Showing posts with label Circle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Circle. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Cables / Handmade Wardrobe Series: Blue and Yellow

Thank you VERY MUCH to those who voted last week! I love the input! It looks like outfit 2 was the favorite last week! I was pleasantly surprised!



One color combination that I have always liked is blue and yellow. A few years ago when my mom repainted the bathroom she also took down the yellow shower curtain which quickly made it's way into my fabric stash awaiting it's fate to be found in a plethora of pinterest patterns. 

It wasn't very long before I found a circle skirt pattern just perfect for the light, well draping fabric!  

I didn't add a zipper to this skirt, just an elastic waistband that is installed in a very funky way. I hadn't been sewing for very long prior to making this, so it's got a few quirks and  odds mistakes that just make it mine. The other major quirk besides the elastic is the very uneven hem. I just tell myself it gives the skirt a little more of a bohemian look.

1. For a casual look I paired it with my chambray shirt. I tried it tucked in with a wide belt but decided I liked it better untucked which looks more casual and is SO comfortable anyway. I put on my off white flats because I felt like any of my dark shoes would look odd with the rest of the very light colored outfit.

2. I dressed up the skirt with a work outfit. The yellows in the cowl neck tee I'm wearing aren't the same shade as the skirt, but the skirt still makes them stand out well without clashing and the royal blue cardigan is already one of my favorite pairings with this skirt! I put on the only high heeled sandals I own to add to the formal look. 

3. While trying on different combos I put together a third outfit with this skirt! 
You could say this outfit sort of kills two birds with one stone because I sewed the shirt too! I used Simplicity 1692, Vintage 1940s tops, top C. The 'making of' story behind this shirt will be in a later post. I think this particular outfit may be a new favorite of mine. But don't let that sway your vote! 

Sorry they're a little blurry this week. Especially the first set. My camera was just not into cooperating a couple of days ago! 


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pointless...like a circle.

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing in the past week. I guess I reached the burn out point for a bit with crocheting. Every so often I do that with each type of craft that I enjoy. I'm sure sewing is coming to that point soon and I'll probably take a break from it by crocheting again.  Let me give you an example of how I burn myself out, in the past 7 days I've made two skirts and restyled a shirt. The circle skirt I made after I worked a 9 hour shift at my regular job. So, you get the idea. I sit for hours on end, me, my sewing machine, and my record collection. Ah, Glenn Miller! Anyway, I reach a point where I just have to stop. I can't sew another stitch. And to tie it all in with the title: the reason why all this sewing is pointless is because I'm keeping it. I'm not selling it. Yes, I love being able to wear what I make, but I feel like I really should try to sell more than the eight little items listed on etsy right now! --In case you wanted to see them again: ;) http://www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
I am so happy with how it turned out! Believe it or not, that used to be a shower curtain. It was perfect for this! Plus I had extra elastic left over from a project I made about a year ago.  I used this pattern that I found on Pinterest with a few of my own modifications: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

...Have I mentioned yet how much I love Pinterest?

Now, to get you all caught up. I was going to take pictures of this shirt restyle in progress...I'm not good at that. Here are the only three pictures I took "in progress." It's pretty simple anyway...

That little blotch on the shirt is an olive oil stain. You can 't actually see it in normal light. Only in my insanely, insanely bright camera flash....  And as you can undoubtedly see, there is no method to my picture taking madness whilst I'm sewing.
Finished results were much better than I expected. The shirt looks a little, askew(?) because there was a little stretching and rumpling up (so technical, I know) of the seams. It looks fine when it's being worn, I was a little worried about that. I am thrilled that I actually have a nice summer top now and not just a plain old ribbed tank top!