Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fall Capsule Release 1 Callahan, Laura, Emmie, Elliot

 I'm excited to finally be able to show off part of my Fall/Winter 2020 capsule! I wanted to be able to demonstrate the versatility of the pieces, so needed to wait until several pieces were done. My plan is a 15 piece capsule. Today I have 2 tops and 2 bottoms that I can mix and match to make 4 outfits! Our Winter months are very mild in the hot desert land of Phoenix, so there isn't a need for anything extremely heavy. But I will be adding in some layers. 


First up is the Callahan pants by Seamwork patterns. Gosh I love these pants. This is actually me second pair. I made my first pair in a gray twill and posted them to instagram, but they didn't make it on the blog. The Callahan is a high waisted, wide leg pant with a fly zipper. Both the front and back legs have a pintuck detail. They are surpisingly easy to make. If you are new to zipper flys, the instructions are really great. I made a 14. My first pair was a little too tight around my upper thigh. I added 1/4" inch to each inner thigh piece (where they come together to join the crotch), and graded out a smidge in the hip area. I used a rust colored corduroy, I'm not sure where I got it from. Both the color and the corduroy are Fall essentials! And although rust isn't traditionally a neutral, I behaves as one when I mix it with other items. 


Next up is the Elliot Sweater by Helen's Closet. This pattern features raglan sleeves along with different neckline and hem options. I chose the cropped version with the cowl neck. I knew the cropped version would look fab with the high waisted trend. The fabric is a black waffle knit from Fabric.com. I made a size 16/18 without adjustment. I sewed it all on the serger and coverstitch machine in about 90 minutes. This top is a wardrobe staple and I would love to make another couple of versions in some ribbed knit. 



My Elliot Sweater also pairs nicely with the Seamwork Laura Skirt. The Laura skirt was released several months ago and I've never thought much about it. However, in putting together my capsule, I went back through the Seamwork catelog and realized this would not only pair well with multiple pieces, but would be a perfect match for this light blue Tencel fabric I've had in my stash. Fabric is from Joann. I made my typical 14. The waistline is easy to fit considering it is a wrap style. And in true Seamwork fashion, it was an easy make. It is cut on the bias. One tip that I utilized that Seamwork does not mention, is that you need to hang the garment for 24 hours prior to hemming. The bias fabric will stretch as it hangs, causing an uneven hem. By letting it hang, you can true up the hem prior to putting in those final stitches. 



And finally I have the Emmie Top also by Seamwork. I don't think I've met a peasant blouse I don't like. What makes this one special is the elasticized neckline with hook and eye closures, and the billowing sleeves. I used this floaty rayon voile from La Finch fabrics. I made a 14, no adjustments to the sizing. Don't let the frills and gathers intimidate you, again they are easy to do following Seamwork's instructions. 

That's it for now, I'm plugging away at the rest of my capsule along with a few one-off projects. And then comes the sewing for the holiday season (mixed emotions about that one). 

Until next time!

~Jenny 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Simplicity 8834

 I fell in love with this zebra print rayon challis from lafinchfabrics.com. I snapped up one of their great deals on an end of the bolt piece. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted it to be made into at the time. I settled on Simplicity 8834. I love the tie front and faux wrap skirt of view C.


I made a size 20, using my measurements and doing a tissue fitting beforehand. Word to the wise- view C is very short! I am 5' 3" and most often shorten the length of garments. However, I added 3 inches to this. It's a bit tedious because of the curved shape of the wrap, but well worth it to get it to my preferred below the knee length. 

This uses an invisible zipper. I'm not new to these and have sewn them in for many years. However, I could never get a smooth finish at the end of the zipper. There is almost always a bump or jag where the zipper ends and the seam is sewn shut. I learned about Kenneth King's invisible zipper technique available on YouTube. It requires a few more minutes of time but results in a perfectly smooth seam!  

I am very happy with how this turned out! It's light and flowy, perfect for the Summer. When the cooler months arrive, this will look great with a denim jacket or cardigan and some booties!

~Jenny 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dawn Jeans and Arisu Top

 
Hello there! This week, I've got 2 new me-mades to share. First up is for my latest knitting project. I don't think I've shared much of my knitting on the blog yet. I learned to knit in 2019 by reading a book and watching some Youtube videos to figure things out. It's quickly become a new obsession, second only to my sewing. I'm drawn to lace patterns. I love the design elements and it's a fun departure from simply knitting in the round. This is my 3rd knitted garment. I made my first top earlier in the year, followed by a top for my daughter. I used the Arisu top pattern. I live in the hot climate of Phoenix and was drawn to the Spring/Summer style and lace details. I was expecting a challenge but the lacy leaf print was surprisingly easy to follow. I am proud to say that I didn't have to tink or frog back any rows on this project! Usually, I cannot say that. I used this lovely merino wool/alpaca/acrylic blend from Universal Yarn in the color Jam. Although there is wool in the content, it is soft and lightweight. I just love how this turned out. It is a slightly cropped style and looks great with high-waist pants.    


 

           
  

Next up is my new Dawn Jeans!  I purchased this white, non-stretch denim from Blackbird Fabrics. I also purchased one of their jeans hardware kits for the zipper, buttons and rivets. White is a bold choice for me, I've never had white jeans. But I think they look great in Spring/Summer. According to my measurements, I would fall into the size 16 in the Dawn Jeans. I just got the straight-size pattern, not the curvy. I cut an 18, thinking that I could take them in here and there if needed (I'm too lazy for a muslin). They sewed up easily. The instructions are well illustrated. I did do a zip fly instead of the button-fly and Megan has a nice tutorial for that online. The hips were too small for me, I let them out 1/4" each side which was perfect. The waist fits great. I don't quite have a C.T., but my nether regions are hugged a little more tightly then I would like. For my next pair, I think I will do a thick thigh adjustment, which should give me some extra crotch room. I'm not sold on the length, I think they need to be a bit shorter but my husband talked me into keeping them long. I used a white, heavyweight topstitching thread. Overall, I'm pleased with them. I do want to make 2-3 pairs of shorts with the same pattern and will be making the above adjustments next time. 


~Jenny