I like to sew for myself, but lately I haven't had much of a chance because I have been swamped with headband orders. The other day it occurred to me that many of the clothes I have made for myself have never been photographed, and most were from the pre-blogging days. So here you can see some "vintage" (as in older than now) Katie/blueeyedfreckle creations! I am thinking this will be a series, because I have LOTS and no one wants a 3 page post:) In this post I am going to give you the thoughts I had while creating each piece and where my inspiration came from.
oh and forgive my bad modeling. I seemed to think that hands on the hips is good modeling.
This shirt was one of the first things I ever ruffled up. I had this brilliant idea while I was working at Anthro. ( obviously everyone is doing this to their shirts these days, but at the time I had never seen anything like it, except for the things at anthro). It is still one of my very favorite things to wear.
I swear this dress looks better on me when my *you know whats* aren't so big from nursing!! Its a simple dress though, made back when I was just figuring out how to sew myself a dress. I had that red little boys soccer t-shirt that I loved but it was just way too short. And I didn't know how to construct tops of dresses, so I had this idea to just take the shirt and add things to the bottom. Yes, you are saying that you've seen this a million times. But since this was pre-blog world (for me), I hadn't ever seen the idea. Oh the fun I would have had in those days if I had had millions of crafty blogs to peruse.
Okay so this isn't that old, but I've never documented it. When I first had Olivia, I needed things to wear that had easy nursing-access. I couldn't fit into my other button-down shirts, so I went to Goodwill and bought some men's shirts. (I had been inspired by the shirts LeAnn wore while she was on project runway). I cut the sleeves off and made flutter sleeves, and then constructed a different type of collar. I added piping to the collar, placket and bottom hemline, then added darts for better fit.
This was a dress I made while I was pregnant. I dyed a white hanes t-shirt and then added ruffles and a bottom to make it a dress.
This was just part of one shirt (the bib) that I sewed to another because the other shirt had shrunk too much.
this was one of the first dresses I designed and constructed completely from scratch AND it actually looked okay! I made it while watching project runway, which always inspires me to sew.
HA! I can't even put this one on right now.... When I lived in Utah I had this idea to take sweaters and then add a bottom of fabric to make it a dress (just like the t-shirt idea). The ones after this had more sweater, but this was my first. I took the top of a 70's sweater dress and cut it off, added a crocheted trim, and then sewed a tube with darts to finish it up. I am still in love with this, and hope that one day I can fit into it again!!!!
** I don't know why I looked mad in all these shots... sometimes I get agitated with the photographer (my husband) if I look fat. As if he can help it:)