Thursday, March 23, 2017

Archer Button Up





I looooove my new button up! I've been eyeing all the lovely Archers on Instagram and I finally decided to take the plunge and make one myself this winter (yes, it took me an entire season to make it because I'm slow - haha). It's only been done for less than 2 weeks and I've already worn it 3 times!






For the longest time I was really intimidated by the idea of making a button up top. It just seemed like there were so many steps and so much precision required. Spoiler Alert: there are a lot of steps (many many steps) and there are a ton of pattern pieces, BUT Grainline Studio's online tutorials make it really easy. The tutorials show you step-by-step (with photos and videos) how to do everything. And when you take it one step at a time - it's not that difficult and it's actually really rewarding because you are learning so much. I had already made the Grainline Alder shirtdress so that helped a lot, and between the two patterns I learned: how to make a collar and collar stand, how to make a button band, and how to make pleated cuffs! Yay - so many amazing skills!





Following the size suggestions on the pattern, I made a size 6 in the top and graded up to a size 8 in the waist. It is suppose to be a loose fitting top, but I think for future versions I'll do a strait size 6 or maybe even a size 4. The waist and arms turned out a little looser than I prefer.






There are so many things I love about this shirt - I took my time on the craftswomanship so the stitching and all my corners look nice. I bound the inside seams with a blue gingham print binding so it is pretty on the inside too. The butt ruffle is super cute! But, my favorite thing about this shirt is the fabric and buttons. I got the fabric at an antique shop in Iowa City, it is really soft and I love the beautiful bird pattern on it. The buttons are antique Czech glass buttons from my stash. I was debating if I liked the ivory or the black buttons better, and I decided to be crazy and use both. I actually love how it turned out with the alternating buttons, I was worried it would look too holly-hobby but I think it works because the buttons are so small.


My gingham binding!



Pattern: Grainline Studio's Archer Button Up
Fabric: Vintage (I'm not sure exactly what it's made of) and antique Czech glass buttons
Size: The top is a size 6 and I graded the waist to a size 8
Did I like the pattern? Very much! I want to make a ton more.





Next on my sewing table:
I started a Fancy Tiger Crafts Double Star Quilt in February and I finished the top, but then I learned that quilting is difficult. Soooooo I need to get that finished at some point. Also, I cut fabric for a Closet Case Patterns Ebony Dress and started sewing it last week. Yay!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Linden Sisters

Linden Sweatshirt


Linden Sweatshirt


I love making things for my family. For Christmas this year, I gave my adorable sisters Grainline Studio's Linden sweatshirts. The Linden being a loose fitting knit makes it PERFECT for gifting! You don't have to have the size exactly right and it still looks great. It also sews up really fast and easy, and if that wasn't enough it is super stylish. Love it!





Linden Sweatshirt


On my original Linden I sewed a straight size 4, but my sisters are pretty tall (5'9" and 6'1") so I lengthened both of their Lindens a few inches. Other than that, I kept everything the same. I was really happy with the fit on both. They look relaxed but still really stylish.


Linden Sweatshirt




Both of their Lindens have the same dark green french terry fabric. I paired Amanda's with a variegated gray french terry. For Maria's I used the looped side of the green french terry for the sleeves and the smooth side for the body. I spiced her's up with a metallic gold knit fabric for the neckline. The french terry was really nice to sew with because it is sooo soft!


Linden Sweatshirt


Pattern: Grainline Studio's Linden Sweatshirt (again!)
Fabric: Lightweight french terry and a metallic knit from Fabric.com
Did I like the pattern? I want to make this pattern every day, it is such a joy to sew!


Linden Sweatshirt


In other sewing news, I'm still working on my Grainline Archer. Tonight I will be sewing the side seams together, so it's coming along! Thanks to my future brother-in-law for taking these awesome photos of Amanda in LA! 



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Striped Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt


After wearing my Grainline Studios Linden Sweatshirt for MONTHS.... I guess it's finally about time to post it! Oh my gosh, have I been slacking on posting or what? Anyways, this was my first time making the Linden and it was an amazing experience. I love using Grainline patterns because the fit is always sooo great. This pattern is especially great because it is fast and super easy to make. After making my own I made each of my sisters one for Christmas. More pictures of them to come!


Mom wore the Seamwork Astoria sweater I made when I was home for Thanksgiving!
I wore my Linden when I voted!


I made view B with the cropped waist and sleeves. It looks great with skinny jeans and still keeps me warm. The best part about view B though, is that it only has 4 pattern pieces which makes it really fast to cut. ONLY FOUR! That's hard to beat. I made a straight size four and it fits really well. The waist on the Grainline Alder was a little short for my waist, but the waist length on this pattern is perfect for me.


Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt


The fabric is a french terry from Fabric.com. I love the color, but I was a little disappointed in the quality. It is much thinner than I expected and started getting pilly after the first wash. Now I only wash it by hand. It was not very expensive though, so I guess you get what you pay for. It still looks really cute, so I'm happy.


Pattern: Grainline Studio's Linden Sweatshirt
Fabric: Lightweight french terry from Fabric.com
Did I like the pattern? I love this pattern. It is definitely going to be a go-to for me!


I want to make a million more of these short sleeve Lindens. I found a really interesting textured knit fabric at an antique store recently and I'm thinking that will be my next Linen. In the mean time, I started sewing my first Grainline Archer (with fabric from that same antique store) and a self-drafted backpack. Hopefully I'll have pictures of my sister's Lindens for you soon!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beaded Moneta Dress

Colette Patterns Moneta Dress


Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
I love the scooped neckline in the back!




Last week I finished my first Colette Moneta Dress! I was so excited when the Moneta pattern came out, because it is exactly the kind of easy dress I like to wear. I'm always inspired/distracted by the new patterns that come out, so somehow actually making a Moneta got lost in the shuffle for a few years. It's a good thing I finally tried it out, because it's an easy pattern and a very wearable dress.


Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
Gotta love a dress with pockets!



I love how this dress is casual and business casual at the same time. I've already worn it 3 times! Now I need to make it in a bunch of colors and fabrics!  :)


Colette Patterns Moneta Dress




I made version 3 of the dress in a straight size S. Overall, the fit is pretty good. I have some pulling under my bicep, I don't know if there is too much fabric there or what, but it doesn't really bother me. The fabric is a lightweight sweater knit, I bought on sale at Hancock Fabrics. It's difficult to see, but I sewed little glass seed beads following the pattern on the bodice. They shimmer a little in the sun, which is really pretty! I feel like Queen Elizabeth with my beaded dress, haha! I didn't do a ton of beading, because it's kind of tedious, so it would be like if Queen Elizabeth had some really lazy seamstresses. Ha!  :)

Pattern: Colette Patterns' Moneta Dress
Fabric: Lightweight sweater knit from Hancock Fabrics & glass seed beads
Did I like the pattern? Yes - sweet & simple!


Colette Patterns Moneta Dress


Colette Patterns Moneta Dress


I'm having a hard time deciding what to sew next - I have too many ideas. I started cutting fabric (really cute fabric) for another Mesa dress, so I'll have to finish that up. I also just bought the Grainline Studios Archer pattern and I have some fabric that will be perfect for a test run. Most importantly, Josh and I are going to Mexico in a month, so I want to make some cute things to wear with the fabric Josh bought me in Oaxaca last year (I used some of it for a Wren Dress). I'll just have to get to work and do them all!!!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reversible Osaka Skirt

Seamwork Osaka skirt


Seamwork Osaka skirt


Seamwork Osaka skirt


I finally finished my Seamwork Magazine Osaka skirt! I'm pretty happy with how the skirt turned out, despite making some big mistakes that make the pink side almost unwearable (I'll get to that later). The teal side with the kittens is so cute that it doesn't even matter! This skirt will be great with tights during the early fall months!


Seamwork Osaka skirt


Seamwork Osaka skirt
An antique Czech glass button

Seamwork Osaka skirt


This skirt may have been my longest WIP ever. I started in April and only finished it a few days ago, oh my gosh how did 4 months go by that fast? I put the skirt aside when Josh and I moved, and I finally started working on it again recently. When I did, I kept making silly mistakes and having to redo parts. The biggest mistake I made was that the pink fabric I used was slightly stretchy and the other fabric had no stretch. So when I tried sewing them together, the pink side got crazy stretched out and now it doesn't lay flat. The pattern calls for non-stretch fabric, so it was totally my mistake. Oops! I also cut all of the pink pattern pieces on the wrong side, so that side of the skirt didn't match up with the teal side. Luckily the pink fabric is reversible, so I just took it apart and sewed it back together the mirror-opposite of how it was. Ugh! All that matters is that I finished it - yay! I really like the pattern and it fits really well. I haven't added the snaps yet, that would probably help with the pulling that you can see in the pictures. My favorite thing about this skirt is the Cotton + Steel kitty fabric. It's just sooo cute!


Seamwork Osaka skirt


The back of the pink side turned out slightly wonky!

Pattern: Seamwork Magazine Osaka Skirt
Fabric: Pink jacquard from Mood, Fabrics Teal Cotton & Steel print from a store in Virginia, and black boucle from Mood Fabrics
Did I like the pattern? The pattern was great, my countless mistakes were unfortunate  :)


Seamwork Osaka skirt


Seamwork Osaka skirt


Friday, July 8, 2016

Jasper Sweater for Mom





Wow! I have severely neglected this blog over the past couple months! Yikes! At the end of April, Josh and I moved back to the Midwest from Virginia. We lived with my parents for a few weeks before moving into a new apartment in June. I'm super slow at unpacking, so we are still getting settled into our new home.




Back in May, I finished a Jasper sweater for my Mom's Mother's Day gift. I've wanted to make a Jasper for my Mom ever since I first saw the pattern - she loves buttons. This was my first time using a pattern from Paprika Patterns and I definitely want to make this one again (for myself)!


My first welt pockets

Inside pocket lining fabric  :)


I used a sweatshirt fleece and a cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics. The sweatshirt fleece was a dream to work with - it was so soft! Also, since it doesn't have stretch, it moves through the machine really easily. I used a vintage button on the epaulet. I was cursing myself a little for picking out striped fabric, when I had to try matching the stripes along the curve of the cowl neck and the princess seams, but I got through it. Paprika Patterns has a great tutorial for matching stripes on their blog. Mine didn't turn out perfectly but they are close enough  :)

Pattern: Paprika Patterns' Jasper Sweater
Fabric: Sweatshirt fleece and cotton jersey from Girl Charlee Fabrics
Did I like the pattern? Very much!






Next On My Sewing Table

I still need to finish my Seamwork Osaka skirt. I accidentally cut some of the pieces backwards, but luckily some of my fabric is reversible - so I think I can fix the problem without recutting! We shall see! I also really want to make the new Seamwork Weston shorts - they are so cute!