I didn't set out to make a mini-wardrobe in 8 days, but I did. I started a week and a half ago on Wednesday with the black and off-white t-shirt which I shared with you in my last post. Then the next day on Thursday, I made the black capris. Great, now I had one complete new outfit. Then Friday I made the black and red t-shirt. Wow, another completely new outfit with the black capris. Then I started to plan. Next, Saturday I made the black eyelet shirt. Then on Sunday I started the red collared shirt, which took two days. Then I took a day off to go to the movies and lunch with my sister. Then Wednesday, the 8th day, I made the red jeans. On Thursday, I rested and my friend, Stephanie came over and she sewed. Today I got Son to take pictures and put together my collage. The garments are probably way too little on blogger to see much, so please click to enlarge.
I thought I would only get 12 different combinations, but turns out I got 16. Make sure you click on the photo to see them all. The trick to sewing a mini-wardrobe in 8 days is tried-and-true (TNT) patterns.
You probably didn't recognize it, but both the red shirt and the black eyelet top are both the same pattern as my whimsy shirt I made a couple of weeks ago. I drafted a facing for one and a collar and button band for the other. They both have the same sleeve, I just removed the puff and lengthened the pattern for the red shirt. I'm so upset about the black eyelet shirt. I'm sure the fabric had been pre-washed, but I washed it after sewing and it shrank. It's a lot shorter and tighter than when I sewed it up. The pattern started out as a Burda Plus WOF half sized pattern, but I've redrafted it so much that it hardly resembles the original.
The red shirt gave me fits. First, I made the most beautiful collar that rolled over so nicely, then proceeded to sew it on backwards. Of course, I didn't notice that I did until I had clipped all the corners, really close. Luckily, it's not very noticeable.
Both t-shirts are from the same pattern too. On the red and black one I made an inverted box pleat at center front and on the black and off-white one I used gathers and a contrasting yoke. Both sleeves are the same. The basic pattern is KS 2900.
Both pants are well loved and often used patterns. The capris are S5013, which is now OOP and the jeans are a Burda Plus WOF capris pattern that I've tweeked and made full length. I've since reshaped the pockets as well. It hardly resembles the original pattern.
So there you have it. My secret to a mini-wardrobe in 8 days. Did you notice my new hairstyle? I just had it cut and styled. We'll see how it looks when I have to style it on my own.