As an experienced fabric hoarder, I will say it is always extremely exciting to have that “aha!” moment when deciding what to use specific fabric for.
I had been hanging on to this printed cotton for 8 months or so because I just couldn’t decide what to make from it. Especially because there was only about a yard and a half, which meant I was somewhat limited, project-wise. Finally, I found that perfect something (M7603) after my most recent McCall’s pattern haul ($1.99 patterns? Yes. Please.) And hey, look! Another print! I’m on a roll… ;)
This McCalls pattern was very simple, and definitely a great basic to add to the summer wardrobe. I already have plans to make a few more versions.
The fabric I used was more that belonged to my Grandma… I guess I now know where my fabric hoarding habit came from. And the buttons are vintage that belonged to the other Grandma. ;)
Since I didn’t quite have enough of the printed fabric to use for the neck and shoulder binding, I used some solid dark pink which added a great contrast.
I am loving my new [vintage] basket purse. I’ve been searching for one of these for two summers now. I just couldn’t find one I liked enough, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found this one on Etsy from ThreeSparrowVintage. It’s the perfect summer bag because it coordinates with just about anything, plus it’s cheery and puts a smile on your face. ;)
Jeans-Gap; Shoes-DSW; Earrings-Earthbound; Sunglasses-vintage; Basket purse-Etsy
Yes. It is summer. And yes. I have also made yet another coat. Though, I will say, for as cool as June has been this year in CLE…there are some nights I could have probably used a coat like this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving this coat…but I am definitely crossing my fingers the rest of the warm weather months are you know, warm.
This make has been festering in my brain for a while now, I just wasn’t sure what color lining I wanted to use so I’ve put off making it. Finally, the other day I found this beautiful periwinkle colored lining fabric on sale at JoAnn’s for $2.99 a yard and figured it was fate. Though the print itself is mostly a green floral, there is a very faint hint of a purple-y shade that is totally brought out by the periwinkle lining.
It wasn’t something I thought of until mid-making, but I was glad I chose to do a Mandarin style collar for this coat because the print really blends well with it. I actually used the same pattern (B 6385) for this coat as I did for this post from the winter.
I also made the top I am wearing. It was a VERY simple and straight-forward pattern (M 7570; recommend for beginner sewists) the only thing is that I will have to alter the shoulders slightly because they are a bit tight and probably need a little more ease.
Check out my Instagram post for a look at my sewing stages! ;)
Coat & top: me made; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: Target (no longer available); Purse: J.W. Hulme ; Necklace: coming soon to Etsy shop.
I’m pretty sure I made it a style resolution of mine to try to wear more prints this year. A few years ago, a co-worker made it a point to tell me how often I wear neutrals–which I often do, or maybe did more so when we worked together (what can I say, it makes getting dressed WAY easier). Alas, I remember that that comment made me realize that I also tend to lean more toward solids than prints…but not anymore! This post and the last couple are evidence of my aim at more print-wearing.
So, the other day I was going through my bin of cotton fabric and found this yardage of gingham check. I had forgotten about it altogether–especially that there was more to work with than I kept thinking there was. That said, as an attempt to make use of both the fabric & my time, I thought I’d make a pencil skirt.
Skirts are such a great place to start with sewing if you’re a beginner, since they don’t take too much fabric and they’re generally on the more basic side which makes them a good foundation to build on.
Cross-body purses are my absolute favorite. They’re so much easier to wear than shoulder bags–especially in summer-time when you’re going places and doing more, like baseball games and festivals. This one from J.W. Hulme is super great. It’s the perfect size, is very well crafted (the leather is getting better with age!), and is made in America.
Doesn’t this tee just make you smile? :D (P.S. Bergman Orchards is the BEST place to get peaches in Ohio. And they are conveniently located on the way to Put-In-Bay).
I’m pretty excited for this skirt! I think it will be a really versatile piece to wear through Summer and even into Fall. ESpecially with neutrals ;)
More printed skirts in my etsy shop, here; Tee-Bergman Orchards; Purse-here; Sandals-Target; Belt-Old Navy
Remember in the 90’s when we all used to wear skorts to school and they were the absolute best because you could still run around the playground and do flips and cartwheels?! Ahhh…those were the days.
Well, the other day I made myself what I would consider a more mature and sophisticated version of the skort. Coulotte shorts. They really are fabulous because they look dressy, and are super comfy.
I used McCall’s pattern 7131, which includes varying length options–I made the long pant coulottes back in the early Spring but haven’t worn them yet since they’re a little fancier…Next to make will be the more traditional coulotte length-at the knee.
Turns out, they’re easy to dance in, too. ;)
The fabric I used was, you guessed it, some I had stashed away waiting to be used up. Enter: Coulotte shorts.
This fabric was also really great to work with, a heavier printed cotton blend. It pressed wonderfully, which made the pleats in the front extra crisp.
I’d love to hear! What are your thoughts on coulottes?? Yes? No? Maybe so?
Tee & shoes: Target; Belt: Anthropologie (No longer available);Purse: Kate Spade; Bracelet: Grandma’s
You know how when you find that t-shirt you love with the perfectly soft and drapey cotton, so you buy it in every color? It’s sort of the same as when I find a pattern I really like…I tend to make it over and over. As per usual, I made this flutter dress (M7566) with some yardage of fabric I’ve had for a while and decided I needed to use up already. And after I made this one…I made another one (also in different fabric I felt needed to be used).
I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s perfectly feminine and just the right dress for Spring and Summer.
Isn’t this straw hat fantastic? It is vintage (in wonderful condition) and can be found here. ;)
I honestly can’t tell you how long this gingham print had been stashed away, just waiting to be used. But you sewists know how it is…you hang onto fabric knowing that the perfect project will come along sooner or later, we just have to be a little patient ;)
Dress-McCall’s pattern 7566; Belt-Anthropologie (no longer available); Vintage Coach purse; Straw hat-here; Shoes-Target (similar).
Ask my husband, and he’ll tell you that almost every time we watch an old movie on TCM, I’m running over to the TV with my phone so I can get a picture of a costume that I find inspiring.
I was totally inspired for this next one…by Ann Miller in Two Tickets to Broadway. I used the same pattern (M7513) as I did for the jacket in this post. And again, I also did some dyeing for it. Instead of marbling though, I did a full dunk of color. I used RIT dye again, and I did a little bit of color mixing (thanks to RIT’s website full of dye recipes) to achieve this periwinkle hue. Here’s how it came out:
It took a little searching to find some appliques I thought would work the best. I finally decided on these from Mood fabrics. They ended up giving just the look I was hoping for.
Leather look pants helped with that edgy aesthetic I was going for ;)
The trim I used was a combination of a normal braid trim with faux leather.
I contemplated making the collar the same periwinkle shade, but ultimately thought it would do well as a contrast piece.
Belt: BCBGeneration (many years ago); Leather look pants from H&M (last year); Shoes: hand-me-down from a friend!
I told you a sequel to my last post was coming…so here it is.
For the McCall’s contest, I made another version of pattern #7542 with a different sleeve variation.
With this one, I wanted to use up some extra faux leather and lace. Since I love mixing those highs and lows in designs, I thought I’d marry the two drastically different fabrics for this top.
Because you know what they say… opposites attract.
While this certainly had some challenges during the making process–it wasn’t AS much of a headache as I anticipated it could be. And that is always a nice surprise.
This top certainly turned out to be one you could dress up or wear a little more casually for that edgier vibe.
Jeans-Gap; Belt-came on a BCBG top; Shoes-also BCBGeneration, here