2014 Wardrobe Challenge…and rambling

Sewing things that actually get worn in my everyday life seems to be a goal on a lot of sewist’s minds these days.

My resolution for sewing this year is to sew items that will be useful to my wardrobe.

I just finished making a dress. It’s cute and fairly casual, but I will never wear it to work because I work in an office/job where I wear pants every day. I took the time to fit in impeccably and finish it with all the cute details, but I will wear it maybe once a month at best. What I really need is some great everyday tops that are dressier than a t-shirt and can be layered with other things.

So my first sewing goal for the year is to make 3 tops that fit this bill. In this post I started making some plans.

I won Liesl + Co’s weekend getaway blouse on a Pattern Review Challenge.

I plan to make this with a piece of white silk that I’ve been procrastinating using because I’ve never sewn with silk before.
Then I need to make my Alma blouse and a knit top as previously planned. I’ve made the Alma before, and I’ve ordered this Jalie pattern. I’ve got high hopes for this Jalie pattern. I’ve been actively searching for a knit top pattern that was more than a t-shirt for a while now. I tried Hot Patterns 1002 and it didn’t work for me at all. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover the Jalie pattern.
My resolution for blogging this year is to take and post photos of myself in the garments that I’ve made. I bought a wireless remote for my camera that I need to start playing with.



Liesl + Co Woodland Stroll Cape

This year I started trying out a few indie patterns. I’m a sucker for the $1 pattern sales at Joann, but some of the indie patterns are just so appealing.

My latest was the Liesl + Co Woodland Stroll Cape. I was attracted to it ever since I saw it and then when Pattern Review announced a contest I had no excuse.

It’s a really unique design and a breeze to put together. It doesn’t take much fabric either. I ordered a piece of plaid wool but it hasn’t arrived yet and I had this cute blue and grey floral brocade in my stash. This is a great stash buster because of it takes so little fabric. I even used a navy lining I had in my stash so I get double points for stash busting on this project.

I have yet to master selfies, or whatever you want to call them. I think Santa will be putting a wireless shutter release in my stocking this year. So until then I will have to just post photos on the hanger. Be warned, it’s 100% cuter on than it is on the hanger.

My measurements were just on the verge of the size small (4-6). I probably would have made a medium, but with the obvious amount of ease in the pattern I thought a small would work. For reference, I’m a 34″ bust, 28″ waist, and 39″ hip. I decided the hip measurement didn’t matter much since it hits at the high hip and doesn’t have any restriction there. In any case, here she is:

60493-woodlandstrollcapeYesterday I wore her with a long sleeve grey t-shirt and the Hot Italian said it was cute. I figure he has pretty good taste.