Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Briar

And for my back-to-bloggin debut (cough cough again) I give you my wearable muslin for Megan Nielsen's Briar Tee:




This went together really nicely. I think I cut a medium, but I deliberately sized up because it printed small and I was too lazy and cheap to print out a whole second copy. Next time I'm double checking that little measurement box before printing out the whole thing.

Despite the whole pattern being slightly small, the fit is absolutely fine. The whole project, cutting and sewing, took a couple of hours, so it's pretty quick to put together. I'm still figuring out exactly how the neckband goes in; this one's a tad too loose at the center front, and gapes when I hunch my shoulders, but hey, nobody's perfect. I used the classic t-shirt neckband instead of the binding, and top-stitched around the edges just below the seam for a more stable, professional look.


The dipped hem is an interesting feature, not sure if I'll make it that way every time. I was surprised at how long the shirt actually is in the back. I'm thinking of making the dip much shallower, or switching to a tab hem. Love me a good tab hem.


Works great with the sleeves pulled up too, which is an absolute must for me. The first thing I do when I get too warm is to roll up my sleeves.


Side view: it's a bit baggy from this angle, I must admit. Combined with a medium-weight heather-grey knit, the whole thing comes off a bit pajama-esque. I figure I'll mostly be wearing this around the house or up north, for lazy days. The hem also makes it perfect for wearing with thick, cozy leggings. Add slippers and a mug of something hot, and it's beyond perfect for the last few cold days we're getting here before spring really kicks in.


I've cut out another one already, a short-sleeved version in bright purple. Who else is getting their summer sewing projects on the go already?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Floral Denim Maritime Shorts

I did a lot of making things this past month, and now I finally have a camera so I can show them to you! It's quite exciting. You may want to take a minute to mentally prepare. No? Just me?

First August make, and the one that got the most wear out and about, were my Maritime Shorts.



Okay so when I say finished object I really mean finished with a safety pin instead of a button. So sue me.
Actually, I think this is a recurring problem of mine. The longer I've been working on a project, and the closer I am to finishing it, the more my enthusiasm slows down. So, by the time I'm nearing the finish line, I usually end up wearing my makes slightly unfinished. And then never getting around to finishing them. Pretty much all of my knit garments go unhemmed at the bottom because I'm lazy. Heh heh.

What is this back poof thing? Aliens in my pants?


The pockets peek out a little, not sure if I should care about that. I have bought shorts in stores where the pockets peek out on purpose, but it feels a little... indecent. I dunno. E likes it.


I love Jen's pockets, they come out so clean! I left off the topstitching across the pocket altogether; the print is already busy enough, it felt unnecessary. I hand-stitched the cuffs with a catchstitch, and I quite like the rolled-up look. Of course, to do this, I needed to lengthen the pattern by a couple inches, and even then they are quite short.

And, since I haven't been all that present on the blog, and since I can't seem to take a decent picture of my face at all today, I leave you with a special present: a peek at my partner, who's been alluded to in the about section...

E and me being all cute and gross

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

All the Pretty Things

My absence from this blog will briefly be interrupted by some gorgeous applique thinger-ma-bobbers I just found on Etsy:

Etsy shop: RavioleeDreams

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Heart-Back Hawthorn

Shoes from Dolce Vita

I made a Hawthorn! You guys, this pattern is lovely. I made a few aesthetic adjustments, but in terms of fit I only took an inch off the back bodice, and everything else fit perfectly. I cut a straight size 6.



 The fabric is some really drapey rayon-type stuff I found in Toronto's little fashion district, at Queen West and Spadina. As it turns out, all of the Fabriclands in Toronto proper have been closing down, and this is really the only place left in the city to buy fabric. I'm slowly making the transition to online shopping, though it makes me a little nervous to buy fabric without feeling it first.


 It's so swishy! Love the cut, and the half circle skirt. And I am such a sucker for shirtdresses. And now, for the best part: the back!



Heart cut-out that I can still wear a bra with? Yes please!

I made quite a few changes to the design and construction, both to accommodate the cut-out, and just because I wanted to.
1. The bodice is lined, not faced. I hate facings with a fiery passion.
2. I inserted a yoke, which allowed me to remove the back waist darts.
3. The cut-out, obviously.
4. Took off the collar. I like it a lot on the model, but it was too much going on. Also, I was afraid it would cover up the lovely cut-out.

Some fudging re-imagining of the instructions was needed for all the changes I made, but overall the instructions were really helpful. This dress was as satisfying to make as it is to wear. I've got mental plans for a future tunic-length Hawthorn in plaid, maybe from a few thrifted men's shirts? It would also be fun to add a bunch of godets to the skirt, for maximum twirlyness.

So, who else has their eye on this pattern? Made it already? Thinking of entering the Hawthorn contest or participating in the sewalong? Let me know in the comments!



[listening to Wade In The Water by Eva Cassidy]

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Picnic


 I made me a Picnic Blanket Skirt, with many thanks to Tilly for the tutorial. The fabric is some sort of light wool. The buttons had been sitting in my stash for so long, they were faded in patches; some are more pink, some almost ivory, and I quite enjoy the effect.


Blur. My camera isn't all that intelligent. 


Paired with a Pink Floyd tee for some edge. Styling this at age twenty, you kind of have to step outside the social norms, but I still try not to stick out for my aggressive modesty. I mean really, it's no wonder girls don't wear skirts at all anymore, you can't even buy anything longer than mid-thigh! And riding the subway to school, I am ever-conscious of those Marilyn Monroe moments, so I barely wear loose skirts at all. I never knew skirts could be easy to wear until I started sewing for myself. And as an added bonus, this goes far down enough that I no longer have to sit on my thighs in a plastic desk chair when I attend summer courses.

And I leave you with a sneak preview of my project at the moment; none other than the shiny new Colette Hawthorn! Get excited!


[Listening to I Could've Been Your Girl - She and Him]

Friday, June 7, 2013

More Shirtsies

More Vogue 8772! Because you can never have enough Vogue 8772.
This one was made of a yard and a half of (what I believe to be) cotton lawn, which has the nicest hand in the world you guys. Seriously, I wish I could convey to you how dreamy this fabric feels.


Worn with my self-drafted skirt, which never got its own blog post. I think the shoulder seam is about an inch too long, but that's not difficult to fix. The sleeve has a lot of pouf to work with.

I ended up shortening the sleeves out of fabric constraints. I rather like the length, actually, it's nice for June weather. And when I roll up the sleeves...



Tada! Even more summery!

Detail shots:



The collar is a bit stiff, due to plenty of interfacing, but I remain hopeful that a few washings will do the trick. The buttons were pulled off a thrifted dress, and are covered with black velvet, which is adorable. These also give you a better idea of the fabric, which is not only curlicued, but has little wolves and tunic-clad men playing flutes! Does fabric get any better?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a surprise party to attend in my fabulous hand-made outfit.

[Listening to: pretty much everything by Pearl Jam, lately]

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shirtsies

First: Vogue 8772

This is really more of a wearable muslin. Well, it was supposed to be before I completely wrecked the sleeves and was too lazy to cut out another pair. I quite like it though.


I started shooting, and quickly realized it was far too windy to get a good shot. So excuse the sewing-room clutter.


And then we get to the shots where I pinned it closed. I love how clean the placket looks, and therefore didn't really want to add buttons. Which posed a dilemma, since I don't currently own any snaps. They're on my shopping list. 


 The fit is a tad loose for a crisp, formal-ish dress shirt, but I prefer it this way. I cut a straight 14. Also, it was a complete fluke that I ended up photographing it with a dress that matches the bias tape on the armholes, but I absolutely love the effect. 

Detail shot: 


And there has been one more thing I made this week, a refashion of a thrifted men's shirt. I'll spare you the details, as it was pretty basic, but I couldn't resist showing off the fabric. 


Renaissance art print?!?!?! It was the grossest, fakest of polyesters, and yet I couldn't leave the store without it. So much love.