Category Archives: The Outfits

No Possibility of Wet Cuffs


Today was the first day of this project that really wanted to wear pants.

It was kind of like a craving for pants.

Maybe it’s because it’s a little bit rainy, or because I’m going to be spending most of today writing, but for whatever reason I wants jeans.

Needless to say, I have not made a pair of jeans yet. I’m holding off until I have a couple more pieces finished, that way I can concentrate on making jeans without (at the same time) worrying about what to wear.

But then I remembered that I hate wearing jeans in the rain, because wet cuffs are just awful, so (what’s quickly becoming) my favorite skirt will work fantastically for today.

No possibility of wet cuffs.

A Day in Wonderland


I haven’t worn this skirt yet, but it was one of the self-made pieces I started this project with.

It’s got different portraits of Alice from Alice in Wonderland all over it, along with tea pots & tea cups.

I don’t wear it often because it takes a certain mood to pull off, but when I do it always makes me smile.

Since today is an editing & writing kind of day, I figured it was a perfect day for a little bit of whimsy.

The First Little Black Dress


It’s the first of what I’m sure will be many little black dresses.

This is the dress I was talking about yesterday, a simple, racer back, A-line, cotton, black dress. I actually took my tank pattern, and elongated it into a dress.

This probably not a dress I would have picked up in a store, but kind of love it…

Day 16


Day 16 of this project, and it’s a black and white kind of a day today.

Still adoring this skirt, and must make another one like it sometime soon. And I’ll remember to take photos this time.

I’m hoping to finish up a dress tonight, so if all goes well tonight you’ll be seeing it tomorrow…

(Fingers crossed.)

The Birds & Wheels Flare Skirt


Sewing and cleaning and watching the World Cup, on the agenda for today, so I need something simple. Something I can change easily.

Besides who doesn’t love birds on their skirt?

And yes, you have seen this before…

PS. there’s the pink skull Dana.

A cascade of flowers


Still adoring my unfinished flower skirt. And am still on the quest for the perfect racer back tank top. (I figure once I get the tank, I can work on a cami pattern.)

The skirt has certainly grown significantly just in the couple times I’ve worn it, so I’m glad I didn’t hem it yet. Though I think there’s something charming about the raw selvage hem.


Also, I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through the first month of the project…

Trying something a little bit different


Trying something a little bit different today. Thoughts about the collage? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?

I was planning on wearing a new black maxi skirt, but it didn’t turn our quite like planned. (It ended up huge! Which is what I get for cutting things right before bed.) So I need to futz with it, probably take it in a whole bunch, which is better than the alternative I guess…

Anyway. Happy Friday the 13th!
Tell me what you think of the collage.

Anything you particularly want to see from the self-made wardrobe?


It’s the un-hemmed skirt I mentioned yesterday!

We’re about a week and a half in to this project and I’m starting to feel like I might have a bit of a handle on it.

I certainly need more clothes, but at the same time I’m not scrambling for something to wear every morning. (just some mornings)

So I thought I’d ask, is there anything in particular you want to see? Sewing tutorials? Styling tutorials? Clothing/accessory round ups? Project details? More writing-questions & thoughts?

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I’m beginning to sense a theme…


This might be my favorite skirt yet. I made it this morning, it’s still un-hemmed, and I’m beginning to sense a theme here…

Though I will put a hem on this skirt before I leave today. (Unlike the unfinished skirt I wore the other day, which still doesn’t have a hem, and I’m thinking of leaving it that way.)


It’s a basic circle skirt with, an elastic waistband, and a small amount of gathering.


Instead of making it a straight circle skirt, I used two layers of fabric, and left them squares, offsetting them so there are 8 points instead of 4.

If I were thinking I would have grabbed a photo while I was making it, but I forgot, so here’s a demonstration of what I mean with post-it notes.


And I’m sure I’ll be making another skirt like this soon enough, so I’ll try to remember an in-progress photo.

Cherry blossoms for a rainy day.


The cherry blossom wrap skirt, and the black tank, with various jewelry.

I’m not a huge fan of floral prints, but there is something about having bright red cherry blossoms on your skirt to brighten up a rainy day….