Got dressed and ready real quick today because when I called to schedule an oil change, the dealership had an opening right away. I wanted to look at least a little bit put-together because I was meeting with a home inspector and the current owner to discuss the home we’re buying. The weather was somewhere in the mid-70’s on this day and this outfit took me seamlessly through all my errands and an afternoon at the park. My top is the Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse sewn in Cotton and Steel Double Gauze (read more info about this version here). I love this blouse for spring and fall because the long sleeves provide a bit of warmth, but the loose shape makes it breathable enough for those warmer days. Trying to get some more wear out of this one before it gets too blazing hot. I purchased these black pants last fall in a moment of desperation after realizing my last pair of jeans was failing me. I needed a pair of basic, casual pants to tide me over until I could make some jeans.
Didn’t snap a picture today, but I wore my Tea House Dress designed by Sew House Seven (you can see the dress here).
Tried to be a “cool mom” today and wore my dinosaur shirt. Made this one 3-ish years ago with scraps from my stash. The pattern is Simplicity 1366, which is actually made for use with wovens. I just sized down and added a neckband. It’s one of the oldest makes that I still wear regularly. I love that it’s a little bit quirky. Apparently it also turns me into a bit of a goofball (see more evidence here). My jeans are my second Ginger Jeans (more about them here) in StyleMaker Fabrics brushed denim. They’ve been pulling their weight this month and are my current favorites.
Today I mostly took care of things around the house and then headed to a sewing night with my friends in the evening. I meet together with a few of my sewing friends about once a month and it never fails to boost my mood and save my sanity. Since we meet in the evenings in our homes, most of us can be found wearing sweats at our monthly get meet-ups. It was a little cooler this day so I wanted to be both warm and extremely comfortable. First, I started with my Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings and paired them with my Grainline Studio Lark Tee in rayon/french terry (used the same fabric for this top). I added extra warmth and comfort with my Seamly Moto Sweatshirt in oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. All of these fabrics are no longer available and I regularly wonder why I didn’t buy 10 yards of both the rayon french terry (from Indie Sew) and the oatmeal french terry (from Raspberry Creek).
The outfit from yesterday was calling my name so I wore it again today. No shame in my repeat outfit game.
Today was a cool rainy Saturday spent at the cabin with family. Dressed for warmth and comfort in my Hepburn Turtleneck (full post on that here), Joy Jacket (full post here), and Ginger Jeans. I’m only mourning the end of winter because I can’t wear this Turtleneck in 90 degree heat. It is one of the softest tops I own and as a result, was worn 2-3 times a week all winter long.
Today was Mother’s Day which means I got the luxury of sleeping in and having breakfast prepared for me. I chose to celebrate the occasion by wearing my favorite and most feminine dress, the Highlands Wrap Dress. My son joined me in wearing handmade with another Sketchbook shirt in Anna Maria Horner fabric. Teaching him young to appreciate color and beautiful floral prints.
Today I continued my love of floral dresses into Monday. This modified Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan has been in heavy rotation since I made it in February 2017 (read about it and my modifications here). It’s extremely versatile and gets worn all months of the year. Last summer I wore it to church, the amusement park, 4th of July fireworks, etc. In the winter I mostly wear it to church paired with tights, boots, and a cardigan.
I’m definitely seeing a comfy, casual look emerging this month. My life as a SAHM, seamstress, etc. doesn’t leave a lot of room for anything that isn’t extremely functional. I’ve definitely seen my style evolve to pieces that are more functional at this stage of my life. I used to wear more restrictive tight-fitting clothes pre-motherhood. Now an item has to allow full range of movement for “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” before it will catch my eye. Today my son was sick so I threw on my Grainline Studio Scout Tee and Crushed Velvet True Bias Hudson Pants for lounging around the house and a quick trip to the store.
Every Wednesday I visit my mom to keep her company and assist with household chores. Today before heading over, I put on a rayon/spandex Grainline Studio Scout Tee and cotton checkered Ready To Sew Jumpy pants (original post here). I mostly like the fit of these pants except for the rise. I think that I need to add at least 1 inch to the rise. This pair sits just below the top of my hips when I think it should sit closer to my natural waist. My issue with the fit is that they tend to slide down my hips throughout the day. As I was walking the dog today I had to keep pulling at my pants to keep them up. Perhaps I’m just not tying the front tight enough, but I really think a higher rise would eliminate my issue.
Wore my cropped Willamette Shirt (full post here) and first pair of Ginger Jeans (full post here) today. This was one of those days where I wonder if I accomplished anything. At least I felt cool and hip while trying and failing to accomplish things. I don’t know what it is about this combination of jacquard chambray and crop top, but they feel hip to me. Although, as a 27 year old mother and seamstress, I’m not sure that I have more than two hip bones in my body. See? Now I’m telling dad jokes. Probably the farthest from hip I can be.
Today my husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. It seemed momentous to us as this last year has been filled with more changes than any other (well, except for the year our son was born of course). During our 6th year of marriage we moved out of our first apartment, moved to a new city, my husband took his dream job, replaced both of our old cars (20 years old and 16 years old), took our first real family vacation, and started the process of buying our first home. We celebrated with dinner at our favorite local place and a night at a hotel in Park City (for about 2-3 weeks in May you can find hotels for quite cheap there as it’s in-between skiing season and summer vacation season). Once we checked into our hotel I took the uninterrupted time to style my hair and makeup. After getting ready we headed to dinner. My husband snapped this picture after dinner. When I looked at it I realized this was the first time all month that I’ve taken the time to style my hair and wear a full face of makeup. Maybe I should attempt that more often. Maybe…
Apologies for the rambling. Let’s get back to the outfit. I made this Grainline Studio Scout Tee hack back in April of 2016 (IG post about it here). I had a little less than 1.25 yards of this Nani Iro fabric and wanted to use it for something special. I took my time to carefully measure and draw each scallop onto the fabric. Sewing the scalloped hem took longer than constructing the rest of the top, but sometimes those details are just worth it. Paired the top with none other than my brushed denim Ginger Jeans (told you they were my favorite).
This morning we checked out of our hotel and headed home. In the afternoon, I took my son to the Great Salt Lake so we could help my friend Rachel of Little Fish with a swim trunks photo shoot. Didn’t grab an iphone pic of my outfit, but Rachel helped me out with this one which is clearly better than a phone pic. I’m wearing the Sew Liberated Matcha Top in a linen blend and my Ginger Jeans. Both fabrics for this outfit came from StyleMaker Fabrics. One of my favorite details of this outfit is that the jeans pockets are actually lined with the linen blend used for my top. Whenever I wear these together I feel like I have some sort of clothes matching secret (kind of like when your underwear matches your outfit).
If you haven’t caught on by now, my perfect formula for a church outfit is Anna Maria Horner fabric and an indie pattern. The Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress is one I’ve been dying to make again. This was my test version last summer (that post here) and I love how easy it is to wear. I don’t know if it has to do with the dart placement or the neckline, but this dress manages to float away from the body without looking like a sack. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sack dress. This one is just infinitely more flattering.