Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pattern review: Onyx shirt


Hello guys! You now when sometimes you want a quick and easy sewing project to give you that feeling of instant gratification? That feeling of accomplishment, something that you can sew in one night and wear to work the next morning? Well, I'm here to share a project exactly like that! 

This is the newly released Onyx shirt pattern from Paprika patterns. I was a reviewer for this project, which basically meant that Lisa sent me this pattern to sew in exchange of a blog post in which I could write whatever I wanted, good or bad. Seems like a very fair deal to me! This is my first time using Paprika patterns. Their Jasper sweater has been in my to sew list for a long time now and I should really make it happen soon. 

The Onyx is a shirt pattern for woven fabrics with two views. View A is a shirt length with a high neckline and short sleeves with cuffs and View B is a cropped top with a scoop neckline and small waist darts for shaping. You can mix and match the two views with endless possibilities! 

I choose to sew View B in a size 4 without any alterations. I used a polka dot woven fabric I had in my stash and some white single fold bias tape to finish the neckline and the armholes. I love this top! It's the perfect summer crop top to pair with high-waisted trousers and skirts! The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and the top came together in less than two hours! I plan on making many more of these tops for summer!

The pattern is on sale for 15% off until this Sunday at 12:00am Central European Time, so if you like Onyx, you better hurry to grab your copy!


*Disclaimer: Lisa sent me this pattern in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Me-Made-May '15 Weekly Recap

photos from my Instagram
Hello everybody! Week 2 of Me-Made-May '15 is over! How time flies! So another recap of my weekly outfits is due: 

OUTFIT 1: Self-drafted pencil skirt
OUTFIT 2: Pin Pegs mini skirt from Sew This Pattern (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Self-drafted kimono sleeve dress

One thing I've already realised is that my me-made summer wardrobe is limited to mainly bottoms. I should really start making more tops! Is there anything you already realised about your wardrobe through the course Me-Made-May?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pattern Testing: Pin Pegs Mini Skirt


Hello everyone! I'm here to share an awesome project with you! A few weeks ago, Annie from Nine Stitches  contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in testing her first pattern, after seeing this post on my blog. At first I was a little hesitant because I didn't know if I really had the time for it, but after seeing some pictures of the pattern I knew I had to say yes! 

This is the Pin Pegs mini skirt. The pattern is a downloadable sewing pattern perfect for the advanced beginner or the intermediate sewer. This pattern is right up my alley. I'm know to love a good mini skirt and usually I have to shorten most skirt patterns. But not this one! This is THE perfect mini skirt. The perfect twist to the classic skirt, with modern, clean lines and an asymmetric hem design and zipper closure. The pattern fits me like a glove! I sewed a size 12 without any alteration. I used a cotton fabric with a bit of elastane for better movement. 

For those of you that aren't a mini lover, Annie will have a Pin Pegs long skirt pattern coming soon, as well as a tutorial on how to lengthen the Pin Pegs mini skirt. I definitely recommend buying this pattern! The final outcome is really satisfying and it's the perfect pattern to spice up your wardrobe. 

You can see more about the pattern here.


*Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Annie, which was incorporated into the final pattern. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Me-Made-May '15 Weekly Recap



Hello everyone! The first week of Me-Made-May '15 is officially over! I pledged to wear at least 3 me-made garments every week and this week I managed to wear 4. I'm really happy to explore my handmade wardrobe and use my me-made garments with creative ways. Here are the recap of this week's outfits:

OUTFIT 1: Self drafted skirt
OUTFIT 2: Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti patterns (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Plantain tee from Deer&Doe patterns
OUTFIT 4: Self drafted skirt (blogged here)

Are you participating in Me-Made-May '15 ? How are you doing so far?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Me Made May '15


Happy May everybody! So spring is officially here and with it comes the greatest sewing challenge, Me Made May. Me Made May is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/ knit/ crochet/ refashion/ upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. You can read more about it over at 'So, Zo...What do you know' 's blog. 

So yesterday I made my pledge: 

'I, Mady from The Wardrobe Project  sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least 3 me made garments each week for the duration of May 2015'

I'll share my outfits on my Instagram and I'll try to make a weekly roundup on the blog like I did in last year's challenge. But for me this year the most important thing is to see what works for my wardrobe and what's not and what percentage of my me made garments are actually worn by me.

So, how about you? Are you taking part in Me-Made-May'15? What is your pledge?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Skirt files: The Straight Skirt


Hello everyone! Long time no see! So spring is officially here! Temperatures are rising and spring clothes are coming to full rotation. As I mentioned in my previous post, I started taking pattern drafting lessons recently. When you start learning how to draft your own pattern based on your own measurements the first garment you learn is a skirt. It's the easiest pattern and requires only three measurement, your waist, your hips and your desired length. So first of all you learn how to make a straight skirt and then you are able to modified it to almost any skirt you could imagine. 

This is my first straight skirt based on my own measurements. Sewing patterns from companies of course are awesome and all that jazz, but there's just this thing when you make something out of your own measurements and fits like a glove that makes you feel satisfied in a whole new level. This is just a basic skirt with two front and two back darts and a waist facing. I hand stitched the hem with a blind stitch and serged all the inside seams. 

The fabric is a lovely cotton with 3% elastane that I won from House of Pinheiro on her 3 year blog anniversary last May. I fell in love as soon as I saw this fabric and I waited patiently until I found the right project for it. I'm very happy with how this skirt turned out and I've already worn it numerous times. Here I paired it with my Mandy Boat Tee(free pattern!)from Tessuti.

So how about you? Do you like drafting your own patterns? Did you ever had pattern drafting lessons or are you a self-taught pattern drafter? 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wardrobe Architect 2015 - March


Hello guys! Sorry for the absence this past last month. The main reason i didn't blog anything over the course of March here is because I lost a key part from my tripod, so I'm not able to photograph anything by myself right now. I have been sewing a bit here and there and I have a couple new makes I would love to share with you. Let's hope I find someone willing to photograph me over the holidays(Greek easter) so I can show you what I 've been making. 

In other news I started taking pattern drafting lessons and I couldn't be happier. I started seeing sewing in a total different angle as I'm learning more and more about pattern drafting. I'll share my projects with you as I'm progressing!

Over to this post now, since I don't have any sewing project to show you at the moment I thought I'll share with you my Wardrobe Architect progress. So March's goal was to plan our wardrobe. Now as I previously discussed here my wardrobe consists mostly from basic stuff and I feel it's really boring, so as spring is approaching I'd love to add more fun prints to it and have some visual interest. 

Wardrobe Architect

FIND THE HOLES

After cleaning my wardrobe and quite a lot of internet browsing I decided on some pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe for spring and summer. These pieces are:

  • 1 pair of floral leggings
  • 4 loose fitting short sleeve tops-black, white, grey and striped
  • 2  loose fitting long sleeve tops-white and black 
  • 1 loose fitting long sleeve cropped top
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 maxi dress-in a print
  • 2 pairs of palazzo pants-a solid one and one with a print
  • 1 maxi dress
  • 1 loose fitting blazer
  • 1 chambray button down
  • 1 loose fitting cardigan-in a print
  • 1 shift dress
  • 1 shirtdress
  • 1 fitted mini skirt-in a print
  • 2 full skirts-in a solid and in a print


MAKING A SHOPPING LIST

I decided that this spring, apart from underwear. I'll try to only buy a couple of pair of new jeans that I need, since sewing jeans is something I'm not comfortable trying just yet!

PLAY MATCHMAKER

I found pattern matches for almost everything in my list and I plan to use my pattern drafting lessons to make all of my skirt and shift dress. 


PRIORITIZE 

I've been a little sneaky and I've started my sewing early. Two skirts and a pair of trousers down already!


So what do you think about my plans? Are you participating in Wardrobe Architect? If yes, how's your progress?