Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sewing: Sewaholic Rae Skirt

I wanted a quick and easy sewing project and out came the Sewaholic Rae Skirt. I loved the floral fabric in the kit and just had to get it myself.

Notes after the jump...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Waredrobe Architect Revised pt.4

I'm finally back to my re-do of Colette's Wardrobe Architect series. In this post, I'm going to explore prints and solids (Week 7) and discuss hair and make-up (Week 8).

When I first discussed prints and solids, I was pretty much all over the place. I went through my existing wardrobe and created a mishmash of colours and prints.

I was right to conclude that I like florals and geometric patterns. But, when it actually comes to designing a wardrobe, I should try to include more solids to make it easier for my pieces to work together. So, while I will continue to love some prints (like my favourite robot print chiffon blouse), I need to include more solids in my wardrobe.

To help me do that, I am also going to think of fabric types. Some fabrics are so nice, you want them in a solid, just so the quality of the fabric stands out. Here is what I came up with:

More fabric types that will look good in solid, like the sweater knit and denim.  Mixed with a few fabrics that look good with a print, like the chiffon robots (heart). I think all of these help me with my overall goal of creating something a little more timeless and a little bit 'preppy'. It's already easier to imagine articles of clothing made up of the above examples that will work together.

On to Week 8: Hair, Make-Up, and Beauty. Last time I did this exercise, I actually did a good job putting down what I like and don't like. So, I will just summarize it again, I like a simple look (no make-up).

My hair is finally long enough that I can do a bit more with it if I want. I usually put it in a pony tail, but sometimes I will french braid it. That's it!

Overall, I think my clean, simple approach to beauty works well with the preppy look that I'm using as a guide.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Knitting: Featherweight Cardigan

Yes! Finally a knitting post after months of nothing. I made myself the Featherweight Cardigan and have been working on it for a long time.

This is a lace weight cardigan with lots of tiny stitches. Also, a few months back, it was found that I had retinal holes in my eyes and that one of my retinas was close to detaching! Apparently, this is something common for people who are extremely near-sighted (like me). I had lasers shot into my eyes to hit the back of my retina and close all the little tears and holes. It was unpleasant and stopped me from doing fine work, like this lace-weight knitting, for a while. I'm all better now and my cardigan is finally done.

Notes on the cardigan after the jump.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sewing: Sewaholic Renfrew 3

I made a third Sewaholic Renfrew and, as the saying goes, the third time's a charm.

Notes after the jump.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sewing: The Mom Dress

I wanted to make something for my sister in addition to the lovely panda bear I made. I decided to draft a wrap dress. Not just any wrap dress, but something that would be easy to nurse in, while being comfortable and flexible in terms of sizing. Thus, the 'One Size Fits Most' Wrap Dress aka. 'The Mom Dress' was born.

More notes and pictures after the jump...