OOTD – Week of December 4

Another week…hey, I’m on a roll!  This week is an ode to comfy business casual office wear.  I wore knits all week at work, was comfy and didn’t look too casual.

Monday, December 4th – no picture, I wore RTW that day.

Tuesday, December 5th

  • Cardigan: Moss modal jersey, my own pattern
  • Straight leg leggings: heavy weight ponte, my own pattern (not blogged)
  • Top: CAbi, many years ago.  It is getting a bit thin, so I need to make a replacement.
  • Jewelry: Silpada and Stella & Dot
  • Shoes: Zapato ankle boots

Wednesday, December 6th

  • Top: spandex jersey, my own pattern (not blogged)
  • Straight leg leggings: ponte, my own pattern
  • Sweater duster: Zulily
  • Jewelry: Stella & Dot
  • Boots: Zulily

Thursday, December 7th

Third day in a row of wearing this pattern for the leggings.  They are super comfy and easy to wear with ankle boots.  The ponte and scuba knits are nice firm knits, so I don’t think it looks too casual.  I might just make a few more pair!

Friday, December 8th

  • Skirt – Ponte, my own pattern
  • Knit Top – JC Penny, I have used it as a template for a pattern
  • Ponte Jacket – CAbi, Fall 2018 collection
  • Boots – Etienne Aigner, via Zulily
  • Jewelry – made by me

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Week #2 down and I only missed one day of me mades!

 

Prince in purple

Seems a bit ubiquitous to do purple, now doesn’t it?  😉

This is the new round up at Fabric Anthropology with famous musician’s that have passed, in addition to some Pride prints celebrating acceptance.

I sewed up the Prince panel, with plans to get over to Paisley Park to get some photos of it in the background.  Then, it snowed and turned rather chilly, so my resolve was a bit dimmed.

But, I did it dang it!  I stood out there in the 20 degree weather with a wind chill and light snow.

I did get a few flats beforehand, though…

These were the initial photos I got of the tunic, which was self-drafted.  It has a hood that overlaps at the neckline, side cuts and bishop sleeves.  Next version will have a lower front neckline, more foldover of the hood bottom and a higher back neckline.  This was my initial draft.  Always something to fix.

It was also a bit tighter than I wanted it to be, which is partly due to the ponte mixed with cotton lycra.  Ponte doesn’t have as much stretch.

The fabrics include the panel, which has a coordinating musical bird print on the other side, a black ponte and a white poly.

I love how it turned out!  The legging fabric matches pretty well, too.  This is my own fabric design on sport lycra from Spoonflower.

The hood is a little longer than I think it should be.  I will make that adjustment next time, too.

If you want to see all the prints in this order, go to Fabric Anthropology.  The pre-order will be open through December 15.

OOTD – Week of November 27

I decided to try to do an outfit post to show how I wear my Me Mades on a daily basis.  This might be a bit intermittent depending on how much time I have to take pictures in the morning.  I usually wear at least one Me Made per day.  This will also give me a chance to show some things that did not end up on the blog.  Last week will likely be an outlier…I got pictures everyday!

Monday, November 27

  • Skirt: Smoogie Fabric cotton lycra, my own pattern  (no blog post)
  • White Top: CAbi (Fall 2017)
  • Sweater: Express
  • Shoes: Mossimo – Target
  • Jewelry: ?? Old…can’t remember the name of the company

This skirt did not play well with my tights.  I put on a form fitting slip underneath to try to help, and it was just uncomfortable.  I think this skirt (and another like it) will be retired until spring when it warms back up enough for bare legs.  This cotton lycra is just too thin.  I should have ordered brushed poly for it instead.

Tuesday, November 28

  • Dress: Zenith & Quasar Fabric (Distant Galaxies) in an elongated Sneha by Wardrobe by Me (no blog post)
  • Sweater: Loft
  • Shoes: Me Too
  • Jewelry: Silpada, Stella & Dot (crescent)

I was so uncomfortable the day before that I needed to wear something that felt like pajamas.  This fit the bill.  The tights were pretty comfortable and the dress is just so comfy.  I might end up shortening this dress eventually.  It is a bit unflattering at this length.  I do love this print, though, with the galaxies and distant suns on it.

Wednesday, November 29

This was another super comfy business casual outfit.  I knew I was only in the office half the day and working from home the rest.  It was pretty comfy for the full day.

Thursday, November 30

Another half day at work, so I was going for comfort again!

Friday, December 1

  • Skirt: RP Custom Fabrics and my own pattern
  • Red Top: Jersey knit and my own pattern
  • Knit jacket: Jessica Simpson (I wear this all the time…need to copy it!)
  • Ankle boots: Zapato
  • Jewlery: Necklaces – I made, Earrings – Zulily

Saturday, December 2

It was my son’s birthday on Saturday, so it was some running around and festivities.  This was comfy and fun to wear!

Sunday, December 3

  • Top: Black mystery knit…almost like a very fine French terry, my pattern (not blogged)
  • Straight leg leggings: ponte, my pattern (not blogged)
  • Jewelry: Silpada
  • Shoes: Not wearing any!  I was wearing my Zapato boots earlier.

This was the birthday party day, so I wanted to be comfy while I cooked and made everything ready.  I also had to run to Costco and the grocery store before everyone got there.   This outfit fit the bill.  This was at the end of a very long day! Can you tell I was tired?? 😉

So, there is one week down.  I’ve started on this week, though I didn’t take pictures yesterday since it was all RTW.  There is definitely some cohesiveness going on with the colors.  At least it is getting easier to see. 🙂

November, October, September…August? wrap up…

I was doing really well with doing those monthly wrap ups, and then got all behind!  Because I got busy!

So, here is what I finished for August, September, October and November.  These are most of them, anyways.  Might be missing a few.

August:

September:

October:

November:

Whew!  As of the end of November, I have made around 150 items this year!  A bit outrageous, but I have gained some weight, so I have many pieces of clothing that don’t fit me right now (sad face).  I do need to spend more time on my elliptical to try to lose a good 10 lbs, but finding a time that the exercise room is not in use is proving challenging.  Hubs and boy child are using it more, so I would need to wake up early to get in line.  I’m very much not a morning person.

Anyways, I also finally got the holster done for my friend, too!  Yay…got that sucker off the To Make list.  This is just the cell phone picture I sent him, and he liked it. 🙂  Need to get better pics of it, though.

My plans for December are already filling up.  This weekend I have several things I need to get finished.

  • A strike off that came in the mail yesterday.  The round opened yesterday.  Yeah, not great timing on that.
  • Barbie bags for presents to go off to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  My girl had a ton of barely played with Barbies with some really pretty dresses my niece got them.  I had her go through and pick out ones to give away with a few outfits for each.  Now I just need to make them a bag for each one and wrap them up for gifts.  I need to get them sent out next week, so I have to get on it!
  • I am hosting a Christmas party for friends and we exchange gifts.   I need to make something for a gift for that, since I like to do that.  Maybe a clutch?  I don’t know yet.  I do have a few things I purchased that I can use for the gift if I don’t have time, at least.

After that, I don’t have too much I need to get done.   I will have the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so I might do some tutorials and some new patterns I’d like to draft.

December is usually so crowded with events that I know I won’t have a lot of free time before the end of the month.  I always look forward to that week off.  Who knows…I might actually relax and read some books during that time.  They are all piling up on my Nook!

AC III hoodie

The boy is one of those lucky kids who has a December birthday (I am, as well), so he gets many gifts and being a teen it is harder and harder to figure out what to get him other than an Xbox giftcard.

I ran across this book at Barnes and Noble, so I got that for him and then decided he would get an awesome AC III inspired hoodie to go with it.

So…

I started looking at Pinterest and all the cool AC inspired hoodies that are pinned over there.  I didn’t want one that was too overt with tails and epaulets and all.  I decided to use the Herbert Hoodie by Wardrobe by Me for the base.  This is a looser fitting hoodie, so all the seaming in the back shouldn’t be annoying.

I also made my very first You Tube video for the project, so if you want to hear my voice and see my sewing room, check it out.  I took the video about 5 times before I got a version I liked.  I finally had to lock the cat out of my room since he figured it was petting time and was being annoying. 😉

This is all the pieces cut out of bamboo fleece from Nature’s Fabrics.

I didn’t buy enough of the blue…only a half yard…so a few things are cut across the grain.  I would have cut the back “A” on the fold if I had purchased a yard.  It was taller than 18″.

The back required a lot of basting stitches before serging.  When sewing the curves and the angles you have to be pretty precise, so just taking it to the serger and going for it is just not recommended.

How I approached these seams, was putting them next to each other prior to pinning and marking where they met up with some chalk.  This just takes the place of putting notches in the fabric, and it really helped to line up the curves correctly.

The points in the fabric were done similar to doing  a V-neck.  You clip the inside point to the seam allowance and then sew each side of the triangle point separately to the edge right up to the clipped line.  You don’t sew right up to the edge of the point, but leave a seam allowance width.

After I sewed the basting stitches I went over them with the serger.  There were a few places were the serger messed up, so I had to seam rip in a few places.  I then ironed down all the seams and top-stitched.

I drew the thunderbird that matches the hood design for the character.  Let’s just ignore the fact that I forgot to mirror it and it is facing the wrong direction.   Story of my life.  I need to put a sticker that says “Did you mirror??” on my machine where I load the mat.

The AC logo is actually in pieces since I was just using what I had for vinyl.  I think I need to buy more vinyl.

The hood is put together by first attaching the triangles, and then attaching the sides.  I put some interfacing at the point, and then did a long straight stitch seam on either side of the point before serging the rest of the seam.  Clip the point, turn right sides out, and then attach to the hood body.

The rest of the creation was pretty standard.

  • Sew the shoulders together, matching up to the blue/cream seam separations.
  • Attach the hood, with about a 1.5″ overlap.
  • Attach the arms
  • Sew the side seams
  • Sew up the sides of the wrist and waist bands, fold over and attach to the ends of the arms and at the body waist.

Done!

Sorry I didn’t get a lot of pictures in making this thing, but keep in mind that I couldn’t take pictures of Everything or it would have taken me forever and a day.  When I was putting the back together I got in a groove and forgot to get pictures.  I didn’t have a lot of time since I waited until the last minute to get this done (again).  The main points in making this, is that you need to baste stitch, serge, then topstitch those seams.  Otherwise, it will be a hot mess inside.

Now I just need to wrap it up for his birthday tomorrow!  I’ll edit this post with pictures of him wearing it when I get pictures. 🙂

Edit: Worn pics…he loved it! 🙂

Posh Top

This is such a cute top!

Releasing today is the George and Ginger Posh Top.  I made a size 14 tween for the girl out of cotton lycra from Fabric Anthropology.  Kristi did shorten the pattern a few inches after this version, but otherwise the fit is the same on the final.

It has these big sleeves that are just so cute.

The shoulders are pieced with a bias strip in between.  You can dress that up by adding some buttons to them (I didn’t).  It is meant to look like there is a closure there.

I told her she looked very cute in the top and skirt and that she should wear it to school like this.  Apparently this is way too much for middle school!

Kristi is currently having a sitewide sale for George & Ginger’s 2 year anniversary. For 24 hours only, save 25% sitewide, including the new Posh Top! Sale ends Saturday at 8:00 am CST. Use code: YEARTWO at checkout.

Little bag

On Saturday night we were going to go to a concert to see A Perfect Circle, so I wanted to get a small bag finished up to carry my phone and wallet.  I had been meaning to make something like this for awhile now, and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I made this pretty quickly…a little over two hours.  I started out with a pattern I had made previously for the main body, and then added the expander pieces and top pocket.

This is made from two different lambskin leathers, with some places using a woven iron on interfacing.  Lambskin is pretty flimsy when it comes to leather, so a few places I doubled it up.

I used black suede on the underside of the front flap and along the edges to give the pockets more room.

The back:

The strap is a woven strapping that I had laying around.  I keep straps that get unused, so I can used the hardware and/or just the strap itself.  This is adjustable, so I could also put it on my waist if I wanted.  I used it as more of a cross body bag that night, and it is small and unobtrusive.

The front clasp keeps coming undone, so I need to figure out something for that.  It also shifts to the side a bit and the opening is too floppy, so I think I will tack the pocket down near the top of the opening.  That should be fun since it is all put together now.

Edit: I figured out what was wrong with the clasp…the top piece was upside down.  I pulled the rivets apart with a pliars and took it apart to move it around.  It works great now!

I am thinking of making another and doing a tutorial on it.  We’ll see when I get that done!

Copying RTW

There are a pair of stretch jeggings I have where I really like the fit of them.  They are kind of straight leg leggings, and I wanted to copy them for awhile now.  I finally got that done this weekend.

When I copy a RTW item I own, I turn it inside out, cover each pattern piece with the sticky Press and Seal, and then mark at the seam with a Sharpie.

Once I have the pieces, I put them on a big piece of paper and cut them out with a seam allowance.  I was going to do the waist a bit different and give it more room in the crotch, so I made those changes here as I was cutting it out. 

All ready for a muslin.

I knew I wanted to use my scuba suede for this project, but wanted to be sure it would fit first.  I used a ponte for the “muslin”, and tried it on along the way.  I needed the rise to be a little lower on this for where I wanted it to fall.

They turned out pretty comfy!

Black and white and a little dressy

Back in the summer I made my girl a dress that I thought would work for her choir concerts this year.  Nope!  The girl needed a black bottoms and white top for her choir concert, so back to the sewing machine I went.

She said she wanted a “flowy” top and I got to choose the type of bottom.  I decided on a cape top and fitted pencil skirt with a flounce.

These two pieces were actually fairly easy to draft up and make.  I got it done in about two nights.

I thought the top turned out pretty cute.

She didn’t like it.  She was not a fan of the cape, and she wanted it not fitted at all, like this:

So…next time it will be a different top.  For now…she had to wear this.  Poor thing. 😉

At least she loves the skirt!

Pretty purple jacket

Here is my last sample piece for the current round open at Fabric Anthropology (whew!  I made 5 this time!).  This is the purple watercolor and it is another very pretty color.  The watercolor feature makes it have some pretty gradients going throughout the print.

I drafted up this jacket and sewed it in about 6 hours.  It went pretty well, only a little time with the seam ripper.

Here are the pattern pieces and it all cut out.  I used the purple french terry, a black scuba suede and a black ponte (last two I bought from Joann’s Fabrics).   

When coming up with ideas and drafting patterns, I generally spend a little time on Pinterest to try to figure out the details I want to include.  This jacket is what sparked this design.  I have a collection of fun clothing details on there that helps give me some inspiration when I go to draft.

The front inside panel is one big pocket.  The back has a facing for the top piece, so that seam across the back is enclosed  I sewed the little belt down to the middle of the back so it wouldn’t flop around at all.

To finish off her outfit, I made a pair of Jalie Eleonore’s with the black scuba suede and a tank top to go underneath out of an Affordable Fabrics and More print I purchased last year.

Now, I finally have some time to work on that choir concert outfit she needs in about a week!

The watercolor solids pre-order closes on November 15, so if you would like it at the reduced prices, don’t delay!