The York Pinafore

Friday, October 11, 2019

I feel like I'm a bit late to the Pinafore party, but I finally managed to sew up a pinafore at the end of Summer. This is the York Pinafore by Helen's Closet. I was drawn to the pattern because it has a bit of an art-school chic kind of vibe and I thought it had the potential to become an unofficial work uniform staple.

The fabric I used is a Burgundy colored Rayon linen from Joann's which is beautiful and super easy to sew.

I chose to stitch up View B of the pattern with the longer length in a size 10 based on my measurements. Before cutting out the pattern, I lengthened the straps by 1.5 inches per the pattern instructions to accommodate my bust measurement, and I shortened the body of the pattern by 1 inch per the pattern instructions to accommodate my shorter height. The pattern went together easily and I used purchased bias binding for the arms and neck. The hardest part to sew was the curved pockets and trying to sew them on evenly. I think it took 5 attempts before I got them at an even height!

The final product is very comfortable and I love the deep pockets! If you are considering this pattern and are a beginner to intermediate sewist, I highly recommend it!

The Soldotna Crop

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter (aka Boyland Knitworks) seemed to be the pattern for Spring/ Summer 2019. Yet when it was initially released, I was having none of it! While I was a fan of Caitlin Hunter's patterns overall and the colorwork patterning intrigued me, I simply felt that I was too old and too curvy to pull off this cropped top... until I saw the Soldotna yarn kits curated by Primrose Yarn Co. and fell in love with the color combination. The kit contained 1 skein of Marquess MCN DK in the Dusty Pink colorway, a skein of Vintage DK Tweed in the From London with Love, Marrakesh and the Dreams colorways. 

I'd initially set out to knit up a size Small like I'd done with a few of my previous Caitlin Hunter knits but at the last minute I decided to knit up the size Medium to get the recommended amount of positive ease. As a result, my arm ribbing is a little smaller than the pattern calls for.

I'm not super confident enough to wear this crop top on its own without a layer underneath but I'm happy with the final result. Did you make a Soldotna Crop this year? Do you have any styling tips?

The Tecumseh Sweater

Friday, August 2, 2019

Do you remember the Fall of 2018, when everyone seemed to be knitting up the Tecumseh Sweater by Boyland Knitworks aka Caitlin Hunter? At the height of its popularity, I saw that fellow Oregonian, House of al la Mode, was offering up yarn kits to knit this beautiful sweater and I nabbed one up and then put it on the shelf until February of this year.

After reading other's reviews, I decided to knit a size large neckband with a medium-sized body, but I'm not sure if that was necessary. You'll notice that I also started the sleeves earlier than called for to make this look more like a sweater and less like a swancho.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my finished sweater and wear it often during the cooler months.

Sewing Ginger's with Lladybird

Friday, July 26, 2019
Guess what!? I sewed a pair of jeans!

These things were a year in the making! I purchased my denim fabric, Closet Case Patterns Ginger jeans pattern and hardware kit from Josephine's Drygoods for my birthday last year intending to make them on my own, but I kept chickening out 🐔. So at the start of the year, when I heard that Josephine's Drygoods was going to hold a Ginger Jeans workshop lead by Lladybird aka. Lauren Taylor, I signed myself up.

I was pretty nervous about attending this class because I didn't know anyone else attending, sewing jeans seemed really daunting, and I didn't want to make a fool of myself in front of one of my sewing blogger heros, Lladybird. But as soon as I arrived I noticed that everyone was equally as nervous, which put me at ease, and Lladybird was really down-to-earth.

The workshop took place in a professional photography studio, so there were bound to be lots of Instagram worthy photos taking throughout the workshop.

We spent the first day preparing our sewing. We tried on pre-made sample jeans to determine which size would work best. I ended up choosing a size 12 based on my measurements and fit. Then we cut out our pattern pieces and fabric so that we would be ready to go.

On the second day, we began sewing our fabrics so that we ended up with a garment ready to try on at the end of the day. I felt pretty confident in my sewing on this day. However, when I got to the point where I could finally try on my jeans I discovered that my denim wasn't as stretchy as the sample denim and I couldn't get my pants up over my hips and thighs! 😧 My homework for the evening was to find a way to make it work.

Luckily I had plenty of extra denim fabric and some extra cotton comic strip fabric for my pocket lining. I ended up cutting out two strips of fabric that were 3 inches wide and as long as I am tall, then serged them together and added them to my side seems the next day. 

The third day was all about finishing, and although I fell behind since I added an extra step, I got them done and they were a hit! So the moral of this story is when life hands you some amazing but not very stretchy denim and a curvy figure, make epic comic book jeans.

2019 Make Nine Mid-year Progress Report

Monday, July 1, 2019
It's hard to believe that we're halfway through the year 2019! At the beginning of the year, I presented a list of 9 items that I hoped to make during the year and today I'd thought I'd share how my progress has been going.

1) Fulton Sweater- Not Made
    I was super in love with this cardigan when it was first released and ordered some yards of bright coral fabric to correspond with Pantone's 2019 color of the year and I still haven't made it yet. I think I might have been put off by the color of the fabric. I'm not going to take this sweater off my makes list just yet.

2) An Andi Satterlund Pattern- Work in Progress
   Each year I look forward to participating in the Outfit Along put on by Andi Satterlund/ Untangling Knots and Lauren Taylor/ Lladybird and this year is no exception. This year I've taken apart my Waters Sweater from last year's Outfit Along and am re-knitting it on smaller needles for a better fit.

3) An Andrea Mowry Pattern- Done, done and done
   I kicked off 2019 by knitting up the Tincture Hat by Andrea Mowry and COULDN'T STOP KNITTING HER PATTERNS! I had so much fun doing mosaic knitting that I knit up a Shift Cowl, the Weekender Sweater, and the Shiftalong hat.

4) A Caitlin Hunter Pattern- Done and done
   After knitting up so many Andrea Mowry Patterns, I decided to mix it up and add a few more Caitlin Hunter aka. Boyland Knitworks sweaters to my collection. I knit up the Tecumseh Sweater in House of a la Mode Tweed Yarn, starting my armholes a little earlier than the pattern called for, and I knit the Soldotna Crop in Primrose Yarn.

5) A Joji Pattern- Not Made
   I still have the Spektor Sweater by Joji Locatelli in my queue with yarn set aside for it.

6) Jeans- Done (possibly more on the way)
   Earlier this month I attended a Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans making workshop hosted by Lauren Taylor aka Lladybird and Josephine's Drygoods, so these are done.

7) A Stephen West Pattern- Not Made
   I have several patterns in my queue but haven't decided which to make.

8) A Poison Girls Pattern- Not Made
   I also have several Poison Girls patterns in my queue but can't decide which to make first. I know that there is a Honeybop cardi KAL coming soon.

9) High Waisted Pants- Not Made
   This was a project that I was really excited about at the start of the year, but lately, I've been questioning if some of the high-waisted wide-leg pants that I liked before are flattering to my figure.

Are you participating in the #2019makenine challenge? If so, how is your progress going?

TATB Agnes Top

Monday, June 17, 2019

I mentioned in my Me Made May 2019 review that I was interested in sewing more basic, everyday wear pieces that I can wear along with my other makes. To begin my quest to find the perfect basic tee pattern, I decided to sew up a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes.

Let's talk about the fabric. I fell in love with this cotton knit jersey at first sight in the Joann's child prints section and imagined that I could stitch up a Kate Spade inspired outfit of dreams, but I didn't let myself purchase it until I was ready to sew up this pattern. It looked amazing on the bold, but as the fabric cutting person rolled out the bolt onto the table to cut we both noticed that the stripes were skewed on the fabric and not perfectly straight. So I spent the next 2 days spreading out my fabric, laying down my pattern pieces, and carefully re-adjusting the fabric and pattern to try to get the stripes cut out as straight as possible. This part sucked!

I ended up sewing a size 5 at the shoulders and blended out to a size 6 at the hips to match my measurements. I followed the pattern instructions step by step and remembered to use a stretch needle. I was able to put this all together in half-a-day.

After wearing it out, I think I might add some ribbon and snap bra-keepers in the shoulders to keep my bra straps from poking out. I am super happy with this top! The puffy sleeves make me feel like a princess (or a 1980's Prom Queen). I am definitely planning to stitch up the other versions of this pattern in the near future, but I'm a little more hesitant about purchasing fabric from the Big Box stores.

What's Making Me Laugh: Fashion Coward- SNL

Saturday, June 15, 2019
When I was a teen I used to love clothes shopping at the mall. But I've found that the older (and curvier) I get, the more I dread it. So when I saw the SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit "Fashion Coward" starring Emma Stone, I could totally relate! If you haven't seen it (or even if you have), check out the clip above.

Me Made May 2019 Review

Monday, June 3, 2019

And just like that, Me Made May 2019 has gone in a flash! This year I promised to wear at least one Me-Made item per day and was able to do so 30 out of 31 days and document it!

I must confess that I don't wear my me-made garments as much as I'd like to in my day to day, so Me Made May has helped give me a push to show off what I make. As I was doing this, it also motivated me to look at the garments I have in my 'repair pile' and actually fix or thrift those items.

I learned quite a bit from this round of Me Made May. I noticed that I am definitely a separates girl as I didn't reach for my dresses at all and only twice reached for a skirt. The temperatures fluctuated quite a bit this month, as it was chilly at the start of the month and warmer at the end, and I found it challenging to find as many handmade items to wear in the warmer weather.

Here are my top 3 Most Viewed Posts:

Tecumseh Sweater- Pattern by Caitlin Hunter

Sunset Highway Sweater- pattern by Caitlin Hunter

Frankie Tee- pattern from the Tilly & The Buttons Stretch Book

My followers seem to be huge fans of the Caitlin Hunter aka. Boyland Knitworks pattern garments! I also enjoyed wearing the Caitlin Hunter Sweaters, but my favorite make to wear was probably my Leopard Print Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet because I'm in love with the print, the colors and it's practicality.

In June I'd like to focus on having a few more basic's in my wardrobe. I've got plans to attend a Ginger Jeans making workshop, I'd like to stitch up a few Ogden Camis, and I'm eagerly seeking out the perfect basic tee pattern. 

Those Summer Knits

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Summer 2019 definitely seems like it's going to be the year of the crop top! 

We briefly had a few days of warm weather which got me thinking about all of the garments I want to knit up for the summer. Here are a few patterns that I've got my eye on.

Left to Right: My Boy Lolipop by Nancy Ricci; Ripple Crop Top by Jessie Mae Martinson; From Another Place Crop Top by Leah Coccari-Swift; Zinone by Andi Satterlund; Deschain by Leila Raabe; Marettimo by Caitlin Hunter;  Frenchy by Amy Appel; Frilly Jumper by Susan Crawford.

You'll notice that I didn't put the Soldotna by Caitlin Hunter on this list because I've already knit one. Pictures are coming soon.

Me Made May: Days 10-18

Monday, May 27, 2019
I've been pretty steady in my commitment to wearing at least one me-made garment for each day of Me Made May. If you missed my first group of Me Mades, you can find them here. Let's take a look at my garments from Days 10-18.

Top to Bottom: 10) Tecumseh Sweater, pattern by Boyland Knitworks 11) Lander shorts by True Bias  12) Vanilla socks knit up in Arne & Carlos for Regia yarn 13) Forsythe Trousers by Blank Slate Patterns 14) Como Cardigan by Style Arc 15) Whitehorse Sweater, pattern by Boyland Knitworks 16) Estelle Cardigan by Style Arc 17) Simplicity 8606 skirt 18) Mabel Skirt by Colette Patterns.

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