Monday, August 25, 2014

Some Basics


This may be my most favorite item I've ever sewn.  And it's so simple.  In fact, it was a really unexciting thing to sew.  A black sleeveless top.  Except for the pom poms, of course.  Yes, pom poms!  On adult clothes.  I'm a rebel.


I took all of these photos the same time I took photos of my Zoe dress. And I have to say, they are all pretty terrible.  I think I'm going to have to go back to the self timer if I can't figure out the focus with the remote.

Anyway, this black linen top is another version of Simplicity 1693.  Nothing much to say about it except that I absolutely love it.  I eliminated the center back seam and added the pom pom trim at the hem.  It has been worn once a week since I made it.  It has made me think a lot about the things I sew in terms of what actually gets worn regularly.  This top- check.


I also made a grey cotton jersey version of the Comino Cap Dress pattern by Kitschy Coo.  I like it, but I don't love it.  It's a simple cap sleeve bodice with an a-line skirt.  I think my fabric choice makes it a little frumpy.  However, it will get worn to work a lot.  I added in-seam pockets which was probably a mistake.  The skirt is not tight by any means. But it is also not full enough to hide the outline of the pockets.  I did not use the grey jersey for the pockets by the way. I am not a fan of knit pockets.  I used a black and white striped super stretchy twill.  I didn't get a photo, but you can see the stripe peeking out from the side.  Which is a fun little feature.  I added three inches of length since I am three inches taller than the height the pattern is drafted for.  I added one inch to the bodice and two to the skirt.  If I make this again, I'll scratch the length in the bodice and add it all in the skirt.


The neckline is pretty.  When I wear it to work, I will wear it with a little cardigan over it to dress it up.


After I made the Comino Cap dress, I had a big piece of grey jersey left.  This jersey is really thick and beefy.  Really good quality stuff from Mood.  My favorite kind of knit.  I really wanted a jersey skirt so I pulled out my half circle skirt pattern and sewed this up in about an hour.  Talk about instant gratification!  Elastic waist and a slight high low hem.  This skirt has also been worn once a week since it came off my sewing machine.


Notice a theme in my color choice lately?  When I wrote that post about all of my duds someone suggested sewing with fabrics that work together.  I know that is really just common sense advice, but it was sort of a light bulb moment for me.  I make a lot things that don't work together.  So I went on a small fabric buying binge (shhhh, don't tell J) and bought a bunch of black, white and grey fabrics.  And you know what?  It has worked.  A lot of my recent makes go together and are being worn regularly.  Anyway, I'll stop with all the black and white soon but it has been a nice way to beef up my wardrobe for going back to work.

27 comments:

  1. Look at you, making wearable basics! And solids, which is something I ought to do but never can face. Plus, frankly, they are all such great teacher clothes. Cute and fun but also modest and washable! ;)

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    1. They really are perfect teacher clothes!

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  2. Mmm, black linen... I like the pom-poms on an otherwise restrained black top!

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  3. Each of the pieces is really nice, I can see how they'd be in heavy rotation. I also really love your shoes with the black top, those have been on my wish list.

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    1. Meant to add, picking a color scheme is a good way to get wearable items. I kind of do this automatically because whenever I hit upon a color combo I like I seam to repeat myself for a while.

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    2. Thanks! I finally splurged and bought those shoes after pining for them for a while. They are really comfy. I wear them almost daily.

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  4. Look at that productivity - you are on a roll, girl! And I LOVE those pom-poms! I'll be stealing that one - somehow I never thought about matched color trim to give a basic a little more pizzazz. That dress looks fantastic with the cardy - I bet you can wear it with tons of fun accessories. I am drawn to bold colors and prints in my fabric AND bold accessories, and I'm trying to make some more neutral garments so I have something to wear with the funky accessories. Nice work before school gets underway!

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    1. I don't usually sew such basic things, but I'm glad I did. Although now I have the urge to sew something wild ;)

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  5. I love them all! And this is exactly what my wardrobe is lacking - separates that work together! I love your Comino Cap dress, wouldl you make it again? It looks great with a cardigan. I hope this gets you out of your rut!

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    1. I'd like to make it again! But I think I might swap out the a-line skirt for something fuller- maybe a partial circle skirt. I might need to look in to the lady skater..

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  6. Cute! These are all great basics that look like they will get a lot accomplished in the wardrobe. They could also be easily mixed with more colorful pieces or each other really easily. Really awesome.

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  7. I love the pom poms!! I would have never thought to do that. I have seen them and didn't know what they could be used for, so now I know! I really like all the makes. I especially like how you added the cardigan to the dress. It is a nice pop of color and totally changes it up. I think you do a great job with all of your pictures. I would like a new camera eventually, but then I remind myself, the kids take all my blog pics, so it has to be something they can still operate well and they can handle my ipad good enough. LOL

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    1. I would have never guessed your photos were taken by iPad! They look great. You must have excellent photographers ;)

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  8. Ohmigosh, how much do I love that pom pom trim!!!! You look fab; both comfortable and stylish in these smart understated basics. I think this is "your" look :)

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  9. They all look great, and you seem so comfortable in them, which is the most important thing :)

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  10. I like all your pieces - they look comfortable as well as smart for a busy day. But I am particularly taken with the dress and cardigan combination (going to have a look at that pattern!) x

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  11. i just love these sort of pieces! they're versatile and can be mix and matched a million ways. plus if you need some color, a scarf or chunky necklace always does the trick! glad you found your groove :)

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  12. Wearable basics get such a bad rap in the sewing blogosphere!! These are so perfect! And the fact that you are actually wearing them is the real win here!! I love that grey jersey dress with the cardigan. Such a cute work outfit! Great pieces!!

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  13. the pompoms are great. I love sewing black because they always get the most wear. hooray for wearable basics.

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  14. Pom poms! Yes! Love all these pieces- they're chic and so wearable!

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  15. Great idea to pick a limited colour palette and sew basics in solids. Both things I need to do. I absolutely love that long necklace too, I've been searching for one like that with no success.

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    1. I actually made that necklace. I bought some chunky ceramic beads at joanns and then strung them on a chain I already owned. Easy!

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  16. hehe I LOVE the little pom poms on your top! And I'm glad that your past few makes have been a success again :)

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  17. The tank top may look basic, but the pom pom trim is such a sneeky-cool touch! I be you could add all sorts of black trims to a simple black tank top (maybe other colors? not sure)
    The dress is really cute too, especially with the short cardigan.

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  18. I love the pom-pom trim! I guess basics are not the most exciting sewing projects to plan, but it's so nice to make a piece that you reach for over and over. The gray dress is a nice blank canvas for accessories. Hope your back-to-school was easy and smooth!

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  19. Clearly the fabric coordination idea was a good one. I was thinking how "elegant" your outfits were looking. The pompom top is really lovely; I can see why you'd wear that one frequently. The comino dress turned out well, too. I hadn't thought of adding pockets. Pockets in knit skirts, grrrr.

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