Saturday, January 30, 2016

My Almost Tropical-Looking Wren Shirt







We had a few snow days last week, and it was so lovely & relaxing! Every weekend should be a 3 day weekend - I think we can all agree on that  :)  I spent a bunch of time with friends, and of course a ton of time sewing! I finished this Colette Wren and started cutting my second Wren. The wrap dress look has always been a favorite of mine, so I was super excited when Colette Patterns came out with the Wren. 








I love how the Wren Dress looks shortened. This is my toile, I cut a straight size S and it actually fits pretty well. I'm just making a few alterations for my second version. The waist needs to be lowered about an inch, which is normal for me. The arms are slightly baggy on me and have some drag lines, so for the next version I'm bringing the bottom of the armhole up an inch and making the sleeves about 1.5" less wide. Hopefully that works! I found these two lovely remnant knits at Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, VA. The floral fabric almost has a Hawaiian/tropical look to it, which I normally don't like but for some reason I was really drawn to this fabric. The colors are gorgeous and it has a lovely sheen to it  :)  The textured aqua knit is super pretty too!






Pattern: Colette Pattern's Wren Dress
Size: Small
Fabric: 2 remnant fabrics from Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, VA
Did I like the pattern? Yes! I can't wait to see how the alterations look on my next version.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Malvarosa

Malvarosa dress


Malvarosa dress


Malvarosa dress


This Malvarosa dress was meant to be my last 2015 make, and it was so close to being that! I almost finished it a million times, but I kept having other fun holiday things to do  :)   But it's finished now, hurray!! 


Malvarosa dress


Malvarosa dress
Yay for pockets!!!


Malvarosa dress


I love the look of this dress, but I had a little problem with the fitting.  It was totally my fault, I tried to make a smaller size than what was suggested in the measurements section. I should have made a size 38 in the top, and instead I made a size 36 thinking that it would be fine because of the loose shape of the dress. It fits pretty well everywhere except the shoulders and bust, they ended up a little tight. It's still wearable though!


Malvarosa dress


Malvarosa dress


Malvarosa dress


Pattern: Pauline Alice's Malvarosa Dress
Size: 36 bust & waist - 38 hips
Fabric: 2 Peachskin fabrics from Fabric.com
Did I like the pattern? Yes! I'll totally make it again.


This was a fun pattern to put together. There are only a few pieces and they go together very quickly! The only thing I didn't love about the Malvarosa, is the sleeves. The long sleeve version adds sleeves onto the cap sleeve, rather than a whole separate normal sleeve. It's a cool look, it was just difficult for me to sew the sleeve onto the cap sleeve, so I'd prefer a normal sleeve.

Next on my sewing table is a Colette Wren! I'm doing a shirt first as my muslin, and if that fits - I'll make my dress version  :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blue Akita



Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse


I finally whipped up a Seamwork Akita blouse! I used a cotton voile that I bought at Jo-Ann's, a couple years ago, for my first Colette Laurel dress. I'm trying to get better about using the fabric I have, rather than buying the shiny new fabric  :)  It's so hard though - fabric shopping is fun!


Seamwork Akita Blouse
Pretty blue bias tape


Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse


The Akita pattern is really simple and fast to put together. Only having to cut one pattern piece is amazing!! I usually wear size 2 tops, since this is a looser blouse I cut in-between size 0 & 2. Overall, I'm very happy with the fit. It's bunches a little at my hips, so I think next time I'll make the side slits a little taller.


Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse


It was a beautiful 75 degree weekend in Richmond. Josh and I went hiking at Pocahontas State Park and took these pictures  :) It's December and I was warm hiking in a short sleeve shirt - crazy!




Seamwork Akita Blouse


Seamwork Akita Blouse
caught in the air!

Yesterday I started cutting out aluminum and brass triangles for a new necklace  :)  After I finish that, I'm planning to start cutting a Pauline Alice Malvarosa dress!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas came early





My sisters and I were all home at my parent's house for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful time, full of yummy food, family time, and even my friend's lovely wedding! Since none of us girls will be home for Christmas, we decided to celebrate early.




Seamwork Astoria sweater


I've been busy the last month sewing up gifts for my Mom and sisters. I made my Mom a Seamwork Astoria sweater and my sisters the Seamwork Mesa dress. After worrying for weeks that none of the pieces would fit, I was astounded and overjoyed when they all fit perfectly! They all wore their me-makes the next day at our Thanksgiving party, and they all looked adorable  :)


Seamwork Mesa Dress


Family Time!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I made pants!

colette clover pants


colette clover pants


colette clover pants


Long time no post, but I've got some exciting news to share with you - I made my first pair of pants!!! The Colette Clover pants. Spoiler alert: they did not turn out perfectly, but hey they're my first pair of pants so I'm going to wear them proudly anyways.


I finished my seams with teal bias tape  :)






I made a big mistake early on with these pants. I bought the pattern when it came out and didn't look at it again when I ordered my fabric. I saw this cute boucle fabric on sale at Mood and thought I was finally ready to try making pants. When I finally looked at the Clover pattern, I saw it required fabric with up to 3% spandex... this beautiful boucle has noooo stretch. 


colette clover pants


Rather than get new fabric and save the boucle for something else, I decided to try making a larger size pant  :)  Maybe not the best idea, but I figured it was worth a shot.  I made a muslin version and they didn't fit terrible, a little slouchy but not bad. I probably should have made some adjustments to the pattern for a more perfect fit. I also planned on adding zippers to the ankles, so I could get the pants over my feet without stretchy fabric. The zippers turned out adorable, I need to add more decorative zippers to my makes!




colette clover pants


Overall, the Clover pattern was very simple to put together. I can't wait to try it again someday with the correct type of fabric  :)  For now, I'm happy with my slightly ill-fitting pants because... Yay -I made pants!








Sunday, October 25, 2015

Flannel Alder Shirtdress

Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress


Flannel


Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress


About two weeks ago I finished my first Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress - it will definitely not be my last! Josh was in Mexico for a week, so we didn't have time to take photos until today. I love this pattern!! It was simple to put together and the sew-along on Grainline's website is sooo helpful! Also, as a Midwesterner (at heart) I was really excited to try out a Grainline Studio pattern  :)




Grainline Studio's Fall Alder Shirtdress


This is a practice version - I eventually want to make the Alder in a floral chambray I have. Even for a practice version, this ended up very wearable! I used a wool flannel that I've had in my stash since I started sewing almost 5 years ago! I bought it second-hand from a shop in Iowa City  :)  It is very warm - perfect for these upcoming chilly months. I jazzed it up by cutting the pockets and back yoke on the bias, and making a chambray collar  :)  I'm 5'4" about 125 lbs and I cut in-between size 2 & 4, overall it fits pretty well. For future versions, I might lengthen it slightly - maybe I'll make the shoulders a bit wider too.




Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress
It's layer season!


Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress


Like I said, Grainline's sew-along is very helpful. They give you step-by-step instructions with photos for each step right on their website! Love it! The most difficult part for me, was inserting the gathered skirt into the dress. I didn't get the front corners perfect, so they ended up looking a little wonky. It's still super wearable - so I'm not too worried about it - I'll just try to get that better next time  :)  I highly recommend this pattern. Check out my instagram account (https://instagram.com/craft_rambler/)  for more in-progress photos!


Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress


Grainline Studio's Alder Shirtdress


My next sewing project is a pair of Colette Clover pants. I'm almost finished with my muslin version, so I'll know soon if they are close to fitting right! Aside from my sewing, Josh and I have been experimenting with making homemade cider with our friends! We've fermented regular cider, cider mixed with farmer's market peaches, and apple cider mixed with blueberries, ginger, and cinnamon! Experimenting with different flavor mixtures and fermenting times has been really interesting and delicious  :)


Brewing!