Category Archives: Sewing Projects

A Blog Renovation

Hello to all!

As I mentioned in my last post, I have sort of been trying to figure out what I ‘d like to do with the blog since I went on a bit of a hiatus to finish school. Well, I would like to invite you all to begin following my new blog adventures over at calliemakes.wordpress.com…As some of you may have noticed from following Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I wear quite a few things that I make myself. And that will be what Callie Makes is more about. Because, truthfully, that is what I AM about. I make things. I LOVE to make things. Literally (as cliche as it sounds) since I can remember.  Mostly clothing, yes…but I’ll give anything a shot, really.

So, for now…I am going to put down PDLS for a rest and focus a bit more on what I would call my niche-sewing and making. Because it is what I love to do and what I would like to share with you.

 

Hope to see you there,

Callie

Printed: Blue & White

Blue and white prints and designs have always been very striking to me.  There are such interesting backgrounds associated with blue and white motifs among various cultures. Chinoiserie and Delftware derived from the Netherlands, for example.  My mom has always had a wonderful collection of Delftware, (a lot of which came from Colonial Williamsburg) so that is very likely one reason I am drawn to blue and white prints…it’s apparently ingrained.

So, I made this dress over the summer with the intention of wearing it to a wedding but opted for a different one.  I wanted to wait until the winter to do a blog post with this dress because I thought the blue and white print would probably stand out way better with a snowy white background.

 

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Coat-Vintage Bill Blass (with altered lining)
Dress-Made by me
Boots-Aldo

Toeing the Towpath

Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland.  The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP).  The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River.  Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s.  If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

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It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.

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Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).

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If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d

Petal Pink

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  It was an absolutely BEA-utiful day for us here in CLE, which is usually a hit or miss for this annual special Sunday.  But when we do get a warm and sunny one, it makes this Spring holiday that much sweeter.

Today, I wanted to share this pink petal coat (freshly finished) project of mine.  I was inspired by a street-wear picture I came across a very long time ago and loved it so much that decided to give it a go myself by upcycling an old coat.  I’m extremely excited with how it turned out.

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I don’t know what it is about this color, and I know I’ve said this multiple times before, but I truly love it, especially for the Spring.  It just suits the season perfectly, I think.

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It’s so exciting to finally see green sprouts showing up everywhere!  A couple days ago it seemed like Mother Nature just flipped the on-switch for Spring…everything had become noticeably greener, which is just so very inspirational and reassuring.

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Our yummy Easter creations this year. >:o)

 

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Dress-Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a)
Shoes-Jessica Simpson (n/a)
Necklace-made it
Upcycled coat

Over the Holidays

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday! We spent ours in downtown CLE and it was so much fun! A very memorable experience for the books…including one delicious Moscow Mule, a handshake with a rock guitarist, and a hug from a stranger. Not a bad way to start 2015! :) These past few weeks leading up to and including the holidays have been ultra hectic, so it’ll be nice to finally have a few days to just breathe and relax.

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A great view from East 4th for the NYE downtown fireworks.

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Tower City Center.

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A fantastic Moscow Mule from Society Lounge on East 4th.

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So, a couple weeks ago, I made myself another coat that I’ve been patiently waiting to actually accomplish. And at last, I finally have.

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Wearing a Gap blouse from a few years ago, black skinny jeans, boots by Bed Stu, hat by Converse from Target many years ago, and silver earrings and tooled leather purse were mom’s.

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For Christmas, we had a very yummy meal and our traditional Flaming Plum Pudding. Since it has to be started the day after Thanksgiving, my mom will often just buy a pre-made one from somewhere like William-Sonoma, but this year she was on the ball and actually made one from scratch…complete with the brandied hard sauce!

Boy Meets Girl

One of the greatest things about fashion is the allowance of mixing and matching. That’s what makes great style…those ‘highs and lows’ I’ve mentioned before are really what generate unique outfits. Today’s blogfit is just that. Menswear + Feminine details. I absolutely love feminine styles and silhouettes, but I also love menswear details, like a good piece of leather. I think leather is one of my favorite textiles used in apparel and accessories. It’s got such a versatile quality to it. It can be rough and tough and completely utilitarian, but it can also be the perfect detail to many contemporary designs…and just adds that perfect amount of ‘edge’.

These trouser chinos definitely say ‘menswear’. When I first saw them in the window, I honestly thought they were a dress pant…I then realized they were actually a chino and was really surprised! But surprised in a good way, because as a chino, they are very comfortable but the pinstripe makes them appear much more sophisticated.

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Blouse is one that I made about a year and a half ago, blue pinstripe chinos from Anthropologie (my newest favorite pants!) shoes from Steve Madden, Brahmin handbag…as seen in this last post.

May Flowers

Well, today is a beautiful Spring day in May! Almost 80 here in CLE, which is an awesome change compared to the 50 degree days we’ve been consistently experiencing. I love that most of the trees are finally turning green or budding, and when you’re driving you get whiffs of flowers or freshly cut grass. So I guess all those April showers did bring us some May flowers!

To say I’m ready for the warm weather is an understatement…I am BEYOND ready for the warm weather, after the brutal winter we had this year, it is about stinkin’ time. Bring on the heat. I’m ready to wear lots of skirts and dresses, annnd sandals…as evidenced in this post. ;)

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I made this skirt last week. I had it cut out for a while and just kind of forgot about it. The great thing about it is that since it’s neutral, being black and white, it will go nicely with many things. Today, I chose a classic chambray shirt and statement necklace. Chambrays are a definite closet must for men and women.

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Chambray shirt from Target, made the skirt, sandals from Target $12!, straw fedora from H&M, necklace from Dillard’s.

Brighten Up

Now that it is May, I am definitely ready to see some more consistent Spring weather on this side of the country. We’ve had some pretty warm days here and there, but for the most part, we’ve seen a lot of rain…and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels kind of blah when it rains. Rainy days are my indoor days…the days I can spend all day sewing and not feel guilty about not going outside. Well, if the rain’s not going to go away (at least for the time being) then I will brighten up my days by brightening up my wardrobe! And I think YOU should do the same ;)

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These bright pink pants are a pair I made last year. (Also seen in this post). They’re like a red (but pink) flag-They cannot be missed. That is for certain. The camisole is a more recent (like, a couple days ago) sewing project of mine. I didn’t have much of this beautiful silk to work with, but I had just enough to make a silk cami. The colors are gorgeous. Belt is from Anthropologie last summer–yes, yes I have many-a- Anthro sparkle belt. They really are the best though. Coach wristlet. Cobalt blue heels from Gianni Bini at Dillards.

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How will you brighten up your wardrobe for Spring?? :)

Dressed for Easter

I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I always look forward to the hard boiled eggs, chocolate from Malley’s (a Cleveland Easter MUST), yummmmy food (especially the ham), and I just love the atmosphere that usually comes along with the Easter holiday. More often than not, it’s on the warmer side and sunny-that’s not to say there have never been cold, rainy/snowy Easters, but the probability of it being nicer weather wise is often better than the former.

I also think Easter is more of a ‘dressed up’ holiday. For the most part, we all dress a bit nicer on Easter, right? We reach for the dress instead of the jeans in our ever growing casual society…and I like that. People used to dress up daily, and now that’s practically diminished. You wear a dress and your friends/family/colleagues are asking you why you’re dressed up…we’ve reached a point where we now need an actual occasion to wear our ‘nice clothes’. This saddens me…but if Easter will count as an occasion where people are in their Easter best, then good. So, let’s dress up today, shall we? :)

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I made this dress a few months ago. It was one of those projects where I had to improvise a little with a few things, but this ultimately made me like the end result more. Today was actually the first time I wore it! Wrap dresses are awesome. Simply put. They seriously flatter everyone. DVF knows what’s up. Belt from Anthropologie. No longer available, similar here.

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Shoes were about $15 from DSW sale a while back.

Button Belt

This is my button belt! I meant to post about this belt a while ago and just never got around to it. It is one of my latest sewing creations. I haven’t been sewing (and blogging, sorry! :-X ) quite as much as I’ve wanted to lately-just from being caught up in other things-you know what they say, life gets in the way of life. Anyway, this belt is what happened when I decided I needed something to do with all of those extra, mismatched, and /or vintage buttons I had laying around. I will say, it definitely helps to add a little interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

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Grey wrap cardi is from Victoria’s Secret catalog, AG olive green sateen jeans from Anthropologie, Arturo Chiang combat boots ( now, perfectly broken in ;) ).

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