sewing

Neon Underthings

July 5, 2014

full set

I’m all about sewing intimates right now. My day-to-day wardrobe is black, black, black, so any cravings I have for color show up in hidden pieces. I’m drawn to neons in particular and Spandex House has some rad lacy onesLike chartreuse. Most of the notions were from Sew Sassy. I used foldover elastic, 1/4″ bra straps and random lace trim from my stash.

bambi + ava

bambi top | ava bottoms

shirred bum

giselle undies

rosy unders

rosy ladyshorts

I didn’t make any alterations, but next time I’ll do an FBA on Bambi. It’s a little small in the cups, but fits well otherwise.

Initially I wanted to pair the chartreuse lace with something less intense than black, but all of my dyeing efforts resulted in colors that didn’t match! It was an interesting process though and I learned quite a bit about dyeing notions. More on that later.

dyeing

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Tons more to come! I’ve finished other intimates sets, some Hudson sweats AND I have a Foxglove in progress. Yay! It’s good to be back.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

May 5, 2014

I had so much fun reading about you guys! It’s nice to make the connection through blogs a bit more personal. I couldn’t pick even pick winners, so I went with the random generator.

The lucky ducks are:

Box 1: Kelly

Box 2: Currymade

Box 3: Erika A.

Box 4: Elle

Thanks for participating and helping make my move easier. Winners have been notified, so send me your address and I’ll mail these out asap!

I’M MOVING | Fabric Giveaway

April 29, 2014

*****CLOSED***** Thanks so much! I’ll announce winners soon!

Hey guys! I’m moving into a studio space (with Seamly.co!!!) this week and need to destash. Here are a few boxes of goodies that I’m giving away. Choose which one you want, leave a comment, tell me something awesome about yourself and I’ll draw a winner Thursday May 1st at 10 AM MST. Packages will go out USPS priority mail. Limited to the US only. So sorry international folks! Next time.

BOX 1:

marc jacobs wool coating | lace | linen | light blue knit

BOX 2:

knit | lace | poly georgette | lace | poly jersey | knit

BOX 3:

poly knit | poly chiffon | rayon | rayon

BOX 4:

knit | cotton gauze | marc jacobs cotton | knits | cotton | knit

I have a million things to talk about, but it will have to wait until I get settled. And Moss Making Month has turned into Moss Making Summer. I’m still going to make a shit ton of them. In my new studio space. When I have time. Starting Monday.

Thank-you!!!

Moss Making Month

April 4, 2014

Real-life sewing/knitting bff Sara and I have decided that all we’re going to wear this spring/summer are Moss skirts, slouchy tops and Birks. The problem is that I only have one Moss and she has none, so we’ve declared April to be Moss Making Month. We’re going to crank out as many as we can in that time period. You can follow us on Instagram (here and here) for behind-the-scenes stuff because shit’s gonna get exciting. I’m even attempting a leather version and we’ve roped some local friends into joining the fun.

moss making month

Here’s my pile of potential fabrics. I want a light denim version with gold topstitching, a textured black skirt, grey twill and I’m attempting one in leather!! I really want a black leather mini, so wish me luck. I also just snagged some Steven Alan twills from Mood Fabrics. I couldn’t resist!! Like this one. Ugh. So good.

soon-to-be-moss-skirts

So grab your pattern here and use #mossmakingmonth on social media so we can get inspired by everyone’s creations!

Basics

February 20, 2014

basics

I’ve been sewing a lot lately.

Knitting was my jam for a while there. It was my evening activity and I was cranking through hats and starting sweaters. Then, sadly, a skein of mismarked yarn led to ripping out 13″ of fair-isle. I’m still not over it. Instead of throwing my yarn stash out the window, I turned to my sewing machines for solace.

pintucks

Pattern: Papercut Patterns Ohh La Leggings
Fabric: ponte from Colorado Fabrics

I love this pattern. My friend Kristin has some really awesome pintucked grey leggings that she thrifted a while ago and I was really disappointed that I couldn’t grab my own. LUCKILY I SEW. I ordered the pattern and bought what I thought was a pretty decent ponte. The fabric has been bagging out, so I would definitely recommend using a stretchier material or going down a size. And there’s already a bit of vanity sizing go on here… I still wear them often and really love the fit.

undies

Pattern: OhhLulu Ginger Undies + Jasmine Bra + Cloth Habit Rosy Ladyshorts
Fabric: Unbelievably soft rayon from Emma One Sock and black organic cotton from Michael Levine. Organic is not synonymous with soft, fyi. I didn’t know that. Trims from Sew Sassy.

I find so much joy in making underthings. This is my second set (see the first one here) and I’m already getting much better. The elastic isn’t totally flush on my last pair of Ginger’s which is a huge bummer because they’re not super comfortable. This time I made sure to sew the elastic correctly and I added really cute ladder trim to the front seams.

Rosy Ladyshorts are my current favorite. They’re easy to make and extremely flattering.

The big mistake I made with this set was using a layer of fiberfill in the Jasmine bra. I need to just let a bralette be a bralette. Jasmine is at its best in a super comfy knit. I added structure and it doesn’t need it.

sloppy jo tee

Pattern: Papercut Patterns Sloppy Josephine
Fabric: old, amazing, soft, slouchy, possibly rayon from deeeep in the stash.

Josephine is indeed very sloppy. I cut a small then took out 2″ from the CB and created a 2″ tuck in the CF. I like a slouchy top, but feel uncomfortable if it’s off of my shoulders! With the changes, it’s probably my favorite top.

Leggings + Sloppy Jo in action! I wore both while participating in the Seamly.co Versalette Challenge.

sloppy jo tee ohh laa leggings

I also made a couple of circle scarves, two Hemlock’s with sweater knits and another Purl Bee Simple Pleasures hat.

Now that I have a few basics completed I’m ready to tackle some more difficult projects. I have some heavy duty YKK zippers and a hide of black garment leather, so we’ll see what happens.

Simple Sweater

October 6, 2013

I’ve been away from home for the last week. I went road-tripping with my mom to see family in southern Utah. It’s one of my favorite places and I picked up a few goodies that I’ll be sharing later. In the meantime, here’s a sweater:

close-up

pattern: hemlock tee
fabric: synthetic blend sweater knit from newly named Colorado Fabrics in Littleton. I maybe paid $8 for two yards.(They have some great ones, so if you live in the area I suggest you peruse their bins.)
mods: I just used a different fabric.

hemlock

hemlock

boots: emma ankle boot // jeans: j. crew toothpick jean // earrings: brass chevron earrings

I finished my Hemlock a couple of weeks ago and wear it all of the time. It was originally designed for a tissue weight jersey, but as it gets colder I thought a sweater knit might be more practical. I think the result is the perfect slouchy sweater. It’s going to be hard not to make ten of these.

I didn’t finish the ends and it’s slowly unraveling. Any suggestions? Should I just serge them then fold over the hems to topstitch? I like how they roll, but I want the sweater to last longer than a month.

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