astoria, britex, handmade wardrobe, knit, pencil skirt, seamwork, sewing, uniform, wool

Work uniform, Fall 2017

So a couple of years ago, I loved the pencil skirt with fine-gauge sweater (with scarf and boots) for work.  This year, I can feel a new uniform developing: the pencil skirt with high-waisted "sweater" (with cute flats and statement necklace or brooch). I had to make some fit adjustments to the original pattern, but this… Continue reading Work uniform, Fall 2017

astoria, french seams, handmade wardrobe, liberty voile, seamwork, sewing, sewing knits, silk

Astoria top + swishy skirt (take 2)

After sewing this version of the Astoria top with a swishy skirt, I knew I had to make more.  MORE! Alas, I only made this one more (despite my dreams of a closet full of them).  The overall style works well--cropped 50s inspired top with a voluminous skirt--and I like how it works with my… Continue reading Astoria top + swishy skirt (take 2)

astoria, britex, colette patterns, dirndl, french terry, handmade wardrobe, rayon, self-drafted, sewing, skirt, sweater

Astoria sweater + swishy skirt = new fave outfit

This rayon from Britex caught my eye, and I just couldn't shake it.  It's not a typical color palette or print for me, but I had to have it and I knew exactly what I'd make with it: a dirndl skirt.  A dirndl is not my favorite silhouette, but with this fabric, it all just… Continue reading Astoria sweater + swishy skirt = new fave outfit