Hey Readers! Spring feels like it’s finally here, and what better way to celebrate than by sewing a bright yellow Roscoe blouse?
This fabric-pattern combo feels like a match made in heaven! The fabric is a lovely rayon challis that I picked up from Stonemountain. I’m not always a big fan of florals, but I do have a soft spot for more abstract, large-scale print type of florals and this one certainly fits the bill! This blouse puts a nice pop of cheerful color into my me-made wardrobe that has otherwise been tending toward navy blue, grey, and black lately. And it goes with my Lander jeans too…
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This! This is my absolute favorite thing I’ve made in a long while.
The pattern is the Toaster sweater #1 from Sew House Seven. It’s so cosy, so simple, and I love it. I want to wear it all the time.
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Hello Friends! It has been some time since I’ve posted anything on here. So I thought I’d do a quick catch-up before I launch into today’s make (here’s a sneak preview of my Lander jeans – scroll down to see more!).
2018 in review
Despite the fact that I haven’t shared much in the past few months, I’ve been sewing a lot. I counted 34 projects sewn in 2018 (that I could remember at least!). Here’s how it breaks down:
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As soon as Hey June released the Phoenix blouse pattern back in May I knew that I wanted to make one. Boho-style top with 3/4 length bell sleeves? Yes, please.
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hinted at gave away that I had made the Hey June Union St. Tee pattern in my last post (where I MADE PANTS!), but since this t-shirt pattern was on my #2018MakeNine list and I made four different versions I figured that it deserved its own post. For those of you who don’t know, the Union St. Tee is a basic t-shirt pattern from Hey June that comes with a range of sleeve lengths and necklines. It’s a looser fitting style and Adriana specifically recommends against using cotton-spandex unless sizing down to make a more fitted tee. So what did I do? Made one out of cotton-spandex. What can I say, I’m a rebel.
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I Made Pants!
I did not participate in Me-Made-May this year, or in previous years for that matter, in part because the idea of taking pictures of myself every day feels completely soul-sucking. I know, I’ve read this post about how posting selfies is not the point of Me-Made-May, but somehow it didn’t really sink in until I listened to an interview with Zoe Edwards (the creator of Me-Made-May) on the Love to Sew podcast (here!). Unfortunately, I’m not up to date on my podcast listening and I listened to that interview on May 31st (ha ha!), but it inspired me nonetheless. In the show Zoe talks about hanging all of her me-made clothes up together on a single bar in her closet as a way to take stock of her handmade wardrobe. I can tell you one thing that is acutely missing from that single bar in my closet: pants. I’m talking about real pants, or trousers if you prefer, that don’t involve an elastic waist. And what do I wear 95% of the time? That’s right, pants. So that’s a pretty long-winded way of getting around to saying that I am now supremely proud to be the creator of a real pair of non-elastic waisted pants – and it wasn’t all that hard. You can read on and look at some pictures of said pants below, but really, I’ve said most of what needs to be said already – I MADE PANTS!!!
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I’ve just made myself two new shirts that I’m in love with….they are both made from the boat neck Anegada sewing pattern from Halfmoon Atelier. And they are so cool.
One evening I fell deep down into an Instagram rabbit-hole, and stumbled upon this pattern. I think it was this image that originally caught my eye – a beautifully simple version in black by @ahappystitch, but seriously, I think every version that I’ve seen is beautiful! I haven’t seen this pattern floating around the blogosphere much, so I am here to give it some blog-o-love! Continue reading “Boat neck Anegadas in Purple”
Do you ever find yourself searching for the perfect basic pattern?
I do. A lot. I sometimes get an image or idea in my head and just /need/ to find the perfect pattern to bring that dream to fruition. I’m a fan of woven tees: Simple shape, but just ever so elevated from a knit tee to make me feel a bit more put together. Great for spring and summer and fall. But I think this particular obsession with finding the ‘perfect’ woven tee pattern all started with some fabric. Ahhh…beautiful fabric. The kind of thing you run across when you’re not looking to buy anything like it, but it’s just so pretty that you can’t leave the store without it. (C’mon, you KNOW what I’m talking about, right?). So I found this fabric and thought – oooh a nice basic woven tee. My first thought was the Seamwork Akita, which I’ve made a couple times already (here and here). Then I realized that the print on this particular fabric was directional, which wouldn’t work with the Akita. So, my choices were: (1) hack the Akita to make it into 2 pattern pieces instead of one, (2) try a new pattern, or (3) hack the Akita and try a new pattern…or two…or three.
Right, so I opted for (3).
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Where do you fall on the activewear vs loungewear debate? Which do you prefer to sew? To wear? I made one of each – Sloan Leggings for exercising and Hudson Pants for lounging!
The Sloan leggings were on my Make Nine list this year, and the Hudson pants were not officially on the list, but I had them in mind so I listed them as an ‘alternate’:) Continue reading “Activewear or Loungewear?”
#2018MakeNine – First Project Complete!
I finished my first Make Nine project – a popover-style Mila shirt pattern by Itch to Stitch.
The Fabric Lovestory
Back when I was shopping for some chambray to make my husband a shirt (and umm no, I haven’t made his shirt yet) I ran across this stitched chambray by Robert Kaufman and fell in love…I knew it would make a lovely shirt for me! I looove the look of the white threads running through the fabric – such a nice variation on a plain stripe.
Maybe even better, the reverse side of the fabric has these little dots of white thread showing through, giving it a polka dot sort of look. I used the reverse side for the placket (no stripe matching necessary!), but you can also see it showing through when the collar is open and the sleeves are rolled up. Continue reading “Stitched Chambray Mila Shirt”