Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Lounge Wear!

~ at full flight ~

Totally inspired from Catherine Daze's post and adapted from McCalls 7727 dress pattern.  I used some stretch poplin from my stash.

~ back view at rest ~

As Catherine states, the pattern runs very large, so I made it several sizes smaller than I usually would.

~ side view of high-low hemline ~

And I made it longer than their shortest option and shorter than the longest option.  (Yeah, I like it my way.)  I added side seam pockets (I mean really!).  Eliminated the sash belt (of course).  And kept the collar stand, but left off the collar proper.

~ bad photo (back lit) ~

But it does shows the front that has a hidden button placket.  That threw me for a loop, but after a few restorative naps, I finally figured it out.   I didn't do the gathered sleeve cuffs either because I knew I wouldn't be wearing them down and buttoned.

~ "What Is Real?" ~

Perfect for lounging around reading my true love's library book, What Is Real?

~ with my shoes from ebay ~

and now I'm off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like (a different Catherine), and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Resort Wear 2018

~ Yes, strike that pose ~

Just lounging about on my back porch as one does in the dog days of August.

But what am I wearing you ask?  My usual this and that.  The fabric is a border print challis.  The pants started off from Sandra Betzina Vogue 1355 which is a favorite of mine.   The top on the other hand, was a flop (my own fault) from Butterick 5955 because I made it a zillion times too big as well as situated the print poorly. 

~ Hey, what's that I spy? ~

But all that's changed now.  After hours/days/weeks of pinning, trying on, taking apart, naps and readjusting, I got to something I really liked.  Amazing.  I'm always amazed that can happen. 

~ ahhh, a little rabbit just hopped by ~

Why can't I ever remember that while I'm going through the process?!  

~ and then my shoes from ebay came in the mail ~


And yay, I'm showing up for Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe & Tell when they all go live. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Transparent Gray, My Way

This light weight, woven striped, gray linen ensemble was a long time coming.  Started in May with many pauses as I figured and re-figured how I wanted to go with it.  I believe this is its final incarnation.   I luv that it's transparent.

~ on a hot June day ~

I started out using the Tina Givens Frankie pattern, but soon found myself going my own way.  I needed to use all French seams because the linen raveled just by looking at it and would certainly do so if there was any stress put upon them.  The pattern design includes an extra panel down both sides, so even more French seaming was necessary. guessed it, the pants became too snug.  At that point, the changes kept on coming, but slow as molasses.  

~ see? they're also dungarees ~

That's where the crotchtal panel in jersey came in - after much research on how I might embiggen pants after they were already made.  The stretchy, thin, charcoal jersey insert made the pants more baggy and flexible.  It was also used for a yoga-type waistband.  You can't see them here, but I attached mitten clips as suspenders using the jersey for straps.   It helps with transparency issues.

~ or I can wear this exaggerated muscle tee I made for extra coverage ~

The tunic took even more modifications.  I ended up using bias strips of the jersey to fold in half lengthwise and sew onto the neckline and sleeve edges.  Letting the edges of the jersey roll up as it wants to do.  I added a 4 inch strip of jersey to the hem of the tunic and did not like it.  Seam ripped it all out.

The top just looked too big in front.  Jerry-rigged it to overlap down center front in a narrow triangle and stitched it down.  Added a 6" strip of horizontal linen attached with a French seam on the outside and liked that look much better.  Are you still here?

That's what I wore to work out today.  With different shoes, of course.

~ groovy sandals from ebay ~

I added the back strap from that gray jersey cuz they would not stay on my feet otherwise!

And with that, I'm off the join Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie at Shoe & Tell.  See you there.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Cool Blue Tablecloth Dress

for the last day of MeMadeMay'18
~ Am I Right? ~

It's funny how time changes things.  When I first made this, I wore it differently.   You can see how here, way back in 2014.  And now because of MMM, I'm liking it more in this relaxed, funky, layered-look way.

~ and here you can see it really was a tablecloth ~

And very simply made at that.  I just added thin navy bias tape to bind the neckline and sleeve edges.  The dress hem is the hemmed edges of the tablecloth.  There were some stains that I covered with appliques.  Like the two gray leaf forms at the center bottom.  They're actually cut out from other fabric and zig-zagged on.

~ this is the buttoned-up look ~

I added a matching button in the middle of the design and two buttonholes on either end of the fabric "wings" so I could fold them over, as you can see.  Those three little flowers on the white border were sewn on to cover more stains.

The blue lace pantaloons were self-drafted.  Piece of cake.

~ and cool blue platform sandals from ebay ~

I will be wrapping up my MMM'18 experience in the next post and comparing this year with last year.  Both had surprises for me.  
And thank you all for your comments of support.  It really makes a difference.  Especially since I don't do any of the other social media.  mmwwaaa!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Another Never Before Outfit

for MeMadeMay'18, Day 30

~ never before worn together, that is ~

And look at the mood they create. 

I don' know why, but it feels Asianesque to me.

~ or maybe it's just theatrical ~

 The pantaloons are similar to the black ones I've shown here.  

For the white ones I have on...

~ I stated with white gauze cotton shorts I had ~

~ then added organza using French seams and adding tucks ~

~ a very simple outfit! ~

And easy to sew too!  The dress is a Rachel Comey design from Vogue 1482 patterns made in a lovely fabric - a light weight, crinkled jacquard floral print.   


~ with Tsubo platform sandals from ebay ~

One disappointing thing:  when I received these shoes I couldn't keep them on when I walked.  They only worked standing still or sitting down.  phfft.

I don't know how I thought of this, but it worked perfectly.  I had some spare nude elastic, adjustable, detachable bra straps for a bra that could go strapless or not.  (I no longer had the bra, but I kept the straps, of course).

All I did was slip each end of the bra strap around each side of the sandal strap, wrapping it once around so it could fasten onto itself.  Voila!  It's nude-ish, it stretches, it doesn't accidentally come off, but it is removable and it works.

~ the end ~

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Feeling Alright in All White Today

on MeMadeMay'18, Day 29

~ more or less ~

Thank you all for your response to my last post about the blogosphere and my place in it.  I noticed just this evening that my email notifications started back up on bloggers I follow.  Let's see if anything else gets rectified.

~ hmm, what am I wearing? ~

The top is a wildly altered Tina Givens Lucca pattern made from cotton sheeting.  The dress under it is Tina Givens free Priscilla Slip pattern made with linen gauze.  And the pantaloons are self-drafted and made from the same linen gauze.

~ still thinking about all that tech stuff ~

 But here's a Silver lining:

~ my Trippen shoes from ebay ~

Monday, May 28, 2018

What Have They Done to My Blog?!

in the middle of MeMadeMay'18, Day 28

~ please help if you can ~

Seems blogspot changed a few things 10 days ago without telling any of us bloggers.  I was wondering why I no longer received any emails when bloggers I follow posted on their blogs.  Nor any emails when I received comments on my posts.

Well, it seems even worst than that.  They discontinued whatever OpenID is, and from what I can tell, people can't comment unless that join Google+.  I'm not even a member of Google+.  I'm not a member of most things.  I just like to keep it really simple but I won't go into that now...

I went into my blogspot settings and tried to change a few things, but I don't know if it made any difference.  I'm refusing to join Google+.  Maybe I'll have to change platforms, or whatever they're called, and go to Wordpress???

~ comment here and let me know that you can ~

I don't know how you can if you can' know?  Maybe through bloglovin'?

Also, please advise about what you've done or are doing about all this techie stuff.  Like ability to comment, blog platforms, etc.   I don't want to join facebook, instagram, twitter, disquis, google+, or whatever.

Thanks in advance.  I'll really appreciate it.

Maybe it's just time to stop.

But first, shoes.
Trippen sandals from ebay

Oh, and I have on two Tina Givens garments made in lightweight linen.  On top is her Violet Dress Pattern.  Underneath is her Sugar Slip Pattern.  Both with some modifications.

~ standing up for myself ~

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Dusty Pink on a Very Hot Day

for MeMadeMay'18, Day 27

~ in the neighborhood ~

Yeah, like wam-bam, all of a sudden, it's 90+ degrees early this morning.  I've even got my laundry out on the line, it looks so pretty.  Everything dried in a jumping jack flash.

~ you can barely make out the facade of the church up ahead ~

No one was out.  I guess they're all at the lakefront for picnics and stuff.  Not me.  I'm contrary.

~ just watching clothes dry in between sewing ~

These are some of my favorite things.

The chiffon dress is made from Tina Givens Adele Dress pattern.  I made several alterations which you can read about here, if you'd like.

~ worn with my ribbon-decorated crocs from ebay ~

Oh yes, it's that time on the week to join Patti and the gang at Not Dead Yet Style,  Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie at Shoe & Tell when they go live.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

It's a Wrap Boot No Polo Widow...huh?

for MeMadeMay'18, Day 26

~ yep, that's what my new footwear is called ~

~ See, heehee? ~

I've been on the lookout for them for awhile but no such luck until now.  On ebay, of course.  They are so silly, people luv 'em or hate 'em, as they say.  Toms is the brand and they are no longer made.  They originally came in black, white, gray, red, green, navy and whatever color this is.  I'm calling it rust.

~ Strike a pose, poster edition ~

They "go" perfectly with my Tina Givens Maria Skirt and Top pattern where I actually used some Tina Givens cotton fabric for the top.  The skirt is cotton plaid.   It doesn't look anything like the pattern picture and I didn't make many alterations at all.  But I still like it, although it was a surprise.

~ and another shoe close-up ~

As you might be able to see, the foot part is canvas with a rubber sole and a bit of a lift with maybe a 1/2" incline for the heel.  The rest is all ACE bandage that you wrap and wrap and wrap until you secure the end with the very large swatch of (about 3" square) sewn-in velcro.  So versatile.   You can wrap high, or low, or even with leg showing between wraps.  eeee, the thrill of it all.

p.s.  I have no idea where the no polo widow part of the name comes from...

Friday, May 25, 2018

Lounge Lizard

on MeMadeMay'18, Day 25

~ Do I look the part, or what? ~

~ "Lounge Lizard" ~

 I even put the label on the outside of my capris when I was remodeling them to fit.  Along with pink piping and leopard print jersey.

~ with drawstring pockets ~

The top was resized too, at another time.  

~ and lo and behold, it's the same leopard fabric ~

Well, what was I to do, but wear them together?

~ so I did ~

as today's workout wear,


The kimono top is the only thing I made from scratch in today's ensemble.  It's made out of chiffon with satin trim using an OOP Vogue pattern.  Seems I no longer have it (or it's gone underground in the studio).

~ with Rieker shoes from ebay ~

Back to the lounge...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Me and Kimono Hanging Out at the Church

on MeMadeMay'18, Day 24

~ yep ~

Actually I'm next to the church, at the rectory.  The whole establishment is huge and a few doors down from my house.  (In fact, you can see some of the edifice in the background of my backyard pix.) 

~ all aglow ~

 It was such a lovely day in the neighborhood (again), a walk was warranted.

~ no, I'm not being arrested ~

I've worn this before, but with different stuff.    I luv this kimono and how it accidentally came about.  You can see and read about it here, if you'd like.  Meanwhile, it's from a failed Tina Givens Meri pattern.

The pantaloons were self-drafted out of organza and attached to old yoga shorts.

~ black jersey and organza pantaloon ~

~ made with french seams and tucks ~

~ and very sheer ~

They were definitely influenced by this style icon:

~ Debra Rapaport, as seen on Advanced Style blog ~

~ newly received sandals from ebay ~

They are so comfortable and I never, never where thongs.  But when I saw how they were made and the heel/sole, I just couldn't resist.  Plus they were going for $15 and no one else bid on them. (?!)  The brand is Akaishi which was unknown to me before.

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