Warning: there will be a lot of photos in this post because I am super proud of this skirt I made and I’m in love with the jacket that I bought from American Apparel with this money. I feel like this is slowly developing into a sewing blog, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
The skirt is made from a sparkly gold and black stretch knit, and the sweater is houndstooth jacquard. The skirt was fairly simple to make; just an elastic waistband and rolled edge hem, but I’m proud of it nonetheless. I’m wearing a hand-me-down Le Tigre tee shirt from Eliz and saddle shoes from Etsy.
I want you to fully embrace the beauty of this jacket, so I have presented you with multiple close-ups for your viewing pleasure.
I spun around to show off my circle skirt and ended up having way too much fun.
To sew my first dress, I modified the Selfish Seamstress’s Coffee Date Dress. (The first link is her blog’s download page and the other is the pattern itself.) I took out the ruffle and gathered the waist instead of sewing darts because the darts made it too small on me. Also, I have to use Flickr to upload my photos now because, with the new Tumblr layout, the quality of photos inserted into text posts is painfully low. Sorry for the little boxes on your dashboard :/ The photos are always better quality on my actual blog.
I used a plain cotton fabric with black plaid lines. I wanted to look a tad little-kiddish so I wore floral print tights from Pink Zone in San Diego and saddle shoes from Etsy. The big cashmere sweater from the thirties used to be my mother’s; she bought it at a thrift store in the seventies! It actually has a detachable mink collar that would be more appropriate for a formal occasion. I got the plastic beads from a thrift store.
This was meant to be portrait rather than landscape but it captures my room very well.
It’s been a while since I last wore saddle shoes.
I leftover fabric from this skirt to make this bow. I’ll have you know, it is very difficult to take a photo of your own hair! I suppose I could have taken the bow out of my hair first, but that option didn’t occur to me.
The second thing I made on my new sewing machine was a super simple skirt with an elastic waistband. I’d love to give credit to the blog tutorial I used to make it, but I didn’t save the link and I can’t find it again. The pattern was very simple, however: sew two rectangular strips of fabric together, hem the bottom, fold over the top and sew in an elastic waistband. It sits low on my hips so I wore it with a sweater tucked out. (These photos were taken pre-Nemo.)
F21 vest, shirt my mom bought, AA socks and thifted shoes.
I was distracted by the elementary school bus driving by.
I also sewed myself a dress today! I’ll have to post pictures of it when I wear it.
For Hanukkah, I got a Singer Stylist sewing machine and I’ve spent a couple weeks teaching myself how to use it.
The first thing I made, aside from little things like scrunchies, was a circle skirt using this tutorial from Dana Made It. I used an ugly markdown fabric ($4 for two yards!) from the mill store because I didn’t want to waste nice fabric on the very first thing I sewed.
It’s winter in New England, meaning that the sun, which barely peeps out from behind the clouds during the day, sets at 4:30, hence the dark photos taken ~4:00.
I wore an Abbey Road tee-shirt, a sweater Eliz gave me, thrifted shoes and black tights that were subsequently ripped to shreds.
I made a hair bow out of the same fabric I used for the skirt, but it’s hard to see since it blends in with the color of my hair.
I have about half a yard of fabric left; any ideas on what to do with it?
I pixelated the background to spare your eyes from the pigsty that is my room.
My sister got me this awesome shirt that has JFK with the Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt and “CHA CHA CHANGES” underneath. I think it’s pretty perfect but my freshman year history teacher was the only person who seemed to “get” it.
Those are actually pants, not a skirt, that I got at a thrift store. They’re transparent so I have to wear thick leggings underneath them. Thrifted shoes and F21 vest.
This is a very schlumpy sweater, but isn’t the transition period from fall to winter generally a pretty schlumpy time of year? I got it at the Salvation Army for $2? $3? American Apparel skirt and hair thing, UO leggings, thrifted shoes.
I know it’s bLURRY MY HAND WAS SHAKING I’M SORRY.
I really like the sound these shoes make when I walk, so you may now enjoy the fine visual masterpiece I crafted while getting the mail.
So, I took these pictures like three weeks ago but I’m posting them now, mainly because I wore this again last Friday and thought I looked like shit but I was bombarded with compliments the moment I stepped foot in school. Nobody says anything when I think I look cute, but people always comment when it’s the other way around. Maybe they know when you need to hear it.I replaced my face with Miranda Cosgrove’s because mine looked bad.
I did that weird thing with the braids that everyone has been doing. A teacher asked me if I was going for a witchy look, what with the pentacle/pentagram, long, flowing garments, and braids on top of the head. I can’t remember if that was deliberate or not. The white dress is from UO and I think the black dress is too. My mom bought me the black one as a present last year after I got stitches in my forehead.
I liked the way leaves and things kept getting caught in the fringe.
I went back-to-school shopping at the outlet mall with my mom a couple weeks ago to buy socks and things like that. We went into Journey’s and I realized that it had been well over a year since I bought a pair of unworn shoes, not from Etsy and not from a thrift store (aside from my track sneakers, but I don’t think those count), so I decided to get a pair of Vans.
Here’s what I wore them with:
Abigail awkwardly stands in front of a bush blog 2k12. Vintage romper, Eliz got me that sweater, AA socks, F21 belt. I feel like all of my features are scrunched into the middle of my face whenever I wear my hair pulled back. See, there’s my nose and mouth and eyes in the middle of my face, and then my huge cheeks and 5head surrounding them. WHY IS MY FOREHEAD SO BIG?
I was so unexcited about going back to school this year. I don’t feel that I did enough with my summer, and now I’m back to perpetual exhaustion and papers and math and stuff. It’s especially difficult to be enthusiastic about your first day when the weather is lousy (for two years in a row).
A lot of kids told me they were happy to be back and see all their friends, but I kept in contact with most of the people I’m friends with over the summer. All of those peripheral people just annoy me. School acts as one more reminder of how much people can suck.
Me not liking you. My first day of school outfit was nothing special and I really should have pressed that dress. I got that at a thrift store, American Apparel socks, vintage saddle shoes. We’re painting our house (the greenish-bluish color is the new one, the pink is the old one).
I’m not sure where that necklace came from (thrift store? my mom?); grandma’s watch (needs batteries but still pretty); thrifted cameo ring.
On a completely different note, people said I grew a lot this summer. Here’s the wall in my house where I mark my height — I’ve hit five feet and I’m almost up there with my sisters!
I made a back to school playlist that I wrote down on a piece of paper and was going to scan but I need to update my drivers or something and I just can’t be bothered. Here’s the Spotify link in case you care enough to listen. It’s mostly horrible nineties songs because back to school is a horrible nineties time of year.
Photo credit goes to my mom, awful pose and face credit goes to me. My mom and I went exploring in San Diego and we ended up on this giant concrete platform somewhere. I’m wearing a vintage orange dress, thrifted boots, thrifted bracelet, blah, blah. Look at the amazing pattern on this dress:
I’m the least patriotic person I know, but it’s still fun to dress up and eat junk food and go on rides and watch fireworks on Independence Day. I’m going to the carnival and fireworks with my friend tonight, and here’s what I’m wearing:
Hand-me-down bicentennial tee from Eliz, my other sister’s bandana, UO shorts
I wasn’t trying to look fierce with my hand on my hip, it just ended up that way.