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Sewing for Me: FrankenIkat

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Limitations. I’ve been mulling over the multi-faceted limitations I stumble upon daily. Alright, so that’s kind of an overwrought statement, since I am sharing just a simple tank top today. But this was a simple tank top borne out of limitations.

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It looks like it was designed this way, right? Actually, yes, that cutout is part of the pattern and it’s the reason I wanted to make it. I’m all about interesting back details. M tells me I have a nice back, and it’s important to play up our assets, I believe. And I’m not talking about the booty variety, because the same man who gushes about my back also tells me that it looks like someone shot off my hiney, leveling it to utter flatness. He’s observant like that, and I have to agree. The limitation I’m referring to is the colorblock that I tend to incorporate time and time and time again because I don’t have enough of a particular fabric.

I end up loving the frankensteined versions significantly more than if I’d been able to make the entire top or dress or whatever out of a single fabric which is my de facto sewing style. In this case, the fabric in question is a scrap of ikat my mom brought me when she visited. It might be vintage, it might not, but it begged to be used. It’s quite thick as far as cottons go, so the felled-seam-esque method of sewing the back pieces resulted in serious bulk, and I had to hand-stitch to catch some parts that came loose. The black fabric is some kind of viscose-y, rayon-y substrate, but has enough heft to be paired with the cotton.

frankenikat3I adore this tank top so much. I learned from past mistakes of oversized end products and cut out a size 12 (I usually cut out 14) — this was also motivated by a desire to use as little fabric as possible. A good thing, too, since the fit is terrific. I’m impressed with the design because I’m wearing a regular bra that’s perfectly hidden despite the generous open square in the middle of my back. This rarely happens with ready-to-wear for me. I always have bra straps hanging out all over the place.

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I do think the front armhole curves (arm scythe?) are a little too deep for my taste, as I don’t think that’s a particularly flattering part of my body that should be exposed (it gets a little flubbery there and nope, that’s not a real word. It’s a combo of blubbery and fluffy).

Still, my point is that limitations can be surprisingly liberating and I’m pretty sure it encourages more creativity, as long as whatever is limiting isn’t debilitating. Botched philosophical attempts aside, I’m glad I have a new tank top to see me through the end of summer!

Monday Outfit: A Little on the Wild Side

fn-wildside-outfit8 Good morning! I’m starting off the week with a myriad of bright colors — something you don’t often see here. Fun, no? This is the last batch of fabrics I received from sweet Frances, and what makes these extra special is that K was lucky enough to select them herself.

Do you see a theme? Zebras and tigers (or cheetahs?) and giraffes, oh my! K is a huge fan of animals on her clothing. These two prints are from the Safari Moon collection and without hesitation, K pointed to the two-headed zebras first and then the turquoise menagerie. One thing I noticed about the hand of these fabrics is that they feel more like traditional quilting cotton than the other fabrics I’ve featured here and here.

Anyway, I’m continuing to sew my way through my new favorite Japanese pattern book, and I had an inkling that the zebras would fare nicely in the form of a “French Tuck Blouse”.

My version:

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The book’s version:

tsukutte-tuckfrenchblouseI do love the simplicity of the white cotton used for the model above, but the colorful print is working, I think. I cut the size 130cm, which I’ve officially determined is just right for K, and the only change I made was to add three inches to the length so the top will last longer.

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I wish I’d centered the zebras a bit better on both the front and back, but due to the large pleats, I didn’t want to awkwardly cut off the zebras too much…not too shabby a job, I’d say. K thinks it’s fabulous.

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Moving along to the turquoise sleeveless top:

fn-wildside-outfit6From a distance, it seems as though this print is just your run-of-the-mill floral, but the unexpected addition of the animals really drew both K and me in. The tank has a similar A-line silhouette as the tuck blouse, which is one of my favorite shapes these days. I’m also going through a mini piping phase, and wanted to add a subtle dimension to the neckline with some of the white piping I had in my stash:

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I love it. The back button is one of those blingy-bling faux diamonds, and this just sent K over the moon and she clutched the top to her with shining eyes when I first showed it to her (she chose the button for the zebra top, but lost interest when I asked her about the turquoise one). The pattern comes with a little chest pocket, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric to match up the pocket with the print, and I just couldn’t have a glaringly obvious pocket now, could I?

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I’d like to point out how proud I am of the button loops. Those things always give me such a headache, and I often spend an inordinately long time trying to turn them right side out, but I seem to have finally cottoned on to how to use this tool, and it was a snap.

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For this tank top, you might have noticed that the back slit opening seems quite deep, and you would be right. It’s because I got confused with the way the facings were supposed to be sewn (there was a lot of flipping and turning, and I just tried to figure it out on my own after a while). I actually like the extra long slit — it’s a design element, as I like to call all of my mistakes. You might have also noticed that compared to the book photo, the one I made seems longer, and yes, I added three inches to the hem. Tops that can be worn for years = good.

I was in such a happy groove sewing these tops, and once I finished them, I couldn’t stand that I didn’t have pants or shorts to go with them. It’s a sickness, I tell you. K’s been loving the After School pants I hacked off to death, so I wanted to make her a similar pair.

Various fabrics were tossed this way and that and then I found a basket filled with pants that M decided he doesn’t like. They’re barely worn and I had been thinking I might be able to rejigger them into jeans for myself, but that seemed like a lot of work.

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Why not make a pair of shorts (or “half pants” as they’re called in this book) instead?

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The dark wash denim is lovely for these, and I’m glad I finally made some more versatile shorts. It’s been on my to-do list forever and the guilt was almost unbearable. Note: the jeans you saw are a different pair from the one I ended up using, but the style is the same. For some reason, M bought multiples of these pants he now abhors.

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Speaking of shopping, this past weekend we hit the end-of-summer sales and found these Saltwater sandals and a pair of aqua Converse sneakers for a steal. A very productive weekend, indeed!

Thank you, Frances, for all the wonderful fabric. So, so much fun!

 

Sewing for Me: Frances Newcombe (Part 2) Meets Darling Ranges

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The thousand yard stare….perhaps it looks like I’m contemplating the plight of the impending world financial crisis or maybe it merely looks like I’m making a mental grocery list. In fact, I’m thinking, “What IS that brownish spot on my curtain?”

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A picture is worth a thousand words they say, but this one sums it up in six: “Stay down, poufy stomach, stay down!”

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The theme is ‘thousand’, it seems, and I have thousands upon thousands of these “what’s going on here?” shots of myself from these past couple of years. I was pretty satisfied with the one above, and then I realized that I forgot the middle button. I have roughly 500 shots of me with that middle button unbuttoned. Nice. I could have Photoshopped it in, but we keep it real here, folks.

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There, that’s better. All buttoned up.

So this is the world famous Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen that’s been around for some time. The sophisticated dark grey abstract print on a cream background was gifted to me by the textile designer herself, Frances Newcombe. It’s called En Route Sable, and I couldn’t settle on this colorway that you see, or the darker En Route Gravel. In retrospect, I feel like the Gravel would have been a better choice, but it’s still a great dress and the fabric was a dream to work with. I’m really digging the Art Gallery cottons.

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Since I only had two yards, I had to do away with the sleeves and there are a few other modifications I’ll need to incorporate if I make this again (and I’d like to. Very much):

1. Lower the dart apex. Currently, they’re floating somewhere high above where they should be, and none of my push-up, underwire bras were up to the task.

2. Cut out the bodice one size up. I tried the medium based on the measurements, but quickly saw that the 5/8-inch seam allowance was going to make it way too small. I used a 3/8-inch seam allowance instead, and the fit isn’t bad, but you can see the gaping happening between the buttons below. Then again, maybe adjusting the darts will fix the problem.

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3. Add a couple of inches to the bodice. Forgot — as I so often do – about my loooong torso.

But these are really pretty minor changes and I think the dress is awesome. It’s casual enough for daily wear, yet pulled together enough that it could be dressed up for fancier occasions or worn to work. And I love dresses with pockets!

I leave you with another slightly awkwardly-posed photo (I think I was in the process of putting my hands back into the pockets), but at least I look happy, which is how this fabric and dress make me feel. And bonus: when K and I swung by the library to get her some more choose-your-own-adventure books, the librarian was oh so complimentary about my dress. Librarian-approved!

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Monday Outfit: Frances Newcombe Fabric Part 1

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Good morning! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! This weekend I upheld a couple of promises. First, the enormously talented Frances Newcombe had sent me a generous amount of fabrics from her various Art Gallery collections, and who refuses free fabric to sew up into cute clothes? No one in this household, that’s for sure. Especially when beautiful neutrals (perfect for me) and fun, color-infused prints (perfect for K) are involved? I love them, and over the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing quite a few outfits featuring Frances’ textiles.

My second promise to myself was to sew as many things from the book I featured last week. Obviously, I stitched up the same dress as the one on the cover:

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I decided to save the colorful prints for next week and dove into the simple yet whimsical Les Points Powder from the Cherie Bonjour Line (it tickles my inner francophile that all the names are in French). Originally, I intended to make a top for myself, but K saw the fabric in my lap as I browsed through my patterns and asked if I would make a dress for her instead. I’d forgotten how much she likes black and white.

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I cut out the largest size of 130cm, and it looked gigantic. And I also didn’t have quite enough fabric. Frances gave me about two yards, and I used it all up but still had to reduce the skirt length by almost 5 inches! I reduced the width by a couple of inches too since I didn’t think it needed to be gathered that much. I lined the bodice with a very sheer batiste cotton and that was a good move since if I’d used the same fabric as lining, the print would have shown through.

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Huh, it’s interesting that K doesn’t look like she’s drowning in the dress; I really couldn’t believe how much fabric was required for this. You can see above that when K spreads out her arms, the bodice is indeed extremely wide, but I guess I just have to face the fact that my little girl is not so little anymore.

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The dress would have been darling as is without any embellishments, but I had a sudden hankering to add piping, and I’m so glad I did. Doesn’t it just take it up a notch? The little green button adds a dash of color that is sweet. Black piping would have probably been better, but all I had was navy, so navy it was.

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Everything came together easily, but I somehow managed to completely skip the inseam pockets. I even had them cut out and ready to go! No biggie, since K hasn’t been all that into pockets these days. She’s crooning some Selena Gomez tune up there: “Who says, who says you’re not worth it, who says you’re not perfect, who says you’re not byuuuuuuuuuteeefulll???”

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“Who says?” I say she’s looking pretty beautiful.

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All in all, a success! You just can’t go wrong with dots and dashes, and I can’t wait to show you more of Frances’ fabrics. She has a great range of styles, and as someone not-so-secretly hoping to get into textile design one day, I want to find out so much about the process and production side of things. I’m hoping Frances will let me pick her brain in the near future, but for now I feel so lucky to have the chance to play with such gorgeous fabric.

P.S. K corrected me when I called that thing her megaphone – it’s a microphone that she made.

Sewing for Me: The Summer Salvation Dress (aka The Tent Dress) + Quick Tutorial

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Today, I give you the one-hour tent dress. This was a completely unplanned sewing project, and I’m pretty sure that if I saw this on a hanger in a store, I would dismiss it as shapeless and unflattering. Then again, I so often feel like my signature style is the muu muu, and this muu muu has been saving me from the hotter-than-normal days we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest. It hit 90 degrees on Monday, which meant that it was about 110 degrees in our un-air-conditioned house. Not fun.

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I needed something that wouldn’t cling incessantly or broil me alive as I tried not to wilt into oblivion, and this trapeze-style dress was the answer. I don’t care if it makes me look like I’m carrying quadruplets; I love love love it.

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There’s really not a whole lot to this self-drafted garment. I grabbed a bodice pattern piece lying around on my cutting table and loosely traced it onto this ribbed heather grey jersey then extended the side into a trapezoidal configuration. I figured the hem would become slightly asymmetrical — I was right, and I like it. I cut three strips (1-inch wide) for the neckline and armholes running parallel to the width of the fabric to get the necessary stretchiness and bam, sixty minutes later, I was lounging in the world’s most comfortable dress. Using a rotary cutter really speeds things up and I didn’t even bother hemming the bottom. If you can tell, exacting measurements weren’t going on here and I relied on a heavy dose of eyeballing. Not bad for a slapdash effort, I’d say.

Okay, if I were to do it over again, I wouldn’t make the neck quite as scooped, but it looks intentional so I’m going with it. I even added a little pocket, mainly to remind which side is the front.

I’m thinking I might need a color-blocked Summer Salvation Dress – what do you think?

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I created a bare bones, loosey goosey tutorial graphic for quick reference on how to construct a similar dress. It still needs to be refined, but it gives you the general idea.

What you’ll need:

- About two yards of knit fabric. Mine is a ribbed cotton jersey with a touch of  spandex. It has a nice drape but isn’t too thin
- Coordinating thread
- Ball point or stretch needle

I own a serger/overlocker which is great for knits, but I actually like to use my sewing machine zig zag stitch (width reduced to about 1.5mm and length increased to 3mm) to sew the seams and then I finish the raw edges with my serger. I do this because I’ve had problems with my overlocked seams unraveling easily in the past. Note: the finishing is optional since knit fabrics won’t fray. If I hadn’t taken the extra step of overlocking the shoulders, sides, neckline and arm holes, this might have been a 30-minute dress….

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For reference on how to attach binding for the neck, this is an excellent tutorial. I used the same method for the armholes.

Viva la tent dress!

 

 

 

Monday Outfit: A Little Lace, A Little Boho + Giveaway! [CLOSED]

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Good morning! Has it really been two weeks? It’s all a muddled blur in my mind now and I’m still racing against the clock to get stuff done, but I’m happy to report that I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, but I’ve been playing hard too (in a boringly wholesome way, I should clarify – no tossing back of jagermeister jello shots or misguided pole dancing involved).

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I have a lot to share, but for today, I’m going to focus on this li’l outfit. It’s from this new book I got as part of my birthday stash:

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I’m officially in love with this book. I want to make every single thing from it, and what with the hubbub of back-to-school ads inundating me at every turn, I may just try to sew exclusively from this book for the next few weeks — my newly minted eight-year-old needs a bunch of Fall clothes. The book has a wide range of adorable woven and knit patterns and some good solid basics along with pure frivolity like a faux fur vest. Who doesn’t love a good fur vest?

But more on the book later. K and I browsed through it together, and I asked her if anything struck her fancy. She immediately stopped me on this page:

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“But can you make the skirt extra long? With that pink fabric from Ba-chan?” she asked. But of course.

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The pink fabric from Ba-chan turned out to be a rather small piece, and I had to make quite a few adjustments, but it was as though this skirt was meant to be made from this bright textile with a distinctly ethnic/boho vibe. Except for a two-inch strip I had to cut to straighten the fabric, I used the entire thing. Here are the changes I made:

- I had to turn the fabric crossgrain to get the length she wanted (i.e. imagine that each of those shapes is a jeweled sweet potato – the “correct” way to use the fabric is to have them line up side by side wider than it is tall, how a potato would naturally rest on a surface; instead, the way I used the fabric makes it look like all the potatoes are magically held upright). I also used the wrong side facing outward because the other side had a lot more flourishes and busy design elements.

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- I kept the more decorative section you see above straight grain and lengthened this section by about an inch too.

- The fabric is quite sheer (a cotton voile, maybe?) so I added a quick poly lining. K loves the extra swishiness the lining gives the skirt. I was displeased by how the elastic kept shifting in the casing, so I ended up zigzag stitching the elastic to the casing at the top to secure it. Not the most elegant solution, but it works.

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As for this charming lace-trimmed top, swiss dot was the obvious choice. I’ve had this pretty white summery-ness for a long time…I have a thing for sheer fabrics, I’ve realized, and to keep the top from immodesty, I underlined the front cross-over pieces with the same swiss dot fabric. Easy. The cotton lace is also from my mom, and wouldn’t you know it, I had just enough for the top. Kismet all over the place.

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K’s super happy with this ensemble and it warranted a dance.

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So. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking these last few days, and I had to make some choices. Working on two books is an honor and a privilege, but I’m no Beyonce, and my 24 hours is sadly inadequate for my to-do list, which I’m sure is about 1/10,000th of Beyonce’s.

But not keeping up the blog space is a little like asking me to stop shaving my legs – smooth legs are not strictly an evolutionary necessity, but it’s part of my non-negotiable routine (and you know how I love my routines) and somehow it makes me feel more put together and better in a general sense. Plus I have the kind of overactive follicles that require strict maintenance, and things tend to spiral out of control quickly. I’m afraid that once I stop, I’ll be so overwhelmed that I’ll just give up and let myself have yeti legs, so the extra effort is totally worth it to me even in the dead of winter. I wish I could have come up with a deeper, classier analogy, but this pretty much represents my state of mind: scattered and a bit off the mark and obsessed with hair. My goal is to test out a Monday-Wednesday-Friday blog schedule for the rest of the year (my final manuscript for the sewing book is due December 15th). Let’s see how this works, shall we?

I almost forgot! The giveaway! See how out of practice I already am? Due to a series of circumstances, I ended up with an extra copy of this lovely book I’m planning to sew a lot from. I don’t need two copies, naturally, so I thought one of you would like it?

To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment with your best stress-busting tactics. Are you a yogi? A meditator? A cleaning machine? Baking used to be my favorite way to de-stress, but the caloric overload added more stress so I’ve cut way back on it. I still hate to exercise, but I’m slowly incorporating it more regularly.

The giveaway will be open until this Thursday, August 14th and I’ll announce the winner the next day. International participants are welcome, of course! Good luck!

P.S. I’m catching up on comments….thank you for all the loveliness!

Stitched Together for Rachel: Boat + Sheep-ish

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Good morning — greetings from Portland! At the last minute, my mom, K and I decided to make a whirlwind trip to the City of Roses. I was lucky enough to finally meet up with a bevy of the sweetest sewing blog friends, and it was a grand treat and much too short. More on that later, because today, I have a special project to share.

A few weeks ago, Victoria of As It Seams reached out to me with a sweet idea: the lovely Rachel who creates the most beautiful clothes and takes some of the most stunning photos in blogland is ready to welcome her fifth child — how about if we each made her a small sewn item that would then be part of a baby mobile? I adore Rachel, and loved the idea, so of course I was in.

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Sadly, my first attempt looked nothing like what I sketched out. I call it my mutant ninja sheep, though it resembles a turtle, so I suppose I could keep the original moniker. K thought it was a dog with a pillow on top of it. I do like its closed eyes…

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Attempt number two is a fabric origami boat. It took a few tries for me to get the hang of folding the fabric, but I refused to let it beat me. I sewed two nani IRO scraps together to make it double-sided, and it was sort of like wrangling a temperamental fabric coaster. Again, K inserted her opinions and said it looked more like a hat. That works too. Incidentally, one side of the boat is a lighter colorway than the other side, though they’re both the same print. The sheep is made from the lighter colorway as well, and the head and legs are felt.

Victoria was inspired by a similar handmade mobile she received from her friends when she had her son, then her daughter. It’s such a personal and thoughtful gift — I think it’s brilliant! I remember receiving so many baby goods when I was pregnant with K, and I appreciated them all, but the handmade ones always pulled extra hard at my heart strings.

Dear Rachel,

Though not perfect, these little mobile pieces are crafted with the best of intentions — not unlike what motherhood feels like on a daily basis. Wishing you a smooth and joyous transition from a family of six to seven! You are super mama!!

xo,

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These awesome gals also created additions for the mobile — Rachel is much adored!
Suz at Sewpony
Kristen at Skirt as Top
And of course, Victoria of As It Seams, who also made a great mobile frame hoop:

Sewing for Me: IKEA blouse

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I’ve been saving a breathtakingly beautiful and expensive white linen for years, but I couldn’t cut into it for this project. I knew I wanted white, and it most definitely had to be linen, but I was afraid I might make an irreparable mistake and I wasn’t sure if I could handle that in my current frazzled state. I am nothing if not resourceful, and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted our little closet that houses bedsheets and toiletries. I remembered that I had an IKEA linen duvet that always drove me nuts because the ties never stayed in the designated holes. It was satisfying to snip apart the duvet, and it turned out to be the perfect choice because the duvet’s been washed so often the linen is lusciously soft and drape-y. I have enough to make at least two more tops, or maybe even a dress for K.

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The pattern is from this book, and I made a few modifications, mainly to speed things up. I cut the size 11 (roughly equivalent to a medium) and here’s what I changed:

- Ignored the bust dart. The position looked all wrong for me, and I didn’t really want any shaping.

- Also ignored the side slits. According to the pattern pieces, they went up almost up to my belly button, and due to the sheerness of the top, I figured I’d want to wear a cami tank underneath which would have looked odd with the side slits/vents.

- I didn’t set in the sleeve, but used my cheater method of attaching the sleeves before sewing up the side seams of the bodice. Like this.

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Because of these changes, from initial tracing to completed top took me about an hour and a half. I love me a quick project! The hardest part was attaching the very thin ties. My regular foot needs more fabric width to keep things moving, so I’ve recently acquired an extremely handy teflon foot that’s meant for “sticky” fabrics like leather and laminated textiles, but I’m finding it pretty useful for knits and thin bias tapes too. I’m still experimenting with it, so I’ll let you know if I change my mind about its usefulness.

Today and tomorrow, I’m shooting the cover of my sewing book (and yes, I needed this top for the photo shoot)! I have the most incredible photo team — I’ll talk about them more in-depth later — and they’ve made the whole shebang so organized! Still, I always manage to make things harder for myself so it’s crazy town here in my house at this moment. Next week, I hope to be less scattered. Thank goodness for K hugs…they always make me feel less chaotic.

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P.S. M’s birthday was awesome.

Monday Outfit: Nautical Knit Halter

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Good morning! It’s so good to be back. We had a fantastic vacation, but there’s nothing quite like home. I’m still suspended somewhere between west coast and east coast time zones, and am feeling a bit foggy, but I’m eager to get into productivity mode.

So did you know that it’s KCW week this week? I didn’t. At least not until late last night. That’s how out of touch I’m becoming with the general sewing interwebs. What with frenetic book deadlines and all, I’m barely keeping up with regular life. Luckily, I happened to make something for K this weekend, so I can pretend that I’m participating in the Kids Clothes Week fun.

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Realistically, this tiered knit halter is probably all I’m going to be able to manage this week. Our time in Indiana made me realize that K needs more summery clothes and I’ve been on the lookout for quick ones to sew up. This top requires only four rectangles and 6 pieces of elastic so I was immediately sold. The pattern is from this book. You know how I love easy peasy patterns and I was sure that this wouldn’t take more than an hour…wrong.

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It’s cute, right? I love anchors and am a die hard polka dot fan, so when you put the two together, you just can’t go wrong. I got this fun cotton knit from here, and I only had a yard of this so I had to shorten the length by about 4 inches. It’s still plenty long, and I also preserved precious inches by not bothering to hem the bottom. I actually like the way it looks un-hemmed.

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It’s cleverly constructed: the bottom tier is sewn right side out on top of the upper tier (also with right side out), with the straps sandwiched in-between. Once sewn, you flip the bottom tier inwards to encase the raw edges, and then you can sew casings for the elastic by sewing through both the upper and lower tiers. That probably sounded like gobbledygook, but what I’m trying to say is that I got confused and messed up, and there are few things I hate more than seam-ripping knit zigzag stitches. I always end up with holes and can’t find the stitches.

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So this easy peasy top that should have taken no more than an hour took me closer to three, and to my horror, K complained that the shirred part was too itchy and started walking around with it pulled way down, looking very indecent.

She got used to it pretty quickly though, thank goodness, and agreed to keep her “boopies” covered up. Whew.

The shorts, by the way, I made a while back…it doesn’t get a lot of wear because it’s in the dreaded shorts-that-look-like-skirts category, but I convinced her that it was the only pair I could find to match the top:

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Doesn’t she look like she’s being tossed at sea in the image above? The basket was K’s idea and she meant it to be a boat to go with the nautical theme. This, of course, was the grand finale to the photo shoot:

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I’m pretty sure she has the genetic marker for a flying squirrel…Anyway, that’s all for today!

 

Down Memory Lane: Ba-chan Made

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Good morning! I’m here in Indianapolis enjoying my family vacation, and I wish I could say I have a new Monday outfit to share, but I didn’t get a chance to sew much last week (no surprise). However, my mom is coming to visit us in Seattle as soon as we get back from Indy, and I was thinking about all the little outfits she used to make K. I’ve posted the crazy story of my mother’s enthusiastic sewing turning into an art show before and you’ve seen the wizardry of her doll-clothes-making, but there were so many other clothes that never got the limelight it deserved.

Now, my mom and I have very different tastes. When K was a baby and even before I got into sewing, I used to clothe her in simple, understated garb like so:

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Occasionally I would get wild with a pretty print — I apologize that it looks like she’s flipping the bird here:

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But for my mom, there’s no such thing as too many embellishments:

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And no color or pattern is too bold (can you tell that she likes to add lace detailing?):

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She also knit sweaters and hats for K like the world was freezing over any second (and yes, she made that doll):

bachan-made10bachan-made12bachan-made11It was, of course, this grey number that I loved most (my mom complained bitterly about how boring it was, but she did it for me):

bachan-made13My mom tried her hand at making costumes too:

bachan-made14Friends, this is only just a teeny tiny representation of what she whipped up those early years….these photos are pre-DSLR from when K was 3 months to about 6 months, and I’m confident that she had the most abundant wardrobe known to man already at that point.

I’m excited to see what my mom will come up with while she’s in town. She always concocts something brazen and unexpected. Amazing, right?

 

 

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