Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bubblegum Fleece Tobin Sweater

Another Tobin sweater, in a very different fabric from my first!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sweater Knit Cashmerette Tobin

It's sweater weather, y'all!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Floral Yanta Overalls for Mom

Ug, so cute! 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Floral Lawley Skirt

My second gathered, elastic waist skirt post of the week... first the Melinda Midi, now this one:

The Lawley skirt is a free pattern for a "gathered, knee length skirt featuring an elasticated waistband with a drawstring and side pockets with a bias strip edging finish." It's made for medium weight fabrics with a nice drape.

The Lawley has a wide size range. Size A-M range up to 48" waist and 58" hip, although this style would likely accommodate larger sizes than that... I cut a size G, which corresponded with my measurements.

The fabric I used is a poly crepe floral I bought from Hart's Fabric when I was driving through Santa Cruz last winter. I don't typically buy much 100% polyester, but I loved the rich, deep orange color and the pops of gold and teal!

The Lawley has a waistband that is separate from the skirt pieces. I was interested to see how the Lawley is constructed: rather than having the skirt gathered entirely by the waist elastic, the wide skirt pieces are gathered onto the narrower waistband, and then the waistband is pulled in/gathered even more by the elastic.

The wide elastic is topstitched down so it doesn't roll, and there is an option for a drawstring. My drawstring is made from self-fabric, cut from the scraps.

Like the Melinda Midi, the Lawley skirt is super swishy:

I really love my Lawley! I was expecting to have a clear favorite between the Melinda Midi and the Lawley, but they're both pretty great. I mean, you can't go wrong with an elastic waist skirt as far as comfort and classic style go...

Like my Melinda, I took photos of my Lawley paired with a t-shirt and sandals, but I think it will be fabulous with tights, boots and a sweater in the fall and winter!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Paisley Melinda Midi

I've got a couple of skirts to share with you this week! I made two similar-ish gathered, elastic waist skirt patterns and thought I'd do a little compare-and-contrast of the patterns.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Handwoven Donovan Skirt

Another day, another skirt... I've made an unusually large number of skirts this summer for some reason!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Silky Noil Shirt No. 1

Another day, another Shirt No.1!

Head over to Imagine Gnats to read about this Shirt No. 1 I made from their silky noil, a linen/viscose combo fabric. I've already worn it twice in the first week after sewing it, so that goes to show just how I feel about this top... check out my other version here, too, while you're at it!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Floral Cottesloe Swimsuit

Busting out all the photos and garments that make me mildly uncomfortable this week! First shorts, now a swimsuit... blame it on the heat.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

McCalls 8338: Vintage Snuggie/Cult Robe

If, after my last post and my York apron post from earlier this year, you still haven't considered joining the cult of Meg and Martha, I urge you peruse the literature below and reconsider your life choices...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Testing, testing: Helen's Closet Yanta Overalls

#SewBibs may be over, but apparently I'm not done sewing overalls! These are the latest from Helen's Closet, the Yanta Overalls!

The Yanta Overalls are in the York pinafore family but have their own personality. They come in Helen's full size range, from 0-30, and are finished with buttons, and an optional invisible zipper, depending on your waist/hip ratio.

The Yanta Overalls are casual, artist-style overalls with a loose fit through the waist, hips and legs,   classic features like a v-shaped back and pointed front pocket, and two lengths: cropped pants or summery shorts.

The Yanta Overalls can be made in a variety of fabrics: medium- to heavy-weight wovens like cotton twill, denim, linen, corduroy, and canvas or more drapey fabrics like tencel twill, wool crepe, rayon crepe, or linen/viscose blend for a softer, less structured look.

My Yantas are made from a lightweight denim I bought in Bangkok, maybe 4 or 5 oz? It's a great weight for this pattern! After seeing Helen's official pattern photos, I feel like I need a striped pair now, too...

I sewed up a size 18 and, after a quick mid-project try-on, decided to skip the invisible zipper. I'm happy with my size choice! 

I think the only fit change I might make for my next pair is to lengthen or shorten the pants slightly, as they're hitting me in a bit of a weird spot.

I opted for some brown buttons to finish off my Yanta Overalls. 

I skipped the hip pockets, because at the time of testing, the only option was in-seam pockets, and I don't love in-seam pockets on my hips. Ultimately Helen landed on patch pockets for the front hip, too.

I'm really happy with these Yanta Overalls! They are super cute and easy to make. I'll definitely make another pair, probably for my mom, as I think she'll love the style. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Floral Rayon Montrose Top

I'm so excited to participate in Hart's Me Made May event... 

Hart's Fabric has provided a group of sewists with the same fabric to see how they interpret it in different ways to suit their style. I always find this type of thing so inspiring! Have a look at Loni's Tied Up Top... so good. Can't wait to see the others...

In the meantime, get yourself over to the Hart's Instagram to enter to win some of this fabric!

The fabric I'm speaking of is this gorgeous navy, periwinkle, black and white floral rayon challis... little watercolor pansies, perfect for spring! The colors are vibrant and the drape is liquid, so this fabric is a delight to sew and wear. It's a great fabric for layering as the weather transitions through spring, and for wearing alone to stay cool in summer.

For my floral fabric, I opted for the Cashmerette Montrose top... I've been meaning to make this beautiful basic for bodacious babes for a while now. I tested the pattern back in the day, but my tester version was just that, a test. I kept meaning to make another version, but needed an excuse. 

Like all Cashmerette patterns, the Montrose comes in sizes 12-28 and has options for cup sizes C-H. The Montrose also has an option for sleeve with the full bicep adjustment already built it, which I love. 

For my Montrose, I chose View A, a scoop neck blouse with short sleeves, a curved back yoke, and floaty gathers in the back. This is size 16 C/D, and I ultimately used the regular bicep sleeve after doing a quick tissue fit of both options.

It's a little bit tough to see the details in this print, but the Montrose and the floral fabric pair perfectly. View A is ideal for flowy fabrics with the gathers in the back.

I love my floral Montrose and can't wait to see what others have made with their floral rayon challis! Thanks for having me, Hart's