Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sewing: Pin-Up Girls Linda Bra

I took the plunge and made myself a bra! It was a lot easier and less scary than I thought it would be.

My notes after the jump...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sewing: My Easy Renfrew

I love knit tops and wanted to make another one for fall - something like the Sewaholic Renfrew, but more relaxed. Since I had already spent a lot of time getting the sleeves and armholes to look right on the Renfrew pattern, I decided to use it and make even more alterations!

Notes after the jump...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sewing: Butterick 5286 #3

It was my hubby's birthday yesterday. For one of his gifts, I made him another pair of Butterick 5286.

I won't make too many notes, since I've already did that with the first and second pairs. I will say that the third time is a charm. I made a length adjustment even before cutting. I knew what size to make the elastic. I'm getting much better at finishing seams with the serger. Everything so much easier.

I'm also proud of my plaid matching along the front and side seams. The cotton fabric was easy to work with and lay out for cutting. Because I was able to cut where I wanted to, it was really simple to line up the plaid while sewing.

Side seam below pocket
I really love this plaid fabric and I'm happy with how these pajamas turned out.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wardrobe Architect Revised pt. 6

In this post, I'm going back over the last few exercises of the Coletterie Wardrobe Architect series. Week 11 is about going over our capsule wardrobe and seeing what holes there are.

I feel even better than I did last time I did this exercise about where I want to go with my wardrobe. I've already started filling many of the gaps. Here is what I'm focusing on:
  • More lightweight cardigans (already started with my Featherweight cardigan)
  • A simple cable pullover (coming soon!)
  • More knit tops (I've made some, but I need more Renfrews in other colours)
  • More loose blouses 
  • A Liberty/floral shirt 
  • Skinny pants and jeans (I've temporarily filled this gap with second hand pairs)
I've already done some of the other pieces, such as the cargo jacket, my winter jacket, the beige capris, and shorts. Everything is coming together and I already think I'm a better dresser. It's also much easier to get dressed in the morning, since I know that most of my clothes go together.

On to Week 12: Adding Accessories. Most of this is the same from the last time I did it, except I'm a little more certain on footwear after doing some research. For example, I bought some Tom shoes. They are simple and stylish. Tom shoes also promises to donate a pair for each pair you buy to someone in need.

I also bought myself some new winter boots. I decided to go with a pair of LL Bean boots that are made in Maine. I'm really happy with these boots; they are so comfortable and cozy. I almost can't wait for the snow.

My only problem now is finding some sort of fall boot or shoe that is good for the cool weather, when it is too cool for the Toms and too warm for the Bean boots. And that's right now, so I have to keep looking. Other accessories I need are new winter gloves and a scarf.

Week 13 and 14 are about organizing your Wardrobe Architect work and going through your wardrobe and purging. I did that several times this year and even donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters a garbage bag full yesterday!

That's it! Stay tuned for more clothes that fit into my wardrobe.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sewing: Fall Jacket

I've made myself a new jacket! A fall jacket like I've been wanting for sometime. I'm not sure exactly what kind of jacket it is, but I've seen the names 'field jacket' and 'cargo jacket' used. Believe it or not, I used the same pattern as my winter jacket just with some alterations.

Details and more photos after the jump.