My Wardrobe Sudoku is Complete!

And I love it! In true last-minute-lady style, I completed the last item yesterday evening, knowing full well that the entry was due today! Well, I got it done so I guess that’s all that matters.

This process has really helped me focus on making things that I will actually use. I do enjoy making difficult or “amazing” things but then I don’t end up wearing them, so what’s the point? Every item is this wardrobe is super coordinated with not only the rest of this wardrobe, but many other items already in my closet. Win!

I also had a deadline so I couldn’t put things aside in favor of shiny new projects or toss them aside in “time out” of I encountered a problem. I had to power through and get it done which really isn’t hard to do but isn’t my typical modus operandi.

The Best Laid Plans

It all started with a plan. I decided to use the same color scheme as my cruise wardrobe from last year since I had lots of stashed fabric from items I didn’t complete in time. Plus, I already knew I loved all the colors.

What I Made

I ended up making 12 of the 16 items on the grid. Below is a list of all items on the chart, in order left to right by row, and linked to the review on Pattern Review and to my blog post.

Row 1:

  1. Parrot Button Down Shirt   |   McCall’s 7472   |   blogged
  2. Indigo Blue Skinny Jeans   |   Simplicity 8222   |   blogged
  3. Ballet Flats in Tan
  4. White Basic Tank Top   |   Simplicity 1167   |   blogged

Row 2:

  1. Cream Basic Tank Top   |   Ottobre 02-2010 #18   |   blogged
  2. Gray Wedge Heals
  3. White Ankle-length Skinny Jeans   |   Simplicity 8222   |   blogged
  4. Navy & Cream Chevron Henley   |   McCall’s 7360   |   blogged

Row 3:

  1. Gray Bermuda Shorts   |   Simplicity 1167   |   blogged
  2. Coral Eyelet Cap-sleeved Top   |   Simplicity 2455   |   blogged
  3. Navy Short-sleeved Jacket   |   McCall’s 5327   |   blogged
  4. Brown Strappy Sandals

Row 4:

  1. Navy Denim Espadrilles   |   allNaturalHandKnits   |   blogged
  2. Up-cycled Infinity Scarf   |   DIY pattern   |   blogged
  3. Coral Jersey Bodysuit   |   Nettie Bodysuit   |   blogged
  4. Casual Cream Twill Skirt

Mixin’ & Matchin’

The best of part of completing this wardrobe, is all the outfits I can make using these pieces. Since this is a Sudoku board outfits are matched using rows, columns, and diagonals. I also found that the quarters and center created nice outfits, for a total of 15 outfits!

My favorite outfits are Row 1/Quadrant 1, Row 2/Quadrant 2. I’m really happy with how cohesive everything is and that I’ll be able to use these clothes quite often.

This process also helped me get on board the TNT (tried-and-true) pattern train. I understand now why people would want to make the same pattern over an over. Now that I have a skinny jean pattern that fits, I want to make it in all the colors and lengths!

What About Next Time?

For me the planning process went really fast but it took me the full 2 months to complete the pieces. Having a very specific vision of what I wanted made it easy to select patterns and fabrics.

I think this is a great way to plan my sewing to ensure that I end up with pieces that match so I have ready made outfits. With all that said, I might need to take a break from structured plans and work on some random stuff for a while as a palette cleanser. But, I will keep the Sudoku in mind when I start thinking about fall sewing!

Ep. 83 – Ruthlessly Culled

Intro/Announcements:

  • Finally able to have some fun outside!
  • PECS food binders for the boys.
  • Bullet Journal!

Knitting:

WIPs:

Sewing

WIPs:

  • Chambray Shirtdress – McCall’s 7351 – had to get creative with fabric cutting and added contrast fabric to the inner yoke, under collar and inner collar stand.

Purchases:

  • “Sewing Swimsuits” class on Craftsy. So far, I think it will be helpful!
  • Floral cotton stretch fabric to make a 50’s style sheath dress.

Ep. 82 – Wouldn’t That be the Dream?

Intro/Announcements:

  • We are back from vacation! It was super fun, but it’s nice to be home.
  • Bullet Journal – still trying out new things.

Knitting:image (4)

FO:

WIPs:

Sewing

I’d like to focus on making Bras and Swimsuits here in the near future so I can really figure out how to do it right! I’ve purchased three more Craftsy Classes: “Sewing Bras: Foam & Lace”, “Adjust the Bust”, and “Fitting Solo. I also bought some pink sweater knit fabric that I need to figure out what to do with.

FOs:

  • Infinity Scarf – with left over swim wrap fabric. Just made up the pattern
  • Pirate Costumes – for the cruise. Basic black pajama bottoms for everyone which I then cut off with zig-zags. Then purchased t-shirts cut the same way…Easy!
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James did not want to pose for a picture!

  • Seagull top – V1387
  • Navy Cardigan – M6996
  • Pajama Pants – Burda 12-2010-134
  • Floral Swimsuit – B4526
  • Swim Cover up – jumpsuit style – M6083 – added 3″ to length of bodice

Swimsuit Fails!

  • Red Suit – S1374 – not supportive enough!
  • Mimi G Suit – S1116 – may work but I’ll need to figure out a better way for this to be supportive!

My Own Flock of Seagulls (V1387)

I’ve only got a few days left before we leave for our cruise (cue cheers!), so today was meant to be a sew-a-thon, but only one thing got done. This top took a lot longer to put together than I thought it would, mostly because the fabric required that I take everything a bit slower and I was super slow with all the hand stitching. But, in the end, I love it!

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Does this top give me linebacker shoulders?

I had originally purchased Vogue 1387 for view B, but the muslin didn’t go well (fit wise) so I just set it aside. Then, while looking at this fabric and trying to decide which pattern to use I ended up coming back to this one, but for view A.

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>>> Vogue 1387 Review <<<

Pattern Description: View A: Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. Front longer than back and mock wrap, pullover, fitted through bust, no shoulder seams, elasticized tie ends for casing, underarm inset, and armhole bands.

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Pattern Sizing: 14-22. I made a 14 with some fit adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but mine is made from awesome fabric! 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Although it could have been clearer in some spots.

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The armband is a bit finicky to work with. In the end, I treated it like a y-seam by only stitching the side seams up to the big circle, then attached the armband ends to each seam.

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The underarm inset was also tricky, so I pinned just the right side in place first, went all the way around the armhole, and on the way back down the other end pinned the left side (while the armband was still attached to the machine). This was a lot cleaner finish then what I got on my muslin.

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Oh, and I also did the tie’s a bit differently. I attached each one to the side seams of the casing, before closing the casing. Then I added elastic around the entire waist, so the ties are more decorative than functional.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the style. Its a cute, light top. I also love the shape of the yoke and the V on the back neckline.

Fabric Used: Awesome seagull fabric. I think its poly and its actually featured in another Vogue Pattern, which I thought was kind of funny.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: After making the muslin in a 14 (one size down from the recommended for my size) I decided to add 2 inches to the bodice (above the ties). I also added 3/4″ to the front overlap edges for a bit more coverage. I had planned to stitch the fronts where they cross but haven’t yet. I also left off the facing and just did a narrow hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t think I would sew it again because it is such a distinctive style. But I would recommend it to others but suggest a muslin not only for fitting but as a good walk through of the construction.

Conclusion: As the seagulls say in Finding Nemo, “Mine, mine, mine!”