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Five Tips to Styling Your Latest Make

By Elisse Marie

An apparel designer turned project manager, Elisse prefers eating ice cream over seam ripping, but does both regularly. Follow her journey @elissemariemade

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We’ve all been there—you finish your latest make and, with excitement, throw it on. You immediately feel “oh so fancy” and couldn’t be more proud of your new me-made essential. A few weeks go by and you realize you haven’t worn it since. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN!? 

For me, every time I wear something I create—like this buttonup—I want it to feel special. But no shirt can hold up under that much pressure; keeping the girls tucked in is stressful enough! So forget about the special occasion or the perfect outfit and work your me-mades into your heavy rotation with a few easy tips.

My shirt pattern shown below is the Montana Shirt by Itch to Stitch sewn in White and Black Cotton Ticking.

 

THE KNIT-PANT TRICK

Running late for work? Perfect! Those leggings you slept in last night.... top them with your button up and add a vest and scarf. Oohh! An exec is in the meeting? Add some heels and a watch and you are good to go. 

Pro Tip: A vest or cardigan is the perfect solution to a wrinkled shirt! Sleeves are rumpled too? Roll them up! No-one will ever know that your iron is still stashed behind all of that laundry you’ve been ignoring. 

For an extra styled look, make the first “roll” go halfway up your arm so the cuff is all the way at your elbow. Then, roll the excess sleeve to the cuff. Now your cuff will be peeking out of the top--a perfect time to show off that cuff facing detail or contrast piping you worked so hard on.

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The Vest is a RTW (ready to wear / from retail), but the Lonetree Jacket Pattern would be amazing for this look.

My knit pants are RTW, but I hope to make the Avery Leggings Pattern because I love the high waist! Perfect for holding everything in and great coverage if you are nursing!

 

LADY-BOSS VIBES

My aesthetic is deeply rooted in menswear, which is probably why this combo never disappoints. A top fully tucked into a higher waisted pant feels effortless and also crazy powerful. With a few lovely touches like a pleated paper-bag pant, suede shoe and your favorite vintage earrings, taking a nod from the men has never felt so feminine.  

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I started with the Lander Pant pattern--because I trust Kelli with my life (and pants drafting, which are equally as complicated) and then I made pattern adjustments to get the look I wanted. You can find details on my design adjustments @elissemariemade

 

FROM SATURDAY CHORES TO DATE NIGHT

My wardrobe choices regularly suffer from spontaneous changes in agenda. Both my husband and I are terrible planners which means I usually have about 12 minutes to get dressed for a movie night or dinner on the town. But since jeans and a button-up shirt is a Saturday go-to, all I need to add is an overcoat and some heels. Just throw your hair into a top knot if it hasn’t seen shampoo in a couple of days. I always steal some of my husband’s hair product to keep my flyaways in place.

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My coat is RTW but I have had my eye on the Yates Coat.

 

My denim jeans are RTW but the Ash Jeans have been popping up everywhere and they are so flattering!

 

THE HALF TUCK

This isn’t new news, but the half tuck works every single time. There has been a lot of hoopla around pants-making lately, but showing off your new me-made pants with a full tuck style can be a little tricky when chasing kids or indulging in big meals. Opt for the half tuck—it elongates your legs but still provides a roomier style so you don’t have to feel so “buttoned up”.

Pro Tip: If your half-tuck is feeling fussy, unbutton the last button on your shirt. This way you can easily tuck in half the shirt without any bunching along the placket!

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These lovely pants I drafted for a collection I developed back in college! The Morgan Boyfriend Jeans would be a perfect fit for this style, and Heather nailed the back pocket which makes it easy to add a quilted detail like mine!

 

WHEN IN DOUBT, KNOT IT

There is something magical about a high volume midi skirt. And though I am trying to be more like Mrs. Miriam Maisel everyday, I never want my outfit to feel straight out of a different decade. To make a circle skirt feel current, keep the few lowest buttons on your shirt undone and knot it! Contrast your midi skirt with a small bag to balance out the proportion.
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I drafted this skirt using the By Hand London circle skirt calculator. For more details on design development come visit me on instagram @elissemariemade!

Whether you are dressing for a girl’s night out or tossing something on for a trip to the grocery store, with a few small styling tweaks you can always elevate your me-mades to look editorial.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at how to find design inspiration, adjust your go-to indie pattern or add some style to your newest make, you can find me at @elissemariemade. Here is a peek into my sketchbook to get some inspiration!
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 A big thanks to the Indiesew team for letting me share some of my favorite style tips! If you are feeling unsure about diving in to shirt making, #shirtmonth is the perfect time to try. Making a button-up is incredibly empowering; I can’t wait to see what you make and how you style it!

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