Monday, January 31, 2011

Pillowcases and the Snowmaggedon

We've just received word that we are about to be pounded with two feet of snow.  This makes me a little sad as I open the office in the morning and must go in no matter what.

In preparation for the cold wait at the bus stop tomorrow, I found another stray pillowcase and made it into a tank top.  A bit see through, but it's flannel and is very warm.  It is also not too noticeable under blouses and whatnot.





Bring it, snow...you don't scare me...much.

Sew Weekly Challenge: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Since I cannot seem to post the actual picture, here is the link to what I would like to "imitate": corduroy belted trench.

I love this coat and DESPERATELY want it.  I am still listening to that voice in the back of my head that says I am not buying any clothing this year and so I have managed to hold off...but the price keeps dropping...and the colors are soooooo pretty....

but at least I have this to comfort me:




A corduroy trench coat that I managed to snag in a clothing swap two years ago.  I snagged it because I really wanted a long brown coat, a la David Tennant:

 

My goal for this challenge is to make this long, shapeless trench coat into a belted fashion statement.  I think this project may involve some tears and some wine, but I hope to come out victorious in the end!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

When Boredom and Pillowcases Meet...

Two months ago, I started making a tank top out of a stray Martha Stewart pillowcase that had been floating around the apartment.  I was "meh" about it, I did not feel like the lack of shape was helping me any, and it just wasn't comfortable.  Back into the pile of refashions it went.

After all the dressmaking that has been happening around here, it seemed awfully quiet once those were completed.  So I whipped this navy baby back out, put some darts in, stitched on some lace and voila!

 

I rather like it, and I think the back is fun...

I love de-stashing :)  I also love that I have something fun to put over all of my boring (but highly necessary in this weather) long sleeve shirts. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: Blue Floral Fabric

For many years, I have been wanting to make the dress for this challenge.  I had the fabric, I had the pattern...but I was scared and did not want to mess up my one chance with this beautiful fabric.

I didn't want to back down on the challenge, so I got out the pattern...

 

And made the dress at last...


 I am in love with this dress, even if it is see through and I had to shorten a slip specifically for it.


It's really fun to spin in as well!

Before I made the blue floral dress, I created this lovely number from the same pattern...

I call it my "Mad Men" dress, because I think Joan Holloway would rock this color.


I put on my sassy face for this picture.

And I finally finished another dress that had been hanging onto my mannequin, Emmy, for far too long...


And it came out something like this...I don't know why it looks like I am in pain because the dress is actually very comfortable!


The back neck needs fixing, but I may wait until closer to summer for that...

And now, for a much needed break and a treat of popcorn and m&ms!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Whirlwind Sewing!

I have been sewing like a madwoman, which has been a lovely experience!  I finished two dresses this past weekend, one using the pattern below...


and am now making the version seen above in yellow for the Sew Weekly Blue Floral challenge!  My dress is turning out a little more...ahem...see through than I had originally anticipated.  I am thinking a slip would be handy right about now. 

Pictures to come soon for all three dresses (fingers crossed)!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Unrequited Love, Jake Ryan, and 500 Days of Summer...



My unrequited love is for Jake Ryan.  Ever since the first time I saw Sixteen Candles, and this scene:

I swooned...and I am pretty sure I am not the only woman who still falls for sweater vests and red cars.  I was in college when I stumbled across a wonderful t shirt that had a picture of the man himself and I snatched it up right away.  Unfortunately, after an encounter with the dryer, the shirt was no longer wearable, but I refused to get rid of it...

So I made this.


A lovely little zippered pouch with a pink lining...


It makes carrying coins and chap stick so much easier!

For the Sew Weekly Challenge, I made the lovely shirt that Ms. Zooey Deschanel is wearing in 500 Days of Summer...


While I did not have any lace to add to the front, I am still very pleased with how it turned out!


A close up - hello there!


And my very best Zooey Deschanel pose...


While I did the shirt Zooey is wearing for the challenge, Sarah Gabbart did the skirt!  Check out her lovely work here.

Also, if you want to be completely blown away by an amazing vintage outfit, you will want to see the fabulous work Geri did!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: Unrequited Love


This week's challenge of unrequited love brought one movie to mind immediately: 500 Days of Summer

This movie is fabulous in terms of Zooey Deschanel's wardrobe:

I would love to make this tank below, complete with adorable buttons...


or this fabulous blue ruffle tuxedo shirt...


...or a shirt dress with some ruffles and lace...


or a lovely shirt with a bow.



 
So this week I will be sorting through patterns and sewing my little heart out :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My First Dress!!

I decided to try and make the dress from this pattern and started it about two months ago. I then realized how awful it would look on me without a defined waist.  Today, I decided to just get it done with and teach myself a lesson that I need to pick my patterns better...


And here is the result!! I couldn't be happier!  I had to take it in by several inches in the back, but it doesn't look too bad.  I also added a really long belt that wraps around twice before tying in the front.  I love belts.

 The back view...

And a close up of the dress.  The fabric is very fun and a dark navy.  While I did not match the circles and squiggles up, I like the way it turned out.


Now I wait for summer so I can wear it outside!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I Should Coco Challenge

The suit that started it all...

 

and the skirt that was the result...



The skirt was formerly a pair of shorts that my mother had given me.  She no longer wanted them and they were sitting in my stash when I stumbled on Coco's picture above.

The whole outfit...

And here is something new to share...my organized fabric stash! 
(Yes, it really does go from floor to ceiling...)

Friday, January 14, 2011

...and something for me as well...

I am going to be participating in the Swing Dress Sew Along over at Casey's Elegant Musings!

Something for the Man Candy

I am taking part in the Negroni sew along over at Male Pattern Boldness!  I thought maybe the man candy deserved something since he puts up with my sewing stash covering most of his office...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Looks I Am Loving

Since I am not buying any clothes in 2011, I am perusing my favorite websites for looks I would like to copy...

First off, this dress from Modcloth...it's reminds me of A Midsummer's Night Dream.  The fabric is so fabulous!

And some other Modcloth choices that I feel could be reasonably copied with my fabric stash on hand:


I would love to make this in yellow on top and bottom, with red in the middle...





I have some white blouses that need a home, as well as some pencil skirts that need some love...
I have soft green cowl neck dress that needs a refashion desperately...and I think that with some ribbon, I could definitely pull this off...

A dress I've begun making in a lovely cotton with green shamrocks on a white background...

I have a very funky green fabric that I think would shine best in a style like this...

This looks comfortable enough to sleep in...

And this would be lovely for the office...in summer, of course.


I have a feeling this would look great in red or orange - I love the neckline and layers of gathered fabric
And from Shabby Apple...

They never have this dress in my size...so I am now seeking out patterns for something similar...

I don't think I would look particularly fabulous in horizontal stripes, but I would be willing to try vertical stripes or a plaid with this design.

Sew Weekly Challenge: I Should Coco

I just checked out the challenge for this week, and here are some styles I am looking at:

Courtesy of the Met's Chanel Collection:




 I love the silhouettes of these looks, but I especially love the butter colored shirt dress.  I have been longing to make a soft shirt dress for quite some time (out of some bed sheets I have lying around) and I think this may be the inspiration to do it - let's see if I can conquer this challenge by Saturday!