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!


Monday, April 4, 2016

High-waisted Ginger Jeans

Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans


It's been awhile since my last post. Josh just accepted a new job, so we are moving back to Iowa. It's really exciting, but it also means that I need to find a new job too. So I've been spending most of the last month looking for jobs and apartments (not fun). I did however, manage to finish my Ginger jeans this week. Yes, you heard that right - I made jeans!!! Woo-hoo!!! I also started cutting fabric for a Seamwork Osaka skirt  :)


Ginger Jeans


Just like everyone else, I was really terrified by the idea of making my own jeans it just seamed like it would be so time consuming and difficult. I had to try it though, after seeing soooo many cute Ginger jeans online. And you know what? Making jeans isn't that bad at all - it's actually pretty fun! I already want to make another pair  :) Technically these are my practice pair. I used denim that I found in my stash. They turned out really wearable - just a few fitting errors that I need to correct for my next pair. They are super comfy and really durable - I already wore them on a long bike ride/hiking adventure  :)


Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans
Red topstitching and black denim pockets!


I've always wanted a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, so I made view B of the pattern. Using the guides on the pattern, I cut a size 8/10 in the waist and graded down to a size 12 in the hips. I started out (as the pattern recommends) by basting my fabric together to test the fit. They were tight at my upper hips (near the top of the pockets) and loose at my outer upper thighs. For the upper hips I decreased my seam allowance to 1/4", and at the upper thighs I moved my seam inward about 1 1/2". Pretty easy changes. My big mistake here, was that I didn't take the time to baste my waistband on and check the fit. I just assumed that it would fit if I got the rest of the pieces to fit. Welllllll, I found out later (after topstitching) that I had a bunch of extra fabric at my lower back. So now the waistband gapes at the back. Oops! I must have had gaping in my back yoke that I didn't notice. The pattern says how to fix that, so I'll just fix it on my next pair  :)


Ginger Jeans
Oopsie! Lesson learned - make sure your waistband isn't gaping before you topstitch it!

Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans


So after I figured out my fit (for the most part), I followed the rest of the Sewalong for the Gingers. The Sewalong is amazing, it gives step-by-step photo instructions for every single step of the process. It really makes it so someone like me who has no idea how to insert a fly front or assemble a pocket stay, can make jeans easily! Even with the instructions - I did make a few mistakes. 
  • I tried and tried to use nice thick (30m) topstitching thread for my topstitching, but I could never get it to work. I tried different tension settings and needles, and I kept getting loops at the bottom. The only thing I didn't try was changing my bobbin tension (by tightening or loosening the screw on my bobbin case). I didn't want to do that, because I would have to change it back for all the regular seams. Moral of the story, I did the rest of my topstitching with regular thread and it looks fine. So if you're having trouble with topstitching, just use some regular thread in a fun color  :)
  • Use a thinner woven fabric for your pocket lining. I used flannel thinking it would be comfy, but it makes the whole pocket area bulge out weirdly. It's not too noticeable, but it would definitely look nicer with just a thin cotton.  
  • I added one of my fly front bar tacks too high. Make sure you put them where it shows in the pattern. 


Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans


Ginger Jeans


Long story short, this is a wonderful pattern and sewing jeans isn't scary - it's fun! For my next pair of Gingers, I want to do version B again in corduroy! I have a bunch more in-progress photos on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craft_rambler/

Pattern: Closet Case Files' Ginger Jeans
Size: 8/10 at the waist graded to a 12 at the hips
Fabric: Denim I bought at Jo-Ann's years ago
Did I like the pattern? Yes! This pattern and the sewalong are amazing.


Ginger Jeans


Yay jeans!!!!!