sewing, Thrifting, Wardrobe

Revisiting My 2017 Wardrobe Goals Checklist

Hey Guys,

Where has this year gone? I can’t believe that 2020 is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? I know I am!☺

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on a project that I hope will add real value to the blog. I will be sharing more details with you guys in the coming weeks.

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Back in 2017 I created this checklist for myself to use when deciding which pieces to remove from and add to my wardrobe.

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Today I am re-visiting my checklist. I’m going to review it against a few of the pieces that I added to my wardrobe in 2019 to see how I am doing.

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Most Worn Pieces of 2019

This was a very good year as far as sewing goes. Just about every thing that I made and featured here on the blog was worn again with the exception of a couple of dresses and my white two piece outfit.

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Below are my most worn pieces. I especially love these first two dresses. I have worn each one of them on multiple occasions.

McCalls 6886 in Mohair

Meghan Markle Inspired – Vogue 9292

The forest green halter maxi shown below is one of my second-hand purchases. I purchased it new with the tags. I love wearing it because it’s comfortable and super easy to wear.

Reversible Green Halter Maxi from Goodwill

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I wear this comfy fleece lined maxi cardigan duster all the time as a house coat/ robe.

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Butterick 5211 – Fleece Lined Maxi Cardigan

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Least Successful Pieces Of 2019

Not Easy – The blue and white infinity maxi dress was my least successful purchase. While it’s definitely flexible when it comes to styling, it’s not so easy to wear if you like wearing a braπŸ˜‚. Even though it only missed in this one area, that’s a crucial area for me.

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Essentially this is a full skirt with two long straps that wrap and tie to form the dress bodice. I hated how I felt wearing this. I just didn’t feel confident or secure. For this reason I ended up re donating this piece right after the photo shoot.

Infinity Maxi purchased from Goodwill

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Doesn’t Fit My Personality – The next piece is this animal print midi. Strangely I only like cheetah or leopard print in small doses. Anything more than a pair of heels, a scarf or a clutch purse is overwhelming to me.

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Not flattering – My least successful sewn piece was actually never featured on the blog. It was only placed in my IG feed.

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It’s this unfinished short sleeve raglan coat made up in a gorgeous bright golden yellow boiled wool.

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For me, this piece is a real styling challenge because I realized after trying it on that the fabric and color are the only things that I love about this coat. I don’t really like the style on me, but because I love the fabric and color so much I will figure something out.

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What about you? Do you have a personal checklist that you use as a guide when making decisions about your wardrobe? If so, what are your requirements?

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The White Pencil Midi Skirt

Hey There Guys,

Dropping by with a quick post for my latest DIY this super fast and easy white pencil midi skirt.

This is fabric that I purchased while in New York a few years ago. I can’t even tell you why I purchased this white fabric because I don’t usually wear white. I guess I was all caught up in the excitement of fabric shopping in New York for the first time.

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I actually almost gave it away until I stumbled across a few cute outfits on Pinterest featuring white pencil skirts.

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This fabric has a bit of stretch but only crosswise. I decided that I’d try my hand at drafting this one myself. I decided to follow StyleSewMe’s tutorial because I liked hers very much.

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I paired it with a black and white body suit that I purchased from H&M before I went on my fast fashion fast.

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The peeptoe sock booties are from DSW and the purse is a yardsale find.

How I Wore It, sewing

The Knit Caftan Dress – S8911

Hey Guys,

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Today’s make: Simplicity 8911 is a real gem. This may be the best dress I’ve ever made to date….SERIOUSLY.Not only was it easy to make, I feel like it’s super comfortable and flattering to my bodyshape.

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I was initially going to make this in a different knit fabric but I soon realized when I went to cut it out that It wasn’t the correct width, in fact it was not even the correct type of knit.My original fabric had a two-way stretch and not the 4 way stretch that the pattern called for.After searching through my stash I came up with this black and buttery soft 4 way stretch piece that had just the right number of yards requested on the pattern.

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I’ll admit that I was not overjoyed about making a black long sleeve summer dress but at the time it was all that I had that would work.The fact that it was black and long sleeve bothered me so much that I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it…..and then the thought occured to me that I could possibly convert it into a strapless and halter style just by manipulating the sleeves. And there you have it.

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Strapless

I cinched the sleeves together with a black covered rubberband and twisted and tucked each one.

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Halter

I simply turned the dress around to the back and tied the sleeves around my neck.A different variation, can be done by leaving the V-Neck in front and crossing the sleeves over one another and tying around the neck. This creates a keyhole halter effect. I had planned to show this one but forgot about it when we started taking pictures.

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Off Shoulder/V-Neck/Bateau

Off Shoulder was simple. It can be done with the V-neck side in front or with the dress turned backwards.

The dress turned backwards creates a bateau like neckline.

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This is such an awesome dress with so many styling possibilities. It’s great for kicking around the house and so much more.

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I am definitely planning to add more of these to my wardrobe.

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Pattern Review

Pattern Sizing: I made a small in view C.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s quick and easy. Only two pieces.

Fabric Used: 4 way stretch jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut the back on the fold because I planned to wear the back as the front. I like the way it looks without the seam.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes & yes.

Conclusion: I really love this dress. I was able to style it so many different ways.

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Reading This Post *Might* Help You To Get Your Sewing Motivation Back

Yesterday I was having a conversation with one of my sew sisters about how much more excited and motivated I have been about my sewing these last few weeks.

99.9% of our conversations revolve around sewing. We are often caught up in conversations about what we want to make, what somebody else just made, the latest pattern releases, or some beautiful piece of fabric that we just picked up.

While we are both obviously OBSESSED with sewing, it’s fair to say that we both struggle to actually do the thing that we love…..that is SEW.

Staying consistently motivated to sew is a real challenge for most sewists and finding the fix for that dilemma can be quite elusive.

In today’s post I’ll be sharing the one thing that I was doing to myself that was slowly destroying my desire to sew.

Making Poor Choices

In a nutshell I was making all the wrong choices for the wrong reasons. (The subject of a future post perhaps)

  • Sewing the wrong styles for my bodyshape – Doing this just brought on headaches caused by a multitude of sewing adjustments and finished pieces that didn’t flatter my bodyshape as well as it did the other person that I saw wearing it.
  • Sewing the wrong styles for my personal tastes and/or everyday lifestyle – Although I love the drama of a full ball style floor length maxi skirt and the chicness of a slick jumpsuit neither of them work well for my everyday lifestyle.
  • Making the wrong fabric and pattern combinations – Some visions can never be realized. A beautiful stiff fabric can never become a soft and flowy piece.

All of which either lead to an uncompleted or unwearable project.

And even if I managed to complete the project and muster up the courage to let others see it and they liked it, it still felt like a failure because in the end I didn’t like it and most likely didn’t ever wear it again.

My recent fasts and purges have really encouraged me to keenly tune in to what pieces work for me and what pieces don’t. Zeroing in on this has led me to make better choices in both my fabric and pattern selections which have in turn led to more successful makes, pieces that I love to wear.

The more successful my makes, the more motivated I am to keep making.

Of course your reasons for losing your SewJo might be a little different from mine but the first step to finding the fix is to first figure out your reasons for losing yours.

Once you figure that out you can start to come up with a workable solution.

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The Green Velvet Wide Leg Pants – M7757

When clothes don’t fit properly it can make you feel like there is something wrong with your body but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with your body.

Your body is Unique and Exceptional & Ready To Wear (RTW) can’t handle that!

While our bodies come in different shapes and sizes RTW clothes usually do not. RTW pieces are made to a standard set of measurements to accomodate mass production. And the same is true with sewing patterns (exception-custom ordered patterns), they are also drafted to a standard set of measurements.

That being said, when it comes to sewing, even a simple style can initially take a little extra time and effort to properly fit. Take these simple wide leg pants for example. There are only 3 pattern pieces but I had to make a test garment to ensure that the pants fit me.

As it turns out, the crotch was hanging too low in the back,and the waistline needed to be graded down on the side seams to a small/xtra small and I added 2 inches to the leg length.

Based on needed alterations and fabric choice an 1 – 2 hour project can turn into a half of day project. But it’s all so worth it, when the project turns out well.

Pattern Description: off the shoulder top and trousers! Loose fitting tops with an elasticised neckline and waist. Also features sleeve variations. The loose fitting, pull on trousers have an elasticised waist and pockets.

Pattern Sizing: XS – M

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not use them but these are super easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that the pants only have 3 pieces. Now that I have worked out the fit to my liking I plan to modify and use this pattern for all of my stretch fabric pull on wide leg pants. as a staple pattern.

Fabric Used: Olive Green Stretch Velvet from Fine Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I raised the back crotch 1.5 inches because my pants pull down in the back seat area. I eliminated the pockets because I was using a clingy velvet and didnt want the bulk. I added 2 inches to the hem and left the edges raw because I don’t mine them like that. If I make another pair with intentions of hemming, I will add a couple more inches. I didn’t want a roll down casing, so I created a seperate casing for the elastic. I like that look better for these pants.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I only plan to sew 3 pant styles this year and this style and pattern made the cut.

Conclusion:
Overall, I am really pleased with how these turned out.

How I Wore It

I paired my wide leg pants with a thrifted fitted Saks Fifth Avenue black wool sweater.

I added a Black Contemporary gridded statement necklace, stacked gold thin bangle bracelets and gold framed aviator sunnies.

I added a gold accented clutch and black pointed toe sling backs.

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How I Wore It – DIY Striped Maxi

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I made this striped Maxi Skirt with matching sash using 2.5 yards of cotton picked up from one of the local discount fabric stores.

It has a flat front band with elastic in the back to accommodate my changing waistline.

No pattern used here. The front has free formed pleats and the back soft gathers. This was a trial piece to see how I would like wearing this style. I like it! I can definitely see myself making more of these in the future with just a few slight adjustments to the design.

Because of the busy stripes, I decided to pair this skirt with a simple black racer back tank. Β To pull out the blue from the skirt, I paired it with a cobalt blue statement necklace and cobalt framed sunnies.

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