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.
A blog to document my attempts to create a well-fitting wardrobe through sewing and knitting.