Sunday, July 24, 2016

Make It: Jacket

This one doesn't look much like the original inspiration. I wanted a new jacket that I could throw on last minute and would go with just about anything. I like the mixing of the two fabric textures. I added a hood, pockets, and zipper. My version looks almost brown in the picture, but it is actually very black. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get a good picture with the correct color.

My Version

My Version (unzipped)

My Version (w/ cute button detail on the sleeves)

Pattern Review: Kimono

Very trendy right now. You see kimonos everywhere. They are light weight cover-ups perfect for warmer weather. I highly recommend the tutorial I used to make mine; it was very well written and easy to follow. They did a great job.


My Version
My Version (sleeves)

Express Double Layer Tank

Found this shirt on Pinterest. Apparently it is an Express tank, but it took me a while to find it. The one on Express's website doesn't even show the back. I love the layered look. I wore a layered red bra and wrap underneath for a pop of color.


My Version (Front)
My Version (Back)

I am considering adding border to my edges like in the original. I left them raw for now.

Make It: Burda Short Sleeve Wrap Effect Dress

Burda Style Short Sleeve Wrap Effect Dress 09/2015 #107

My Version

Supplies: two-way black stretch fabric (Joanns), black bias tape (Joanns), zipper (Joanns)

This was a print-out pattern that you print off on multiple pages, tape together, and cut out. The process was tedious, and I would much rather buy a traditional pattern. I would not recommend Burda Style patterns because the instructions are brief and confusing to read. I thought it might just be this particular pattern, but I purchased a second pattern with instructions that were also incredibly brief and poorly written. I ended up throwing out the instructions and completing this dress how I imagined it was supposed to be put together. So, if you need instructions, don't get a pattern from Burda Style. If you can figure out how pieces should go together and in what order yourself, I still wouldn't recommend using them because it seems over priced for what you get. They don't include seam allowances; so, you have to add your own, and they didn't even say you needed a zipper in the materials section (it just appears later in the instructions).

Make It: Clear Bag with Gold Studs

How many of you have a folder of images saved to your computer called "My Dream Closet"? Well, I decided to stop dreaming and start making it real. For each post in the "Make It" series, I will recreate fashion pieces that I have found.

Original from A Pair and a Spare

My Version:

Supplies: clear vinyl (Joann's), gold studs (Amazon), clip on leather strap (Amazon), wallet (Amazon)

Yes, I love Amazon.

I used the tutorial on the A Pair and Spare website but made up my own dimensions. I ended up making two versions because the first was too big (more like a messenger bag). I used a permanent marker to make the cut lines and then wiped the lines off with an alcohol wipe. Alternatively, you could use a dry erase marker.