Sequined Dragon Top

HELLO, I MADE A SEQUINED DRAGON TOP. Late last week, I found a full yard remnant of blue sequined stretch fabric at Jo-ann (of all unholy places). The quality is surprisingly great – not scratchy at all – and set me back a full $7.50. I thought about matching short sleeves, and instead opted for long, silk charmeuse in bright kelly green.

Sequined Dragon Top - sewing on Wardrobe Myself blog

Then I added embroidered dragon appliques, because life is depressing.

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The appliques were a family decision, because are they too much? Are they not enough? Can I wear this to dinner, even though I already made plans to go to a Chinese restaurant?

Embroidered dragon sequined shirt by Veronica Sheaffer on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

A single covered button in green velvet, because #luxury.

Embroidered dragon on sequin top - Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

I wore it anyway, and the server noticed immediately and embarrassed me for eternity.

Green satin sleeves on blue sequined top with embroidered dragon applique - Wardrobe Myself blog

The sleeves and silhouette make this casual enough for jeans, but the sequins make it sequiny enough for everything else.

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Blue sequined top with green silk sleeves on Wardrobe Myself blog

I really need to start making pants, you guys. 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
  10. Restyled satin bed jacket
  11. Beaded satin jacket
  12. Embellished pencil skirt
  13. Trellis sweatshirt
  14. Sequined dragon top
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Trellis Sweatshirt

HELLO, I MADE A SWEATSHIRT OUT OF NON-STRETCH UPHOLSTERY FABRIC. This super soft, reversible, double-weight organic cotton was originally purchased to use in my dining room, but it’s been sitting around for ages, and so I decided to wear it instead.

Trellis Pattern Sweatshirt - Wardrobe sewing blog

I acknowledge that the trellis pattern is really obviously a home dec thing, but I honestly could not care less [p.s. guys, ‘I could NOT care less.’ Could NOT. I could NOT care less. If you leave out the “NOT” it means you care very much. Just. Okay, there we go. I’m an asshole].

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The visor was a gift from my best girl Molly.¬†She has a matching one, and we were supposed to take pictures together by a pool, but we never did, and thus basically wasted the entire summer, and now I’m making sweatshirts for Fall.

Hey look, I used the reverse side on the sleeves.

Trellis Pattern Sweatshirt with blue tassel by Veronica Sheaffer via Wardrobe Myself blog

I felt like the giant pattern needed a little breaking up, so I used this pretty light blue and gold metal zipper, and threw a tassel on there, because it’s also pretty. I KNOW. Tassels are over-used. We’re all still surviving them though.

Blue tassel sweatshirt detail on Wardrobe Myself blog

The slightly cropped dolman sleeve and the boxy shape remind me of the kind of thing Barbie would wear to a ski party in the 1960’s.

Trellis Pattern Sweatshirt on Wardrobe Myself blog

I mean, I’m never going skiing, but I wouldn’t mind looking good at a ski party.

Beige and white trellis sweatshirt - sewing an entire wardrobe on Wardrobe Myself blog

Could wear this visor …

Handmade Sweatshirt on Wardrobe Myself

So, like … don’t forget me when you plan your ski parties this winter. 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
  10. Restyled satin bed jacket
  11. Beaded satin jacket
  12. Embellished pencil skirt
  13. Trellis sweatshirt

Embellished Stretch Pencil Skirt

HELLO, I MADE A STRETCHY, MIDI PENCIL SKIRT WITH EMBELLISHMENTS. “Midi” is a tough length on my 5’4″ frame, but everyone else is doing it, so ALLOW ME. The main benefit to this skirt is the s-t-r-e-t-c-h, of which I had none previous to this tootsie pop. Everything else in my closet has a very severe high waistline with no give whatsoever, which has been very inconvenient for this person with a multitude of tummy issues. I suffer for my art/vanity, but even martyrs need a break, and so LYCRA.

Stretch Embellished Pencil Skirt sewn and designed by Veronica Sheaffer for Wardrobe Myself blog

Lycra is also why that bright blue grosgrain ribbon is rippling across my hip, but I DO NOT CARE. The other stripes are navy velvet ribbon, and they can handle it. Hot.

Stretch pencil skirt with ribbon and lace embellishments - Wardrobe Myself blog copy

The fabric … I can’t place. Historically, I mean. The pattern is SO fifties, but the fabric content is not – it’s a pretty heavy knit, but the stretch is too much for something actually that old. It’s probably from the nineties, when bossa nova and swing dancing were a thing. Whatever. I found it in the basement of a discount fabric outlet (THE Discount Textile Outlet in Chicago), and have had it stashed away for close to a decade (WHAT?!), so even if it was brand new at the time, it’s now ancient.

Stretch Pencil Skirt via Wardrobe Myself sewing blog copy

The white bits in the pattern are actually metallic silver.

And so are my legs, apparently.

Embellished midi skirt with clear heeled booties

The red lace roses are from a remnant I hand-dyed for a past collection. It feels like just enough pop without making this too fancy for t-shirts and leather jackets, which is all I want right now.

Embellished midi pencil skirt - Wardrobe Myself

That and more lycra. 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
  10. Restyled satin bed jacket
  11. Beaded satin jacket
  12. Embellished pencil skirt

 

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