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Last few makes of 2015!

I know, I know… it’s halfway through January already. But I’m claiming these as 2015 because they were mostly finished in December. :) First up, a little Star Wars goodness!   I just couldn’t resist this fabric from Knitorious Fabrics (this was my first exposure to custom knit prints other than Spoonflower… it’s very dangerous territory!) so I made some leggings for myself and PJ pants for the guy. Mine were done minus hemming in time to go see the new Star Wars on Christmas Eve. His I completed after we got home from the movie and dinner in time to wrap up for Christmas morning :) Naturally, I used my go-to Matilda Leggings for these (unfortunately they have fully switched over to kid patterns only… which are adorable of course but it’s sad for their women’s patterns which have disappeared – so glad I downloaded all of them way back when! ;)  I went with my usual adjustments (added 1/2″ to the rise and sized down on the waistband). I also doubled the waistband …

Workday Wardrobe Project

Alright! So… as you may know, one of my goals for this year (sewing year, not calendar year) :) is to develop my me-made work wardrobe. But I’d like to take it a step further. Instead of making random pieces that are work appropriate that I may or may not actually wear, I’d like to assess my current wardrobe and choose to make a few key pieces that I actually need and will get a lot of use out of. Enter my 2016 Workday Wardrobe Project! Think a mixture of the Capsule Wardrobe concept, Wardrobe Architect, and Me-Made-May! Here’s my dilemma: Whenever I try to find inspiration for a business casual wardrobe, all I see are adorable outfits with blazers, cardigans, heels, layers, purses, etc. etc. Well, none of this works for my workplace. It’s flats, pants, top, and white coat. Rinse and repeat. Maybe that’s normal for most people. Even if you’re in an office you likely are not carrying your statement purse around with you to complete your outfit wherever you go. But I came out …

Top 5 of 2015

Phew! Where has this month gone?! And this year! Ugh… it’s always the same… it flies by. It’s fun to look back though! So I’m joining in with Gillian’s Top 5 again this year to reflect a little (here was last year, in case you’re interested). Top 5 Hits 1. Halloween, definitely. Just everything about it. My family definitely did not have faith that I would finish (they love me and all but I got more than one comment every time I ran into one of them about whether or not we would actually be wearing any costumes on Halloween) No faith, I tell you! So, yes, you better believe I finished (mostly) ;)   2. My Ginger Jeans! They are far from perfect but I’m still excited about making jeans in the first place so they were a definite win. To be honest, though, I didn’t pre-wash my fabric well enough to hold in the color so I’ve only worn them a couple of times because my hands/skin end up blue. They’ve been sitting on my …

Creative Sewing Challenge with the Blue Dot Georgia Top!

A little while back, the wonderful Melissa from Mahlica Designs invited me to participate in a Creative Sewing Challenge with Blue Dot Patterns. (Side note: I’ve been loving following along with her Core Wardrobe project… definitely something I’ve thought about doing but haven’t jumped in yet) :) So needless to say, I immediately accepted the challenge! Basically it was to take one of the three Blue Dot patterns — Georgia, Margo, or Dover —  and make it your own. Challenge: accepted! ;) So then came my thought process… I initially chose the Margo blouse. I was thinking something with lace overlay for the holidays or I thought about stealing the plaid fabric I have in my fall sewing plans and going more casual. THEN… I came across a couple of images that inspired me to pick the Dover jacket! Sources: Top: Short Sleeve Madewell Utility Jacket | Bottom: H&M Peplum Jacket Isn’t that top one gorgeous!? I can see adding some pockets, a tie, collar, and altering the sleeves to make something really similar. And the bottom… use …