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”

Corduroy Comfy Pants

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?

corduroy Parsley pants_front

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).

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My new favorite tee: Lane Raglan

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.

baseball lane raglan full

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…

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall


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”

Fall Sewing #6:Hollyburn Skirt

I am finally getting around to posting  the very last in my series of Fall Sewing posts – a Hollyburn skirt that I finished just before the official end of Fall and beginning of Winter. After my hopes of making a Colette Beignet skirt in blue corduroy fell through, I decided to make this Hollyburn instead.

Hollyburn skirt with maryjanes

Hollyburn skirt sideview

Hollyburn back view

Ok, I must admit that this pattern is way easier than the Beignet pattern …quick rundown: Beignet is fully lined, fitted, and has 12 buttons down the front; Hollyburn is unlined, fitted only at the waist, and no buttons (but one zipper). I made the view B length (medium length), with the button tabs. It’s a straightforward pattern with nice simple, clear instructions. And that’s why I managed to finish it so quickly.

But hey, I’m not too proud to enjoy an easy make! I really like this skirt. It has a great shape, and I like the amount of fullness. And I love this fabric! Continue reading “Fall Sewing #6:Hollyburn Skirt”

Fall Sewing #5: Sad Sorbetto…and a not-meant-to-be-Beignet

This is not your usual finished project post, but rather a post about projects that just didn’t quite work…

Failure #1: My sad Sorbetto

I made this a while ago, but was so disappointed that I just hid it in a corner of my closet for a while, but now I’m ready to share.

Apologies in advance for the dark and grainy photos – it’s cold and dark outside and I just wanted to take these quick.
sad sorbetto

Not so bad? Let’s take a closer look at that neckline binding (back view). Continue reading “Fall Sewing #5: Sad Sorbetto…and a not-meant-to-be-Beignet”

Fall Sewing #4: A Floating Josephine

I made yet another Josephine blouse…and I think this might be my favorite one yet. This is the release-tuck version that I’ve been dreaming about forever, and I’m so glad I finally made it.

Josephine release tuck tunic

I originally worried that the grey cotton lawn I chose would be too boring, but I think it was really the perfect choice. This top looks great in a solid color and will go with everything! The lawn floats really nicely with the release tucks too…and is super comfortable to boot. Continue reading “Fall Sewing #4: A Floating Josephine”

Fall Sewing #3: Moji Pants

Seamwork Moji pants complete!

Moji Pants

I finished these last weekend and just got some pictures of my most recent Fall Sewing project. I made version 2 (the one with the cuffs).These were a pretty quick and easy sew. The pattern includes a drawstring waist and patch pockets, so it’s quite simple to put together. The most fun part was putting in the grommets!  Continue reading “Fall Sewing #3: Moji Pants”