Wednesday, April 25, 2012

An ode to my yellow skirt

Of all the clothing I've made, my most-worn item has to be my yellow skirt. I wear it All. The. Time. I wear it on vacation, on nights out on the town, to work (on my more casual days), to parties....I honestly wear it everywhere.

I think this skirt has several characteristics that I'll have to keep in mind when I choose projects in the future.

1) It's multi-seasonal.
This skirt's sunny yellow colour means I tend to gravitate towards it more for daytime summer wear. But, add some tights, boots, and a long-sleeve shirt and it's equally appropriate for a night out to a movie or for a beer in the fall or winter.
Me and my skirt in Italy.

2) It's the perfect mix of casual and dressy.
I love making dresses, but I find that there are limited occasions to wear them out. Plus, they're not as flexible as a skirt (which can look very different depending on whether you add tights/accessories and what shirt you wear with it). I always feel comfortable and cute without feeling overdressed.
On the beach in the Dominican Republic.
3) It's well-made.
This skirt has withstood hundreds of wears and washes. I was really careful in the construction of this skirt, which has allowed it to stand up to lots and lots of use.

My skirt and I wish my husband a happy birthday.

4) It's both trendy and classic.
This skirt has a traditional shape, but the colour sets it apart. I have never, ever seen anything like it in stores, but always get compliments on it.

My buddies and I in Pittsburgh.

Do you wear some of your sewn clothing more than others, readers? What is your most-worn item that you've sewn?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Remember a few months ago when I posted that I was feeling a renewed urge to get back to my sewing machine? Well, finally, here is some of the fruit of that labour.

I was first inspired to make this after seeing this: (and yes, this basically proves that I am a big copycat):

For my version, I used a mash-up of Simplicity 2599 and Colette patterns Macaron. I basically followed the instructions for the Simplicity top, but used the sweetheart neckline from Macaron. It was a pretty easy process that resulted in a very one-of-a-kind shirt. (You know, except for the one I copied. Ahem). 

It's everything you could want in a casual spring top - comfortable, stylish, and easy. I foresee many Saturday afternoons and summer weeknights being spent in this shirt!

PS - Here's a little sneak peak of what I'm working on now...the Collette Patterns' Ginger skirt. Look at those matching stripes! Eh? Eh?