OOTD – Week of January 8, 2018

Well last week was a bit of a bear.  I worked until 7pm each night, and worked most of the day on Sunday.  By the time Monday rolled around again…I was very tired.  Luckily I had a bunch of outfits made up in my closet, so it was a bit brainless just to pick something to wear to work all week long.

I do that occasionally, where I put together outfits along with jewelry and tights, all hung up together and ready to go.  This really helps me in getting ready quick or picking something before I go to bed at night.  I usually do it when I’m in the mood for it and have some energy, so that means I get a bit more creative and fun instead of putting the same things together all the time.

January 8, 2018

A start to another work week…livin’ the dream! 😉  I had a bit of running around this day, so I wanted to be comfy for it.

  • Cardigan – Double sided ponte, my own pattern
  • Straight leg leggings – heavy weight ponte, my own pattern
  • Top – RTW
  • Boots – Miz Mooz via Zulily
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot necklace, earrings are a gift

January 9, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 11, 2018

Another comfy outfit!  This top is a cape top I made over a year ago, and these types of tops are hard to wear with sweaters.  It is a nice drapey jersey, so I thought I would see how it would work to manipulate the cape a bit and have it kind of tie in front.  I think it worked out alright.

  • Cape top – jersey – pattern hack
  • Red ponte straight leg leggings – my own pattern (no blog post)
  • Black sweater duster – RTW via Zulily
  • Black Miz Mooz ankle boots via Zulily
  • Jewelry – necklace: JcPenny, earrings: Silpada

January 12, 2018

Last day of the work week…Halleluiah!  The first few weeks of the year are always a bear for us accountants with year end close and dealing with those pesky auditors.  I used to be a pesky auditor, too.  So glad I no longer have that job!

Plunging temps again today, so needed to be warm with another of my loom knitted scarves.  I haven’t knitted one in almost a year, so I need to finish the one that is my loom right now.

January 13, 2018

Today was Christmas takedown day, so I started the day in a pair of leggings I made from interesting fabric and my baseball mom tank top.

January 14, 2018

Today I ran out and went to the fabric store while the boy was at his pitching clinic.  I spent way too much…again.  So much for my resolution to NOT buy fabric…or at least curtail it.

Not sure I will have the energy for doing this next week.  I feel like I am coming down with something..hopefully I stay clear of that awful flu.

OOTD – Week of January 1, 2018

Here we are at the beginning of another year!  They seem to be going by faster the older I get.  Time sure has sped up the last few years.  It is hard to believe that I have a teenager and almost a teenager, and that hubs and I will be celebrating 20 years wed this year.  How’d that happen??

Well, hoping for a good year this year.  We already have some issues with surgeries for my Grandma and my girl, but hopefully the healing will be fast.

As for me, my vertigo is back, though it isn’t too severe.  It does give me a bit of a spin and nausea when I lay down for the first minute.  Some days are better than others.  I was hoping to get back into exercising since I am almost to 158lbs now.  I would really like to fit back into my jeans and not have to squeeze into my clothes.  I am going to try to start with the elliptical.

Onto fun stuff!

This week I was trying to go through the blues in my closet.  I was mostly successful, though a few days I didn’t do it.

January 1, 2018

I got nothing for this day.  I did wear a pair of fleece pants I made a few years ago, but I was basically do laundry, cleaning and organizing most of the day to prep for going back to work.  I did take a shower that day, so that is good at least, right?? 😉

January 2, 2018

Back to work and going outside in the frigid weather.  Another lovely day in the north with -13 in the car on the ride to the office.  The heat had barely kicked in by the time I got there.   This was pretty comfy.

January 3, 2018

Another frigid day in the North and I chose to just wear tights and low shoes.  So, so brave. 😉

January 4, 2018

January 5, 2018

  • Top – Bamboo jersey, my own pattern
  • Sweater and Fleece leggings via Zulily
  • Boots – Miz Mooz via Zulily
  • Jewelry – Necklace, Stella & Dot – Earrings a gift

January 6, 2018

  • Top – Black knit, my own pattern
  • Pants – Panne velvet, my own pattern
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot and Silpada
  • Slippers – Target

January 7, 2018

I had to go into work today, so yay me!  If I look tired, I am.  It has been a long week.  I went to bed last night exhausted and my mind wouldn’t stop going, so I still didn’t get a lot of sleep.  On the weekends my office building doesn’t really heat it very high, so I knew it would be chilly.  It was in the low 60’s in my office, but I do have a non-fire code heater!

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!


Sheer inset dolman top

Hey look, something that is not a pattern test or strike off sewing!  I have been wanting to make another sheer inset top in black.  I have made a white one and one with huge sleeves.

The process in drafting this was pretty easy.  I used a dolman top pattern that I made from a RTW top that I wear a ton.  You need a top that is not low cut in order for the sheer to hit at a decent spot across your chest.

It took my pattern and cut it in the same spot on the front and back.  Make sure there is enough space between the neckline and the sheer.  There needs to be at least an 1.5″, but more is better.  Attaching the sheer and hemming the neckline takes close to an inch.

Excuse my crappy mouse drawing

Then I took a sleeve and measured out where it would have hit on the underarm…took that off to where it met up with the dolman.  It is a little shorter than full length, so it would need adjusting for next time.

Super overcast morning after a rainy day.  Not Photoshop to make it look dark and moody!

I generally push my sleeves up all the time, though, so it is just fine on me.

The sheer is a knit embossed sheer that I found locally.  Look for a knit sheer, since it needs to stretch.  It also had a tendency to snag and run, so it takes a bit of careful handling.

I think this will end up in heavy rotation in my closet.  I am all about neutrals!  The skirt is a maxi skirt of my own draft that I made for my spring capsule last year.

I made this top for date night with the hubs, and finished it in 1.5 hours.  I thought it would take less time, but the sheer is futsy to deal with.

The kids are low key in their fall sports now, so I have time now to tackle projects that have been piling up.   I also have several strikes that are on their way, but hopefully I won’t get them all at once…again.


Summer tops

These are some summer tops that I drafted/hacked from either patterns I made previously, or by using the Sneha by Wardrobe by Me.

I used my style sheet that I put together from tops I found on Pinterest:

Then, I went back and looked at more tops.

Here is the first one.  I modified a swing tank I drafted a few years ago.  This fits pretty well, but needs some more room under the arms, so that is the only thing I would change on it.

It is made from athletic mesh (black), cotton lycra (white bands) and an iron on vinyl design I cut with my Silhouette.

You can find the cut file for this top here.

This next one would have probably worked better with a lighter jersey knit.  I do still really like it, though.  I drafted a dolman sleeve t-shirt from a RTW version that I really like.  The arms a little too tight on this one, too, so that is the only modifications I would make to it.  I cut up the pattern with a 3″ section in upper top that I used a white mesh.


This black top is my version of a tank with mesh inserts and different cuts.  I used the Sneha top as a base for this one.  I just traced out the pattern, and cut it up where I thought it would look good.  When I was cutting out the pieces I added the seam allowance.   I was a little concerned with the sturdiness of the lace, but I think the bands will work well like this.

This grey top is my own fabric design, printed on Modern Jersey from Spoonflower.  The pattern is my draped cowl top, only I shaved about an inch from the shoulders.

This red top used another pattern I had drafted previously.  I added some ruffles and a deep cut back to add visual interest to it.

Here are some pictures of the ruffles in process.  The pieces were about 20″ long for the wide, less gathered ruffle, and 40″ long for the very gathered ruffle.  I pinned them well, attached the shoulders together and then put the band on it in two steps.  First I attached it to the front of the tank, then I turned the hem under and stitched it again.  For the back I included clear elastic in it, so it wouldn’t stretch out.  This is a jersey knit, so it doesn’t have great recovery.  Lastly I attached the tubes for the back.

So there are my summer tops so far!  I do have a few more ideas, and luckily…plenty of fabric! 😉





Spring/summer capsule…DONE!

I love how this all turned out!  I am excited for the weather to get warmer and I can wear this new casual wardrobe this summer.

I made:

  • 4 shirts
  • 4 skorts
  • 1 dress

I do have several RTW and previously sewed items that will work with this, as well.  I will do a few posts showing the different pieces up close.  For now…this is my finished mix and match wardrobe.

More details to come!

Summer top turned into summer dress

With the approach of summer, I decided to try my hand at converting a top I drafted last year (or was it the year before?) into an easy summer dress.  I like this top, since it is loose around the waist, but not too loose.   This is aided by the gathers just being along a 2-3″ span in the middle, and having some shaping on the side.

I lengthened this draft to an A-line dress that hits above my knees.  The length on this dress is 36″ hemmed, so it only takes a little over a yard to make it.

The fabric I used is a knit jersey with lycra.  It is super comfortable and lightweight.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add the HTV design to it, or not.  After asking for opinions about it, I got a lot of “Keep it off and accessorize with a big necklace!”  Normally, I am all about accessories, but this is for hot summer days, and I will likely be keeping them to a minimum.  So…HTV it was!

I bought a pair of red Ariat sandals from Zulily to go with my red stuff in my wardrobe capsule.  I need to step back from the online shopping now.  I have a big problem with hitting the credit card lately.

As that worked out so well, I decided to make a maxi dress with side slits.  With fabric like this, you don’t want to go extra long on the cutting.  You actually want to cut it short, since the weight pulls the hemline down.  I had to re-hem a maxi dress I made out of this type of lycra jersey last summer.  Several times.

I added side slits to this dress, and made them at about 18″ from the unhemmed bottom.  To do this, I first serged the edges, then sewed up the side seams up to the 18″ marking.  Then I just turned the edge and top-stitched.  I knew if I tried to just serge the side seams, turning under the slits would have been harder.

I also added a lace applique that I had purchased at SR Harris.  I have a bunch of appliques I purchased, just because I like them.  This worked great for the yoke.  I just zig-zag stitched it on, with a matching thread.

Just needs to look good on the outside, am I right??

Still photos of this dress look a bit mumu-ish.  It is actually much better worn with movement.  It is also super comfy.

I will be wearing this to the office quite a bit this summer, me thinks.


Summer wardrobe capsule plan…sittin’ at the ball fields

Summertime around these parts consists of many hours watching ball games – both softball and baseball.

This means I sit in the hot sun sweating and getting odd tan lines for hours at a time. I wanted to make a mix and match wardrobe capsule that would keep me cool, look awesome and be easy to change up the pieces.

This also matches some other pieces already in my wardrobe, so it should work well.

Here are two sodoku capsules that I made up. This is all subject to change on my frivolous whims.

summer soduko 1

summer soduko 2

I am going to make a pattern for a skort (’cause wind…) with a straight-front, flounce back with pockets on the legs underneath. Something like this:


We’ll see if it actually turns out that way. Whims…I tell ya.

The tops are going to be tank tops to try to minimize the farmers tan. Not that there is anything wrong with a farmer’s tan…had them aplenty growing up.

These are my tank top inspirations. I like the thought of putting stretch lace in there, so I think I will use that idea to try to keep cool.

tank top inspiration

Lots of fun things going on with those tops. The only issue, is the bra issue. I have yet to find a comfortable strapless bra, so I am thinking of making some fun straps with some existing bras.

Fabrics are next. I bought a few different types of athletic mesh in black and gray, some gray Nike sport fabric, and then I have some different cotton/lycra and poly/lycra knits. I also have some lace and should be getting a sample stretch mesh fabric soon that will fit in nicely.

The sodoku would not be complete without some accessories, amiright?? I have a lot of silver jewelry that I can pull out for these outfits, since I am a jewelry hoarder.

This is just the silver stuff…


I need new black sandals, since I threw away my pair that I have worn the last 5 years or so. The soles were breaking down. I bought these two new pairs of sandals. I might need one more black pair, more of a walking sandal, but I will see how these fit when I get them from Zulily. I also got a new pair of shades.

What glorious purse do I carry?

I thought you would never ask! It is this Zip-top Utility Tote by 31 Bags. Could I make this? Yes. Do I want to when this is only $35? No, no I do not. If you want one I can hook you up with my friend that is a consultant.

zip top organizing utility

This has 7 side pockets, yo. It fits all my crap that I bring with me, which includes this non-exhaustive list:

  • water bottle
  • purse stuff (phone, wallet, etc.)
  • kleenex (allergy season)
  • first aid kit (yes, I am that Mom)
  • Sunglasses for large and small people
  • Sunscreen
  • Visor
  • Bug spray
  • Camera and several lenses
  • Snacks
  • Art supplies and/or sewing to keep me busy
  • Hand warmers, and I can throw my blanket on top for early in the season

It is heavy, but holds all my crap.

I am going to be joining in on a contest on the Wardrobe Capsule Facebook group, but I really will be sewing it whenever I get the time. That gets more rare as the summer gets closer, so I need to work on it as soon as I can. Tryouts are next month!

Oh, just in case you are a fellow sports parent sewist person…RP Custom Fabric will be having a sport prints pre-order round on cotton-lycra in March. She will have all FOUR of my kids’ sports. I’m gonna be so poor.











Mix and match sparkles

I saw this striped fabric on a custom fabric website and thought it would be perfect for the pattern test I did on the cropped jacket.  Unfortunately, I spent way too much on fabric for these pieces, but sometimes you just gotta splurge.  Most of my fabrics I buy are at a discount fabric warehouse, so I don’t normally spent a lot per yard.


Here are all of the pieces I made with the above fabrics, and how they can all go together.  I have another few plain black pieces I made for her that will go with them, too.  I bought 2 yards of both the black arrows and the gold sparkle, since she needs over a yard of fabric to make her bottoms.


Folis Jacket by Sofilantjes (just released)


This jacket is so cute!  It is an unlined jacket, and pretty easy to throw together.  It also comes in a long jacket and dress.  Any version would be cute.  It is meant to be fitted, so she doesn’t recommend long sleeved shirts underneath.  My girl has skinny arms, so it isn’t as fitted on her as it was on other testers.  I made a 10W and 13L.


I used most of one yard on the jacket, with and extra half yard for the hood lining and bands.

Domi pants by Sofilantjes


These were made out of the French terry and I kept it simple.  She didn’t want pockets on the pants, so I left them off.  I also made them long and just hemmed them instead of adding the bands on the bottom.

Nivalis/Hibernis by Sofilantjes mash up

This is similar to the tattoo horse top I made her previously, only I made it short sleeves. (Sorry, didn’t get a picture of it without the jacket!)


Hibernis by Sofilantjes

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I left off the pockets on this top, and just did the side panel pieces plain.  No cowl either, and I used the hood from the Nivalis pattern.  I added on thumbhole cuffs.

Shenanigans Skort leggings by 5 out of 4 Patterns

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Not Sofilantjes for this one.  I like the leggings from this pattern, and they fit her well.

All the pieces will go well together.  She is wearing a black long sleeved shirt under the hood with some of the pictures, and she also has some plain black leggings, and a pair of black stretch velvet domi pants.  Lots of stuff to mix and match!

A fun tween capsule for her to be able to wear this winter. 🙂



Plaid cape top and gored skirt

Here is a Pinterest pattern hack coming for you.  This pin is pretty popular.  It is a short-sleeved top with a “cape” over it.  If you are on Pinterest, I am sure you have seen it.  I know it comes up in my feed all the time.


I wanted to make this as part of my winter capsule in black and long-sleeved.  Since it is for winter, I am not doing the key-hole in the back.  That would be cold.

The base pattern I used for this is the Wardrobe by Me – Wardrobe Builder Tee.  I made two versions – one in black and the one shown here.  I made it a size larger for the black, as I wanted a looser fit, so I made a size 14.  I did it in cotton lycra and it didn’t have the right amount of drape.  I will be re-doing it.

This was the first time I made this WBM pattern, and I do generally like the fit.  Christina drafts for more of a pear shape, which I am a rectangle.  If you have more of a difference in your hips/waist than I do, some of the modifications I made will not apply to you.  Got to work with what you got!


I will make up an add-on pattern for this, but I want to do a few modifications of this top first.

I used a jersey knit here.  As I said above, I needed to do some modifications.  I made this to my measurements (size 12), and it slid down on my hips a bit too far.   I am a rectangle, so this wouldn’t slide down on a pear shape.   First, I tried sewing clear elastic in the bottom 6″ of the side hems on either side.  The elastic was 4″ long, so it had a subtle ruching of about 2″.  Didn’t look right.  Next, I took out the elastic (fun times) and cut off 3″ off the bottom, including the hem.  I hemmed it at a good spot on my hip.  I think knowing the most flattering length of top on YOUR body is pretty important.  Lengths that look good on others won’t necessarily look good on you.


A pretty simple add on for a pattern, but a fun stylish one!  You can add whatever length sleeves you want with the wardrobe builder shirt, or do sleeveless underneath by adding a band to, or hemming, the armscye.


So, the skirt.


This is a first draft of a gored skirt.   I wanted it to have a bit more flare, so I will have to redraft it for that.

More to come…hopefully. 😉