Wardrobe Architect Wednesday, Week 1

Welcome to the first week of my own wardrobe architect journal. I’m following the 2014 version of the series available on the Colette Blog. The earlier version progresses on a weekly basis instead of a monthly one.

The purpose of this process is to learn more about my own individual tastes and to develop a better sense of my individual style. This is something I’ve definitely struggled with and I’m looking forward to becoming more thoughtful about the items of clothing that I choose to make and buy.

Week one is all about identifying how your individuality can affect how you choose to present yourself to the world. I’ll be discussing how my history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body have influenced my personality and the way I dress myself. Each section has a set of questions that I’ll try my best to answer as honestly as I can.

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Little things…

A quick post before heading out for the day! I’ve been busy being crafty over here, but not making anything too big. It feels nice to finish so many things in such a short span of time, but it is a total trick because all of these things were incredibly quick to make.

First up, baby booties for two little ones born this last week!

It is bizarre to me that I am only a couple of posts in and I’ve already shared three projects for babies. In reality, these are the only things I’ve ever made for kids other than a tiny hat that probably was too small to ever have fit its recipient.

Pardon the terrible photos! I finished these late at night and gave them to the new parents the following day.

The pattern is Saartjes’ Bootees, available as a PDF on the designers’ website or on Ravelry. Easy peasy pattern! I followed the directions for the larger size because both of the babies were larger than the average newborn. Does that mean their feet are much larger? That makes logical sense to me. All I know is that eventually these kids will fit into these booties because I’ve yet to see an adult with feet smaller than this. Now that I’ve inserted that odd image into your head, let’s move on to the other projects!

SCHOOL SUPPLLLIIIIIIIEEEEEESSS! I made myself a notebook cover and matching pencil case.

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**NOTE: I just want to announce that it is Roll up the Rim to Win at Tim Horton’s (aka Canadian Christmas) and that the cup pictured above was a winner. Free coffee for me! I’d like to thank my family for always believing in my and my boyfriend for taking me to Tim’s twice in a two hour period.

I picked up a single yard of this fabric last fall while on a trip to Texas. I really should have picked up a bit more but I had already gotten several yards of a couple of other gorgeous fabrics and I was torn between spending too much money and not wanting to miss out on having some of this fun stuff. I struck an excellent balance by still spending too much money and not getting enough of this fabric to actually make an item of clothing.

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Making wise life choices for over 30 years!

It’s OK. I have more than enough to make these projects and maybe try to find a way to use this fabric as an accent on some clothing item.

The notebook cover is loosely based on a free Craftsy pattern. I basically saw the pattern, decided I wanted something similar, then totally disregarded all instructions and made it up as I went. I used this tutorial from the Purl Bee for the pencil case and added a little pocket on the interior so I would have a place to put my USB drive when I need it for school/work. Both projects are lined with bits of quilting cotton left over from other projects.

That’s what I’ve been making this week! Nothing like a little bit of instant gratification.

 

Wardrobe Architect Wednesday?

Sweeping declaration time! I’m going to commit to writing a post at least every other Wednesday!

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Much like Marshall, the best way to ensure that I never actually do something is for me to promise myself that I WILL REALLY DO IT! This time, it is fo realz. So let’s say I hope I at least try and we will see what’s happening a few months down the road.

The focus of this current declaration is a desire to complete the Wardrobe Architect series from the Colette blog. I’ve read through all the posts before and considered completing it on my own without documenting the process. It never happened even though I enjoyed reading the responses from other people. In all honesty, when I read some of the questions I thought I would just have no way to answer them. Defining my style and my likes/dislikes has always been a challenge for me. Add in my weight gain over the past few years and all of a sudden the styles that I used to enjoy no longer make me feel as confident. I’m definitely in a weird place with my wardrobe and it seems like a good time to try to address that and try to make it into something positive.

I don’t expect this process to miraculously solve my issues with body confidence and clothing, but I hope I can be a bit self-reflective without shying away. Check in next Wednesday as I look at the first week of the process.

Tiny shirt victory

Well, shit.

I did make myself some pretty lofty promises several months ago regarding blogging and a real commitment to sharing what I create (with who?). Obviously that goal has gone totally tits up. So here is my new goal: share stuff when you remember, more often is better. Bam! Let’s do this.

So, over the past few months I have been knitting and sewing pretty consistently. I’ve knitted some socks and a hat, sewn some sweaters and shirts and even a tiny button up shirt for a cute little dude. I definitely have some trouble finishing projects if I try them on and realize that they didn’t turn out right. Right now, I have three shirts that I made and am 90% finished with, but have abandoned because I realized they weren’t what I wanted. I’d like to take the time to finish these projects properly so that I can either wear them or give them to someone who might enjoy them.

I finished one project recently that I am pretty proud of. It is McCall’s M6016 button-up shirt.

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Look at this cute little bugger

My boyfriend has a lovely little nephew and he and I decided that we should make something for him. He chose this pattern and I thought it was a great opportunity to make something adorable, plus get the chance to try making a collar and button holes. It is smaller, so it will be easier, right?

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Why do I bother sewing and making a butt-load of mistakes if I stubbornly refuse to learn a things from them? Logic and past experiences should have told me that sewing small stuff and maneuvering around small corners is a challenge. Live and learn (or not).

A combination of sewing machine malfunction and my general sewing ignorance meant this project was way more of a challenge than it should have been. We bought three different fabrics to make shirts and I cut and totally destroyed the first shirt pieces by straight up stabbing massive holes in the fabric when attempting to use my dull seam ripper. Attempt number two was slightly better. Many, many mishaps but I did produce a finished shirt.

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SO FREAKIN’ CUTE!

I’m pretty proud of it! I used this tutorial to make the collar after seeing it referenced in so many of my favourite sewing blogs. I can’t really compare with the method used in the pattern instructions because this is my first time creating a shirt collar. This was the part of this project that I was most nervous to try and it turned out to be the easiest part! I modified the pattern a bit: improvising with rolled-up sleeves to cover a mistake, skipping the button on the collar, and using bias tape for the hem.

Lessons learned:

  • Be patient and take your time. Trying to undo mistakes with the energy and rage of She-Hulk will only result in ripped fabric and the use of many interesting swear words.
  • Things labelled “Easy” are probably easy for people that have a reasonable level of sewing skill. At the moment, you are acquiring those skills. You will improve if you let yourself make mistakes.
  • A pricier seam ripper is worth the cash.

That’s all for now, time to get back to crafting!