New dress: Colette Wren for #sewtogetherforsummer

I took part in the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge last year, when it was the push I needed to make my first shirtdress: the Grainline Alder. This year, the theme is the wrap dress and, after raking through my pattern collection, I decided to make the Colette Wren dress. I have already made the Named Kielo wrap dress and the M6884 wrap dress, so it was never going to be a technical challenge in the way that the shirtdress was, but wrap dresses definitely have their own fitting issues to be overcome – and so it was in this case too.

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I also recently purchased a coverstitch machine after many, many months of watching out for sales. Finally, my luck was in, and I managed to pick up the Brother 2340CV for a decent discount. The Colette Wren is an ideal garment to practice coverstitching as there are instructions for hemming the neckline, armholes and the regular bottom hem with a coverstitch technique. Continue reading “New dress: Colette Wren for #sewtogetherforsummer”

Me-Made May 2018 Round-up: my results and a sprinkle of musings

Time to add a small post to the plethora of Me-Made May round-up posts that hit the blogosphere once we breach the banks of June. I had a really fun May and, owing to the up-and-down weather we had here in Washington state, managed to wear almost all of my me-made garments, or at least that’s how it seemed.Β It was so much easier to take photos this year in my new house, as our kitchen worktop is just the right height for a little mobile phone tripod. I just set the timer and snapped a couple each morning or evening coming in or out of the house.

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My pledge was to wear a whole outfit each day for Me-Made May (outer clothes, not underwear/shoes) compared to last year, where I wore one item per day. I found it fairly easy to mix my me-mades up, but I also dragged some out of the closet that I wasn’t too sure about to give them a whirl and decide if they should stay or go (or be refashioned).

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Me-Made May 2017 vs 2018: Since last year was my first year, it’s interesting to compare my findings with what I found then. My biggest shocker last year was that I had a virtually monochromatic me-made wardrobe. I love colour and hadn’t really realised. This year I was expecting more of the same in all honesty, so I was (pleasantly) surprised to see that there was definitely a good deal more colour in my wardrobe this time round. Continue reading “Me-Made May 2018 Round-up: my results and a sprinkle of musings”

New dress: #handmadedressswap reveal: Tilly dresses all round!

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I saw people participating in the Handmade Dress Swap last year and it looked like a lot of fun, so when I caught a notification about this year’s swap, I applied right away. If you’re not familiar with the challenge, it’s basically as it sounds – you are given a partner and you make each other a dress! You can also buy a handmade dress from someone else, but I’m not sure how many participants do this.

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New shorts: Mood Fabrics Piper shorts (free pattern)

It’s been a strange kind of month sewing-wise, because I’ve been flitting around a little more than usual, adding little projects here and there. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, and I in no way feel I have to stick to any schedule, but this latest project – these Piper Shorts from Mood Fabrics – are a good example of what I mean. I received an email about this new free (yep – free!) pattern on Monday night and had them finished Wednesday afternoon.

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Partly it’s because the warm weather has arrived and I’m thinking about cool clothes in the heat; the fact that it’s Me-Made-May has also contributed – I’ve made a few TNTs to fill wardrobe gaps I’ve identified, but will write a combined post about those later. The arrival of a baby girl also caused me a little diversion from my plans, as per my last post. All fun diversions and all rather successful, which brings me neatly back to these shorts. Continue reading “New shorts: Mood Fabrics Piper shorts (free pattern)”

New baby clothes: B&T summer romper and an Oliver+S reversible bucket hat

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One of my neighbours just had a lovely wee baby girl and I dropped my other projects to whip up a couple of gifts for her. I’ve never had the chance to sew for either a girl or a newborn before, so I took full advantage! I’ve had the Brindille & Twig Summer Romper pattern for quite a while, and it must be one of their most popular. I’ve seen a ton of versions online, but my little guy was just a bit too old by the time I acquired it (in style rather than age), so I’ve been biding my time… Continue reading “New baby clothes: B&T summer romper and an Oliver+S reversible bucket hat”

New dress: a botanical Seamwork Adelaide

I’ve had my eye on this dress for a little while and it was only when I searched the #seamworkadelaide hashtag on Instagram recently that I realised how many lovely versions of the Seamwork Adelaide dress people have made. I had no idea this pattern was that prolific. Go on, take a look – you’ll see what I mean.

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I had it chosen as one of two possible dresses for an outfit from my Design your Wardrobe capsule wardrobe. Of all the outfits I put together, I thought this might possibly be the one that was a bit iffy as far as my criteria went: basically being able to chase a toddler in relative comfort without shedding my dignity. Was it too tight? Would those poppers pop? Would it be comfy enough? The Adelaide has bust darts and back darts, which are wonderful for shaping, but I wasn’t sure if that would, in turn, make the dress too fitted for running around.

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New knit: Ribbed socks in Unicorn Farts

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Yes, you read that correctly. And if you look at the yarn in its virgin state, you can see why! Great name, and I won’t lie – it slightly swayed me towards this colour blend. I was really looking for something that was variegated and that had a main body of white or black and this absolutely fit the bill. The yarn is Unicorn Farts by Knitted Wit, which I bought here in the PNW, at Mad Cow Yarns in Kenmore. Continue reading “New knit: Ribbed socks in Unicorn Farts”

New shirt: the adjusted Melilot in Nani Iro double gauze

I made the first Deer and Doe MΓ©lilot as a project for the Sewstripes theme month for the Sewcialists community blog and I love it. It gets regular wear and I knew I’d want to repeat the process and sew some more. As I mentioned in that blog post, I felt I’d done a good job on fitting the front, with a full bust adjustment, but that the back needed to be taken care of next. Well, there’s no time like the present, so I decided to tackle my back fit issues with this next iteration.

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I know I get that all-too-familiar pooling of fabric at the base of my back with any fitted blouse or dress and this is something I needed to tackle. I was working on a base case assumption of having a swayback issue, but before I made that adjustment, I did a little reading around the subject. It turns out that the fabric excess can also be caused by an erect back, a full front (bust), a generous bum, just to mention a few issues. Since the problem is basically that the length of your back piece is too long – somewhere – these all make sense. Continue reading “New shirt: the adjusted Melilot in Nani Iro double gauze”

New make: In The Folds jumpsuit for #sewmystyle April

The #sewmystyle2018 make for April is the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold jumpsuit pattern. It’s a super-cute garment, but I knew fairly quickly that the shape wasn’t one for me. I’m open to trying new things, but I think this would have been a project I just wouldn’t have worn. To be honest, I’m a bit wary of jumpsuits in general – I don’t mind the practicalities of bathroom breaks like some people (I’m rather “resilient” in that arena – TMI?), but I think it can be hard to find a flattering style since there’s so much that can go wrong fit-wise. Nevertheless, I have seen a couple of patterns over the last couple of years I rather fancied as contenders for my own figure requirements, including the Itch to Stitch Anza jumpsuit and the Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs.

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New skirt: Made by Rae Cleo in blue modal

After finishing my Design Your Wardrobe project, one of my looks was a midi-length gathered/pleated skirt and a long-sleeved tee. This is not exactly going to shake up the world sartorially, but it fits perfectly into my “comfy mum clothes with a twist” theme for my little capsule wardrobe. I was initially planning to make the Colette Zinnia skirt, but then I noticed a class for the Made by Rae Cleo skirt appeared on Creativebug, which I subscribe to and have been meaning to utilise more . You download the pattern with the class and it was along the lines of the skirt I was looking for, so that decided it – the Cleo it was!

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