Self Drafted Bodysuit + Gathered Skirt

This is kind of a funny story. I decided I wanted to make a bodysuit, because they look nicer with skirts than t-shirts. My mother suggested that since she would pay for the pattern for me, I should buy a Big 4 pattern when they went on sale, which is all the time. Instead of waiting for it to go on sale like a normal person, and also because for some reason I really didn’t feel like cutting out a paper pattern, I decided to draft my own. I’m lazy that way… I used my self-drafted t-shirt pattern for the top of the bodysuit, and found a tutorial for drafting a bodysuit and used it to draft the bottom.

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1 Year of Blogging + Ginger Jeans!

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It seems fitting that my post celebrating one year of blogging is about one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever taken on. Making these jeans was so much fun! I used the Ginger Jeans pattern by Closet Case Patterns. I don’t usually wear skinny jeans, but as of late I’ve been wanted my clothes to be more fitted, so it was a good choice.  Luckily, I didn’t have to change much on the pattern, except to take in the side seams at the waist, slim the lower leg, and let out the back seam a bit.

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Certainly the most annoying parts were the topstitching on the fly and the button. I ripped out the topstitching four times to get it right, and I had to do several practice buttons. It was worth it, though!

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My favorite part was actually sewing the fly zipper. I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn’t, and it was so satisfying!

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I was a bit concerned when it came to the front pockets. I thought I might have to get an engineering degree to figure out how they came together, but they turned out to be one of those things that you just have to follow the instructions for and it’ll come together.

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Okay, and you get aaallllllllll the pictures…

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I’ve been looking back at the past year and realizing that going forward, I really want to get into the habit of writing posts as soon as I finish projects. It’s hard to believe it’s only been one year, but at the same time it’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year! Thank you so much to everyone who’s read my blog so far! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

Wrap Skirt

Hello, there! Meet my new favorite skirt! New relatively speaking… I made it last month but just got around to blogging about it now. The elapsed time is rather important, though, because now I can say that after wearing it many, many times, I love this skirt!

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I made this because this year I helped with stage crew for my school’s musical, and I needed clothes that were all black. Yes, I know it has flowers on it- it’s reversible! The other side is plain black. I used the circle skirt pattern I drafted for the bottom of my semi dress, and followed this tutorial to make it a wrap skirt.

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To be honest, I would’ve made it a little longer, but by the time I realized that the waist might be higher on me than when I attached the skirt to the bodice of my dress, I had already started cutting the fabric. Oops. I wasn’t entirely sure how it tied from reading the tutorial, but it’s actually really intuitive. It does make one end of the tie end up a lot longer than the other, though. When I make this again, I might do some measuring and figure out how much tie would have to be on each side of the skirt if I want them even when tied.

This is where, if I were a responsible person and kept my receipts, or at the very least remembered what type of fabrics I used, I would tell you what they are. I believe the black side is some type of shirting, and the flower side is something much lighter. The skirt has a nice weight to it. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this skirt already, and I love wearing it! Hmm. I feel like I say that about everything I make. I guess I either really do love everything I make or I need to stop sounding so chipper about my makes that I don’t like…

On a completely unrelated topic, I’ve decided to start learning how to hand letter. I’m having a lot of fun with it so far, so if I continue to enjoy it I suppose I’ll eventually be able to blog about it! Thanks for reading!

Vogue 1542

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This is my third winter semi-formal dress. Who doesn’t need three dresses, right? I made this over Christmas break. Now, of course, I had to come up with a legitimate reason to make another dress, so I decided I would wear it to my school’s Latin Mass and Glee Club Concert. The pattern is Vogue 1542.

My favorite parts of making this pattern were pleating the sleeves and making the neckline decoration. I think that’s definitely the part of the dress that got the most attention. It was actually pretty satisfying to turn the tubes inside out and it wasn’t too hard to make the leaves and attach everything to the dress.

I love the asymetrical flounce, too! I think that, and the sleeves, give the dress enough interest that it could definitely be made without the neckline decoration for a slightly less fancy dress. As per some blog posts I read, I lengthened the lining, which worked out well.

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The dress fit fairly well in the front, but the back was much too big. I took in the princess seams a bit, and put in darts. Naturally, a better solution would’ve been to make a muslin to assess fit issues before making the real thing- and to make the seam allowance larger on the zipper- but since I didn’t make a muslin I added the darts. I know, I know- always make a muslin- but, well, I… Okay, I had no excuse. I just wanted to get started right away  on the real thing.

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Personally, as I was making the dress it reminded me of C-3PO, but that might’ve been because we watched all eight Star Wars movies over Christmas break 😉 I got lots of compliments on it and it was so much fun to wear! I seem to be attracted to flashy things for formal dresses- vivid red, sequins, gold- unlike my personality, but I love it!

Lunch Bag

This year my siblings and I decided to go with bento boxes for our school lunches. This made finding a lunch bag pattern slightly challenging- it had to be the right shape and size to fit the boxes we’d bought. Here’s the one we found.

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I knew this fabric was perfect as soon as I saw it at Joann’s! It’s a quilting cotton, and the lining was left over from other lunch bag- making adventures. I changed the pattern so that instead of having two handles, it has one handle with a buckle. That’s the way I wanted it because I can clip it around the strap of my messenger bag and carry it around, instead of having to go to my locker before lunch to get my lunch bag.

Overall, this was pretty easy to make. The trickiest part was putting the magnetic snap in… I think there are cuts in the fabric from when I first put it in wrong. Also, I put the handle too far up at first and the top wouldn’t stay shut. I had to rip it out and resew it further down.

My bento box fits:

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So far, this lunch bag has worked really well for me!

Eclipse Skirt

We’ve all had that “falling in love with a fabric” experience, right? As soon as I saw this fabric I knew that it would be perfect for the skirt I wanted to make for the solar eclipse today. Where I live we could see seventy-nine percent of the eclipse, and we went to a college near our house where they were having an eclipse party. They handed out eclipse viewing glasses, because it isn’t safe to look at an eclipse with the naked eye or even sunglasses- our friends also brought a welding mask- and we watched the eclipse.

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Second Saturday Quilt Block #1

As you probably gathered from the fact that I’m trying to make all my own clothes, I’m a garment sewist. However, I have been working on a quilt recently- and now this Second Saturday quilt. Recently my mom and I have been going to this quilt shop that our friends from 4-H, who are quilters, visit a lot. A few weeks ago they started this program where on the second Saturday of each month they release a new block pattern and fabric. You pay five dollars the first month, and then every month you bring in your completed block from the previous month and they give you that month’s kit for free! You have to pay for the background fabric, but it’s still really cool.

Here’s my first block:

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I love the batik fabric! Also, I learned how to sew triangles together! Only problem: I cut the pink triangles wrong the first time so I cut them again, but I’m supposed to get a second block out of the fabric and now I don’t have enough. I can probably work around it but the block’ll be a little smaller than it’s supposed to be. Oh, well. I’ll figure something out.

Here’s the Headline: Newsies Ensemble!

This past Christmas, my grandparents got my family tickets to see the musical Newsies, which we’ve been fans of for a long time. We went to see it today, and we definitely dressed up for the occasion! My sister wore my newsboy cap, I made another cap this morning for my brother, and my other brother and my dad wore caps too. And suspenders. Even my mom were a polka-dotted wrap dress and red headband!

Here’s my outfit:

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After making my first circle skirt, I knew I wanted to make a special skirt for the show. I also wanted to make a t-shirt to go with it. The fabric I found is printed with various newspaper headlines; it isn’t a directional print, which works well for the circle skirt. It turned out a bit shorter than I wanted it, unfortunately, but I felt better about the length after my mom and neighbor convinced me that it wasn’t too short. When I hemmed it I serged the edge, turned it up, and stitched it in place. I even put in my first invisible zipper!

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The shirt was pretty straightforward since I’ve already made two; my only problem occurred when I topstitched the neck band down. It sort of stretched out of shape. I serged a bit off the shoulders, though, so it looks okay now. I accessorized with a typewriter key necklace.

A lot of people liked our outfits, and one family even got a picture with us! We had a great time, and the show was amazing!