Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Dudes and Dudettes, this sew along has been a bit of a struggle. My sewing mojo wanted to go in a different non-slip direction, a burst of fitness caused some body changes which poked at my confidence (who knew I was so attached to my larger hips??) and the incredibly crappy camera I was attempting to use certainly wasn’t helping matters.

BUT!! FRIENDS AND HUBBY TO THE RESCUE!!

I got a kick ass camera for my anniversary (which was March 25th, in case you’re wondering) which takes nice clear pics with ease! He even got me collapsible tripod!
WIN!
Then, in an email exchange with my sewing posse, Ms. Oona gave me permission to move on (rather, she TOLD me to “ditch that slip and sew the thing that  makes you feel sexy right now.”). Sometimes, you just need someone to TELL YOU that what you want to do is OK. Right after reading that, RIGHT AFTER, I grabbed this super awesome, crazy houndstooth knit from Mood (purchased while my girls Lisette, Lauren, Clare, Latrice, Lucinda, Aleksandra, et all were in NYC) and (inspired by another gem of a babe, Ginger)
MADE THIS!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Self Drafted Skirt
(I use the term so super loosely)

Black : White : Houndstooth & SexyHummingbird-ish Top
(cut out using the top of this dress)

Scrunch

Double Houndstooth Knit, Strip of Black Ponte, Wide Elastic

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

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Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Link Up Your Sexy Makes!!

 

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

BBW Home Stretch Raglan (with slight Flashdance mods)
Done up in three fabrics: black and chartreuse ponte knit and cream cotton/lycra.
All from Metro Textiles in the NYC Garment District.

Winter BRIGHTS

I’m so super pleased with this! I love the bright color, the fit and the addition of another throw-on-and-go top to my wardrobe.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

I’m also really pleased that I found a use for the remainder of that cream fabric. I made another Coppelia with the rest of it. MUCH more successful than the first go. I used Rachel’s faux wrap mod. I have another, slouchier, one planned.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

I hope this creative streak continues. It was nice having something new to wear! That I didn’t have to buy! My knitting continues, too. I’m onto the left front of my Hetty cardigan. I want to push through to join the body tonight.

Off to ponder to some sexy sewing!! You should SEE who’s already on board!!

Get ready to get sexy!!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn!!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

Another pattern pulled from the collection!! Although, this one shouldn’t really count as it’s a very recent addition to the collection.
This is Colette Patterns Hawthorn, of course. This version is technically a muslin before I cut into my Liberty fabric.
The deeeelightful buttons are vintage by way of my grandma :D
They totally make the top!!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

Their awesome green color make this basic more of a specialty piece, since it will be difficult to match things with them. This oldie but goodie skirt was a perfect fit!!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

This is mostly a size two. I did taper out the side seams a bit. To about a size 4 or 6. Things were looking a tad small, so I used a much smaller seam allowance than the pattern calls for. The cotton has since relaxed a bit, which makes me wonder if I should have stuck with 5/8 of an inch, after all.

‘Tis no matter! I LOVE this make!! And I am so proud of its fit and finishing!! You can’t see how neat and clean it is on the inside. Oh, wait. Let me take a pic.

{No} Blues for Hawthorn
You see!!
{No} Blues for Hawthorn
I’m sooooo pleased!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

Tracing the pattern used the last of my tracing paper. Though, I wonder about tracing a larger size. My real concerns are the armholes and sleeves. I like the rest of the fit, but I HATE super snug sleeves and tight underarms. I planned to add sleeves to this one, but I didn’t have enough fabric. It might take another muslin.

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

You know what was super fun?? That little snap at the waistline audibly popping open (repeatedly) after I had lunch!
AHAHAHAHAHA How I LAUGHED!!
I won’t add one of those, again.

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

Well, that’s all, folks!! Did you make a Hawthorn? Link it up in the comments!

{No} Blues for Hawthorn

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!
BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Peeps. I have NEVER worn my hair like this outdoors!

It was very weird, a little warm, and A LOT AWESOME rocking this style outside of my home!
BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

My little daughter was VERY surprised when she came out of school, lol

Learning to like my hair, as it is, has been a journey. This was a particularly tame day. Seriously, it can get much, much bigger than this. Pictures don’t truly capture the mass of it. With low humidity and plans to stick close to home (I had a mani/pedi, my first pro one in about a million years that my hubby AND sister had to harangue me into, lol)  it was a safe day to try it on for size.

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Top :: Victory Patterns Roxanne
Leggings :: Old Navy
Sandals :: Target

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Pictures courtesy of that surprised little daughter ;)

Graffiti & Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

Graffiti :: Talented Artist
Giant Puff :: Genetics (see it unbound, here!)
Top :: Scallopized Grainline Tiny Pocket Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

I went on a swimsuit fabric run to Mood with my Sissy, today!! I LOVE sister dates!! I also squished in lunch with my hubby. He was nice enough to snap these pics for me ;o)

It was funny, while at Mood (in the knits aisle getting my copy-cat on with the fabric Jen used for her knit Scout. ps- I couldn’t find it) I saw Jodi! What are the odds?! I love New York!! Anyway, I hightailed it to the swimwear aisle, with directions given via tweets from Sonja and Charlotte, so that I can join in on the Bombshell Swimsuit sew-along.

Bombshell Sewalong
I have a swimwear necessary event, next week. But, it’s looking like the weather is going to suck. So, I will be waiting for the sewalong to start. Check out my fabric here.
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I also had to pump my brakes on tearing into my Hummingbird pattern as it benefits my House to sew within the specified time. I’ll be sewing along with Mikhaela! This is as close as I’ll get to being sorted at Hogwarts and I plan to relish it!

Today was a super busy day of doing exactly what I wanted to do! Can’t complain about that. Well, much. My sister and I also hit three stores in addition to Mood. F21 yielded one pair of ill fitting pants and HM another. And the Basquiat tees I wanted from another chain totally sucked in person.

That’s what I get for shopping when I can SEW MY OWN.

More Librarian Wardrobe

Have you all heard of Librarian Wardrobe?? Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 11.50.34 AM

I think it’s an awesome idea! If you search for librarian on sites like pinterest or in Google images, you get back a lot of crappy “sexy” librarian pics ;(

Librarian Wardrobe combats that stereotype and more. I’ve submitted photos before and planned to submit a proposal for their CFP. I was so burnt out from school, I couldn’t make myself get it done. I wish I had.

Anyway, here’s some more librarian wardrobe for you!

Let’s pretend that my collar is NOT effed up in the first three pics ;o)

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

Coat :: Steve Madden
Dress :: (Thrifted) Banana Republic
Cardigan :: H&M
Tights :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

I, finally, removed the waist ties on this dress. They’re worn toward the front here and the back here. They were too thick, too short and awkward as hell, which is probably why this dress was donated in the first place. It’s much better now.

Spring break ends tomorrow. We had a lot of relaxation and a lot of fun. I’ll recap some of the cool things we did, soon!

 

Charlotte in Miniature

Charlotte in Miniature

Wearing Handmade!!
Top :: Colette Pattern’s Sencha in Rayon Challis
Skirt :: By Hand London’s Charlotte (miniaturized) in Stretch Denim
Cardigan :: H&M
Oxfords :: H&M
Bow Belt (which I removed) :: Forever21

I’m also wearing my anniversary (it was Monday) presents. Earrings to replace the previous anni pair (I lost one last year and was CRUSHED) and a charm bracelet. I have a nice hubby ;o)

Charlotte in Miniature

This mini Charlotte was made up using a large-ish scrap of denim leftover from my Janice skirt. I didn’t have enough for a waistband, and it was already dangerously short, so I finished both waistline and hem with twill(??) tape! DEAD easy and FAST! And FREE!! As both lengths were useless “belts” that came with kid pants. And LOOK at how neat it is!! And on my Wolf dress form!! Proper intro to come ;o)

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I’m psyched to have used up the last of that yardage and another denim skirt in my wardrobe is always a good thing. I’m glad I gave Charlotte a test run first, I clearly can’t skip making a swayback adjustment on a fitted garment. Even though I layered my TNT skirt pattern over the traced Charlotte pieces, the difference in shape made it hard to tell if I could get a similar fit.

Charlotte in Miniature

This is def shorter than I usually wear, at least outside of summertime, but I think it works with the dark tights and flats.

Charlotte in Miniature

I would also like to address that excess fabric in the front, just below the darts. I think I might need to make my skirt front slightly smaller than the back. Though, it’s also possible that I could have made the entire skirt a bit smaller. I was really…conservative with the seam allowance because I was worried it would be too small. I could definitely go back and trim some off of the sides a bit.

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Overall, I LOVE IT! And I’m so glad to be back in the sewing saddle. With my Super Heroine Dare complete and this stylish basic, I’m all jazzed to sew up something else! Good thing I already have Archer cut and ready to go!

Charlotte in Miniature

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Sewing Dares

I was issued a dare, to make an outfit inspired by a drawing done by one of my children. I accepted the dare. And upped the ante, I would make a Super Heroine outfit!

Scorpia

And now it is DONE!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Banana Republic Belt :: Thrifted $3.59
Banana Republic Boots :: Freecycled

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Engaging in dare based sewing taught me something, I like my creativity stipulation free, lol. I enjoyed making this (out of a mostly cotton/bit of poly bed sheet from Materials for the Arts) and decided to make it two pieces, rather than a dress. I opted out of a straight up split as I’d like to get some more wear out of the skirt portion of this look.

Stay tuned for its everyday styling!

Overall, it was a great experience. My daughter got a kick out of me wearing something so closely related to a drawing of hers. I’ve wanted a skirt like this for a while and now I have one. And, most importantly, though I do not like to have my creatively limited or my projects dictated, I DO LOVE to engage with the #Sewcialist community and will take as many chances to do so as I can!!