Hello, there! Long time no see. Been kinda busy with this:
Photo credit: Chrystal & Lucas Photography
We got married! :)
Whoa. (channeling Keanu Reeves a la Bill and Ted)
Once we get the rest of our professional wedding photos back and I get our honeymoon photos culled, I am definitely going to write a couple of posts on our wedding DIY, the wedding itself, and our awesome vacation to Northern Italy and Paris. Good times, y’all. Squee!
But until then, I’ve decided it’s high time that I got my rump into gear and participated in some hardcore sewing action. And there’s nothing that says hardcore like Pattern Review’s MINI WARDROBE CONTEST.
I have no delusions of grandeur when it comes to winning, but I really had a blast when I participated in 2012. The camaraderie and university-reminiscent familiarity of creating a small cohesive collection of garments were delightful.
Plus, because of the lovely westmoon’s post on her blog, I was alerted days in advance that the contest was coming up, so I have actually time for some prep (muslins) instead of my usual “Oh, that contest started a week ago?”
So, the next question is…what to make? The Mini Wardrobe Contest requires you to make 5 garments that work with each other to create at least 6 different looks. I’ve already decided to use this formula:
1 Cardigan or jacket (AKA topper)
Which will make exactly 6 outfits:
2. Dress + Topper3. Top + Skirt 1
4. Top + Skirt 1 + Topper
5. Top + Skirt 2
6. Top + Skirt 2 + Topper
If I really wanted the max number of outfits, I would make 2 tops, 2 skirts and a topper, but, as you know, I <3 me some dresses. I suppose you could technically make 1 topper and 4 dresses and end up with 8 outfits, but I feel the mixing and matching of separates is necessary for me to feel like it’s an actual mini wardrobe.
But, back to the real subject at hand: Which exact garments to make?
Here are the dress contenders:
Republique du Chiffon – Marion
I picked up the book that includes this pattern while we were in Paris on our honeymoon. It’s all in French, but there are at least 4 things I want to make from it and it’s a lovely, lovely book. If I choose this dress, mine will have an overlap and buttons in the back bodice.
Victory Patterns – Ava
From the Perfect Pattern Parcel #1. Woohoo! Such a great idea, the Pattern Parcel.
Thoughts for the top:
OR, I might consider the Ava as a top if I don’t end up making it as a dress.
I feel like I have a hard time finding good non-waterfall/open cardigan patterns. As a cardi-lover, I find this somewhat distressing. Any other suggestions that would look good with the rest of my wardrobe that you guys can think of?
Burda 02/2014 #105
The second skirt is honeymoon inspired and will most likely be self drafted. It was one of those “I could make that so easily and for so much less!” inspirations I found whilst shopping in Vernazza, Italy: a simple gathered silk georgette maxi skirt with a knit lining and waistband.
So, that’s what I’m workin’ with at this point. Your thoughts?