The Pattern Probe #4: Butterick B6296 Pajama Set

Happy Spring Everyone!

After a considerable amount of time, I have jumped back into the sewing game by trying out another pattern from my collection. As a newly minted adult, I noticed that my sleepwear options were pretty dismal. Just old t-shirts and shorts I would wear to bed. And with sleepwear becoming trendy outerwear in fashion, I wanted to created more official clothing items to sleep in. Particularly during the colder months, it would be nice to have some flannel pajama pants to keep warm, and some cute pajama sets in lighter fabrics the rest of the time.

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Copycat Fashion Project #3: Gap Wrap Skirt

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Hello and welcome back to my series Copycat Fashion!

This latest piece is a personal one. I have had this buffalo check plaid wrap skirt for years. I bought it at a Gap outlet for about $10-12 and it has served me well. Of course, life comes in to changes my body, and next thing I know it the skirt doesn’t fit me anymore. Fortunately, I found a Simplicity pattern pack with a wrap miniskirt design that resembled my beloved Gap skirt, so I decided to make a new version that works with my new figure.

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Ms. FixIt #6: Purple Disc Necklace

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Not too long ago, I was at a flea market in Park Slope (Brooklyn), and a vendor had a big cardboard box filled with jewelry. I rooted through it, bought a few pieces and came back the next day to root around some more for potential jewelry buys. The vendor then offered to sell me the ENTIRE box for one price, and I couldn’t resist purchasing it. It was a treasure trove of old and broken costume jewelry that itched my crafting scratch, and this ratty purple necklace was one of them.

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The Gilding Expedition – Pickle Jars

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OK, so since I had a great time gilding my costume jewelry, I decided to do another project out of necessity. I needed some containers for my make-up brushes and any long-container make-up (liners, mascara, etc.) to pull out when I need it. On top of that, I had an abundance of glass jars due to my new-found love for Claussen Sweet Bread ‘N Butter Sandwich Sliced pickles. Everything came together for a new gilding challenge. 🙂

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Ms. FixIt #4: The Gilding Expedition

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This expedition began with one of my beloved cuff bracelets and my Lion Pendant necklace tarnishing to an ugly state. Sure, they are just inexpensive costume jewelry, but I have genuine love for these pieces and I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. On that note, I decided to look into restoration options and gilding seemed to be a cost-effective solution.

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The Pattern Probe #3: Simplicity 1370 Miniskirt

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I know it’s been a while since my last post, but it’s actually because I have been really inspired by this pattern pack and have made TWO skirts back-to-back just to try some things out. I’ll get to that in a bit.

So I got this pattern because the skort design jumped out at me and I found it interesting design-wise. Also, I have been looking for a wrap skirt pattern that closely resembled a beloved skirt that can’t fit me anymore, and I will be making that for a future Copycat Fashion post.

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The Pattern Probe #2 – McCalls M7131 Culotte Shorts

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I know, another Pattern Probe post so soon! I’m so productive. 🙂

Actually I tried out this McCalls pattern as soon as I finished the sweatpants. Summer was practically here and it turned out that I had no shorts that were more dressy-looking for nicer occasions. Since the fashion industry has been pushing culottes back into our       closets, I thought a pair of floaty culotte shorts might be a cool thing to sew for myself to wear in the warmer months.

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The Pattern Probe #1 – Simplicity 2061 Tapered Sweatpants

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Okay so here is the first post for The Pattern Probe series. This was a project of necessity; my favorite pair of comfy yoga pants that I’ve had since college have finally fallen apart and I needed a new pair of pants to lounge around the house. I discovered this “Learn to Sew” pack with 2 types of lounge pants in the Simplicity section and picked it up. Let’s see if the pattern and instructions live up to the Simplicity “Learn to Sew” label…

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