Simplicity 1080

Everybody calls Simplicity 1080 “granny chic.” I decided, therefore, to attempt “goth granny chic.” Okay, I totally fell in love with this quilting cotton line and decided to say screw it to everyone who tells you not to sew clothes with quilting cotton. So this is made with Beacon Hall line of quilting cotton.

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I mostly followed the instructions pretty closely for finishing the seams. The main departure, as you can see, was binding the neckline rather than folding it under. The neck was already a bit wide and I liked how this echoed the binding on the pockets anyway.

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Other changes I made were to lower the pleats and add black eyelet lace trim to the bottom.

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I really agonized over what size to make this–I was firmly in the medium range based on my bust size, but so often these patterns end up huge on me (pattern has too much ease + I have narrow shoulders). Most reviews said the straight size was good, but a few mentioned that the dress ended up tentlike. So I bit the bullet and made a small. I’m happy with it! I think definitely the shoulders would’ve been too wide on the medium.

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Making good progress on my spring/summer capsule wardrobe plans!

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Black/gray calico Simplicity 1080 View A

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Black gauze petticoat skirt with ruffle
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?
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Cream Floral Lady Skater

Finally! This one has been on my do-to list for MONTHS. Fabric is Plum Gray Rose Floral on Taupe Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee.

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It’s a bit thin, so I think if I were to use it again I’d just use it for a top. Changes I made from my usual Lady Skater are:

  • 3/4-length sleeves w/ ruffle
  • slight V-neck
  • ruffle + eyelet lace added to bottom

The brown ruffle peeking out below the white eyelet is my brown petticoat skirt. Since the fabric is thin, I’m expecting to wear this layered.

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The sleeve ruffles are circular ruffles and hemmed with a narrow hem on my serger. The V-neck is made by just sewing a wedge in the center front of the neckband.

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Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Calico Simplicity 1080 View A (I’m not 100% sure this pattern will work for me, but…I’m just dying to try it!)

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Gauze maxi skirt with ruffle (rework gauze circle skirt for this)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

 

Red Rose Wrap Top

As soon as I saw this pattern, Butterick 6285, announced, I was dying to make the wrap top. And now I finally have!

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I highly recommend checking out Gertie’s sewalong posts in addition to the instructions. She tells you how to finish the sleeves by machine, plus I find her explanations much easier to follow. (I admit, I didn’t know what “break your stitching” meant, so her note was really helpful!)

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Knowing this is a wrap top made of stretchy knit, I valiantly sewed a straight size (none of my usual adjustments for my waist being a size larger than my bust) according to my upper bust measurement (to account for my narrow shoulders). It ended up a bit small in the torso (very unusual for a Butterick pattern!), but I think it still looks great. Except, um, the sleeves a really tight. I’ve never had that problem before, so I’m wondering if maybe my fabric wasn’t stretchy enough? Or maybe I just do need to make it a size larger.

The other slightly off thing is that the main body of the top ends right at the bottom of my rib cage. That’s an awfully short crop top! Unfortunately, the pattern doesn’t include any lengthen/shorten lines, so I’m not sure how to fix that. But fortunately, this particular fabric is really stable and the ties are quite wide, so I can just wrap them in the right place to get it down to my natural waist. That said, this is the reason that if I make this again, I might only do so if I’m planing to layer it over dresses.

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I also sewed this entirely on my regular machine using a straight stitch, per the instructions. It worked out perfectly fine, but I think next time I’d serge it so the seams are a bit less bulky (not that it’s at all noticeable, I think). Fabric is Red Rose Floral Bouquets on Black Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee and it’s so soft and gorgeous. It’s definitely a medium weight, and pretty easy to handle.

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Anyway, it was quick to make and cute, so I’m pretty happy!

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Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater (this is a holdover from fall/winter that didn’t end up getting made then)
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Calico Simplicity 1080 View A (I’m not 100% sure this pattern will work for me, but…I’m just dying to try it!)

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Gauze maxi skirt with ruffle (rework gauze circle skirt for this)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

Gray Rose Peasant Top

When I ordered this fabric–Small Gray Floral on Black Cotton Spandex Blend Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee–I was planning to use it for a t-shirt. But when it arrived, it was so soft and drapey, and rather thin, that I decided to make something to take advantage of that. A peasant top!

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(Hello, kitty!)

This is based on McCall’s 5050, View A. I’ve made this pattern a couple of times before and knew that it was quite large. So since I was using a stretchy knit, I went ahead and cut out the extra small. I think I should’ve done larger sleeves so they have a bit more puff, but overall it’s certainly fine!

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I made things tougher for myself by using strips of fabric to form the elastic casings rather than folding down the neckline and folding up the sleeves, PLUS that means that you can see the inside of the fabric! Argh! But it’s still sooo comfy and cute that, um, I’m going to just pretend it’s a “design feature.”

I added some nice cotton lace around the neckline and sleeves. I reallllly wanted to use it on the hem, but I was short about 5 inches. Oh well! Narrow hem on the serger it is.

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This was sewn entirely on my serger, except for attaching the elastic casings.

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Oh, yeah, and the ribbon bow on the center front. That’s just a requirement for peasant tops, right??

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Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater (this is a holdover from fall/winter that didn’t end up getting made then)
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Calico Simplicity 1080 View A (I’m not 100% sure this pattern will work for me, but…I’m just dying to try it!)

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Gauze maxi skirt with ruffle (rework gauze circle skirt for this)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

Spring/Summer 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve made my Pinterest board for my spring/summer 2016 capsule wardrobe inspiration public. It has a very much earthy/natural/dark feel, similar to last year’s (you’ll see a lot of “mori” looks, though it’s not 100% what I’m going for–I like the layers, long skirts, ruffles, and dark/earthy colors, but I prefer fitted tops/bodices and defined waistlines). Last year I found myself both staring jealously at everyone wearing maxi skirts and really enjoying layering, so I’m consciously trying to add long skirts and layers. In addition, I’ve cut some things from my wardrobe that I just didn’t love all that much and was keeping “just in case.” I’m trying instead to focus on making items I really enjoy, each on their own. So far I have yet to “run out” of clothes. 🙂

So, without further ado, here is my spring/summer 2016 capsule wardrobe plan. (Bold items are to sew. I’ve actually already completed two of them, just haven’t gotten around to blogging about them.)

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater (this is a holdover from fall/winter that didn’t end up getting made then)
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Calico Simplicity 1080 View A (I’m not 100% sure this pattern will work for me, but…I’m just dying to try it!)

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Gauze maxi skirt with ruffle (rework gauze circle skirt for this)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Another T-shirt/knit top of some kind
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

In addition to the capsule wardrobe items above, in the next six months or so I’m also planning to sew:

  • Two costumes (one is almost done!)
  • Two ballgowns/party dresses (already planned)
  • LBD (I keep waffling on what pattern to use…)
  • A lightweight quilt for summer (this will be a new experiment for me, but I’ve been doing research and have already found the pattern and fabric I want to use)