These two fairly large pillowcases have been sitting in my stash for ages. I always thought I could turn them into some cute PJ’s. The Lakesides were the perfect fit!Click here if you would like to continue reading
New favorite T-shirt Alert!! I’m not much of a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. But out of the t-shirts I do have… about half of them are stripes. Theres just something so chic about a striped tee that instantly elevates a casual outfit.
Just a short and sweet post about the Archer shirt I made for my grandma because I haven’t gotten any pictures with her in it yet. It was her 85th birthday and I’ve never made her anything so I thought it would be a great time to start!
I’ve finally narrowed down my makes for 2017 and today I’m excited to share with you my spring/summer collection. I decided one pattern a month is a good goal to aim for. Did you catch that? I said one pattern a month… not one project a month. Cheating? Maybe. But this year I’d really love to stock up on some everyday separates in my handmade wardrobe, so I thought I’d try to squeeze out some multiples in a few of the months. Will this actually happen? We shall see, but a girl can dream can’t she!? Once I narrow down my pics I like to sketch them all out on a giant piece of paper and post it up in my studio to help me stay on track. If you’d like to see more about my planning process and how I got to this point check out this post. (Spoiler alert: I use my bullet journal!) Without further delay… lets break it down shall we?
How amazing is this top! Sorry I just had to start out with that because I’m so excited about it. I love the idea of mixing a glitzy fabric with a more simple, casual shaped garment. I feel it makes it easier to wear in any occasion, dressed up or down. Truly this is a special piece to add to my wardrobe.
It’s here!! I finally finished and am posting this beauty. I said it before and I’ll say it again – this might be one of my favorite patterns. I could make one for every day of the week. I’m super happy with the way this turned out and I think I will get a lot of wear out of it.
The pattern is obviously Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt. This is one of the last makes of my proposed handmade collection from fall 2014 (sadly finally finishing it this year). This is one of those projects that got better the longer I waited on it. Initially I had all these crazy ideas of how I would make the back ruffle piece a different color or maybe stamp this fabric but by the time I finally got to it I decided to keep it simple and I’m so happy I did. I think this one will stick with me a lot longer style-wise.
This fabric is so freakin beautiful. I think I bought it in the sale bin at my school store. It’s got an interesting linen-y weave but feels like silk. Maybe its a silk linen!? If so what a score because from what I remember I got about 2 yards for maybe 3 bucks? Its the perfect buttery yellow color and I tell ya it FEELS like butter!
I sewed up version B of the Archer for this one because I wanted to try both versions and I did version A for my wearable muslin. I also love the fun detail of the little ruffled tail in the back. For my notions I happened to have the most perfect matching yellow and silver buttons in my stash. I also love the oversized double breast pockets.
Since this was my second Archer I was already pretty familiar with the steps so it came together pretty quickly. I already had the pieces cut out from a long time ago so all I had to do was sit down and sew it. It probably took me about 2 hours. I kind of loved that about sewing something I had already made. I used to be apprehensive to sewing patterns I had already sewn since there are so many great patterns out there. But once you are familiar with a pattern it comes together so quickly its a rather nice change of pace.
This top is going to be great spring and fall staple. It drapes so beautifully and I look forward to wearing it dressed up or down!
Pattern: Grainline Studo Archer Shirt
Fabric: Yellow silk linen from stash
Notions: Yellow and silver buttons from stash
Finishes: Serged seams
Time: 2-3 hours
Sew it again? Absolutely! This is only my second so I think I need maybe 2 or 3 more 🙂
You guys. I have a confession to make: I am a button down shirt obsessed girl whose NEVER made an Archer shirt. Sad but true. However, I am relieved to say that I’ve FINALLY made one and I’m officially part of the Archer shirt fan club. This was just a wearable muslin but I will most definitely be wearing it a LOT this fall.
If you haven’t figured out by now the pattern is Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt. If you haven’t made this shirt yet, seriously.. get on it. The fit is so perfect and comfortable. This is a great every day top for fall that is super versatile for your wardrobe.
The fabric is a simple cotton shirting that I swiped for free from a materials exchange back in our NYC days. This is actually my muslin that I intended to wear after I made any necessary fit adjustments. However, this pattern is so great I didn’t need to make any fit adjustments. I love the menswear look with the feminine fit. I can’t wait to make my true fabric version (just wait till you see this fabric I have in store!). For my second Archer I plan to make version “B” with the ruffle for a more “night out” kind of look.
I honestly did not make a single adjustment to this pattern. Wait, thats a lie. I inverted the pleat to give it a more feminine look as opposed to the traditional men’s box pleat. It’s so perfect. I want to make like 100 more in all different kinds of fabrics.
This is also the first time I used my button hole foot on my sewing machine. HELLO! If you have not dusted off this foot for buttons I strongly suggest diving in. I don’t know why I was afraid of this foot but it was such a time saver. Sewing buttons on is usually a dreaded final touch for me when finishing a garment, now I can just whip them out in no time.
The moral of this story is go get this pattern now if you haven’t already and fill your handmade closet with lovely perfect fitting button up shirts!
Pattern: Grainline Studio Archer
Fabric: Cotton shirting
Notions: Recycled buttons
Adjustments: Inverted the back pleat
Finishes: Serged seams, 1/4″ hem
Time: 3-4 hours
Sew it again? Yes! And this time when I say yes I really mean it! My second one is already cut out.
Get to making this pattern and bust out that button foot!
Well HELLO there gang! I’m back from my over-a-month-long hiatus to introduce you to my new friend.. Banjo! He’s an 11 week old Boston Terrier and my new little buddy. Between getting married and obtaining this little cutie things have been a little wacky in the last couple months (hence my interweb silence). But I’m more than ready to get back to business in the sewing room and sharing my makes with you fine folks… plus I have so many great wedding DIY’s to share – including my dress(es). More to come on that when my pictures come in!
Today I have this little floral Tiny Pocket Tee to share. The pattern is by Grainline Studio and its my first time to ever revisit a pattern. I’m trying to do this more often with my favorite pieces to create variety with simple shapes that I already know I love.
With my first Tiny Pocket Tank I ended up lowering the armholes after I sewed and fit the garment. So I knew before I cut that I wanted to make adjustments. I made these adjustments to my paper pattern before I cut the fabric. I lowered the armhole by about 1″, and in doing so had to lengthen by armhole bias binding by adding 1 1/4″.
This silk floral print fabric was some leftover I had from a school project blazer lining that I never blogged. It’s such a pretty print, and so slinky and soft! I did a contrast pocket from a scrap of chambray I used for my first tiny pocket and my vintage romper. I think the navy chambray compliments the floral silk nicely.
As with my other tiny pocket, I finished the insides with french seams. Neckline and armhole openings are finished with bias tape as the pattern specifies. There aren’t a ton of seams in this pattern so the extra step to do french seaming is minimal effort for a really beautiful & upscale effect.
This is such a great and easy pattern to execute. I love Grainline Studio for their focus on shapes that can be used as closet staples. These tanks get a lot of wear. I think next I’d like to try their scout tee.
Pattern: Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank
Fabric: Floral Silk and Navy Spotted Chambray from stash
Difficulty: Super Easy
Adjustments: Lowered armhole 1″
Finishes: French Seams, bias finished armholes and neckline to the inside
Time: Maybe 1 hour?
Sew it again? Truly I think theres no limit to the amount of tiny pockets one can have in their wardrobe. I’d love to give Jen’s dress hack of this pattern a try.
This simple long sleeve tee – aka the Hemlock – is WAAAAAYYY at the bottom of my “sewables” pinterest board. Which means its been on my to-sew list for quite some time. Well I finally decided to take the opportunity to whip one up when I *accidentally* bought this super soft sweater knit from fabric.com. (by accidentally I mean that I added this fabric to my purchase after perusing the sale section so I could qualify for free shipping 😀 )
WHY!!?? My dear sewing friends WHY did I wait so long to sew up this quick and easy pattern? Probably because I was a little bit scared of knits, I’m not going to lie. Well lets suffice it to say that after ample research on serger tension settings and the completion of this project my fear has completely subsided! This pattern rocks my socks off. And I know have a new favorite cozy tee to schlep around the house in for colder months!
The pattern is called the Hemlock Tee (incase you aren’t already aware) and it’s by Jen at Grainline Studios. This is actually my second Grainline pattern to sew up – the first being my very favorite tiny pocket tank. It is a FREE downloadable ONE SIZE pattern… but I really do think this is a true “one size fits most” situation, especially in the right fabric. The pattern is only 3 pieces (4 counting the neckband) and sews up super fast. I think I made mine in about 2 hours.
Have we talked about how awesome Grainline Studio’s patterns are? I think Jen might be one of my current favorites on the indie patterns scene. Perhaps its a tie with Named. I have a few more Grainline makes on my mind for this year.. and some of them are already cut!
The only thing I’d do differently is maybe add a sleeve cuff next time. Or even just taper the sleeves at the wrist a bit. Perhaps its just this slinky fabric (or my birdlike arms), but my tee seems a bit sloppy in the sleeve area. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. I like the cozy, boxy-ness of the tee. It’s so simple and easy to wear with skinny jeans or some of those leather-y leggings.
Pattern: Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee
Fabric: Striped Sweater Knit
Difficulty: Super easy!
Finishes: Serged seams, blind stitched hem
Time: approx 2 hours
Sew it again? Yes! I even saw on Jen’s instagram that she tried the pattern with a woven! I’d love to experiment with this top in a silk!
Well dears, thats all for this weeks episode! Have you sewn the Hemlock before? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below. (p.s. I promise this is my last chilly weather tag-on post… moving on to warm weather projects with the rest of you!)
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