Faux Leather Camel Pants

HELLO, I MADE THESE HIGH-WAISTED FAUX LEATHER (PLEATHER) PANTS. They are the first pair of tailored pants I’ve made for myself in a long time that have given me this much pleasure, and I have big hopes for them. Please don’t let me down, faux leather (pleather) pants.

High waisted leather pants with patch pockets by Veronica Sheaffer

I pieced together a couple of vintage patterns to get the perfect rise and the perfect cut throughout the leg, and then I spent two complete days sorting out the fit, because sewing pants is very easy, but FITTING PANTS IS A GODDAMN NIGHTMARE.

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Especially when you’re working with leather in the color … CAMEL.

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Anyway, I sorted it out. If you’re curious, I used Simplicity 4748 (1950’s) for the waist/hip and Simplicity 7019 (1960’s) for the leg. Paper bag pockets are my own.

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Dolphin hem is my own.

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Moves are my own.

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Because it’s fake, this leather is semi-stretchy, and miraculously does not hurt my stomach. Just kidding, everything hurts my stomach. I purchased it to re-cover our dining room chairs, but I changed my mind, of course, so …

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PANTS.

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You can see a bit of the pockets peeking out from the side, so I lined them in pink grosgrain. Guys, I’m worth it.

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And so are these pants. GOODBYE.

P.S. Will look great with my Fringed Sleeve Sweater.

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Blue Cami and Granny

HELLO, I AM OVERJOYED TO HAVE FINALLY MADE SOMETHING FOR MY BUST AFTER GOING MORE THAN TWO WEEKS WITHOUT A BRA. My commitment to this project is real, and as we all know, bras wear out. I didn’t buy a new one, though, because: PROMISES. So when my last remaining bra stretched out beyond any practical use, I just went without. Like a pilgrim. With floppy tits.

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But look! I made something! And not at all what I thought I was going to make. Turns out, I quite like the look of a flat and saggy bust line. And so … I made a semi-supportive bra camisole. It looks GREAT under concert t-shirts.

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I don’t recommend this.

I’ve always worn an underwire, thinking bralette camis were a) kind of stupid, and b) not at all useful, but if they’re custom made for your body, they’re actually completely the opposite and incredibly comfortable. SURPRISE.

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Added bonus: I already made a couple pairs of granny panties in this baby blue power stretch, so now I have a little faux bodysuit situation. Ask all of my friends – my entire life is in pursuit of the perfect granny panty bodysuit.

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Will obviously be making one, now that I have all of the elements sorted.

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First, I plan to knock out a few more bras – not with the full-length cami, although, the cinching throughout the waist is very nice. There’s no way I can survive summer with all of that fabric, so I need to make some lightweight options real quick. I have some stretch laces, so I’ll probably make a couple in that to start.

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The cups feel really great, and there’s no dreaded line under shirts. Good job, Veronica.

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I purchased the straps pre-made. They were intended only for children, apparently. I will most definitely need something sturdier for everyday use. I give these straps … four more hours before they are completely stretched out.

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Someone give me a medal for not fucking with my body in Photoshop.

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I tried, but it didn’t work. GOODBYE.

 

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Fringed Sleeve Sweater

HELLO, LAST WEEK I RE-DISCOVERED TWO ABANDONED SWEATERS IN A DRY CLEANING BAG IN MY CLOSET, AND DECIDED TO KEEP THEM, BUT FIRST MAKE THEM MORE SPECIAL, AND SO I DID THE MOST SPECIAL THING I KNOW AND COVERED ONE SWEATER IN FRINGE. The sleeves, anyway, because: balance.

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At one point there were also tassels, but THAT’S ENOUGH WITH THE TASSELS.

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Anyway, so I covered the sleeves in fringe – enough to pull focus, but not so much that I can’t wear it around the house. The fringe is heavenly, soft as silk, and the peachy blush shade is everything. I bought an entire bolt of it years ago for an editorial collection, but couldn’t find a use for it then, and so I sewed all of it onto these sleeves.

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Delicious.

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Can’t wait to wear this out and be touched by strangers.

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It’s okay with jeans, but I think this sweater needs something that’s casual in a completely unassuming, uncool way. Like a pair of high-waisted khakis.

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To do:

  1. Khakis.

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The sleeves are EXTREMELY HEAVY, which obviously feels fantastic, but also like I’m about to lose my sweater. I reinforced the inside neckline and shoulders with a super luxe ($$$) suiting fabric, which is all the stuff, and makes everything lay just so, and now I’m thinking maybe I need to do this to all of my sweaters. Maybe I need to do this to all of my t-shirts. Maybe I need to do this to my entire life.

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#butfirstkhakis. GOODBYE.

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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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.

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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