Friday, October 30, 2015

Nani Iro Dotted Shirt

I bought this Nani Iro fabric on a recent trip to Britex in San Francisco. I am loving oversized shapes in my wardrobe this fall, especially with pants and dresses. This top fits that profile. The pattern was from a Japanese pattern book and was super easy to sew up. There is some interesting draping going on since there is no shoulder seam and it was just one piece of fabric folded in half with a hole cut out for the neck. I did have a sewing fail though because I totally forgot to measure the width of the top before sewing it up and ended up having to cut off excess width from both sides and rip out all the sleeve seaming. Not easy with serged seams! But it turned out fine. I love the split hem and neon dots.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Marled & Ribbed Sweater

I seamed this sweater last night, knit the neck ribbing and steamed it this morning. I love how the fabric looks with the marled yarn and the textured half fisherman's rib stitch. It's a little oversized and drapey, but will be perfect for winter weather. I really love a good raglan sleeve and you can see the detail of the seaming and stitches in some of these photos. The yarn is 100% wool, so it's a very itchy sweater, but I should be fine wearing a turtleneck underneath. The pattern is from an old issue of Rebecca Magazine and is a classic sweater that never seems to go out of style. Thanks to my sister for the yarn!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2015 Lookbook

Loving the latest Brooklyn Tweed designs inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Lots of gorgeous knits and a new chunky yarn, Quarry. Check it out!

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!