Hello! First, I just wanted to let you know I finally upgraded to have my own website domain! It’s poeticmemorysewing.blog and I updated my Instagram username to poeticmemorysewing. I’ve felt like I needed a change for a while now but wasn’t ready to let go of Poetic Memory after using it for 7 years! Anyway- back to the sewing!
How amazing is this fabric?! I was at Mood in New York earlier this month. We didn’t have much time so I ran down a few aisles and happened to see this Italian made chiffon! It has foxes all over it which you know is right up my alley. I bought a yard and half figuring I would make a top out of it. I had this blouse in mind but when I looked up the pattern later, I realized I didn’t buy enough of it and was so disappointed. I love the sewing community online because I was told it doesn’t require as much fabric as stated. I managed to cut out the size 8 and still have some left- possibly for a scarf?!
This pattern is great for sheer fabric because there’s no neck facing and the seams can be enclosed. I was nervous sewing with chiffon because it’s delicate and frays. Normally I would serge the edges of a frayed fabric but I didn’t want the bulk in the seams. I cut it out with a rotary cutter, put it in a bag until I was ready to work it. I tried to handle it as little as possible. There’s a few seams I wanted to fix but it wasn’t worth it! Overall I’m really happy with it. I paired it with my Seamwork Leonora with my scalloped hem hack and I love this outfit. I also wore it with jeans! It’s definitely a versatile top that I’ll get a lot of wear out of.
As I mentioned earlier I cut out a size 8 and am pretty happy with the fit except the sleeves are a little too long. If I make another (which I’m pretty sure I will!) I’ll shorten them probably by a 1/2 inch to an inch.
I’m heading back to Mood in a few weeks and can’t wait to see what I find!
Today’s the day! Sew Over it released their new ebook and I was lucky enough to be able to pattern test two of the five patterns included! It’s all about patterns that you can wear to work and then out! I chose the Edie top- a great boat neck basic, in a medium weight cotton jersey and the Kate skirt made of six panels with a slit in each, in a wool crepe. (Twirls were necessary to show it off!)
I bought both of my fabrics on my recent trip to the garment district in NY. If you’ve never been, it’s quite overwhelming. I somehow managed to stay focused and find just what I was looking for. I found the green and white striped fabric first and was drawn to it. It’s a good weight and quality (I feel like this is hard to find for some reason). I wanted the pieces to coordinate and already had green in mind. I came across I pile of wool crepe bolts and thought it would work well! I love this deep green color I found. I’ve never sewn with it before but it had a nice drape and would be great for the upcoming season. (If it’s your first time sewing with wool crepe as well- all I can say is watch out for fraying! Serging/ finishing the edges is a must!)
The Edie top came together quickly and I had no issues. I might take in the side seams a little bit next time. It’s also offered as a dress and I definitely plan to make one.
The skirt was quite easy as well. Six panels, a waistband and side zip. The panels stop at about 2/3 s of the way down and open up into slits. It’s a really great detail and makes a simple skirt a bit more interesting.
I’m quite annoyed at myself for not reading through the instructions first. I had no clue there were slits until I sat down to start! I really needed a dark thread in my serger or coordinating hem tape but I didn’t have and I was on a time restraint. It’s noticeable when I walk and you can see the inside of the skirt. I plan on fixing this one day.
The only issue I had with the skirt was the hem… it was time consuming. I hand stitched all the slits and bottoms but it’s recommended and I agreed with it. Hand stitching isn’t my favorite but I popped on a movie and just did it!
As I said before, there are more patterns included in the ebook and lots of variations. Definitely check it out if you’re looking for patterns that you can wear from work or on a night out!
I’ve been wanting a pair of culottes for a while now. They just look so easy and comfortable to wear. On my last Joann’s trip, my husband pointed out a nice brown linen and knew it would work for this pattern. I sewed these up in just a couple hours. Because of the linen, they are so breathable and perfect for this humid weather we’ve been having. I’m so proud of myself for making another solid, basic garment. I really will get so much wear out of these.
I made view A because I prefer a waistband but opted out of the belt loops. I took a little bit off the waist but no other alterations. I can see myself making another pair one day in rayon, and maybe a little shorter next time. How do you feel about the culottes trend?
I made the Sew Over It Rosie dress over the weekend! This pattern has three views- a fitted bodice with wide straps and an optional collar, a slight sweetheart neckline with thin straps or a skirt. I made the first version with a contrasting white collar. The bodice has five panels and the skirt has a large pleat in the front surrounded by gathers. It’s so lovely! I also want to note that I opted out of the boning in the bodice. I remembered watching a video of Lisa Comfort and she said it wasn’t necessary. I agree.
This dress sewed together wonderfully. I had no issues with pieces not fitting together or anything like that. I am so pleased with the construction of this dress and absolutely plan on making more.
Unfortunately I did not make a muslin and discovered too late that the bodice was huge! I was so disappointed. I ended up resetting the zipper in a bit and trimmed a little bit off a couple of the bodice panels. I couldn’t do much more because of the collar. I would have had to remove it and make it smaller to avoid it overlapping in the back. It’s still a little bit big at the top but it’s wearable now. I will definitely be altering the pattern next time.
The fabric is a beautiful lemon print cotton linen blend from Finch fabrics.
Hello! I wanted to share my latest make on here. If you follow me on Instagram then you might know that I’ve been battling bronchitis over the past 4 or 5 days. It’s been rough! (especially since I just want to sew!) I have so many projects in the works. It’s definitely going to be a busy summer once I’m feeling better.
Anyway, back to the kimono! This pattern is the first Sew Over It pattern I’ve tried and I already have 4 more (they were having a sale…). It was a very quick make. I cut it out one night and was able to sew it up after dinner another. It’s only four pattern pieces! If you’re looking for a satisfying make you can knock out in a couple hours I definitely recommend this! It comes in two different lengths and I went with the shorter one. The fabric I used is Rifle Paper Co rayon. A local fabric store was having a half off sale and was so happy I remembered I ordered this pattern when I was there! I think they work perfectly together.
As far as fit goes, I made the smallest size and I think it’s just fine. It’s loose fitting so there’s not much to fit as far as adjustments. I’m so happy with this kimono jacket. It’s easy to just throw on to make an outfit a bit more exciting, and it’s lightweight enough to wear in the summer to keep my shoulders protected from the sun. I definitely want to make another one. Maybe I’ll try the long version next time!