New jumpsuit: Deer and Doe Sirocco

As I’m sure you are not unaware, the new collection from Deer and Doe came out recently and the Sirocco jumpsuit immediately leapfrogged my other projects in the queue. There are three pieces in the collection, but, for me, this one stood out head and shoulders above the others as the one to make. Firstly, it’s a knit jumpsuit, which equals both comfort and somewhat less fitting – and I have plenty of other fitting-intensive projects going on. But also, I just love the balance between the flowy, pleated trousers and the structured shoulders. I’m going to New York this week for a few days and had been considering what in my wardrobe would take me from daytime sightseeing straight to nighttime eating and carousing – and this is the perfect garment.

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I LOVE it. Like, really love it. I’m a fairly “glass-half-full” kind of person and can see the positive in most of my projects, but it’s great when something comes along that really knocks my socks off. This jumpsuit is exactly what I hoped it might be and that doesn’t happen too often. Great drafting and just so me. Comfortable to wear, with modern clean lines, but also some structure thanks to the sleeves and pleats. Yes, I really do love it. Of course, black fabric is hard to photograph, but hopefully you can see the detail okay – I tried a few different locations. I also wore it with both heels and trainers – and let’s face it, I’m much more likely to be sporting the latter with a cardie over the top. It’s a versatile garment!

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Social sewing: Me-Made-May 2019, Sew Expo 2019 and how to host a sewing trivia quiz!

I’m in San Francisco for spring break, which is very cool indeed, but I was slightly frustrated that I didn’t get my Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit finished in time to bring it on the trip. I’m going to New York next week to meet my sister (I know – look at jetsetter old moi – ha), so it will definitely be perfect for that, but it turned out to be such a quick sew that I thought I would have it done. And it nearly is! So next week I’ll post about that, but instead for now, a post I started ages ago with some social sewing updates.

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How to hold a sewing quiz

First: ever wanted to host a sewing trivia quiz? Ever heard of a sewing trivia quiz? No, of course not. But myself and lovely fellow sewist MaLora from our Seattlesews Garment group decided it was high time someone put one together, so I thought I’d tell you what we did, in case it tickles your fancy. It was a lot of fun and easy to do!

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New jacket: Closet Case Patterns Jasika Blazer Part 1- muslins

I had just been lamenting the lack of a blazer class to a fellow sewist a few weeks back. This was after I’d compiled a list of menswear-influenced womenswear for a Sewcialists blog piece and had been quite enamoured of all the cool blazers I’d come across. Blazers can definitely seem a bit sloaney to me, but I absolutely had a velvet blazer back in the early 90s and I’m rather enjoying looking at them this time round too.

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So you can imagine how delighted I was when Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns revealed her latest pattern to be the Jasika Blazer, complete with full online workshop, to which I signed up approximately 30 seconds after I saw the reveal. I heard her jeans workshop was very good, although I didn’t use it personally, so I figured this might be a useful way to go. Closet Case Patterns has a lot of good qualities, but one of the best, in my opinion, is the way they encourage the sewist to compete their projects by providing in-depth tools. Continue reading “New jacket: Closet Case Patterns Jasika Blazer Part 1- muslins”

New cardigans: Helen’s Closet Blackwood and Style Arc Como for #sewmystyle March

March is cardigan month at Sew My Style headquarters and I thought I’d give both the patterns a shot. I certainly won’t be doing that every month, but cardigans are usually a pretty quick sew and I liked the look of both these longline cardigans. They’re quite similar in many ways, so I reckoned a bit of contrast and comparison might be fun.

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Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan

Honestly, I’m surprised there are so many people who haven’t made this cardigan from Helen – I think it was her first BIG pattern (although I could be wrong) and it has certainly been roundly lauded in the sewing community. It was time to find out why!

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New menswear: Seamwork Eugene tee fail and a couple of repeats

I showed my husband the Seamwork Eugene Henley-style top some time ago and he was all “ooh no, I don’t wear that style…” Fast forward a year or so and he suggested I make this style with some fabric I purchased! Men are just as fickle as women when it comes to fashion it seems. This is also a bit of a follow-up on my little quest to find the ideal fabric for a man’s tee. You may remember that I have basically discounted cotton lycra blends, for my husband at least, as he finds them too clingy, and that I had success with some organic cotton I used to make the Sinclair Tao pattern in January. I used a few more of my test fabrics in this Eugene tee, as well as a repeat of the Tao and also another Liesl + Co. Metro Tee.

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First though, the Eugene. I cut out the XL for Tom and there are a few small extra pieces because of the little button placket that gives the Henley its distinctive style. I noted that the sleeve head was very high and exaggerated compared to that of the Metro tee and was interested to see how that translated into the final garment. The fabric I used this time was a thicker interlock jersey that I purchased from Organic Cotton Plus at the same time as the Tao fabric. Both myself and the hubby decided that the thickness was more suitable for a long-sleeved tee, so I lengthened the Eugene sleeve by using another full-length sleeve as a template and adjusting. Continue reading “New menswear: Seamwork Eugene tee fail and a couple of repeats”

New dress: Fig and Needle Faron jumper – an exercise in fitting

Fig and Needle is a new indie pattern company, run by Sandra and Ping, whose aim is to create feminine clothing with inclusive sizing. I’ve met Sandra a couple of times at various Seattle sewing meetups and, although I didn’t know exactly which patterns they were developing, I knew about their two-block process and was excited to try their designs out on launch. The one I chose to make was the Faron jumper, or, as we would say in the UK, pinafore.

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The Faron

The Faron jumper is described by Fig and Needle as “a sleeveless overdress with a scooped front neckline and low back, front and back princess seams, an a-line skirt, and a separating zipper opening in the front.” Pretty accurate I’d say! The Faron is also designed to be worn over other garments, which definitely appealed to me and also comes in two size options: 0-12 (D cup) and 14-26 (DD cup), which was the clincher for me as I was really interested in trying out a larger cup dress. Continue reading “New dress: Fig and Needle Faron jumper – an exercise in fitting”

New homeware: Stashbusting placemats and table runner

I don’t know if anyone remembers one of my big goals for 2019 (and really, why would you?), but it was to sew 100 yards of fabric by year end. Any purchases in 2019 get added onto that total and since I bought 15.25 yards at Sew Expo, I really felt the need to bust some long-standing stash and decided to hit the quilting cotton. I’ve also been spending a lot of time on fitting and muslins recently, which is most unlike me, so felt the need for something with a lot of straight edges for a change. Combining those two desires makes this table runner and placemats project the perfect respite for a few days sewing.

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New tees/dresses: Athina Kakou Sheonas and a wee Givre

I had a lot of fun leading this month’s #sewmystyle2019 challenge along with the February team of Whitney, Paulette and Simone. Today is reveal day and it’s so cool to see all the new tees being posted! It’s mid-afternoon here in the Pacific Northwest, so time to publish my own pics after a fun (mostly) few weeks of trying things out.

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You know, it’s easy to think: well, a tee is a tee is a tee. I mean, how much can you do with a knit tee pattern? Seriously. And then you participate in something like this and you realise there are as many variations as there are people and ideas – and how silly it was to even think otherwise. Even the four of us within the Feb team came up with completely different garments. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out Paulette’s glamorous and sophisticated take on the Givre, Simone’s summery Givre tank tops (want) and Whitney’s fresh and clean Givre mini-collection. Continue reading “New tees/dresses: Athina Kakou Sheonas and a wee Givre”

New dress: Short, but glamorous Named Kielo

Hello chaps! A short (er) but sweet post today, with a new version of a dress I’ve made before.

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I’ve made the Kielo once, not long after I started sewing. I used a rayon knit and was pretty pleased with the result, it being one of my first knit garments, but the length of it means that I don’t wear it that often. It’s a tiny bit impractical with a toddler and the weight of it drags the rayon down, meaning I need to wear some “smoothing” undergarments to avoid every lump and bump being highlighted. Continue reading “New dress: Short, but glamorous Named Kielo”

New blouse: Ottobre Terese blouse 02/2018 aka Why did I use that fabric?

The first thing you will notice about this project is that yes, I am wearing a shirt made from that fabric. It is of course the Crowded Faces poplin from Lady McElroy and I bought mine at La Mercerie (currently sold out) a little while back after lusting after it for some time. I’ve seen a few makes pop up using both the white and this black version of the fabric and must say I’m quite tickled to be using an “in” fabric. I feel positively fashionista-like – the glow of which is probably the reason I was mad enough to take pictures in Seattle’s current “Snowmageddon”. That, and the fact that black is so hard to photograph – unless it’s SNOWING.

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Anyway, enough about that. Quite a few of the other shirts I’ve seen using this fabric are Closet Case Files Kalle shirts, which is a sound pattern choice for this fabric. I, on the other hand, decided to use it for an Ottobre pattern, which is from the 02/2018 magazine, and is called the Terese blouse. It’s a beautiful blouse, from a retro edition of the magazine, and has big drapey sleeves with a bit of length as well as volume. The suggested fabric is rayon challis or similar, which is very logical and I swear I knew this. I knew it. I washed up the poplin and it washed up a little stiffer than it appeared before and I shouldn’t have used it, but I did. I’ll come back to that later, but you will already have noticed in the pics, you eagle-eyed sewists you, that I am not sporting any sort of drapey 40s sleeve.

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