I looooooove sewing with knits!!!
After working on my Coppelia muslin (it was PERFECT….until I pressed the neckline and now it’s all crumpled at the back neck 😦 ) I wanted something super quick to work on.
Enter, Skirt as a Top’s, Scoop Tee.
It’s, essentially, the most awesome little white tee in my wardrobe! I took in the side seams just a bit (right where my body naturally curves in between my boob area and belly) an excess of fabric there really bugs me. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of the hem, which I just serged and left un-hemmed. That collar is one of my best efforts. A great staple. So super simple. And QUICK!
I could use half a dozen. They’re the perfect thing to cover the waist/hips on those slightly low rise pants days and clingy in the right spots, while skimming in others. Which is partially down to this mystery fabric, which I dug out of a bin in the Garment District. I have it in two more colors. The edges DO NOT CURL. Amazing!
This burst of sewing came from a fit of creative inspiration courtesy of one Jean-Michel. I was inspired to add a little Basquiat flair to my life and did so in the form of a King Pleasure mani!
The red polish, with the perfect name (I Red a Good Book!!!) and that little white crown brought a smile to my face, all day.
And last night, I added even more red to my life when I finally swapped out the buttons on this thrifted cashmere cardi.
I put my little handmade pin on it to complete the art theme!
B&W Top + Denim Skirt = The Usual Suspects
Cardigan :: Halo Thrifted from the Salvation Army
Top :: Forever 21
Skirt :: Handmade from a vintage pattern
Tights :: ??
Shoes :: Mel by Melissa
What can I say, I like black and white and denim skirts!!
This is the first time I’ve worn this skirt, even though I made it months ago. It’s the same pattern as this one.
Isn’t it amazing how different they look? This denim has some stretch, so the skirt is comfy. But, I usually like much darker denim. And the a-line made it hard to work into my wardrobe, too. I’m a pencil/straight skirt kind of girl. Is it the youthfulness that an a-line skirt can convey?? I have a hard enough time coming across as an adult at times. I’m told, almost weekly, that I look like a teenager. I don’t need to help it along, lol.
Regardless, I’m glad it finally made it out of the house!
And I promise! I AM working on some more colorful pieces to add to my collection, lol
More than this cardi ;o)
I always feel a little Hepburn-ish with skinnies and ballet flats on.
And I always love a little cardi.
Together with stripes and a trench and you have a little French, too.
Trench :: Steve Madden
Cardigan :: Halo (thrifted)
Top :: F21
Jeans :: Old Navy
Flats :: Target
I am so jazzed about sewing at the moment! I hope to ride the momentum into Me Made May and add some new pieces to my handmade wardrobe! Speaking of which, thanks for the sewcialist LOVE on my recent projects!
I love this community!!!
I’m off to give the kids some Oreo ice cream roll. My oldest has had a LONG two weeks with all the testing she’s endured. It’s stressful for everyone, but the most pressure is on the kid. Which stinks. Ice cream heals all wounds though, or at least cheers you up while you eat it!!
Have a good weekend!
Archer Hits The MARK!!!
Can you even believe I made this!!! Jen, you are a talented, talented woman!! Without the sew along posts I would NEVER have had such success with this project!!! Making Archer has taught me SOOOO much!!
The biggest lesson:
If it’s not quite right, rip it out and do it again! And again, if necessary
I really hate to do things more than once. But to get the result I wanted, it was absolutely necessary rip out and try again. Several times. And that’s fine.
The collar went smoother than I thought it would and the cuff was dead easy!! The process also forced me to get over my fear of buttonholes and buttons!!! The four step one on my Janome is so much easier than the automatic one!! I love that I control the length, these would have been too small otherwise. I also tried the buttonhole foot from my broken machine and it worked!! All of this adds up to me feeling seriously anxious tackle my next shirt!
Or at least project with buttons, lol.
I’m pretty pleased with the fit, though I could probably go a size down and be just fine. I have a narrow torso that’s swallowed up a bit. I don’t mind with this style of shirt, though. I am loving the sleeve length!! I have long arms, coupled with my smaller upper body = button down shirt sucky fit.
But not with handmade!!!
Here’s the rest of my outfit.
Coat :: Steve Madden
Sweater :: Sean John (menswear)
Scarf :: Thrifted
Chambray Shirt :: HANDMADE BABY!!
Shorts :: Thrifted & Refashioned Kenneth Cole (Menswear) Trousers
Shoes :: H&M
This is also the first time I’ve worn my hair down like this since I cut it nearly three years ago. Progress!!
And here are some indoor pics of Archer.
Thanks to Rose de Wolfe for modeling!! And thanks to Oona for the sweet deal on her!!
These pictures are a more accurate representation of what I look like on a daily basis. This is what I look like “off duty”, when I’m not going to work, that is. Though, this is sometimes a work look, too ;o)
The girl twin asked to snap these on the way home from school.
Handmade Hat :: Felicity
Scarf :: Thrifted
Nine West Jacket :: Thrifted ($10!!)
Jeans :: Old Navy (Sweetheart fit)
Sneakers :: MIA via Marshalls ($40)
I’m wearing a Brooklyn College Film Department t-shirt (with the neck cut off) and my Sean John cardigan, underneath. It’s soooo warm! It’s also a perfect replacement for a million year-old Old Navy zip-up that is faded and thread bare in places. It always makes me laugh to see how my lips completely disappear without lipstick, lol
I really love these sneakers! I’m so glad I got them for me and my daughter. The jacket was a pretty great find, too. I also picked up a leather Benetton blazer that day for $10. These jeans are the Sweetheart fit from Old Navy. I must have lost a few lbs because these were practically squeezing the life out of me a couple weeks ago. That orange dress from the last post was also on the too small list.
Bodies can be so weird!
I only have to throw some steak in the oven for dinner tonight (I made a TON of chicken yesterday for my fried bird loving children) so that frees up some Archer sewing time. I hope to post about that, and some really cool podcasts/sites/people I’ve found recently, soon!
Have you all heard of Librarian Wardrobe??
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)
Coat :: Steve Madden
Dress :: (Thrifted) Banana Republic
Cardigan :: H&M
Tights :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy
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!
Dudes, I really hate snow.
The frigid temps did make for the perfect opportunity to wear this sweater I thrifted a million years ago.
Sweater :: Thrifted Express Design Studio
Jeans :: Old Navy
Sneakers :: Mia
But you guys don’t care about that!! Or how nice my eye make-up was today.
Drugstore Makeup ;0)
Lip :: Revlon Kissable Balm in Smitten
Eye Shadow :: Wet n’ Wild Petal Pusher palette
Liner :: Jordana
Blush :: Something cheap in Raspberry
Mascara :: Clear Maybelline
You wanna know who won the patterns, of course! But, first, look at how my blue hair color has faded!
Okay, Okay. Here are the winners!!
These ladies all included AWESOME quotes!! And also happen to prefer Miss Kristiann’s patterns, soooooo, I’m gonna play Oprah and give the women what they’re asking for!!
And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN, And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN, And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN!!
Grainline and Mimi G fans, fret not. I will do another giveaway soon!
Stay tuned for actual sewing content, I cut out my cropped jacket wearable muslin, and just got the new In Style which always makes me want to sew!