I have been working on a somewhat secret and hopefully soon to be revealed project. In the meantime, I am making prototype garments and offering some of the prototypes for sale on Etsy to bulk up the portfolio for the offered pieces. Here is a beautiful circle skirt:
It features two tiers…aka a top yoke so I can make the skirt all one fabric (like shown) or have the top and bottom yokes different colors. The waistband has an elastic casing (or optional drawstring) so it fits 25 – 32 inch waist.
I made this particular skirt out of a very soft 70s cotton I managed to snag for about $8 for two yards including shipping. I left the bottom edge raw so that it will eventually start to fray (I love the fraying on this kind of cotton). It’s a little hippie without being too hippie.
If you like the skirt, be sure to check it out on Etsy and give it a favorite if you can!
Just finished some really cute shorts! They are a bit sweeter than clothes I usually wear in terms of the style.
The front and back are two different sides! Both fabrics were salvaged from thrift stores from when I lived in Florida. The light blue lace is destash from my mom’s old collection. I used a new teal zipper and thread.
I made these from a modified 70s pants pattern. I like them but do not have the hips/butt to fill these things out. They are also too big on my waist. Combined with the fact they are a little muted for my personal style, I think they will go well for somebody who likes to wear things like cute lace camis.
I made these while smoking some nice herb and listening to Daria, which I’m only finally now starting to watch. Don’t mind me if I’m a little behind the times 😛
My figure is basically a size that is between plus size and normal sizing. I’m okay with that but sometimes I create things I ultimately decide would be more beautiful on somebody else. If you like these shorts, take a look at them on Etsy!
Hello everybody! After not sewing for a while, I’m back at it. Last night I made an awesome new mini skirt!
It’s so pretty and fun! This awesome terry was a gift from my favorite vintage fabric supplier. She always has the coolest prints and finds. When I opened up my box, this was the first fabric I saw. I was confused, as I didn’t order it at all.
She probably knows my style now more than she realizes! The fabric is beautiful with tropical fish and coral! Coral is actually my middle name so I’m so excited to now own a garment with coral!
I gave the skirt an asymmetrical hem, and a fold-under elastic waist. The pocket is perfect for girls like me who HATE carrying a purse. It’s the perfect size for my cell phone and metro card. It also covers a big stain that was on the fabric. Finally, I left the bottom hem and around pocket edges raw so they will eventually get some fraying action. Made with a self-drafted pattern. This skirt is just fun to wear and matches perfectly with my coral-colored knee high socks (not pictured but basically the best socks ever).
How do you like the skirt? Anybody else here a lover of terry like me?
Just finished a pair of wide leg pants and wanted to share! The fabric is a a thicker poly-satin type fabric. I loved the print…it looks very vintage but it’s totally modern. I used about two yards of fabric.
Such a pretty pink. I’d say the color of the light pink is a bit softer in person. I made these knowing that the fabric being used as pants isn’t cool. However, when it gets chilly outside, which is what these pants are intended for, I can wear leggings or a unitard underneath and they will be perfect! I have some scraps left over too, if anybody is interested, comment or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I may also be able to get more of this fabric 🙂
I have been feeling pretty sick the past few weeks, which has meant staying at home and sitting or lying down a lot. Luckily, I have a few things to keep me occupied: reading long political articles online, Banjo Tooie on N64, and my sewing machine.
After messing up a few projects, frustration set in. I wanted to complete SOMETHING without having to work like a madwoman to fix it. I looked at this dress I pulled out of my ‘house clothes’ drawer. I purchased it for $5 from the clearance bin at a consignment store I worked at.
Anyways, it didn’t fit well. It was a size M, by Ann Taylor ‘Loft’ and it was rather shapeless on my body. So I decided to make it into an easy tube top:
The dress is a very stretchy cotton spandex blend. I simply removed the bottom half of the dress, made a casing, then added elastic. I think it took me 30 minutes total. I just love it…it will be perfect with high waist jeans once it starts cooling down. Until then, I will be lounging around the house.
You can make a basic tube top like this by just taking two rectangles, sewing together, and doing a casing on the top and bottom (or a band or a drawstring or easy straps). Effortless!
In the mean time, I’m going to go play some Banjo Tooie again and finish my almost-complete band t-shirt reconstruction.
Hello everybody! I finished a new project today 🙂 Remember the colorful primary plaid fabric from my previous fabric stash post? I decided to use it. I initially wanted to make a dress but decided I need some more cute tops. I mostly live in t-shirts and tank tops. So I decided to go for a more funky t-shirt. I used Butterick 4922 from the 1970s.
I used one that was actually a size up for me, size 20 with a bust of 42. I like to have a variety of tight and oversized tees. For this top, I wanted oversize. I shortened the length of the bodice to hit around my waist and shortened the sleeves.
I added orange rick-rack around the collar for contrast. I left the sleeves and bottom hem raw. I like that I can leave the sleeves rolled or unrolled, where they hit below my elbow. A fun, free-spirited shirt!
I will probably be using this pattern again at some point. Very simple, and I don’t have to worry about finding my zig-zag foot…since I made it oversized, I was able to use straight seams 😛
I need to start buying more vintage knits. I’m a very simple person when it comes to outfits. I like tees + skirts/shorts + tights or dresses. That’s 90% of what I wear.
On another note, there will be a shop sale next week, July 1-4 in the Mixy Mitzy Etsy store.