Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer 10x10 Challenge - day 2 & new Summer top!

You may have noticed I've fallen off the bandwagon on documenting my summer 10x10 challenge, and spoiler alert, I kinda fell off in real life too.  There was a lot going on with life, including a stressful weekend which had a canceled trip to go to a funeral, so I'm giving myself a bit of a pass on that one.  

Day 2 was another work from home/errands day, so I broke out the top I rushed to sew up and my favorite distressed jeans.  John claims I'm too old for them, but I just think it's smart to have ventilation when it's hot outside!  I also recently got the plastic Birkenstock sandals and I'm in love.  They are like a slightly fancier version of flip flops, and super comfy.  

Details on the top!  I've had this light-weight seersucker for at least a year or two and I kept changing my mind what I wanted to make with it.  I came across this picture on Pinterest, and decided it was perfect:

I didn't notice until I was underway that it's actually a picture of a baby dress - oh well!  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I completely winged the pattern by starting with the bib portion, which was doubled up with the fold along the top, and then gathered a trapezoid for the bottom front.  I basically did the same total shape for the back, just extended to account for the front wrap-around.  Totally clear, right?  I enclosed the gathered seam in the two layers of the bib and french seamed the sides, so the insides are all pretty.  Add some bias tape to finish the armholes and straps, and voila!  It does stretch out a bit as I wear it, so I may end up shortening the straps, but all in all, a successful make!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer 10x10 Challenge - day 1

I kept it simple for day 1 of the Summer 10x10 challenge (Monday).  It was a work from home kind of day, and I don't think I left the house all day.

Outfit:  black twist-front tee, distressed jeans

Thoughts:  I recently bought this black tee because I wanted a black tee with a tad more interest than a basic tee.  I've worn it a bunch already, as it helps elevate my everyday look while still being super comfy!

Summer 10x10 Challenge!

I've done this a few times now, but I'm currently participating in the #summer10x10 challenge hosted by Style Bee and Un-Fancy.  The basic idea here is to take 10 items of clothing and wear only them for 10 days, and there can be a lot of reasons for doing so.  I'm mostly just bored with my summer wardrobe so far, and want to be more intentional about, so no big overarching goals this time around.  I noticed as I started pulling things together I was going more neutral than usual, so I decided to stick with it and only do black/white/a touch a denim this time around.  These are very common colors for me, but I don't usually go that long without some color in there as well, so it will be interesting to see how it goes!

I'm technically on day 3, and doing well so far!  I'll probably do a couple of posts along the way with my daily photos and any general thoughts along the way.  Have you ever considered doing a challenge like this?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Polka dots, flowers, and birds, oh my!

I bought this fabulous reversible jacquard fabric from Emma One Sock a year ago, and have been debating what to make with it ever since.  I debated a skirt, a tank top, and a reversible cami dress, but I eventually settled on a simple shift dress, which would be perfect for the two weddings in three weeks that I just wrapped up.

I ran across the picture below on Pinterest, and of course I can't find any info on it now, but it was a designer dress from the 60s, and I loved the simple shape.

I started with the bodice pattern of the Burda Style stretch slip dress, which I modified by straightening out the top and leaving out the back darts.  For the skirt, I just did two rectangles with deep pleats lined up with the bust darts.  In the inspiration photo, the pleats are actually lined up with the sheer panels, which are lined up with the outside of the straps.  Because I wasn't doing the sheer panels, it didn't look as intentional to do the pleats there, and the shape was a bit better moving them in as well.  I added in-seam pockets, so I didn't have to deal with a purse - I always add pockets when possible!  This was also a last minute sewing project, in true Laura form, and I finished it up a couple of hours before we left for the first wedding.  I did have an excuse though, as I was working on a special project for the bride earlier that week. :)

While I love how it came out, the pleats have the unintended consequence of making me look at least 7-8 months pregnant.  Not ideal.  As long as I stand up perfectly straight, it's good, but in all the pictures where I was at the end of the line of people leaning over, yeah, not so much.  I'm debating either cutting it off as is into a tank top, or taking it apart and making a super simple cami out of it (a la Odgen Cami).  What do you think?