It is 10:37 here on the West Coast so I have an hour and a half to get my post in to complete my week. And today I actually have two photos to post.
Yep . . . that’s me again in front of the mirror to get this photo. This skirt was one on my spring/summer go to’s. It is a simple a-line made out of a stretch denim print from Jo-Anns.
This was a fun weekend project at the request of a friend. She needed an apron for her nephew who likes to cook. It is made from McCalls 6415. The fabric is from my stash. I particularly like the way the African print turned out for the vest and miniature bow tie. I didn’t follow the pattern instructions for the bow tie but googled for a real bow tie pattern and how to tie a bow tie. I also changed the shirt panel by adding a placket (?) and putting buttons on it so that it would look more like a real shirt. Hubby said this was the nicest apron he’d ever seen. I hope my friend’s nephew feels the same way!
Tee-shirt! Can you tell I tried to strike a different pose. Looking back at the other photos it looked as if I stand in the same position every time and have a look on my face as if I am about to blow a gasket, so this time I tried to do something different.
I didn’t think I would be able to make bit the week, but here we are.
One thing good about sewing your own clothing is that you have an opportunity to try new things out (I read that from one of my fellow bloggers and I tend to agree). One thing I tried out this year is mixed prints.
These are two prints from Jo-Anns 2013 spring collection. I thought these two fabrics would work well this spring for a knit tee and skirt.
It has taken some getting use to as it was drilled into me from a very young age that you DO NOT mix prints. Phil says he would like to see the skirt with a white top because he can’t “see” the skirt – ha ha ha he isn’t adjusting to the mixed print thing . . . he is really going to be in trouble once I get the hang of it.
I tried to get a close up of the buttons and button holes. This particular shirt had a few details that helped me with my sewing skills.
We were expecting high winds today but it turned out to be a beautiful day.
My me made today is black stretch cotton dress that I made a few years ago for a vacation Phil and I took to Jamaica.
The different embroidered color polka dots instantly gave me that Caribbean vibe. This pattern called for lining, but there was no way I was going to put a lining in this dress, so I faced it with bias tape.
It has since accompanied me on several visits to the Caribbean and I think it is still good for a few more 🙂
This is one of the outfits I made
prior to starting at the beginning of my challenge. This is the one that brought to my attention that I really needed to work on my sewing skills. Come to think of it . . . Today is actually the first day I’ve worn this outfit.
It was made from an Easy New Look pattern in a jersey knit. What I call a variation for my usual sweats.
From the looks of things it should be no surprise that my colors for the fall are black, gray and red.
We’ll see what’s hidden in the closet over the next couple of days.
Day two of me-made week. Today is errands day, so we are out and about. I’m happy I’ve chosen this week to highlight some of my accomplishments in the sewing arena because I would normally throw on my Levi’s and call it a day, but today I managed to get myself in my blue princess seam pants. You may remember these from my http://www.Craftsy.com class Pant Fitting Techniques post some time ago.
Here is the photo of when they were newly sewn. I am really happy with the overall fit. I think it may be time for me to try my hand at another pair of pants.
I had Phil snap another photo as we ended our long day of errands. I couldn’t resist the sunset over Lake Camanche this evening.
YEAH! Today is October 1, 2014 and I have officially completed my one year challenge of no ready-to-wear purchases (for myself) for the year.
I have dedicated this week to a me-made-week. So, I will be posting each day this week with an item I have sewn.
Today is a really easy day. Having my own business and working from home at time presents a challenge as far as what to wear goes. It is really easy to throw on some sweats or a house coat, but in order not to let myself go completely I have several very easy skirts that work well for my work at home wear.
This skirt is made out of a cotton stretch fabric that was purchased several years ago from JoAnn’s. It is one of my go to items when Phil and I travel to the Caribbean or cruise. I started making these little skirts about ten years ago when we vacationed in Maui and have continued making them.
It took me a couple of seasons but I finally tried the color block. I had bought a Very Easy Vogue pattern awhile ago and thought it would work great for the fall.
Very Easy Vogue 8805
My color palette for this fall is grey, black and white with a a kick of red.
This was a very easy pattern to make. The directions were very clear and easy to follow.
The finished product
I think this will transition into the winter easily. I can see it with a black turtleneck and some black tights and boots (Phil says . . . “But you don’t have any black boots” . . . My answer “I know honey . . . They’re coming” he’s so cute. You would think he would know how this works after 30+ years).
Sewing supplies peg board
While I was at it I took a few minutes to complete the peg board for the sewing room.
So this time I decide to go into my stash (ie. Emma’s trash) and try this Very Easy Vogue 8786.
I had purchased this pattern some time ago but just hadn’t gotten around to trying it. But in the search for something easy this seemed to be the ticket.
My thought is the fabric is a ponte knit but I really can’t be sure, I am still trying to learn my fabrics. So for now we will say it is a ponte knit. I love the blue and it is way outside of my customary colors of black, brown and khaki.
Phil took this picture of me this afternoon (just overlook the rolls showing in the front . . . I’m working on that!)
It was a very easy pattern to make. I did make a few adjustments as it was a little boxier than I like and J also had to make a petite adjustment at the arm opening and also in the back (just a little sway back . . . OK maybe a lot of sway back going on).
I will definitely try this again for the fall, I’m hoping by then I’ll have some of those rolls taken care of ( I know wishful thinking but worth a thought!)
Me-Made-Week coming the first week in October. I thought that would be a good start to a new year.
Note: A Me-Made-Week is that I am going to wear something I made the whole week.
I can’t believe this year is almost over! I started this challenge on October 1, 2012 and I am heading into my final month. It is surprising how much one can learn in a single year.
Hubby wanted to take a quick drive to the Premium Outlets in Livermore on Saturday. It was a nice little get away, but while in the stores I couldn’t help but think about how nice it has been this past year to focus on how I can improve my own sewing skills. Focusing on how to get the proper fit, fabric content and technique.
Now don’t get me wrong there were some gorgeous things that I wouldn’t mind hanging in my closet . . . with stores like Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Prada, Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Talbots, Theory, 7 For All Mankind etc. and that is just a few, how could there not be. But this trip I found myself looking at the fabric content, cut, checking out the linings and seams etc . . . I think I am forever ruined.
I guess I will probably be shopping more for accessories to go along with my “homemade” outfits. Afterall they did have my favorite shoe store for shoes (Cole Haan) and accessories (Fossil).
Side note: While there I did decide on my fall colors . . . black, white and gray . . . I’ll probably add a pop of red! Pretty basic, but I want to see what I can do with it. Come to think of it maybe I’ll make that my challenge for 2014.
2013 Fall Colors