Over a year ago I posted about two items I made. A super cool Butterfly Shirt, modeled after my favorite shirt of all time. An Orange Skirt, basic, but quickly using up the fabric I brought back from India.
I wore them together because they were both brand new and I was super proud, but I’ve been wearing them together ever since and I will admit I love the look. It’s bright, it’s bold, and the fact the the shirt is mostly blue is hardly noticeable.
So M and I went out the other morning and caught some pictures that captured the essence of the outfit. And Me. And when I wear it.
I actually found it a little difficult to pose in because the grass was little more than dew and clippings. Also I’ve decided to stop wearing it for the summer. I like to wear it several times in between washes, so that it will not get as worn out so quickly.
Sorry there are no pictures of the back of me, but M thought my hair was a mess.
You may remember back at the beginning of summer I made a swimsuit. I promised to come back at the end of summer and review. I wanted to review it earlier, but I kept not getting pictures. I still don’t have pictures of me wearing it, but I’ve finally got a nice flat lay. So pictures of it worn may be coming, but for now..
Lets be honest I made it myself, so of course it fits well.
The Built In Bra
No that doesn’t go under fit, but it works perfectly. I’m so glad I decided to use my fabric scraps for it.
Can I swim in it. Yes, really well.
The Green Factor
The only new material that went into the swimsuit was the thread. The main fabric is rayon, but there is some rubber in the elastic. And the zipper is plastic.
The Style Factor
You might not be able to tell, but I think it looks super cool. A slight 1920’s inspiration, with an asymmetric hem.
Honestly I’m super happy with it. I’ve never even considered making a swimsuit before and now I’ve made one.
Here is a random picture of the sunrise I got this morning when I went out to get the rest of these pics.
If you don’t like sleeveless things then almost undoubtedly if you modify your clothes you have at least tried to add sleeves to something. Allow me to let everyone who doesn’t in on a little secret. Sleeves are the worst. I’ve seen them called Sleevils. Putting in a classic, smooth sleeve is torture. Gathered sleeves are slightly better, but they still come with a myriad of fitting possibilities.
So today I’m going to talk about the easiest type of sleeve to do. No gathering and the bias stretch has no effect. I’m talking about sci-fi sleeves. Now unfortunately I don’t have a good picture of them, because my family thinks that they look a little silly.
Take a square of fabric that has a diagonal length that is the almost* same as around your armhole.
Cut the fabric on the diagonal.
Hem the four short sides. If the diagonal is not a bias cut zigzag its edge.
Now you have two sleeves, all ready to go into your shirt. Yay!!!
Mark the center of the long side with a pin.
If you are making the shirt from scratch: put the pin in the shoulder seam right sides together.
If you are putting the sleeves into a pre-finished shirt: put the pin in the shoulder seam with the right side of the sleeve facing the wrong side of the shirt.
Then pin and sew the sleeve on with your preferred method. (when I use pins I tend to put them well in the seam allowance so I can sew around them)
Make sure all threads are knotted and clipped. Iron it if necessary.
*The exact length doesn’t matter to much as some overlap at the bottom of the armhole is fine as is a small gap.
This Thursday my best friend’s directly older sister is getting married. It is crazy. I’m so happy for her, but she’s only three years older than me so that is strange. On to the speech I’ve agreed to write for my best friend to read at the wedding.
“My worst memory of P. is when she told me that she wanted these sleeves to be perfectly smooth.
I put them in, they didn’t look right so I took them out.
I put them in again and they didn’t fit right so I took them out.
In and out.
I’ve put in these sleeves almost more than five times each.”
Sorry, but at the moment I don’t have pictures of these deceptively simple sleeves.
Summer is coming and with is swimming season. Which means swimsuits. Most people think finding the perfect swimsuit is annoying, but it can be worse. If you care about modesty finding a swimsuit becomes super annoying. But I like to add extra levels of difficult to find clothes. I prefer to wear one hundred percent unmixed natural fibers.
This means I have simply worn pedal pushers and a t shirt over a regular bathing suit. It looked ok, … but… It takes lots of space, is annoying to change in and out of, is looking like I haven’t grown or done much swimming since I started wearing that combo like … seven years ago. And now that I can actually swim, wearing cargo pedal pushers are to … catchy … not aerodynamic … not fluidynamic…
Either way last summer I started looking into other options and I couldn’t find any I liked. So recently I found two of the three paper dolls I use to draw clothes (I need a fourth now, she is to be Korean) and I drew up my two favorite ideas. And yes they are practically impossible to tell that they are different styles.
The upper one was my first idea, hence the reason it has matching sleeves. It basically is a dress over shorts. It’s actually way more complicated but I don’t know whether I’ll go through with it. The second is a Salwar Kameez style though again with shorts. It would take way less fabric, but I’m not sure I like it.
But what is my plan for fabric. Nearly three weeks ago I went to Salvation Army. Mostly we were just looking, but I wanted to look at rayon skirts. I hope that it will balance the line between being natural enough to suit me and synthetic enough to not make a bad swimsuit. I’ll be back with reports at the end of the summer.
Sorry, but I haven’t fully finished the silk skirt yet, and I want to try to make a semi matching top so it may be a while before the final pictures are posted.
Visit all the local thrift stores and search for ties that have similar colors, or simply choose ties that you like the look of. Look for ties that say 100% silk or all silk. Look around, some stores may have larger selections for cheaper.
Calculate how many ties you will need at minimum and get nearly twice as many. *Ok this is not strictly necessary, but it isn’t a bad idea. Later you may notice holes, fall out of love with a pattern, or decide the fabric is thicker than you want*
Take the ties apart by removing labels and pulling out the back seam. *This step can be skipped if you are going for a quick, but heavy skirt.*
Optional sew the labels back on.
Wash the ties. They won’t fray because the are bias cut.
Iron the ties
Decide which ties you want in your skirt. *If you decide on a certain order either take a picture of the setup or number the ties with masking tape*
Decide how long you want your skirt to be and cut the ties. *finished wide end will be the hem of your skirt*
When my blog was much newer than it is now I started a project. I called it my Secret Project or something like that.
I was making a silk skirt from ties. I took apart the ties. Moved their tags. Washed them. And got most of the major seams sewn.
Then… I quit…
I didn’t want to put the zipper in. So I put it aside and moved on.
Recently with M’s Best Friend’s wedding coming up. I thought it would be fun if I could finish the skirt and maybe make a similar top from the scraps and ties I didn’t use.
So I put in the zipper and decided to use the thick golden tie for the waist.
It has been going remarkably well. This is the first time I have sewn with silk and the first time I have done much sewing with bias cut fabric. It is easier than I feared. The bias cut gets rid of the fraying silk is famous for. And silk isn’t as scary to sew as people made it seem.