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.

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?

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DIY, Pattern Review, sewing

The Meghan Markle Inspired Denim Frock – Vogue 9292

Hey Guys,

I’m SUPER excited to talk about my latest DIY dress. It was inspired by the Denim Carolina Herrera midi dress worn by The Duchess of Sussex. Before seeing this dress I never imagined that a denim dress could look so pretty.

To create my version I decided to use Vogue 9292 because I really love the extended cap sleeves and beautifully curved V shaped neckline. It’s not a carbon copy of Meghan’s dress but it definitely captures the essence of the design.

Fabric

The pattern does not suggest denim as a fabric option but I knew that a midweight denim could work out well in place of poplin, linen, or jacquard.

Too my surprise my biggest challenge in making this dress was finding the right denim. Silly me – I just assumed that this would be the easiest part of the process but I should have known better.😬

I searched high and low both locally and online. Much of what I saw out there was either not the right shade of blue or just too heavyweight.

After 3 failed attempts to purchase my denim online, I decided to try looking again at one of my favorite local fabric outlets. Historically, I’ve found their denim inventory to be a little sparse but I figured I’d give it another shot AND oh boy was I glad I did! I found just what I was looking for. The weight and color were spot on and as a bonus it also had a little stretch.

Pockets Of Course!😁

Pattern Adjustments

Sizing – I made this up in a size 14 but I should have sewn a size 12 with a FBA. I ended up taking it in at the sides to get a better fit.

Short waist Adjustment – Based on my backwaist legnth, I shortened the waistline by 1.75 inches.

Added Length – To compensate for the 1.75 inches that I removed from the waistline, I added 2 inches directly to the bottom of each dress panel using my trusty seam guage and tailors chalk before cutting out each one.

Dickie – Mine is not detachable. I need mine to be a permenant feature so I sewed my on.

Black and Gold Accented Round Sunnies

How I Styled It

I’ve already worn this dress twice since finishing it up on Saturday because I just love it! The pictures I am posting today are from the 2nd outing. I’ll be posting pictures from the first outing in a future blog post.

Purse/Shoes – Because the denim is such a dark color I chose to add my Nine west nude colored cork block heeled platform sandals (Click here for a better picture of the sandals) and a matching fold over cork clutch purse that was gifted to me by one of my sew sisters.

Accessories -1) a pair of cz studs to go along with the gold ball studs that I usually wear. 2) A long gold toned pendant necklace that I knotted at the back to get just the perfect length. 3) black and gold accented round sunglasses that I picked up from a local beauty supply store.

Conclusion

I am usually not a fan of denim dresses but I really do adore this one. I think its a great style that would be flattering on most women.

Vogue Pattern recommends this style for the following body shapes:

  • Inverted Triangle – Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips
  • Triangle – Small Bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips or thighs.
  • Hourglass – Equally balanced to and bottom with a trim waist.

What are your thoughts? Would you wear a denim dress in this style? Drop me a line or two below.

Until next time ……….