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!

I Made Shoes!

I am so stinkin’ excited about these shoes!

I’ve had in mind to make some espadrilles for a while now but had never been motivated enough to make it happen. The Sudoku Wardrobe Challenge was the perfect chance to try it.

I ended up going with soles and pattern from allNaturalHandKnits on Etsy.

The soles are authentic and were shipped all the way from Spain!

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 10 page instructions and pattern for making espadrilles.

Pattern Sizing: 36 to 42 EU. I ended up ordering size 41.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! Both soles are exactly the same (no left or right) so sewing is easy as everything is symmetrical.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the style of the pattern and the instructions were super easy. It fit really well onto the sole.

Fabric Used: 100% cotton denim from JoAnn’s. This is actually the 2nd top I made for the soles. The first set used leftover stretch denim from my jeans but ended up too wide across the top of my foot. I may go back and remake the top in another stretch denim for added comfort.

I also used some crochet cotton for the blanket stitch to attach the tops to the soles. It was really easy to work with – using a curved needle of course.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I ended up having to take out a dart along the top and the back to fit my long skinny feet. The alteration was super easy and re-stitching a new set of uppers only took about half an hour.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! I’m not sure if I’ll order another set of soles but I may end up replacing these tops with something with a bit of stretch.

I do recommend the pattern but keep in mind that it is designed to match these particular soles.

Conclusion: Awesome!

Just a White Tank Top (S1167)

As part of the Sudoku Wardrobe Contest I had to make 4 accessories. The easiest choice was a tank top to layer under some other tops. Since I had such trouble with my last tank, I decided to try a different pattern. I went back to Mimi G’s collection in S1167 for simple tank with a bit of interest at the hem.

Pattern Review – Simplicity 1167

Pattern Description: Mimi G’s tank pattern is part of a wardrobe set that includes a tank, jacket, pants, and shorts.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I made a straight 14 which is a size smaller based on bust measurement but is the standard size I chose for Big 4 patterns. Also, since this is to be layered under other tops I didn’t want it to be too loose.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! I followed them exactly and it worked great. I was able to make it entirely on the serger except for the hem and top-stitching.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Its a basic tank so it was easy and turned out exactly as expected. I like the finish on the neck and armhole and like the look  of the high/low hem.

Fabric Used: Basic white jersey knit from JoAnn’s. It is a bit more transparent than I’d like but I was on a time crunch and had to go with whatever was in the store. But, as an under shirt, it is just right!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I only hemmed 5/8″ which is about half the hem called for. I wanted a bit extra length in the top. Next time, I would add maybe another inch to the torso. Or, I might try one where the front and back are even but leave the slit on the sides. I love basic patterns like this because you can change it but so easily by making small adjustments.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Very easy and produces a nice tank.

Conclusion: I’m happy with this make!

Comfy Bermuda Shorts (S1167)

A spring wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a pair of shorts! While it is now “officially” spring…it is still a bit too chilly to wear these. Besides, I have winter white legs so I’ll just have to spare everyone that for a while longer!

Pattern Review – Simplicity 1167

Pattern Description: Mimi G’s shorts pattern is part of a wardrobe set that includes a tank, jacket, pants, and shorts.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. This time I made a size 12 based on the actual garment measurements instead of the body measurements (which called for a size 14). I prefer less ease in my bottoms so that worked out well.

The hems are the same length…I’m just standing crooked!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for my modification on the hem.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I didn’t use the fly instructions since I’m in love with Angela Wolf’s fly method from her Craftsy class “Sewing Designer Jeans.” This is the second such fly I’ve made over the last 2 weeks and it is so awesome…I’ll never use another method!

I used some quilting cotton on the fly shield for a fun surprise.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the look of it since it’s a bit dressier than jeans. I also liked how the pocket was done. I’ve got my eye on the jacket as well.

Fabric Used: Bottom-weight twill in a medium gray color from JoAnn’s. It has a slight bit of stretch but I can’t tell if that’s because of the content or just mechanical give.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to make the back darts wider by an extra 3/8″ on each dart leg. I also ended up pegging the leg along the inseam from about mid thigh to hem. My legs narrow out faster than the pattern called for. I also cut off 1 1/2″ off the hem and just folded it up to blind stitch rather than the folded hem called for. I think this gives a more polished finish.

Changes I plan for future makes: For the next pair, I will have to raise the back waist a bit to get over my booty and probably take it in just a bit more. Not sure if that’s a swayback issue or just how my bum is shaped, but I’ve noticed this problem with all 3 bottoms I’ve made for the Sudoku Wardrobe. I may just have to plan on this for every make.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really like the finished garment and would consider making it again. I do recommend it to anyone looking for a Bermuda style short.

Conclusion: Nice shorts that are super comfortable and will be infinitely wearable once it finally warms up.