Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs

I finally jumped on the Burnside Bib train by Sew House Seven! I'm usually not one to sew what everyone else is making in the moment. I have to see it made a few hundred times and mull it over, you know what I mean?? 

Before I get into that, I've been struggling with the decision to continue blogging or not. To be honest, only a fraction of my makes actually end up here because it's so time consuming. Unfortunately, there are faster paced, easier social media platforms to post on. Sometimes posting here doesn't seem worth the effort. Still, when I'm doing my own research on a pattern or project, I hit up personal blogs to read the ins and outs of other people's experiences. What are your feelings on the "old fashioned" blog? Drop me a line below. 

Onto this project. I live in the Hot as Hell city of Phoenix and staying comfortable in the Summer is a must. I love dresses in the Summer so I get a little air up in there. I've had an eye on the Burnside Bibs for a while, but knew that I probably would never wear the full length version- full length overalls are just not my gig. But I knew I would rock them as shorts. 

At first I wanted a rayon tencel to make these out of. I love the look and drape of the fabric... the price tag? Not so much. I settle on this rusty orange linen blend from Etsy. I was worried the linen might be a little sheer, but it really isn't once you put them on. 

As for the contruction- easy peasy. The instructions were great, especially if you need a little hand holding. I was able to skim most parts and didn't run into any hiccups along the way. I sewed this with my straight stitch machine and finished the edges with my serger to keep the fabric from fraying. 

I made no adjustments. I went by the size recommended by my measurements which was a 14. These are nice and roomy and are cinched in with the ties. 

That's about it. I have no secret tips to offer. I love them! Sometimes my husband doesn't love the more unique things I make but he really like these. I was afraid he would make fun of the overall look but he didn't. Not that I care too much what he thinks about the things I make :) 


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sew Over It Cora Top

I've had this fabric in my stash for about 3-4 years. I picked it up at an independent fabric shop in Seattle called District Fabrics. It's a polyester crepe (my favorite fabric to sew with). It has a lovely pattern of birds perching on a branch and bright colors. I knew I wanted to make a simple design, I didn't want to get the bird print lost in too many design lines. 

When Sew Over It launched the Cora Top, I knew this fabric would be a perfect match for it. I love the loose, breezy look of the Cora Top and pretty pleats. 

The Cora Top pdf was nicely laid out, pages matched together perfectly. I cut a US size 16 based on my measurements. No alterations were made. The top was easy to sew up. The instructions are well illustrated. The most tedious part was creating the pleat in front, which is part of the v-neck. But it went smoothly following the directions. 

I'm really pleased with this top. I think it was the perfect pattern for my fabric. Also, I really like blouses like this that I can just throw on with a pair of slacks and head off the work in!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

French Terry Dress Butterick 6207

I've been on a dress kick lately! When I saw Butterick 6207, I immediately loved the lay back, cool vibe of the striped dress on the envelope. I used a french terry knit from Koshtex on Etsy. I love the heathered denim blue with white stripe.

I cut the size 20 based off my measurements. Usually I size down but I wanted the extra ease in this. I kept the length as is.

This sewed up quickly on the serger. I used my coverstitch for hems and topstitching.

Not much to say about this one. It's quick and easy. And it feels like I'm wearing pajamas!