I have something in my closet that I made! In the last 12 months! Since starting this dress last week, I have also made myself a skirt. Look out, I think I’m on a roll.
Side note: I bought this vintage fabric back in September of 2009 (see that post here). I got it for $2/yard at a random fabric store in Pullman, WA. And let me tell you – my only regret is that I didn’t buy every single bolt of the $2/yard vintage fabric that was for sale. You win some you lose some, eh?
A bride-to-be contacted me on Etsy and asked me to make 4 capelets to be worn by her bridesmaids.
#1. Genius idea for an early spring wedding.
#2. I was honored and excited for the challenge.
Well…to be honest, agreeing to make them probably wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only did I seriously underestimate the time it would take to construct 8 double welts, 8 pockets, 8 lining welts, 12 buttonholes, etc., but the bridesmaids are 4 different sizes – which of course added to the initial patterning time. In a nutshell, it took a really long time and started to feel like a chore. Which is the exact opposite of how I like sewing to feel. I can’t even describe to you the pure elation I felt when I sewed on that last button. I literally jumped up and down around the apartment until Steve reminded me that we have neighbors below us.
The 4th Annual Seamless in Seattle Competition is just around the corner. Do you know someone who knows someone who might be interested in applying? The submission deadline is April 15th – you can get all the details here.
For those of you who don’t know, I should probably take this opportunity to share my few minutes of fame back in 2009 when I was one of the winners. It was an amazing experience. A magazine spread, fashion show participation and invitations, and you get to work with Kate Calamusa (She’s legitimately awesome.). If you’re at all interested, I would recommend to anyone that they should apply. I had a few things going on in my life at the time I applied, and when I sent my submission off the night before it was due, I had no idea I would end up winning. As they say, life is like a box of chocolates.
Rather than buy a gift for everyone, Steve and his siblings (and their significant others) do a sort of secret Santa gift exchange for Christmas. I say ‘sort of’ because it’s not actually a secret – everyone knows who everyone else has. This year I got Anne (Steve’s brother’s girlfriend) and since she knew I had her, she requested a hooded capelet as her gift. I’m sort of hating that I forgot to take any pictures of her in it, but trust me when I say that it looks way better on her.
Anne bought all the fabric in Connecticut and sent it to Vancouver for me to construct. Her specific requests were that it have a detachable hood, a pleat and tab in the back and buttons on the pockets.
With the hood off:
I was definitely winging it with the hood patterning and construction, but it ended up that the buttons are on the hood and the buttonholes are sewn to a flap on the inside of the collar. That way when the capelet is worn without the hood, no random attachment places are visible.
This cape is for my friend Christine, who happens to be insanely creative when it comes to fashion. I can’t wait to see how she styles this – and when she does, you can bet your bippy I’ll share the photos with you.
This isn’t really a ‘step by step’ DIY. It’s more of a ‘get a bunch of supplies in front of you, use the tags I made as inspiration, and go for it’ DIY. Some specific items I used that made it easier were scissors with a scalloped cut (not necessary, but fun), a hot glue gun, a mini hole punch (just because it’s cuter), a corner rounder punch, and double sided-tape. If you’re going to use glitter, I’d say the double-sided tape is a necessity. I had no idea how easy it could be to make things sparkle. I tend to peruse the Martha Stewart website a lot (shocker, right?) and picked that little tip up along the way. Thanks Martha!
After hauling packages to the post office fairly consistently over the last few weeks, I decided I needed something durable and holiday-inspired to carry them around. Meet: the holiday tote. Black cotton exterior, sparkly plaid interior, long handles, pockets, and it’s machine washable.
Do you love this tote? Head over to Christine’s blog today and find out the details on how to win one! Do you really really love this tote? You can buy one from my Etsy shop. Click here to check it out.
I can’t tell you who this coat is for – it’s a secret. What I can tell you is that I’ve never made this coat in all black before (black shell, black rib cuffs and waist, black pin stripe lining, black zippers), and I’m really liking the outcome.
And a big fat THANK YOU to Kyle for being my model. I’m sure Steve appreciated sitting this one out.