Lou Box Top + Rumi Pullover= Perfection

Ok, maybe perfection is going a step too far.  Or maybe not.  I love this top! It is my new favorite top and I’m so glad I made it! I recently went on a Lou Box Top rampage, and counting this mashup, I’ve made four in the last month.  Seriously.  This top sews up so… Continue reading Lou Box Top + Rumi Pullover= Perfection

Lou Box Top

Sometimes it seems like everyone in the entire sewing community has made a pattern, except me.  That was the case with the Lou Box Top by Sew DIY, until now!I actually made this as a muslin.  I have some super amazing fabric from the new Miramar collection from Workroom Social that I recently picked up.… Continue reading Lou Box Top

The Zadie Dress and some thoughts on style 

Recently I’ve had a series of ridiculous events, resulting in my falling down. Outside. Like a toddler. Seriously. Last week I was finishing up a quick 4 mile run with a friend, where I proceeded to fall down at mile 3.99. Seriously, arms spread, knee scraping, chin banging fall. I had already fallen down two… Continue reading The Zadie Dress and some thoughts on style 

Ginger Jeans and a Revelation

Dudes! I sewed a pair of jeans.  I seriously did, and it wasn’t too hard.  Just to clarify, because I had some people ask, I started with a large cut of denim fabric, used a sewing machine and my mad skills, to turn them into jeans! Just to be clear, I did not do this… Continue reading Ginger Jeans and a Revelation

Toaster 2 

Oh Toaster, come back! (Has everyone seen The Brave Little Toaster, or is that just me? No? You should totally see it then.  Toaster, vacuum, lamp and some other appliances set off into the wilderness.  I mean who has ever heard of a more thrilling plot!) Ok, I digress. Seriously, I do love this Toaster… Continue reading Toaster 2 

Stripes Lane Raglan, 1 of 2

 I have this problem with stripes.  I have made 3 striped knit shirts in the last month.  3.  I’ve made 5 shirts total this year so far, and 3 of them have been striped.  That’s ok, right?

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The Hey June Lane Raglan pattern has been on my wish list for a while.  When I saw that it had been revamped, with a curved hemline and more fitted sizing and I decided it was time to make some! This is the first time I’ve sewn a raglan style shirt for myself. I have made a few for my kids, so I had a good understanding of the construction method. However, that didn’t stop me from making a few mistakes, because I’m awesome like that. 

I decided to sew the curved hemline with 3/4 length sleeves for this version.  I used a striped “bargain” knit from Imagine Gnats.  I love how light weight this fabric is, perfect for spring into summer.  I did not enjoy hemming it, however.  I ended up trying a hem tape, which made the fabric a little stiff, and I also realized that it does not have a lot of recovery.  The 3/4 sleeves looked pretty bad after being stretched and mangled into a hem. I ended up cutting them and adding a cuff instead.  I left the hem alone, but I’m afraid I may snap the threads. I need more practice with heming knits!

Here are some awkward photos that I’m hoping show the nice curvesd hemline. I’m thinking of investing in a remote and tripod for my camera.  Maybe that will make me feel less awkward as I try to photo document all my clothing makes. Maybe.

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25110307244_e10824b2bf_oMy main mistake came from sewing the neckband to the shirt with the seam in the front. I was trying to line it up with one of the raglan seems, instead of the center back, but I picked the wrong seam line. Oh well, I tried to make a little tag to cover it up.  It looked better in my head than it does in real life, but I tried.  

I’m not sure if I’ll get photos of the other version I made, we’ll have to see how the week goes!

Pattern: Hey June, Lane Raglan
Fabric: Jersey Stripe Bargain Knit in Navy
Size: Small with curved hemline, no modifications

A second Gallery Tunic

After finishing a new garment, I almost always have revisions I’d like to make, or some small mod to the pattern, to get an even better fit.  However, I rarely take the time to make the garment a second time.  This is mostly because I have project ADD.  I have so many things I want to make, and my brain is always bouncing around thinking about the next one.  However, Liesl + Co hosted a Gallery Tunic sew along in February, so it was the perfect opportunity to make this shirt again.

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I made a few simple changes, in order correct some things that bothered me about my first attempt.  For this tunic I shortened it by 2.5″.  I am 5’1″ on my tall days, and have virtually no waist.  My ribs pretty much just sit on top of my hips, seriously.  That means I will probably need to shorten most tops I make.  See, I’m learning!

The stiffness of placket really bothered me on the first tunic I made.  The pattern instructs you to interface the placket, collar and cuffs.  However, despite my best researching skills, I found little information on specifically what type of interfacing should be used.  I learned in the sew a long that the interfacing should not change the hand or drape of the fabric.  Good to know! That also explains why my last tunic seemed so stiff, I was clearly not using the right stuff!

Here is a quick pic of my tunic mid way through completion.

24951292310_7936d7f5bc_bTake note on that stiff placket (yes, you’re right, the collar is not stitched down).  The red shirt on the right is a ready to wear shirt that was in my closet.  Now, I’m sure it’s not proper sewing form, but I actually like the soft floppy placket on the RTW shirt.  So, to achieve a similar look, I boldly ripped out my interfaced placket (having to go up into the sergered shoulder seams to get it out, eek!)  I replaced it with a simple strip of fabric, making the finished placket slightly smaller, and hopefully more flexible. I also decided to take in the tunic about 1/2″ on each side to get it to be slightly more fitted, even after trading the hips down a size.  I had a little trouble with the split hem after doing this, but I tried to just iron it into submission.

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I chose the 3/4 sleeves with banded collar for this version.  I topstitched the collar in place, because I was impatient after all that ripping, and my hastiness shows.  I will definitely hand stitch down the next time.

Overall I’m very pleased with how this version turned out.  It’s even made me brave enough to go back to my first tunic and alter the placket on that piece as well. Sewing a handmade wardrobe is a lot of work, and it won’t be worth it unless I actually like and wear the pieces I make!

Pattern: Gallery Tunic by Liesl + Co
Fabric: Cloud9 Double Gauze from Joann’s
Size: 2 graded to a 0 in the hips

Striped Grainline Hemlock Tee

DSC_0358I bought this fabric at Joann’s a while ago.  I believe it’s a double knit, as it is striped on one side and polka dots on the other. I have a thing for stripes.  If I could wear all stripes I probably would.  Well, that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I do like stripes.  I knew I wanted to make t shirt of some sort, but I was thinking a boxier style would fit this fabric better than a more fitted tee.  There are actually quiet a few free tee patterns by some of the bigger Indie designers. I decided to go with the Grainline Hemlock Tee because it is a boxy style and looked pretty easy.

Printing and assembling this PDF pattern was very simple, as its a one size pattern. That means no tracing!  When sewing a PDF pattern, I always print/trim/assemble, then trace the size I want to make. I don’t want to have to go through the whole process again if I need to make a size change after sewing the pattern, so tracing seems to be the best way to leave the PDF as a master. At any rate, with a one size pattern, there is no tracing!

I had to make a few modifications to make it wearable. I looked to a favorite ready to wear shirt that I have in my closet. It seemed to be made with a similar construction and shape, so I used it to make a few mods.  If I was a better blogger, I would have taken a picture of what it looked like before I made my mods.  Trust me, it was pretty bad.  I might be a little small to use a one size fits all pattern, and not have it look like I just dropped a sheet over myself and called it done.

I shortened the sleeves, the overall length, and decided to do a high low hem. After shortening the sleeves, they seemed very floppy and loose, so I tapered them from the underarm to the new hemline; using my RTW shirt as a guide.

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Overall with the modifications I made, I think the shirt fits pretty well.  I like the loose/boxy fit.  I’m almost a little sad that I chose to use the stripes side.  There are fun polka dots hiding just inside this crazy shirt!

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Also, on a side note, blogging is hard.  Taking pictures of yourself, or having your husband take them, and then realizing none of them really turned out well enough to blast them out to the interwebs.  Wondering, “Do I really look like that?”  “What’s happening with my hair?” and a million other things that you’re probably better off not worrying about.  That’s the part that is slowing me down!

Pattern: Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studios
Fabric: Double Knit from Joann’s
Size: One Size fits all with Mods