The days are slipping away! Summer is over and I haven't been swimming ONE TIME. I feel like I can't breathe. /anxiety attack. We're on the verge of a huge move. Huge. Like cross country huge. Just so much everything! The feels. 
Ok. I got to this point because I was going to explain why my pictures are so dark. I have always come home from work and snapped a few pics for the blog if I wasn't able to do it on the weekend, but now I'm getting home and the light is like this. : / 
Bye Summer, you were hot in your prime but your really becoming cold, dark, and bitter; I'll be honest, it's just not attractive.  

So - on to the reason you're here. The sewing, the pattern, the goods. :) This is my latest test and from a new-to-me designer Wardrobe By Me. Behind the brand is a Denmark born gal Christina Albeck who boasts more than 20 years pattern drafting experience for Denmark clothing lines. Christina is a complete gem to work with (I can say that since I'm southern right?) Anywho darlins', she's wonderful.

P.S. I shamefully had to google where Denmark was. Way to make me feel like a dumb American "United States-ian," me! It's above Germany, but I know you already knew that. If map drafting were up to me, we'd probably all die.

Christina came out with this little stunner, a skin tight skinny skirt. Lemme tell ya, they call these wiggle skirts for a reason! Slow down long stride, you ain't gettin' nowhere. 
The skirt features paneled sides, a side leg slit and an invisible zipper. 

^This picture^ is for science (sewing) purpose, because this looks seriously weird. I promise my butt doesn't always look like this, this is just awk and long and lumpy. 


That thread is driving me nuts^ Let's pretend we don't see it. ;)

Something I want to mention as someone who is still newer to sewing - these are not beginner patterns. Christina said that she writes the patterns that treat sewers like they know what their doing. There is no hand holding and I struggled with a few parts but I was able to persevere and complete the skirt. :) (Honestly, it wasn't that hard, but a few things were confusing to me that I think someone with slightly more experience wouldn't have thought twice about) I think this is actually a huge selling point for her patterns. So many people write patterns that "teach sewing" and I've heard people complain that it's gets boring and they'd just like some instructions that are for people who know how to sew. THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR YOU! If you're a confident intermediate sewer, I think you'll be fine with them as well. :) 

I made a size 4 graded to 6 in the hip area and it fits! Next time I believe I will use a fabric with more than 3% Lycra for some additional stretch which I also believe will help eliminate some of the drag-lines. Some of the testers used Ponte knit and their skirts look great and comfy! (Hello work skirt!) So I'll probably try that next time, too. (I sit at work and cannot have a waistband in my stomach for 8.5 hours so a knit skirt would be amaze.) 

Check out Christina's other patterns on Etsy here - Wardrobe by Me.  I think she has some unique designs that I'm excited to try like the Akinori dress. I have her new Mikki Dress and can't wait to make it. It will be a stunner for work. Maybe I can't stop violating dress code with my scandalous 2.1" above the knee dresses.

Black fabric from Joann's - Sateen with 3% lycra. $4.99 with 50% coupon for 3/4 yard = $3.75
Floral bottomweight from Joann's - 3% lycra. On clearance for $1.50/yard for 1.5 yards = $3.75 (I only used less than .75/yard.)
Notions - Thread $.50, zipper $2.99, interfacing $.50
Total estimated cost = $11.49  

I tested this pattern and was given the final draft of the pattern for free as well as a pattern of choice from Wardrobe By Me. (I chose the Mikki Dress!) However all opinions still remain my own. Can't buy me ;) Well.... maybe for enough fabric... but still probably not. ;)
*Do you like the use of my Oxford Comma? If you know what that is and you share the same opinion on said comma, we are friends.*

Don't ask me why I look like I want to murder someone. Maybe it's because this shirt turned out shitty? I'm not sure. Don't judge. That's just my face.

P.S. Those are not pickles on my shirt. Just sayin'. Not pickles.

As a rule, I like tighter fitting clothing but I loved the flowy-ness of the Free Spirit Tank from P4P though, for some unknown reason I decided that I wanted it to be flowy but not too flowy... so I removed the very feature of the shirt that it's based on... because - that's normal.

I mashed it up with the Nettie Body Suit from Closet Case Files (Which is known for being ... a bodysuit ... so tight. haha). I used the Nettie neckline, and tapered from the size 10 Nettie to the handkerchief hem of the FST. And... this is the result. HA! HA! 

Now that I'm done making fun of myself, I can say that I DO love the neckline. I chose to turn under and hem rather than put on neck and arm bands. I like the result, though it has made the neckline a little wide so the straps are prone to slip off my shoulders.

This pics were taken pre-haircut with crazy hair. I would say "crazy hair; don't care" but I'm mentioning it so obviously I do care a little. #Insecurities! ;)

This knit hangs a little funk. It's really soft, but it's Hobby Lobby knit. (Basically this means I don't expect much) I like the style of the hem and maybe next time I'll try to not hussy up my clothes and have a flowy tank like a normal human. And I suppose I'll continue to blog my "not so successful makes" - maybe I'll look back and be like, "dayum... I've gotten so much better!" In a few years.

All in all I do still wear this shirt and it looks cute with a pair of skinnies and a cardigan for work but next time I'll leave the pattern mashing to the pros D: 

P.S. Why isn't Flowy a word? It's not spelled flowey either... flowie. None. Flowing. Sure English - make watery a word but not flowy. You totally make sense.

Not pickle fabric from Hobby Lobby - $6.49/yard for 1 yard = $6.49
Notions: Thread $.50
Total $6.99 for a new top. :D