Showing posts with label handmade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label handmade. 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! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Cables / Handmade Wardrobe Series: Stripes

Welcome to my new Handmade Wardrobe Series. Each week I'm going to pick an article of clothing that I have made and try to come up with at least 2 outfits for each then ask you, lovely readers, to pick which outfit you like better. Sound fun? Let's get started!

In the break room at work we have a "free bin" if you have something you don't want, clothes, jewelry, kitchenware, light bulbs...anything! can leave it in the free bin. I check it every now and then to see if there is something in there that I can restyle. Recently I found a brown/multi colored halter neck sundress with a smocked waist. I picked it up, looked it over and my brain said, "Ah! Skirt! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!" So I stuffed it in my tote, brought it home and let it sit, nicely folded, on my floor for a few weeks. 

When I finally go around to sewing all I did was cut off the fabric above the smocked waistband, fold the waist band over, and sew. I left about two inches open so I could put in the elastic that I had measure around my waist. I should mention here that the smocking was made with elastic thread, but it was very over stretched already. So, elastic in, ends sewn, slit sewn. Boom- skirt!

Now, what to wear it with. Sigh. This was challenging and part of the reason why I chose this piece for the first post in the series. I'm not too sure about either of these outfits. I may decide to narrow the skirt at some point to make it more pencily and not so flowy but that project is not on my radar right now, so I'm working with what I've got here. What do you think? Outfit A or Outfit B?

A. I knew I wanted one dressier look for work, this is what I came up with. The colors in the stripes proved to be pretty difficult to match with anything in my closet! This isn't too formal looking at all but is definitely nice enough to be work appropriate for the library.

B. Graphic tees and skirts is a combo that I have never tried. I was actually looking for a red sweater to wear, but I couldn't find it. When I saw this red shirt I thought I might as well try it on. While he red is not an exact match, the colors of the cars really make some of the other stripes stand out really well!

Let me know what you think of this series. (And, of course, which outfit you like best!) Do you think I should include my own thoughts on my outfits? Would you like me to list where I got the other pieces of each outfit from?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:

That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)