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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Cable Knit Mono-Leggings

HELLO, I MADE MYSELF A PAIR OF HIGH-WAISTED HALTER / MONO LEGGINGS. Are you familiar with the original monokini? It’s that, but these are pants, and I wear them with shirts. I stitched these up on Saturday, wore them Saturday night, Sunday and now today, Monday.

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I’ve paired them with high-top sneakers and lucite-heeled scuba booties, and both seemed to work pretty well. I think that’s the definition of high-low dressing.

Cable knit halter leggings _ sewn on Wardrobe Myself blog

Two out of two self-obsessed sewing bloggers agree.

Sewing an entire wardrobe on Wardrobe Myself blog

Oh hey guess what, I didn’t wash my hair, it just looks really bad today.

Mono leggings on Wardrobe Myself blog

This blog is basically just morphing into a Double Mint gum commercial. [Wrigley’s: call me.]

Cable knit high waisted leggings - sewn on Wardrobe Myself blog

They’re made out of a double-weight, cable knit stretch, which is super bonkers and also PERFECT. Sup.

High waisted cable knit leggings - sewn on Wardrobe Myself blog

Straight talk: I need to make some shirts that can actually be tucked into these pants without wrinkling along the waistline. For now, I’ll just contort my torso when people are looking.

High waisted cable knit navy leggings on Wardrobe Myself blog

Already planning a pair in stretch sequins. 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

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

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

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

 

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.

Beaded Satin Jacket by Veronica Sheaffer via Wardrobe Myself blog - collage

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.

Wardrobe Myself blog - sewing a handmade wardrobe - by Veronica Sheaffer

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

Beaded Satin Jacket by Veronica Sheaffer via Wardrobe Myself blog - model looks

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

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