All posts tagged: A to Z Brand Inspiration Challenge

A to Z Brand Inspiration Self-Paced Sewing Challenge!!!

Join me in the fun! If you’ve been following along at all, you know I’ve been (very slowly) working my way through the alphabet sewing copycat/inspired versions of RTW clothes.  SO, I figured just in case anyone would like to join in… I’d give you a little push to do so. :) Here are a few details: Join in whenever you want and go at your own pace. Basically, do what you want, when you want. This is just a form of inspiration. Sew in between other projects, make your other projects fit in with the challenge, whatever you want to do! Use any pattern. Adjust it to fit the piece you are making. This is where you can really challenge yourself. Choose pieces with interesting  details that require a little imagination. Or don’t. Again, do what you want! :D The only rule: Go in order of the alphabet! Pick a brand/store/designer/etc… go any direction you want, just match it up with the letter you’re on. That’s it! :D Oh, and of course share your creations!! Join …

E is for Express Aztec Zip Back Peplum Tank

My sewing room is a disaster right now — it’s full of laundry that’s been waiting patiently to be folded since before I went to Chicago :/ Unfortunately, because of that, I haven’t been very motivated to get in there and start a new project. Maybe I just need to get motivated and get in there to fold the laundry lol… SOOO anyway, here I am catching up from May :) Express was an easy choice for E… I love a lot of their stuff. I actually picked this one out a while ago (it’s not even on their site anymore)… but I finally got to it last month and finished it so that’s all that matters, right? ;) Inspiration: Express — Aztec Zip Back Peplum Tank (now out of stock) Theirs: $34.90 Mine: $6.07 (pattern + fabric + zipper) I used McCall’s M6754, view A. Modifications: sized down (based on other reviews I’ve seen of this pattern and I’m glad I did), added an exposed zipper in the back, added a lining to the bodice so …

D is for DVF Leather Combo Pencil Skirt

The A to Z Brand Inspiration Challenge. It’s all about taking something I find that I love and re-creating it. In order, of course, because I like things to have some kind of order. lol I’ve also been trying to find things with some sort of unique detail that challenges my sewing ability in some way or causes me to adjust a pattern to match the item. My choice for D could have been really easy. D is for DVF – why not do a wrap dress? Well, it seemed like too traditional of a choice at the time, though it would have been an excellent challenge. Maybe it was too much pressure. Maybe I should have just gone for it. Anyway, I didn’t. I decided to try a new material instead – vegan leather! Inspiration: Diane Von Furstenberg — Leather Combo Pencil Skirt (now out of stock) Theirs: $Some crazy amount of money (something like these) Mine: ~$16 (including the cost of the pattern, which I got on sale back when I still lived …

C is for C. Wonder Seamed Stripes Swing Tee

Hello hello! Welcome to the third installment of my self-imposed A to Z Brand Inspiration Challenge! I’m actually super excited about this make! It’s probably the most well-fitting thing I’ve made yet. Yes, it’s only a t-shirt, but it’s really comfortable and it has a great shape and length. I credit the pattern (see below!). Here was my inspiration: C. Wonder – Seamed Stripes Boxy Tee Theirs: $78 (now out of stock)   Mine: $14 (and I have plenty of fabric leftover for another project) I got 2 yards of this Two Sided Cotton Jersey from Girl Charlee at the same time I got my KnitFix last month. I’d been looking for a good stripe knit for this project for a while and this one worked out perfectly. I love the heavier weight and it has the perfect amount of stretch. I was trying not to worry too much about matching the stripes at the seams, but it actually worked out and I love so much that it did! Don’t mind the hair… I shed… the puppies shed… …

B is for Boden Maya Maxi

I absolutely love the detail on this dress from Boden. It’s a simple style, but the bands give it a little something extra, don’t you think!? And once again, I am sooo ready for summer weather (it’s on and off raining and gloomy outside right now…silly Wyoming). Also I’ve never been able to buy a maxi dress for myself because they’re never long enough. So here goes… Boden – Maya Maxi Theirs: $148 (on sale this week for 103.60) Mine: ~$22 I used some of the fabric from my online shopping spree the other day – this one is a cotton jersey print from Mood Fabrics. I had 2.5 yards – used a little over 2. I love this fabric. It’s super soft and comfy. I used McCall’s M6658 as a starting point again, but only cut the top top pieces to the waistline. I used this tutorial to piece together the top (using another layer of the same fabric as the lining) so I wouldn’t have to worry about hemming any edges. Also used this …