Showing posts with label skirt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skirt. 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!...you 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?



Saturday, August 30, 2014

One Yard Yoga Waist Skirt Tutorial

What you'll need:
1 yard of 58 inch width knit fabric
Thread
Sewing machine
Ballpoint needle
Measuring tape
Waist measurement
Hip measurement

This skirt is pretty simple to sew and should work for hip sizes up to about 50 inches. The smaller the hip size, the closer the gathers will be. I hope my tutorial explain the process well enough. This skirt can easily be completed within a couple of hours. 

I love that this skirt can be worn at the waist or just above the hips and that it has absolutely no elastic band! The stretch of the knit is enough to make an extremely comfortable waistband!

Start by measuring around the narrowest point of your waist and the widest part of your hips. Write down your measurements.

1. Measure 12 inches down on fold. (This is the height of your waistband). Divide your waist measurement by 2. Measure across from fold. (This is the width of your waistband). Cut.


2. With right sides together, sew up the end opposite the fold. 


5. Cut 12inch section remaining from cutting out waistband from the remaining fabric so you have a straight edge again. Save for scraps.


6. With right sides together, a sew remaining portion of fabric together on selvage edges. I zigzag stitched my edges here after straight stitching for a little extra security in the seam.


7. Thread a hand sewing needle with a length of thread about 4 inches more than your waist measurement. Tie the thread about a 1/2 inch from raw edge and as close to the seam as you can get it. (You will want to do this on the end of your skirt that has the more uneven corners at the seam since you won't be hemming the bottom.)


8. Gather the edges by making basting stitches between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long around the entire top of the skirt.


9. Divide your hip measurement by 2. Before your tie off the other end of your thread, lay skirt flat and pull thread until the width matches this measurement. Hello!


10. Tie off thread securely and then straight stitch around with your machine to secure the gathers, evenly distributing them as you go.


11. Fold waistband over, wrong sides together.

12. Place waist band inside of skirt, with the wrong side of your skirt facing out. Stretch waistband to fit skirt and pin in place.

13. Stretch while sewing to match up all three raw edges. Zigzag stitch around.


Enjoy your new skirt!


I guess I got a little lazy with the picture taking for steps 11 and 12. Oops! 

As always, feel free to comment or email me (thewizardofoddsandends (at) gmail (dot) com) with any questions about the tutorial and I will do my best to clarify any areas that seem confusing. I would love to see your skirt if you make one!! @wizofoddsnends on twitter and @thewizardofoddsandends on IG.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

~Outfit Post~More Paisley

Lately I've been sewing a lot and finding myself doing random things and thinking, "Oh, I'd like to share that...Hm, that would be fun to post about." So if things from The Wizard of Odds and Ends start popping up on your reading list more often than Tuesday and Friday it's just me letting my fingers go crazy on the keyboard, well, touch screen. Still saving up for a laptop. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what may turn out to be an influx of posts in the next couple of weeks!

In a previous post I had mentioned that I had sewn a few things lately, so I thought I'd do an outfit post instead of making it a Tuesday Cables post like last week. I'm hoping to post a tutorial for this skirt at some point. It's written out, I just didn't plan on making a tutorial when I sewed the skirt so there aren't any pictures!! I'm excited to have to make another one!

My shirt is a little big and the shade doesn't really go with a lot of my clothes, but when I finished sewing this skirt I knew it would match almost perfectly and since I could tuck it in it wouldn't look quite so baggy and shapeless.


I loved the fall hues in the paisley and how the black background made the bright colors pop even more!


This skirt is so comfortable because it's made out of knit fabric. I didn't even have to hem it! This is definitely going to be worn many times in the next few months!


Shirt: J.Jill / $0.21
Skirt: Made by me / $5
Sandals: TJ Maxx / $15
Bracelets: Gift

Sunday, June 22, 2014

1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 3

The final day of the 1 Maxi 3 Days event hosted by Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion!  

I wore way more solid black on top than I had originally planned to with this skirt. However, during this challenge I realized I own a while lot more solid black tops than I thought I did! 

I wanted to wear my skirt today with my shirt tucked in because it has a nice waist band and I rarely wear my tops tucked into anything. There was a breeze when I went to take photos outside so my shirt looks a little shorter than where it actually fell when I was inside. Anyway, still not a fan of the tucked in shirt. I don't know why,  I have just never really liked it.


Top: thrift store, restyled by me :) 
Skirt: Family Dollar
Shoes: Payless


Thanks to all who have read and commented the past few days! It's so much fun reading what you have to say!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 2

Today I sort of had it in mind to wear my skirt as a dress even though I pulled out a shirt when I was putting the outfit together. The elastic on this skirt fits so well that I didn't feel like I needed a tank top underneath and the cardigan made it unnecessary as well, so it was a strapless "dress." I was actually surprised at how much I liked the look! I would never have tried it if I hadn't take part in Ashely's challenge from her blog, http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com.


Skirt: Family Dollar
Belt: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: gift
Shoes: I got them so long ago that I can't remember!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 1

I bought this knit, houndstooth maxi at, believe it or not, Family Dollar. They actually had quite a few different styles last time I was there so I had a pretty hard time choosing. The wide waistband makes this skirt incredibly comfortable and the length is perfect for a taller person. I can wear the waistband at my natural waist and the skirt still brushes the tops of my feet!



Yesterday, (it wouldn't have been practical to wear a maxi skirt to work today) I wore one of the most comfortable outfits ever! The black shirt I'm wearing was purchased at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago, the pink tank top is from Target, and the shoes are from Payless. 

I didn't put much thought into this ensemble and hadn't ever worn it before. I just grabbed the skirt out of my closet and the black t-shirt happened to be at the from of my dresser drawer. The tank top is one that I often wear with the shirt. This is definitely something I will wear again it is SO comfortable!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Wear a Button Down Shirt as a Skirt | Tutorial

Recently I did an online challenge where the bloggers who took part had to wear a button down shirt three days in a row and style it differently each day. On day three I decided to wear my shirt as a skirt. You can see that style [here!] There are quite a few similar tutorials on line, this is my version. It makes more of a high waisted skirt that is good for layering. Of course, these are just guidelines, you can change things up a little and style it your own way; shirt tucked in or worn over it, with a belt, as an underskirt for extra length, etc. The usually works best with a plain button down shirt that's a size or two above what you'd regularly wear.

Underneath each set of photos the steps are listed with corresponding numbers.


1. Make sure the collar is folded over the shirt so that it's on the inside.
2. Find out which button and corresponding buttonhole fit best around your natural waist.

3. Place the top edge of the shirt at your natural waist. Make sure the collar is still turned inside.
4. Button shirt so that it fits comfortably around your waist. Button the rest of the way down.
5. Pull the yoke up. (The part that would go across your shoulders on the back.)
6. Fold yoke down and smooth.

7. Pull right sleeve across front and around to back.
8. Tuck sleeve into the ”waistband" that you made from folding over the yoke. (Don't worry if it's a little loose, that will be taken care of in the next step.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with left sleeve.

10. Finished back. You'll want to check in huge mirror to make sure everything looks smoother than mine! 
11. Finished front.

Just incase you've noticed that it looks like I'm leaning slightly to the left. That's not the shirt, the camera, or your eyes playing tricks. That's just my slight spine curvature. 


So, there you go.  Shirt as a skirt! 






Saturday, April 5, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 3

Thanks to Olivia, the three Boyer sisters, Jessica, Brigid and Charlotte, and to  Callie, and Ashley for hosting this fun challenge!!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Today was an interesting outfit choice. I had no idea what I was going to wear and then just decided to get really creative with how I style my top. I don't personally feel convicted to have my backside covered when I wear pants, but I know a lot of girls do and that's sort of how I came up with this fun ensemble. It's inspired by the pinterest posts about wearing a buttondown shirt as a skirt.


The shirt does add a little bulk around the waist so I wore a wide belt to define my waist better and to hold the sweater closed so you can't see where the outfit changes from a tee to the buttondown. 

Feel free to comment if you'd like a tutorial on how I wore my buttondown top as a bottom piece of my outfit! I post every Tuesday and Friday and I would love to share :)

Button down shirt/skirt ;) : same as days 1 and 2
Tee: Sonoma- Kohls: $5.80
Cardigan: Sonoma- Kohls: $17.60
Pants: Levi's- JC Penney: $? (Had them a long time!)
Boots: ?- JC Penney: $17.00

Hope you like it!
Have you ever worn a shirt as a skirt?






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Deck the Hauls

I somehow miraculously ended up with all of Monday off, which after Black Friday and Saturday was a more than welcome break. I spent the day out on an impromptu  thrifting trip. We hit Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Savers. Here's the picture again that I put up on facebook yesterday.



The most I paid for any item was $7.99 for the gray cardigan in the top row. It's 100% merino wool so I'm hoping it will be nice and warm for the winter because I am always, ALWAYS cold.

My favorite buy is the incredibly glarey Lanz of Salzburg nightgown all the way over to the left. It doesn't even look like it was ever worn and all I paid was $4.99! They go from 45 to 60 dollars from Vermont Country Store! I also like the denim maxi skirt. I had been looking for one for a while. I had planned to cut a triangle out of the bottom on the front and back and sew in some of the floral fabric from the skirt on far right, but after I tried on the skirt I kind of liked it just plain.

The black article of clothing, on the bottom toward the right, I had thought was a skirt. It was hanging with the skirts and was nice and light and flowy, but since it was a dark color I thought it would transition nicely through the seasons. I got in the car and was admiring it and suddenly realized it was a pair of culottes and will soon become close friends with my sewing machine. 

The green scarf is going on Etsy, along with another item I purchased at an antique store recently. (wink)

In other news, I'm sewing together the 30 something(?) out of 365 squares that I managed to finish into a crazy afghan. Think crazy quilt, but crochet style. In all honesty, I take on huge projects when I am having no inspiration whatsoever for anything else and then part way through them inspiration hits and I move on. It's like a brainstorm for my fingers. You know how teachers had you free write before an essay to see if you could come up with any ideas to build off of? My big projects=Free write assignment.

And I also taught myself how to cable knit. Not too shabby, huh? 



Well, I guess that's basically it for this week.
Autocorrect just told me "that's spastically it" I consider that statement accurate.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Business Busyness

It's been quite a busy week! I made two scarves with some extra bulky yarn I'd bought recently. I have come to the conclusion that I don't like that yarn at all. I hand crocheted them. Yep, sans crochet hook. That's why I don't like it. If my hand turned into a crochet hook, I wouldn't mind at all. Plus, I'd have a greater appreciation for Peter Pan characters.

This week I also finally made a fat quarter skirt...the correct way. My friend and I went out and bought fabric for the skirt months ago. I really like how it turned out!
The tutorial I followed:
Some pictures:
Left: Starting the skirt. Right: I actually pressed seams for the first time! 


Left: The black ribbon tie. I also used the ribbon instead of bias tape along the top. Right: You can see both panels with Chinese(?) writing to get an idea for the panel repetition. 


The whole outfit, haphazardly put together for the picture. My (not so trusty) camera and sock light diffuser. HA! I look like I'm floating!!


I also updated my Etsy shop today with a variety of scarves. Take a look!
www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends 

Now, it's time for me to start cutting some patterns!!




Saturday, September 14, 2013

Men's Shirt to Skirt

You've probably seen "men's shirt to skirt" tutorials on Pinterest and that is exactly not where I found the tutorial to make this skirt. I actually googled "men's shirt to skirt" and his was the eighth result on the page. I picked it because I liked the way it looked better than all the results ahead of it and I had a skirt that I thought would make a good template.

The tutorial is right here:

I loved the tutorial. A LOT of pictures and just enough written instructions that I knew what I was supposed to be doing if was confused by a picture. Does anyone else do that? I know I can't be the only crafter that goes mostly by pictures and not written instructions.

Before I started I managed to snap one quick before picture so I actually have what will pass as a before/after photo for this project! Now, let me explain a little. The shirt/skirt is 100% cotton mint chambray. NOT WHITE! My camera kind of decides to make each picture a different color which can be a cross between amusing and frustrating, depending upon what I'm trying to take a picture of. Pardon the wrinkles on the skirt and scraps in the background. I had literally just finished sewing. Excuse the sock as well. That diffuses the flash so I don't get a glare across the mirror. So professional. Anyway, less writing, more picture.


And, just an example of what I mean about my camera sort of having a mind of its own when it comes to the color of each picture, here's a lovely yellow-orange tinted photograph. Hello 1973!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Blues

ba ba da ba ba....
Well I had a pair of blue jeans
ba ba da ba ba
They were getting kind of frayed
ba ba da ba ba
but I liked those blue jeans
ba ba da ba ba
Now they're a skirt instead
Woooooah yeah-ah-ah

In other words:

"BEFORE"
Can't believe I remembered to take this picture!
On of my favorite pairs of  jeans were starting to wear out both on the hem by the heel and on the back side. Now, I'm lazy, that's not why they were getting work there. I think this pair is about 6ish years old. That's OLD for a blue jeans!!  plus I was in school most of the time I was wearing them. Lots of sitting.  They were still in fairly good shape but i couldnt wear them because I was afraid I would hear them tear at any moment that I bent down or sat down again in them. I figures a skirt would give a little extra fabric to the back to calm my fears and then I wouldn't have to throw out an almost perfectly good pair of jeans.


No turning back now!
Okay, now this has to become a skirt.
This is the point of no return.
Extra fabric that I should have expected...but was not
expecting.  I had to figure out hoe to get rid of it without
messing upt the whole inseam part.
All pinned and ready to sew!
Finished! That was fast!
Patch I had to sew in on the weakest spot. The corners of
the back pockets were beginning to tear.
The back turned out a tiny bit  snug, but not
too bad...There's a little story about this photo
coming soon.
denim colored thread. After this project, I think I'm in love.
*Story* I am in love with the denim three I bought last night. In the picture of the back of the finished skirt there are stitches going across the back centere right at the midpoint of the pockets and you can hardly see it! That is all. PS Sorry for the mess of jumbled up pictures. I got the blues just trying to place me last night. I wasn't on my own computer, which is pretty much done for anyway and, for me anyway, I think blogger's picture placing tool is not the most user friendly thing in the world. I wanted to fix it but I don't feel like getting frustrated ALL OVER AGAIN!