Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sew Twists and Ties 2020: Pattern Round-up

My favorite: a pattern round-up! I wanted to get this to you so you could start planning and plotting about what you might make for Sew Twists and Ties!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Sew Twists and Ties 2020!

I've been hinting at it for a little while now, but I'm so happy to announce that I'll be hosting the Sew Twists and Ties again this winter!


Monday, November 25, 2019

Batik Zadie Top


I loved the tropical Zadie jumpsuit I made earlier this year so much... I wore that jumpsuit weekly (and sometimes more frequently) all summer. It was high time I made another jumpsuit or another variation on the Zadie pattern!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sunny Sienna Maker Jacket

This jacket is bringing a little bit of sunshine into my sewing studio even though the days are getting darker...


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.