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 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👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

How I Wore It

The Forest Green Halter Maxi Dress

Hey Guys,

Popping in with one of my latest thrifted finds. I picked this forest green beauty up at a local Goodwill for around $7 with the tags still attached.

According to the label, the brand is Fee Et Rit. I Googled the brand but I wasn’t able to find any information about it or find any where this brand is still being sold retail.

The fabric is a washable polyester rayon spandex. I washed it prior to wearing it for this shoot, and it held up well.

This is a size 4 which is NOT my usual size (I usually wear a size 8/10) but it fits great because of the stretch.

I really love the back tie closure. I could easily have pulled the ties around to the front or worn the dress backwards to create a pussy bow look.

How I Styled It

I personally prefer a minimalist approach to styling. A few well chosen statement accessories usually make me happy.

I thought that black would play very well with this shade of green, so all of my chosen accessories were black.

Round Black Framed Sunnies & Black Gold Accented Tassel Earrings

Black Gold Accented Clutch Purse

Black Gladiator Sandals (Crown Vintage- DSW)

Conclusion

Although I really, really love thrifting, I don’t think that I always make the best choices so I always try to take my older sister along to give me an objective second opinion.

I was really happy when she gave me the green light on this dress.

Do you like to thrift shop? If so, I’d love to hear some of your thrifting tips below.

Until next time.

DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Thrifted Blue & White Infinity Dress – Confessions and Changes

Hey Guys,

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I’m Dropping in with a Mini post featuring this Infinity maxi dress that I rescued from my local Goodwill for $6.99.This is actually the first Infinity piece that I’ve ever owned and it “may” possibly be the last.

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Seriously I don’t know how I feel about this dress…..It is a cute dress and I REALLY adore the large graphic blue and white floral print but I am not really feeling too comfortable wearing a dress that doesn’t allow for traditional undergarments if you know what I mean. (My girls are begging for the support of a back strap…lol)

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But that’s the beauty of thrifting a garment when you sew. If you don’t love it exactly the way that it is, you can change it.So I am pretty sure that this dress will be a future refashion when I get up the nerve to go back down that road again.Which leads me nicely to the subjects of refashioning and thrifting.

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When I started this blog 3 years ago it was my goal to feature both thrifted and refashioned garments BUT somewhere along the way I got caught up !!!!I was featuring mostly sewn garments hoping that it would help me to be more accepted in the online sewing community and also help me to grow my blog following. CRAZY RIGHT???🤔😐😬This faulty reasoning ultimately lead to me feeling like I could only post when I had a sewing project to feature.

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And with a full-time job and other life responsibilities, who needs that added pressure in their lives? I know I don’t.All that said, this post is the dawn of a new day and a turning point for stylebyintuition.com.

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Over the next few weeks I’ll be making some changes to the blog to bring it more in line with my original vision.I do hope that you like them. In the meantime, feel free to drop a few lines in the comment section below. I love hearing from you and your feedback is always appreciated and welcomed.

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Until next time….

DIY, sewing

Another Ankara Maxi – Simplicity 1059

Happy Saturday Guys,

Dropping in to share the details of another recent make. It is the second look that I created for our recent SewingAtlantaStyle photo shoot. This look was created for the Rock Your Style Theme.

I have to admit that I really struggled in choosing what to make for both of my looks but in the end I listened to my heart.

If I had to label my style, I’d say I’m definitely a bold classic girl. I am drawn to simple classic shapes made up with bold graphic prints or simple solids accesorized with statement pieces.

FABRIC

For this look I went with this beautiful blue Ankara that I purchased from Wax Prints Lace and More. The owner reached out to me on Instagram after I’d commented about another beautiful print that I’d seen someone else wearing on their post.

I have fallen in love with Ankara. It’s just so easy to work with.

PATTERN

I used Simplicity 1059 for this look. I cut the size 12 with an extra .25 ” at the back and front side seams

Alterations

My usual short waist adjustment.

Design Changes

  • Extended to maxi length
  • Made a matching interfaced Obi Belt using Mimi G’s free PDF. Although it gets lost in the print, I really love it and I plan to make more of these. I wore it knotted at the back but it can also be worn wrapped around and tied off in the front.
  • Of course I added pockets

DIY, sewing

The Floral Maxi Dress – M7081

Happy Saturday Guys,

Today’s post features a maxi dress that I sewed for the spring Atlanta Sewing Style photo shoot.

We sewed two looks, and this is the first one that I am featuring on the blog.The theme this look follows is Springing Florals.

I used Mccalls 7081, view D for the bodice and self drafted my inverted pleated maxi skirt using stylesewme’s “Easy Box Pleated Skirt (No Math Required)” Tutorial.

INSPIRATION

I was inspired by one of my favorite designers, Carolina Herrera. I feel like she designs the most AMAZING shirt dress style gowns.

FABRIC

I purchased this floral African print fabric from a local vender that I love doing business with, Ropuddles.com This print was part of her Big Florals Print Collection. It’s a 45″ large print polished cotton.

PATTERN REVIEW

Pattern Description:
Dresses have collar band, close-fitting, front pleated, surplice bodice, waistband, flared skirt cut on crosswise grain and side zipper.I sewed the bodice for view D.

PatternSizing:.. My pattern went up to a size 14 so I made a size 14 with a 2inch increase at the waistline.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Close, except for the fact that I added a selfdrafted inverted pleated floor length skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. This was my first time sewing this style of neck opening. I relied heavily upon the instructions particularly for this part of the construction process. I thought they were clear and it turned out great.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that this pleated bodice style accomodates a slightly fuller bustline….so no FBA was needed. However keep in mind that if you opt not to do an adjustment at the bustline, you will lose the depth of your pleats. The pleats may not be as defined.

Fabric Used: Waxed African Print Floral purchased from local vender Ropuddles.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 1) My usual shortwaist adjustment. 2) My bustline sits slightly low so I sewed a 3/8 seamline to the top of the waistband. 3) I eliminated the tabs for the sleeves. 4) As mentioned earlier I added my own self drafted skirt with inverted 4″ pleats using Stylesewme’s “Easy Box Pleated, No Math Required” You Tube Tutorial…

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won’t make this again for myself BUT, I definitely recommend it.

TUTORIAL REVIEW

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, pleats make me crazy so I was excited to find Stylesewme’s tutorial. (Click Here)

If you are like me and you prefer to draft your own pleated skirt without a pattern, this tutorial is for you.Erin is an excellent instructor and her instructions are clear, simple and right to the point. The tutorial is less than 22 minutes.

***ADDITIONAL NOTES***

  • Because I didn’t want to interrupt the pattern design I opted for a dress design with a side zipper opening. I made 2 seperate skirt panels following Erin’s tutorial.
  • Erin demonstrates creating box pleats but my skirt features inverted pleats. The process is the same. To get the inverted pleats, just flip the skirt panel over.
  • I left a 2 inch seam allowance on both sides of each panel just incase I needed additional to accomodate the bodice and inseam pocket placement.
  • My dress waistband measured 34 inches so I went with 4″ pleats for my two skirt panels. If your waistline is significantly smaller (under 32), I suggest you go with 3″ pleats or less.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Because the print of this fabric is huge with very little clear space, I ended up having to focus on pleasing random pattern placement as opposed to pattern matching. My favorite pattern placement is the purple foliage that drips down the back of my shoulder.

It took almost every inch of the 6 yards that I had to make this dress.

Although a maxi dress, this is completely wearable in real life with a pair of wedges sans the under skirt.