Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Clothes that Work Out

Yep, that's me showing off my work-out wear. 

~  you know, like for exercising ~

I haven't mentioned my routine?

~ hmm, let me show you my moves ~

But first, you have to know I've made whatever I'm wearing, right?  yeah.  

Well, the sweatshirt that says SEW was an XL men's that I cut up, added a collar from the hem and a jacket zipper from my stash.  The pants I made awhile ago from a vintage, heavy linen tablecloth.  And here's the stretch mesh top...


~ stretch mesh with Parisian graffiti  ~


~ Trippen shoes from ebay function as my "gym" shoes ~




~ hey man, are you messing with me? ~



~ the photographer caught in the act of disappearing ~



~ after mimicking my "poses" ~

ha!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

From Flop to Frippery

By way of a Tina Givens Meri dress pattern*, no doubt.  You'll never know the places you'll go when diving into one of these adventures.

~ But I never thought I'd end up here! ~

Oh my.  You wouldn't either if you checked out the pattern picture.  But then again, if you've worked with these patterns, you probably know modifications, alterations and (for me) way out remedies are the name of the game.  Which is kind of why I like them.


~ I'm feel so liberated now ~

I started out with the least favorite fabric I had on hand in case it turns out to be a dud.  This is a double border ITY knit, of all things.   I try to figure out what size to use, but sometimes its rather difficult to do based on the pattern pieces when they're not consistent.  This dress used one piece from center front to center back.  In other words, there's no side seams.


~ just hanging out here ~

Shoulder seams didn't line up, the usual stuff.  I took up the shoulder seams 4 inches on each side because both the underarms and the neckline were soooo low.   The pattern photograph shows a high neckline.  So much for that.

~ another ready for take-off picture ~

It was supposed to be sleeveless, but since the armholes were wonky, I decided to use the leftover angled pieces as sleeves.  They were already perfectly cut for kimono sleeves.  So voila, on they went.  That was a surprise.  Now I had a tribal kaftan, kimono-esque dress.

I'm starting to like this thing.  It just needs something for that weird neckline, plus I don't like the way the center front flares out with excess fabric.  hmmm.


~ cruising ~

After a couple false starts on necklines, I found two long narrow triangular scraps of the fabric that fit together perfectly to form a neckline with ties.  I attached it like you would a bias binding and then finagled a way to sew the tie ends inside out, yada, yada, yada.  So there we are.

This thing is so much fun to wear, especially on a breezy day.  It's like instant drama.

And wouldn't ya know it.  I had the perfect shoes to wear with it.


~ screaming orange and magenta XOXO shoes from ebay ~


I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style (finally), Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  Hope to see you there.

 *ah, I see she's no longer selling this pattern.  But don't sweat it, you can still get it on other sites, just google it.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Rusty Maroon, I presume

~ the color of my latest version of the Serena dress ~

The same as the Tina Givens Serena pattern that I modified in navy jersey and linen seen in my last post.


~ scarlet-fied by hitting one of those alteration buttons in photoshop ~


~ but this is more true to color ~

What a difference a change of fabrics makes in a dress.  Even though it's the same type of fabric with the same modifications to the pattern - whoa, this baby had different needs.

Again using only what I had on hand, the jersey was a lighter weight, heathered, brick red/black jersey with lycra and the linen was a heavier-weight, rough marsala linen with horizontal dark script in French.  I put them together based on color, but it was the difference in weight that made for some interesting construction dynamics.


~ see the horizontal heathered lines combined with the horizontal script ~

And the uni-suspender.  That heavy-weight linen pulled that light-weight stretchy jersey way, way down south.  I found that floral bit from a kimono tie I had previously sewn up, added button holes and used it to hold up the skirt portion.  I even found two perfect buttons in my stash.   The bit of horizontal stitching you see to left is some boro-esque play on the center back flap I was experimenting with...


~ ready for take off ~


I also had to raise the waistline under the arm area and raise the shoulder area to accommodate for all the downward stretching.  So there's little tucks and folds and boro here and there.



But how about those socks?

~ and good ole Trippens from ebay ~


And now it's time to celebrate with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cheri's Shoe and Tell.  Hope to see you there!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Navy Serena Dress

Not much of a post title, I know.

But Serena felt like a good mantra for me while those whirlwinds are pounding away, one after another.  Stay safe as you can, all of you in their wake.




~ I know I feel nervous,  ~

~ and I'm nowhere near it, here in the mid-west ~


Yesterday was the first day of school for me and this is the dress I wore, finished the night before.  After a slow start, it turned out that I liked it - a lot.  Another Tina Givens pattern, Serena.


~ This is how it looks straight out of the box, so to speak ~

I know, not flattering AT ALL.  But I do like it when you just act normal, you know?  Plus I made it out of jersey (which I dislike terribly) and linen (which I love uncontrollably).  That's what the pattern cover shows and suggests and I happened to have some of both in the same color, so...


~ of course, I deviated from the pattern ~

I added side seam pockets, one side jersey, the other linen.  And the front floppy piece is my whatever, interpretation?  The pattern seems over-scaled to me.  I cut an extra small which I am most assuredly not.  And as you can see, it's still large.  I cut off 4 inches from the hemline, sleeve edge and bodice edge.  And I'm 5'5". 



~ shoes and sock ~

Not so hot really.  When I wore it to school yesterday, it looked much better with my soft gray anklets and those really cool dark blue platform sandals with the yellow trim.  But I was cold today and that's what I came up with.  I see from the photos that it really toned everything down.

I guess I'll be linking up with everyone if there's any linking up to be done later on...as the world turns.  Oh, there's Patti now of Not Dead Yet Style, so I'm hopping on over to join the Visibles.  And here's Catherine of I'll Wear What I Like, so let's all go there too.  See ya.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FRILLER!

That's me in my newly made frilled top worn in the straight jacket version, I do believe.


~ alrighty then ~

Let's back up a bit...

~ ahh, that's better, don't ya think? ~

So here's the story.

This top was a major disaster from a Tina Givens pattern, Lucca.  Do not try this at home (or anywhere else for that matter).  The drafting and instructions do not fit together and make no sense in any way imaginable.  Nevertheless, she persisted.  And persisted.  Ripping, cutting, remaking and finally totally making my own pattern from scratch.  Thank the goddess I was using an old king size sheet because, in the end, I did use all the fabric.



~ now wearing in kimono version ~

And nothing is softer than old 100% cotton sheeting.  mmmm.



~ and that leads me to...~ 



Mending on my mind line mind, whatever.


~ I've been boro-ing on old makes that need some TLC ~



The first shirt is made from parchment linen and developed a hole above the side seam pocket.  It's actually an adaptation from Tina Givens Gina shirt pattern.  It was my first boro style, visible mending and I really luved the way it turned out.


~ sweet boro patching ~


The second shirt is really old and originally made from a king size pillow case.  I've already refashioned/ repaired it a few times.  It's had 2 new pair of sleeves, 2 new pairs of patch pockets, multiple refinishes around the neckline, new side seam pockets and underarm repairs.  After I removed the front patch pockets, the middle section needed massive restoration. 

~ big ole borro patching to the rescue ~


And now for a break from all that, we'll go to the grand finale.

~ my ebay Doc Martens ~

By the by, these old jeans are at least 30+ years and counting.  They were once high-waisted, cuffed and pleated.  That's long gone and this is their latest transformation.  And talk about soft.  mmmmm, can't get any more soft (or faded) than ancient jeans, bay-bee.


As soon as I get it together, I'll be linking up to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cheri's Shoe and Tell.  See you there!


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