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Monday, 26 August 2019

There's still plenty of summer left!

Hi guys,

Just a reminder that there's still plenty of summer left! In the last couple of weeks I've started feeling like summer is almost over. I think part of this premature feeling comes from the fact that I'm following a lot more style and fashion blogs and instagram accounts, and it seems like everything is all about fall now, and has been for weeks! Back in February my feeds were full of lovely summer dresses making me yearn for summer, and now we've been feeling fall vibes since the beginning of August. I guess it's pretty effective at driving consumption and making sure that no one is ever satisfied for long.

Whew, that sure turned into a thing! Anyway, the real reason for my post is a new summer dress. Behold!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Floral + stripes + snake skin

Happy long weekend, friends!

I definitely earned my weekend after spending the last bunch of days at a conference. I learned a lot and got to visit Phoenix (My second time there. It's lots of fun as long as you have plenty of sunblock, stay hydrated, and are only there for a few days).

Also, I had the chance to take photos of a self-made outfit that I really love!

This is what I look like when I've spent the whole day in a conference. You know that thing where wearing a nice outfit makes your day, like, a lot easier to get through? Yeah, this was one of those days! Do you do that too?

This skirt is the same Vera Venus pattern adaption that I used to make my Leopard print skirt.

I made this way back in September 2018, my first make after a long dry spell and I'm so happy with how it turned out! it was actually inspired by this skirt, though the end result is basically completely different.

Even though it's a floral I wore it all winter, pairing it with a little pink t-shirt and a cashmere cardigan.

The insides are weird clashing colours, because I love that shit!

The skirt itself is made with a lovely rayon from Blackbird Fabrics.

The shirt is that same BurdaStyle button up that I've been using forever, only this time I printed out that pattern fresh. I had made so many adjustments over the years - and most of them before I knew what I was doing - that it was a bit of a mess. I think I also didn't know what I really wanted, in terms of fit.

If you can believe it, I didn't really wear a lot of button up shirts before I started making them. I'm so glad I've integrated them into my wardrobe the last few years. Now I don't know what I would do without them! Actually, this is a remake of the first button-up shirt that I ever made. I wore it constantly until it was accidentally ruined when it got caught in my luggage zipper on a trip. The fabric is Rag-and-Bone that I bought from Mood Fabrics.

Anyway, so one of the things I find most frustrating about BurdaStyle patterns is that they come with lots of wearing ease, but luckily I've found that I like a very relaxed boyfriend sort of cut, which described this pattern to a "T." All I did to the pattern this time was to reduce the neck, add a sleeve slit placket and remove the ease in the sleeve head so I could sew them in flat.

In other news, I'm obsessed with these shoes. Since giving up high heels, I've been treating myself to some stylish flats, so I don't feel like I'm missing out quite so much. These are the highest heel I'm allowed, but they're so pretty that I couldn't pass them up. They're pretty chic, don't you think?

Saturday, 27 July 2019

The Leopard Print Slip Skirt

Hello friends!

Whoa, what is this? Two posts in two months? Pretty surprising considering I posted twice in 2017 and not at all in 2018!

I'm excited to be sewing on the regular again. Excited enough that I'm making the effort to get pics, which is always the biggest hurdle for me!

Here's what I made - a leopard print slip skirt! Heavily influenced by the "it" skirt from last summer by Realisation Par.

I made my version by adapting the Vera Venus bias dress pattern, though really any slip skirt pattern would do! I was just too cheap to buy a new pattern. I had previously used parts of the Vera Venus pattern to make my 1930s gown.

Even though I'm way behind the times on this style, I've worn this so much since I made it that I can't remember how I got along without it.

One of my favorite things about making my own clothes is having some weirdly contrasting insides. Here's a pic of the leopard fabric with the red ribbon and lilac lining that I used to finish it. Sometimes I flip the waistband so that it's visible. It's a nice little pop of colour!

Isn't it delicious? Speaking of delicious...

This is a silk nylon blend that I got from Downtown Fabrics. It's got a little bit of stretch in it, though it's not needed since this skirt is cut on the bias.

Another great thing about this skirt is that there are a million ways to style it! In these pics I'm wearing it with a chambray shirt which is actually a shirtdress that I made a while ago (and wear constantly in the summer and on vacations). I also love this with a white button-up for work or a black spaghetti strap top for a dinner out. Sometimes I wear it with this pink polo shirt I have to make it a little more summer-y.

When fall comes I'll probably pair it with a cashmere sweater. Damn, now I'm excited for fall!

I find that because I make my own clothes, I use that as a justification to splurge more on knits and shoes. Do you do the same?

Speaking of shoes, part of what got me sewing and blogging again was that I can't wear high heels anymore because my knees are kind of messed up. I'm pretty sad not to be able to wear my fave heels anymore, and so many of the work clothes that I had made for myself are designed to be worn with heels.

So I'm using it as motivation to make more clothes, exploring what I like and what I feel good in when I can't reply on high heels. I've always felt like my legs are too short, so I would rely on heels a lot to feel better about my proportions.

The slip skirt style is great because even though it's a little longer, the drape-y-ness gives it a lengthening silhouette, I think. Right?

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Still here and still sewing!

Hi Friends!

Yeah, I've become one of those blogs. The one where the blogger just kind of stops posting. Oops!

It was partly because I had sewn so many clothes that I didn't really need to sew many new garments, but also because I started spending more time playing music and working out and stuff. I'm also working on learning french, Oh la la!

But in the last 6 months or so, I've started thinking about / changing up my clothes again and I've made a couple things that I'm really proud of so here's one of those things!

Ooooh it's so pretty and romantic! I follow this blog / online retailer called Who What Wear. It's super fun and lets me pretend that I know what's going on in fashion. I noticed that they posted lots of summer dresses with a few common details, so I just had to make one for myself!

All the dresses that caught my eye had puffy sleeves, a vintage-y floral pattern and a pretty neckline.

Here are a few of the photos that I used for inspiration.

Oh man, I forgot how few blogger-skills I have! This collage is pretty terrible ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I used this YouTube tutorial as a base to make the dress. I followed their instructions for figuring out the size of the pieces to cut, but it ended up too big on me. They suggest making the circumference of the dress total twice the measurement of your bust, but next time I would do twice my waist instead.

They also suggest dividing the measurement between 5 panels, but I wish I had done 6, so I could have added pockets.

I feel like a violated some cosmic rule by not including pockets!

I also added an elastic around the top of the bodice and sleeves, for a little extra security. The sleeves are just the top 9 inches of the sleeves from this burda style pattern. I kept the seam allowance at the shoulder, finished the edges and sewed in a few lines of shirring, then I just pinned them where I wanted and zig zag stitched them on. Easy peasy!

I'm really happy with the results! I think the square neckline is really flattering and I have it on good authority that it's super in right now ;).

Man, I had forgotten how tough it was to get good pics. I always feel so self-conscious and awkward!

Well, I think that's that, except to say that I really like my new sneakers, but couldn't find a good time to mention them in the post. They're pretty hot, though, no?

Edited: fixed a typo