In Sewing


After the weather put a damper on my first attempt to photograph this skirt, I decided to write about it in two parts. In Part One I shared all about the “guts” of my skirt, that is, the inside details of construction and how I sewed it all up. But for those of you who don’t sew, here are some non-sewy outfit shots!


It was still freezing outside, but Wil and I had a lot of fun taking photos despite the chill. I shared a little video on Instagram to prove how cold I was haha! Where is Spring?!






Outfit Details
Beret – The WWII Soldier
Glasses – courtesy of Victory Optical
Sweater Vest – Secondhand (American Eagle brand)
Skirt – Handmade by me
Boots – Timberland
Bag – Moresca

(photos by William Waldon)



Oh yeah, I changed my hair color! My next WWII reenactment isn’t until June so I figured I can have wildly red hair until then. The color is so fun and it was just the kind of brightness I needed in my life to bring me out of my funk. I’ve been experimenting with finger waving clips and was so close to having really awesome hair for this shoot, but I jumped the gun and took the clips out before my hair was completely dry. Rats. All of my wave brushed out so I opted for the beret instead, which is fine because I really like berets!



Hey look, someone dropped some Raisinets on the ground!

…just kidding.


Getting out in the woods again, taking photos, and wearing my handmade skirt has made me feel so much better. I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post about being in a sewing/general funk. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone and you all truly made me feel loved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

Well, this is the last post about my first completed Twelve Pattern Challenge project. Now I can get back to sewing those pants I’ve been talking about!


  • Your outfit is wonderful! I have that same sweater vest and I love it.

  • Also: because I’m a good little lemming when it comes to vintage looks I adore, I found your exact sweater vest on ThredUp, in my size! (There were three of them! Oddly, all priced differently, but whatev. I just bought the lowest priced one, and it was still under $10). Probably will wear mine with a different colored blouse, as ivory doesn’t go very well with my skin tone, but I’m so excited to style that puppy (ha!)

  • Dear Rochelle, you have a splendid blog full of interesting and beautiful treasures. I love it so much! These photographs are gorgeous, it makes me breathe and relax. Your sewings are so inspiring to me that impel me to start sewing! So, thank you so much to give me a new direction to creativity and to start learning something new. Keep on doing your beautiful way! 🙂

    Miss Beta

  • Love the photos! Your new haircolour is awesome, and looks very cute peeking out of a beret ^__^ Great lipstick colour too! ^__^

  • I love this photo shoot- all that crisp, cool weather looks so stunning…although I can understand how you’re wanting Spring to hurry up and come. You did a fabulous job on your skirt, green is such a versatile colour. But the real, stunner is that fabulous vest….I am dying of envy! xx Shauna

  • I love the way this outfit turned out. The skirt is wonderful. I also loved how you divided it up in to two parts (even though that was partially due to the weather.) It allowed time to digest and enjoy each part.

    Oh, and the red looks awesome! I want to do that, but I have to wait until after I’m done with a wedding in May where I have to wear a color that would be a bad idea with red hair. haha.

  • My first thought upon seeing your vest, “Did she knit that???” My second thought, “It’s an AE vest…I’ve gotta search Ebay for one!” :o)
    Your scissors necklace is just so adorable! I really, really, really want one now. More than the doggy vest!!! :o)

    • Oh man I wish I was talented enough to knit a doggy vest!! Someday I will be. Someday in 20 years if I’m lucky lol. My necklace was a gift from my mother and it actually includes a little sewing machine on a slightly longer chain under the scissors! I adore it. I’m sorry, I have no idea where she bought it but there are a plethora of very similar necklaces on Etsy 🙂

  • Ellen

    Beautiful outfit, and wonderful pictures. Yes, it has been cold in New York this year. Stay warm.

  • Love your new hair color and it even helps ME get out of a funk! Also love the Raisinets and your sense of humor!

  • misscrayolacreepy

    You always pick the most beautiful and unique places to take photos! I have already told you, but I LOVEEEEE that skirt!

    Where is Lucille?!?!

    • Rochelle

      Aww thanks! Lucille has dainty little feet and would have been half frozen before we finished taking pics lol. Poor little kid. I really need to start sewing her some matching sweaters so she can do outfit posts with me! OMG why didn’t I think of that before now?!?!

      • misscrayolacreepy

        YES!! Do it!! It’s like how people do it with their daughters, why not with your dog? haahha

  • I like your outfit and the red hear looks great on you 😉 You asked where Spring is. Well, Spring is in Europe, Winter didn’t come around to visit us this year (anyway, not in the Netherlands). We go from a long Authumn straight to Spring I guess 🙂

    • Rochelle

      Oh you lucky duck! I rather like winter actually but the “almost spring” weather has been such a tease and I wish Mother Nature would just make up her mind! The Netherlands sound very beautiful 🙂

  • Hehehe Raisinets. I am such a juvenile.

    • Rochelle

      Hahah! Pretty sure I am too because it made me giggle enough to request a photograph of deer poop that resembles chocolate candy 😉

  • I love this skirt, but OH, how cute is your doggie vest?! I love these pictures! Looks like a great day out and about!

    • Heheh thanks! When I saw the vest at the thrift store I think I gasped out loud and said “Spaniels?!?!? No way.” and then bought it immediately lol.

  • Lovely pictures! Love your hair color too. I was in a major sewing funk after my wedding, because I had done so much I needed a little time off, happens to everyone! Now I am raring to go with projects, but I need to learn to be a bit more focused like you. Glad you are feeling better. Sometimes the winter will do that to you!

    • That’s definitely understandable. Sewing for your wedding must be so stressful! I have a really hard time with focusing but I’m glad it looks like I’m attempting to get better haha! I just try to pick one thing that I really need/want and go with that 🙂

  • Really charming outfit! Sweater vests rarely do my figure any favours, so I tend to shy away from them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t adore, and enjoy seeing, them sported on others. Naturally, as this one has a dog pattern, I’m even more smitten with it.

    ♥ Jessica

    • Thanks, Dearest! I can’t imagine you looking unfavourly (did I just make up a new word?) in anything! I bet you’d pull off a sweater vest beautifully 🙂 But I know what you mean about loving certain looks on others but never on yourself!


  • I love this look, Rochelle. It’s vintage inspired, but still feels modern. And the hair – awesome. Glad to know there’s another redhead in this world 🙂

    • Thanks, Maddie! Yeah it’s tough sometimes to feel authentic to both the vintage and modern world, but I do like the way this outfit came together 🙂

  • Our new skirt looks really cute. I love the way you’ve styled it. A perfect outfit!

  • I love your photos. Even if you were freezing, you don’t show it! The vest is just too cute & I find a change of hair colour can do wonders, that & a new pair of shoes… I’m glad you’re getting out of your funk, it’s never a good place to be, but there are some amazing people on ‘tinternet always willing to lend a hand & cheer us up.

  • Great photos, I love the colours in them.
    The red hair really suits you.
    And I have to admit, too, I love the sweater vest 🙂

  • What gorgeous photos & what a stunning location to show off your skirt! I’d say it was worth the cold, although it did look freezing!!

  • Such a great outfit! I loved the IG video too. 🙂 Your hair is amazing.

  • You look amazing! Love the hair! Also digging pretty much every aspect of your outfit 🙂

  • Victoria

    Great style, I really like it! I’m glad you are feeling better, I can relate to that funk you were in and found your post about getting out of it helpful.

    • Thanks, Victoria! I’m happy it was helpful for you too 🙂

  • Cute outfit! Love the red hair!

  • I love, love, love these photos! And the skirt is just divine. I bought the navy blue version of this fabric after seeing your Part one shots, and I’m so excited to sew a skirt with it! (I just made a 6 gore red twill that I love too). You’ve reminded me about a Fair Isle vest I’ve only worn once that I need to drag out of hiding in my drawer.

    • Ooo I hope you love the fabric as much as I do! I’d love to see your version when you’re finished 🙂

      And yes, the Fair Isle vest needs to be let out of the drawer 😉

  • Love it! And your hair looks great! I’ve always wanted to try red hair… but I don’t think I’m quite bold enough. Maybe auburn… someday.

    • I really think anyone can pull off red as long they find the right shade for their skin tone. You should try it! …not that “fire truck red” is really a shade that goes with many skin tones lol but hey! It’s fun 😉

  • Glad to hear you’re doing better. The sweater vest is so awesome!
    Keep it up!

  • Sarah C.

    Love the ensemble. Fabulous hair. Amazing job on the skirt.

    Sigh…I was just heartbroken to read “secondhand” for your sweater vest. How I would love to have one!

    • Rochelle

      Thank you! p.s. if you search “American Eagle dog sweater vest” I bet you can find one on eBay 😉

      • You didn’t knit it? : )

        • Haha maybe if I can improve my knitting skills as quickly as you have I’ll be able to knit my own version soon! 😉

      • Sarah C.

        Thanks so much! I just scooped one up. I think it might be my very first eBay purchase. Very exciting.