The Great Woven Tee Sewing Pattern Search

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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Activewear or Loungewear?

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!

Sloan v Hudson

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?”

Stitched Chambray Mila Shirt

#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.

chambray Mila shirt_front_close

chambray Mila shirt_collar-2

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”

2018 Make Nine

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a joyful holiday season. After the rush of Christmas (when I just may have made matching Christmas pajamas for myself, my husband, my son, and my nieces), it’s nice to have some chill time. I’m spending some time in the mountains, hiking and skiing and hanging out in the hot tub. I didn’t bring my sewing machine with me on this trip, but I have taken some time to reflect on my handmade wardrobe and think about my sewing plans for the new year. This year I thought I’d take part in the ‘gentle’ maker’s challenge put out by Lucky Lucille/@homerowfiberco to set a goal of 9 projects to make in the new year. This is mostly an Instagram-based challenge, but I thought I’d expand on that with a long-form blog post:) So without further ado, here are my Make Nine goals for 2018!

1. Lonetree Jacket

Lonetree jacket_combo

This is a pattern by Allie Olson of Indiesew (find it here). While I still love my Minoru jacket that I made a couple years ago, I’m ready for a new casual jacket – one with lots of pockets! Continue reading “2018 Make Nine”

Grey Ginger, Mustard Blackwood

A color conundrum

What is a grey Ginger and mustard Blackwood?

My new handmade outfit, of course!

blackwood cardigan and ginger skirt

Let’s break it down…that’s the Colette Ginger skirt in grey and black, the Blackwood cardigan in mustard yellow from Helen’s Closet, and the Lane Raglan tee in teal blue from Hey June.

Lately, I’ve found myself lamenting that most of my recent creations, especially the cool-weather appropriate ones, have been solids in neutral colors (black, grey, navy blue). Don’t get me wrong, I love solids, and I love neutrals that can easily fit into the rest of my wardrobe, but it was starting to feel a little bit drab. I need to try to strike a balance between neutrals and colors/prints in my sewing, and this colorful outfit is a good start. Continue reading “Grey Ginger, Mustard Blackwood”

Lane Raglan Cowl Neck Hack

I hacked my favorite t-shirt pattern!

I fell in love with the Lane Raglan pattern a few months back, and after making a few different versions, I started toying with the idea of adding a cowl neck. Sort of a Renfrew-Lane mashup if you will. I came across some wonderfully soft rayon stretch french terry in charcoal grey – perfect for a winter version of the Lane Raglan!

grey cowl neck Lane Raglan

This top is so amazingly soft and cozy, I want to wear it all the time! Continue reading “Lane Raglan Cowl Neck Hack”

Chambray Button Up

Let’s talk shirts, shall we?

I have never in my life had a button down (or button up?) shirt that fits me properly. They are usually either tight across the chest and in the shoulders or loose and baggy around my waist and hips. And the sleeves are almost always too short. I feel like making a collared button-up shirt is a sewing rite-of-passage, and I figured that it was time for me to give it a try.

chambray Granville shirt

This is the Sewaholic Granville shirt – a classic button up with princess seams, tower placket sleeves and a separate collar and stand. Technically this is not the first button up and collared shirt I’ve made. A while back I made an Itch-to-Stitch Mila Shirt (which has a half placket), but never got around to blogging it. Continue reading “Chambray Button Up”