Wednesday, February 27, 2019

reSEWlution: Sew Yourself Some Love

February is all about your valentine and sharing love, and I'm all for that - I got married two days after Valentine's Day, after all! (Though that was more circumstantial than planned, but that's another story...)

However, this Winter Wear Designs reSEWlution is about showing (and sewing) yourself some love with an addition to your own wardrobe! I usually sew for my kids - kid's clothing is more fun, and takes less fabric (so I have more to hoard, I mean use on other things), but I've really been enjoying adding to my me-made wardrobe.

Magnolia is the perfect addition. I bought this mustard floral DBP from Sew Blessed a few months back, and not long after I saw a picture of another sewist in a Facebook group wearing a beautiful dress with bell sleeves in a similar fabric. I've had that idea stuck in my head since, but I never put aside the time to do anything about it.

Suzanne gave me an excuse (and a perfect pattern!) Magnolia has additional pattern hacks on the blog, so I downloaded the bell sleeves and cut the narrow ones. I think they're perfect. A wider bell would irritate me, being in the way all the time, but I love the extra length on these and the little bit of flair they add. I used the shirttail hem option on both front and back - hard to tell on the front at 35 weeks! ;) Once baby comes I think the curved hem will be a little more obvious, but currently it gives me that little bit of extra length that's so necessary for coverage.

I love V-necks, and Magnolia offers the choice of a V or a scoop neck if you prefer those! There are more options for the back; a coordinating insert is one I debated, but ultimately couldn't find another stash fabric I could deem "perfect", so I left it alone.

It's a quick sew, too. I've been sewing where and when I can, trying to get baby things done, and left this til the last minute (as usual), but I had no problem getting it sewn up. So satisfying to have a top that isn't boring; takes no time at all; looks great; is fun to make! My wardrobe can definitely use a few more, and I still have a lot of options to try out.

I hope you sewed yourself something beautiful this month! Check out what these other bloggers are making themselves and make your own reSEWlution! If you need a little more incentive than that, there's a 20% discount on ALL Winter Wear Designs' women's patterns! Click here!

Don't miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:

Patricia of Sew Far North


Meriel of  Elli and Nels

Aurelie of Maglice and So (guest posting at WWD)

Livia of Liviality
Diane of Sewing with D

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Lately: Week 6

Oops. Where did week 5 go? ;)

I think I had two weeks blending into one. Does that happen to you? I have knowledge of specific things happening on specific days, but I've lost track of whether they were this past week or the one before...and it's not like we've been so ridiculously busy, either. Time has just sort of blurred, and I'm not really sure where the last two weeks went!

Anyway. Week 6; we're

Needing: time to slow down! I'm coming up on 33 weeks this Wednesday, and that means I'll only have 5 left until baby is here. I'm not quite ready! I've been having fun making some baby clothes, but nothing that's needed right NOW...of course. I do have patterns readied for baby gowns so I think that'll be this weeks project - gowns and footie pjs. That's all baby will wear for the first couple of months, anyway!

Above I have a picture of a little pair of booties and a wooden toy/teething bracelet I bought at a local-ish craft sale some time ago. Below is my latest work (Pumpkin & Bunny Primrose pinafore and Bluebell dress set, 12m) and an outfit (Little Kiwi's Closet Poppet Peplum and Halla leggings) I made many months ago and lent to my sister for her baby girl; it's now coming back to me so I can use it for my own and I'm so excited! <3

Cooking: as little as possible. Haha. If I were a more organized person I'd be putting together freezer meals in anticipation of this birth and the weeks after. I am not a more organized person. ;) The husband can do a very little bit of cooking, and with him and the crockpot I think we've muddled through before. That and good friends who are always kind enough to drop off meals afterward!

Hitting: a wall! Motivationally speaking. I should be nesting and prepping all the things, right? I'm just...not. Last night I sewed up a skirt and sweater that won't really work for me til post baby, so that was helpful. I have a few diaper covers left waiting to be put together, and I'm just staring at them! They won't sew and snap themselves...not to mention the inserts I'm supposed to have going as well. Maybe the magical procrastination elves will show up one of these days...

Little Kiwi's Closet Suave Skirt and a modified Everything Your Mama Made and More! Boxy Boyfriend Tee. I added sleeves from the 5 out of 4 Weekender Tunic; still undecided on if/how to finish the hems and neckline. I might leave them to roll for an "edgy" look - also widened the existing scoop neck on the pattern so it would sit just a little off shoulder. Due to Giant Baby Bump, however, it does not currently "slouch" very well at all. ;) 

How's your week been? Sunday Lately is a weekly meetup (link up here) by the Blogger Tribe. Next week's themes are Conspiring, Practicing, Gazing!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Winter Wear Designs reSEWlutions: Plackets

Beginning the new year with resolutions is a tradition - but how about reSEWlutions? Do you have sewing techniques or patterns that you have wanted to try and never built up the courage?

Speaking of courage, I took these pictures with my camera phone on selfie mode. In 19F "feels like 2 degrees" weather. You're welcome.

This week we're talking about plackets. Plackets are a "resewlution" that I see come up every so often, and I think they're an important technique to learn! Some of my favorite styles have plackets, and there are so many types that make them so versatile in garment sewing.

I started thinking about the Winter Wear Designs patterns I might want to sew, and settled on Blithe - mostly because I'd wanted to make it for a long time, and just hadn't got around to it! Opportunity. :)

The only problem with waiting this long was that now I had to make it maternity friendly. Well, that was easy enough. After poking around the internet a while for ideas, I found that one was simply to make the front longer. Since I mostly wear the same RTW size now that I did pre-pregnancy, but none of my shirts fit, I decided to try that. I cut Blithe using the front and back pieces given, but when it came to cutting the bottom of the front, I laid the back piece on top, lined up the armscyes, and cut the tunic length shirttail hem for both pieces.

As of press time I'm undecided about the length, but I've been told it looks good with leggings, so it'll stay - at least til after baby comes! One good thing about it - you can always shorten a garment. Harder to lengthen one. ;)

This placket though. I love plackets, like I said, but I often find myself getting puckered corners, or folding something the wrong way - they are one technique I use that I MUST refer to instructions, every. single. time. I don't know if I'll ever be good enough at them to just DO one without thinking.

If I ever am, it'll be because of this one. The corners are beautiful! The method used is so simple and so perfect, and I really can't praise it enough. I stopped in the middle of sewing just to point this out to Suzanne in the blogger group, because I was so enamored with my handiwork (thanks to hers!)

I probably could use a few more buttons, honestly, but that's the danger of using your stash - I was hard pressed to find even the three that matched, and I'm still not sure one of them is exact! Lol.

If you want a fun, breezy woven top with a beautiful (seriously, I can't say it enough) perfect placket, try Blithe. I'm in love. This is the first woven top I've ever sewn for myself, because I was never sure I wanted woven tops, but I do. OH I DO. And with a few more length, hem, and sleeve options, I won't get bored with it for a while either! I kind of love 3/4 sleeves though, so I might be "boring" and stick with those forever. We'll see!

Fabric is a fab blousewear crepe from my favorite LA Finch Fabrics. I want more. (I don't think there's more of this one, but now I have my eye on that Arboretum...)

Did you miss a day of placket sewing? All the links are below for your inspiration!

January 29
Aurelie of Maglice&So (guest posting at WWD)

January 30
Kristen  (guest posting at WWD)

January 31
Alyssa  of The Sewing Goatherd
Jessica of Jot Designs USA

Feb 1
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Livia of Liviality

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday Lately: Week 4

Weeks 2 and 3 ran right by me! Every week I would think of it, and then before I knew it Sunday was mostly here I am back with week 4, hopefully I'll do better in February! ;)

Sharing: my baby-stuff sewing obsession. Obviously I've been working on clothes and diapers for my own baby, but I'm also sewing baby gifts for friends and family and having so much fun doing it! I love sending a handmade outfit or accessory set; welcoming a new life with something I made with love is the best way I know how. I love these Apple Tree rompers - I don't know if they will actually work from 3 months all the way to 12 months (I guess that depends on the baby!) but they sure will fit for a while, and the ruched sides created by the hidden drawstrings are so cute for little baby bellies. Also loving these bunnies on the Twig + Tale vest and bonnet - and of course I had to add the bunny ears! I need to make a bunch of bonnets for my baby - maybe I'll finally have one that will wear them!

Here I have half drawn up, snaps smallest setting, cuff rolled up, and half pulled out full length, with the cuff unrolled and snaps on highest setting.

Thinking: of all the things I have left to do before March! Baby on the brain today...c-section was scheduled for the 20th (#5!!) and I'm nervous and excited and nervous and anxious and...
Distracting myself with sewing, mostly, but planning on cloth diapering this one is adding another layer of "what do I NEED" that I haven't had to think about before! So many lists to make, so little time.

Redoing: my Ames jeans (Cashmerette). Not really a redo since I will still wear my "muslin" pair, but they are a little bit big and since my next pair will be made with even stretchier denim, I'm thinking to go down a whole size! They do stretch out so fast - I like to wear my denim a few times before washing to keep it lasting longer, but by the 3rd time or so they are really feeling saggy. Hopefully my Cone Mills "S-Gene" will hold up better though. I've heard good things.

Jeans selfies are always fun. No one ever told me that sewing your own clothes involved all this awkward picture taking. LOL. Selfie stick, anyone?? Tops are slightly easier, though fitting this baby into the mirror is getting harder all the time. I both can and can't believe I have a whole 8 weeks to go (and that'll be two weeks early, even!)

See you next week (I hope!!)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Lately: Week 1: 2019

Guess what. 
Today's my birthday. I'm 30. 
I'm going to have my 5th kid in a few months, so I guess that's okay.

Starting off the year with Sunday Lately! The themes are planned for the whole year (amazing, Katy!) so sticking to them should be easy. Should. ;)

My machine has a decoration now. Sewist Sticker from Thread & Grain <3

Obsessing: over not obsessing. Planning was a huge part of my January last year, and it - really didn't work out that well. My Make Nine was "make one" - I did make other stuff, and my closet has more in it, but nothing that I planned for. I'm just going to try better to keep track of what I'm making, and focus less on "planning". That's just not a thing I do well. I did buy these pens off Amazon for my planner, which I'm using as more of a tracker, I guess. And just a regular calendar, because we still have appointments and stuff in real life. And I like colorful things and will use any excuse to buy some! ;)

Also obsessing over my clean(!!!) cutting table! I haven't seen this much of it since I moved my stuff down here, and finally managed to organize the cabinet and clean off the top. I can use my whole cutting mat now, and it's amazing!

Perusing: Instead of making definite plans for my wardrobe that I probably won't stick to, I'm spending more time on Pinterest trying to figure out what I like. I did the "dress your truth" thing and figured out that I'm a type 2, and last year with the RTW fast I pushed myself to add some color to my wardrobe rather than sticking to neutrals and blue. Now I know a little more about my likes and dislikes, but I still woefully lack knowledge of clothing trends. Perusing Pinterest and getting style ideas from other sites is helpful, and it also stretches my creativity in figuring out how to make the styles I want with the patterns I have!

Praising: I have to shower a lot of praise on the whole sewing community I belong to. If it weren't for the friends I've made, the people I've talked to and shared ideas and tips and feedback with, I wouldn't be - well, quite so poor, thanks to the fabric stashing, but I wouldn't have all this knowledge! Not to mention the satisfaction that comes with creating, and the fun. It's a stress reliever and a sanity saver, and I'm glad to start another year with sewing and this community.

Pants selfie: Shakti Pants (bell option) by Designer Stitch; fabric is stretch corduroy from So Sew English. Silver top: Mama Kourtney knot top by Made for Mermaids; fabric is metallic jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Holiday Wear with Winter Wear Designs

Today I have a Carousel Christmas Sister Set! My oldest doesn't like to model for me anymore, but she couldn't resist the matching outfits with her little sister, and I'm so pleased. They're so cute!

I have "formal" ideas for Christmas dresses, but when I started thinking about a more casual look, the Carousel Collection came to mind. There are dress and tunic options, a fun circle skirt, sleeveless and sleeved bodices, and a legging addition (that can also be built into the skirt for a skort if desired).

All my fabrics come from Raspberry Creek Fabrics & Custom Printing. Diana just started adding double brushed poly to her selections, so I picked up the fun plaid deer print and the black polka dot, and then a cotton spandex red polka dot. The dresses are both lined in their matching legging fabrics, so the girls can differentiate whose is whose.

I managed to squeeze two tunics out of 2 yards of the DBP! I had to forgo sleeves, but that'll be fine because I have some cute little shrugs planned to go over them. :) The leggings are separate pieces, and I like that the dots are neutral enough to go with a lot of other things in their wardrobe as well, so these outfits can go a lot further.

I'm so thankful to Suzanne for giving me the Carousel Collection pattern - not only for the purposes of this tour, but it really pushed me to think ahead and now my girls have some holiday wear (and I'm not waiting until the very last minute for once!) December will be less stress. ;)

You can pick up this pattern collection for yourself (and make sure you see all the inspiration posts this week, there are a lot of great patterns to grab) during the Thank You sale - running November 19-26, there are two different codes to make sure you can stock up as many WWD patterns as possible for the best prices! For 35% off all patterns AND pattern bundles, use code THANKYOU2018. (This offer does exclude the WW Wardrobe Builders, as they are already set at low prices.) For a BOGO offer (equal or lesser value), use BOGO2018 (also excludes WW Wardrobe Builders).

Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts!!!


Livia of Liviality

Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Spotlight on: Rosemary Cowl Sweater and Camas Knit Top

Today I'm sharing a couple of favorites (an old favorite and a new favorite!) from Phat Quarters Patterns. I first made the Rosemary Cowl Sweater not long after it was first released, and though my oldest wore it for a good 6 months, I never managed to get decent pictures of it! So many outfits I never take photos of, so sad! I am more than happy to have these coordinating tops to show off Gemia's beautiful designs today, and to have some photographs for the future!

Gemia asked if I would make a Camas tee to go with the Rosemary, and I had the perfect fabrics. This was my first time making Camas, and it definitely isn't the last. Such a beautiful and simple top, but with some great details (who doesn't love drawstrings?!), and I love the neckline facing option. It's super easy to enclose tags in, for one thing, and it gives such a simple, polished look, without having to worry about getting a neckband just right. (There is a neckband option, too, though, if you prefer!)

I opted to place drawstrings on the bodice, but there's also an option to put them on the sleeves, which would be really useful for long sleeves and kids who never seem to know if they want their sleeves up or down! I know my oldest will be a fan of those. For Sam's, I added cuffs, and I love the wearability of this top. It's covering enough to keep her warm in chilly weather, but she doesn't have to worry about sleeves being pushed up to keep them clean while at school. The neckline facing and this gorgeous peacock print fabric are dressy enough feeling for church, but it's a sturdy cotton spandex perfect for play as well.

For Rosemary's part, all those clean finishes are the best thing about this pattern. Or maybe it's the fact that because of them, it's fully reversible. I bought two coordinating hacci sweater knits, and immediately could see them as Rosemary. Bonus, they coordinate with the peacock print!

Rosemary has three cowl options (split, button, and simple) - I chose the simple option to let the floral print speak for itself. The sleeves are finished with a neat clean finish, and the cowl as well - I closed my turn hole there with invisible thread and a ladder stitch, so you'd never know it was there! This is the full length sweater with a contrast panel, so I could show off the coordinate as well.

The best thing about all of this, of course, is that Sam loves them. She already told me she's wearing them to school tomorrow, and it's always gratifying to make things that my kids will wear again and again! If you want to grab these for yourself (or any of the other great Phat Quarters patterns - see my Alderwood Pullover in this previous post), I hear there might be a Black Friday sale coming!! Join the Facebook group for updates, and of course to share your own PQ creations!

Fabrics: Peacock print cotton spandex jersey from Mood Fabrics
Fuchsia Ivory Roses on Teal Green Hacci Knit and Fuchsia Pink Stripe Hacci Knit from Girl Charlee