Easter Dressing

Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

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I’ve been wanting to make a separate set forever. They’re perfectly cute together and still adorable apart. When I saw the below photo I just knew I had to used my linen grid fabric from Purl Soho. I bought the neon pink version which features a — inch grid pattern.

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Here’s the deets!

The Patterns: Rue Skirt (see tutorial here) – Sewalong; Laurel

The Fabric: Linen Grid by Purl Soho
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The Making: I couldn’t decide on what patterns I was going to use for the top and bottom. I originally planned on using the Brooklyn Skirt from Seamwork Mag but my printer has been on the fritz lately. Another Colette pattern, Rue, worked perfectly and it had a skirt only tutorial!

I ran into another problem with the pattern for the top. I initially planned on using the sloper pattern I purchased months before from BurdaStyle but I realized I purchased the plus size version. I ended up using Colette Laurel for my top.

The Rue skirt tutorial was super easy and I love how full the skirt is. Plus it has pockets!

The Mods: The only modifications I made were to the top. For the Laural top, I simply shortened the pattern to sit right over the top of the skirt. Added snaps to the back instead of a zipper.

The Styling: What I love about this outfit is that is three in one. Easter morning I wore the top and skirt together then I traded the skirt for jeans. The skirt can be worn with a different top as well.

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Reflections on the New Year…

Projects

This year was my best and worst year for making.

I made more quality work than I think I ever have.

But I feel that I slacked on the documentation.

I set myself time goals and felt overwhelmed by them.

But I did actually get projects finished.

I had ambitious making goals.

But those goals stifled my creativity.

The take away?

Feeling like I had to complete these items in a certain time crunch made me feel boxed in. Also having to confront the fact that I may not have as much time to sew as other makers was a real struggle for me this year. (Oh how I wish I had a stay at home job). However, by being more organized and meticulous I was able to complete the project and not have a lingering WIP. No dates, more lists, less worry.

I do not like taking pictures of myself so that holds me back when posting finished clothes. I started this blog to be more of a journal to document projects and such. This year I have decided to take a more creative documentation approach. I’m going to take inspire by Not A Primary Color’s sketchbook and sketch out my designs and ideas. Creative documentation.

I made a lot of making goals in 2017 (don’t get me wrong, goals are good) but not many of them panned out. I finished maybe one of my #2017MakeNine.  I noticed that I worked better and had more creative vision when I just mad the next thing on mind whenever I wanted to. Make in the moment.

2017 Timeline Recap

January – Started with planning and ambition #2017MakeNine (never completed)

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February – I participated in the #Monetaparty

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April – Purchased these amazing custom labels

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May/June – Planned a wedding and made my reception dress (not pictured/blogged)

July – I got married! / Cross-stitched a pineapple on the honeymoon (not blogged)

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August – Finished this Gretta tank in time for the eclipse (not blogged)

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September – Started my first knitting project

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October – Blogged my Osaka skirt / made a matching banana/scrunchie set (not blogged)

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November – Made my first Willow tank (not blogged) / Refashioned paid top (not pictured/ blogged)

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December – Finished my first knitting project, a modified Easy Breezy sweater / a Tilly and the Buttons overall dress / Christmas stockings / a self drafted knit hat

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Here’s to a new year, new ideas, and new makes!

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[Featured picture used from Bob’s Burgers Wiki – if you’re not watching Bob’s Burgers you should be, just sayin]

Osaka – The Modern Reversible Skirt

Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

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 Magazine
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.
Overall 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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Knit Happens

Knitting, Projects

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

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Custom Labels

Sewing, Uncategorized

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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