I can make that! – Blouse with ruffled sleeves and a gathered back.

One of the things I really love to do is sew. So much so, that I even own a shop where I sew accessories for dogs and cats :) I knew the basics, but I wanted to learn more to the point where I could actually make my own clothes. I just always thought that was so cool. Since last year, I have been taking sewing classes and I feel I’ve reached a comfortable enough stage to grab a pattern from the shelves and give it a go. The class has not only made me appreciate sewing way, way more, but it has also made me a more savvy shopper. You start to pay attention to seams, fabrics, and the construction of the garment. You begin to analyze it: is it well-made or not worth my money? I’ve even gotten to the point where I look at clothes in the store, online, or being worn on Instagram and I think, “I can make that :D!” It’s a good feeling.

Don’t get me wrong, sewing is tough! It takes so much patience and knowledge. But if you’re like me, paying $50 for a basic, thin tee is a no-no. If I can, I’m going to try it to make it. Also, it’s fun, so why not! I want to make this a series here on my blog. A sort of like, I-attempt-to-make-today’s-fast-fashion-trends, and maybe save money and improve my sewing skills. If you’re new at this too, then join me and let’s learn together!

I’ve seen that shirts with ruffled sleeves are very popular at the moment. They’re very cute so I wanted to make one myself. I found the Simplicity 8335 pattern in my local store and got to work! It’s a Learn to Sew edition, which was perfect for me since I still consider myself a beginner. For me some parts were tricky, I’m not gonna lie. I acknowledge the mistakes I made and like I said, I am still learning, so in my mind, it’s ok to mess up as long as I learn from it, which I did.

I’ve linked some similar styles below in case you need inspiration. The orange romper is my favorite! Might just contradict all I’ve been saying and buy it…(kidding, but it is cute)

Anyway, here is the end result: (I didn’t iron it, don’t judge)

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I should’ve ironed it! I love how it looks though. Sadly, no one will be able to wear it :( I made a huge rookie mistake when sewing this: I didn’t measure my sister (it was for her) to see if the size I cut out would fit her. I also didn’t make her wear it along the way to see if I needed any alterations. My fault for sewing this at midnight when she was asleep.

I was reading other’s reviews on it and they said theirs fit them small as well, so take it from me and them and size up. It says an XS (which I made) will fit a woman’s 6-8 but that’s so untrue. I also read another blog where a girl combined size S for the body but M for the sleeves – it’s a smart idea you can try as well. Do what I didn’t do and measure!

Also, I felt I rushed my process out of excitement that I did sloppy work. Very sloppy work. As a whole, I’m proud that I accomplished this, but when I come close and focus on the little details on the blouse, it kills me. I should’ve been more careful. At least I learned many things– so that’s the bright side. Take a chance and give a sewing project a try! Even if, like me, you first don’t do so good.

What did you think of my top? Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I make it a series? Let me know in the comments! :)

– diana

Here are some pieces I found online containing ruffled sleeves. Aren’t they cute? Which is your favorite?

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just wanted to quickly stop by and show you my shop since kind of proud of it.

and say to hi. so, hi! hope you’re well! and i hope you had a marvelous weekend!

i will see you very soon..

–diana

10 fall items I wish I could purchase.

But, you know, money.. A girl can dream!

one. alice + olivia coat.  Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 9.55.14 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 9.58.38 AM  two. entire look. by alice + olivia.

three. entire look. alice + olivia. Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.00.02 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.10.09 AM  four. everything. by asos.

five. sweater and coat. gloverall.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.12.06 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.16.01 AM  six. by cambridge satchel company.

seven. paloma barcelo.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.24.57 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.31.30 AM    eight. cozy. from modcloth.

nine. madewell dress and booties.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.35.55 AM

ten. because I couldn’t decide on just one: any leather bomber jacket.