Navy Scuba Knit Executive Top

HELLO, I MADE THIS TOP OVER A WEEK AGO, BUT HAVEN’T FELT LIKE TAKING PICTURES OF MYSELF. With clothes on, I mean. I originally purchased this heavy-weight, super structured but also stretchy, scuba fabric back in July, intending to make a bathing suit, but I ran out of time before my summer vacations, and so instead I made a top to wear to corporate meetings.

The exact opposite use.

Wardrobe Myself - sewing scuba knit shirt

I have no corporate meetings scheduled.

navy scuba knit top - Wardrobe Myself

Still, I like wearing this. Those sleeves were added midway through this project, sewn right on top of a short, fitted cap sleeve, so they’re kind of like wings. Wings made of scuba knit, trimmed in royal blue bias.

scuba knit top by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself

I can pin bows and brooches and pink faux fur poms under the little … THING in front.

sewing with scuba knit

Is anyone else dying from allergies lately? MY BRAIN.

Eventually, I’d like to stitch up a pair of pink, high-waisted damask flares to wear with it. Wouldn’t that look so great in a conference room?

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Ugh this post is the worst. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt
  6. Madras bustier
  7. Madras high-waisted short
  8. Pink granny test panty
  9. Navy scuba knit top

 

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Madras Playsuit Separates

HELLO I MADE A FAUX ROMPER. Nothing says Chicago Summer 2017 like formal rompers – check that: formal off-the-shoulder rompers – and I, for one, am so tired of looking at them that I went and made myself a pretend romper with straps that constantly fall off of my shoulders. It’s more of a playsuit, if we’re being specific – a very tightly boned playsuit – just perfect for those super casual days when I don’t need a full range of motion nor do I mind fully exposing myself. I wore the shorts on vacation, and my Mother-in-Law declared them to be the shortest shorts she’d ever seen.

Okay, yes maybe.

Wardrobe Myself - plaid madras romper

I love the effortlessness of a tiny one-piece for summer, but we all know how actually very full of effort they are in practice, so I made two pieces. I’ll do what I want.

Plaid Playsuit Separates by Veronica Sheaffer via Wardrobe Myself blog

Always accidentally getting my feet chopped off in these photos.

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A better jawline, please.

Madas romper via Wardrobe Myself

Matching plaids like a mother.

Madras bustier and short by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself blog

I can also throw this all in the washer and dryer. Take that, silky rompers of Chicago. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt
  6. Madras bustier
  7. Madras high-waisted short

 

Crochet Lace Separates

HELLO I JUST COMPLETED TWO SUMMER VACATIONS, A COUPLE OF CRAZY DEADLINES, A WEEKEND AT PITCHFORK AND A BUNCH OF ‘WARDROBE MYSELF’ SEWING. Apologies for the delay. I’ve been dying to share these new pieces, but it can take literally all day for me to photograph, edit and write these posts – primarily because I have not one single clue how this fucking camera works, despite having owned it for something like seven years – and I also need an empty house, for obvious reasons (vanity). But, I’ve got a few new items, and hopefully I’ll be able to crank out some new content in the coming weeks.

HAVE I WON YOU BACK?

Veronica Sheaffer _ Wardrobe Myself _ crochet separates

On a recent trip to the higher-end fabric store in town, I spotted shelves of crazy, crocheted curtain fabrics marked down to $1/yard. This stuff is literally meant to be cut and hung on a cafe curtain rod – no sewing required – and it’s almost always got hearts and cottages and windmills woven into the patterns. I dug through the bolts and found one that had the predictable country motif (i.e. trees and clouds and birds), but saw that if I manipulated the fabric just so … the pattern was completely transformed.

Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself project - Crochet top and skirt

I quickly stitched up a top and skirt, both unlined and open in front – I guess to keep the fabric from looking too young. It can obviously be worn over a slip, but also over a brief and bra, or a bathing suit – I’ve worn the top a few times over my poet blouse, which fit really well and looked great.

Sheer crochet skirt by Veronica Sheaffer

Wardrobe Myself by Veronica Sheaffer - sheer crochet lace skirt

My attempts at getting a shot of the top on its own were unsuccessful.

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Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself - sheer lace skirt

But they are, indeed, separates. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt

Poet Blouse

HELLO I MADE A POET BLOUSE. Is there anything sexier than a ridiculous amount of fabric, like definitely way too much fabric, draped over your body and billowing all around you?

You: “Um …?”

Me: No.

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rayon poet blouse

draped poets blouse

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It’s sexy because it’s so perfectly easy, and it’s also straight out of an old English novel, full of romance and vicars and scandal. Can’t you just see some gorgeous, socially frustrated man with curling tendrils, ripping this from my shoulders in a fit of wild passion?

With special details like tiny rows of shirring to shape the sleeves, and a draped, detached cowl at the back, and an insanely soft, liquid-y rayon fabric, I feel easy and confident and loved and like a goddamned fascinating poet. Invite me to your dinner parties.

braids and flowers

Wardrobe Myself - Poet Blouse - monogram embroidery
all images by Veronica Sheaffer

I also embroidered a tiny pale blue “V” next to a covered button on the silk wristband. Fucking sexpot over here.

Roses are red, violets are blue
P.S. this blouse is basically see-through. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse

Wardrobe|Myself: Restyled Blue Velvet

*HELLO. My closet makeover is taking longer than expected, but here’s a piece I made a couple of weeks ago!

In December, I thrifted this boring blue velvet dress for $4 – definitely hand sewn and definitely from the ’80s (hello SLEEVES!). It needed a little cleaning up to the construction, and some tweaks to make it more flattering, but for the price and sheer amount of fabric, I made sure to grab it and then look at it every now and then.

I had originally planned to shorten it and then use the excess fabric to make tons of weird velvet berries and flowers, spilling over the shoulders and onto the sleeves. And I still really love that idea, but of course once I got going, and began to see what a cornucopia of blue velvet produce would actual mean on my tiny frame, I had to adjust my expectations.

SO. I shortened it, used the excess for a high, twisted tie at the neck (hello, Balenciaga) and created tucks in the sleeves to make them a bit more wow. I also removed the back zipper and arm bands and trimmed all of the edges in a really beautiful matching grosgrain I grabbed from the remnant bin at Soutache ($4).

I made a pincushion out of the berries.

Wardrobe | Myself: Restyled Blue Velvet

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I finished it recently and wore it to dinner with a friend that night. She said I reminded her of Marie Antoinette, so I took that as permission to cut off my head and not worry about hair and makeup.

Wardrobe Myself _ sewing blue velvet top with puff sleeves tied neckline _ do not worry about hair and makeup

Wardrobe Myself - blue velvet top with tied neckline

tied neckline

blue velvet top

The fabric is so gorgeous, and keeping it simple makes it easy and wearable, but I’m still sort of tempted to make a bunch of removable embellishments. Definitely going to make two pleated, white ruffs to wear above and between those neck ties though.

FANCY.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)

 

If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be back soon with my closet makeover, followed by a total inventory of what’s left hanging. VERY EXCITED TO REPLACE IT ALL.