Restyled Faux Fur Sweater

HELLO, I WANTED TO KEEP THIS VERY COMFORTABLE CABLE KNIT SWEATER, SO IN THE SPIRIT OF THIS PROJECT, I EMBELLISHED IT. Veronica Sheaffer/J.Crew COLLAB.

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The sweater came free from a friend at a frock swap. ALLITERATION UP IN HEEERE.

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And somehow I gathered all of these faux fur trimmings over the years and had them squirreled away in a box I discovered recently. I roughly matched the cable pattern in the sweater, and did some freeforming along the neckline, shoulder and sleeve.

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It’s just a very casual embellishment to luxe things up a bit. Oh hai, madras shorties! Cannot believe I’ve worn you out in public while with my mother-in-law and child.

Upcycled fur trimmed navy cable knit sweater on Wardrobe Myself blog by Veronica Sheaffer

YOLO.

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Nice lipstick.

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I hate salad so goddamn much.

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But I love this cozy, fur-trimmed sweater. I put it on yesterday to take pictures, and then wore it out partying all night.

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Ate a bunch of queso too, which is way better than … salad. Okay, I have to make a million presents now. 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
  15. Black high-waisted stretch flares
  16. Pleated chiffon bustier
  17. Ten granny panties
  18. Cable-knit mono-leggings
  19. Fringed peephole sweater
  20. Swan Lake leggings, tunic and hat
  21. Silver sparkle leggings
  22. Restyled faux fur sweater
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Silver Sparkle Leggings

HELLO, HERE IS ANOTHER POST ABOUT MY HOLIDAY PARTY LEGGINGS. Because they were all covered up by my giant Swan Lake tunic, and because I loved them more than I thought I would, and because things started getting weirder and weirder the more I posed in them, well … here you go …

Silver sparkle glitter leggings on Wardrobe Myself sewing fashion blog

Hey look, it’s my poet blouse! After wearing it practically every time I left my house over the summer, I decided to give it a rest, but when I pulled it out again for today’s shoot, I realized what a fool I’ve been. THIS IS A PERFECT BLOUSE. I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT.

Silver glitter leggings by Veronica Sheaffer on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

Pants are good too. Super high waisted with inserts at the hips – which look a lot like football player pads, and which were very much not intended, but I had to do something when I realized the fabric had almost no stretch, and I had made them extra-tight, and the seams were literally popping apart as I wore them. HAWT.

Silver sparkle glitter leggings on sewing blog Wardrobe Myself

I have legs. And I know how to use legs.

High waisted silver glitter leggings on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

I do wish they were slightly less cropped, but they were never supposed to be regular pants. Maybe I’ll just put a seam there and add a little more to the length. I mean, what the hell, they already have weird hip gussets and they are GLITTERY AF. An extra seam at the bottom isn’t going to hurt anyone.

High waisted silver leggings on Wardrobe Myself fashion blog

Speaking of, the glitter in this fabric is constantly shedding and leaving little piles on the floor wherever I go. So magical.

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Painted that rug.

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Definitely adding like three inches to those hems.

Cropped high waisted silver glitter leggings on Wardrobe Myself fashion blog

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And making like fifty more poet blouses. 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
  15. Black high-waisted stretch flares
  16. Pleated chiffon bustier
  17. Ten granny panties
  18. Cable-knit mono-leggings
  19. Fringed peephole sweater
  20. Swan Lake leggings, tunic and hat
  21. Silver sparkle leggings

 

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.

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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.

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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

Beaded Satin Jacket

HELLO, I MADE THIS LIFE-CHANGING SATIN JACKET WITH APPLIQUÉD HAND AND SNAKE. I wore it on a plane, in hopes of getting a better seat, and it worked – the guy even gave me a better seat on my RETURN FLIGHT. I’m hopeful it leads to a better life all-around, but let’s face it, owning a jacket that feels you up with a beaded, sequined sparkle hand that’s wearing a giant ruby and emerald bracelet is already living your best life.

Beaded Snake and Hand Satin Jacket by Veronica Sheaffer via Wardrobe Myself blog

I made the jacket using a remnant of midnight silk satin that I’ve been saving for something special, and lined it in a really beautiful, mid-weight striped cotton left over from another project. The pattern is the same as the crocheted lace top, but wider through the hip, and from the waist down it’s backed in horsehair to keep that flare TAUT. I wasn’t even thinking about embellishment when I started this project, UNTIL I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT.

Beaded silk satin jacket by Veronica Sheaffer

The chain is metal and heavy AF, and it makes me feel part majorette, part 1950’s dog walker. The buttons are black velvet baubles. The snake is a goddamn beaded snake.

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It looks pretty great with high-waisted jeans – especially flares – and it’s completely perfect over the poet blouse. And when I finally make myself a maxi dress, it will be pretty great over that too.

Beaded Hand Applique on Wardrobe Myself blog

The hand is definitely living the better life.

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Obviously any time I get invited to “speak” somewhere, I’ll wear this jacket and consider my work half done.

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I do not deserve this jacket. 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

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

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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

THE PROJECT: Wardrobe|Myself

 

HELLO I’M SAD. Sewing brings me incredible and immense joy. It’s also the source of (perhaps literally all) my waking- and sleeping- nightmares. The constant deadlines and pressure and worries have become too much – I’m losing myself under the weight of it all.

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