Project Sewn: Signature Look

sig-front2 This week’s Project Sewn challenge was to create a signature look. My first thought was, “Well, everything I’ve made so far is pretty much in my signature style.” My second thought was, “Except that I’ve only made dresses.”

While I do wear dresses a lot (nothing is easier than just putting on a dress in the morning), I also wear a lot of separates. In the winter, that tends to be sweaters and pants, but in the summer, I go with blouses and skirts a lot of the time.

My signature style:
Tailored or fitted
Figure-flattering
Comfortable
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Christmas ensemble, part 1: My top and skirt

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I’m very excited about the new “Project Sewn” website! A sewing competition site for adult clothes, from the minds behind “Project Run and Play“? Could it get any more fun?

The first post on Project Sewn is a link-up for clothes that we sewers have made for ourselves. This outfit was the first time I made separates for myself on my sewing machine – I had hand-sewn skirts for myself before, but never made a top.

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Leggings upcycle into skirt

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What do you do when your kid rips holes in the knees of her leggings? I upcycle the leggings into a skirt (and a matching skirt for her doll out of the leftover fabric).

This is very easy to do. Cut off the legs at the holes and even the length. Rip out the center seams of the leggings (up until the crotch seam, leaving the seams in the front and the back) and turn them so that the legs are now the front and the back. Cut triangular panels out of the discarded bottom of the legs material, and sew on the new “sides” of the skirt.

I use hair elastics for the doll waistbands.