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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.

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)

back
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.

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

front

back

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.

innards

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?

Finished: Chambray Tiny Pocket Tank

March 30, 2012

Pattern: grainline studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank (Highly recommended!)

Mods: Size 2 with a 3/4″ FBA and an exposed bias trim. This is the first tank I made and initially thought it was too small, so I threw away the traced off pattern. Huge mistake because I would like fifteen more.

Fabric: cotton chambray

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