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
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”
A color conundrum
What is a grey Ginger and mustard Blackwood?
My new handmade outfit, of course!
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”
It’s that time of year again…
Lane Raglan time, that is! Can you tell that I love this pattern?
There’s not a lot to say about this pattern that I haven’t said already (here and here) – tried n’ true, my friends. I picked up this wonderfully soft heather blue french terry Continue reading “My Newest Lane”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something hasn’t it? I’ve been doing plenty of sewing though and thought I would pop in with one of my recent makes…the Grainline Studio Archer button up!
Continue reading “Archer Button Up”
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!
This top is so amazingly soft and cozy, I want to wear it all the time! Continue reading “Lane Raglan Cowl Neck Hack”
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.
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”
Fabulous fabric turns the Seamwork Oslo cardigan into a coatigan!
Continue reading “My Striped Seamwork Oslo Cardigan”
Nothing quite says fall to me like corduroy…so what better way to start off the season than with a pair of comfy corduroy pants for The Boy?
I turned once again to my tried n’ true kids pants pattern, the Parsley Pants from Made by Rae. I love this pattern because it fits well, is easy to make, and it’s so versatile. Although it’s advertised as a pattern for wovens, I have made many many pairs in knit fabrics – everything from interlock to jersey to sweatshirt fleece to polar fleece to french terry. But every once in a while I go back to wovens for this pattern – and I’m particularly fond of corduroy! I found this fabric at my local discount fabric shop – it’s a lighter weight corduroy that is really quite soft, so it’s just as comfortable as the knit pants I usually make for The Boy (who is extremely picky about such things I might add).
Continue reading “Corduroy Comfy Pants”
After a summer of making Renfrew tees, I was in the market for a new tee shirt pattern. Raglan tee? Yes, please.
Lane #1: Baseball tee
I made my first version as a classic baseball tee using organic cotton jersey.
The orange-ish colored fabric was leftover from one of my Renfrews – a nice stash-busting perk! I just barely squeezed the sleeves and neckband out of my remnant – in fact I had to cut the neckband as two pieces, so it has two seams (one at each shoulder). I sewed this entirely with my regular sewing machine using a ballpoint needle and a twin stretch needle for hemming.
I love the look of the classic baseball tee, especially when it’s Giants colors…
Continue reading “My new favorite tee: Lane Raglan”
Seasons of Sewing
There’s just something about the changing of the seasons that gets me all excited about sewing and cooking and doing new things. It’s the excitement of a whole new crop of fruits and vegetables to enjoy (apples and pears! butternut squash!), and a whole new wardrobe of clothes to sew and wear (jackets! long sleeves! corduroy and flannel!), and a chance to visit and hike places that are just too deathly hot in the summer (Mt. Diablo! Pinnacles!). Even here in San Francisco, where many argue there are no real seasons (oh, but they are wrong!), I’m starting to feel the season turn and I am ready. I made an apple pie for Labor Day weekend. Now I’m planning my fall sewing in earnest. But before I move on to next season… Continue reading “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall”