Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Handmade All-Seasons Dress


I really think this dress is perfect for any season. I could easily pair it with bright summer colors or mute it down with some warm fall browns.

  • earrings: Payless, won from giveaway
  • dress: handmade, $5
  • belt: thrifted, $1
  • bracelets: dunno, gift
  • cardigan: thrifted, $4
  • shoes: thrifted, $3

TOTAL: $13


Handmade Jersey Dress


A few things I’ve learned this last week:

  • I love working with Jersey
  • Jersey & the catch stitch = best friends for hemlines
  • I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with Swedish Tracing Paper*
  • I’m totally sold on making cheap mock-ups when working on a pattern
  • I need to store my scissors WAAAAY higher than I have them currently

The plan was to make a knee-length knit jersey dress with dolman sleeves, the bodice on the bias, an elastic waistline (using method from P’s most recent refashion) with mid-length sleeves. My plan was hugely thwarted when Penelope found access (who knows how) to my scissors & massacred a good portion of my fabric. I knew the bias was completely out, but hopeful that I had enough room for a regular top. BARELY! I had to adjust the neckline & couldn’t get as long a sleeve all due to some poorly placed gashes. Now I know I need to store my scissors on a stand-alone shelf at least 7 feet off the ground. Currently they’re only 5 feet off the ground.

Also, I need to order more than one yard of fabric if I’m planning on making a dress. I’m sure I would have had I had the above vision when I bought the fabric.

With the restrictions I already had, I decided that I needed to be meticulous in my planning. Using my refashioned dolman top as a starting point, I traced the outline onto the Swedish Tracing Paper that Pamela gave me* at Sewing Summit. She told me that this stuff was awesome. It really is. I’ve used Glassine in the past, but this stuff is WAY better.

Once I got a pattern that I was pretty happy with, I was tempted to just get going on my dress, but I was smart & held back. I got out a similar jersey from my stash – I found this at JoAnn’s in their scraps pile for like $2 – and whipped up a top. Thank goodness I did! I found the sleeves were too tight for the look I wanted & the body was much too loose, too. I made the adjustments on the top (besides the arms) and then translated it onto a new pattern piece. Click here to see more of the above outfit.

From there I cut out my skirt & bodice pieces & sewed them together. I used the same technique for gathering & attaching the gathered skirt as I did with Penelope’s granny polo dress. It was perfect. Again! The waist is a bit loose for wearing without a belt, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. If you look closely you can tell that I hadn’t hemmed the sleeves or the bottom of the dress when I took this picture. Daylight was running out yesterday, so I thought I’d grab a quick pic. I spent last night vegging & hemming. I’m wearing this outfit today, so check out the fashion blog for the rest of the outfit details.

My new dress turned out fantastic! It’s definitely bright & cheery enough for Spring & Summer, but I think it’s also easily styled into a fall ensemble. Just add more browns & neutrals to the dress. It’s light & airy so I know this will become a staple in my wardrobe during those hot summer months!

*Swedish Tracing Paper was given to me as a gift from NearSea Naturals at Sewing Summit. I just so happened to love it!

Refashion Class at Summit


This is essentially what I wore in my refashioning class at Sewing Summit. I wore different shoes, though. I just couldn’t find the other pair when I got around to taking this photo. I really need to unpack from last weekend.

  • top: thrifted & refashioned, $4
  • belt: thrifted, $1
  • skirt: thrifted & refashioned, $6
  • shoes: Aldo, $65 (the ones I wore to summit were $4 Nine West wedges)

TOTAL: $76 ($15 at Summit)

Kilby Court


Went to Kilby Court last night to see my cousin’s band, Soft Science. Great show.

  • top: Threadless, $10
  • necklace: In Honor of Design, c/o IHOD
  • blazer: thrifted, $6
  • cords: Gap, gift from mom
  • shoes: vintage, $23

TOTAL: $39

Casual Fall Brights

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I’m loving all of the fall brights I’m seeing out there on fashion blogs. This is no fashion forward outfit, but it’s comfy & I love my bright, comfy tee.

  • cardigan: boutique, $15
  • necklace: gift from Nikki (thank you!)
  • top: Stewart & Brown, won from giveaway
  • skinnies: thrifted & refashioned, $4
  • shoes: Urban Outfitters, gift

TOTAL: $19

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