I’ve been sewing a lot lately. Just before my birthday, I had mentioned to Dave that I wanted my birthday present to be a shopping trip to get some new things that were a bit more versatile (classic basics, if you will). So I started to search the interwebs and had some ideas pinned on Pinterest, when I suddenly realized how expensive my birthday request was potentially going to be. I decided that many of the things I wanted could be easily made, so I took birthday money from my parents and bought as much fabric as I could possibly muster (you can get a lot with a little if you search long and hard). Also, because patterns are friggin expensive, none of these were made with a pattern. Everything was drafted by me.
The first outfit is something that is inspired by a 1950′s tweed suit that I already own (much like this one, but it has a velvet tie at the neck, and the skirt is a circle, not pleated)…but it doesn’t fit me anymore (goodbye 16 year old figure). I decided against a jacket though, because A) Too tricky without a pattern. and B) I just really wanted a tweed vest. The fabric I found had wrinkles added to it, and I’ve yet to get them out completely (the vest is a little smoother than the skirt…but that’s because it’s a LOT of fabric to iron. PS if you know how to get out stubborn wrinkles from wool…telllll meeee.) I still have a bunch of this fabric left over and I plan on making something like this dress ( I actually have a pattern for this). The blouse was one of my birthday presents, and is silk…and lovely.
This skirt was inspired by one from modcloth. But it was to expensive for my liking, and I I knew it would be easily made. It was originally supposed to be a full circle, but I didn’t get enough of this fabric, so it ended up being a half. The top was one of those things that just emerged as I sewed it. It started just as a t-shirt…then I decided to add the peter-pan collar (it’s hard to see, but it’s cream lace). And then I gathered the sleeves and added a cuff, and then added the buttons to complete it.
This next top was based purely on the fact that I can’t get enough of blouses with bow ties on them. End of story. It’s a simple blouse with flutter sleeves (they look funny in the picture..erg.) The black circle skirt is probably one of my favourite most versatile things I made. It falls just below the knee (which is my favourite length for skirts) and it is so flipping fun to wear. It’s impossible to not want to spin in circles when you wear this thing.
I made this outfit in September, but I haven’t shared it at all, so I’m including it. I was inspired to do this skirt by something I saw a girl wearing at the beach in the summer (mostly because it had a big bow in the back and I loved that). It’s a dirndl skirt (a big rectangle, gathered at the waistband). The fabric I found at the thrift store, and had bought it originally to do pillow covers. So I now match with my throw pillows. Heh. This blouse took me about an hour to make and it came from not wanting to wear what was in my closet. I had this fabric from the thrift store and thought this would be the perfect project for it.
The back bow tie is my FAVOURITE part of this silly skirt. Love it.