Showing posts from 2017

Garden Dreams--Wonderland

Hello! I'm back, after another week of research (sitting in front of a computer, running calculations and code). And I have something else to show! I don't think this will ever be my favorite dress due to various issues, but it's nice and I love the fabric.

Pattern: Very Easy Vogue V8870

Size: XS (4-6). This dress is almost too big and it's the smallest size. What?!? Normally I would have made a size small (8-10) but I did some research prior to cutting the muslin, since I have never made Vogue patterns before. The research suggested that I use my high bust as my bust measurement for sizing and then adjust accordingly. I'm glad I followed this advice since the size small would have been way too big. I can't believe the extra small is almost too big!

Materials Used: Some gorgeous black floral rayon from the Cotton+Steel Wonderland collection. This stuff is dreamy. Unlike other rayons, it doesn't fray the minute you touch it and it doesn't wrinkle nearly as…

Cute Alert !!!

So I'm definitely making assumptions in the title...and I don't know about you, but I think I look cute in my newest creation. It's a crop top, and it's spring colored, and adorable.

Pattern: heavily modified from Madalynne's Mallory Lane bralette pattern. It would be much easier to just make her Noelle pattern, but my summer house doesn't have a printer and the library is closed on Sundays. So I made do.

Materials: scuba knit from JoAnn's, fold over elastic from a fabric outlet hours away.

Construction: I finished all edges of the garment with FOE and used it for the straps. The seams are just serged, and there is no underbust support aside from the seam there.

Alterations: Okay, so there are a bevy of those...I added width to the sides since scuba doesn't have a ton of stretch. Obviously I raised the neckline and remade the back to have a racer back ish style and a cut out. And I used a wide bottom band.

Fit: It's good. It could be better, but then I&#…

Final Lessons Me-Made May '17

Hello! So I didn't have a round-up post last Friday; I've been pretty busy working my summer job and cooking dinner for myself. And I've mostly been wearing me-made undergarments, so I'm not showing those. But the end of the month is approaching, so let's talk about what I learned. (Hint: it's not much.)

First of all, I learned that May is far too stressful to focus on clothing. May is full of studying and exams, and it takes too much energy to think about clothing. It might seem like it only takes about two minutes to pick out clothes for the day, but those choices resonate all day. I spent at way too much time thinking about what I was wearing this month.

Other than that, it was reinforced that generally May is too cold for dresses. Yeah, I think I wore about three. I love sewing dresses but May is never warm enough for bare legs. Also, the computer lab I work in is frigid; long pants and a sweater are a must.

I learned my clothing is pretty spot on with my s…

Germaine: Peachy Petal Pink Love

Alright, so maybe the post title is cavity-inducing overkill, but seriously. I loooove this new top I made. It's light and springy and the color is to die for and it's boxy and cropped and it's my favorite thing ever.

Pattern: a mostly self-drafted top, once vaguely hacked from some McCall's bodice. I made this pattern at least 1.5 years ago. I named it Germaine.

Materials Used: peachy pink linen-cotton blend from Etsy, Zipper Tailor Fabric Snap shop. It's seriously a dream to sew up and so soft.

Construction: made with my serger, sleeves and neckline finished with vintage bias tape. Oh, the pocket! I love it.

I utterly love this top. It's the perfect spring top, boxy and cropped, and it's the perfect color, and I love it. I think it was subconsciously inspired by Heather of Closet Case Files. I didn't intentionally make it based off her but I put my first outfit together with it and it felt like something she would wear. Plus we had a very short comme…

Week 3 Round Up MMMay '17

Hello from the other side of exams! They're all done, and I'll have you know I got an A- in Physics, so ha! That's my least favorite class.
Anyway, so I don't have many pictures from this week, but here they are:

 Was this Tuesday? I think it was. Here is my Riff tee and some as of yet unblogged Ninni Culottes. Extremely comfy, but too blue for my liking. I'm doing to try to dye them a bit browner.
 Wednesday--one of my Inari dresses and a handknitted sweater that I DID NOT make.
Thursday--a new top, my first day home and only home for the weekend. The top is a mostly self-drafted pattern I named Germaine. It's in a gorgeous peachy petal pink linen-cotton blend and its My New Favorite Thing.

All the other days I wore various me made undergarments. I think I wore my fruit colored shirt from the sewing dare last summer one day as well.

In terms of summer news, I have a job at my college doing research in theoretical chemistry. It's a full-time position (but u…

Week 2 Round Up MMMay '17

Hey again! It's Friday once again and yesterday was my last day of classes! My exams don't start 'til Monday, so I'm studying like crazy. But here is what I've worn this week:

 Saturday: My floral tunic, while lording over all my recent stash additions. That's Cotton+Steel Wonderland rayon in the back and some JoAnn's tropical rayon in the front.

Sunday I felt awful, so no pics, but I did wear my newer flowy white tee under a sweatshirt.
 Monday: Tight floral tee under my favorite hand-me-down chartreuse sweater. I don't remember anything else about this day. Oh! I did a presentation in chem.
 Tuesday: Here I am in the computer lab, with my older white tee underneath my dorm/floor sweatshirt.
 Wednesday: My cropped Riff tee under my other chartreuse sweatshirt, ready to take a physics test! (It did not go so well.)
 Thursday: We won the Pauling Cup for the whole year! Also wearing me-dyed top and me-made undergarments.
Also I packed up my whole side of …

Week 1 Round Up 2017 MMMay

This week has dragged on FOREVER! I had two tests, a presentation, and I HAVE A WHOLE NOTHER WEEK OF CLASSES BEFORE EXAMS. Ugh. At least I didn't fail my chem test. (Inorganic chem, but not advanced, so you get fed some hand-wavy lies, like gen chem.) Anyway, so here are some selfie snapshots of my week, apologies in advance.

 This was Monday, a good day. I had coffee.
This top is one of my oldest wearable makes, just a flowy white tee.
 Tuesday morning, 8:30AM--aren't computer lab lights and screens just so flattering?
Here is my mustard cardigan. I was only aiming for me-made undergarments, but this came out too.
Bonus: Handmade pajama shorts! (Alongside my nerdy t-shirt. So comfy.)
And some more nerd on Wednesday: Here I am with the Pauling Cup, a little trophy cup that is awarded every week in my chem lab. This week my group won it because of my notes about Helium bonding in our presentation. Woooh me!
I wore my gray pineapple shirt, underneath a pale chartreuse sweatshirt…

Queenie and Tina: A Tribute

So I didn't intend to sew bras based on he movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them... it just happened. I was working on a pink and gold one, no big deal, and once it was done my mind just went, Queenie Goldstein! This is her! So, being fair, and admiring Tina very much in the movie as well, I had to make one based on her too.

Pattern: Simplicity 8228, view B, size 32D

Materials: Pale rose powermesh, peach elastics, skinny elastic, black/copper lace--all from TailorMadeShoppe on Etsy, purchased at different times. Pink elastics-from ArteCrafts on Etsy. I love that color pink. Gold spandex stuff and orange lining--JoAnn's.

I love how feminine the pale pink and gold combination is. I didn't have strapping elastic in a color I liked, so I covered some regular elastic in powermesh. The straps are a little short, but not so much I can't wear it. Like Queenie, this bra is simple and feminine. It sparkles but isn't obnoxious. Other than not really being inspired by Qu…

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

It's official; I've had my blog for a little over a year now! To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of my favorite makes from the past year.

 First up, in May, was my skirt for graduation. I loved the fact that I wore something handmade to my commencement. Also, check out that long hair!
Then my original Inari dress in July, poor baby. I loved it before it shrunk. Also, that was the month of messy buns...
My tropical bikini in August! I've only worn it a few times as I don't go swimming much, but I love it.
My winter skirt in December. I had just needed some glitzy fabric, and this was the one that seemed the most useful. It's cream and with the texture and sparkle I don't wear it much, but it makes me happy.
Then in January, my Simplicity x Madalynne set. It's super supportive and I adore it, although the racerback is a tad bit too visible.
My most joyous mustard cardigan in February! It serves as loungewear most Saturdays for me, paired with legging…