Wednesday, April 16, 2014

30:60: Project 17 and 18: Taffeta, Darling! Taffeta, Sweetheart...

Friends, I have loved Madeline Kahn from a very young age (even when not completely appropriate - *cough* Blazing Saddles *cough*).  Even now, I find myself regularly quoting her movies ("Flames...flames on the side of my face" is a particular favorite in frustrating situations), but it's her line of "Taffeta, Darling" from Young Frankenstein that has always enthralled me.

When I found myself in possession of some green/black taffeta, I knew it was meant to be.

I didn't have enough for a dress, but I did happen to have enough for Vogue 8882, view E - my very first high-low skirt.

I am in loooooooove with it.  Even if it's not completely practical for every day wear.  Even if it's still too cold to wear it outside.  Don't care. I think it's a glorious piece.

Also, I feel like it makes my legs look 18 miles long. *high fives all around*

For the photos, I paired it with a men's shirt refashion.  One of Papa Grand's shirts that he gave to me for refashioning, to be exact.  

I took in the side seams, added some darts, managed to keep the pocket, chopped off the sleeves and created armhole bindings with the scraps, still managed to keep the stretch on the buttons to a minimum.  I'm going to call this a win.

I actually really like how the refashioned blouse and skirt look together.  Perhaps this could be an ensemble for a gathering I'm heading to this weekend?

Friends, 18 projects down, 12 to go!


Monday, April 14, 2014

30:60 Project 16 and Sew Sexy Sew Along: My First Anna Dress

Friends, I've made the By Hand London Anna dress before, but this time, I was making it for myself. In keeping with the theme of the Sew Sexy Sew Along, I wanted something that made me feel confident and highlighted my favorite features.  I wanted a pattern to accentuate my shoulders, neck, clavicle, bosom, and waist. I thought this might be the pattern for me, and indeed, I was right.

I chose a fabric from my stash that didn't have a plan attached to it, and the poly blend flows around my curves like a charm.  I feel incredible in this, and paired with my most comfortable heels, I feel sexy.  I want to strut outside and drink some fancy cider at an outdoor patio, but alas, it's snowing.  This dress will be well loved in the summer, though.

I made the midi length because I am currently falling in love with my legs.  Fourteen days straight of working out have created some serious calves, and though they are the reason I need to buy wide knee length boots, I adore them.

I spent most of today covered up in a sweater and pants, and to be wearing something that accentuates my figure and favorite features feels liberating and delicious. 

 I feel victorious and sexy.  I'm glad to have conquered this pattern and to have had this challenge to inspire me to sew something delightful for myself ... even if I can't wear it outside for a few more weeks :)

XOXO and much love,

PS Check out some of the other submissions for SSSA!  (Clio, Nettie, and Lisette all made delightful pieces!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

30:60 Project 15: Pajama Pants!

Friends, I have been sorely lacking in comfortable lounging clothes so far this year.  Thankfully, my dear friend, Lisette, sent me New Look 6160, and I knew that the pants were exactly what I wanted.  I just needed the perfect fabric.  The fabulous Sally of the Quirky Peach brought an amazing flannel print to the Chicagoland meetup, and I was lucky enough to being it home with me!

Voila! Pajama pants for lounging at all hours.

I used some ribbon and elastic from my stash for the tie, so we're going to consider this a stashbusting project.

The pants are definitely a little long, but that's how I like them.  Short pajama pants are the bane of my existence, and I usually end up chopping those into shorts.  Shorts or pants.  I don't really do capri pajama pants.

A close up of the print.  IT'S SO FABULOUS, and reminds me very much of my favorite summer dress.  

Many thanks to Sally and Lisette for their marvelous generosity that led to these oh-so-comfortable lounging pants!!


Friday, April 11, 2014

MM2014: All of March and Some of April - eek!

Friends, it's been quite a while since I've updated my MM2014 progress!  Whoops!  I have been keeping up with my picture taking, so that's something, right?  This is gonna be picture heavy, folks - sorry about that.

Monday, March 3
New Look 6808 paired with my Simplicity Amazing Fit pencil skirt from the original 30:60 Challenge. I love orange. There could be more orange in this picture, don't you think?

Tuesday, March 4
The 40s and 40s Dress. So comfortable, and I paired it with some navy tights and burgundy shoes. Definitely one of my favorite ensembles so far this year.

Also, the lovely Lisette sent me fabric and a fantastic note :)  One of the pieces of fabric was a black and white striped tube.  I'll let you imagine what it looked like to set the timer and then waddle quickly into place.

Wednesday, March 5
My McCall's 5226 blouse paired with my black and white houndstooth skirt. I need to find more skirts to pair with this top STAT.

 Thursday, March 6
I paired my color blocked Pendrell blouse with my McCall's pencil skirt. I like that the princess seams on the Pendrell match up with the seams on the skirt. We're going to pretend that I planned it that way.

Friday, March 7
Jeans Day in the office!  I paired my trusty Old Navy jeans with my McCall's 5929 ruffle blouse and my refashioned cardigan.  Warm and fashionable.

Saturday, March 8
90s Night at the Holiday Club! Wore my bubblegum pink Renfrew, my very own New Look 6190 skirt (pattern from the lovely Lisette and in blue, while Kitty Grand wore the green version), and MY TIKI TIGHTS. These tights are amazing. An upcoming post will display the four sets I've made.  I adore this pattern - it saved my legs this winter.

 Sunday, March 9
Brunch for my Lizzie's birthday.  I wore my Simplicity 1879 Lisette pink top and jeans. 

Monday, March 10
My Love Story Dress. Definitely a favorite.

Tuesday, March 11
New Look 6808 and my circle skirt.  And tights, of course. Because summer will never come.  (look at those shiny, shiny legs)

Wednesday, March 12
The Couch of the Irish dress was out of commission due to a loose hem, but once that was fixed, I wore it the next day.

Thursday, March 13
Wearing my light blue Jasmine and my high waist gray skirt. The blouse slips around a bit, so I need to be conscious of how its situated at the office.

Friday, March 14
Jeans and my sweater Renfrew.  This Renfrew has seen quite a bit of action this year because it is so warm!

Saturday, March 15

Still waking up. Yes, I drink juice out of stemless wine glasses while sitting on my counter. It makes me feel fancy.  I'm wearing my Coca Cola sweatshirt and mini bloomers for maximum comfort.

I made myself presentable to go outside.  I'm wearing the often neglected cowboy blouse and my Land Girl overalls.

Sunday, March 16
My Ingenue is perfect for every day wear, especially when it is forty degrees out and the radiators don't turn on as much as I would like.

Underneath the Ingenue is my long sleeved Renfrew and the ability to cook.

I stuffed some peppers and they were edible.  I was delighted.

Monday, March 17


Tuesday, March 18
Working on my black and white Cambie while wearing my Simplicity 2659 blouse and my Catholic school skirt.

Wednesday, March 19

My uber colorful Jasmine pairs really well with my Roman Holiday skirt.  This is an ensemble that will be repeated often through all seasons.

Thursday, March 20
Tights, Annie Savoy skirt, and sparkly snowflake Renfrew.  Thursdays never looked so warm.
(Also, all of the stuff in front of the mirror is for the clothes swap hosted on 3/23.  Cleaning house, y'all!)

Friday, March 21
My red McCall's 5929 blouse made an appearance at karaoke.  In this photo, I am singing "Arthur's Theme" by Christopher Cross because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Saturday, March 22
Black and White Cambie FTW.  I love seeing this completed dress in my closet.

Sunday, March 23
Puffy paint is going to be making lots of blog appearances this year. 

Monday, March 24
I am going to need more flannel blouses for Fall/Winter 2014. I wear this flannel McCall's 5929 all the time, but it works well with Simplicity 3688.

Tuesday, March 25

New Look 6808 + Black Simplicity 3688 Trousers + lasagna roll ups = a very good day.


Wednesday, March 26
My altered black V-neck sweater and houndstooth skirt weren't very colorful, but I was warm.  I feel like all of March was about staying warm.

Thursday, March 27
A new Renfrew paired with my jeans.  This is what I look like after working from home all day.

Friday, March 28

My boyfriend likes to sass me right before taking photos in order to get an authentic expression...

Saturday. March 29

...but he's so pretty, I don't mind too much.  (I'm wearing my green Cambie, he's wearing his new gray shirt)

Sunday, March 30
Recovering from dancing with boyfriend's Aunt Judy. That woman can bust a move!

 Monday, March 31
My knit bow blouse and my high waisted gray skirt.

Tuesday, April 1
I started Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.  These are my workout clothes, which were included in my list of 5 RTW items for this year.

Best. Workout Shirt. Ever.

After my shower, I threw on my green Hollyburn, my white lace refashioned tee, and my altered black V-neck sweater.  Also, slippers for wandering the apartment before I leave for the day.

Wednesday, April 2
I am dooooooooone with being cooooooooold.

Thursday, April 3
I need more trousers and some sunshine asap.

Friday, April 4
Wearing jeans, Mama Grand's altered sweater, and my sheer Simplicity blouse.

Making faces at my boyfriend while we Facetime and I sew.

Saturday, April 5
Apparently I really like this ensemble... (see March 7)

Sunday, April 6
I was tuckered out after the Chicagoland meetup, but I loved pairing this McCalls 5929 with my new purple Hollyburn.

Monday, April 7
Rocking the New Look 6808 with my refashioned cardigan and gray Simplicity 3688 trousers. (Also, I just looked up how to spell "gray." It's "gray" in the US, and "grey" in English. Why do we always make things so complicated?!)

Tuesday, April 8

This is what happens when I sleep for three hours and do 30 Day Shred in the morning and then work a full day. 

Wednesday, April 9
My Ingenue sweater and my black Simplicty 3688 Trousers. Spring weather is so so close.  I'm ready to put these pants away for the summer.

Thursday, April 10
My blouse and skirt made from the same set of bed sheets was the perfect outfit for the day. I was comfortable everywhere but my face, where the dentist had done a filling in my molar and my face was throbbing. This picture was immediately followed by an ibuprofen filled nap, after which I was able to smile and didn't feel like such a curmudgeon.
Note to self: Never do another month in one post again.  Two weeks tops!
Friends, enjoy your weekends!