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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:

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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.

Moss

September 26, 2013

When a project looks pretty much perfect I get an adrenaline rush. I will never jump out of a plane, but I think I get a similar sensation from impeccable topstitching.

i'm a pretty huge fan of this skirt.

orange hair: light mountain henna in red // top: American Apparel
necklace: scalloped brass // shoes: Sam Edelman(similar)

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functional pockets
PatternGrainline Studio Moss Mini
Fabric: Stash denim that I’ve had for years! YAY! So pumped that I used it.
Mods: None! I cut a size too small, but guess what? A size too small just makes it a high-waisted Moss Skirt! No big deal. ALSO, I didn’t have any grey or blue topstitching thread so I used the triple stitch function on my machine. I think it looks just as good if not better because there weren’t any tension issues.

moss mini

moss mini

moss mini

The zipper was really easy to install thanks to Jen’s tutorial.

I tried three times to stitch a buttonhole. I don’t know what is up with my machine, but we’re experiencing a pretty serious problem. It kept jamming or even going the wrong way when I had it on the automatic function. In retrospect, I’m glad it didn’t work out because I think this particular version looks better with a clean front and a hook and eye closure.

There will be several more of these in my future. I can’t recommend the pattern enough.

Stripey Underthings

September 17, 2013

I was discouraged after my last attempt at bra making. The sewing part isn’t necessarily difficult (minus the channels which I did not attempt), but I knew that it would take several muslins to get the fit right. And that’s for each pattern. I wanted a small win. When I saw this Jasmine soft bra on Shona Stitches blog, I immediately purchased and printed the pattern.

Jasmine consists of only three pattern pieces and contains so much potential.

ginger + jasmine

This set was initially a muslin. I just wanted to get a feel for the pattern and sewing elastic. As it came together I started to really like it! It’s funny because I’m so inspired by Ohh Lulu’s gorgeous, feminine sets (Sequins?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! SWOON.), but made such a boyish set myself.

ginger + jasmine / detail

After cutting out the cups I realized I would need to do an FBA to fit my, ahem, enhanced bustline. I kind of used tips from Amy at Cloth Habit’s sewalong and kind of winged it. I just slashed and spread. It worked because it’s a knit. A woven wouldn’t have been the right shape. Here’s my very non-technical result:

fba

I used a really old, poly blend stash knit. The black lining is organic cotton from Michael Levine found here. It’s the only plain cotton knit in my stash, so I’m going to grab a few colors to have on hand for linings. I especially love the wide, plush bra straps that I purchased from Sew Sassy. They are so soft and comfortable!

ginger + jasmine / back

ginger + jasmine / back detail

The bra is too loose around the band (even though I trimmed an inch from the back). I think it’s due to the stretchiness of my knit. I thought lining it with the black cotton would stabilize it a bit, but it’s still stretchy. That’s good though because as I said above, the cups wouldn’t have fit otherwise. It fits well enough and is so soft and comfortable that I’ll wear it at home. In the future I’ll grade the pattern down for a snugger fit.

And let’s not forget the undies! I paired my Jasmine bra with Ginger high-waisted bottoms. I think they are adorable and the fit is really flattering. I could actually add an 1” or so to the top since I’m tall. They were really easy to put together, but I need to work on my zig-zag topstitching. It doesn’t completely cover the elastic, so the elastic flares out and there are places where it bunched as I was sewing over bulky areas.

I’m officially hooked. There will be way more sewn underpants on this blog. Have you attempted them yet? How do you feel about sewing underwear? I’m looking forward to being good enough to cut into my gorgeous Merckwaerdigh sets and stashed silks.

The Green Silk Dress

September 11, 2013

I can say the green silk dress because I’m fairly confident I won’t be making two of these.

ohhh hiiii!! check out my handmade silk dress. nbd.

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thumbs up!

This is my first time sewing with silk, so I’m awfully proud of myself right now. There are tons of issues – it’s already snagged (thanks cat!) and the front wrap is totally off-grain, but WHO CARES! I made a silk dress. With PLEATS. Despite those concerns, the dress can and will be worn in public, so I count it as a success.

Pattern: Vogue 1344
Material: silk georgette in jelly bean green and silk habotai in peppermint green for the lining. It’s still too sheer and needs a slip.
Modifications: I added an inch to the bodice and the skirt. It’s still short. I used the pattern’s finished measurements to determine my size. I went with a 6. The bodice gapes – it’s totally pinned in the photos – but otherwise seems to fit. I also omitted the ruffle.

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pleats

The hem was kind of a nightmare. Instead of following instructions, I opened the (french-seamed) sides back up then used my roller hem foot. It worked surprisingly well on the georgette, but not so well on the habotai. That’s a hidden hot mess I have to learn to live with.

I really like the pattern even though it’s a bit more feminine than what I normally wear.

So. Many. Scouts.

July 10, 2013

Last weekend I celebrated America’s birthday a little too enthusiastically and now I’m still trying to catch up. I didn’t even finish these in time for the Scout Sew Along July 7th deadline at Kollabora.

I’m not too worried about it since they are pretty basic tees and I already own all of the Grainline studio patterns.

tissue tee

pattern: Scout
fabric: cotton tissue knit purchased from Mood. I don’t see the exact fabric on there, but here are some similar options.
mods: lengthened the front and back pieces 2″.

I didn’t finish the hems on either tee. I think that method works on tissue weight knits as the hems roll slightly. I’m working on a rayon version that requires some double needle action.

see??

trying to show you it’s a hi-low hem

pattern: Scout
fabric: purchased from Denver Fabrics, but looks really similar to this print from Mood Fabrics. It’s also tissue weight.
mods: lowered neckline by 1.5″, lowered back hem by 3″ to create a hi-lo hem, lengthened sleeves by 4″.

insides

yesssss!

The insides are serged. I’m such a lazy bum that I didn’t change the thread color! I actually baste before I serge, so the process takes longer than it should. I also put twill tape in the shoulders, which I usually forget! I think that helps retain the shape quite a bit. The fabric doesn’t get so stretched out.

Well, that’s it for today! How many Scouts have you made?

Scouting + Neil

June 26, 2013

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front
shorts: BDG/similar | earrings: Native Clutter Pyrite Drop Earrings
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense 40 | eyes: Warby Parker Zagg

I made a Scout! Oh man, I am so excited about this pattern. Slouchy tees are my favorite things to wear and my closet is running low on them.

Technically, this pattern is for wovens, but it sews up beautifully in a knit. I used a linen knit from Mood that I purchased a year ago. It looks like a few colors are still available here. The fabric isn’t as drapey as what I normally wear and the stiffness made it slightly difficult to finish. I resorted to the quick n’ dirty sergered edges folded up. For the neckline I used the selvedge edge. There was no stretch, but I love how it rolled over. I can still fit the shirt over my head, sooooo that’s good.

I compared the different sizes to measurements of tees I wear often and found the size 4 to be a few inches larger than my favorite tee. That was good news. I wanted it to be less fitted. I may even go up one more size when I cut out my lighter weight knits. I’ll also add a couple of inches to the length.

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neckline

You can join in on the Scout Sew Along that’s happening over at Kollabora! There are prizes to be had and lots of great inspiration.

Scout Sew Along

Something else happened yesterday.

flux made it in!

omg!!! oh hey neil.

I met Neil Gaiman.

Last week I spent hours in line getting his book and a guaranteed spot in the signing line. Yesterday I spent hours in line trying to get a spot in the room to see him speak. I made it in! He’s my favorite author and I never would’ve thought I’d get the chance to meet him. It’s strange to make eye contact with one of your idols. He asked, “how are you doing?” and I could only respond with a polite, “good, how are you?” I suppose that’s better than squealing.

His new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is available now. If you haven’t read Gaiman and enjoy beautiful stories, mythology and a bit of darkness, I would recommend him. I’d start with something else though. Like Stardust or Neverwhere. Maybe American Gods. Or maybe try some short stories, like those in Smoke and Mirrors.

One thing I really love about book signings is the fans. The long waits are worth it because of the people. I made new friends and, as I’m still fairly new to this city, that means a lot. Thanks for the card games and good conversations, new friends, if you’re lurking out there!

Well, this post just became about Neil Gaiman. Any other fans out there? Or good book recommendations?

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