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?

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