Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Denim Garden

This denim dress is the last of my summer sewing. Summer is coming to a screeching halt with the start of RA training on Friday, but the quality of my summer makes up for the quantity, I think. :)

This dress is made from my own pattern, another version of what I used for my birthday dress. This is definitely one of my favorite things I've made, as well as one of the most wearable things I've made. I'm particularly fond of the top stitching and printed pockets. The entire bodice is lined with the same fabric as the pockets as well.

Senior year here I come!

Sunday, July 19, 2015


I made this shirt with the same pattern I used for one of my fashion show pieces, only with shorter sleeves and no collar. Pros of using a model that is the same size as you: no pattern alterations needed! The fabric is a stiff chambray, which I think complements the shape of the garment well.

I think almost as good as using prints is using bright solid colors. This goes with nearly everything!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer heat & skirt pleats

Sunflowers and red and yellow and summer!!! This summer I'm focusing on sewing solid colored clothing so that I can actually wear all the prints that I've accumulated. (THIS IS SO HARD. SOLIDS ARE SO BORING.) I'm also making a lot of basic clothes, like t-shirts, as a commitment to not buying any new clothing. Needless to say, this hasn't resulted in much bloggable material. 

Fortunately, I still had this skirt lurking around as one of the last print pieces I made! This skirt (completely designed and drafted by me) was my final garment for my pattern-making class this past semester. It's a drop waist skirt with knife pleats starting at hip level. The fabric is rayon challis. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Finals are over, and another year is in the books. Let's not talk about how I'll be a senior, okay? My mind is blown by how fast this year went. It's been both the most challenging and most enjoyable year so far. Between preparing for the fashion show, running for student body president, travelling to some of my favorite places (shout out to Memphis and DC!) and being a resident assistant (shout out to my RA family!), and the ever approaching After Graduation, it's been busy. Yet, I don't really know what to do if I'm not busy. So cheers to the good kind of busy: the kind where you're busy doing what you love. 

I've worn this dress so many times in the past three weeks that people probably think it's the only thing I have to wear. But that's the sign of a great garment, yes? I love this dress! 

The bodice is from Butterick 6168, and the skirt is my self-drafted pattern. In the future, I would probably making the bodice a little longer (it's not quite at waist level) and play around with the sleeves. They're a little restricting, so it would be worth experimenting with next time. Other than those small adjustments, this is by far my favorite thing I'm wearing right now. The fabric is crepe de chine from

FLAMINGOS!!! That is all. 

There's pockets!

Looking forward to an incredible summer filled with friends, sewing, and changing the world!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Girl Gang: Look 3

My last look for my major's 2015 Fashion Show is a repurposed piece. One of our requirements was to show a "sustainability" look. This could be re-purposed clothing, garments made from atypical materials, a piece made from recycled objects, etc. At the theater department's costume sale I found this dress--loved the fabric, hated the cut.

Blah! And this is POST sleeve removal. 
My friend My-Lea is an Environmental and Ecological Engineering major. Who better to model a sustainable piece?

Tuning in late? Check out my Inspiration, Look 1 and Look 2.

Next I'll be posting about the dress I wore to the show!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Girl Gang: Look 2

My second look for my major's 2015 Fashion Show was fitted crop pants and a blouse.

I'm so proud of these pants--I think the fit and print are killer. I wish I could find more of this fabric!

Kris nails it.

The angled hem is my favorite part.
Details: Peter pan collar, key hole, raglan sleeve.

Tuning in late? Check out Inspiration and Look 1.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Girl Gang: Look 1

My first look for my major's 2015 Fashion Show was a princess seamed dress with a full skirt and asymmetrical hem.

My favorite part of this dress is the fabric. It is a silk mesh fused to a neoprene knit--super cool, and very unusual/unique. In my frugalness, I only purchased a yard and a half. I was able to just barely eek it out after adjusting my pattern and doing some creative cutting.

Afton killed it on the runway.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Girl Gang: Inspiration

Saturday was my major's fashion show, in which I presented three looks. My overarching idea was to create a Girl Gang. 

These are the girls who are cool and they know it. They don't take no for an answer, but they expect others to. They don't make a lot of money, but they make a lot of change.

Here's to the girls who will change the world, and look damn good while doing so.

Today I'll post some inspiration images, and each day this week I'll publish a post for each look.

Unfortunately I didn't keep track of the sources on many of these photos.

via The Selvage Yard

Chrissie White
via Weird Vintage
Clarks ad

This Girl Gang is about to take over the world.