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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Restyled Vintage Bed Jacket

HELLO, MY FRIEND GAVE ME A VINTAGE BED JACKET, AND I RESTYLED IT INTO A SHIRT. Earlier this month, the always adorable Dean Renaud gifted me a collection of 1940’s satin bed jackets for my birthday. If you know anything about me, you’ll know I love nothing more than a) vintage lingerie, and b) the peachy-blushy color of vintage lingerie. This particular jacket is both, with a peter pan collar, embroidery, and the narrowest bias trim on every edge. Oh and a little pocket. It’s all the things.

Vintage 1940s Peach Satin Bed Jacket - Restyled | Wardrobe Myself Blog

I started with a thorough soak in Oxy Clean, and watched 70ish years of glamorous smoking-while-wearing-lounging-pajamas wash away. Oxy Clean, you chemical minx, you never let me down.

Then I added a row of tiny, etched glass vintage buttons and matching tiny loops in front. Jacket becomes shirt. I do not have a ‘Before’ image, because I am a terrible blogger. It closed at the neckline with the ribbon ties. And now it has buttons.

Vintage Satin Peach Bed Jacket - restyled by Veronica Sheaffer | Wardrobe Myself blog

The sleeves, which were very wide and straight and hitting just at the elbow, gave me a very broad-shouldered, top-heavy silhouette – perfect for wearing over a slinky, long nightgown – terrible for wearing with jeans. I added pleats, creating a draped bubble sleeve, to accommodate the more useful jeans look. WHAT ARE SHIRTS IF THEY CANNOT BE WORN WITH JEANS?

I also removed some of the volume in the back of the jacket to save me from a certain death of drowning by satin bed jacket.

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I brought it to Los Angeles over the weekend, where I wore it out many times, and on the flight home.

1940s peach satin bed jacket - Restyled via Wardrobe Myself blog

And I took a nap in it, because pajamas are comfortable. 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

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

 

Pink Granny Test Panty

HELLO, THIS MORNING I WOKE UP, SEWED A PAIR OF UNDIES AND TOOK A FEW PHOTOS. This particular pair was just a test run, and I’m thrilled to report that the fit is perfect, the fabric is light and buttery, they are comfy AF, and despite the granny silhouette, there is zero VPL.

Sewing underwear - sewn granny panties - Wardrobe Myself

Sewing panties - Wardrobe Myself

No makeup or contacts today, and I didn’t comb my hair or anything, because these are just some undies, get over it.

Sewing granny panties - Wardrobe Myself

Now that I know the pattern is just right, I can focus on gathering up colors and trimmings that won’t make me feel like an actual gran.

Granny panties - bedroom - dresser drawers

 

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my bedroom.

Wardrobe Myself - granny panties

Now I need to make a full collection to replace the mess I’m currently hating. I’m thinking 10 granny, 10 hipster, 10 thong and a few solid cotton for sad days, and since these stitch together in no time, I’m hoping it doesn’t take me forever to accomplish all of this, my life’s goals. 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

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