He's very cute and was easy to make.
I think he needs a tartan waistcoat.
I've been thinking about a Capsule wardrobe for casual wear, based more on things I have previously sewn and thought others might find it of interest.
Neutral - something you are happy to wear for trousers, ideally of a similar depth to your hair colour.
I'm going to pick Navy as my neutral and not be too strict about matching shades of navy.
For simplicity in this capsule I'm going to have all my bottoms as trousers and all in navy.
Navy pull on jeans
Navy yoga pants
Navy stretch woven trousers
A bit more variety in the layering pieces
Navy cardigan or hoodie
Rose Pink cardigan or jacket (a flattering pink for my colouring)
Teal cardigan or hoodie (a flattering blue/green for my colouring)
And then various knit tops in navy, teal/turquoise and rose.
Trainers (running shoes) in plain black (as blue seem hard to find), a digital watch, simple stud earrings and a small silver pendant.
My friend B has restored an old house. She's done a beautiful job and its full of quirky original details.
One of these is a very low windowsill in the dining area off the kitchen, which she'd always fancied using as a window seat.
Ages ago (pre covid) I'd promised I'd make a cushion for the window seat, we'd even selected fabric from my stash but got no further. Recently I asked her to make a template of the windowsill due to the odd shape, which she posted through my door, and I then had great fun making an inner and a cushion cover, and using the leftovers to make a tiny envelope back cushion.
She collected it today, took it home and it fits well, which makes me very pleased indeed. She sent me this photo of it in situ.
(Given the ongoing lockdown in England this was made completely from stash, including the outer fabric, zip, thread, inner fabric, wadding, foam, stuffing etc. I even had the piping cord in my cupboard).
Whilst I'm not sure my fabrics are all quite right I've cut a load of 2 and a half inch strips and had a go at making this simple log cabin block.
So far I have made 6 blocks, and I need to cut more strips for the longer pieces.
I'm hoping to make 12 blocks and arrange them 3 by 4.
So it would look something like this
or rather like this.
I have a collection of black and white print fabrics, which I planned to make a multiple gore skirt from
But as I don't wear skirts much I thought this was not a very sensible idea in reality.
top row L to R
black, black with large spots, black with small spots, black with musical notes
Middle row L to R
near black, zebra print, small floral
Bottom row L to R
white with grey and black stars, white with pandas, white with small black stars.
They are all woven fabrics, some perhaps poly cotton rather than 100% cotton.
Any ideas on what I could make with them as most are only 1 metre cuts.
I was thinking
PJ trousers with contrast cuffs
Maybe a small quilt (though apparently you shouldn't use polycottons/very thin fabrics)
Or back to my original skirt idea.
My sewing is paused at the moment.
I started to reorganise my wardrobe (closet) and realised that I have an over abundance of clothing, so am not sewing yet more new things at the moment.
I am doing some repairs and minor alterations as I go through a sorting process.
I am using these questions for my sorting process:-
- does it fit me?
- does it suit my colouring?
- is it in good condition?
Items then go into several piles
Keep Definite - fold or hang back in the wardrobe in colour order.
Keep Maybe - try wearing and see if comfortable and works with other items in my wardrobe. Some will stay but many will go after being in the Holding Bay for a bit.
Keep DIY - these go in a duffel bag and are for any dirty/messy jobs as I tend to ruin my clothes! These clothes fit but have pilling or other issues (baggy neckline, pulled threads)
Donate - bagging these up ready for donation later. Tie the top up to avoid second thoughts.
Textile Recycling - not donatable so will go for textile recycling rather than landfill.
I might try to sell a few items as well, but I suspect most will be for donation.
So far I've worked through the main wardrobe, but have not yet tackled out of season or too small stuff. I've decided that apart from one or two very special pieces anything too small will be straight to donate/recycling.
I've gained weight and changed shape during menopause so although I do want to lose some weight, I don't think I'll find the smaller clothes would work for me so don't plan to save them anymore.
Its going to be quite a journey!
It is based on the Style Arc Josie Hoody, but without the turtleneck section at the front of the hood as I thought this would choke me.
I folded back the hood edge and included a drawstring, but just hemmed the lower edge on the coverhem.
Lined wool trousers
The waistband is a little taller so I could use 2" elastic. As the wool is scratchy I also added a full lining to the trousers. As always I leave off the mock tie.
The lining is a lovely floral print satin in shades of pink and green which picks out the threads in the wool. I've shown it by turning back one of the sleeves a little.
It has inseam pockets cut from a plain charcoal fabric.
I find this type of fabric works works in harmony with me now I'm greying. My hair is still fairly dark overall but with light hairs as well now.
I got it as a free download from Free Lottie Sewing Pattern Download
I did not follow the instructions exactly, rather I did a different construction technique on the neckline both for the bias binding and the attachment of the collar.
The fabric is an ivory viscose (rayon) with subtle floral jacquard weave left over from a previous blouse project.
To go with my Pilates trousers I refashioned a slightly snug RTW sports tee by adding red stripes.
Here it is with the red stripes. They are up the side seam, up the centre of the sleeve and around the armhole. The straight stripes are a 2 inch wide strip, and the armhole section is a shaped piece drafted to fit. Its a lot of fun!
From the plan I posted I decided to start with the side stripe leggings, though they are more yoga pants.
Pattern: I used the Style Arc Barb pants, with style and fit alterations. Style changes - I added a side stripe in a contrast pinky red stretch fabric. Fit alterations - shortened the leg, added 1/4 to the top, scooped the back crotch, angled in the back waist, cut the front waistband slightly longer, and the back waistband slightly shorter.
Fabric: A very stretchy (in all directions) matt black fabric bought from the local B&M roll end shop. It is slightly spongy and seems dense with no see through. The contrast side stripe is from a pinky red fabric with similar stretch properties but a much lighter weight.
I'll have to see how these hold up in the next Pilates class.
I've been thinking about what I'd like to sew a capsule wardrobe that helps me to be ready for anything that may come in 2021.
3 Plain dark bottoms - leggings, casual trousers, smart trousers
1 Simple dark coloured dress
4 tops - smart blouse, workout top, 2 long sleeved tees
3 layers - sweatshirt or hoody, cardigan and jacket
My current colour theme is charcoal and warm pink with some black.
I had a look through my fabric stash and came up with some options
The key fabric for the scheme is some charcoal woven fabric with what seems like coral pink and off white variegated threads through it, I think this will be some sort of jacket.
Next I have a charcoal pinstripe that will be trousers.
Black ponte for a dress, black stretch woven for outdoor trousers and black super stretchy fabric for leggings. (I think the leggings could have a pink stripe down the leg)
Blush pink sweater knit for a cardigan.
Grey and pink jersey for knit tops.
Coral pink and off white fabric for floaty blouses.
Grey fleece for a sweatshirt, or perhaps a simple rain jacket from flamingo print fabric (I couldn't resist!).
One garment can be sewn up before the start date, perhaps the leggings with the pink stripe?
Here's what that might look like