Sunday, September 27, 2015

not quite a momiform ... just focusing on the basics

The last thing I shared in yesterday's post was a list of patterns I would like to sew for myself this fall.  The only problem with the list is that I really didn't bother to see if any of those patterns actually go together well enough to make an outfit!  So today I'm here with what I can only call a beginning beginner post on combining patterns.  Just to be clear, I don't in any way believe that the people who read this blog are beginners at combining patterns, but I absolutely know that I am ;)  I am the queen of sewing individual items without ever taking the time to determine if any of them actually go together.  And since I tend to sew with busy prints, they rarely, if ever, do ;)

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For those of you who don't know me (which is pretty much everyone!) I am a mom to six kids.  I've been a stay at home mom for over 17 years, and in that time, I've had very little use for fashion.  After all, I spent many, many years pregnant and nursing, when practicality was the overwhelming factor used to choose clothing, especially for a mom who didn't need to leave the house on a regular basis.  Now that I'm done with the pregnancy thing and the kids are starting to get older (my oldest is graduating high school this year!!!) I really need to focus on myself a little more.  Unfortunately, I have a hard time reconciling my 38 year old, post babies body with my pre-baby, 20 year old self, and I seem to have lost the ability to dress myself with any style whatsoever.  The clothes in this post are an attempt to find myself I guess, for the lack of a better way to phrase it.  Honestly, I'm not entirely sure that I'm feeling up to the task, so I started small with a few basics.  And I ask that if you choose to leave a comment, please be nice :)  Honest of course, but nice.

Please ignore the poor lighting and, as a result, slightly out of focus pictures.  In true mom fashion, in order to get pictures without 729 interruptions, I hid myself in my room.  Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best lighting, especially at dusk when I took these pictures.  And just to be clear, I still had interruptions, but it was a much more manageable fifteen or so ;)

I started with perhaps the most basic outfit there is - jeans and a white shirt.  Baby steps. I'm just not a jump in to the deep end kind of person.  Actually, that's a lie.  I totally jump in the deep end when we go swimming.  Anyway ... I wanted a basic white shirt that wasn't a button down.  I actually didn't have a pattern in mind, but when I started looking at the Colette Dahlia, which I was originally going to make as a dress, I realized it would work equally well as a top.  Actually, it will probably work way better as a top since I never, and I mean never, wear a dress.  I'm mostly happy with the result, although it was not an easy process getting there!  I will do a thorough pattern review another time, but for now I will just say that this pattern was not drafted for someone built like me.  The second half of the outfit is the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files, which I absolutely love!  Seriously, I haven't taken them off since these pictures except to sleep.  And I'm pretty sure I could sleep in them too if I wanted.  They are that comfortable.

Patterns - Dahlia Dress by Colette Patterns; Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
Fabric - White shirting from Joann's; Italian Stretch Denim (affiliate link) from

The next basic (at least for me, I know some people don't wear blazers, like ever) is the Morris Blazer from Grainline.  I stuck with charcoal and white - avoiding prints that I would normally use - so it would potentially match more tops and bottoms.  Of course, I don't really own anything that matches it, but that will come soon ;)  For now I paired it with a somewhat coordinating store bought top and the Ginger Jeans.  And I totally forgot to change my shoes between pictures, so they don't really go.  But you will find me barefoot about 98% of the time when it's not the middle of winter, so I'm lucky I remembered to put on shoes at all! Sorry, no pictures of the back of the blazer.  There just wasn't enough light to get a good pictures of dark jeans with a dark top.  You'll just have to trust me that the back is solid charcoal.

Patterns - Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio; Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
Fabric - Ivory Ponte (affiliate link for 320 ponte - ivory is out of stock) from, Charcoal ponte from Joann's; Italian Stretch Denim (affiliate link) from
Blouse - purchased from Kohl's

This third top is the Tonic Tee from SBCC with the sleeves from the Tonic 2.  I modified the top slightly so the back side seams wraps around the front a little, and I added a slight high low hem.  I didn't exactly achieve the look I was going for (it's rather shapeless) but it's comfortable and will work as a hanging around the house tee.

Patterns - Tonic Tee by SBCC; Ginger Jeans by Closet Case
Fabric - Navajo jersey from Jumping June Textiles, Charcoal ponte from Joann's; Italian Stretch Denim (affiliate link) from

I figured I would add these pictures, because who doesn't want to see a close-up of my butt ;)  Honestly, I'm thrilled with the fit of these, but I'll probably angle the pockets out slightly more the next time I make them.  And there will be a next time!  For those of you that noticed the lack of belt loops (anyone? Bueller? Bueller?) I never wear anything tucked in to my jeans, and this way I can avoid any unsightly bumps from the belt loops.

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  1. Amazing job sewing!!! I really like the Tonic Top and the way you mixed the fabrics in the back! I like the straight fit of the shirt too (maybe because I still have a bit of a post baby tummy :) ). The jeans look amazing too- I'm always so impressed when people sew pants!

  2. I think you did a great job with your outfits and colour combos. Using the dahlia dress as a top is also pure genius! If I was to give you any outfit/sewing advice, it would be to consider going down a size maybe? It looks like you've overestimated the amount of ease needed in some of your sews (obviously ease is subject to personal preference:-). All the best on your journey to rediscovering your personal style! Christina

    1. Thanks Christina! I agree with the sizing, but for this round I chose to make all the items based on the measurements provided in the patterns. I plan to do a couple of more detailed posts about each pattern, and I will definitely talk about any fit issues then.

  3. Nice! I love the blazer - I've got to try making one of those soon! The last top is really cool too.

    1. Thanks Bethanie! The Morris Blazer has a great look. Plus it has a bit of stretch, and who doesn't love that ;)

  4. Those jeans are amazing! Love the white top too!

  5. Love your jeans! The fit is amazing.