Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Me Made May 2015 // My Pledge


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Me-Made-May is almost here! I participated in this challenge for the first time last May and I really enjoyed it because it challenged me to wear the clothes I make more often. I am looking forward to participating again this year.

My pledge is as follows: 

 'I, Elizabeth of The College Seamstress, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor to wear only me-made garments each day for the duration of May 2015. I will also be cleaning out my closet during the month of May in order to re-evaluate my wardrobe. '

Last year, my pledge was to wear only handmade clothes and I accomplished that task. I still wear my handmade clothes on a daily basis with 95% of my outfit being handmade. However, I usually wear my favorites and there are certain handmade items in my closet that have been deprived of seeing the light of day. :)

I have been wanting to clean out my closet for a long time, so hopefully this challenge will give me the encouragement to do that! I will update you on how that goes because I always find it extremely difficult to get rid of things I made (even if I never wear them). Hopefully, cleaning out my closet will help me discover holes in my wardrobe to guide my future sewing projects.

Are you participating in Me-Made-May? You can read more and sign up here.

~Elizabeth

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Sally Dress for Easter


Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start! Mine next couple of weeks will be filled with presentations, other projects, exams, and graduation! It's all so exciting and keeping me busy! Over spring break, I made this Sally Dress for Miss V to wear on Easter.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lulu Dress


Happy First Day of Spring!! I was home on spring break last week and was able to do some sewing. My little sister is growing and getting taller, so some new dresses were needed. The first one I made was a Lulu dress. I made a size 3T and it was a perfect fit for Miss V.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pattern Wishlist

School is keeping me from sewing, so I thought I would share some of my favorite patterns currently on my wishlist!


The Anna Dress from By Hand London 

I loved this dress when I first started seeing it in the sewing blogosphere. There are so many great versions, but I especially love this one. I think it looks great with a gathered skirt. This is potentially a dress I could make for my graduation, but I'm still trying to decide. 

Archer Button Up Shirt

Archer Button Up Shirt from Grainline Studio

I do not have a single button up shirt in my closet. What more excuse do I need than that? I have been eyeing this pattern ever since I first saw it. I think it would be a great pattern to learn new skills with as I have never sewn a button placket. It would be lovely in a chambray. I am in awe of the five Archers that Kelly of Cut Cut Sew made recently. 


Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns, View A

The Gabriola Skirt from Sewaholic Patterns

I have long admired many of the Sewaholic Patterns, but I have never sewn or bought any. I love this maxi skirt - it would be perfect for spring and summer time. My favorite thing about this skirt is that it is an a-line shape rather than a tube like most maxi skirts. 



The Cressida Skirt from Jennifer Lauren Vintage

This skirt has buttons and pockets! I can't decide if I like the single or double breasted button placket better. I think this would be lovely in denim or linen.


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The Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Patterns

These pajamas are so cute, and I could definitely use a new pair. I really like the piping on this version. 


The Felicity Dress from Jennifer Lauren Vintage

This pattern was just released a few days ago and I absolutely love it! There is a gathered skirt or circle skirt option. It has pockets too! This is another potential pattern to make for my pinning ceremony and graduation.

Those are just a few of my favorite patterns recently. What patterns have you been sewing lately?

Do you have any suggestions of what pattern I should use for a graduation dress? The Anna Dress and Felicity Dress are my top two picks right now, but I'm open to other suggestions as well!

Have a lovely day!

  ~Elizabeth

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Thoughts



Happy Wednesday! I am very tired tonight and decided to procrastinate take a break from school work and post some pictures of my sister wearing her new dress. :)

She loves her new dress and I think she looks so cute wearing it! The arms are a little tight because the pineapple fabric isn't very stretchy, but it fits and she doesn't seem to mind. I'm using the pineapple fabric for my 12 year old sister as well and I think I will cut the larger size for the sleeves so she has enough room.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Go To Signature Dress


Hello! I finally have a sewing project to show you. This is the Signature Dress from Go To Patterns. It's a size 3 for my littlest sister, Miss V. I let her pick the fabric, but she hasn't seen it yet, so I hope she likes it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year in Review

It the last day of the year and I thought it would be fun to look back and see what I've accomplished this year.

I kept track of every single thing I sewed in 2014 by writing it down in a notebook. I have not blogged it all, but that's okay. My total was 56 garments. Out of those, 36 were made for me. I did a lot of sewing for my little sisters and some for my mom this year too. 

All of the patterns I sewed were from Indie designers. I did not sew anything from the big pattern companies such as Simplicity or McCalls. I really prefer Indie patterns because they are just really thought out and have excellent instructions. The designers are always more than willing to help you out too! 

Now, here are my top 5 favorites from 2014: