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
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.
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!
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)
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)
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.
Here’s my list!
- Coco by Tilly and the Buttons (my plan is to make the dress with the collar) – Sew-A-Long
- Brooklyn by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
- X-Seamed dress by McCall’s #9426 (I haven’t decided which version yet, I love them all!)
- Moneta by Colette (the version with 3/4 length sleeves) – Sew-A-Long
- Moji by Seamwork (I have this super soft chambray I’ve been dying to use)
- Addison by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
- Willie by Seamwork (with gathered drop waist alteration)
- A-line dress by Butterick #3002 (Short sleeved version)
- Alder by Grainline Studios – V-Neck Modification – Sew-A-Long
Life has been kinda hectic lately so all of my projects have been on the back burner. I figured that the best way to keep me motived is to post my progress on here.
Here’s what I’ve been working on in June:
I’ve been seeing these a lot lately on instagram and I knew I had to try them myself. It also gave me the opportunity to use my scrap leather from Loyal Stricken. If you want some scraps for yourself go [here]. To get there espadrilles soles go [here].
Not shown: I plan on making a separated heel with an ankle strap.
How cute are the bottom of these soles?!
I’ve been working on several different baby gifts and one of them is this adorable pair (well will be pair after I finish the other shoe) of baby slippers from Purl Soho.
*Please ignore my messy apartment*
The next baby gift I’ve been working on is actually finished but it’s too cute not to share. You can find the pattern on Etsy [here].
I don’t have enough done to show you, so this is a finished picture of the Catarina dress from Seamwork Magazine.
My version is pink and a lot shorter (I didn’t have enough fabric for a full length version). Now I need to decide if I’m going to make it a top of a short dress.
What have you been working on?
I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little about myself and my sewing story and why I decided to make this blog with an emphasis on sewing.
I was a wee little tot when I learned how to sew (I’ve always been described as an old soul). I spent a lot of time with my grandparents so naturally my grandmother taught me. I started with crosstitch and embroidery until I bought my first sewing machine. When antiquing with my mother one day, we stumbled across an old singer toy sewing machine (a 1950’s Singer 20 Sewhandy Childs Sewing Machine to be exact). It was way more than my mother would let my spend but I knew I had to have it. I bargained like crazy for it (just imagine a wee tot with pigtails, how could you say no?) and got it for 5 dollars.
I loved that machine (still do) and began exploring sewing things like little quilts and doll clothes. A year or sew later (ha get it?) I got my first ‘legit’ machine for Christmas. I made all sorts of things (I feel like mostly curtains) but lost interest around my tween years. My sewing picked back up when I took a sort of level 2 version (it was called Fashion 101) of home ec. in high school. There was no fashion involved in the class but I did learn a lot about quilting and finished my first quilt in the class. It was lovely and simple.
Soon after that I began taking sewing classes at a local fabric store where I made my first article of clothing, pj pants (haven’t we all made these?). I attempted other articles of clothing without much success but I was able to alter my own clothing. This came in especially handy because I was a 5 foot petite girl with no boobs.
I continued to alter my clothes in college and these skills came in handy in my sorority. I altered a lot of costumes (mostly mine). It was a learning experience, in that I learned I needed to advance my skill set.
I’m now two years out of college and I’m just now working on that. I love Seamwork Mag and their podcast and learning the why to why we make.
My body hasn’t change much since then besides the addition of a few pounds and a cup size (I’m still 5 foot tall). It been hard to find clothes to fit right and with the right silhouettes which lead me to take part in the Wardrobe Architect project from Colette. I’ve began taking a closer look at my clothes and I want to create closet that I feel comfortable in and can take pride in. I use other sewing projects to break the frustration in-between.
Even though I’m like two years late to Wardrobe Architect I’m going to start (slowly) and share my experiences here (so stay tuned).
Sewing has been a huge part of much life for most of my life. There is such a sense of pride when you are able to say you made something yourself. It is that feeling that drives my sewing journey.
I love bunnies and slippers. So when I stumbled upon See Kate Sew‘s tutorial for kiddie bunny slippers, I knew I had to make an adult version.
I mean how cute are these? My toes have never been so cute and cozy.
How to Make Slippers
Pattern, download here
Fleece, Flannel, or terry cloth
1.Cut out all pieces:
2 of each pad
2 outer sole pieces
2 inner sole
2 outer bunnies
2 inner bunnes
4 soles from batting
2. Sew bunny face onto the outer bunnies using template
3. Sew pads onto the bottom of the outer sole using template to align.
4. Assemble the outer sole as shown in the previous picture. Place the right side of the bunny face to the pad side of the outer sole (right sides together in other words). Sew around the toes.
5. Place the inner sole piece together. Batting, inner soles, and inner bunny face (right sides together). Sew around toes.
This is what it will look like after you have finished steps 4 and 5.
6. This next part is a little tricky. Turn the inner sole bunny out and fit it inside the outer sole bunny and pin. Sew around the slipper leaving a 2 inch gape on one side.
7. Flip inside out and hand stitch the gap. You’re done!
For an added touch you can blanket stitch around the shoe as well!
For all you cat lovers out there I’ve also added a cat version in the pattern. Just use it instead of the of the bunny face.
If you are having a hard time following my instructions go to the original direction for the kiddie slippers here.