Saturday, October 19, 2013

A little something for myself

I know that much of what I've posted lately has been baby related, and most of what I do get to work on is for the little mister, but I've been trying to squeeze in some time for my own projects when I can. Trying to make time for myself in the midst of the baby/husband/house/work maelstrom is difficult, but crucial to my sanity. I've actually managed to get a fair amount done the last few weeks, from working on the cardigan I'm making for the wee one, to making his Halloween costume, to beginning the assembly of my grey pencil skirt. I did manage to finish a little something for myself as well! I had so much left of the print I cut my vest lining from I decided to make myself a new apron. I have been lusting after the various retro inspired aprons that have become so prevalent recently for ages and thought it was about time I made one. I needed a new full apron anyway, and what better way to do a little scrap/stash busting! I cut a half circle skirt and a wide, shaped waistband which I attached to a fairly simple bib. The halter and waist ties were cut separately and sewn on afterwards. I kept the shape of the patch pockets pretty simple as well, since the print itself is relatively busy.




In addition to the apron, today I whipped up a quick pencil skirt to help bulk up the "cake" portion of my closet. As many of you are aware, I have A LOT of dresses, and while most of them are practical garments (or were pre-baby), I also tend to go more for the unique and interesting as far as prints and details go, that make it a little more difficult to pair things with other pieces in my wardrobe. Most of my separates are super casual knit pieces that make up in some ways a second wardrobe for me. I have my collection of dresses and slightly more formal pieces that all of my friends and acquaintances associate with my "style", but then there is also the much more casual, simple wardrobe of solid camisoles, t-shirts and knit mini-skirts that sometimes get combined with my jeans or linen pants. Inspired my Mimi, I decided to make myself a couple of knit pencil skirts that will do a little better job of meshing my two "styles". A while ago I ordered myself a very comfy, easy, wash-and-wear double knit in a chocolate brown to make the first one. Because there was not as much stretch to this knit as necessary for following Mimi's simple one-seam design, I ended up cutting the skirt in two pieces with a bit of shaping at the hips. I'm really happy with how it turned out and I know it's going to get tons of wear in the coming weeks, now that the weather has cooled off a bit. It hangs a bit funny on Tabitha since she has no legs, but you get the idea.


And finally, here's a little peak of slight progress I made on the grey skirt/vest project. I've got the pleats for the back basted in and the buttons for the skirt and vest covered. I also put the zipper in last night, so next up I will be attaching the waistband and setting the pleated insert into the skirt.


Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

-Evie

4 comments:

  1. I love aprons, and yours is cute yet functional. And the pleated skirt vent is going to look gorgeous when completed. I'm a mom of three, and learned to rotate. Whenever I finish a couple projects for the kids, I start one for me. This way everyone benefits, and there's not much can make you feel better when you have a baby than something new and pretty to wear. I'm not sure if it gets easier as they get older, but you get better at working with what you get. Savor these precious days With your little one while you can! Children are such a blessing.


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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I feel I'm slowly getting a better rhythm/routine worked out from week to week.

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  2. Knit pencil skirts are a great idea. I have two black ones that I wear and wear.

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    1. Yes! I've already worn this one three times. I would love to have a couple more in other colors.

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