but now I’m kind of wanting to do something different. I’m a little tired of hi-lo hems so I’m not sure what else to do. I dunno…maybe I should keep it simple so it doesn’t distract from the top part or look odd with the two pleats.In progress. Clouds and swirls fitted top A-line dress. Front_straight_view. Handmade by Conniya The reason I need to take in the waist is because I made the pattern for an invisible zipper but used a lapped zipper instead. This should be relatively easy to fix – just rip out the zipper and increase the seam allowances on each side.In progress. Clouds and swirls fitted top A-line dress. Front_close_view. Handmade by Conniya When I redo the zipper, I also need to figure out how to fix the back seam where the two meet.  Right now it looks AWFUL. I think I will look up some online tutorials before I attempt fixing it.Clouds and swirls fitted top A-line dress. Back_view. In progress. Handmade by Conniya

I also made two pairs of sleep shorts recently.

The first pair are a bit poofy at the hips, which is fine for sleep shorts. Elastic was sewn directly into the wrong side of fabric. I like this print a lot ❤

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The second pair has encased elastic and the side seams are overlapped and topstitched. photo

And isn’t this wallet adorable?! I thought so!Kitty Cat wallet. Conniya

Have a great day! And if you have advice on inserting zippers, let me know or comment with a link!