Hey guise.. remember when I won second place for the Nettie Challenge? If you don’t thats ok, I don’t expect you to. One of the prizes included a certificate to IndieSew. When Allie sent over the code, she expressed how much she liked my blog, which makes me happy because if you like to hear about my sewing fiascos when I drink then I salute you. I would probably be drinking right now if I had this bag:
Enough about drinking, let’s move on. I think I made some purchases on IndieSew about the time when the Fall Collection was being displayed, and I thought it was actually a pretty cool idea to bundle patterns up and save, and all the participants made me jealous with what they made. I probably threw out some jealousy vibes into the universe because it was really fan-freaking-tastic (at least to me) to open my inbox and see an email from Allie asking me if I would like to participate in the Winter Collection Tour.
5 patterns with a total of 15% discount and every time someone buys a discount an angel gets their wings (don’t quote me on that). I chose two patterns to review and based them off my style. My style falls into two extreme categories: either edgy/urban (aka hipster brooklyn) or really fancy dressed up. One thing for certain that I do know from much trial and much error is that I’m not girly by nature. My dresses won’t flare, gather, or fall to my knees.. I don’t wear headbands and sweetheart necklines.. even princess seams are pushing it… So I took the opportunity to make the Out and About dress a little more tailored to my Brooklyn style. A flurry of google image searches for the dress results in very casual knits, which led me to do the opposite and work with something a little bit more sheer and shimmery for when I outdo fitty cent and you can find me in da club.
Here’s an outtake because why not
There’s a lot of changes I made to make the dress better fit what I was envisioning (think Free People). I cut a medium for starters so it would be a bit more flowy than fitted. Because I was raising the hem of the dress drastically, I rose the neckline as well. I like the balance of modesty on top. Originally going for a boatneck, I was a little less overzealous and should have given myself less shoulder width. That’s fine, it still works for me as a crew neck kind of option. At first I had actually decided to lengthen the waistline a bit, because one thing I’ve noticed in patterns is that my waist falls a little lower than drafted or I like to give myself the illusion of a longer waist. That idea got nixed quickly and keeping true to my Free People inspiration decided on shortening the waistline to an almost empire waist. Finally like Andrea, I opted to shave the side dip that the dress has.
The fabric remind me of this 80′s shift dress my mom has in her closet that I’ve been dying to steal for ages but she just won’t let me. I obviously sewed the skirt wrong. I was meaning to keep the same directional print as the top, but I think I like it better that way and breaks up the visual a bit.
I was trying to be a wallflower
Keeping up with extremes, the other pattern I chose was the Josephine Top by Made by Rae. It’s something I’d wear to go on interviews and Christmas dinners at my boyfriend’s house. I love the idea of pleats and wanted to try and incorporate that into a drapey poly georgette that I had in my stash for maybe a year now. I really like to get myself into trouble without realizing it until I’m halfway cutting my patterns. I was lucky this georgette was a little on the thicker side, which made it easy to cut. My fabric is black which makes marking a pain in the ass. I knew that if I used white chalk it would be terrible to wipe off and I had all these pleats to mark. What I ended up doing instead was making sure each side of the pattern was cut accordingly and clipped into each end of the pleats. I then folded each end and ironed the shit out of each pleat to crease and sew. It was tedious having to go back and forth and measure the distances so I had even straight pleats but it worked.
The pattern options are sleeve and sleeveless, which i should’ve taken into consideration, given the fact that I opted for sleeves and should’ve lowered the armseye. You’ve been warned. I don’t have that much arm moving wiggle room. (I’m flapping my arms right now like the chicken dance, so use that as visualization. You can also see a little pulling in the armpits in some of the pictures) What I did like about the pattern is that it comes with 2 front options for cup sizes A/B and C/D, which kinda saves you time regarding FBAs and such. Because this IUD has given me the boobs I’ve never wanted, I chose the C/D version. The darts however end a little too close to my apex. I’ll probably come back to this shirt in a week or two and correct the dart issue or treat this as a wearable muslin. There’s no back elastic thing on mine so maybe that could also be the deal.. since nothing is pulling the back… but I’m not a fan of back elastic. This version made me rethink it though.. especially the sleeves. At first I didn’t want the tunic.. you know what though.. I’m rethinking it
Speaking of sleeves, something was telling me to construct the whole thing flat, attach the cuffs flat and sew up in one run. As of lately, I’be been taking the time to follow directions as opposed to doing things my way. Note to self… sometimes my way is better. The cuff opening is tiny which is ok given my tiny wrist and forearms… My machine is not capable of handling tiny circumferences and the instructions have you insert the sleeves flat, close up the sleeves, side seams and then insert the cuffs. I hand sewed the cuffs because sandwiching the fabric and sewing the cuffs on to the sleeves without using the arm extension to hold my shit together wasn’t going to work at 1am in the morning. I HATE HAND SEWING EVEN THOUGH IT GAVE THIS SHIRT THE LOVELIEST FINISHING DETAIL.. <– that’s me having an angsty teen moment .. I have residual teenage angst.
when you’re paying more attention to the TV you end up doing shit like this
The neck and hem were finished with minty green bias binding. I was scared that it would show through, however it seems that I’ve been overestimating the sheerness of this fabric. The matching of the bias binding to my pants was unintentional, I swear. But these are my wishful thinking pants, when I wear when it’s brick outside and I want to remind myself of warmer months when flowers are in bloom. You love them don’t you? I know, me too.
PS – It’s BRICK COLD. These pictures were taken today, after it snowed & rained last night, leaving a residual of temperature dropping and gusty winds. I have no idea how models do it, when they have to model swimwear a season ahead and it’s so damn cold outside. Cheers to you ladies. PS- too cold to smile.
I finally have fabric to start playing around with my next sewing project. I had instagram this vintage pattern I bought on etsy as an ode to the passing of Oscar De La Renta. I’ll probably wear it to Thanksgiving dinner and win over all the ladies.
Lastly.. have you guys seen Mortified Nation? It’s on Netflix and you should. The collection of embarrassing stories is cringe worthy. They go on tour, which I found out about because boyfriend sent over the link that they were in town last night. The highlight of the night of course was this girl telling us the story of when she auditioned for the Christmas Story play in her home town. She wrote an 8 page monologue of some sort of Dr Jekyll / Mr Hyde deal where this doctor killed a patient with some sort of collector’s item cutlery because the patient dared accuse the doctor of prescribing the wrong medication on purpose. PS – she got a part in the play.