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.

Fur trimmed cable knit sweater - upcycled fashion - Wardrobe Myself sewing blog

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.

Sewing fur trimmed upcycled sweater - Wardrobe Myself blog

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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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

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

 

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

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