Wednesday, September 07, 2011

(insert witty title here) Just come look at my skirt OK?!

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Exact items: Lips and heart bracelet only.

Similar: Boots Mine are also Clarks with a buckle. Bracelet and earrings are similar but both mine are handmade. Skirt read more below. Shirt H&M. Bracelet, Scarf and Earrings more below.

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For my hair I did it in a fishtail braid then coiled it in a bun. I am running out of things I know how to do in the morning. You can kinda see the "scales" along the edge of the bun.

earring

I made these earrings also this weekend. I made them to match this bracelet which was a gift from my in laws. It supported Celiac Awareness.

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scarf

I saw this scarf in a store window in Beverly MA (I don't remember name of store) but I stopped on the street and said if it was $20 or under it was mine. It was!

Dying to know more about the skirt aren't you? (pretend if you aren't)

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I have had the one in the collage above pinned for weeks on ShopStyle but all that time it has been sold out. I had made a fan tasty fall outfit with it. It was from Madewell. Something about it just rang with me. It was something my kinder garden teacher would of wore with its 70's vibe. (It would of been more like 1983 though.) I was a woman obsessed. Which is weird because it was a below the knee, denim, wrap skirt. Three elements I usually avoid in skirts.

Mine isn't from Madewell but it is very well made.

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Yup. I finally showed it to Dave and said "You think you could make something like this" Dude said yes. We went and looked through pattern books and found this. This is only his 5th clothing sewing project. I own 4 of his projects. Only one didn't stand the test of time.(His very first project a top he made me in 1999) Label is great right? It is one of those iron on ones I had in my stash and he embroidered it and hid it under the tie. It was surprise to me. There was a lot of swearing, a lot. About 5 broken needles. A lot of seam ripping and an extra trip to Jo-Ann's when the machine was out of thread but now I have my dream skirt! Expect to see it often. The store one wouldn't of fit me anyways because it didn't come in "petite" and would of cut me in worst spot on my leg. (I honestly don't see myself as petite but the length of traditional clothing disagrees, strongly, with me.)
Do you alter your clothes?
Beyond hemming I don't but I know I should. A friend who claims to know nothing about fashion (to which I say pishaw.) sent me an article from Clinton Kelly where he says that the reason celebrities make things like a jeans and tee look so great is because they alter EVERYTHING. He said absolutely everything is altered even a tee shirt. He said that is the trick on their show too. Makes sense. I am also always complaining nothing fits right. I just need to teach Dave altering skills. I don't trust myself cutting up my nice clothes but I trust him to! (He is a perfectionist. I am a slap dasher) My fit issues are much like others. I am "petite" in pants. I have regular length arms but petite in the shoulder width. I have a large... ahem bottom and legs and no hips. Those things add up to neither petite or regular fitting me very well. I think I am going to give altering a stab.

27 comments:

Lab geek said...

The skirt is fantastic! I want one! My husband is also the sewing person in our couple. This weekend we made a circle scarf out of a pretty white and gold jersey fabric. Well, he made it, I watched and I stayed the whole time. It has to count for something, right? right?

Dave77459 said...

Wow! Dave made that? He is amazing!

And you will soon be super fashionable. Is altering harder than making?

hillary said...

@dave77459 depends. think of it as remodeling vs new construction. Sometimes it would of been better to build new. Some things weren't meant to be taken apart and resewn. Don't leave enough room in the seams. Shotty construction.

Chelsea said...

what a gorgeous skirt! I love wrap skirts the most, especially these vintage styles I've been seeing around the blogosphere. dave gets 5 million cool points from me, especially for including that label. lucky girl!

Emily B. said...

Which pattern?! When you posted your pinterest photo I thought it would be weeks from now, not so soon!

I absolutely love it love it love it, I don't have enough superlatives and I WANT ONE!

Cassykins said...

Awesome job Dave! I like it much much better than the one you have in the picture (down to the made with love label, so cute)

mansionmogul said...

I like the "Dave" version better! It looks fabulous!

hillary said...

@emily I pinned it on there after he started. I want to say it is New Look. I will look tonight.

@cassykins I wish it said made with love! it says Dave but I want a made with love by dave label!

Emily B. said...

The pattern would be much appreciated...now that the boys are back to school, I am hoping to do a little evening sewing after they go to bed.

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

OMG such a great skirt! Love the tag and Dave's skillz. Yes, that needed a z.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Melissa said...

I need to make sure my next husband can sew. ;) That skirt is fantastic!!!

I don't alter my clothes because I can't even sew a button on. And I don't have the time to take them to a tailor. I'm pathetic, I know...

Cassykins said...

I'm a dork, I swore I ready that but it just says "handmade by." You should totally make him put in "with love," although it sounds more like it was made with bad words and luckily no injuries, lol.

mamichan said...

I love that Dave is so crafty!

Kasmira said...

So jealous of the skirt! It is simply wonderful.

Cara said...

Stitch ripping, needle breaking and cursing, eh? I guess he wouldn't be too keen on making one for me, eh?

Megan Mae said...

Ohmygoodness that skirt is amazing! Dave did an amazing job. I tailor a lot of my clothes, because I can with simple straight seams. I rarely cut anything. Anything I don't feel comfortable enough for I take to a really amazing tailor (well a family of tailors). They've even tailored a pair of boots for me that were too wide in the calves.

I'm long in the arms, short in the torso, wide in the shoulders. And 5'3" (meaning petite pants are too short, regulars too long). So alterations are really the key to getting the right fit. Try adding some small straight seams/darts in things if need be. It's even better if you have a serger because it makes the inside look a little more finished.

hillary said...

Megan the best (worst) part is I know what to do, hOw to do it but am lacking in the actual doing skills.

I'm 5'3" too!

Lonestarcasie said...

That is like the most perfect-est denim skirt ever! Kudos to the creator. I do alter a lot of my clothing. I buy a lot of thrift and since most things only come in one size that way, I often cut down bigger stuff. I have no idea how to let something out. Oh, and shortening, sleeve removal and other clothing demolition is also part of my skill set.

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hillary said...

Pattern
Mccalls 5430

Jessica said...

Dave is amazing! Beautiful skirt.

I only wish I could sew. I would love to be able to alter my own stuff and make stuff actually fit.

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a talented man. You look wonderful.

Mary said...

I like Dave's version of the skirt even better than the original! I've been sewing for years and don't think I could make something that looks so polished. Love it!

lawyerdoll said...

I like the skirt- Dave did a great job!

I get many of my clothes altered too... I spend a fortune at the tailor, but I'm such an "odd" figure that I really have no choice except to look bad.

I'm petite for jackets and some tops, and average pants are 1/2"-1" too short. But I have to get tall pants taken up. Ugh.

Emily B. said...

thank you for the pattern number --- I will pick that up this weekend, since I have some nice light denim in my stash! :)

Between Laundry Days said...

HOLY SHIT. Dave is the master of all things awesome. I'm floored.

DaniellaBella said...

I cannot even handle that Dave made that! His skirt is 20million times more fantastic than the pinned one. I mean, really, the man's a genius! Maybe you guys could start a custom clothing line and I could be your first customer?? hmmm? AMAZING!

hillary said...

@daniellabella
You did see it took 15 years for him to make me
5 things? He bills at a very high hourly rate his clothes would be INSANE! Ha.
He can make jewelry, crochet or cook much faster so I don't push my luck.