Category: Wardrobe

In News Unrelated to Sewing: Rocksbox Review + Coupon

I know this is a sewing blog and I know jewelry is unrelated, but unless you’re one super talented human being and make both your clothing and your jewelry, then it’s my guess that you purchase your baubles. That or you inherited pieces, or your significant other gave them to you, or you traded one of your kidneys… you get my gist. Today’s post is not about sewing, it’s about jewelry, and I telling you about Rocksbox because I use their service and really, really like it. What is Rocksbox? It’s is a jewelry rental service – fill out a style profile and receive 3 pieces of jewelry. Each set is mailed to you, and free shipping is provided both ways. Although it’s a monthly service, you can return the pieces as often as you like to get a new set. If you like an item, you can purchase 20% off the retail price. Also, you can request pieces via a wishlist or on their Instagram. Since Instagram is my jam, it’s really convenient for me to “choose” the pieces I want. I have a set of earrings and 2 rings that I wear daily. They were my mother’s and they’re classic pieces that go with everything. But I wanted to add some variety, so I signed up for the service, which is $19.00 a month. I’ve received two boxes so far and each set did not feel plastic-y or cheap. The second box is what you see above and had a Juliet + Co necklace, Wanderlust + Co earrings and a House of Harlow bracelet. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cuff (not pictured), but wore the necklace and earrings several times a week. It takes a good design for me to swap out my mom’s earring for a…

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tags: Fashon, How i Wore It, personal, Wardrobe Comments: 1

Adventures in Muslin Making

Let’s talk muslins, or as some refer to it, toiles. Do you hate making them or love it? Do you make it out of an unbleached cotton or do you use fashion fabric? How do you mark your corrections? Do you transfer them to pattern paper, oak tag or something similar, or do you use the muslin as the pattern for the final garment? Do you use a pen, pencil, pins ot safety pins? Do you take pictures wearing the muslin for a more accurate analysis? Do you have anyone chime in on the fit and silhouette (i.e. children, significant other, pet)? Do you use a longer stitch length to sew? Do you make the whole garment or just a portion (i.e. one sleeve)? I think that about covers all the questions that have been going through my mind as I truck through the muslin stage of the dress pictured above. Oh muslins!

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tags: Construction, Wardrobe Comments: 10

What I Made: Thongs + Free Pattern Download

My mother told me never to use the word “hate.” Well mom, I hate VPLs. Unless it’s the brand VPL, the acronym (visible panty lines) is a no-no in for my wardrobe. One way to avoid VPLs is to wear full coverage undies, and I’ve developed a high-waisted, bum-covering undie that is my TNT for dresses and loose fitting pants and shorts. But if I’m to achieve an entirely handmade lingerie wardrobe, I have to start making thongs because I wear tight pants, Ohh la la, here I go… Merckwaerdigh SS1 – blue and cream thong pictured – a lovely mix of 5 different thongs, some with scalloped lace and some without. RTW rub off – pink and white thong pictured – rub off from a RTW (ready to wear) pattern sent to me by a sewing friend, Di. We “met” on the Bra Making Forum Natasha and I started. Before PDFs, Di made a ton of thongs using patterns from McCalls and Kwik Sew. She hated all of them. They were either half way up her back or they were too wide in the thong part and folded up uncomfortably. Frustrated, she bought a bunch of RTW thongs and when she found the ones that fit well, she rubbed off the pattern and made a composite of various parts. She tweaked that pattern until she got exactly what she wanted and hasn’t bought a RTW thong since. Merckwaerdigh: front / back and crotch piece are 2 ply white matte jersey (Jack B. Fabrics) and waist is a scalloped lace (Arte Crafts). Used temporary spray adhesive to spray baste matte jersey plys together. I used 2 plys because 1 was too lightweight and sheer. RTW rub off: front / back are pink matte jersey (Fleishman Fabrics) and stretch lace (Spandex House). Used temporary spray adhesive to spray baste together. Crotch piece is white matte jersey (Jack…

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tags: lingerie, Pattern Making, Wardrobe, What I've Made Comments: 8

Building My Bra Wardrobe

You’re probably sick of me piping about Sarai’s the Wardrobe Architect. So let me pipe some more. Ready… okay! Cue cheerleader spirit fingers. I accomplished a lot from about April to the end of last year. I developed 5 core patterns that would be the base of my me-made wardrobe – a pant and a short (considered one because really, they’re the same pattern), two skirts (here and here), a top and a jacket. For the next couple years, or until my body/style changes, these will be my basic go-to’s. My core silhouettes as Sarai would say. As minimal as the patterns are, I’m very proud of my work and that I followed through. This year, I’m using the Wardrobe Architect again for a new task – building a solid bra wardrobe. I’ve written about this subject before, and unofficially, I’ve been on this journey for a while. But this year, I’m making it official, being more organized and editing down my rotation as well as tailoring it to my lifestyle better. I’m all about less is more. Below, you can see the current state of my bra wardrobe – in blue is what I’ve already made/mastered and in orange is what I am aiming to add/perfect. I’m not that far away from my goal, amirite? As a part of finishing this journey, I plan (we all know how plans go!) to compile my patterns, instructions and fabrics for each one, its stretch percentage and zigzag stitch length and width for elastic (with each bra, it’s a little different) into one binder/folder. Why? Because the reason for too many faulty bras last year was choosing the wrong fabric. I swear I sewed 3 times as many bras as you saw on this blog! to see examples of each // bra: one, two, three, four, five…

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tags: bra making, Wardrobe Comments: 8

Madalynne Year in Review

This has been an incredible year for sewing, not only because of all the new indie pattern companies, fabric shops and series launched, but because the online sewing community as a whole continues to shift, and keeping up with it has made for an exciting ride. I and I am sure others had hits and misses – me-mades that were slam dunks and me-mades that were a total disasters – but as we close this year, one thing is evident. Sewing is not dead. There are so many talented men and women around the world producing unforgettable pieces with their hands and machines. Instead of posting the traditional “best of” list, I’m recapping my growth as a seamstress this year and what I hope to accomplish next. After reading, I’d love to hear what you’re working on for 2015! Unknowingly, The Wardrobe Architect had a profound impact on my sewing in 2014. It received heat for not being a new concept, but it was new to me. While there are an infinite amount of other “find your style” guides, I never actively participated in one. Sarai released her series at the right time. It was when I first began taking a hard look at the clothes I wear and how they have an impact on the image I have of myself and the image it relays to others. On the surface, it helped my find my style as a RTW shopper. Yes, even though I’m on a quest to live a mostly handmade lifestyle, I will always be a shopper. I live in 2015, not 30 B.C. With each exercise, I inched closer to locking down my style. What I discovered was a stark dichotomy. I love intricate patterns and fabrics with a texture – the busier the better –…

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tags: holiday, How i Wore It, Wardrobe Comments: 24