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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 bra😂. 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.

WIP

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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?

Drop a line down below👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

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Another M6886 – The Animal Print One

Hey Guys,

Dropping in with another one of my February makes. It’s another version of Mccalls 6886. One of my favorite pieces to wear in cooler months is a turtleneck dress. This is actually my 6th time using this pattern for making a turtleneck dress.

This time I switched it up by drafting a puff sleeve and adding a cuff to each sleeve. I am not normally one for Animal prints but I was inspired by a few of the Leopard prints that I saw Jennifer Lopez wearing on Pinterest.

In addition to drafting the sleeve differently, I decided to raise the neckline of the dress. I did this by using the larger size pattern range and cutting a size 18 for front and back neckline. (I cut my usual size 14 for the rest of the pattern). I think I like the way it turned out much better this time.

I used a stretch leopard print(might be more of a tiger print) velvet that I found at one of the local fabric outlets.

I am really happy with how this dress turned out but I must admit that I did break one of my styling rules on this one. I usually like to show a bit of skin when I wear a high neck, long sleeve garment but today I felt like wearing my black platform boots and I think it all worked out fine.

I have one more February make to show if circumstances and weather allow us to take pictures next weekend.

I’ll be posting updates on Instagram over the next week. Please follow me there to keep up with the latest.

Thanks for dropping by…….

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The Little Gray Dress – Another Version of M6886 

A couple years ago my husband surprised me and the kids with a trip to NYC. It was my family’s second trip there within a 2 year span.

My family loves NYC.

On our second trip there I took a solo trip into the Garment District. My initial plan was to  only visit Mood Fabrics but when I did my research I discovered that there were several other Fabric stores in the area.

The Gray Knit Ponte that I used for this version of McCalls 6886 was purchased in one of those other small NYC fabric shops.  I only purchased 2.5  yards so, I have been holding on to it for the past 2 years waiting for the right project.

I wanted a simple dress with a voluminous statement sleeve but with my limited yardage I didn’t have enough fabric to make what I had in mind.

So I decided that instead of making a set in sleeve, I would make the dress sleeveless and add a Statement Sleeve overlay at the shoulder right above the top of the arm opening.

I love how it turned out. This dress is so comfy that I’m actually lounging in it right now.

I decided to go with black and gold accessories for this look.

I have one more version of M6886 planned for later this month. I plan to update my next version with another Fall 2017 trend. 

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