January 13, 2012

Make It, Wear It: American Apparel Knockoff

A couple of weeks ago I decided to send a care package to my sister in AZ. The usual stuff--banana bread, a magazine, a shirt that just won't fit me--and I thought I'd include one of those infinity scarf things everyone seems to be wearing. I looked up how to make them and came across this tutorial for an American Apparel circle scarf knockoff by ComeonIlene:

Her post has inspired me to brave the LA fashion (and/or fabric?) district one of these days.

The scarf itself might be the easiest thing I've ever sewn... really. It is literally 2yds of jersey knit sewn together at the ends with a simple straight stitch. Seriously it's that easy. I pulled the fabric a tad while sewing so that it had some stretch at the seam. Personally I find the scarf a bit ridiculous BUT
a) I don't wear scarves often so I always feel a bit self-conscious in them
b) I'm not usually wearing the kinds of outfits that make a scarf like this look good
c) It's not for me so who cares what I think
That being said the scarf leaves for Flagstaff on Monday and even though I didn't make it for myself I thought I'd still have some fun showing it off--American Apparel style.

This was supposed to be my mustache but I don't think I came across.

In retrospect I should have been wearing some serious heels but the full body picture was a last minute decision so please forgive the fopaux.

January 09, 2012

Maybe a Skirt?

Ok so the shirt I picked for the class is a no-go. My mom got to it first and said it was much more complicated than she expected. It also took her a long time to finish and though I haven't seen it she calls it "old-lady" looking so I'm guessing I would agree. I looked through other shirt patterns but the only "easy" ones I could find are knit--which I'm trying to avoid because it can be so difficult to work with for beginners.
I asked around and it looks like everyone would be fine with a skirt instead so here's a few options:

Simple circle skirt with a side zipper. Seems easy enough and would probably be decently flattering on anyone.

Pockets and an elastic waist so it should be super simple. I'm not the hugest fan of the style but I think with a good belt like in the picture or a tucked-out shirt it would be fine and the style might fit everyone better than a zipper.
I believe this one also has a side zipper. I like the belt loops. Though it might take a bit longer than the other circle skirt I think I like the look better.
I find myself really drawn to these skirts. I like all the options available: puffball vs flowey, pleated or gathered, sash or smooth front. Not sure if I would need to just choose one for everyone to do or if the differences are small enough that everyone could pick their own variation.

So those are the ones that I think would be easiest based on the info provided. I'd love any input or opinion on them.