September 5, 2010

Self Stitched September: Days 1 - 5

I've decided to keep you abreast of my Self Stitched September adventures on Sundays. So here goes: the first 5 days. It's fun to wear my handmade fancies and try and come up with new looks to wear daily. I'm finding that I'm taking more care in my appearance than I normally do, because I'm participating in this venture. That's fun. I also love taking the photos. It's fun for me to make faces at the camera. I really do love that. The part I do not love is finding a spot in which to take the photos. That's become somewhat of a hardship. I work an 8 hour job that is 1/2 an hour away from home. The best time to take photos is on my lunch. The problem is the weirdos. I don't want people looking at me, whistling, or prying into what I'm doing. I get rather annoyed and then I start looking weird in the shots. Aaarrrrgh! What do you do?

Moving on....

This was Day 1.

My first day of Self Stitched September! This is one of my favorite outfits. I have featured here this fabulous little silk skirt. It's a skirt that I bought a few years ago, that was in need of altering to fit me correctly. It's been included in my SSS gallery, because the alterations were not quick or easy. I had to unpick the waist, and the zipper, trim the waist down, fit the sides and put the invisible zipper back in. No easy feat, however, now the silly thing fits me perfectly. And that's Day 1, September 1, 2010.

Skirt - Silk Cityscape Skirt from Harold's altered to fit me like a glove
Shirt - Target from a few years ago
Belt - Target
Jewels - Kohl's Vera Wang Collection
Shoes - Urban Outfitters

This was Day 2.

September 2, 2010. These are the Bella Slacks from Burda Style. I made them up in a heavier weight denim and can I just say, these make an unbelievable statement. Especially to the fellas. I got looks, cocked eyebrows, whistles while taking this photo shoot. Even the women at work give me compliments every time I wear these slacks. I adore the vintage feel, high waist and the how thin I look from the side.

Bella Trousers - Stitched in denim
Blouse - Banana Republic
Shoes - Miz Mooz
Cherry Pin - complements of my grandmother

This was Day 3.

My "Naughty Secretary" Dress. This is made from Simplicity 2724 and has proved to be one of my very favorite patterns, dresses and sewing experiences. The dress itself was rather easy to fit and make. In fact, I can't wait to make another. It's in my Fall line-up. I've loved the versatility of this piece. And the ease in wearing could not be better. I love the fact that this is a dress and not a shirt and blouse combo. I don't have to deal with the blouse coming untucked or showing through the skirt. Throw this number on and the work is done. Voila!

Dress - Simplicity 2724
Belt - an old American Eagle Belt, that was too big, but add a few holes and there you go.
Shoes - Cole Haan

This was Day 4.

I don't usually wear anything but pj's on the weekends. But since I promised to wear a handstitched garment everyday in September, well you'll at least get jeans today. This is a top that I made from a vintage 70's pattern. I love this top for the fact that I did handmade buttonholes along the front. They are simply stunning, if I do say so myself. It makes this blouse such a treat to wear. I'm quite sure you'll be seeing quite a bit more of this top, as I'm real low on tops.

Blouse - made from vintage McCall's 6367
Jeans - Rock & Republic
Belt - thrifted
Earrings - Vera Wang Collection from Kohl's

This is Day 5.

This jacket is an oldie but a goodie. I made a few years ago from McCall's 5531. The pattern is now out of print but still for sale on the McCall's website. I like the fact that the gather on the jacket sleeve takes place at the cuff rather than at the shoulder. I added the faux flap pockets and removed the extension in the front the disconnected the jacket top to the jacket skirt. All in all I like this jacket, though my sewing ability was a more novice at the time so the collar is having issues because I clipped it wrong.

Jacket - made from McCalls 5531
Blouse - Banana Republic
Jeans - Rock & Republic
Earrings - Vera Wang Collection from Kohl's

I hope you enjoy these updates.


  1. Wow! These all look great. The Bella slacks are on my list for next autumn/ winter, and I really love the pink blouse... I actually have a vantage pattern very similar to that which you have inspired me to use. I could really use a nice spring blouse. By the way those urban outfitter Orange shoes are awesome!

  2. I really love the little jacket, and I think i may have to move the bella slacks up on my sewing to-do list :-)

  3. I LOVE that jacket! You look great in every picture :)

  4. I love the jacket - so cute! All of your outfits looks wonderful, you have great style!

  5. So much awesomeness in one post. Wow! Love the cityscape skirt, the orange shoes, the cherry pin, the naughty secretary dress, and the jacket! Fab-u-lous!

  6. Loving all your looks so much!!! Especially love your jacket - the fabric is FAB, love those little bees!

  7. Very nice outfits! The jacket fabric is adorable - can you tell me more about it?

  8. Super cute and colourful outfits! The jacket is especially lovely, I love the secretary dress too!! And the Bella pants are awesome. So flattering!
    I also work 8 hours, with a 30-45 minute drive to work! I leave 10 minutes earlier and take my photos before work. I'm in an industrial park with lots of unoccupied units so that works out fairly well. You're so right, it's such a pain finding an abandoned spot to take them. So embarassing when you get caught!

  9. Your outfits are so cute and I love the styling of the photos!

  10. Hi! What is the fabric on the jacket?? Gorgeous!

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