Hello there, friends!
I have a new outfit to share! Yay! 🙂 Someone asked me a few days ago if I was a fast sewer. I really am not that fast unless it’s something that I’ve sewn before and is simple and easy to put together [like the Moneta]. It’s just that I generally sew for a few hours every day and I guess that little by little I get things done!My skirt pattern is the lovely BlueGingerDoll Peggy skirt. This is the third one that I’ve made and the first one in wool. I have to tell you, this is a perfect pattern for wool. It goes together well and loves to be topstitched. Plus, it’s warm!
I made this Peggy from a navy/tan wool check suiting from Fabric Mart. It’s a medium weight fabric that’s not too stuff and this particular one isn’t too scratchy either, which is why I deemed it “good to go” without a lining.
I love the little details of the Peggy skirt. This button tab version is my favorite. I put in an invisible zip rather than the suggested lapped zip and sewed two buttons on the back waistband basically because I could. The back of the waistband looked better when I was sewing on the buttons, but for some reason it looks a little wonky in the photo. Oh well!
I finished my seams with my serger and hand sewed my hem. I’m *trying* not to be lazy with hems and do them the *right* way, especially when working with wool, a fabric that looks FAR better when you stitch the hem by hand as the stitches disappear. I’m a bit lazy and rarely ever do this, but I figure that if I’m going to spend time and money on something nice, may as well make it look the best it can.
I also refashioned this tee! It’s a basic boring tee shirt that I made into a raglan sleeve baseball style shirt, which is my fave type of tee. I was originally going to use a Jalie pattern to make this, but when I pulled it out it was a dolman tee pattern and not a raglan one. Duh. The photo on the front has a girl who looks like she’s wearing a baseball tee with contrast sleeves, but of course, it’s not….. Anyway….. I self-drafted this one, which is my first time doing so and I definitely am going to do it again! I used this mauve rayon jersey from my stash to refashion this tee which happened to match the graphic on it pretty closely.
This is how I did this: 1. Draw the outline of a raglan tee with a fabric marker on my original tee and cut it out. (It helps to look at a photo of a raglan tee) 2. Use that as a pattern to do the same to the other side. 3. Use that sleeve you just cut out as a pattern and lay it out on your fabric. For me, I extended that pattern with a ruler to 3/4 sleeves after measuring my arm and where I wanted the sleeve to stop. Make sure you mark which side is the back. 4. Cut off the original neckband (I did this when it was still on the dress form). 5. Measure your new neck and cut out your band to desired thickness. 6. Now take the tee off the form and sew your sleeves on to your shirt. 7. Fold your neck band and sew the raw edge to your neckline, right sides together.
I also shortened this shirt, so I hemmed the bottom as well as the sleeves. I’ve noticed that other raglan tees have top stitching, so you could do that, too. I skipped that as I prefer this more vintage, faded look. Also, I was intrigued how this tee has no side seams…. I looked at some of Mr. H’s tees and noticed they didn’t have any either. Most of mine do. I guess they cut tees out on a tube?
Admittedly, I was never a fan of David Bowie until I started dating Mr. H. He’s a huge Bowie fan and has about every Bowie song ever recorded — even the bootlegs and the non-Bowie like Bowie songs from the ’60’s. I guess listening to David Bowie over and over again eventually turns you into a big fan. Our first dance at our wedding was to “Absolute Beginners.” 🙂 I also became an Iron Maiden fan due to my husband…. I’m not sure there will be an Iron Maiden tee refashion as I’m not really a fan of wearing a picture of Eddie. Never say never though. I even went to see Iron Maiden the last time they came to CA (which, BTW, was the BEST concert I’d ever been to) and I never thought I’d be hanging with a metal crowd.
Also…. I don’t know why I chose a tee of David Bowie smoking. I REALLY hate smoking and can’t stand smelling cigarette smoke even when it’s just remnants of it on someone’s clothes or in a passing car. I guess I thought it was cool. Yeah. Smoking is cool friends. I said it.
My skirt sure
looks is wrinkled. I swear that I ironed this prior to these photos ….
This outfit is akin to something I would have worn in college and grad school. Switch the boots for some Uggs or ballet flats and you have me a few (or five or ten…) years ago. Change up my Bowie tee to something intellectually ironic like my favorite — “I dig dead people.” (I was an archy/anthro geek)
I’m also wearing one of my grandpa’s cardigans. 🙂
I’m looking forward to warming this skirt up with some sweaters and tights when it gets cold here!! As you can see, the GRASS IS GREEN! It was not green here last year at this time and it’s growing like normal. We’ve been in a bad drought here in California for a few years now and it’s looking positive at the moment as we’ve had some RAIN STORMS and FOG and DEW. I know it may sound pretty boring to you, but it’s been very dry here and too warm for fall/winter. It’s actually kind of a normal November right now. 🙂 Looking forward to some SNOW like we usually get here in the Sierra foothills in December. Fingers crossed!!!!
- Skirt: BlueGingerDoll Peggy in navy/tan check wool suiting, made by me
- Tee: refashioned by me
- Cardigan: hand-me-down from Grandpa
- Boots: Aerosoles
- Necklace: Bauble Bar