Grey days

Voila! Here is my new dress that I mentioned last week.

The pattern I used was Simplicity 2281, which I’ve been loving on for awhile. This is the third time I’ve used it; I’d like to say it’s the final time, but one never knows!

I used much thicker material than the previous two times, a chambray-ish denim for the sleeves and a black twill for the rest. I think my fabric choice was generally good, and the weather here in the pacific northwest hasn’t really warranted anything lighter. The only area that I think a thinner fabric would have been better was at the waistband. You can just see the outline of the trimmed seam in the waistband. Any thoughts on preventing this? I trimmed it and notched it as closely as I dared!

On Friday, this lil dress accompanied me to work and then out for an epic night out with my coworkers that involved whisky, karaoke, and a barefoot run around the baseball diamond at Cal Anderson park. It handled it all like a champ and looked far better than I did the next morning.

The Third Week of MMM ’12

Well! This week was mostly blue and white with a chance of red. Looking at everyone else’s colorful outfits on the flickr pool has got me inspired to try out some other colors for my next sewing projects. After, that is, I finish my dark navy Minoru and tomato red skirt that are in the works.

Day 14: I wore a tank I’d made using a lovely piece of silk that I scored at a fabric swap. I was in the height of my Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity craze and made this tank really fast. I used to just start sewing without looking at the finished measurements or making muslins; this is a good example of how different from real life a pattern can look on a package. Even if it is a bit wide, the fabric drapes nicely and I should wear it more often than I do!

Day 15: I refashioned this last year during Me-Made-March 2011.  (You can see the before/after image here on our flickr account.) This shirt has definitely been one of my more successful refashions! A lot of the other ones from Me-Made-March didn’t survive out the year.

Day 16: Ah, the Melville dress. I’ve probably said enough about this beauty in my blog post on it, but it’s worth noting that it was comfortable to wear throughout the work day. Pattern is Vogue 1236.

Day 17: My sleeveless blouse (seen on Day 10) made a reappearance with thrifted jeans. I just really, really wanted to wear it again!

Day 18: A huge triumph! I managed to refashion a dress I made quite hastily during Me-Made-March last year into something I’m more likely to wear. It didn’t take too much – I just removed the aggressive little cutout sleeves et voila! The original is here if you’d like to see what it looked like before going under the seam ripper. The pattern is Simplicity 2281.

Day 19: I made another version of the shirt I wore on Day 11. I actually prefer the fit on this one and the construction is better as well. It’s pretty festive for being an embellished t-shirt! Pattern is Simplicity 2554.

Learnings from Week 3: My self-made wardrobe is much deeper than I thought!  I was pretty certain I’d have to re-wear a lot of things this week and I ended up not needing to (with the exception of the Burda blouse, although I wore it because I was just so excited about it.) Happy Week 4, MMMers and MMM appreciators!

The Second Week, MMM12: Blue Period

It seems I wore blue self-mades every day, with only one or two exceptions! And with the morning light being as it is, my black clothes also photographed blue.

Day 7: My self-drafted, hand-printed cotton voile tank. I so need to duplicate this project in other fabrics! It’s so easy to wear but still feels a bit fancy.

Day 8: Here is one of my favorite self-mades ever, blogged here. I’d love to make one or two more of this one! I used Simplicity 2281.

Day 9: This was my first attempt at the bustier I wore on day 1 (not counting the muslin I made). I was a little bit sick when I made it, and I rotated one of the pieces. It’s given the garment a slight pouf where I eased in the piece, but I still think it’s wearable. If I get ambitious some day, I’m going to fix it. The pattern is McCall’s 6325.

Day 10: A new, unblogged project! I downloaded the Burda sleeveless blouse PDF. I used the lining leftovers from my Minoru, which is still in progress. I love the blouse but found the instructions to be quite spare! That said, now that I know how to use this pattern, I will probably be making several of these. Also wearing my Simplicity 2451 skirt.

Day 11: Last year, I started Me-Made March with this shirt. It’s just slightly too big through the bust and waist, due to my misunderstanding the pattern instructions (Simplicity 2554, for reference). It was a mix of knit and woven patterns and I mistakenly assumed that it was all for knits. I’d actually be interested in making it in a woven fabric at some point, although the idea of doing a narrow hem on those ruffles again gives me pause!

Day 12: My thrifted and shredded tank, created last year during Me-Made-March. Here’s the Outsapop tutorial if you’d like to make your own or just read a really cool blog on thrifting and DIY fashion.

Day 13: What’s this? A picture of me outside of my bedroom? Nathan snapped this photo of me between mother’s day events. I’m wearing my blue Simplicity 2451 skirt, an older recently-repaired tank top and a vintage Coach purse from ebay.

I’m getting a little concerned as I’m getting down to the projects that I don’t normally wear. We’ll see how this coming week treats me; there might be some re-styling aka repeats. (I have no qualms about repeating garments weekly in the real world, but it’s more exciting to share new ones during a sewing challenge!)

Black and white all over

Here is my new finished sewing project, as promised!

On the eve of her church garage sale, my mom usually calls me and lets me know if there’s anything amazing she thinks I’d want. This year, it was 4 or 5 pieces of gorgeous Japanese cotton fabric and I didn’t hesitate to buy all of it.

One of the fabrics was agitating to be made into a dress, specifically Simplicity 2281. I used the pattern once before, but this time I wanted to leave off the awkward space-age sleeves. I cut View A in a size smaller than my measurements would indicate.
Me and one of Bee’s children. Photo by Bee, of course.

This dress has seen a wedding, a fancy dinner and a few work days, and I’ve been excited to wear it each time! It’s flattering, comfortable and seems to strike a balance between interesting and simple. I’m considering another version with a black bodice/skirt and bright sleeves. We’ll see.

Speaking of sewing in general, I’ve been scheming on some new projects but I’ve noticed that the pace at which I churn out projects has slowed a bit. I’m ok with this. There have been times when I felt very compulsive about sewing and it can leave me feeling a bit ragged. Not to mention arthritic. But definitely expect to see more projects as I recover from the post-wedding phase!

Edit: Here are is another picture of this project that I discovered recently! Thank you to my sister for photographing.