The “Tennis Anyone?” outfit
Hello! My name is Ashley and I am so excited to be contributing this year! I am a 24 year old native Californian, Music Major (late bloomer Lol!) currently attending Oregon State University. I keep a blog (that I have been very bad at updating lately, ahem.) to document my adventures in clothing, sewing, music, and far too much babbling at Yammering Muse.
As a completely broke college student, I love being able to sew. Not only does it allow me to create a totally unique wardrobe that sets me apart from the “Hiker Chic” that seems to be prolific on my campus, but also lets me get vintage looking pieces that aren’t so delicate! I’ve always been a fan of Vintage and it is becoming harder and harder to find both in California and Oregon (at least the parts I live in), so sewing has been quite a life saver in that sense! When I was a wee thing I told people I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up, but soon after really fell in love with music. I got my first sewing machine at 6, but didn’t really learn how to properly sew until my Freshman year of high school. I made a circle skirt in orange polka dotted cotton. It fell apart after three wears. I picked up sewing again in 2008 and started by trying to make my own pattern (with a fabric marker and the fabric), which split up the back seam the first time I wore it. Since then sewing has become a huge passion and I love the whole process(except for hemming, I loathe hemming!). One of my main goals for this year is to learn pattern drafting, and take my sewing abilities to the next level, and I’m hoping that participating in Sew Weekly challenges will help me do just that! My non-sewing goal is to finish this year of school, which sounds lame, but let me tell you, majoring in music is not for the faint of heart. Especially if you happen to be in this year’s Opera production, despite not having the time for it. Thug life foreva.
Fabric: Blue and white stripped seersucker on super sale for $3/yard
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Notions: Hem tape from stash, bias tape from stash, white buttons from stash
Time to complete: 8 hours over the course of a very stressful week!
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Both together and separately many many times!
Total price: $12
Onto a wee bit about my project! I created this outfit in April of last year. I used the reproduction of Simplicity 3688, which runs HUGE by the way! But it is definitely my favourite skirt pattern ever! The 40’s are my favourite decade and this is the perfect 40’s style A-line skirt. I made a button placket in lieu of a zipper and really adore the way it came out! This was also the very first project I made a hand stitched hem on. I may hate hemming, but I do love they way hand stitched ones look! I also made the blouse from the same pattern but added a self drafted sailor collar. I hand stitched the cuffs and the hem of the blouse too! When I paired the outfit together I loved how it looked like a vintage tennis outfit and decided a headband was in order. All three of these pieces have been in very heavy rotation in my closet. The seersucker is perfect for California weather, and they even make good layering pieces for the Oregon winter! I chose this particular project because it really did mark a monumental moment for me. This was the project where I finally started loving the process of sewing. Prior I was all about just getting it done, no matter how poorly something came out, but with this project I really took my time, and fell in love with the actual constructing of my garment. Since then I’ve never looked back, and have fallen more in love with sewing than ever before!