Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

Osaka – The Modern Reversible Skirt

I’ve been dying to make Osaka by Seamwork Mag (from their March 2015 issue find it here) but I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. Who knew I would stumble upon  just what I needed at the thrift store?! I usually look in the skirts for long or too big ones. I use them for either the fabric or I alter them to  my size. When I saw this skirt I knew it would be perfect for the pattern. (Do ya’ll remember Parisian’s?)

 

The Pattern: Osaka from Seamwork Magizone
The Fabric: Wool blend from second-hand skirt; Black wool from Jo-Anns
Modifications: In my version I swapped the buttons for large snaps.
Styling & Versatility: So far I’ve worn it with simple tees that can match either side. As for versatility, that’s a no brainer! It works two different ways and the color makes it simple to wear.
Overal Review: I’ve worn it several times so far and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s perfect for combining “scrap” fabric pieces

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Knitting, Projects

Knit Happens

Do you ever go through phases with hobbies? Like I’ll be totally obsessed with crosstitch/embroidery and get bored and then move on to EPP. Well currently I’m on the knitting cycle of obsession. That can be attributed to fact that I finally figured out how exactly to knit. Before now it was just multiple failed attempts and frustration. That was until I stumbled upon Wool and the Gang. They’re not just a cool name but community of modern knitters and awesome yarns.

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Awesome yarns like their Billie Jean Yarn made from recycled jeans and Jersey Be Good made from recycled t-shirt factory off-cuts. There’s also tons of other types of yarns, kits, tools, free patterns, and most importantly (for me at least) video tutorials.

So what am I working on in my current knitting-obsessed state? A variation of WATG’s Easy Breezy Sweater.

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The yarn I’m using is some that I inherited and is what I’m calling my ‘muslin’ yarn. Its a vintage Jade Green Himalaya Yarn from Columbia Minerva.  Cross your fingers I don’t run out!

I’m not even finished with the front panel and what have I learned? Knitting is great for carpooling and horrible for patience. I average about 3 rows a day. So I’m going to be done with the project maybe next year……..

I’m obsessing over knitting supplies as well. On the wishlist is:

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They also have a ton of beautiful supplies like stitch markers and driftwood needles.

Fringe Association (the blog of Fringe Supply Co.) is also great resource for knitters.

Sidebar: until I get this bag I’m in the process of making the Stowe Bag by Grainline Studios/Fringe Supply Co.

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This handy little tool holds stitch markers, cable needles, tapestry needles, and even a magnetic row counter (this comes separate).

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It comes in four colors, or flavors (strawberry, blue frost, vanilla, and lemon)

Their blog also shows you how to make adorable animal poms.

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She also makes lovely hand carved hairpins, crochet hooks, needles, and illustrations.

I also found out that Birmingham has a knitting shop?! I can’t wait t visit and see what they have.

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Other Resources/Shops:

Purl Soho

Twig and Horn

Craft South

A Verb for Keeping Warm

Knitters Tool Kit

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Custom Labels

Yesterday was definitely a happy mail day. I finally received some custom clothing labels! These labels are from New York Custom Labels and the whole process was super easy.

I designed a simple label format in illustrator. I chose the unbleached cotton labels that are folded on each end. It took about 4 weeks to receive them but they were definitely worth the wait.

I contemplated getting woven labels and I’m so glad I didn’t. I love the look of these and plus they’re soft. So no irritation like you might get with woven tags.

I love how the tag sort of seals the deal on a garment and makes it feel finished.

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Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

#MonetaParty

This month I killed two hashtags with one stone, I marked Moneta off my #MakeNine list and I joined the #MonetaParty! What is the Moneta Party you ask? It was basically an instagram show and tell with lots of goodies and prizes. This party was hosted by the ‘Triple Stichers’ Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine, Elle of Sew Positivity and Abigail of Sew Abigail. Now on to my Moneta!

You’ll notice that my Moneta is not a dress. This is because I dumbly ordered the wrong amount of fabric. Despite that semi-fail it actually turned out pretty cute!

Size: Medium

Version: 2 but with shorter sleeves and I shortened the skirt to about 12 inches

Fabric: The fabric is speckled jersey by Robert Kaufman. It’s an adorable cream jersey knit with little dots of color mixed in. I ordered it from Purl Soho (you can order it here)

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Notes for next time:

I used stabilizer for the seams and sleeve hems but failed to add it to the neckline and it stretched.

The fit was perfect so I didn’t have to make any alterations.

USE A SERGER. I didn’t use one this time since mine needs to be serviced but I definately will next time. It would have made the inside a lot cleaner.

*Sidebar: you see that bracelet? (not my FitBit) It’s a ruler! You can get yours at Fringe Supply Co. (It’s currently sold out but I don’t doubt that she’ll restock in the near future)

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Life

Planning a Wedding: Let’s Talk Color

Let me start off by saying, who doesn’t love Pantone? It’s literally a company that creates color. Each year they come out with a new trendy color and this year did not disappoint. The color for 2017 is Greenery. Pantone describes it as ‘a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.’

I was already planning on using greens and pinks in my wedding and using Pantone’s colors have made it really easy to create a mood board.

Here are my steps for creating a color mood board for your wedding, or anything else!

Step 1: Figure out what you like

I started looking at a ton of images from wedding blogs, Google, and Pinterest. I saved the images I liked best along the way. It’s easier then to see color and style trends that your leaning towards. You can choose to save these to your computer or a general Pinterest board.

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Step 2: Organize and consolidate your ideas

After I looked at the images I saved, I grouped the images into folders. I mostly did this by color since all of my images generally followed the same style. If you haven’t decided on a style yet  (romantic, rustic, etc.) you may decide to group them that way.

Step 3: Identify color trends

Pantone has this great app, Pantone Studio, that you can use to identify colors in your photos. Usually your palette will be made up of two to three colors. With varying hues and shades.

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Step 4: Create your board!

You may chose to do this in a variety of ways. I compiled my pictures and colors in Illustrator so I could print them out. You can also physically collect pictures from magazines and tape them to a piece of paper. Another great option is to make a Pinterest board.

 

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Sewing

#2017MakeNine

I don’t normally set New Years Resolutions. They usually go unaccomplished and I work better with short term goals. However, when sewing clothes and creating a wardrobe you need a game plan. I’m taking a que from Sew DIY and creating a #2017MakeNine list.

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Here’s my list!

  1. Coco by Tilly and the Buttons (my plan is to make the dress with the collar) – Sew-A-Long
  2. Brooklyn by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  3. X-Seamed dress by McCall’s #9426 (I haven’t decided which version yet, I love them all!)
  4. Moneta by Colette (the version with 3/4 length sleeves) – Sew-A-Long
  5. Moji by Seamwork (I have this super soft chambray I’ve been dying to use)
  6. Addison by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  7. Willie by Seamwork (with gathered drop waist alteration)
  8. A-line dress by Butterick #3002 (Short sleeved version)
  9. Alder by Grainline Studios – V-Neck Modification – Sew-A-Long

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