knits

Linden Sweatshirt | view B x2

October 29, 2014

acid wash linden

pattern: grainline studio linden sweatshirt in view b | size 6
fabric: acid wash french terry knit from wanderlust fabrics

acid washed linden

I could not be more excited about the release of grainline studio’s linden sweatshirt. so i made two. my lazy ass couldn’t be bothered with hemming, but i might go back and do that in the near future. at least on the tweed version. that fabric is a bit unravel-y.

neon flecked linden

neon flecked linden

fabric: super cheap neon-flecked tweed that i picked up from colorado fabrics. they have fantastic knits, so if you’re in the area i highly suggest you check them out.

this version is especially exciting because paired with my true bias hudson’s it becomes a senior suit! that term was recently dubbed by grainline and refers to matching separates. it might be my fall/winter uniform.

i did a straight size 6 for both versions based on my bust measurement and i’m really happy with fit. i’m washing fabric and sourcing ribbing, so i can make a couple in view A. hooray! see you guys soon.

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.

Where I Start Caring // Seamly.co

October 17, 2013

I’m not crazy into clothes shopping. When I have extra money to burn I’ll buy supplies, like beads, yarn and fabric, or shoes. I do, however, shop at big box stores like GAP and H&M for cheap staples and trendier items. I’m not going to say big is bad because that’s not always the case, but I am realizing that my purchases directly affect a lot of people. Who’s benefiting when I buy a J.Crew tee? Who am I hurting? How is it manufactured and how long will it hold up?

There are a few makers and doers I’ve met recently who care and it’s rubbing off on me. Some care enough about these questions that their entire business is built on sustainability in fashion. One in particular is Kristen Glenn of Seamly.co. When Kristin needed help with some photos I enthusiastically said yes! Her clothes are what I actually wear. The leggings especially! Modeling leggings is kind of terrifying, but after lots of laughs and direction from Kristin I think they turned out pretty great!

seamly.co leggings

hamming it up!

denim seamly.co leggings

I know most of you sew, but if leggings aren’t on your list of things to make this season or if you just want some extra pairs, I can’t recommend these enough. They’re super soft and comfortable. I especially love the high waistband and unbelievable price: $34. For handmade, eco-friendly, kick-ass leggings. Yeah.

Her other pieces focus on versatility. The Versalette can be worn 30 ways and comes in a super soft, black knit fabric. I also tried on her dresses. The Jenny can be worn long or short and the 5-Ways Maxi is next on my wishlist. I can see myself wearing it daily all summer long.

five-ways maxi

jenny dress

all photos via seamly.co

What I’ve learned is that I like having a warm feeling after shopping. I like having that personal connection and a good story behind the brand. And I think Kristin is a badass and I love what she’s doing. I’m honored and flattered to be all over her site! Read her blog and story when you get a minute. I think you’ll really like her too.

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On a somewhat related note – I’ve never really thrifted and I look hilarious in vintage anything, but I’ve started shopping at secondhand stores. Dudes. I found Frye’s for sooo cheap, designer jeans (I CAN’T HELP IT) and other goodies for ridiculous deals. It’s this liberating underworld that I’ve been completely unaware of until now. Any other savvy shoppers out there?? What and where are some of your best finds?

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.

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.

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?

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