Saturday, April 25, 2015

Camas blouses

Over the past few weeks, I have made a few quick and easy "Camas" blouses, a pattern from Thread Theory. It's very comfy and can be made with knits, or lightweight stretch wovens. I'm always drawn to mixing and matching patterns so I had fun choosing fabrics for these shirts.

For my first "muslin" I used some stuff I've had in my stash for ages, collected during sales, not for any particular purpose but I think my color choice was inspired by the lovely blouse made by Meg at Cookin' & Craftin'. The dark yoke and placket on a lighter fabric looks great to me!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A little top on top

The Ondée is a little top with a high waistband to go over a dress or a high waisted skirt. It takes very little fabric  (~ 1 yard) and is super quick to sew.

This is an embossed ponte knit from Emma OneSock and regular red ponte knit on the bands. It took me just over an hour to complete this with my serger and regular machine... no hemming required. (I love not hemming!)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kim dress!

Months after planning to do this, I finally did it. A Kim dress in an intense vlisco print!

The scale of the print was larger than I realized, so I had to choose a different orientation for the bodice. The skirt is cut with the fabric in the opposite direction as my original plan. I still have some hemming to do.

**Muslin admission!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


I made wearable muslin carolyn pajama bottoms. The "wearable" part is a lucky break because I failed to turn off the scaling when I printed the PDF and the whole thing was printed smaller than it should be...  I only noticed after I had cut and taped it with the last of my tape. (Every single PDF pattern will warn you of this occurring, but I failed to heed...) I planned to use the largest size 16 anyways, so I "guessed" at the scaling problem, and added a solid inch around the whole thing. This appears to have worked!

I love the pockets!

(I made a variation of the Colette Sorbetto with what was left for a matching top.)

The pants fit, not well, but they do fit and are comfortable enough for sleeping and around the house.  I like the slightly tapered legs vs the disasterous Tofino pants I made last year. The poor fit appears to be entirely my bum, everything else seems fine. I made a very wide waistband after my first try-on with the pants when I realized that the fabric barely made it up my backside.

The wide waistband works in the back, but I should have narrowed it in the front where it bags up... also, more tapering/grading toward the waist would probably help too.
So, for my next muslin,  I will be making my very first ever Full Butt Adjustment.


I still have to make a test for the PJ top... which I haven't printed yet. It will be to scale!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pineapple Bruyère

California "winter" is over... and there are fewer and fewer cloudy days. The sun is growing brutal again, so I need a few more coverup shirts to protect myself. There was a sale at FabricWorm where I ordered a few yards of a nice light japanese cotton lawn with a pineapple print!  Buying sight unseen can be risky, so I was thrilled when the fabric arrived and the lawn has a buttery soft hand, similar to art gallery brand voile fabrics. The color is a carmine reddish orange print on an off-white background.

It's perfect for the Bruyère shirt.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

1940's Tea Dress in a soft linen blend

There was a sale/free shipping event at Fancy Tiger Crafts so I purchased a linen blend a few weeks ago. This fabric is awesome! It's a linen/tencel blend with great drape, a nice print, and lovely color. It's from a designer, Feral Childe, who makes absolutely gorgeous clothing. I want it all!

Starting over the weekend, I decided to make an easy to wear, tried and true pattern with it: the Sew Over It 1940s Tea dress. The dress does not have lining, so it seemed like a good use of the opaque soft blend. The Tea Dress has worked out well for me in the past, I wear the floral version often. (My black & grey version feels too dark for California sunniness so it gets left on the hanger more often.) Anyhow, this new version is super swingy and the fabric blend works well in the bust gathers so I'm sure it will be worn a lot!