Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Cline Sweater

I finished Julie Hoover's Cline sweater last night. This is a modern loose-fitting sweater with dolman sleeves. Using the Berroco Comfort DK gave the knitted fabric more drape versus the structure that I would have had with the recommended yarn. I still am happy with the results. Like all of Julie's patterns, the directions were clear and easy-to-follow. She also includes different stitch techniques, so it's fun learning those and trying something different. I typically like more of a bright/neon pink color palette, but I really like this pale pink trend that's happening right now, which is why I chose this color. The sweater is soft and warm, a perfect layering piece for the transition back to fall. Another plus is that it's machine washable!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FU-KO Basics Cover Dress

I bought this FU-KO Basics Japanese pattern book on a day trip to Seattle a couple of weeks ago. I specifically bought it for this dress on the cover. I loved the drape of the dress and the interesting cut of the side seams and pockets. I found this perfect black and white checked linen at Bolt and sewed up the dress last weekend. It was a quick one-day project that took an afternoon. It will look great on its own or layered over some jeans. I love it!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Turtleneck Collar

I finished this turtleneck collar a couple of weeks back and it turned out pretty much as I designed it. It was inspired by this knitted piece from Wood Wood. I started the project during this past winter and really decided I needed to finish it before starting this next project. I used 1x1 rib stitch throughout and knitted on a mock turtleneck instead of a foldover neck. It's too hot to even think about wearing this now, but it will be put to good use come fall!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gingham Top

I had a lot of gingham fabric left over from the sleeveless blazer project, so I decided to make a quick top. This pattern is from Machiko Kayaki's Home Couture book. I love the French sleeves and the curved hem. A couple of bust darts make it a little more fitted. The neckline and armhole trims took the longest, but the entire project only took a couple of hours. It's a perfect spring pullover!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

By Hand London Victoria Sleeveless Blazer

By Hand London is an independent sewing pattern label and their patterns can be found at Bolt and Josephine's. I chose the Victoria Blazer and made the sleeveless version in a black chambray with a black gingham lining. The sleeveless version was super simple to sew up, especially since I omitted the on-seam pockets. I found the directions to be clear and easy-to-follow. Another modification I made (though inadvertently) was sewing the bottom of the lapels into the hem so they stay in place instead of flapping around. I like the boxy, casual shape of this garment and want to try making it in some other fabrics. It should be a great transition and layering piece for spring!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Merchant & Mills Union Dress

Once I saw this Union Dress pattern from Merchant & Mills, I knew it would be the perfect project for the dotted chambray I got during the fall Bolt sale. The pattern was not available at any local shops, so I purchased it online from The Workroom. I've made a couple of other Merchant & Mills patterns and really find that their directions are very easy to follow, though intermediate skills are required for this particular project. Similar to the Factory Dress, this dress is another nod to traditional workwear. It has a straight silhouette with a Henley-style neck and button placket and long straight sleeves. My favorite details are the four pockets!–side seam and front in-seam–and the side slits. I made no modifications to the pattern and made the smallest size, which fits perfectly. I had a hard time selecting buttons and ended up choosing some clear ones.  It would be fun to use a contrasting fabric for the top or bottom for a unique look. You could also hack the pattern by leaving off the skirt and then you'd have just a Henley-style shirt that included the front pockets. Fun project!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Double-Knit Wool Shift

I forgot to post this sewing project when I finished it last week on Christmas Eve. This fabric is the double-knit wool that I bought back in October at a Bolt sale. Originally, I was going to make a bolero from the Pretty Straight Sewing Japanese pattern book, but after sewing up a muslin version, I knew that I was not a bolero-wearing gal. Instead, I opted for a shift pattern from the same book since I love shifts. I adapted the measurements a tiny bit to fit the piece of fabric and I like how it turned out. The only seams are at the underarms as the fabric was folded in half at the shoulders. I serged the seams on the off-white side of the fabric and prefer the look of that face with the subtle ribbing and heathering. The darker khaki/grey side has a smoother face. It's reversible and I love the contrast that the rolled up sleeves provide. I also like the raw cut edges at the neckline and hem. It's super warm!