I'm a part-time hipster. Every few weekends I throw on a vintage dress and wait unreasonably long outside a trendy restaurant to eat brunch at noon. When I was in school, I'd say I was a hipster about 40% of the time, now as I'm grown up I'd say it's down to 10%. Pretty sad as I actually love wearing anything outrageous and ridiculous. This morning though, I felt a little rusty. These clothes felt from a past life and I felt pretty self conscious when I stepped out of the apartment. I quickly got over it as we headed for brunch at Slickity Jim's Chat and Chew, or as my friend dubbed it "Hungry Hungry Hipster." Everyone was doing their own thing style wise and it was amazing.
This skirt was one of the first things I think I made well. I decided a couple years ago that I was going to spend some time perfecting a skirt block. I used the instructions and modified the pattern from the SewU book from Built by Wendy. These books were my first try at learning to sew for real. I know that their target audience is beginners but I actually think they are more appropriate for intermediate sewers. There are certain details that I just didn't know about during construction and it would've been easier with more detailed instructions. The premise of the book is that you can take a base pattern and alter it to make anything you want, which is true but requires more skills than I think a beginner has. I think after making a number of garments by the book, I'm much more prepared with some fundamental skills to return to these books.
So I made a skirt block I was very happy with and then made this denim skirt. I finished the seams and everything. I also think this was my first zipper that turned out well. As you can see from these photos, it's a bit small now and so sits higher on my waist. This makes for some pull lines across the hips and a scandalous hemline but it also means that it's high enough to rock the high waist crop top look that is in right now. Though this look is usually a little more polished and a little less 80's.
Speaking of the crop top. I stumbled upon this clip somewhere of Mindy Kaling talking about this trend. Apparently it caused quite the commotion when she sported it at some event. I really liked her response to the whole thing.
I usually have a go to type of garment in my closet that I can throw on when I just need to rush out the door and not think about what I'm wearing. It needs to be simple and look decent without effort. I usually end up with a few variations on the same thing just to make life easy. It has changed over the years...jean shorts and tank top, turtle neck dresses and leggings, ugly sweaters and skinny jeans. But I found that I had gone through another transition and my closet was lacking just that thing until now.
This is the Lady Skater dress by Kitschy Coo patterns. I've seen this dress on tons of blogs and everyone looks great in it. I've been meaning to make this up for awhile. This is actually my second version, but I cut out the bodice first before realizing I didn't have enough fabric for the skirt and had to put it on hold.
I made a straight size 4 without any alterations. It looks like the sleeves need to be narrowed a bit for this length and I might need to take a bit of excess fabric out of the back by shortening the bodice. Otherwise it fits well and is amazingly comfortable. The pattern was easy to follow and I liked the way it had you add clear elastic to the bodice before construction. I changed the order of putting together the neckline and arm bands because I find I get a cleaner finish when I add them in the round. I didn't bother finishing the hem because it's a casual dress and I thought it would look wavy and crappy.
The polka dot fabric is some cheap fabric that I got at an Our Social Fabric sale in a bin. The blue rib knit I picked up at Dressew to match at a later date. The rib knit is a beautiful fabric that is overly nice for the bodice but it colour matched and it feels nice so there ya go.
So this is it. My new standby. Expect many variations to come.
What's your standby?
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