Monday, April 28, 2014

Finished: Ulyana Sergeenko Inspired Separates

See, I HAVE been sewing!


When I first discovered designer Ulyana Sergeenko, I was smitten. I posed lots of inspiration pictures and posted a challenge, mostly to myself, to make dresses and separates inspired by her designs. I was hoping to make 3 different looks before today, but unfortunately I've only completed one.


Fortunately, that also means that two more are on the way. I have the second outfit about 70% completed and the third one, alas, is still just an idea in my mind. Maybe I'll get it up before the end of summer? ;-)


Anyway, I used this photo as my inspiration. Because I'm supposed to only be sewing from my overflowing stash, I found some incredible gray jersey for the top and some floral rayon to use for the skirt.


I was really nervous about the skirt. I used the circle skirt calculator, and it told me that for my waist measurement and the length I wanted, it couldn't be done. Ha! Cut out the circle skirt from two yards and suddenly it's quite possible.


I've always been afraid of this length because I hate my calves. Or rather, I love that they're strong and muscular, but because they're so muscular, they look rather large. I tend to wear only shorter dresses as a result, but this month I decided, screw it, I was going to go for the longer length. I figured as long as I cut it BELOW the fattest part of my calf, it would look fine, though perhaps a bit dowdy. But dowdy was fine.

And so was the length! It's perfect. Kind of. Most of the time I feel really amazing in this outfit, but every so often I feel like I look like a transplant from Soviet Russia circa the early 20th century. 


This also affects how people see me. No one complimented me on my outfit when I wore it out, which was a bit unusual. The younger guys completely ignored me, which I consider a feat in and of itself. HOWEVER everyone over the age of 50 was insanely nice to me. My sister (aka my lovely photographer of the day) and I went to a restaurant where it was standing room only. A man immediately offered me his table, and another man offered an extra chair so we could both sit. 

No cat calls, just incredible politeness? Yes, please.

Oh, and I put in a pocket. I was going to put in two pockets and a zipper in the back, but the second pocket had some... issues. It was all weird and lopsided and generally very ugly so I ripped it out and put the zipper on the other side.


Oh, the top! So I saw a photo of Simplicity 4538 from the 1950s and I figured it would be easy enough to recreate to match the inspiration photo and it was! I think it took me a total of 10 minutes to figure everything out. I didn't even finish the seams because you can't see them around all the folds.

It's a little hard to get the top to stay on it's own (obviously) so I tucked it into my leggings. Yes, I'm wearing leggings because even though the calendar says it's spring and even though the weather forecast claims it's 65 (aka 18 degrees C), it is freezing. So leggings and a cardigan made this outfit just acceptable.


So once it becomes too warm to wear leggings, I'm not sure what to do. I thought about adding a hook and eye, but I really prefer the crossed-over look, rather than the pulled look if that makes sense. An obvious option would be to use double sided tape, but that could be wasteful.

I was thinking about creating something that just goes around my waist... like Spanx without the crotch? Then I could just tuck it into a waistband. Does something like that already exist? Anyone know?


Anyway, let me know if you created a Ulyana Sergeenko dress. I'd love to see!!

21 comments:

  1. ?! whaaa? *gave* you his table?! that outfit is MAGIC!

    they do seem to make cute grannie panties for tucking in...

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    1. Yes, it's witchcraft for sure!!

      Hahahahaha I'll investigate the granny panties...

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  2. The outfit looks gorgeous. I love anything vintage or vintage inspired, but couldn't consider the look for myself - I think you need to be young, tall and have an hourglass figure - none of which relate to me! You, however, pull it off brilliantly :)

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    1. Thank you so much, though I'm not so sure the look is that limiting. I bet with some sewing tricks it can look fabulous on anyone!

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  3. Good for you in following your inspiration photos and going for an outfit that is out of your comfort zone! That's the only way we discover new and exciting things!
    Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comments, and thank you for reminding me that I did this to step out of my comfort zone. I'm stuck on the top for my next dress and I was thinking of going easy/safe but not anymore!

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  4. Just gorgeous! Can't wait to see the other garments that are in the way :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope to have them up soon!

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  5. Beautiful! I love the top so hope you manage to get it to work. Could you do some sort of waist stay on the inside, and baste the folds to that? That might hold them in place where you want them, and then you could do a hook and eye, or even Velcro to close the top? It might look less "pulled"?

    And how lucky that you live somewhere warm enough to call 18 deg C "freezing"! We aspire to that temperature at this time of year in Scotland! :)

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    1. Those are excellent ideas! I'll experiment because that should work...

      And 18 is usually nice around here, though it gets much MUCH hotter in the summer, but with the winds and the clouds I'm pretty sure the weatherman is lying to us...

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  6. Gorgeous outfit! You look chic and elegant.

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  7. You look so pretty :-) That was a really nice challenge and idea too, by the way! I had not enough time to participate unfortunately but still enjoyed it.

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  8. Love it! I'm a huge Ulyana Sergeenko fan too…my pinterest keeps egging me on to make something inspired by her gorgeous creations and now you're pushing me to have a go too. That skirt length is lovely, and pockets! Your smile says it all :)

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    1. Yes, you should make something, definitely!!

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  9. ahaha, Spanx without the crotch is a GIRDLE!
    Nice skirt!

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    1. Hehe thanks! I knew it was something completely obvious!!

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