September 12, 2010

Self Stitched September: Days 6 - 12

I have to admit that I really love featuring and wearing my handmade garments. For me, participating in this event has been a real eye opener. I've taken a lot more care with my appearance and have surprisingly, even to me, been really good about taking photos. There were two days this week that didn't get photos. Bad days. Outside of that, I've been super good for 11 days. I hate to say it, but I'm quite proud of myself. I just gave myself a nice pat on the back for that too.  Now where did we leave off.... Oh yes:

Here is Day 6.

It's cleaning day today and thankfully I have this great utilitarian skirt that I wear when I clean. I made this from the Sew What! Skirts Book and have found it to be a very durable and easy to wear while houseworking garment. It has an elastic tie waistband which is ever so easy on the waist and makes housework, grocery shopping and other odd chores a dream.

Skirt - Made from Sew What Skirts, the first skirt in the book
Polo - Old Navy
Shoes - Merrell golf shoes (at least they look like golf shoes to me)

Here is Day 7.

If I do say so myself, and I do, I look especially dashing in this particular shade of green. This dress was made last year from the Socialite Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner. I made it up in this very bright leaf green linen and had a little fun experimenting with some fabric painted leaves which I then free style embroidered by hand. It is a rather shapeless dress, though so comfortable and easy to wear. In other words, it has never been easier being green.

Dress - made from the Socialite Dress pattern
Shoes - Nine West
Bracelets - Handmade jewels I've picked up here and there

Here is Day 8.

It's been one of those days for me. I really wanted better shots than the ones I ended up with, but the wind today was very strong. Too much for a tripod and camera. But, enough of that. This is a skirt that I've altered to fit me better. I have this terrible problem with skirts. As I have a rather thick waist, I never end up with a skirt that fits me well in the hips AND in the waist. The waist is always just a bit too snug. That was the problem with this skirt. It had gotten beyond uncomfortable and so I took out the zipper, trimmed down the waistband and put in an elastic waistband. Much better.

Skirt - Max Studio altered by me for a much better fit
Blouse - Express
Jacket - Target
Shoes - Franco Sarto

Here was Day 9.

This is a sweater I repurposed from a men's cashmere cardigan. I've always wanted a cashmere sweater and this seemed to perfect  opportunity to have one. Today is the first wearing. It was a little on the cold and windy side today and the the cashmere held up quite well without getting me too hot. In fact, it was simply a dream to wear. I love this piece and though at first I wasn't quite so fond of the color, it seems to suit me quite well.

Cashmere sweater - repurposed by me from a men's cardigan
Trousers - thrifted
Shoes - White Mountain
Jewels - my great grandmother's

Day 10 & 11 are sadly absent. Day 10 was a very bad day for me and it took Day 11 to recover. So here is Day 12.

Here on Day 12 I'm wearing a jacket from Simplicity 3538. I have to be honest and admit that though I love this jacket it never gets worn. It is truly a white elephant and its amazing that it's white in color too! I will put this jacket on with everything and it never goes. But this look it can pull off which is good, cause that's what I'm wearing today.

Jacket - handmade from Simplicity 3538
Camisole - Banana Republic
Jeans - Rock and Republic
Shoes - Miz Mooz

Don't forget to check in tomorrow for the winner of the giveaway! Yay! Hip Hip Hooray! I'll meet you here next Sunday for more Self Stitched September outfits.


  1. You look great, and the green dress with the appliqué suits you very well! I have that exact shade of green linen in my stash and meant to make a shirtdress from it this summer... Maybe next year!

  2. I love all your looks for the past week! I finally finished up my pencil skirt last weekend and it has taken me all week to get the photos uploaded! I am very bad about that! :)
    I love that white jacket, and it looks great with the jeans and red shoes! I have some items that I love but have a hard time finding a good outfit for them too! I think that look is my favorite!

  3. I do love that cashmere cardigan. It looks lovely on you.

  4. I just have to say that, despite generally not being a lace/eyelet type girl, that last jacket is pretty amazing.

  5. I particularly like your outfits on days 7 & 12. You look stunning.Green color flatters you, you should consider it for more outfits.

  6. Green is amazing on you. Love the golf shoes. Current? If so, where?

  7. Loving that cashmere cardi and the white jacket. They both look great!

  8. You DO look fab in green! It's lovely with your hair and colouring. Love the cashmere cardigan, too! So inspiring, makes me want to hunt down mens' cardigans and hope for something as lovely as yours to revamp.

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