New make: Cali Faye Pocket Skirt #sewmystyle May

This month the #sewmystyle pattern is a bit of a wardrobe builder and I was really looking forward to it. I used a gorgeous Alison Glass cotton lawn with some jewel-like batik colours and actually really like the final result. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t fit me. Bummer. I’ve taken some not-very-accurate photos (below) to give you some idea of how it might look on, but it should be a lot looser and lower.

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New makes: Three t-shirt comparison – Plantain, Metro and Elise

I’ve had a bunch of t-shirt patterns sitting around in my patterns folder for ages and now that I’ve managed to (hopefully) crack the twin needle hemming issue once and for all, I thought I’d go ahead and try some of them out. All three tees are slightly different in style and since none of them took terribly long to put together, it was a fun experiment. Here are my findings!

The t-shirts

Your Honour, I present to you the three t-shirt patterns in question:

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Discoveries of a novice: finishing knits with a twin needle

Here’s a little technical post today. I don’t write these often because I’m a beginner and almost everything can be found fairly easily on the Internet these days. Now and again though, I come across something that took me a while to find or didn’t quite answer all my issues and hopefully what I’ve done will be useful for others. Today it’s the turn of… hemming knits with a twin needle! Woah! Grab your Moscow Mule and take a seat!

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The Issue aka Hemming Hell

Alright, so, in a nutshell, here was my problem. I had been using the twin needle to hem t-shirts and other knits, using many hints and tips I’d read in articles or books. The stitch seemed to work pretty well and looked okay, but, then, after just a few wears, the threads would snap. The first time I thought perhaps I was using the wrong type of thread on one of the spools or the incorrect width of needle, but it slowly happened to everything I had sewn. In addition, sometimes when I was sewing I could feel that one of the threads was a bit “tight” and was pulling a little, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Gah! Continue reading “Discoveries of a novice: finishing knits with a twin needle”

New make: Liesl & Co. Bento Tee

FINALLY, I’ve made something from my #makenine list. Yeehoo!! I hadn’t really thought about it and then suddenly realised it was May! Oh well – I’m going to try and knock off a couple this month if possible and see how we go.

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I’ve been wanting to make the Liesl & Co. Bento Tee, and have had the pattern, for quite some time. I’ve made a few Liesl & Co/Oliver + S/Lisette patterns now and they’ve always been satisfying. I find Liesl Gibson’s patterns suit my shape pretty well and have a really nice level of ease built in. Her instructions are always great too, and the garments seem to go together nicely. I’m happy to say that the Bento top is no exception! Continue reading “New make: Liesl & Co. Bento Tee”

New make: #sewmystyle April Bridgetown dress in Frock

April’s pattern for the #SewMyStyle project is the Sew House 7 Bridgetown Backless dress or tunic. I thought about this pattern for a while because of the backless design feature. I really like it, but my days of going braless are long gone and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to bother with a cami or similar. In the end though, I found a few inspirational pics that showed it to be less or more open on different people, and decided to go for the woven version of the dress.

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I’m currently at a film festival with my husband halfway up Mount Hood in Oregon, and it’s cold and snowy. In case you’re wondering why I’m wearing hiking boots with a dress and appear to be taking photos in a garage, now you know. 🙂 If you’re interested in what the film festival could be, I’ve left a clue at the end of the post! Enjoy.

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New makes: Brindille & Twig boy’s clothes round up

I made a few more Brindille & Twig patterns for the little guy recently, but since they are quite simple makes, I thought I’d wait and make one little post out of them. I wrote a review of the free B&T hoodie I made before, and I liked it so much I dove right into a few other patterns from Melissa of B&T.

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Me Made May pledge #MMMay17

This is my first time to join in on the #memademay challenge. Last year I definitely didn’t have enough clothing to last a whole month, but I’m going to give it a good shot this year! I really fancied this challenge because the nature of it appeals to me, plus, on the more practical side, I could see lots of people getting good results with it for their creation processes.

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If you don’t know it, Me Made May is an initiative created by Zoe of the So, Zo, What Do You Know blog and this is its 8th year already. She explains it all in much better detail than I ever could, but essentially the idea is that you create a pledge for the month of May that involves wearing or making self-made garments. There are many, many ways you can pledge, but the principal idea is that it’s a personal challenge that works for you.

I am starting off with what could be regarded as the most popular pledge and it is this:

‘I, Claire from bellecitadel.com and @belle_citadel, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear one me-made item of clothing each day for the duration of May 2017’

This is going to be challenging for me, but I’m really looking forward to it. I hope it will help me take a good, long look at my makes and wardrobe and come up with some great outfit ideas, as well as streamline and consolidate my style. Let’s see!

If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, just visit Zoe’s blog here and add your pledge to the comments. Sounds like fun, no?

 

New make/test: JLV Juniper Cardigan in tulips

Happy Easter and welcome to a review of my first test! I was really excited to try testing a garment and had been looking around for a cardigan pattern for some time. Since then, a bunch of cardigan patterns have all appeared from nowhere, but at the time it seemed like providence when Jennifer Lauren put out a call for testing the Juniper cardigan. I leapt at the chance and was luckily accepted! For Easter we visited the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival here in Washington state and since Jennifer appears to use floral names a lot for patterns, it seemed an appropriate backdrop for this blog post.

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New make: Noro striped scarf

My first knitting project! Well, technically my second if you count the cowl that I made as part of my Intro to Knitting course a few weeks ago. But this is my first self-chosen, completely self-knitted piece – and I love it! Not being as deeply immersed in the world of knitting as some other crafts, I don’t exactly know if everyone in knitting has made one of these or not, but when I mentioned this pattern to the lady in my local knitting shop – the very lovely The Tea Cozy – she knew immediately that it was a Jared Flood blog post pattern.

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New make: Seamwork Sonya dress

So I made a shift dress in linen. Not something I would have expected to put on my to-do list since a) I’ve always suited a more nipped-in garment, even when I was 19 and student-thin and b) have never been able to wear linen – I tried linen clothes many times when I was younger, but we just didn’t get on. And then there’s the grey. I chose this because I felt I hadn’t made anything grey forever and have since realised that almost every item of clothing I have been working on recently is, in fact, grey. I don’t know what’s up with my head but I definitely don’t need any more grey. Seattle is grey enough right now!

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