Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another Loose Dress - 7/26/15

I've been working from home the past few days, so not exactly inspiring outfits, but I did realize I didn't post Sunday's outfit.  I'm really liking this silhouette these days, which I guess is a sort of modified shirt-dress?  Basically a loose tank dress with a button-down front and a fabric belt.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Other random me-mades

This is a bit of a catch-all post.  While out at our cabin last weekend, I made sure to get photographic evidence of all the random things I've made over the past year or so that never quite made it on the blog.  Up first is the most recent, a little mini skirt I whipped up a month or two ago with a tiny remnant of some stretchy fabric I bought at from the bargain table at my old Falls Church fabric staple, G Street Fabrics.  The seams are a bit wobbly, so I'm not super happy about it, but it's not bad for eeking out every little bit of fabric possible.


The second one is from last summer, and also is fabric from G Street.  This was actually probably one of the most expensive fabrics I've ever purchased, but I had a groupon and I wanted to go big.  It's a beautiful silk chiffon, and I luckily found a matching solid remnant for lining.  Despite the fact that it was expensive fabric, I unwisely decided to wing it, and cut out the pieces too skinny, so there are side panels, as you can see in the middle photo.  Besides that, it was pretty straightforward, with two layers and pre-made bias tape for the straps. 

The last item is also from last summer, and is a pair of drawstring shorts that had a bit of a history.  I purchased this fabric from my old favorite DC fabric store, Exquisite fabrics, back when they were still within walking distance of my apartment.  I had purchased two fabrics for possibilities for making curtains for my pink bathroom, and I ended up going with the other one.  I've made a few tote bags with the fabric, and I started making a bubble skirt.  I wasn't happy with it, so I salvaged the fabric and turned them into shorts.  I didn't use a pattern, so they started out as approximately an XXXXL size, which I slowly whittled down to their current state.  


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mixing it up a bit - 7/23/15

So after deciding last night that I didn't like my yellow sandals any more, I wanted to wear a new shirt that matched them perfectly, so here they are again.  I know it's not the most flattering color and not everybody likes it, but it just makes me happy!  The fact that it's a linen tee also makes me happy - I love linen tees so much.  They are so much cooler than a regular tee and a bit dressier, but still have that comfort and ease level.

I hesitated over just pulling out navy or black pants today, but figured, why not pair putrid yellow with putrid green?  Now that I look at the pictures, I think I probably would have been better off with navy, but I like to mix things up a bit.

I also broke out a necklace that has been lingering in my closet for a while now, unworn.  It's a bit intimidating to me, and I just haven't been able to figure out how to wear it, but I think simple everything else is the way to go.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Instagramming it up

To quote a show I've never watched (and my husband):

Twitter is stupid, and Instagram is Twitter for people who can't read.

That said, I've decided to take up instagramming.  I figure, it's a low-commitment version of blogging, so all my non-clothes related stuff will now go on instagram (@lmcwethy).  So far, I'm doing good, but we'll see how much material my normal daily life gives me.  I miss taking actual photos, so this is a good excuse to push myself a bit. :)

An Oldie, but Goodie - 7/22/15

I've had this shirt for several years now, but I still love it.  I wore these sandals as a test run, to decide if I still like them.  I can't remember the last time I wore them, which may be a function of the fact I have very little yellow in my summer wardrobe this year, but I've never been a huge fan of how bare they are.  Even with sandals, I prefer my feet to be a bit more covered.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Floaty in Blue - 7/21/15

I've decided I actually miss my daily photo, so I've brought the camera back out of the closet and getting back into the swing of things.  This outfit isn't really my typically style, but it's freaking hot out (mid-nineties for several days now), and I just can't take pants or anything close-fitting.  This was my Easter dress this year, and I haven't worn it since, so figured it was time to bring it out again.

One from the Inspiration Files

I've had these two similar dresses saved to my pinterest for a while now, and decided to finally figure out a way to make it.   

The Isabella tank top was a great starting point, which I just extended into a dress.  It is a free pattern (always nice!), with a partial facing and a button closure in the back.  I'm not a huge fan of facings, as I think they just aren't super clean, and I  would exchange it for bias binding the next time.  The other change that I would make would be to make the back opening smaller, so I could wear a racer-back bra (I'm really not a fan of strapless bras).  Other than that, it's a great basic pattern.

I didn't get the shape quite right, as the bottom is more pegged in the inspiration photos.  I also took in the sides, as it looked more flattering on than the more loose shape.  Oh well, I think it's a photo that will probably just stay in the inspiration files, but just not practical for my shape, but I will definitely use the pattern again!  

The fabric was a mystery striped linen-like fabric I purchased at the Resource Exchange, which is a store in Philly that sells art/craft supplies, building supplies, furniture, and salvaged film materials, and always has something fun.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Dress with an Identity Crisis

The second of the knit fabrics I purchased at JoAnn's was this sueded teal fabric, which didn't actually have much stretch.  I envisioned it as being a racer-back maxi dress, so I traced off a RTW tank that I liked the shape of and made up a wearable muslin of just the tank part, which came out pretty well.


I then got started on the dress, which was the tank plus several feet.  Unfortunately, once I got going and had it mostly sewn up, I realized I hated it and it felt like a nightgown.  So I hacked it off, and added a waistband, and voila, a maxi skirt!  I really like the addition of the side slits, as they help the maxi not overwhelm my stubby little body.

Polka-dot Mesa

I went on a bit of a sewing hiatus for a few months, but I have several things to share now!  Despite my large fabric stash, I decided I wanted to sew up a few knit items, so I purchased a couple of new fabrics at a spur of the moment JoAnns trip a few weeks ago.  This first dress is a heavier knit, which I sewed up in the Colette Mesa pattern.  It was very straight-forward and I probably spent more time making sure the dots were all straight and lined up when cutting it out than actually sewing.