I hope everyone is doing okay with everything that is going on in the world. I had planned to share my Persephone pants last week but didn’t feel up for writing a blog post. I’m trying to take things day by day and find some new sense of normal for the time being. The only perk of this situation is because I can’t work from home, I pretty much have unlimited time for sewing at the moment. I’m crossing lots of projects off my to-do list and ordered supplies to fill up my Etsy shop.
I bought the Persephone Pants pattern by Anna Allen when I realized it was very similar to 2 pairs of (my favorite!) Free People pants I own. The Persephone pant pattern is high waisted and does not have side seams. There’s waist inseam pockets, belt loops and a button fly. After making them, I realized the only differences were the button fly and that the Persephone pants has single darts in the back and my Free People pants have double darts. I bought this Robert Kaufman Ventana Twill from Stone Mountain Fabrics late last summer. I knew the forest green would be a good addition to my wardrobe. I used scraps of Rifle Paper Co cotton for the pockets.
After making jeans, these weren’t difficult to make. I did make a mistake, though! My button fly was not laying completely flat so I decided to redo it. Big mistake. I had already snipped into the fabric and this fabric unravels so I created a big mess after unpicking. I almost threw them in the trash. I managed to save them and added extra reinforcement (bar tacks) in that area.
The fit is okay. I graded the waistband out a size according to the measurements but on my next pair, I will just sew a straight size 0. I also hemmed a couple inches off of the length.
I’d love to make more pairs or maybe even a pair of shorts! I think an off white twill would be great for summer. I think I will use a zipper instead of a button fly next time as well. She has a zipper expansion pack with instructions on how to do this.
I’m excited to share my Helens Closet York Pinafore today! It’s no secret I love a pinafore. I have quite a few in my closet. I love how easily I can create different looks with just changing the top underneath. I’m feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clothes I have lately and how few I actually enjoy wearing. Pieces that I can get more wear out of are important to me. I’m planning on reading the Curated Closet in the New Year and really focus on getting my wardrobe where I want it to be.
The York has multiple styles that can be mixed and matched- there’s 2 lengths, two necklines and patch pockets or a kangaroo pocket. I went with the short length, higher neckline and the patch pockets.
I used this amazing bow print corduroy I got from Sew Over It (it’s sold out now!). I only had a meter because I was planning to make a skirt but I was so excited when I realized it was enough for this. There’s only three pattern pieces which makes this quick to cut out. I did spend time pattern matching on the pockets, though. The arms and neck are faced with bias tape. I used store bought because I was short on time but I wish I had made my own. The pattern calls for double fold bias tape but single fold works as well. I would recommend using single fold if you go the store bought route. The double fold is a little too thick in my opinion and I honestly am considering re- facing the whole thing.
There’s not much fitting involved in this pattern. I used the size chart and my measurements and am happy with it. There’s no fasteners or closures on this garment so it just slips over your head.
I wore it to go get our Christmas tree and it was comfy layered with a turtle neck and tights. I definitely recommend this pattern. In fact, I have another cut out already! The next one will be in flannel with the lower neckline and same length. I’m hoping I have time to sew it up soon.
I’m sorry for the unintentional blogging break! Life has been so busy that I’ve hardly had time for sewing for myself. I managed to squeeze in an evening of sewing last week and made this Wiksten Haori. I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for a while. This jacket is fully reversible so I was having trouble deciding on fabrics! When I saw this gold chambray and plaid cotton while browsing the LA Finch website- I knew they would be perfect for a festive jacket this time of year. The chambray is blue with a gold coating on one side and the plaid is soft with a really nice drape. This pattern calls for the lining fabric to be used for the collar. I decided to flip those fabric requirements and have the collar made in the main fabric. I liked the idea of having both a solid jacket and a patterned jacket when I reversed it.
This jacket definitely runs big. I made the mid length version in the XXS and I wish it was a little smaller. I think it’s okay but I am definitely considering taking in the back next time I make one. I’m hoping to make a cozy flannel version. I haven’t found the perfect fabrics yet though. I want to make sure they aren’t too thick so the jacket still drapes nicely.
I’m disappointed because I rushed so much. I wasn’t even thinking about pattern matching while I was cutting so the plaid is really off. I’m trying not to let it bother me too much. Besides that I’m really excited about this jacket. I know I will wear it a lot this holiday season.
I think the construction of this pattern is neat. It was fun to see it come together. I definitely recommend it! Which side do you like better- gold or plaid? I can’t decide!
Hopefully I will be back soon. I have so many projects I want to make and one of them I want to wear on a Thanksgiving next week. Fingers crossed I have time!
A perfectly autumnal Matilda dress. This pattern came with an issue of Simply Sewing Magazine last year. It has a mock neck, drawstring waist and two sleeve options- short and long with an elasticized cuff. There is an invisible zipper in the center back bodice and a couple hook and eyes at the collar. I absolutely love the fabric I used. It’s a rayon from Joann’s. The colors are perfect and it’s so soft. I bought it last year but I still noticed a bit at my local Joann’s a few months ago!
This dress almost didn’t happen. I started it last fall and was so frustrated that I balled it up and hid it away. I want to start off by saying that it had nothing to do with the sewing pattern. It was just a series of unfortunate mistakes. One of them was with the fabric pattern matching. I was trying to match the bodice to skirt. I cut the plaid upside down on my bodice so while the overall plaid would line up, the orange lines would not. I don’t think it’s very noticeable now that it’s sewn together but at the time I was very frustrated with myself.
Then, while cutting out my sleeves I managed to cut a chunk out of one of the sleeve caps. I picked up a little but more of this fabric soon after but never got around to recutting. I was really excited about this dress when I started it last year so I decided to give this another shot a few months ago. When I pulled out the new piece of fabric to cut- I realized I didn’t have enough to cut a new sleeve with the plaid in the correct direction. I ended up just using the original sleeves I cut. I was able to ease them in and I couldn’t even tell you which sleeve was cut incorrectly now.
I’m so glad I revisited this dress. It’s going to get worn so much now that it’s finished. I think sometimes we just need to step away from things for bit and come back to them when we’re ready.
I am so happy it’s finally fall! It’s my favorite season. I always look forward to a visit to a local pumpkin patch. Fall is also my favorite season to sew and dress for. I’ve been busy making a lot of new garments but the weather is taking it’s time cooling down. It was nearly 80 degrees this day but I was determined to finally wear this outfit! It’s an Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper and a Sweetheart top from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.
This is my second Sweetheart top. The first one I made years ago as a short sleeve, summery version. I was going to buy the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes pattern but I remembered this was similar. I was so happy to see that there was a long sleeve pattern piece included. I’m trying to limit the amount of patterns I’m buying. This top is a really great basic to add my wardrobe. I plan on making more of these. For this one, I used a burnt orange rib knit I found in the remnant section at Joanns. I know I will wear this a lot this season.
The Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper is a circle skirt with waistband and straps. I used a plaid knit I had left over in my stash. I didn’t have enough to cut the circle but I did have enough to create a gathered skirt by cutting two rectangles. This was a very fast sew. I’ve already made another that I’ll be sharing soon.
I love how these two pieces work together. I’ll be wearing this again with tights when the weather finally cools down. I’ll be back soon with more fall outfits!
I am ready for fall! Can you tell? I made a Violette Field Threads Amelia top out of this amazing pumpkin print bamboo spandex jersey from Natures Fabric. The Amelia is high low top, with lined bodice and optional ruffle trim. There is a cap, a short sleeve and a 3/4 ruffle sleeve.
The print and colors on this fabric are so good! Unfortunately I think they are sold out of it. My friend Hannah showed it to me and we decided to split the last 3 yards that were on the site. This was my first time using Bamboo spandex. It is so soft and lightweight. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it at first. I have a to-make pattern list that I look over whenever I have a fabric I don’t know what to do with. I thought since it’s not heavy, it would work well with the ruffles and the gathers on this pattern.
I only had a yard and a half which wasn’t enough for this pattern. I really needed another 1/2 yard. I bought a solid navy to line the bodice with. I also wanted a longer sleeve but this was as long as I could fit.
This pattern was pretty quick to make up. The bottom edge of the ruffle is left raw but gathering the ruffles and the skirt was the most time consuming part.
This top is really fun to wear. I just want to twirl and swish around the ruffles! It’s perfect over leggings and could be worn over skinny jeans, too. I’ll end up throwing a cardigan over it when it finally starts to get cold (It was 90 degrees when I took these photos). I really love this style and definitely see myself making more!
I have been seeing so many Wiksten Shifts on my Instagram feed since this pattern was released. I was really excited when I was asked to teach a class on this pattern next month so I was finally able to make one up!
The fabric: I couldn’t resist this mustard washed cotton from Oh Sew Shop. It’s a medium weight, has a nice bit of texture and I love the white printed wildflowers on it.
I made the short, short sleeve version of the dress with tie belt. There’s also a three quarter sleeve option, a longer version with a slit and a top. I am hoping to also make the top soon. I made the smallest size, with no fit adjustments other than hemming it an inch or two shorter.
It was a fairly quick and enjoyable sew. It’s also an easy dress to throw on! It’s perfect for these last days of summer but I know I’ll layer it up come fall.