Stitch Fix #6

My favorite day of the month is Stitch Fix day!  This month was the best yet! I have asked for the same stylist to keep styling me since fix # 3 and it has been such a success! She gets to know me better with every fix!

Before we begin, here’s a quick run down of how the service works directly from their website:

1. Fill out your Style Profile

Begin by filling out the Style Profile. This helps us understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Completing your profile should only take about 10 minutes.

2. Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment

We’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.

3. Try everything on in the comfort of your home

We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest

  • Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. You’re only charged for these items when you tell us what you’re keeping and returning.
  • Check out by logging in to your account to pay for those items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, we’ll give you 25% off the entire purchase!
  • Simply return the items you don’t want in our pre-paid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of using our service!

5. Tell us what you think!

Don’t forget to give us specific feedback on each of the items you receive. Our personal stylists are able to send you better selections when we know what did and didn’t work for you, and why.

And a new service of Stitch Fix is their maternity clothing and petites!


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Here’s mine from October. 🙂

Gianna Peplum Detail Blouse $78

Gianna Peplum Detail Blouse

It’s soooooooo hard to get detail of white shirts to show up in pictures! I know all you can see in this one is wrinkles. It actually looked nice right out of the box. Then, I threw it back in the box until I took the picture and it came out like this… Maybe not the right top for me if it needs to be ironed. This actually looks really nice on me and I LOVE that it’s peplum, but just on the front sides and not all the way. I LOVE the zipper detail on the back and the fit is nice too. The wrinkles really put me off though, and it was a tiny bit too short for my liking…. RETURNED.

Eden Pyrite Pendant Necklace $28

Eden Pyrite Pendant Necklace

I got this because it looked like something on my Pinterest board. It was nice and simple and would probably go with everything… I just didn’t love it. Perhaps a white stone would have been better? RETURNED

Mandrake Embroidered Bib Blouse $64

Mandrake Embroidered Bib Blouse $64.00

You can really tell when I like a piece because it shines through in the pictures. I loved this top period. My husband… not so much. He told me I look like a… well something politically incorrect that I won’t mention here. I don’t care though. I’m going to wear this every day! It’s more fitted than a lot of the shirts I’ve received without being too tight. It has some shape. I love the neckline and the sleeves are a good length. The detail is even sparkly! It’s not a style I’ve ever bought before, and that makes it even better. KEPT

Adair Jacket $68

Adair Jacket $68

Fail…. just fail… I’m going to keep on asking for jackets and one day I will get one that actually fits and looks nice.

Giovanni Straight Leg Jean $98

Giovanni Straight Leg Jean $98

I have to say, these don’t look quite as good in the pictures as I thought they would… hmmmmmmmm. Too bad I loved them the second I tried them on! I was slightly put off when I saw the color at first. I didn’t know if I could pull it off. They are a little more on the cool side than the picture suggests. I would almost say lavender. It didn’t take too long to convince me though. They are sooo soft and stretchy and not too low or high waist-ed. Also, the rear doesn’t fall down when you sit but the waist isn’t too tight at the same time… $100 for 1 pair of pants????? I did it. I bought them. Now I have 3 pairs of pants that I actually wear. End. Of. Story.

This was my favorite Fix yet! They just get better and better. Seeing that box on my porch is enough to make my whole week a lot brighter. Then, when I love 2 pieces enough to buy them? My husband asked me why I was so happy! 🙂 Sometimes we just need a pick me up to get us through and this is mine. Try it ladies. It’s so much fun!

Ruffle Hearts Shirt

I really didn’t mean to make 2 heart shirts. The last one was supposed to be a different design, but I couldn’t come up with anything I liked more than a heart. It’s alright. It just shows how much I love her right?

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This ruffle heart shirt was so fun and easy to make! I used the same pattern I’ve been using since the HAPPY shirt and just appliqued the heart. I had a ruffle tank top that didn’t look great on me, so I just cut the heart out of that and sewed it on using this technique. I didn’t have to do anything! The hard part was the neckline… as you can see lol. The first time around it looked terrible. I tried to use the original neck binding from the green top I started with, but I couldn’t get it to look straight and I accidentally cut the neck opening too big in the first place.

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So…. I changed it to a regular old t-shirt neck and it worked out great! This picture is a little far away, but I promise it looks TONS better. Now it’s not too wide and falling off her shoulders either. Have I ever told you how much I love ruffles? So fun!

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One with the mustache just because…

You’ll get to see my son’s awesome Halloween costume soon. I can’t wait! There have been a lot of set backs, and it’s not quite how I imagined it, but it still looks pretty great so far. I hope your week is going great!

Hearts Shirt

Can I just tell you? I have been having the worst luck with my projects lately! It started with this heart shirt. I was so excited about the heart stencil. At first I was thinking I should do a black heart on the blue. It just didn’t feel like my baby to me. She needs bright colors. So I started painting the pink. I was having a hard time getting the color I wanted. I painted over it a few times to get it right. Well, on the last coat of paint I accidentally dripped paint on the shirt! Like, a whole long line from the shoulder to the heart!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH. I freaked out. I was so mad. I immediately took it to the kitchen and started scrubbing it with hairspray. I saturated and scrubbed and rinsed and repeated.

TADA! It worked! If you ever want to get wet fabric paint out of your fabric, YOU CAN DO IT!

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Unfortunately the story doesn’t end there. When you get fabric wet, it spreads… In this case the water spread under my stencil and into my wet paint. I was hoping that since the stencil was stuck on, the paint wouldn’t bleed. No such luck. I tried to use a Q-tip soaked in hairspray to get between the design and clean it up, but it just made the paint around it bleed more. This was even after it had dried. I was going to throw it away. It looked terrible. My husband calmed me down and told me to just wash it in the washer and see what happened. I did. It didn’t come out.

While I was waiting, I had an idea. Thus, the second heart on this shirt was born. I cut strips out of a tee shirt, ruffled them down the middle and sewed them on in the shape of the heart.  I actually think it looks better than it did without it! You can still see a tiny bit of the bleeding above the white heart, but it does a pretty great job covering most of the mess. It’s great when you can make something wonderful out of an awful mistake.

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Aren’t those sleeves the cutest? They also looked pretty bad before I fixed them. I always forget that when making little girls shirts, the sleeves need to be quite short. I made them too long and they looked a little boyish. It was super easy to sew an elastic up the middle and bring them up. I just used a normal straight stitch and stretched the elastic as I went. The result was nice bunchy, girly sleeves.

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That tongue! She is always sticking it out. I think she likes her new heart shirt.

I know I said this was just the start to all my sewing mishaps. You are sure to hear about the rest as I post my next projects!

Grownup Baby Dress

Here is the second half of that $3 skirt I bought at WalMart! The bottom is a tank top that I have no idea where I got. It took the awesomeness of my husband to decide on the waistband. I voted for a thin lace band, but he wisely convinced me otherwise 🙂 …and he says I never take his advice seriously.

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I love the bow on the back! Can you see the collar? I also love that little detail. It’s a good thing baby has no other dresses to wear to church because she will be wearing this every week until she outgrows it. I sent a picture of the dress to my mother-in-law and she said it would make baby look too grown-up and she would cry. What do you think?

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I know this picture is a little crazy processed, but you should see the original lol. That’s my big girl! She gives that smile to everyone.

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…aaaaaaaaand another one.

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…and one of the back just for kicks. This is pretty close to the real color.

Just wait until I post the 3 new shirts I made for her this week. So cute! I love making baby clothes.

HAPPY

I’m going to be posting quite a few baby girl outfits I’ve been working on this month. This is the first of about 4 tops that I’ve made for baby girl and I’m so HAPPY with all of them. Ha ha… This project actually started out with a ruined shirt. I made the mistake of letting my baby eat spaghetti in a white shirt. Could I have cleaned it? Maybe… I didn’t really want to try that hard though. The shirt had some issues already anyway.

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This is after I cut it all apart to make a pattern. As you can see, the sequins were coming off. That was more than enough reason for me to make something new. So like I said, I cut the shirt up to make my pattern. I used some awesomely soft material that I got at Wal-Mart. I’ve been going for darker colors as I think they are safer for babies. Why do they make all little girl’s clothes in white and pale pink??? I vote for spill hiding colors from now on!

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Yep, that’s right! Some great yardage for $3! I love shopping the clearance isles.  I used the rest of the material to make the dress I’ll show you in the next post.

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She really is such a happy girl. Love her so much!

moto tee

When I asked my son what kind of shirt he wanted, of course he said motorcycle. He loves motorcycles. Sometimes, his dad lets him ride on the back of his Harley, from the sidewalk to the garage. It’s only about 20 yards, don’t worry. So here we have the motorcycle shirt. Not too fancy, and a repurposed shirt from his grandma as usual. My husband came up with the tag “steel horse.” I didn’t execute it quite as well as I would have liked. I know it’s hard to tell that the second word is horse. I’m thinking my new fabric paints should help that problem in the future.

The other obsession of my son of late is quarters. If he finds or is given one, he holds onto it for days! When I say he holds on to it, I mean it is in his hand 24/7. He goes to sleep with it clasped in his fingers, and wakes up with it still there. That is quite a feat. We’ve convinced him to use his pockets for most of the day, but that means that he will only wear 2 of his shirts… the ones with pockets. His pant pockets are too tight.

Sooooo you guessed it. This one has an added pocket. I used my pocket tutorial and just added one for him into the side seam. He loves it.

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And there he is, posing in front of his “motorcycle.” My husband added the lawnmower wheels for his training wheels.

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Little devil. I love making things for him. He always says, “thank you mommy, for making this for me.”

You are welcome son!

alligator hoodie

I have been wanting to make myself a jacket for a long long long looooong time. I wear a jacket all year long whether it’s 100 degrees or 10 and my go to jacket is from AE 10 years ago. I’d say it’s time for a little update. I’ve just been so intimidated by the hood/separating zipper, that I haven’t wanted to even start. It isn’t the actual hood or zipper that I have a problem with, but the corner where they both meet. I didn’t know which order to attach them to make it all look good. You know, the spot in the picture below. DSC_3306

So when it turned September, I decided to make the little man a jacket as a trial before making my own. It was pretty simple to whip together if you don’t count the hood. I’m terrible at gauging hood sizes and I ended up having to add height to his before sewing it on. I like a good deep hood that really protects you from the rain or wind. His turned out great after tweaking it a bit.

I had also decided on a snake for the front design. I searched pictures and drew pictures and manipulated shapes on the computer for days before giving up and settling on the alligator. I’m pretty happy with it. It was also a pain though. I stenciled it on and then decided the color didn’t really match the hood AFTER I took the stencil off. So I spent at least a hour with a tiny paint brush, painting yellow between all the zig-zags to make it closer to the color of the hood. Thank goodness my new fabric paint had just come in the mail! I’m used to using good old Tulip paints from Walmart, but the Jacquard Textile Colors are soooooooo much better. Instead of paint about 6 coats to get my green to show up on such dark fabric, I only had to paint ONE. Aaaaaaaaaand… I got it for pretty much the same price as the cheap stuff. Same cost, less coats, BOOM. Can you tell I was really really happy about it?

Anyway, to make my hoodie pattern, I traced a long sleeve tee. Instead of cutting the front panel on a fold, I cut 2 separate pieces and added 3/4″ on both sides for the zipper. I then sewed everything together just as I would a tee and then attached the hood. When attaching the hood, I made sure to leave the zipper seam allowance out so that it could fold over the edge of the hood. I attached the zipper and then the bias tape to cover the hood seam. I wish I would have taken just a few pictures to show the order and how it fit together. Trying is the best way to learn though!

Here it is in all it’s glory! The cute model doesn’t hurt either.

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I couldn’t just choose one picture. He has more authentic smiles, but these will do fine. 🙂

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The only thing I would change would be the sleeves. They are a bit too tight, but not enough to make it unwearable. I’m so happy with how it turned out.

My own jacket to come soon!

 

 

 

I was pretty disappointed in my last fix. I didn’t think anything was really my style. This time around, I asked for the same stylist that styled me for my fix #3 and I ended up with a lot better options. I even kept something this time. YAY! I think I’ll continue to ask for her and we can learn each other together. I’ve read this tip before, but I was waiting to see who I would like. Here’s to a new relationship with Stitch Fix. May it get even better with time.

Keep in mind as you look at the pictures that I was in a real hurry to get these in the mail. I waited until literally the last minute and had to take my pictures “as is.” I’d been working on cleaning out the garage all day, had no makeup on and my hair was pretty awesome as well. You sure get the REAL ME in these ones.

On to the goods.

Le Lis Lavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top $38

Le Lis Lavy Lace Sleeve Knit Top

I’ll start with my favorite and the item I kept. Can I say LOVE this? Well I do. I’m sure you can tell by my face in the pictures. It is so soft and the lace is so pretty. The pictures can never do lace justice. I think this will be my “go to” top all fall and winter. I’m thinking about taking in the sleeves around the armpit, because we all know I hate arm holes that go down to your middle. I can’t decide though… maybe they are growing on me? Nope, it must be the lace taking over my mental capacities.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan $58

HEM & THREAD Ellen Distressed Detail SweaterI can’t say that I hated this sweater, but I definitely didn’t like it either. It is obviously HUGE. I could probably pull off the slouchy style if I wanted to, but I have no desire to do that. It wasn’t even soft to make up for it’s likeness to a tent. I would like some more neutral tan in my closet though…

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer $78

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer

This is something that I really wanted to love. I almost did. It’s a nice weight for a pretty cold day. I little on the heavier side. It has a nice shape and is knit so it is comfortable. It was a tiny bit too small though and made me look like I have a belly since it bulged open at the midsection. I think I’ll ask for another knit blazer and see what happens.

Le Lis Sibley Twisted Knot Top $44

Le Lis Sibley Twisted Knot Top

I think it’s funny that this top is $44 and the lace top is $38. I guess not a huge price difference, but I’m much more inclined to buy something for $38 than $44. They are from the same designer. I just think if it were me they’d be the other way around… Anyway, I’m pretty sure that I got this because I said the PAPERMOON Fraz Twist Back Knit Top was OK. However, this was my least favorite piece. It adds a lot of bulk to the stomach and the sleeves are yet again, unfitted. I’m also not a fan of heather grey unless it’s glammed up with some sparkle.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan $58

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

Wow. Everything in the box was a shade of grey except for the tent sweater. I almost loved this cardigan as well. The material is pretty light, so in spite of being very unfitted, it hugs the figure alright. It is also very soft. Can you tell that’s a selling point for me? I just couldn’t justify $58 for something so plain and not quite perfect. I know I don’t like unfitted, but they keep sending me this type of cardigan because I keep asking for this one. Similar but not quite… I’ll keep asking for it because I really really really love it. Perhaps this is in my DIY future?

All in all, I was much happier with the style choices this time around. I can’t wait to see what next month brings.

 

DIY Lace Back Shirt

I have recently been through every single item in my closet. I tried everything on and either put it back or threw it in a box. I was going to take the box to the Deseret Industries but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I hate getting rid of good material. The problem is, I have so many ideas of what to do with all the clothes that I couldn’t possibly get to them all. I’m afraid I’m going to become quite the hoarder if this type of behavior continues.

In order to cut down on my fabric stash, I decided to finish at least one project that has been on my mind. It’s a lace one!

When I bought this lace from Joann Fabric, I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it, but I knew it was going to be great. It is a pretty pattern, prettier than the generic stuff. It was quite expensive. $20 dollars a yard. I of course had to use a 50% off coupon and then I only got 2 yards of it. It has sequins sewn throughout to give it some sparkle. I just love it.

So here we go.

I started with a knit shirt that was much too tight. I drew a line across the back, making sure to measure the distance from the top all the way across so that it was straight. Then, I unpicked the side seams from the bottom all the way up through the sleeves to the line. If your shirt has some fabric excess then there is no need to unpick. Simply cut out out the seams. I needed every scrap of width so I unpicked… my very least favorite thing to do.

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I cut across the line and cut out the back of the shirt.

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I used the back cutout as a pattern for my new back.

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I folded it in half and placed it on my folded material adding about 3 inches. That of course adds 6 inches of width overall and to tell you the truth, I wish I would have added more. The shirt ended up being slightly fitted instead of having the flowy back I had imagined. Remember, the shirt I started with was pretty tight.

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A tip to remember is to double your seam allowance at the top so that your materials match up at the bottom. I had to think about that for a while to get it to make sense in my head, but trust me. If you don’t get it, do it anyway. It will work out better.

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You can see I ended up cutting out my back twice. I forgot to take into account that I wanted the bottom to be loner than the front so I wasted my awesome material and gave it another go. I also added a little more width as you can see.

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I hemmed the bottom and made a nice pleat at the top.

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You have to take in enough with your pleat so that your width matches your original cutout piece.

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Then, sew the piece right sides together to your shirt. Start with the top and then sew down both sides to the bottom. Make absolutely sure that you don’t stretch the material. You don’t want to end up with wavy seams.

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Ta da! Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

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I’ll admit it’s not as awe inspiring from the front in the pictures. It was really windy, and hard to get the shirt to lay flat. It was also sticking to the fence so I way in a hurry to get it down. It looks great on though. Here’s to one way to fix a shirt that is too tight… or just refashion something you don’t wear very often.

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So I hinted that I would be doing a Stitch Fix experiment last time and here it is. I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed in the results. I changed all my preferences to “the cheaper the better” and requested in my note to my stylist that they send me the absolute cheapest pieces they had that were still my style. I wanted to see just how affordable Stitch Fix could be. After all, I’ve told everyone that they follow your budget and what you can afford. I got 3 shirts, 1 pair of pants and 1 skirt. $38 was the cheapest item… sigh. I thought they might have some $25 dollar pieces or at least something under $30. Well now we know. Stitch Fix is NOT cheap.

Unlike other sites, I don’t get a lot (or any for that matter) of referrals so I’m paying for the service completely on my own. Why do I continue? It’s fun! I recently came into a small monthly income and this is what I decided to spend it on. It’s fun to anticipate what is coming in the mail. It’s fun to open your box and see all the new colors and patterns. It’s fun to try on clothes that you would probably never have picked out in the store. It’s fun to find something awesome. It’s fun even when you don’t find anything. Guilty pleasures come in all shapes in sizes and mine just happen to be vanilla ice cream and Stitch Fix. I”m not ashamed. 🙂

Onto my 4th fix.

Loveappella Kellyton Mesh Shoulder Top $48

Loveappella Kellyton Mesh Shoulder Top

 

I appreciated the fact that they finally took me seriously when I said I wanted form fitting tops. I don’t feel like I look great in the trendy stuff going on right now. I actually really liked this top. I think it looked pretty good on me  and was only a tiny bit too tight. The material was SUPER super SUPER soft. So what’s the problem? I don’t need a solid black shirt. I also don’t want a top that I would have to wear something under. Not quite for me. Don’t laugh at my awesome modeling skills.

THML Rancho Sequin Detail Knit Top $48

THML Rancho Sequin Detail Knit Top

I love a little sparkle, or a lot of sparkle. I just don’t like shoulder detail or orangy gold. ‘nough said.

Renee C Melisa Printed Pencil Skirt $48

Renee C Melisa Printed Pencil Skirt

When I pulled this out of the box I thought there is no way that this is going to fit over my hips. It was sooooo tiny. Well, it fit. Still a bit tight though. This was my biggest let down. I love a good pencil skirt, but I don’t like the print. Not even a little bit. I also thought the material was kind of cheap. It was one of those fabrics that when stretched, becomes faded because it’s ribbed. This was a total fail.

INER Kahla Tie-Neck Blouse $44

INER Kahla Tie-Neck Blouse

I actually think this looks pretty good on me… Problem is, I don’t wear sleeveless tops at all. I was really disappointed when this came in my fix. I asked them straight out not to send me anything sleeveless. I know I could wear a cardigan or something, but when I specifically asked them I thought they would respect my wishes.

Gilli Chandler Wide Leg Pant $38

Gilli Chandler Wide Leg Pant

What are these pants!!!! I almost didn’t even try them on because they were so crazy and NOT my style. I ended up loving them. They are soft, stretchy, comfy and… I have nothing to wear with them. Seriously, I have no idea how to style these. I cut off my feet in the pictures because none of the shoes in my closet went with these at all. I’m just not willing to buy a whole new wardrobe for one pair of pants. The pattern is a little too crazy for me anyway. Sad story. This is what I was talking about at the beginning though. Stitch Fix makes you try thing you would absolutely NEVER try on if you were shopping by yourself.

Yay for another fix where I kept nothing. Ha! Like I said, I’m not worried. I love Stitch Fix.