Swan Lake Leggings, Tunic & Hat

HELLO, I MADE A RIDICULOUS SWAN OUTFIT FOR MOLLY’S HOLIDAY PARTY. It was definitely too much, but also just the right amount, if you know what I mean. It was PERFECT at the unassuming Italian restaurant we went to beforehand.

Swan Lake Snow Queen Snowbunny Holiday Party Outfit on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

Especially when we had to wait in the doorway for thirty minutes and my entire outfit got in literally every person’s way.

Swan Lake holiday party look by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself blog

Not a professional ballerina.

DIY Holiday Party look on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

But I did just teach myself how to apply liquid eyeliner.

Wardrobe Myself sewing blog - silver sparkle leggings

The sparkle leggings were a last-minute decision, and even though I thought for sure they’d burst apart at some point (I over-estimated the stretch in the fabric), they relaxed into a perfect pair of glitter pants. New wardrobe staple.

Sheer tulle lace dress with sleeves by Veronica Sheaffer on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

The top is beige tulle, double-layered in the sleeves, with floral motifs cut from ivory and blush Chantilly laces, hand-stitched throughout. Exactly 120 circles of flocked, polka dotted tulle are gathered and layered along the bottom. Half of them fell out at the Italian restaurant, so I guess there are only like 60 now, or something.

Sheer tulle ruffled tunic with lace and polka dots on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

Took my entire life, and I’ll prob never wear it again, but NBD.

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That’s not true, I actually really like the top with jeans, so I guess I’ll be sewing all of them back on. Double-knots this time, braaah.

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Avoiding tiny Italian restaurants, though.

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The hat is a one-time-thing, but it looks good on my dresser.

Floral beaded wired hat with crystals

I made it by weaving those cheap wire flowers you buy for wedding favors, but then added Swarovski and feathers, obvs.

Silver sparkle leggings on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

Daaang, those polka dotted ruffles are actually intended for wedding favors too. [Apparently great with Jordan almonds.]

Silver glitter leggings with ruffled tunic and feather hat on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

Keith, we need to renew our vows. I will wear this outfit. GOODBYE.

  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
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Fringed Peephole Sweater

HELLO, I’M KIND OF SAD TODAY, BUT I REALLY LIKE THIS SWEATER. I can’t believe this year is almost over. I can’t believe I still feel so aimless. I can’t believe we have three more years, and the first third also includes another insufferable royal wedding. I can’t believe this sweater is already my most treasured thing, and that I made it in a day. I can’t believe I made it at all, to be honest.

Chicago sewing blog - wool peephole sweater

Can’t believe I couldn’t do better with the pictures, but I threw out my neck just from going to the hair salon, and I can barely move.

Wardrobe sewing blog - Wool sweater shirt with fringe and peepholes - by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself
I took these photos before I went to the salon.

Can’t believe I have literally four other projects going right now, and I need to finish at least one of them by Saturday, but can’t decide which, so I’m finishing all four and then likely wearing something I already have in my closet. This sweater would look great over an evening gown, I think.

Collage - Peephole fringed sweater by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself blog

I LOVE IT. It’s made from ivory wool, which I grabbed for $5/yard at the textile outlet. I think I only used a yard, so this is a FIVE DOLLAR SWEATER. The fabric is felted on the reverse side, and is just the most insanely comfortable thing ever.

Sewing blog - Wool sweater shirt with fringe and peepholes - by Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself

I’m terrified of ruining it.

Fringed peephole Sweater on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog - woman sews herself an entire wardrobe copy

The design is not my own – I straight lifted it from this Antonio Berardi heartbreaker, fringing the extra wide piping for a slight change. I don’t usually make literal copies.

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But I don’t feel sad about it.

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Peephole sweater - aquamarine ring

I hope you like this sweater too. No, I will not make you one. 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

COMPLETED: Ten Grannies

HELLO, I’VE REACHED MY GRANNY PANTY GOAL AND FINALLY ACHIEVED SOMETHING IN MY LIFE. I officially no longer have any full coverage underwear in my lingerie drawer that were not cut and sewn myself. MY FULL BOTTOM HAS BEEN WARDROBED.

Sewing full coverage granny panties on Wardrobe Myself blog

Some pairs are fancier than others, and I honestly wouldn’t say the laces and frills are exactly perfectly my taste, but I also figure any underwear this gigantic should be treated as pure lunacy and decorated as such.

Sewing luxury underwear on Wardrobe Myself blog

I don’t even really love all of the colors – I prefer neutrals for this kind of thing – but all of the fabrics FEEL really great, and that’s the most important thing about underwear anyway. I do kind of like the laces on the coral satins. And I REALLY love the elasticity of the lilac and blue undies – they are seriously supportive and slimming and make me feel like I have at least something in my life under control.

Sewing granny panty underwear on Wardrobe Myself blog

As a collection, they look exactly like someone’s suitcase exploded at camp in the original The Parent Trap movie.

Sewing all of my own underwear on Wardrobe Myself blog

The tuxedo pair IS RIDICULOUS.

Lace and silk granny panties on Wardrobe Myself blog

They’re like the granny panty version of a French maid costume. Only with more coverage.

Granny panties on Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

In younger news … I’ve already sewn five thongs, so I’m halfway to that goal as well. Can’t wait to model those! Just kidding. 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

 

Pleated Chiffon Bustier

HELLO I MADE A FLOUNCY BUSTIER. I first made it about a year ago for a sample sale, but it was never quite right, so I thought I’d clean it up and restyle it a bit for a recent night out … AT THE CLUB.

Pleated peach chiffon bustier with tassel by Veronica Sheaffer on Wardrobe Myself blog

I was a little concerned about my bustline and how much attention it was receiving, but also when in Rome, but also my eyes are up here, if you know what I mean.

Peach chiffon bustier with stretch back _ handmade wardrobe _ sewing blog Wardrobe Myself

It’s basically a remnant of pleated silk chiffon PAINSTAKINGLY gathered and sewn over a corsolette from an old sample bridal gown of mine. The original stretch net and hook and eye closure are exposed in back. I need to tack down that edge, apparently.

Pleated silk chiffon bustier with black velvet ribbons on Wardrobe Myself blog

TASSELS, BECAUSE I CERTIFIABLY CANNOT HELP MYSELF THEY ARE TOO DELIGHTFUL.

Wardrobe Myself collage - pleated bustier

I like the flounce traveling up the straps a bit. Edges are left raw, because I’M LAZY.

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But also because it adds to the movement.

Pleated bustier with tassel by Veronica Sheaffer _ Wardrobe Myself blog

I’d really love to wear this over a long maxi dress or even a white t-shirt and jeans.

Pleated ruffled bustier with tassel by Veronica Sheaffer

But for now I’m just concerned about all of the images I didn’t post that apparently my iPhone has filed under ‘brassiere.’ 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

Black High-Waisted Stretch Flares

HELLO, I MADE SOME STRETCH PANTS. Pants that stretch. Oooh boy. I spent a full day worrying that these were dangerously close to yogi territory, but I’m hopeful that if I keep up my zero fitness lifestyle, and wear these only with crop tops and high heels, no one will confuse me for someone “mindful” or “calm.”

Sewing an entire wardrobe on Wardrobe Myself

The fabric is thick and stretchy AF with ribbing and tiny white dots. The waistline is HIGH. The flares are FLARED. They’re too long for bare feet, so if I wear them at home, I have to walk around like fucking Zsa Zsa Gabor.

High waisted stretch flares - Wardrobe Myself blog - bw

There’s not much to them – they’re just stretch pants. They feel pretty hot, though.

Black High Waist Stretch Flares - handmade for Wardrobe Myself

Oh yeah and I made that lace top awhile ago.

Black stretch high waisted flares on Wardrobe Myself blog - bw

This is a great shot for people who think/know I’m full of myself.

Polka dot high waisted flares on Wardrobe Myself blog -bw

Pants, though.

Black dotted stretch flares on Wardrobe Myself blog - ghost model

For Halloween, I’m thinking of going as an insufferable blogger ghost who follows you around saying “I made that. And I made that. Oh look, I made this.” 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

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.

Woman sews an entire wardrobe for herself - undies and all - Wardrobe Myself blog

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