After a very, very slow 3 months since my concussion, I can finally see well enough to sew and now to blog! I feel a bit rusty about all of this – I took pride in posting twice a week for years, and now I’m a once a month kind of gal!
My husband gave me some sparkly teal earrings for Christmas (along with fabric gift certificates for every month from January to June) and I asked him to pick some fabric from my stash that he thought would pair well with the earrings! He picked this ITY knit, and informed me that it should have an unbroken silhouette (aka. no waist definition, no gathering, no fuss). I showed him some pictures from my Pinterest board and talked about style… and while I can’t say this is remotely like anything I showed him, I really enjoy what I came up with!
This is a Groove dress, which I’ve sewn several times before… Jamie had picked slimmer shift dress styles, but I was afraid that the gold reflect on this fabric would show every bump and lump after Christmas dinner, so I went for something looser instead. It was longer cause he said I look good in knee length, but then it looked frumpy as hell and I shortened it. Basically, I had fun getting his advice and then did whatever I chose!
For the sleeve, I rotated the pattern piece as I cut, and ended up with something like this:
I put elastic in the cuff, and that’s all!
Or is it? I had two pairs of earrings, and two family Christmas dinners… so I used the scraps to make a tank! This is the Closet Case Pattern Amy jumpsuit, sewn in a knit and shortened into a tank. I think it’s a pretty nice alternative to the Ogden cami – similar neckline but with bra-friendly wide straps and boob-friendly darts!
My face in the middle photos says, “It’s winter, why am I photographing a tank outside?”
Quick, put on a sweater!
Ahhh, that’s better! This Concord cardigan hack from last winter is one of my most worn, and I really need to make more soon!
Finally, let us admire this ITY in all it’s glory! I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s my favourite blend of garish and fabulous. I liked it so much I bought it twice! I was planning to make a maxi-length wrap dress with it, but I think I probably ended up with two more wearable pieces instead – much thanks to Jamie for the earring inspiration and the style advice!