Thursday, September 11, 2014

Huge Yarn Sale This Saturday, Sept. 13!

I was gifted a bunch of yarn and am going to sell most of it this Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. See the Craigslist posting here for details. The yarn is mostly wool, but there are also some cottons and novelty ones too. Come check it out!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Back-To-School Sewing: Scout Tee

Melissa gifted me this fantastic Nani Iro Mountain Views fabric and I knew immediately that I wanted to make a Scout Tee. I had downloaded this pattern a while back, so it was taped together, cut out and ready to go. I didn't realize the fabric was double gauze until I started cutting out the pattern pieces. I just thought it was a woven cotton. And you probably can't tell in the photos, but the pattern on the fabric is metallic, which I love. With only four pattern pieces, this project was quick. The directions were clear and thorough and would be perfect for a beginner sewist. No modifications were necessary for this pattern and I love how it turned out, especially with this particular fabric.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Alder Shirtdress

I finished the Alder Shirtdress this afternoon. I love how it turned out! The fabric is a fuchsia silk (I think?) that was gifted to me. This pattern is easy-to-follow with well-written and clear directions. It would be a good project for intermediate sewers. I opted to only add one pocket instead of two, but made no other modifications to the pattern. I was pleasantly surprised when I went in to Bolt to pick out some buttons and found these pink shell ones that happened to match exactly. This will be a great dress to wear during the last month of summer!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Saturday Night Sewing: Tiny Pocket Tank

I finally got around to sewing up this Tiny Pocket Tank from Grainline Studio. It is a beginning project with well-written directions that are easy to follow. The pattern is a digital download that you tape together with seam allowance already included. I was recently gifted a bunch of fabrics, mostly silks, and I thought this patterned and textured black silk (or some synthetic?) would work well for the tank. The fabric was a bit slippery and did not press particularly well, so I ended up omitting the tiny pocket. I love the easy fit and drape of the top. It's a great basic for summer!

PS Grainline Studio has a new online shop.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekend Sewing: Cotton & Silk Tunic

Here's a super quick project I sewed up today. This is a tunic from the Pretty Straight Sewing Japanese pattern book. The fabric is a sheer cotton/silk print from J. Crew that I got from Bolt a couple of weeks ago. This tunic has only two seams that I had to sew: the bottom of the sleeve, then the side. I sewed French seams to make things neat. I cut some bias strips for the neckline and then hemmed the sleeves and the bottom and I was done! This was supposed to be a dress, but I found a hole in the fabric that could not be repaired. Luckily it was toward the bottom of the garment and remedied by cutting about six inches off the bottom.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday Sewing Projects: Plaid Dress & Red Ikat Dress

Most of my Saturday afternoon and evening was spent sewing up these two dresses. Both patterns are from the Hooray! Japanese pattern book pictured on the left. The fabric was purchased at the spring Bolt sale. The plaid pullover sundress was a very quick project. It has French sleeves and a gathered skirt. For the bodice, the fabric is going against the grain while the skirt is going with the grain. I think it's a nice subtle detail. The red ikat dress has a deep V neck, drawstring waist and gathered sleeves at the wrists. Initially, the drawstring was at my hip and I ripped out the channel and moved it up to be closer to my waist. Both of these patterns ran very big. I took in the side seams on the plaid dress, but made no modifications to the ikat dress. It's probably too big, but I sort of like the loose fit, especially styled with pants or jeans underneath.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Sewing: Lisette Portfolio Top

I completed this Lisette Portfolio top during my long weekend since I had Friday off. I had some Cloud 9 voile that I had purchased a while back and thought this pattern would be perfect. I had previously made the dress, which I loved. The  original pattern is currently out of print, but it's been updated as the Cappuccino dress and tunic and can be found here. This sewed up pretty quickly, though the neckband took me some extra time because I didn't remember how it was constructed even with the directions. The only modification I made was to skip the button fastening in the back and make the top a pullover. This top will be a great layering piece for spring!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekend Sewing: Merchant & Mills Factory Dress

Here's my second Merchant & Mills project: the Factory Dress. I love the easy wearability and style of this pullover dress. Plus, it has pockets! I used a striped railroad stretch denim in indigo stripe. Staring at it too long makes me dizzy! Like the Top #64, this pattern was very easy to follow and easy to sew. I did not have to make any modifications, though I did have some issues with my pattern layout and not having enough fabric. I think I lost some yardage doing the conversion from meters to yards and didn't make the appropriate adjustments. I was able to seam a couple of pieces together to make everything work out in the end. Seaming the center front was tricky with the stripes and I had to do it a couple of times to get them to alternate between blue and white. I almost made the front pocket in a contrasting fabric but decided against that and instead used some Liberty fabric for the inseam pockets. I can't wait for some warmer weather to wear this dress!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Sunday Sewing: The Top #64

Here's my completed Top #64. The pattern is from Merchant & Mills and I purchased it online from Purl Soho. I stopped by Bolt yesterday afternoon and picked up this lightweight canvas from quilt designer Yoshiko Jinzenji. I was really drawn to the abstract shapes and lines and the muted color palette. I considered this other print from Nani Iro, but decided the Yoshiko fabric was ultimately more wearable. I cut out the fabric last night and did all the sewing today, which only took about two hours. I made a size 10–it fits me perfectly with the top more like a tunic. I made no modifications aside from having to shorten the sleeves by about three inches and using a fun contrast binding for the neck facing. The details I love: the center seaming on the front and back, the raglan sleeves, the inset pockets and how the fabric pattern on the rear sleeves mimics the back of the top (completely unintentional). I also love that this is a pullover top with no fastenings. So simple yet modern. Can't wait to try more of these patterns!