Friday, June 27, 2014

Puffed Sleeves

Well, I've made myself two pairs of Jalie swim shorts and they're awesome! But, I have no tops to go with they'll feature in a future post.

So for today we have the Olivia Puffed-Sleeve Blouse (Ottobre 6-2007-13) and the Ashlee Capri Pants (3-2009-45).

They weren't joking when they said "puffed sleeves"! The non-drapey fabric doesn't help, but the sleeves were bit too 1980s.

It doesn't look wonderful, but it is improved with the stitched-down pleats I added to the sleeves.

But I really like the collar and yoke.

Sara chose the plaid fabric from my stash. Even if the fabric is less than perfect for clothing, I'm happy to report I really AM making a dent in my quilting fabrics (:

But a shortage of this fabric led to the under-collar design feature.

I've made several pairs of these capri pants now, generally a new pair for Sara every summer. The other girls are the lucky recipients of the well-loved pairs. (And it turns out littlest sister Molly isn't as scrawny as her sisters were at her age, since they don't even come close to zipping up!)

These are in a lightweight stretch poplin (?).

The pockets are cute, even if they are too tight to actually use.

And the (largish) side vents.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Trifectas

Summer came. It was time to do some t-shirt supplementation.

I made some long-sleeve versions of Kitschy Coo's Trifecta top earlier this spring. In my short-sleeve versions, it was fun to try out some of the variations ... v-neckline, pocket, triangle inset (which I faked and serged on top instead).

It turns out, I reach for these first whenever they're clean, beating out my custom-made self-drafted tees (boo).

Next up: Jalie's new swim shorts. They must have been reading my mind (or my posts) since up until now I've been frankenhacking assorted swim shorts with varying degrees of success.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

State of the Wardrobe Address

Another year has rolled around, bringing my Handmade Wardrobe Quest to its 6th completed year. (You might also call this a nerdy 6 years of data collection...) 

Last year, at the five year mark, I tallied up my wardrobe to see my stats (because stats are almost as fun as patterns, you know.)

Originally, my goal was to avoid buying any clothes, except for underwear and knitted items. But eventually I realized, gee, I can make underwear! So, for better or for worse, with the exception of some underwear, a coat, and a jacket, I have stitched everything.

[RTW = Ready To Wear]

So how do the stats stack up?
Total Garments
Last year: 55% Handmade
                  45% RTW

This year: 61% Handmade
                  39% RTW

Garment Categories

  Bar chart of individual garment categories. (Click to enlarge.)

Total tops
Last year: 71% Handmade
               29% RTW

This year: 77% Handmade
                23% RTW

Total Bottoms
Last year: 73% Handmade
                27% RTW

This year: 77% Handmade
                23% RTW


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