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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.

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?

Finished: Neon Concert Tee

July 23, 2012

Pattern: Dixie DIY’s Concert Tee
Fabric: Rayon blend jersey from Fabric.com
Mods: I nixed the sleeves.

Eric was out and about so I self-timed this little shoot and, as always, it was a disaster. My cat climbs up me while I’m trying to pose. Every. Time. Sooo, I’m done with that.

Anyway, Dixie’s instructions are really clear and I think it’s a great knit top pattern. Next time I’ll add an inch to the front though. I tug down on it constantly.

On another note, I feel like I have very 90’s hair right now. Like, I should be on Saved By The Bell. My Pinterest hair inspiration board isn’t helping as I’m not quite ready to exit my apt with gretel braids. Any other suggestions? And please don’t tell me to cut it. Or to color it differently. Ha! Ok, one of those would be fine.

Finished: Yellow Terry Renfrew

March 31, 2012





pattern: Sewaholic’s Renfrew - view A neckline, view C sleeves

mods: none! It’s a straight size 8. If I make one in a thinner fabric, I’ll go down a size in the waist and hips and scoop out the neckline by a few inches.

fabric: super bright yellow french terry knit from Gorgeous Fabrics

Ah, the Renfrew. Am I the last person on earth to make this? Yes? Well, I love the pattern. I didn’t think I needed another basic knit tee pattern in my stash, but this one seems to be versatile and it fits well.

The fabric is super soft and just what I want to wear in the cool spring evenings. The color makes it kind of hard to style, but I think it will be cute with black or white shorts in the summer.

Finished: Tie-Front Top

March 30, 2012

Pattern: PussyBow Blouse by Pattern Runway

Mods:

  • lowered bust dart 1″ (?!?)
  • shortened and took out gathers in the sleeves
  • omitted the tie
  • pinched out about 3/4″ from the shoulder and redistributed the fullness into the dart – the same effect as going down a size and doing an FBA.
  • lengthened the front ends for ties by several inches
  • omitted interfacing
  • increased seam allowance to 5/8″ on all sides for french seams
  • created back yoke and pleat as per instructions in my most favorite book ever 

Fabric: cotton voile from Gorgeous Fabrics that I dyed with Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes (approx. 2 oz. of jungle red, 1 and a 1/2 tbsp of lemon yellow and 1/2 tbsp of fuchsia red)

My thoughts? I love this pattern. The instructions were clear. It’s super cute and versatile. The fabric, on the other hand, was kind of a nightmare. It’s so delicate that I ripped my first collar in half. I’m terrified that Binks is going to shred it, so I won’t be wearing it around the house much.

As it gets warmer, this piece is going to be really fun to style. I picture it with white jeans and sandals. Or black shorts with these. Or over a maxi dress?

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