This dress is very similar to the previous FLW dress I made, but instead has Dolman sleeves and a center back seam. The fabric is a striped organic hemp/cotton that's the same weight as the duck chambray that I used for the other project, bought from Bolt during their end-of-year sale. I finished this project on Saturday evening after starting it earlier that afternoon since there were only four pattern pieces: front, back, pockets and cuffs. I used some bias tape for the neckline finishing. I love the details: the edge stitching at the back center seam and shoulders and the split cuffs. Another great project from that pattern book.
Monday, January 02, 2017
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
I finished this sweater last night, but need to do a little more blocking before it's ready to wear. This is the M.Patnos Crossover Crew Neck pattern from Purl Soho. The entire body is knit in one piece, going back and forth on a long circular needle. The sleeves are picked up and knit into the armholes with some clever construction by way of short row shaping. I was surprised at how quickly the sleeves knit up! I love this sweater.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I started this dress yesterday afternoon and finished it by the end of the night. I love how it turned out. It reminds me of this favorite dress. The fabric is a grey duck chambray with some speckles of color. The pattern was straightforward and came together very quickly. I had a minor fail with the in-seam pockets, but YouTube came to the rescue. The neckline and sleeves are finished with facings and there's a bit of edge stitching, which makes the overall dress look very smart. The back pleat is a great detail that adds some nice drape. I can't wait to make some other things from the FLW pattern book! PS I decided to add some appliqué embroidery above the back tuck. So cute!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I bought this FLW sewing & styling pattern book while in Japan. I just made the connection between this book and the Fog Linen Work line of products. Yumiko Sekine started the company that now produces a large line of linen products for the home and linen clothing worth checking out. The patterns in this book are by designer Rieko Ohashi. I love the shapes and styling of the clothes. Lots of things I want to sew!
Friday, November 18, 2016
Yay, I finally finished this sweater! In my previous post I mentioned a major knitting fail. I had actually finished and blocked the back piece when I realized the gauge was slightly off. I thought I could fix the problem during the blocking phase, but it wasn't going to work so I ripped out three-quarters of the sweater to start over and reknit. Once the back was redone, I was able to quickly finish the front and then start the sleeves before I left on vacation. I returned from my trip two weeks ago and was able to focus on finishing this sweater and have it ready to wear this weekend! I love the subtle chevron stitch pattern and the texture it adds to the fabric, especially since I opted to go with one solid color rather than contrasting colors.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This textured pullover from designer Julie Hoover and Brooklyn Tweed is my current knitting project, which I started at the end of August! I finished the summer doing a lot of sewing and this sweater was the perfect layering piece to bring me into fall. It's never taken me so long to finish a project, but I had a major knitting fail and went on vacation without bringing any knitting. I worked hard the last couple of weeks to get both sleeves done and this sweater will be seamed and ready to wear by the weekend!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I finished the Salme playsuit/romper last weekend. I purchased this Saaristo fabric from Kokka at Bolt and love this particular lime yellow colorway. The pattern was pretty straightforward though I did make some modifications and had to think through the pockets instructions. Originally, sewn-on snaps were called for and hidden under the placket, but reviews of the pattern said that the placket didn't lay flat with the snaps. Instead, I purchased some heavy duty snaps and added them. The pocket construction was completely different than what I've ever done and I had to read the directions multiple times to figure it out. I don't think the corresponding pictures totally match either, but it eventually worked. I really like the wide waistband and I opted to forego any kind of elastic. It makes for a less fitted look with a dropcrotch, but I'm liking that style these days.
Monday, July 04, 2016
After an outing to Fabric Depot yesterday, I decided to spend part of today's holiday sewing. I picked up this awesome Kokka cotton/linen fabric, Pebbles, that is part of the Rough Cut line by Ellen Baker. I love the pops of neon with the black. I turned again to Lotta Jansdotter's book, Everyday Style and decided to go for the Esme Kaftan pattern, especially since I had already made a tunic version and knew it was solid. It turns out I didn't have enough yardage to do a floor length kaftan, but that's okay since it would probably be overwhelming for someone of my shorter height. I did make it as long as I possibly could and added about five more inches than the tunic length. In order to keep that length, the only modification I made to the pattern was to do a rolled hem. I love it!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I finished another Salme pattern over the weekend, this time the Dip Hem T-Shirt. I had this red and purple floral Anna Sui cotton/silk that's been in my stash for years and thought it would be perfect for this project. The directions were straightforward, though I thought the steps for sewing on the sleeve were weird and just did it the way that made sense to me. The back hem was much longer than the front and I ended up altering it to make it the same length as the front. I like this pattern and will probably make another version for summer.