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!