Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fog Linen Work

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

Sanford Textured Pullover

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

Sanford Pullover is Almost Done!

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

Salme Playsuit

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

Esme Kaftan

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

Dip Hem T-Shirt

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.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Another Kimono Top

I finished another Kimono Top yesterday afternoon. I purchased this silk from Suno years and years ago from Josephine's Dry Goods and was saving it for just the right project. Having made one Kimono Top already, I knew it would be the perfect pattern for this fabric. I love the geometry of the print and the colors. So good! For this second top, I finished the neckline with a bias tape facing instead of the suggested facing. I also had originally sewed the neckline and hem with white thread, but I didn't like how it looked, so I ripped out the seams and used white for the lighter colors and matched the navy and forest green sections. I also rolled up the cuffs on this second version and like how that looks. Can't wait to wear this!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Silk Kimono Top

I am the kind of sewer that picks out a project, finds an appropriate fabric and then works on the project until completed. I don't often hoard stuff, but I do have a small pile of fabric that I have purchased in the past because something drew me to it, most likely a lovely print. I forgot I had bought these Salme sewing patterns at the last Bolt sale and quickly decided on which shirt to make. I went with the Kimono Top since it was the least complicated. I chose to sew up the top using this great silk, which was also purchased from Bolt years ago. I love the print and the blue and cream colors. The pattern pieces come on a sheet and I traced out a size 6. The top sewed up fairly quick. I really like the wide neckline and the cuffs, which can be rolled up or not. The directions were straightforward, but could have been more detailed and may be hard for a beginner to follow. I didn't like that the directions were printed on the pattern sheets. The huge sheet of paper was sort of a pain to manage while sewing. Another note: the patterns include a 3/8" seam allowance. Overall, I like how the top turned out and can see making this again.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Esme Tunic

Amy gifted me this cool black and white ikat fabric and I decided on the Emse pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style book. Originally, I wanted to make a top and pant set, but thought that may be too much print, so I went for a simple shift dress with set-in sleeves. I had cut out this pattern last week and sewed it up this morning in about an hour. Super quick and easy. I used the fabric against the grainline so that I could utilize the black selvedge as the hems for the sleeves and bottom of the dress. This pattern has several different variations and I may try some of them for summer. You can add front pockets, have a split neckline or go for a floor-length kaftan. Recommend this pattern for some satisfying and fun sewing!