Thursday, May 30, 2019

Twin Jenny Trousers (with bonus Bo and Dartmouth)


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Viscose Crepe Perkins Shirt for Imagine Gnats

Ahh, so excited about this project! 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Testing, testing: Jalie Tania Coatigan

Have you seen Jalie's latest collection?! So many fabulous patterns!

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Floral Zadie Jumpsuit

The weather in Vermont isn't quite consistently warm enough for short sleeves and bare ankles, but I don't think that's going to stop me from wearing this jumpsuit immediately, and often!